Things I’m Loving Friday XXIV

Happy Friday, my friends! I am ready for a relaxing weekend and hope your plans are filled with lots of St. Patrick’s Day weekend fun!

Since Fridays around here always feature a little list of things I’m loving each week, let’s move right along and get to the good stuff, shall we?

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Barre Workouts

Physique 57 NYC

After taking a Core Fusion barre class on Tuesday evening and experiencing a Ballet Beautiful workout that incorporated exercises that reminded me of barre workouts on Wednesday, I find myself feeling compelled to find a quality barre workout I can do at home in Ocala. My sister did barre workouts regularly leading up to her wedding and her arms looked so toned!

Some online/DVD options I found that I’m thinking of trying: Barre 3 online workouts, Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout DVD (or the live class online option), Physique 57 online workouts (or the full body workout DVD). If you do barre workouts at home and love them, I’d love to hear any recommendations you may have! 

  • Beautiful Bridesmaid Gift

Bridesmaid Gift - Personalized Framed Bible Verse

My sister was so incredibly generous with her bridesmaid gifts. She gave each of us a little bag packed with thoughtful items, but my favorite was, without a doubt, the framed verse she chose for each of us. When Leslie gave us our gifts, she explained that within the bag was a small picture frame with a Bible verse framed in it that she chose specifically for each of us. It meant so much to me and I thought this was such a unique and heartfelt bridesmaid gift. And the delicate picture frame she chose for my verse is gorgeous!

  • Chocolate Cheesecake from Magnolia Bakery

magnolia bakery chocolate cheesecake

After the Reebok Skyscape launch event on Wednesday, Gina, Heather and I spent all afternoon walking all over the city. We grabbed lunch with Theodora at Sweetgreen (add that spot to my list of “Things I’m Loving”) and had a wonderful time. Eventually we all decided we needed a sweet treat before dinner, so we stopped by Magnolia Bakery. I ordered a chocolate cheesecake that I assumed I’d split with my friend Merri when she met up with us later. I am apparently a terrible friend and polished off every last bite before I even saw her! I normally don’t love cheesecake, but this one called to me from behind the counter because it looked like chocolate mousse. I’m so glad I bought it because it was rich and fabulous. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up. (Levain Bakery is on my “must try” list for my next NYC trip!)

  • A No Obligations Weekend

After Leslie and Ross’ wedding last weekend and lots of travel this week, I am so ready for a weekend with nothing on our agenda. I want to hike, hang out with Ryan and Sadie and enter into the next week feeling rejuvenated. I am seriously loving a no-plans weekend today!

  • Tyler Candle Company

Tyler Candles Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Guess who got a speeding ticket on her way home from Jacksonville yesterday? Womp, womp. I was pretty bummed when I arrived home and as I unpacked, I played a relaxing station on Pandora and lit a candle which surprisingly made me feel much better. My friend Merri gave me a Tyler candle years ago when I lived in Orlando and I fell in love with it immediately. The best scent? Sour cream coffee cake. So fabulous!

Past Things I’m Loving Friday Posts

  • March 7
  • February 28
  • February 21
  • February 14
  • February 7
  • January 31
  • January 24
  • January 17
  • January 10
  • January 3
  • December 26
  • December 20
  • November 29
  • November 22
  • November 15
  • November 8
  • November 1
  • October 25
  • October 11
  • September 13
  • September 6
  • August 30
  • August 16

    Question of the Morning

    • What is one thing you are loving today? 
    • What are you looking forward to most this weekend?


    1. LG says

      I love cheesecake. I love mousse! So…that cheesecake looks amazing…

      I would be interested in knowing what Barre DVD you end up getting…I haven’t tried it but would like to!

      Hey…totally un-related, but I recently found an online quiz called “how you naturally connect with God.” I did it last week and it kind-of blew me away…apparently one of my biggest ways is through nature. Here I am always going on walks and hikes and I had no idea that this could be part of the reason I like them so much! Anyway, if you’re interested, It’s at (it’s pretty quick…took me about 5 minutes.) Reading that you’re longing for a hike made me do a double-take and think about that quiz again.



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