Things I’m Loving Friday #132

Hey, hey, hey! I’m so happy the weekend is here! We have a lot of fun things on the agenda including a family play date with friends, stopping by a local festival and more and I’m really looking forward to some downtime on Sunday as well. Let’s hope the rain on the forecast for Charlotte this weekend decides to stay away because I’m craving lots of time outside in the sun!

Now I hope you’re ready to chat about what we’re loving most this week because it’s time for your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post! Below you will find a short roundup of things that are making me smile right now and, as always, I’d love to hear a little bit about what you’re loving in the comments section of this post.

Have a great weekend!!

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Mimi’s Peel-And-Eat Shrimp Recipe


I shared my grandma’s peel-and-eat shrimp recipe on Instagram yesterday, but it’s so easy and delicious that I had to share it here, too! We made it for dinner on Wednesday night and I ended up making another batch on Thursday during Chase’s morning nap just so I could have some tasty shrimp on hand to grab throughout the rest of the week when I wanted a high-protein snack or a tasty salad topper.

Here are the recipe details:

Combine 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp celery seed, 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 can beer and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and add two pounds large, shrimp. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Drain, allowed to cool slightly, peel and enjoy!

  • Finally Finishing The Last Anniversary… And Starting A New Book

The Girl with All the Gifts

Ugh. This book. I should’ve taken the advice I’ve heard over and over again and stopped reading The Last Anniversary when I realized about halfway through that it just wasn’t very good, but I forged on and finally finished it. I’ve LOVED Liane Moriarty’s other novels (What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies are all fantastic!), but this one was a dud. I’m glad it’s over. I kept waiting for something grand to happen that would make me love it, but that never happened. (There was a twist, but by the time it happened, I was so over the book that I didn’t even care.) Now I’m psyched to start a NEW book and just bought The Girl With All The Gifts to begin reading this weekend. Hoping this one is better!

  • My Mom

julie and mom

My mom deserves far more than a simple shout out in a TILF post, but I just had to include a brief mention of her in today’s round up of things I am loving because she really is the best. Though she left yesterday, having her here with me this past week was such a treat. Her genuine love and enthusiasm for her grandson melts my heart and having someone here to help with Chase during the day so I can get things done has been a big blessing. She also did such a wonderful job of making my birthday extra special by decorating the kitchen before I woke up and making me a tasty cookie cake. I felt like I was 13 again! Plus, my mom is so much fun to talk to and always helps me feel better when my new mom mind starts to wander and worry. I love you, Mama!

  • Kilwin’s Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Cake

Kilwin's Toasted Coconut Cake

I know I’ve blogged about my love for this cake before, but since it’s not something I get to enjoy very often, I had to give it a shout out today since Ryan and my mom surprised me with it on my birthday on Wednesday evening. I cannot recommend this cake enough if you happen to love coconut and ice cream. It reminds me a lot of an ice cream version of a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie but with the most incredibly fluffy marshmallow topping. It’s unreal and such a great treat for a special occasion.

  • Jogger Pants

Julie Chase Legos

A few of you guys asked about the pants I wore to Discovery Place KIDS last weekend so I wanted to be sure to share the details. They’re basically glorified pajama pants – super comfy joggers with an elastic waistband and soft, lightweight fabric – so they’re perfect for running around when you’re looking for something casual, comfortable and forgiving. I actually received them in a Golden Tote shipment a while ago and the brand is Lime & Chili. I cannot find them online anymore, but here are a few patterned jogger pants I think are similar and adorable:

  • Friday Flashbacks

Watermelon Pineapple Popsicles (With summertime approaching quickly, you must make these popsicles ASAP! I couldn’t get enough watermelon when I was pregnant and fell in love with these popsicles last year. Bonus: They only require THREE ingredients – watermelon, pineapple and mint – and are so refreshing!)

Easy Watermelon Popsicles

55 Minute Treadmill Walk/Run Workout (The workout only includes 15 total minutes of running but the running is spread out throughout the workout, so if you’re not a big fan of running on the treadmill, this workout doesn’t include a ton of it! But don’t be fooled… The inclines are TOUGH.)


55 Minute Treadmill Workout with Walk-Run Intervals

Question of the Day

  • What is one thing you are loving this week?


  1. Emily J says

    Oh no! Girl With All the Gifts is turning out to be a MAJOR dud for me. It kept coming up on my lists of recommendations on Audible but, man, it is sllloooowwwww and overly dramatic. I just finished reading all the Cormoran Strike Novels (3 out so far) and I think I loved them so much, that Girl With All the Gifts was bound to fail 🙁


  2. Erin says

    I am in love with the Popsicle molds as well!! I have been using those exact ones to make healthy Popsicles for Teddy, my 18 month old—I blend bananas, strawberries, spinach, and blueberries along with some plain Greek yogurt and freeze it in the molds!


  3. Michelle says

    I am reading the Girl With All the Gifts right now (I am about 300 pages in) and I am liking it even though it is outside of the genre that I normally read in.


  4. says

    I think it’s SO SO sweet that you featured your mother on this list. It’s not that typical to feature other people on a favorites roundup–it’s mostly items, recipes, places, posts, something a bit more surface-level–and this is what makes this particular Things I’m Loving Friday special! 🙂


  5. Jaclyn says

    So, I follow you on Snapchat (love your adorable snaps!) and I have a request: please, please, please do some vlogs? Seeing video updates from you and Chase and Ryan would be so amazing! I loved just seeing the movement through your videos. BTW you are unbelievably gorgeous, even more gorgeous in video than in your photos! xo ps I have a little boy who is 10 months old so I can relate to all that you are going through! I also have a 3.5 year old. Mwa!


    • says

      Thank you so much, Jaclyn!!! I really appreciate your sweet comment!! I’ve thought about doing some vlogs but I feel so awkward!!! I just have no idea what I would say! Ha! 🙂 And I love that you have two little ones. <3 <3


  6. says

    I love that you included your mama in this post! Such a sweet thing. Mother’s are the best 🙂 Something I am loving: all of the warm weather these past few days, and I am also loving the new Zumba class my sister and I discovered last week. We will be going to class #2 tonight!


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