Anyway, Friday is here and I’m really looking forward to the weekend ahead. It is supposed to be H-O-T in Charlotte, so you better believe we’ll be spending time on the lake and in the shade. So far the weather here has been much more pleasant that last year’s ongoing heat wave, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be sweating up a storm this weekend as we adjust to hotter temperatures.
Now let’s get right into your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we all chat about what we’re loving most each week. Feel free to participate in the fun in the comments section and tell me about something that is making you smile right now!
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Midweek Girls’ Night
On Wednesday night, I met up with some of my favorite ladies for a mid-week girls’ night. We made plans to get together just before 8 p.m., after all of our babies’ bedtimes so we could enjoy chatting away childfree which almost never happens these days! I had a blast and it felt so great to not feel distracted during our conversations or get interrupted every two seconds by baby squeals, diaper changes and whatever else usually pops up whenever we all get together. I need more girls’ nights in my future! (I also got to meet the sweetest blog reader and her way-too-adorable 16-month-old boy while we were out which was so fun. Thank you for saying hi, Kristen!!)
- Plyo + Core Bodyweight Workout
On Wednesday morning, I got my butt kicked at Burn Boot Camp thanks to this 1000 rep plyometric + core workout. We completed two rounds of the whiteboard workout and I was SO ridiculously sweaty by the end. I wanted to share this one on the blog since it didn’t require any equipment and would be a great one to keep in your back pocket for a killer travel workout or a butt kickin’ at home workout!
- Salad Dressing 101
Any kind of food-related infographic that makes whipping up something healthy and homemade sound incredibly easy always catches my eye. With summertime right around the corner, salads seem to pop up on the menu in our house more often than usual and I love this simple guide to creating no-fuss salad dressings from scratch.
Earlier this week, I received one heck of an awesome package in the mail from the two women behind Wild Friends nut butters. They sent me a small selection of some of their nut butters to try out and they are absolutely incredible! I’ve only heard great things about Wild Friends nut butters and now that I’ve tried them, I can say they totally live up to the hype. They’re the perfect balance of slightly sweet and salty but still creamy and easily spreadable. I was actually a little surprised to find myself loving the honey sunflower butter as much as I did! It was a little too addicting, as was the chocolate coconut peanut butter that basically tastes like dessert on a spoon. SO GOOD. (FYI, You can see where their nut butters are sold near you by using their store locator. They actually recently started selling high protein almond and peanut butters at Target!) If you are a nut butter lovin’ fanatic like me, you have to try this stuff!!! But please don’t be mad at me when you can’t pry yourself away from the jar…
- Becky’s Energy Balls
Late Monday morning, a bunch of my Burn Boot Camp friends and I got together after a workout and celebrated our friend (and childcare superstar!) Lindsey’s upcoming wedding with a casual post-workout baby shower outside of the gym.
One of the BBC trainers, Becky, made a batch of way-too-addicting energy balls that had everyone drooling and when she shared the recipe on Facebook, I knew I had to share it with you guys, too. They seem quite easy to make and were seriously tasty! (FYI, Becky also says they freeze well if you want to make a big batch at once.)
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Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving most this week?