Things I’m Loving Friday #34

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope your weekend is filled with barbeques, lots of sunshine and quality time with friends and family.

We don’t have any major plans on the calendar but will be enjoying a cookout and hopefully some morning hikes with Sadie this weekend! Sounds good to me!

Now let’s get things started and move right along your regularly scheduled “Things I’m Loving Friday” post! As always, please feel free to play along in the comments section. Your comments never fail to make me smile! 

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Memorial Day

Memorial Day Quote - Harry Truman

It’s Memorial Day weekend and I must take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation. Thank you, thank you. 

  • A Few Little Blog Updates

If you have tried to sign up for PBF emails using the box located in the right sidebar of this blog, you probably got an error. Well, thanks to my website guru Tim of Parkin Web Development, it is fixed! (You may also click here to subscribe to PBF by email.) Tim also helped me take your feedback to heart and darken in-text links and add a link to the bottom of every post so you can click to comment at the top or the bottom of blog posts now. Thank you, Tim!!!

We are also in the process of making a more mobile-friendly version of PBF because I know it’s a pain to read on many phones at the moment. If you ever need any help with your blog or website, I cannot recommend Parkin Web Development enough! (His contact information:

Linda's Lollies

I affectionately call these “gas station lollipops” because the only time I ever buy them is at a gas station when I’m on a long road trip. I bought this cherry cheesecake flavor on our way back to Florida from Charlotte and forgot how darn delicious these lollipops taste. Plus, it takes forever to finish one, so it’s a sweet treat that forces me to slow down and savor it which I appreciate.

Express Magenta Dress

When Ryan and I were in Jacksonville earlier this week, I requested a quick stop at the local outdoor mall so I could do a few birthday exchanges. I feel like I’m an all or nothing shopper in that I will like absolutely nothing, or I’ll love every single thing. During my time in Express, I fell in love with everything. Fortunately I had a gift card and was able to pull up a coupon on my phone while we waited in line, so I walked away with three items for less than $40, including a flirty magenta slip dress (currently 40% off and also available in white and black), a high-waisted Aztec skirt (which I’m not sure I can pull off, but Ryan liked it) and a relaxed cropped tank (in blue) that I thought would look cute with the skirt. Lots of fun summer fashions at Express!

  • Publix Once Upon a Cookie Ice Cream

Publix Once Upon a Cookie

I know a bunch of you out there share my undying love for Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream. Since that flavor is the hardest flavor on the planet to find, I was pretty darn psyched to see a new cinnamon oatmeal cookie ice cream for sale at Publix this week! Naturally I had to buy it and I have only glowing reviews to share. It doesn’t include any chocolate chunks like the B & J’s flavor, but it’s super creamy and packed with bits of oatmeal cookie pieces.

IDEA World Fitness BlogFest Giveaway

Idea World Fitness BlogFest

If you’re on Instagram and want to join me at IDEA World Fitness BlogFest, a four-day event with in-depth blogging sessions, celebrity workouts and behind-the-scenes access to IDEA World (the largest fitness conference in the world and my all-time favorite fitness conference!), check out IDEA’s Instagram account for a giveaway with a chance to win a ticket! I’d love to see you there!

Memorial Day Sales

My email inbox is overflowing with lots of Memorial Day sale promotions!

MEmorial Day SalesSome deals I stumbled upon that I thought might interest some of you (along with some items that caught my eye because internet shopping – even when you’re just browsing – is way too fun):

Past Things I’m Loving Friday Posts

  • May 16
  • May 9
  • May 2
  • April 25
  • April 18
  • April 11
  • April 4
  • March 28
  • March 21
  • March 14
  • 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

    Questions of the Day

    • What is one thing you’ve been loving this week?
    • What is your favorite ice cream flavor at the moment?
    • Any fun Memorial Day weekend plans? 
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    1. says

      I’m obsessed with President’s Choice ‘Loads of’ Chocolatey Caramel Treats Ice Cream! It’s soo good. Hoping to enjoy the Spring Weather this weekend and get our veggie garden going. 🙂 Happy Long Weekend. (Mine was last weekend, Canada, but now that I’m on mat leave I have lost track of the days.)


    2. says

      You can totally pull off the skirt!!! Favourite ice cream flavour…Banoffi pie…caramel, chocolate and banana!!! Loving instant mug cakes this week….I’ve had one every night thus far!


    3. Angela says

      Hi Julie! I have been reading your blog every single day for the past few months and I have to say, I am I obsessed with it! You are incredibly motivating and your your sweet personality is infectious. Thank you for your wonderful blog!


    4. Katie says

      Hey Julie! I love all your suggestions for Memorial Day sales–I’m so much more motivated to do sale shopping when I already have references on what’s looking good!

      Quick question: All of the links are bringing me to blank images. Is there something I can do to see the images that you are redirecting to?


    5. Sarah Whitney says

      Julie, I just ate the Once Upon a Cookie ice cream and LOVED it!! I threw some chocolate chips in there, and it tasted so much like Oatmeal Cookie Chunk!! My stomach thanks you so very much for sharing!



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