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Five Friday Favorites (Spyder, Supereats, More!)

How about we have some fun with Five Friday Favorites that have NOTHING TO DO with IVF? Check out my favorite foods, what I’m watching, and my new love for Spyder apparel!

Obviously, IVF is what is foremost in my mind right now, but after two posts dedicated solely to it this week (and a few more in the pipeline), I feel like we could all use a break. Speaking of posts from this week, here’s what I was up to!

So now, let’s leave all of that shot talk behind us, and look at what I’ve been into this week. Looking at it via 5 categories!

Food Favorites

I am officially back to being the snack master, and I have a few new yummy ones to share with you! Shred Pop is a local (Chicago) popcorn product that I discovered late summer and then recently rediscovered at Whole Foods. I am a popcorn afficianado, as you might remember (my first giveaway ever on the blog was popcorn!), and I’ve tried a lot of different ones, and this stacks up there. LOVE the Honey BBQ!

I also found another delicious munchy, Supereats Puffs. I got a box of them at a steep discount, so I bought them on a whim and they are finger lickin YUM. Great flavor, great texture, and 8 g of protein per serving, gluten free, and vegan. WHAT?

But I haven’t only been eating packaged things this week. I USED THE SLOW COOKER TWICE! Monday, I made an Italian Chicken and Pepper Marinara stew (we’ve had it both as a sauce and as a stew), which I think is something I might just have to share with you folks.

I still haven’t shared the turkey chili with you guys, have I? Shameful. Soon! Tuesday, I made French Onion soup, but I kicked it up in a special way with protein! But you would never ever know. I didn’t have cheese for Alex’s bowl, so we are having it for dinner tonight.

Entertainment Favorites

With all of my walks, I am podcasting it up, and I had the best time listening to the Stuff You Should Know episode about Scooby Doo. Fun fact: I’ve seen almost all of the classic episodes. I’ve seen all of the original series. Love. Scoob.

Alex and I have finally started Game of Thrones! We are doing the DVDs, which will keep me from bingeing on it without Alex, lol. I’ve seen the first few episodes, but it was early in summer, so it is like seeing it anew and I’m pretty pumped.

Ladies of London. I’m in hog heaven.

Life Favorites:

Ridley has been smelling a little ripe of late, so after we got a coupon for a bath for her, I decided it was time to get the stank taken out. I took her to Petco yesterday for her first bath, and now she smells soooooo good. That will last about 2 seconds, but I’m enjoying my silky, sweet smelling puppster for as long as I can!

And how cute is she in her bandana!

Clothing Favorites:

With as cold as it has been in Chicago, I have been living in layers, like I mentioned yesterday. My Spyder clothes have been coming in handy in a big way!

I am living in the Caydence hoodie, but over the course of the past 5 days, I’ve worn every jacket that they sent me–we’ve had such a range of temperatures!

Savoring the last miles of the year and my last miles before IVF. Love my @SpyderActive gear! @suzlyfe

The Ardour Jacket and Slash tights

The Ardour Jacket is smart and sleek and perfect for both running as well as going around town. (LOVE the cable and the quilt details). I wear the full length Slash tights in the gym, and the Slash capri tights are perfect under my jeans because of the sleek fabric, flat seams, and flat waistband.

You’ve seen me wearing the Timeless Down jacket just about everywhere! It is so freaking warm, and is my first choice if I’m not wearing my giant puffy jacket. Love the peppy colors, too! And you know that I’ve been wearing these clothes everywhere, because you’ve seen the evidence! You can also ask my clients–they will confirm that I wear one of the jackets every day!

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I received the clothing from Spyder via my ambassadorship with them. All opinions are 100% my own. I LOVE THESE CLOTHES!!

A Final Favorite:

You guys. This community. Your support. I am taking this so well because the blog gives me a major outlet for my feelings, for knowing that I have people in my corner beyond my immediate family. You all are my tribe. As Jamie wrote in this great post, we all need our tribes. Thank you for being a tribe and a safe place for me.

BTW, if you don’t know Jamie, she is an awesome mom to three kids and her talk of infertility, raising a special needs child, and the craziness of parenting while trying to remain yourself is must read material.

When was the last time that you were introduced to a brand that ROCKED your world?

BBQ, White Cheddar, Kettle Corn, Sea Salt, or Butter?

Scooby Doo? Or did you not like fun?

Joining Nicole for Fit Fashionable Friday, and Rachel and Lacey and Meranda for Friday Five 2.0.

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  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    That jacket is the bomb! Love it!

    My sister and I used to watch Scooby Doo when we were little. You know, in the 1970s, when the cartoons were real. Funny that someone is podcasting about it!

    Your pup. I can’t even…
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    January 6, 2017 at 5:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I miss when cartoons where cartoons, and not real, if you know what I mean! Wear the fact that you saw scoob the first time around like a badge of honor!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I finally ordered some warmer running cloths from running warehouse this week. Those running clothes look so cute and fun! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Looking Forward to 2017My Profile

    January 6, 2017 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love these! I still love my Mizuno tights for running, but these are perfect for the gym.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    Is it weird to get teary while reading a Friday favorites post at 5:30 in the morning? Thank you for the kind words! I told Jody last night I made an amazing friend on the internet…in hindsight, I probably should have re-phrased. But what’s the fun in that? Sending you love and prayers and wishes for a great weekend (and a request for that french onion soup recipe).

    January 6, 2017 at 5:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      xoxoxoxo and you got it my dear. You are one amazing lady!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    I’m not a salty snack eater . .. except popcorn, love the popcorn. And, popcorn with protein, sign me up. And your puffy jacket, love. It’s 25 degrees in austin today, probably the only day I could wear it haha
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    January 6, 2017 at 6:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I dunno, I would probably wear it regardles πŸ˜€

      January 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    That jacket is so cute! I can’t even imagine that kind of cold anymore. When it’s 60 here I’m cold.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Frequently Asked Questions About Eat To Lose WeightMy Profile

    January 6, 2017 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They have great training clothes for the gym too!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Who can pick one flavor of popcorn?? I need to check those out next time I am at whole foods. Have not tried Spyder yet either but those leggings are super cute. Have a great weekend
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    January 6, 2017 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope they have made it out your way! SO delicious!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    Your Italian Chicken and Pepper Marinara stew, looks delicious and bonus-it’s a slow cooker meal πŸ™‚ Would love for you to share! Also, that jacket is awesome-love the colors/print!

    January 6, 2017 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Will definitely be sharing! Soon Soon!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I saw so many Spyder clotges out of the slopes last week! I love that clean puppy smell and fluffiness also. Have a great weekend!
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    January 6, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like you know it is good if you see it out on the slopes!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I’m pretty meh on Scooby, but I love those tights and that hoodie! So cute!
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    January 6, 2017 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Renee

    I love this winter gear, I’ve been a huge baby about outdoor workouts this year. Slow cooker meals are the greatest inventions ever it’s the only way we eat at my house. And heck yeah we have your back anytime and all the time.
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    January 6, 2017 at 7:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This gear helps me not be such a baby! While trying to have a baby. You know what I mean.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    That jacket is so adorable! I love the colors and it looks so warm!
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    January 6, 2017 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So warm, and so fun, right?

      January 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply kat

    Ummm I’ll take ALL the flavors of popcorn please. I can polish off an entire bag myself in 5 minutes. I call it the “Kat shovel” in which I just shovel the popcorn directly into my mouth using my hand from the bag. It works really well πŸ˜‰
    And that jacket is gorgeous! The colors look fabulous on you.
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    January 6, 2017 at 8:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahahaha the Kat shovel. I love when you get to the end of the bag and you are both licking the bag and pouring it into your mouth.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Damn I’m jealous of your snacks. Chicago knows how to do popcorn apparently. Plain butter or salt for me, please.
    Also, I saw that chicken stew of yours on IG and was basically so excited. I love when you cook, both because anything you come up with is weirdly genius (that’s a compliment) and because I know you like when you find time to do so. YAY TIME.
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    January 6, 2017 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY TIME for real! I can’t wait to share it with you guys. It is indeed weirdly genius because that is just who I am.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    You look cute in those jackets! I like the black one. I recently discovered Jamie! What an incredible woman!!
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    January 6, 2017 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She is so amazing! What a beacon of strength!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    Such a cute pup! Did she enjoy the bath? That stew looks very yummy, and it’s been cold in Boulder. I’m thinking I need to get the slow cooker out this weekend. Talk about leftovers.

    January 6, 2017 at 9:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Apparently she was a very good girl, but didn’t like the blow dryer, which doesn’t surprise me (she doesn’t like stuff like that!). OMG leftovers for years up in here.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    Those pants and the jacket are AMAZING. need to buy.
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    January 6, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are amazing. I’m actually wearing them right now.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Oh I could never pick a favorite popcorn flavor, I love them all! And I guess it kind of depends on my mood. And warm clothing is so necessary this time of year. It’s even so cold at work I wear leggings under my pants, lol.
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong recently posted…2016 Favorite Recipes, Workouts, and Lifestyle PostsMy Profile

    January 6, 2017 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why do offices persist in keeping temps so cold? It is just so assininely rude.

      January 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Cute clothes! I do not own any of that brand. I need to invest in some good cold weather running gear!
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    January 6, 2017 at 10:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These are definitely investment pieces, but they are 100% worth the money–I’m in LOVE with them!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I am in love with that coat!
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    January 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    you are must read material. πŸ™‚
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    January 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I’m not joking…you have the cutest dog I’ve ever seen!! Those Shred Pop things look amazing!! I hope that you have a lovely weekend!
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    January 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Shred pop is so good! I hope you have a great weekend as well, Heather, and congrats again!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I’d never heard of the Spyder brand, it looks super cute on you! I’m a big fan of popcorn, do I only have to pick one flavor? And LOL, I feel so less weird now that you’ve mentioned your love of Scooby Doo. I don’t care what decade an episode is from, if it’s on, I’m watching it!

    January 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love everything that you just mentioned. Spyder is awesome, and so warm and lasts forever! ALLLL THE POPCORN.
      How about we watch Scooby Doo, eat popcorn, all while wearing Spyder?

      January 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Meesh

    That down jacket is beautiful, but I’ve never heard of the brand!

    January 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Check it out! It is originally for skiers, but now for everyone!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Whyyyy is it so cold? WHY?
    And clean dogs are the best. Mine makes an effort to roll around in as much dirt as possible immediately after she’s groomed, but for the car ride home, she’s the softest, sweetest-smelling furball ❀️
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    January 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I seriously don’t know why it is so cold, but it needs to LOCK IT UP

      January 7, 2017 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Christine

    LOVE those tights! Never knew Spyder made running tights. Adding those to my “must get” list!

    January 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I used to sell Obermeyer and Spyder to my well-to-do customers back in the day when I worked in retail (outdoor apparel FTW!). It was so darn pricey, but I loved it.
    Rachel recently posted…5 Bucket List Races in 2017My Profile

    January 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will agree with you that it can be expensive, but so far? The amount that i am wearing it, it is paying for itself multiple times over!

      January 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Ridley is the cutest puppy!

    January 6, 2017 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    What up, snack queeeennn! Weirdly enough my favourite popcorn flavour is salt and vinegar. There used to be a popcorn shop at a local mall when I was younger and I was OBSESSED with their salt and vinegar popcorn.

    And as for freshly washed puppies? It’s totally up there with that clean sheet feeling in my books <3
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    January 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo salt and vinegar popcorn sounds positively delightful. I also like to sprinkle hot sauce on mine πŸ˜€ But Salt and vinegar needs to HAPPEN

      January 7, 2017 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Believe it or not…it’s going to be 30 degrees tomorrow (and I have an outdoor event to go to). I’m NOT prepared. And I wish my puppy stayed clean for more than 3 hours. Kid likes to dig.
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    January 7, 2017 at 8:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOL. You need some Spyder gear, my dear! Ridley would prefer not to stay clean, but I have a leash, and I know how to use it!

      January 8, 2017 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    I need to start game of thrones!! everyone and their mother is talking about it lol. and I love that jacket!!
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    January 7, 2017 at 9:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, we are so behind. At least I have the jacket.

      January 8, 2017 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I LOVE that jacket!!!! And, most definitely Scooby Doo. One of my faves from when I was a kid. πŸ™‚
    And I would do sea salt and butter and sometimes kettle corn. Not ever really been a big cheese popcorn fan and I didn’t even know BBQ popcorn was a thing! I need to get out more.
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    January 7, 2017 at 9:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      BBQ popcorn is a thing, and it is amazing. I want to eat it while watching Scooby.

      January 8, 2017 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Lauren

    RIDLEY IS SO CUTE. Also those snacks sound delicious. I am still getting settled (a.k.a. unpacking) in my new apt but really need to break out the slow cooker. Also every time I see the photo for this post I’m like “ooh that jacket looks so pretty and cozy”. LOVE the pattern.
    Lauren recently posted…2016: A Year in Running & BeyondMy Profile

    January 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m seriously obsessed with the jacket. I wish I had gotten the long version, because I would be living in it! Good luck unpacking! Just get it done!

      January 8, 2017 at 7:04 am
  • Reply san

    That photo of Ridley… <3 and I love the Spider wear…. thumbs up!
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    January 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m obsessed with both of them πŸ˜€

      January 8, 2017 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales

    The colours of that jacket! Love it. Please do share the slow cooker recipes! Haha.
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    January 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are definitely coming!

      January 8, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I love and adore popcorn, so Shred Pop sounds all kinds of awesome to me! πŸ˜› Kinda hard to choose just one, but I’d start with kettle corn because I’m craving sweet things right now, haha.

    I’m so proud of you for using your slow cooker! ;P Looking forward to the recipe!

    I’ve definitely been living in layers as well–I love the colors on that Timeless Down jacket! <3

    January 7, 2017 at 9:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Mmmmm Kettle Corn. Just the right amount of sweet and salty! And isn’t the jacket awesome!

      January 8, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    That stew looks amazing and I love those Slash tights. Are you loving GOT? I’m obsessed and have been trying to get Will to watch it. I told him there was fighting and sex and lots of boobs and he still won’t watch!
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    January 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Come over and watch it with us! And soooooo many boobs. ANd I’m told other naughty parts before too long.

      January 10, 2017 at 6:04 am
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    Fun fact about me – scooby do scared the crap out of me as a kid and still does to this day. The classic, original series was terrifying! Those cartoon bad guys are no joke… Even thinking of it now gives me the heebie jeebies!!
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    January 10, 2017 at 1:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha You are awesome. Scooby never really scared me, but you are right, the originials did take their creep factor seriously!

      January 10, 2017 at 6:05 am
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    You look awesome in that Spyder gear. Neal has some of their stuff for skiing but I’ve never seen the running clothes. I love the Shred pop. Did not realize they were local.

    When can we get together?!
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    January 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m going to text you. Needs to happen ASAP

      January 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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