Things I’m Loving Friday #86

Hello, hello! I’m checking in with your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post a little late today because I got caught up at the gym after teaching first thing this morning. It’s instructor evaluation time at my gym and having my boss take my classes always makes me a little nervous even though everything thankfully went well. Sigh of relief! I apologize for the delay, but I’m happy to be able to pop in during a late morning break to chat with you guys about what we’re all loving this week!

Hopefully you have some fun and relaxing plans on your calendar for Memorial Day weekend! Ryan and I are staying in town but have plans to hang out with friends, fire up the grill and enjoy just about as much time outside as possible. 

And now it’s time for your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we all share a little bit about what’s making us smile most this week. Feel free to play along in the comments section below!

Things I’m Loving Friday

Me Before You Book Jojo Moyes

I started reading Me Before You earlier this week and finished it in a puddle of tears last night. The story was captivating, emotional, thought-provoking and beautifully written. I know this book peaked in popularity a while ago, but if you’re a little late to the game on this one like I was, I highly recommend it. Also, apparently Me Before You is going to be made into a movie next year!? I’m sure I’ll go to see it, but I almost feel like there’s no way the movie can capture all of the raw emotion I felt while devouring the pages of this book. Perhaps I’ll be pleasantly surprised?

  • Apples + Cheese

Apples with Cheese

Londoner Cheese

My obsession with hard cheese and fresh apple slices continues! It’s one of my go-to snacks (I’ve frequently been eating it after dinner as an evening snack this week) and cannot get enough of the sweet juicy apples and salty cheese. A winning combination! And this week my cheese of choice has been Londoner Cheddar Cheese. It’s sharp, creamy and very smooth. I can’t get enough!

Ugly Heart GRLThis is the catchiest song I’ve heard in a while and I cannot stop blasting it all the time! It’s upbeat, girly, playful and super fun. Love it! It also makes me want to be in a girl group, but I suppose for that to happen I’d have to actually learn how to sing… or dance… or play an instrument. Dream big, right!? 

Boot Camp Workout with Three Minute Stations

I broke this workout out of the archives earlier this week for a boot camp class I taught at my gym and it was a huge hit! It’s definitely a challenging one, but since it’s so fast paced and jumps from one circuit to the next, it keeps boredom at bay and always seems to get good reviews when I use it in a gym setting!

Directions: Complete each separate station for 3 minutes before resting for 20 seconds and moving onto the next.

best floss ever

I am incredibly picky about floss (I get the heebie jeebies when it gets caught in my teeth and doesn’t glide right through) and this floss is simply the best. I’ve been using it for years and Ryan and I both swear by it. Flossing is never fun, but this floss makes it less annoying since it’s smooth and, as the name accurately implies, glides seamlessly through even the tightest spaces between my teeth.

  • Around The Web

10 Ways To Make The Best Fruit-Infused Water

30 Minute Boot Camp Workout (Thanks to PopSugar for sharing my workout!)

13 Healthy Freezer Meals

Why A 10-Minute Workout Is Better Than None

Love & Light Green Smoothie 

  • Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

Woohoo for great sales this weekend! Here are a few that caught my eye:

Old Navy25% off your order + Up to 50% off everything

Express40% off everything

NordstromHalf  Yearly Sale, up to 40% off

Macy’sExtra 20% off with code HOORAY

Athleta – Save $25 on $150, $50 on $250, $150 on $500 with code HEATINGUP

Gap – 40% off regular-priced styles with code SUMMER

Banana Republic – 40% off with code BRSUMMER

  • CVS Gold Emblem Abound Healthy Snack Pack Winner

Congratulations to Jennifer K., the winner of the CVS Gold Emblem Abound healthy snack pack! Woop! Jennifer was emailed this morning. Thanks to all who entered!

Questions of the Day

  • What is one thing you are loving this week?
  • Tell me about one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend!
  • What song is making you ridiculously happy right now?

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