Things I’m Loving Friday #92

Good morning! The holiday weekend is upon us and I hope your plans include plenty of time outside and lots of relaxation. We’re hoping to celebrate the Fourth of July by joining friends for a barbeque, taking the boat out on the lake and kicking back for some chill time at home since we’ve been going non-stop for the past few weekends in a row. It should be a good one!

Since today is Friday, it’s time for your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we come together to talk about what we’re loving most every week. Feel free to share a little bit about something that is making you smile in the comments section of this post! And have a very Happy Fourth of July!

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Healthy Fourth of July Side Dishes

Healthy Side Dishes

Is it just me or are side dishes often the best part of a meal? During summertime cookouts, I always seem to find myself gravitating toward the sides and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you guys this morning just in case you’re on the lookout for easy, healthy dishes for a party this weekend:

Fruit Kebabs with Honey Goat Cheese Dip

Edamame and Black Bean Salad (<— LOVE this one and it’s so, so easy to make!!)

Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad 

Tropical Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Simple Summer Chopped Salad

  • Infant CPR Class

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Though I’m already certified in CPR thanks to my job at the gym, I still felt like it was really important to brush up on my infant CPR skills and take the class with Ryan last night so he could learn, first hand, what to do in case an emergency arises with our little one. The class was informative and I know we both thought it was worthwhile. The instructor was full of energy and taught us to do our compressions to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees! She blasted “Stayin’ Alive” and I’m sure we all looked rather amusing practicing compressions on our baby dolls to the beat and the lyrics, “Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!”

I’ve taken a handful of CPR classes over the years (first when I wanted to start babysitting, then as a lifeguard in high school and again when I got into the fitness industry) and I think the instructor we had last night did a great job of emphasizing the importance of chest compressions in a memorable and accessible way since it can be quite overwhelming and scary, especially for those totally unfamiliar with CPR.

Maternity Support Belt

After telling you guys about the intense sacroiliac pain I’ve been experiencing for the past two weeks, a bunch of you weighed in to recommend meeting with a physical therapist (doing this 2x a week right now!), looking into a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care (I have an appointment on July 13 but may try to find one sooner) and a maternity support belt. Well, my wonderful friend Brittany gave me her maternity support belt to try and it’s wonderful! It is definitely not a cure-all for my pain by any means (I’m still limping everywhere…) but it does alleviate some pressure which helps a bit. Thank you, as always, to all of you for your advice!

victoria's secret bombshell lotion

This stuff smells heavenly! I received a bottle of the lotion for my birthday back in April and finally started using it last month. I adore the fruity, floral smell and the lotion basically eliminates the need for perfume since it has a rather strong fragrance that I absolutely adore. It’s soft and silky and feels amazing on my legs and arms. (Also, just FYI, all Victoria’s Secret swimwear is 30% off – ending today! – with the code SWIMVS30. LOVE this adorable suit!)

  • Maple Water

Maple Water

Has maple water already made one of my Things I’m Loving Friday lists? I cannot remember, but just in case it hasn’t, I’m featuring it again because I adore the lightly sweet taste of this refreshing water. Can’t get enough!

  • Around the Web

How To Automate Your Biggest Blogging Tasks (I need to follow Katy’s tips!)

10 Delicious Veggie Burger Recipes 

Full Body Bodyweight Workout (No Equipment Needed!)

How Life Changes After Pregnancy

  • Holiday Weekend Sales

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Just a little heads up for those hoping to take advantage of holiday weekend sales…

Victoria’s Secret: 30% off all swimwear with code SWIMVS30 (ends today!), plus free shipping on $50+ with code FREE50VS

Banana Republic: 30% off with code BRTHIRTY plus an additional 50% off sale items with code BRGOBIG

Aldo: 50% off already reduced styles (Love these sandals, this adorable $23 crossbody and this $23 foldover clutch/crossbody <— Shocker since I love everything mint green right now!)

Kate Spade: 25% off sale items with code SETSALE

Reebok: $10 off $75, $20 off $100 or $30 off $125 with code AMERICA (These capris have been wonderful throughout my pregnancy! Loved them pre-pregnancy, too!)

Old Navy: Red, White and Blue Sale featuring items for $2-$8

Macy’s: 20% off with code FOURTH or $10 off $25+ purchase with code FOURTH25

Express: 40% off select styles, $20 off $100 with code 1197

Questions of the Day

  • Share one thing you’re loving this week below!
  • What is one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?

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