Now I’m rushing off to have some fun with Leslie before she has to work this morning (we’re planning to sneak in a short workout together) so I wanted to quickly pop in to share this week’s Things I’m Loving Friday post with you guys.
Below you will find a brief list of things that are making me smile this week. As always, I’d love to hear what you’re loving most right now in the comments section of this post.
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
I’ve received a lot of questions about the fitness watch I’ve been sporting for a few months now and figured I should just share a mini review with you guys today because it is AWESOME. Ryan gave me my Fitbit Surge for Christmas and I honestly almost returned it because I didn’t think I needed a new watch since I still loved the Polar FT4 watch watch I had for years. (Side note: I still highly recommend the Polar watch for a more budget-friendly heart rate monitor.) Ryan fell in love with his Fitbit Surge last fall and assured me it was the best fitness watch he’s tried to date (he previously had a Polar watch like mine) and raved about the fact that the watch had GPS capabilities and didn’t require a heart rate monitor strap.
I decided to give it a shot and knew almost immediately I was going to love it. The watch is very user friendly (we actually gave one to my dad as well and that was his first comment!), syncs up with an app on your phone and tracks everything from calories burned and quality of sleep to steps taken every day and miles logged if you switch on the GPS tracker. It does it all! My only complaint is that I wish it was a little more stylish for everyday wear, but since I seem to wear workout clothes 99 percent of the time anyway, it’s not a big deal. Love this watch!!
I LOVE THIS SONG. How it’s not being played everywhere all the time right now, I have no idea but you must add it to your workout playlist if you haven’t already. It makes me want to dance and sing and party it up every time I hear it. Such a fun one! Bless Pandora’s Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Radio (one of my favorite Pandora Workout Stations) for introducing me to this gem.
After Chase fell in love with the water table at Brittany’s daughter’s birthday party last weekend, I’ve been on a mission to find one for him. Rather than immediately order him one, I thought I might be able to find a gently used water table for cheaper and headed into Children’s Orchard, a consignment shop with TONS of toys, clothes and kid- and baby-related items. It was my first time in the shop and even though they didn’t have a water table, I was BLOWN away by all of they stuff they had and the incredible prices. They had Rock ‘n’ Plays that looked brand new for $20, activity mats for $14, fancy strollers for $60, baby monitors, Diaper Genies, toys and more. Consignment is where it’s at for clothes, too! Though I already regularly buy gently used clothes for Chase from ThredUp, I definitely want to pop back into Children’s Orchard when I have more time to browse their clothing selection. I saw a bunch of things for $1-$3.
And here’s a little tip for those live near a Children’s Orchard: You can ask to be put on a wait list for certain items if there’s something you want that they don’t have currently available. They will then call you if they get that particular item in stock. Awesome, right?
These shoes have been on my radar for no less than a year. I never took the plunge and bought them because I love my TOMS slip-on Avalon sneakers so much, but since I find myself wearing sneakers more and more these days thanks to active play dates, I justified the need for another pair of casual sneakers in my life. I immediately knew I wanted slip-on Chucks because I’ve always been super lazy when it comes to putting on sneakers and prefer to slip them on even when laces are involved. I ordered my pair on Zappos and have worn them nearly every day since they arrived! Why did I wait so long!? They seem to fit true-to-size (maybe a tiny bit big?) and I had to break them in a bit since they’re skinnier shoes, but I’m loving them so far.
My friend Ashley sent this personality test to my college girlfriends’ group text and after we all took it, we were shocked by how accurate it appeared to be! I always find stuff like this oddly interesting and even though this quiz is a little more in depth than other random internet quizzes out there, it was really interesting and proved true for many of us. Just wanted to share in case any of you out there are into these types of things, too! (My results said I was an ENFJ or a Protagonist and the strengths/weaknesses were spot on for me. You may read about all of the personality types here.)
I’m sharing this one for my fellow bloggers out there! As you may know, I’ve been trying my best to streamline a lot of my blogging-related efforts, especially those tied into certain aspects of social media that I don’t personally enjoy all that much. Even though CoSchedule is the BEST tool I’ve found to date (<—I use it EVERY DAY and it saves me), I recently discovered Board Booster after someone mentioned it in a podcast I was listening to and signed up. It’s great for scheduling pins to pop up on Pinterest at ideal times and since I prefer to do a bunch of work at once during Chase’s naps, it helps me space out my pins so I’m not pinning everything I find interesting at once. I still have a lot to learn about this tool to allow it to work to its full potential, but I would still highly recommend this one for any bloggers out there who might be in a similar boat!
- Friday Flashbacks
Summer Chopped Salad (This recipe from my aunt was a HUGE hit at my baby shower last summer. I highly recommend adding this one to your must-make list for Memorial Day weekend!)
Shoulder Shredder Workout (I LOVE this workout! It’s really challenging – your shoulders will be on fire – and the cardio component will have you dripping in sweaty by the end.)
- Around the Web
Interesting Social Media-Related Reads: We Have Lost Ourselves In Social Media / Instagram Is Life Porn And We Have To Get It Under Control
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?