Good morning and Happy Friday! I hope a fun weekend is on the horizon for all of you!
My parents are arriving in town on Saturday and I am so excited to see them and spend Father’s Day with both my dad and Ryan. It should be a good one and we’re hoping to get out on the lake, take the guys out for a Father’s Day brunch and just enjoy some quality time together. Without a doubt, having my parents here with us this weekend is what I am loving most this week, but since it’s Friday, it’s time to share a small roundup of some other things I’m loving this week in your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post.
As always feel free to play along in the comments section and have a great weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Meeting Emily Maynard
Yesterday morning, Chase and I drove to Carowinds amusement park in South Carolina for an event with former Bachelorette Emily Maynard hosted by OK! Magazine and Huggies Little Swimmers diapers. My friend Carrie first told me about the event after it was posted in our local Stroller Strides Facebook group and since I love The Bachelorette so darn much, I just had to go!
(Pic from my Snapchat –> juliepbfingers)
The event was casual (and incredibly hot and humid!) and took place an hour before the amusement park opened so the little ones had time to splash around in a calmer environment which was great!
This also gave us time to chat with Emily who was kind enough to introduce herself to me and Carrie which was a bit of a relief since we felt totally awkward about going up to her and striking up a random conversation! She was very friendly and easy to talk to and her little boy (born only a few weeks before Chase!) was absolutely adorable. It was a fun way to spend the morning on Thursday even if we had to power through Chase’s normal naptime. Thankfully Chase slept the whole way home and transferred easily into his crib for his afternoon nap but last night was rather horrific, so you win some, you lose some!
Confession: I’ve been using the same makeup brush for my bronzer for years. (We’re talking 10 years, people.) It’s been shedding tiny black hairs all over my face for months and, after speaking with a nice woman at Ulta, I finally purchased a replacement (the Ulta IT Brush #108). I forgot just how nice a brand new makeup brush can feel! It’s soft, doesn’t shed (a miracle!) and makes it easy to lightly dust my face with bronzer without going overboard. Woo!
After I purchased a holiday phone case for my phone last winter, it remained on my phone through March when I finally decided I should forgo my holly-ridden Christmas case and get something a little less seasonal. I love my dream catcher case but found myself gravitating toward the brighter, more summery cases whenever I’d be out shopping. Finally I just bit the bullet and bought myself this cheery pineapple phone case for summer! It makes me smile and I love the teal exterior frame surrounding the phone even if the case does look like it was made for an 8th grader.
- Setting Up Your iPhone Emergency Medical ID
I didn’t know iPhones had the ability to store medical information for medical professionals to easily locate should you ever been in an emergency situation, but after a friend posted about this feature on Facebook this week, I updated my information and figured it was worth sharing here as well just in case a few of you are in the dark as well. To activate this feature, simply visit the Health app on your iPhone (the white square with the red heart) and click on the “Medical ID” asterisk at the bottom of the screen to fill out your information. (You may see more details about this feature and how to update it here.)
- Friday Flashbacks
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds (A perfectly portable and oh so addicting summertime snack! We love packing these for a day out on the lake.)
Legs + Core Workout (A challenging 20 minute workout that targets your lower body and core!)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?