Plans for this weekend include quality time with my father-in-law and friends and hopefully some fun in the sun. I’ll be sure to fill you in on the shenanigans on Monday but until then, let’s dive into your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post and chat a little bit about the things that are making us smile this week. Please feel free to tell me about one thing you are loving this week in the comments section of this post.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Gumby Wars
Buckle up for a rather random story… When Ryan and I first moved into our house in North Carolina, he put these two goofy Gumby figurines on the counter in our master bathrooms as “décor.” As I think we can all agree, bathroom counter space is limited and, um, we’re in our 30s, so I vetoed Gumby and his horse friend and hid them far, far away. Well, months went by without Ryan noticing they were missing until one day, a month or so ago, I was brushing my teeth and THEY WERE BACK. Noooooo!
I immediately hid them again and thought I was in the clear until earlier this week I found Gumby doing the splits, suspended between our toothbrush older and a bottle of soap. It made me laugh out loud, and now we have a sort of Gumby Wars going on in our bathroom as we hide Gumby and place him in various positions around the room.
I also lost the power to ban Gumby for eternity when I told Ryan the two figurines could stay if he could tell me the name of Gumby’s horse within five minutes (no Googling allowed) and, three minutes in, the name occurred to him. So now Gumby and Pokey stare at me every day.
- KILLER Stack Workout
(Pic from BBC Facebook page)
You guys this workout almost killed me. On Thursday morning, I went through this bodyweight only stack workout with some of my girlfriends at Burn Boot Camp and we were all SO ridiculously sweaty at the end. It was hard – both mentally and physically – but I felt amazing all day long after such a challenging morning workout. Keep this one in your back pocket for days when you don’t have any equipment and want to take yourself through a tough bodyweight-only total body workout.
And if you’re not familiar with the way a stack workout works, you perform the first exercise before moving onto the second. Then, you go back to the top and perform the first, second and third exercise. Go back to the top again and perform the first, second, third and fourth exercise… and so on and so on until you make it to the bottom. So, yes, you will be doing a bazillion lunge knee drives. I told you it’s a killer!
- Pool Play Dates
Now that summer is in full swing, the pool is my favorite location for afternoon play dates with my girlfriends and our little ones. It feels great to be outside without sweating to death and there’s something about splashing around in the sun that tires Chase out and usually results in a pretty stellar afternoon nap following pool playtime. Plus, the babies all look so darn cute in their swimsuits, hats and floaties!
I have an addiction to the lululemon cool racerback tank. You guys, I just can’t stop with this one! I absolutely love this tank and think it’s one of the best workout tops out there. It’s long (a necessity for my long torso), stays put during a plyometric workout (hooray for no re-adjusting during burpees) and is flattering and sweat-wicking. It may just be my favorite workout top in all the land. I already own it in a small assortment of colors and yet I cannot stop eyeing the cape red and pistachio colors. Someone stop meeee!
- Food Prep Ebook from Lindsay Livingston, RD
I’m always happy to help spread the word when one of my blogging friends launches a passion project and Lindsay’s first ebook is amazing! I had the chance to check it out a month or so ago before it was officially on sale and it’s so clear to see that she poured a ton of time and energy into this wonderful resource.
Lindsay is a registered dietitian and the queen of food prep! She’s been sharing food prep tips and recaps on her blog forever and compiled her experience and healthy living knowledge into one place for those interested in streamlining healthy eating and prepping meals for the week ahead. The Ultimate Guide to Food Prep ebook is only $14.99 and full of great tips and tricks from someone who seriously knows her stuff!
- Orange Geek (Website Hosting)
I’m sharing this one for any bloggers or people out there who run a website… If that’s not you this will probably be super boring, so you may want to skip down to the next bullet point!
Hooray for a new website host!!! After almost five great years with my previous host, within the past few months, my blog crashed numerous times – one weekend it was down nearly 6 times in 48 hours – and it’s been a serious headache. The service was only reactive (never proactive) and my blog would be down until I contacted the company to get it up and running again. Apparently the company was purchased by a larger corporation and the changes I’ve seen haven’t been positive to say the least, so I started shopping around and am already soooo much happier with Orange Geek!
Orange Geek was able to transfer my blog to their server (they do this for free!) and so far everything has been incredibly smooth. Orange Geek was highly recommended to me by several blogging friends and I am already feeling a sense of relief to have a host I can depend on again.
If you are a blogger looking for a host, I highly recommend Orange Geek! I paid for the service myself but reached out to them about offering you guys a discount and they’ll take 10 percent off any order with the code pbfingers. (I will get a small kickback if you use my code and I hope you are as happy with Orange Geek as I am so far!) And just FYI for my fellow bloggers, website hosting is one of my biggest blog-related expenses every year and I’m happy to report that Orange Geek is almost $1k cheaper per year for me compared to what I was previously paying, so it might be worth checking out if you are looking for a more affordable and reliable host!
- Friday Flashbacks
Healthy Breakfast Sweet Potatoes (Perfect for Sunday food prep, these potatoes taste great with eggs for breakfast or burgers for a healthy dinnertime side dish.)
Upper Body Cardio Workout (One of my all-time favorites! A seriously sweaty upper body burner!)
- Around the Web
Stellar Sales: Adidas + Too Faced Cosmetics + Yumi Kim (<— my favorite rompers!) on HauteLook
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?