After a holiday-related hiatus over the past two weeks, I’m happy to be bringing back your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post this week where we all chat about what we’re loving most each week. (Truthfully, I had to condense this post several times because I found myself wanting to share a million things with you guys this week. I guess that’s what two weeks off will do to ya!)
Below you will find a list of the things that are making me smile this week and, as always, I’d love to hear a little bit about what you’re loving in the comments section.
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- The Personal Posts
When I shared some of my blogging goals with you guys on Monday, I expressed interest in sprinkling in a little more Evergreen content into this blog in 2016. A handful of you weighed in to encourage me not to forget to include the personal stuff and believe me, I won’t! I absolutely know the heart and soul of PBF comes from personal posts and since they’ve always been my favorite to write and share (and read on other blogs!), they are absolutely not going anywhere. I appreciate your feedback, as always, and you can brace yourself for a billion Sadie and baby pics in 2016. You’ve been warned! (And, if you have any requests for topics surrounding some more personal posts, please let me know. I’m all ears!)
- Fresh Market Peppermint Crème Coffee
Hooray!! After a one-year hiatus, Fresh Market brought back my beloved Peppermint Crème coffee! It’s one of my all-time favorite flavored coffees and even though the holidays have come and gone, I’ll be rationing out cups of this seasonal delight until I eventually run out of it and cry in my coffee cup. My local Fresh Market is still selling this flavor, so I may need to pick up another bag before it’s pulled from the shelves…
Nike Flyknits were on my Christmas wish list and I was so thrilled to open up a pair of the lightweight sneakers from my parents on Christmas morning. I’ve heard such wonderful things about these shoes for months (my friend Merri first put them on my radar) and so far they live up to the hype. They’ve been the perfect shoe for my boot camp and circuit workouts. I love the low profile and the shoe hugs my foot in a way that feels supportive and comfortable. And I obviously love the aesthetics of this shoe! (I have the light gray pair and am considering buying the light blue, too. I live in gym shoes and they’re currently on sale, so it’s justified… Right?)
- Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream
Ice cream is my favorite food and Ben & Jerry’s makes some of the best! Though I am still bummed they discontinued Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (aka the BEST flavor ever), Cinnamon Buns reminds me of it a bit with its creamy cinnamon flavor. Ryan and I are both big-time fans of this one and until Ben & Jerry’s brings back our beloved Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, it will make a decent substitute.
- The Easiest Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
It’s been far too long since we made the EASIEST crock pot recipe of all time in our house: Crock pot salsa chicken! Just in case you haven’t tried it before, let me fill you in. Combine two to four chicken breasts with a jar of your favorite salsa and cook on low in the crock pot for 6(ish) hours. Shred with a fork and enjoy! SO simple, right!? We used the shredded salsa chicken in tacos for Monday night’s dinner and it was delicious, as always.
Over Christmas, my mom, sister and I took a handful of Jazzercise classes together and I was reminded, yet again, how much I love the workout. My mom gifted me the 12 Days of Christmas Class Pass and I looked forward to every class we took together. The routines were a lot of fun and the music was upbeat and current. There’s one instructor at my mom’s studio who is an absolute spitfire and her energy is so positive and motivating. My mom’s love for Jazzercise is contagious and I always have a blast taking classes with her when I can! Jazzercise is the jam.
- $25 Dress
When I shared my Christmas recap last Monday, a handful of you guys asked me about the floral dress I wore to a Christmas Eve church service. I bought it for only $25 from Zulily! (I first became obsessed with Zulily after I got pregnant. So many good deals on baby stuff.) The brand is Journey Five and the dress is super comfy! It’s rather form fitting, but I think it regains some modesty thanks to the sleeves and midi length, which I love. I am hoping to find a similar dress in a solid black. My eyes are peeled!
- ThredUp Earnings
Thanks to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, back in November I was inspired to thoroughly go through my clothes and donate/sell a bunch of things. I sent two big bags to ThredUp and am pleased to have made $125 for everything! (The $67.94 you see pending will go through if two of my higher-end items sell.) Given the fact that sending a big bag of stuff their way takes basically no effort on my part (they mail you a bag to fill up and send back for free), I’ll take it! (The other earnings you see are my lifetime earnings from sending them clothing over the course of a couple of years.) I didn’t have the time or desire to sell things individually myself, so the convenience of the ThredUp process was perfect for me in December. I know a bunch of you guys have goals to clean out your closets and get more organized in 2016, so I just wanted to mention ThredUp just in case it wasn’t already on your radar.
ThredUp also has some great deals on gently used clothes and I ended up picking up a new Lululemon jacket and some more clothes for my constantly-growing baby boy last month, too.
- Around The Web
For a healthy start to 2016…
Just Press Play: Month-Long At Home Workout Video Plan
- Friday Flashbacks
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars (These bars come together in less than five minutes and combine crunchy peanut butter, sweet honey, crispy bran flakes, chewy oats, cinnamon and protein-packed chia seeds.)
Weekend Circuit Workout (A throwback circuit workout from 2012… Perfect for working up a sweat on the weekend!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?