Do you guys have any good pranks in the works this year? I don’t have anything planned but I always get a kick out of hearing about some quality jokes that always seem to go down on this crazy day!
Even if your April Fools’ Day plans are minimal like mine are today, I hope your weekend is a good one! The only real commitment I have on my calendar for the next two days is a friend’s baby shower on Saturday morning (so excited to celebrate Amii!) but other than that, our weekend should be pretty laidback. Just the way I like it!
And now let’s get to the good stuff… Your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we all chat about what we are loving most each week. Below you will find a list of a few things that are making me smile 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 wonderful weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Gretchen’s Facebook Shout Out
Early Tuesday evening, my day got a whole lot brighter because one of my all-time favorite authors shared my blog post! I have been a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin for years and seeing her share my blog post about Abstainers vs. Moderators was such a special moment for me. And I absolutely love the fact that she took the time to read your thoughtful comments on the post as well. Thank you to everyone who weighed in. I’m sure you played a huge part in why Gretchen actually noticed my post and I am grateful to you. As a Gretchen Rubin super fan, this was seriously one of the coolest things that has happened to me through this blog!
And if you enjoyed Tuesday’s blog post, this happiness-related post might also be of interest: Little Indulgences = Big Happiness
This book. Ugh. I’m not sure what to say about it. Did I like it? Yes. I read it over the course of three evenings so clearly it roped me in and thoroughly entertained me enough to recommend it but there was something about the last 100 pages or so that left a LOT to be desired. The built up to the ending was fantastic and had me turning each page with vigor, but the end of the book felt rushed and left me with a lot of questions. It’s an easy read and from the Amazon reviews, it seems like most people really enjoyed it so I’m curious to know if any of you out there read it and feel the way I do about the ending! Thoughts?
On that note, I’m now on the lookout for a new novel to read and am hoping for another page-turner with a little mystery. All recommendations are welcome!
My friend Cherayne and I have a similar body shape and when she wore these shorts to Theo’s first birthday party a couple of weeks ago, I think I complimented her a million times and then immediately ordered them online from NordstromRack.com. They looked so cute on her and were quite flattering for our shared body type of curvier hips with a more narrow waist. The shorts are high-waisted and the fabric is lightweight and flows over the hips in a flattering way. I just wanted to share these here in case any of you out there have a similar body type and struggle to find flattering shorts that aren’t too tight in the hips and too loose in the waist. (FYI, I think they fit true to size.)
I first subscribed to Clean Eating magazine years ago. I was bummed when it went out of publication for a while there but I’m so glad it’s back! I instantly subscribed when I saw it back on the market and really love the way the magazine features EASY recipes made with wholesome ingredients. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for recipe or meal planning inspiration!
I recently had the opportunity to try The Crock-Pot® Brand’s Rustic Beef Stew from their new line of Crock-Pot Cuisine Ready-To-Slow Cook meals and I’m pretty sure it was one of the easiest meals I’ve ever prepared! Crock-Pot Cuisine meals are made for you by chefs so all of the prep work – the chopping, measuring and shopping for ingredients – is already done before the frozen meal kit arrives at your doorstop. The meal does not require defrosting before you place it into the slow cooker.
I simply put the two packages of frozen ingredients directly into the Crock-Pot slow cooker, added a combination of water and red wine and set the slow cooker to cook on low for eight hours. I had dinner cooking away in the slow cooker in less than three minutes!
I paid attention to some of the reviews on the site and seasoned our stew with salt and pepper before serving and we both thought it was delicious! The meal truly could not have been any easier to prepare and was perfect for us on a night when we didn’t have the time or energy to cook an elaborate dinner.
If you’d like to try out one of the new Crock-Pot Cuisine Ready-To-Slow Cook meals, Crock-Pot Cuisine is offering the first 100 PBF readers $10 off when you buy two or more meals! Just click this link and the discount will be automatically applied. Enjoy!
(Note: While I am not earning commission on any Crock-Pot Cuisine meals purchased, I was given a complimentary meal to try and that portion of the above post was sponsored by The Crock-Pot Brand!)
- Friday Flashbacks
Simple Ways To Make Vegetables Taste Better (If you – or your children! – aren’t the biggest fan of vegetables, this blog post gives simple ideas for ways you can make vegetables taste more delicious!)
Walking Workouts (A roundup of five walking workouts to try!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile this week?