This week ended up a little different than I initially anticipated. My mom was supposed to be here for most of the week but ended up driving to Raleigh first thing on Tuesday morning to be with her sister for some family-related issues (everything is okay!) and should be returning to Charlotte later today for the weekend. I’m so glad she was able to be with my aunt this week and am looking forward to having her here with me this weekend! She also volunteered to watch Chase this evening since Ryan planned a surprised birthday date for me tonight! (My birthday is next Wednesday.) I am really looking forward to some quality time with Ryan and can’t remember the last time we headed out on a date without Chase in tow, so we are clearly overdue. I’ve been looking forward to our date all week!
Anticipating date night and a weekend with my mom top my list for this week’s Things I’m Loving Friday blog post, but below you will find a roundup of a few other things that are making me smile. As always, feel free to participate in the fun in the comments section of this post and tell me about something YOU are loving this week!
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
I finally found it! A vanilla yogurt I absolutely adore! While I’ve found other vanilla yogurts I’ve thought were decent in the past, I never found one that totally wow-ed me until I bought a cup of Siggi’s vanilla yogurt last weekend. It is, without a doubt, the best vanilla yogurt I’ve tried to date! It’s incredibly thick – much like Greek yogurt though apparently it’s skyr, a traditional yogurt from Iceland – and packed with 14 grams of protein and the perfect hint of vanilla from Madagascar bourbon vanilla. (You can even see the vanilla bean specs!) While all of that is great, I love the fact that it’s not overwhelmingly sweet the most. It tastes rich and creamy without the typical sugar overload you find in most flavored yogurt these days. I eat it plain or topped with sliced kiwi, fresh berries, chia seeds or cacao nibs.
For Christmas, my sister gave me a beautiful necklace with Chase’s first initial on it but it unfortunately broke. She was so thoughtful to send me a replacement necklace as a surprise when she found out about the original necklace and I actually love the replacement necklace she selected on Etsy even more! It’s so delicate and pretty and more unique than other initial necklaces I’ve seen out there. For those looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas, I think this one would be a winner! (Bonus: It’s quite affordable – only $25! – and you can add more than one initial disc to the chain for multiple children.)
- Outside Play Dates
While I absolutely love Gymboree and Discovery Place play dates with my girlfriends and their babies, there’s something about outside play dates that are my favorite. Chase seems to do best outside and loves looking at anything and everything around him. He’s definitely a nature lover! This week we enjoyed meeting up with friends for walks and playtime at a local park where I could not get over how cute Chase and his buddy Claire looked in the swing together! They were born only four days apart and I quickly became friends with Claire’s mom through Burn Boot Camp since our little ones ended up in their childcare around the same time. They do so well together and it’s so fun to watch them interact even if interaction at this stage usually means trying to grab each other’s Wubbanubs. Ha!
- Juli Bauer’s Chimichurri Sauce
I know I’ve professed my love for Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook on the blog a myriad of times before, but it’s still a personal favorite I reference regularly when looking for recipe inspiration. The other day I made the chimichurri sauce recipe (located on page 284, for those who have the cookbook) and we’ve been loving it on everything from chicken and steak to eggs and fish! (On Wednesday night, I incorporated it into the quesadilla you see above.) It’s so fresh and flavorful. The first time Ryan tried it, he said, “I could legitimately eat this every day.” If you’re a cilantro fan, it’s a must-make!
I love edamame as much as the next person and occasionally pick up a bag of dry roasted edamame to snack on since it makes a fantastic high-protein portable snack option. Thanks to my mom, I recently discovered Seapoint Farms Wasabi Edamame and even though I’m usually a big-time baby when it comes to spicy foods, the punch of spice from the wasabi adds so much flavor to the crunchy edamame and I find myself reaching for handful after handful of this stuff.
- Friday Flashbacks
Easy BBQ Meatloaf (I was reminded of this recipe after one of you Snapchatted me a pic of it this week. I need to make this one again ASAP! So good!)
Leg + Plyo Workout (A serious leg burner that combines strength exercises with killer cardio exercises!)
- Around the Web
Fitness: 3 Week Arm Sculpting Challenge / Half Marathon Training for Beginners / Best Spinning Climb Songs / Run the Chicago or NYC Marathon with Team Healthy Kids / Rowing + Burpees Pyramid Workout / Musical Strength Workout
Interesting Reads: Why I Don’t Believe In Cheat Days (<—Agree!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?