Things I’m Loving Friday #46

Happy Friday!!! I feel like I haven’t had much of a chance to pop in and chat with you guys throughout the past 48 hours, but I am trying my best to soak up every minute of IDEA World and can’t wait to share all of it with you soon. It’s been a whirlwind of awesome workouts (BodyPump with Les Mills National Trainers!), informative sessions and quality time with blogging friends.

Today kicks off day two of the conference and I’ll also be speaking on a panel today, so I’m feeling a little nervous! Hopefully some of the jitters will go away soon, but I know I’ll be able to breathe a little easier once I’m in the clear and will just have sessions and workouts to enjoy.

But now it’s time for your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post! Below you will find a list of things I’m loving this week. As always, I’d love to hear about things that are making you smile in the comments section of this post. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Things I’m Loving Friday

COSMOS Creations Coconut Crunch

This was an impulse buy at TJMaxx over the weekend (I know I’m not the only one who cannot resist their gourmet treats section!) and it totally blew me away. I thought it would be a nice little treat but I had a hard time not polishing off the entire bag in one sitting. It was sweet, buttery and oh-so-good!

Portable Phone Charger

When I travel on blog-related trips, I often use my phone to try to stay on top of my emails so I don’t end up totally drowning in my inbox when I finally sit down at the computer. As I’m sure you all know, using data on a phone is the fastest way to drain the battery, so in preparation for IDEA, I bought the Merkury Innovations charger for $12 on super sale through HauteLook to help give my phone a little juice when the battery gets low. So far it’s working well! I just plug my phone into the charger (it also works to charge anything you can plug into a USB cord) and watch the battery level come back to life! 

In two weeks I will be helping judge this event one evening and I cannot wait! Fire in the City is a competition dining series where local chefs sign on to create three dishes using mystery ingredients that are revealed on the day of the competition. (Kind of like the TV show Chopped!) Guests and guest judges will vote on the dishes and select a winner who will progress to the next round. Fire in the City takes place over several weeks and the winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000! I’m looking forward to a fun date night with Ryan and some delicious food prepared by some of the top chefs in Charlotte.

  • Using BirchBox Samples While Traveling

BirchBox Samples

Ever since I started subscribing to BirchBox last year, I’ve accumulated a small sampling of perfect travel-size beauty products. While I use some at home, I’ve saved a bunch to use when I travel because they’re the perfect size! Hotel beauty products often seem rather watered down to me, so I love having some high-quality beauty products on hand. During my trip to Anaheim this week, I’ve been using Fleurs de Tempes volumizing shampoo and Klorane dry shampoo(<—my new favorite!!) from past boxes and loving both!

  • Remembering Robin Williams

 Robin Williams

When I found out that Robin Williams passed away on Monday, I felt a lump in my throat I couldn’t ignore. His passing affected me in a way I never realized a celebrity death could. I’ve been a fan of Robin Williams since his days as the Genie in Aladdin and his wonderfully entertaining role as the lead in Mrs. Doubtfire. And then there was Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams and Hook. Dead Poet’s Society. More favorites. But it was his standup that truly wowed me. Ryan and I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live and walked away in awe of his talent. He could take a single thought and run with it and his standup DVDs are go-tos in our house whenever we need a laugh. The ability to make millions smile and laugh is such a gift and Robin’s warm demeanor made him seem approachable, gentle and genuine.

I’ve found myself reading Robin Williams’ quotes and tributes from those who loved him over the past few days and here are some I found rather poignant: Zelda Williams (Robin’s daughter), Mike Rowe, Norm Macdonald. I love this quote from Mike Rowe that I think captures the way many people feel who didn’t really know Robin at all but loved him for his talent and his incredible ability to entertain and make us laugh: “When I heard about Robin yesterday, my first feeling was shock. Then, a kind of sadness, too shallow to call grief, but to too real to ignore.”

  • Uppercase Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Tory, the winner of yesterday’s Uppercase giveaway.

“I just got a new library card last night since I moved. Cannot wait to start reading again – thanks for the recommendations!”

Tory was emailed first thing this morning!

Question of the Day

  • Share one thing you are loving this week!


  1. says

    I was so sad about Robin Williams’s death too. I didn’t think I’d get that sad about a celebrity dying that I had never met. I’m so jealous you got to see him do stand up. That must have been a real treat!


  2. says

    Coconut is my new addiction so I will definitely try those Cosmo Crunch Creations! Another new obsession are Flash Tattoos! They are temporary ones with a rather metallic finish that end up looking like jewelry pieces! So beautiful!
    Have fun at the conference!


  3. says

    Good luck on your panel! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. 🙂 I’m loving that I get to see my best friend tonight! She moved back to town for two weeks before moving out of state, so I’m going to soak up our time together.


  4. says

    I definitely understand the Robin Williams sentiment. 🙁

    But yay for BodyPump with LesMills trainers! I actually take from Rebecca every week – she’s a good friend of mine and one of the people I was talking about in my previous comment (but I wasn’t sure what she was doing yet when I commented). I hope you got to meet and talk with them afterwards. Did you do any of the other Les Mills sessions?


  5. says

    Oh my gosh, Robin Williams. Mike Rowe’s quote was actually perfect in describing feelings about it. Ugh, such a shock and so sad.

    This week I have been LOVING a sugar free mocha from a local coffee shop. mmm mmm mmm 🙂


  6. says

    I felt the same way about Robin Williams passing. I didn’t realize how effected I was by it and I had a tight knot in my stomach. That goes to show you how one person can really have an impact on millions of people!

    I am sure you did great at your presentation at IDEA World. I hope to be there next year 🙂


  7. says

    This week I am loving the weather! It looks like it’s going to get hot and sticky again this week, but there has been a wonderful cool breeze blowing all week and I’ve really enjoyed being able to stay outside for more than 5 minutes without sweating my butt off! It also makes for some delightful running 🙂


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