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Five for Friday

Time to get back into blogging 🙂 What can I say, it’s been an unplugged/lazy summer.

Lazy max

1. Relay Foods

I first tested out Relay Foods after finding their table at a local farmer’s market last year.  They’re a virtual farmers market with pickup locations and delivery during the week. What brought me back recently to ordering through Relay is their meal planning function, they have a variety of meal plans and recipes.  You can also take any recipe you find (Pinterest) and plug it into their site to get all the ingredients added to your grocery cart.

This is my favorite summer recipe from Relay:


Zucchini noodles with Shrimp

Ready In: 45 mins | Prep: 40 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Servings: 4


  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled
  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized or shredded
  • 1 cup scallions or spring onions, chopped, reserve extra for garnish


  1. In a sealable plastic bag or container with a lid, mix fish sauce, chili, grated ginger, lime juice, minced garlic, finely chopped shallot, chopped cilantro, and oil.
  2. Add peeled shrimp to the marinade, seal the container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the shrimp is marinating, use a spiralizer for the zucchini or shred lengthwise with a grater.
  4. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the shrimp and marinade. Sauté for 2 minutes, until shrimp begin to curl and turn pink, stir frequently.
  5. Add chopped scallions or spring onions, sauté for 1-2 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat, add zucchini noodles, using tongs toss to evenly coat the zucchini and combine with the shrimp. Garnish with extra chopped spring onion and serve immediately.

2. eSalon Hair Color

So I’ve been dying my own hair since high school, this may seem strange, but growing up in West Virginia and Ohio meant it was more affordable and convenient to grab a $10 box of hair color and do it yourself.  Other than some rushed highlighting jobs, its worked out well for me.  Now there is a mid-level option between the drugstore hair color and the $200 salon dye job. From their site “Our hair color is crafted, one-by-one, with the exact formula your eSalon colorist feels will best attain your goals.”

I ordered a Dark Chocolate Brown permanent hair color last week along with uploading a photo and answering some hair care questions.  eSalon ended up tweaking the hair color based on my picture, the colorist felt the shade I picked was too dark.  The box I got in the mail also had two different color bottles, one for roots and one for ends.  The color process itself wasn’t that different from using a box color, but I’m hoping to see this color lasting longer on my greys.

So the first photo is the one I sent to eSalon, the second is after applying the hair color.  Almost identical…. but I do like the color.

IMG_0697hair after

So far I like, but time will tell.  I’ve only shampood the hair twice, four-five weeks from now will be the real test.  They are giving $10 off to new customers if you are interested, mine shipped for $20.  Here’s my referral link, check them out!

3. Omni Mist

Discovered at the Baltimore Downtown Farmer’s Market, great scents and all natural ingredients. I have this one and a Lavender mist. I use them both as body mists and room spray. Perfect for summer!

Omni mist

4. Pitbulls!!

I want my next rescue to be a pit mix, just not sure on the timing.  I need a bigger place but don’t know if I can wait. My Facebook feed is full of pit mixes in rural Ohio shelters that need homes.

I love this post by Patina and Purl on getting her dog.

5. Nature Sounds

If you can’t be at the beach, bring the beach to you 🙂 Or forest, or stream, etc.  Great way to unwind before bed and forget the day.

Have a great weekend!!


One thought on “Five for Friday

  1. What gray hair? You don’t have gray hair!

    Re: the relaxing beach sounds, I downloaded the MUJI App a while ago — it’s pretty relaxing for meditation. You may want to check it out.

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