Friday Favorites by Lori


Friday Favorites Whoo-whee. It’s Friyay! And that means another round up of Friday Favorites! These things have, surprisingly in some cases, brought me much joy over the past few months. Maybe they will for you too. In no particular order, here we go:


coffee is one of my favorites
I am actually standing outside of Staks actually drinking JBrooks coffee. Kates, my 8 yo, took the picture.

Y’all. I love coffee. I love coffee in the morning, as an afternoon pick me up, and in the evening with some yummy dessert. I could drink a shot of espresso and immediately head to bed and fall asleep (#momlife). Coffee sustained me through college, through my first real job, and then when I became a new mom. Then a mom again. And again. And again. And finally again. Now with 5 kids, I just have an IV attached to my arm. JUST KIDDING. I love supporting local, and my current obsession is the morning blend at Staks, roasted by local company J.Brooks.


Brooks running shoes are my favorites
My favorite “Adrenaline GTS20” is currently on sale from $130 down to $109! Merry Christmas to yourself!

If you are a runner, than you have most likely owned (or tried) a pair of Brooks. I will never go back to another brand of running shoes. Sure, I’ll still buy some Adidas for cross training or New Balance for bopping around Shelby Farms. But if I’m trying to log miles, than Brooks are far and away my favorites. They’re sturdy yet flexible. Supportive yet light weight. They wash well. They last hundreds of miles.


The Chesnut and Cloves is their newest holiday scent, but honestly my favorite is their Citrus Basil!

Locally made, Re+New+All candles are amazing. They have travel sized (these are my favorites), full sized, and even gift sets of 4 votives. Not only does the company produce a long-lasting luxury candle, but they employ women who have been rescued from being sex trafficked. When you purchase a candle, the money goes straight back to a Memphis woman working on getting a new life.


flowers are my favorites
Pleas excuse the table mess. #reallife

I love fresh flowers. They were a weekly “splurge” that became a necessity. I usually hit up Trader Joe’s or Kroger for a cheap $7 bouquet. The flowers last just about a week (sometimes closer to 10 days if I pick out the dead ones and trim the stems of the remaining flowers) and make me smile every time I walk in the kitchen. You can really blame my husband. Before kid number 4, he used to bring me home surprise flowers almost every other week. He’s romantic like that. Now he brings me home Ben & Jerri’s (smart man). So I just buy my own flowers. WIN WIN!

5  |  JAKE & HAYS

Hays is on the left. Jake is on the right. Jake got him name from …what’re you wearing “Jake from State Farm?” uh, kakhi’s? Hays got his name because Haysburt is the last name of the guy who is voice of Allstate. We’re a crazy family, y’all.

I’ve been a dog person my entire life. I bought myself a black lab puppy as a Mother’s Day gift 3 years ago. But this past July, when I was out to dinner with a girlfriend, my husband SNUCK our middle daughters over to a house that had a big, giant, hand-painted sign out front reading “FREE KITTENS!” Yep, you guessed it. They brought home one (Jake). UGH! I did NOT want a cat. We negotiated he would be an outdoor-only cat. But then I got to thinking: it’s not fair for him to not have a buddy (we have 2 dogs). So back I went to the house with the big sign and got a second kitten, Hays. Well, darn it, they grew on me. And now they’re both outdoor AND indoor cats. I snuggle with them. I kiss them. I love them. And they’re just about the cutest things ever. They quickly became favorites around here. I post a lot of kitten pictures over on my personal Instagram page (@mrs.dr.jones), just in case you want to see more of these two. So today, I leave you with…. 2 adorable kitties.

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Originally from near Pittsburgh PA, Lori moved to Memphis in 2009. She has a passion for working with special needs children as an ABA therapist and also teaches swim lessons out of her own pool each summer. Lori is married to Ryan, an archaeology professor at the U of M. Together they have five great kids; Ali (April 2007), Asher (Dec 2009), Kates (Oct 2012), Paige (April 2014) and Gwendolyn (July 2019). Lori loves Jesus, lattes and grocery shopping alone. She's not a fan of getting up early in the morning!