Things I’m Loving Friday III

Good morning and happy Friday! I am currently in the air on my way to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party, but I typed up another “Things I’m Loving Friday” post to share while I’m traveling.

Please feel free to play along in the comments section!

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Bridesmaid Dresses You Can Wear Again

I know every bride hopes her bridesmaids will wear their bridesmaid dress again, but the truth is the dresses often look “bridesmaidy” or they’re too formal to wear again and again. I’m pretty pumped that the long orange BCBG dress that I wore when I was in Minda’s wedding last Sunday is one I actually think I’ll wear again. It’s comfortable and can be dressed up or down which is awesome!  1235235_10102316153336992_882684307_n

  • Scuba Diving

julie scuba diving

Scuba diving on Labor Day this week reminded me just how much I love exploring underwater. It’s even more fun when I get to scuba dive with Ryan and my family! Scuba diving is so incredible and I wish I could do it more often!

  • Naturally Flavored Water 

hint blackberry

I’ve never been a huge soda drinker, but I can guzzle flavored water all day long. Though flavored sparkling water will always have my heart, sometimes chugging bubbly water isn’t ideal, especially before I’m about to teach a group exercise class since I don’t want to be burpy. I struggle to drink a lot of plain water, but there’s something about the pop of flavor in Hint unsweetened essence water, Ayala herbal water or Metromint water that helps me drink lots of water without it feeling like a pain.

And the Mountains Echoed

I finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale over the weekend and quickly picked up Khaled Hosseini’s latest novel to read this week. I think Khaled Hosseini is a phenomenal writer and while I’m not far enough along to say whether or not this book will be as good as his previous novels, I’m enjoying it so far.

crossfit board shorts

Inspired by Jess, I bought these shorts with 35 percent off promo code I posted last month and absolutely love them. The thick, wide waistband is very flattering and doesn’t dig into my sides. They stay up when I do deep squats and burpees and I think the bright color is a lot of fun. They’re roomier in the hips and butt which I appreciate as well.

  • Long Runs

8 mile run

The past two Saturdays in a row, I’ve taken Sadie on a long eight-mile morning run. I’m not currently training for a specific race, but I’ve really enjoyed running longer distances. Plus, I know Sadie has a blast and it kicks off the weekend on a high note!

No Bake Oatmeal  Nut Butter Balls

I’ve made these no less than four times since I first posted the recipe two weeks ago. They are the perfect portable snack and I love that they’re easy to grab and eat in between training clients and teaching group exercise classes while I’m at work.

  • Evening Walks with Ryan and Sadie

julie ryan sadie

This isn’t a new one, but my evening walk with Ryan and Sadie is one of the high points of my day. I love chatting with Ryan about whatever is on our minds and watching Sadie joyfully pick up every stick in her path. It’s a great way to unwind.

Past Things I’m Loving Friday posts:

Question of the Morning

  • What is something you’re loving lately?
  • What do you think makes a bridesmaid dress awesome?


  1. says

    As a guy I had to skip a few of these, but I too love flavored water and I’m definitely going to be giving those no bake oatmeal nut butter balls a try! Really enjoying your site as well.



  2. says

    I am LOVING your Peanut Butter Oatmeal balls too lately! I’ve made a double batch every week since your post. I have two small girls (6.5 and 4.5) and they LOVE them just as much as me. AS a busy mom, I love that I have a healthy, portable, and filling snack to give them on the go or to add to their lunch boxes!


  3. says

    I’ve made the No Bake Oatmeal Nut Butter Balls twice since reading this post last week. I obviously love them, but my problem is that I could eat the whole batch at one time! The bonus is that my five year old likes them too – but she calls them meatballs :-). “Mom, can I have another peanut butter meatball??” Haha! Thanks for the recipe!


  4. Libby Oed says

    Hey =)
    I just wanted to pop in and say how much I am loving your blog! I have only just found it, but I think it is fantastic! I love getting to see a part of your life! You are truly beautiful, and seem to be so lovely inside to, thank you for sharing your passion for health with us! I am currently loving the spring weather and making plans for later this year / next year. Its all very exciting!
    Hope you have a fantastic rest of your week!
    Libby =)


  5. says

    I love bridesmaid dresses that don’t scream “I’m a bridesmaid dress” and that are just very pretty dresses that can be worn again. I was in two weddings in September and the brides picked beautiful dresses like that. I ironically definitely had “bridesmaid dresses” when I got married haha 🙂



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