Friday Faves – “Outdoor” Edition


Outdoor Edition.

I can’t believe it’s already Friday!!

This week has been packed.

Last Saturday, the middle child took the test to obtain his driving learner’s permit. And he passed! Phew!

Sunday was unseasonably (and highly welcomed) warm.  The hubby and I took a stroll on the Roanoke River Greenway, where I came upon this sculpture in the photo. I was immediately enamored by what appeared to be a figure basking in the glorious sunshine, which is what I was doing as well. It’s by Lawrence Reid Bechtel and is titled Calling the Powers.

After our hike to Dragon’s Tooth on Monday (which you can read about here), we decided to pop into our local outdoors shop, Walkabout Outfitter.  We went to their location by the mall in Roanoke, Virginia.  The oldest son turned 17 on Wednesday, the 22nd. He is in the process of “stickerbombing” or “stickerslapping” his Nalgene water bottle.  I was hoping to find some stickers to surprise him with for his birthday.

We didn’t have any luck on the sticker front, but I found some other favorites to share.

We love hats in our house. Sunny days in the mountains or at the beach. Sitting for hours at soccer games. I have fair skin and my nose gets red fairly easy, sunscreen or not (and the girlie made the middle school soccer team, so between that and travel soccer, I will have many spring days in the sun). These are some that I thought my son would like since he is a fan of Eno and Patagonia.  I was especially amused by the “Eat Local” Patagonia hat.

As I mentioned in this post, I  am not a runner.  I’m hoping to participate in a 5k this year but will be traveling home from Europe on the day of The Color Run, which is the one I was originally hoping to run.  However, I do know lots of runners, and think this jewelry by Tarma Designs and made from recycled ingredients would be a good match for someone who loves to run.


I also loved these Farm to Feet socks.  My favorite was the Franklin design with the teepee and canoe/paddles.  I thought they were so cute and I’m a giant fan of turquoise and pink together.  Farm to Feet is 100% American. I know that quite of few of my readers don’t live in the United States, but as somebody who does, I appreciate the fact that they are giving work to a local economy.


I love Natural Life products.

And I own quite a few, my favorite being a tote that says “Some Days You Have To Create Your Own Sunshine”.  That felt like such a fitting saying after moving away from sunny Florida.  I have found their products in so many local stores.  My personal pieces came from a surf shop in Florida.  I’ve been wanting to try these Boho Bandeau’s and will probably get one soon.  I think they’ll go well with my daily topknot! πŸ™‚


A very popular thing amongst the outdoor crowd here is the Eno (Eagle Nest Outfitters) brand.  I just love this chair, but they are very well known for their hammocks.


The store has quite the selection.  These fold up into very small bags. When we got to the top of Dragon’s Tooth, there were a few set up, hammocked between the giant pines.  Our son was given one of these style hammocks (although not Eno brand) and has used it to sleep in while camping or just tied it between trees in our yard to watch the world go by.  As can happen, it snagged and got a little tear.


So while I wasn’t able to surprise him with new stickers, I was able to surprise him with a repair kit for his hammock.

Here’s a song I’m loving this week:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and are able to spend some time outdoors taking in whatever nature surrounds you!


Let your light shine!




11 thoughts on “Friday Faves – “Outdoor” Edition

  1. Great stuff!!! I was going to say it makes me want to get outside, but I just got home from outside playing for the last 5 hours! πŸ™‚ So let me just say, I wanna be outside still, but too chilly now.

  2. I’m a big fan of bandeaus. I use them mostly under my bike helmet to keep the sun off the top of my head and the bugs out of my hair … ugh! I hate that part!

    1. I’d been reluctant because I’ve used elastic style headbands and they never stay in place and end up popping off. My son has a buff, which is very similar, and it appears to work well.
      Bugs in the hair does not sound fun!

      1. I have the same problem with headbands. I assumed I just had an oddly shaped head … glad to know it’s not just me πŸ™‚

        Bugs on the bike are a given. Between the sweat and the sunscreen, I usually get home after a long ride feeling like a bug strip.

    1. I thought they looked great as well. I looked up the company and saw that they make quite a few other pieces for an outdoor lifestyle. I thought that was awesome since I’m not a runner. πŸ™‚

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