Friday Faves: 01. 06. 12

So I thought for this week’s Friday Faves I’d share a couple things that I’m currently loving plus a little something I made for a xmas gift that I’m especially proud of (I can actually show you now that the holidays have passed). Just a closer look at the simple little things that make my day-to-day life happy:

1. I recently spotted a pin for the Nike Training Club App and had to download it right away…it’s free and works for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Yesterday was my first time testing it out at the gym, and let me tell you…my muscles are so exhausted from the workout I did, that sitting here to type is almost too much for me to handle. I am SO excited! If I was going to try to dream up the perfect fitness app, I don’t think I could have even come close to matching the awesomeness of this one. You can select different workouts for the results you are trying to achieve (such as toning, slimming down, etc.), and you can target specific areas of your body (abs, tush, etc.) with bonus workouts. You can also easily program the app to play your own music playlist, so if you have some killer cardio tunes that you love, you’re golden! Additional features that I love are the awesome video clips of each exercise move that you can play at any time during your workout if you’re not sure what in the world a Sumo Squat with Press or a Russian Twist is…and did I mention that it’s FREE! I’ll definitely be working this app into my regular fitness routine. Bonus…you don’t even need to own a stitch of equipment for a bunch of the exercises, so you never even need to leave your home to get on top of your New Years resolution!

2. Speaking of working out…last week while in the middle of an arc trainer session I started dreaming of a sandwich idea and of course had to try it out as soon as I got home: Peanut Butter & Honey Apple Toast. All you do is toast your favorite bread (mine is Udi’s gluten free variety), spread on 1/2 to a whole tablespoon of peanut butter and then drizzle it with organic honey. Then just top it all off with wafer-thin slices of a crisp apple, and you’re done. The heat from the toast starts to melt the honey and peanut butter together into a gloriously delicious mess that is just too, too good! I’ve had it every other day since (served with a nice glass of cold milk) and am more than little bit hooked. I have no idea how terrible it is for me, but I’m sure I’ll phase out of my obsession as soon as I realize that my skinny jeans don’t button any more.

3. And lastly, I thought I’d share a couple photos of the little bear that I made for my friend’s daughter this Christmas. I had so much fun dreaming her and her little outfits up.

I only wish I had more patience for sewing, because if stitching the pieces together was a exciting as coming up with the design ideas, I would totally consider making more. For now, this little bear is a one-of…and I’m pretty happy with how she turned out.

Psst…insider tidbit. If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning than you know that I used to make and sell handmade softies…and that’s actually how I came to choose ‘Creature Comforts’ as the name for my blog: creature = stuffed animals + comforts = cozy and cuddly. Isn’t that funny. I’ve always been so glad that I chose a name that worked for more than just one thing! Phew!

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to see you here next week. xo Ez

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  1. Jennifer / / Reply

    Love the doll you made! I just found a gorgeous one along the same lines in Paris for my daughter and I know she will treasure it forever. Also, thank you for the info on the Nike App – I'm going to try it out at the gym later today. Have a great weekend!

  2. Kelli / / Reply

    I have the Nike Training App on my phone and I love it!! It's like a having a personal trainer without the crazy cost!

  3. KELLI TRONTEL / / Reply

    Oh my goodness, EZ!!!! You are so talented…..i love this little bear….and what CUTE outfits too!!
    Mmmmm…..your sandwich creation sounds amazing too! XOXO

  4. KELLI TRONTEL / / Reply

    Oh my goodness, EZ!!!! You are so talented…..i love this little bear….and what CUTE outfits too!!
    Mmmmm…..your sandwich creation sounds amazing too! XOXO

  5. lesley graham / / Reply

    that bear is darling and i love the backstory on creature comforts. i recently changed blogs (it was a long time coming). sadly my name did not work for all avenues. ha! also, downloading that app asap!

  6. Victoria / / Reply

    That sandwich sounds delicious… I'm going to try it for breakfast tomorrow… and surely all that Russian twisting cancels out the calories?!

  7. Annie / / Reply

    I bet for a slightly healthier sandwich, you could use Greek yogurt instead of peanut butter. (I love it as a spread.) But I also think a Nutella version would be pretty kick-ass.

  8. Patti / / Reply

    k i just downloaded the nike training club! I am liking what i see. hope i use it!!! have a great weekend!

  9. Jenni / / Reply

    Thanks for the great app recommendation. And that bear is just too cute – do you have a sewing pattern for it?

  10. Emily / / Reply

    Big yes to these! And how cool that you can now tell people you're a fashion designer?!

    Emily x

  11. rachel schindler / / Reply

    I am so addicted to peanut butter and honey sandwiches. This one looks amazing and sounds delicious with the thinly sliced apples. I will definitely be giving this a try over weekend. thanks for sharing.

  12. rooth / / Reply

    Oh my, that little bear is so dear. I love her outfits too – skinny jeans yes!

  13. Susan Hazel / / Reply

    Thanks for sharing. The bear is adorable! And I'm going to make that delightful little sandwich and do some ab workouts to work it off later : )

  14. Katie @ Grow. Cook. Sew. / / Reply

    That bear is adorable.. I love the clothes (they look like things I would wear!!)
    Did you use a pattern/ tutorial for the bear? Have been looking for one for ages.

  15. Ez / / Reply

    Hi guys! Thank you all so much for your comments and your sweet words about my little bear softie. I made my own patterns the super simple way but just drawing the design (such as a sketch of a bear) and then I just sectioned it off and added seam allowance around the outside. I did the same thing for the clothing (though it was a bit more challenging than the bear was). I'm certainly not a pattern maker by any means, but my classes in school for fashion design years ago definitely help. :-D
    xo Ez

  16. piia / / Reply

    Thanks for the Nike training Club tip, I downloaded it and loving the workouts!Superb!

  17. Ayana / / Reply

    Oh my goodness!!! That bear is the cutest! I just stumbled upon your blog and I am loving it. (*adding it to my reader*).

  18. Brytani / / Reply

    Is that stripe-y outfit a little bear maxi dress? Seriously too cute. I love the details around the eyes and the bellybutton!

  19. Emily / / Reply

    That app looks great but I have an android phone :-(. Anyone know of a similar app for android?

  20. Ruth Crean / / Reply

    I'm obsessed with this sandwich too, I use gluten and dairy free soda bread with meridian organic roasted almond butter(no need for honey as it's so rich already) it has no added sugar/salt it's just made from almonds. Then I add apple or banana or grapes, whatever I have in the house. I usually have a cup of berry herbal tea with it. I gave up sugar this year and I became addicted to this to assuage my junk food cravings

  21. Trude / / Reply

    Aww the bear is so cute! What a wonderful gift! Thanks for the tip on the Nike app, I really can't afford a gym and am never comfortable there anyway – and this way I can entertain my dog trying to follow along! ;)

  22. Charlotte / / Reply

    Oh! That is unbelievably cute.
    And the detail that's gone into the face and all the clothes is amazing!!

  23. julie | julie digs design / / Reply

    Ok, so I heard about the app and saw that it was FREE.99 in the app store but had no clue if it was legit, but now that I see that it actually works from your experience – I'm downloading it now! Thanks for the recommendation – i've been looking for an *easy* way to spice up my gym routine. :)

    Cheers! Julie

  24. Marisa / / Reply

    That sandwich can't be that bad for you if you use a good healthy peanut butter! I like the organic peanut butter from Laura Scudders! And just go light on the honey too :)

  25. anhdao / / Reply

    I have had the NTC workout for about 10 months now and have logged over 800 minutes on it. I LOVE IT. its like a personal trainer and once you have the basic understanding of the idea of "supersets" or muscle confusion, the exercise becomes pretty addictive. I have entirely resculpted my body into one of those bodies you see on the app, ITS TOTALLY DOABLE. thanks for promoting it, i can't speak more positive about it!


  26. amy / / Reply

    Thanks for the tip on the Nike Training App and that handmade bear is beyond adorable. So sweet!

  27. Deb / / Reply

    You need to have your own clothing line! Love those little bear clothes!! And thanks for the tip on the app. Always on the look out for good ones.

  28. Alix H. / / Reply

    Ah that Little Bear is crazy cute. It is amazing how much work goes into making those things….and faces are SO HARD and you created such a beautiful cute one.

  29. Amber Ellis / / Reply

    Just found your blog and LOVE it so far! Yes, i will start following you! :) Have a question though, i want that Nike app, but can seem to figure it out. i cant find it on itunes or the website. how did you get it? Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

  30. Alison / / Reply

    I just downloaded the app – those are some crazy hard workouts! That is the kind of thing a trainer would push you to do though so it is good. Thanks for the tip!
    I've been kind of addicted to peanut butter lately too – on a rice cake with some banana. I think I am going to drizzle some honey tomorrow – yum!

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