HOORAY! Vacation time is here! Ryan, Chase, Sadie and I are heading to the mountains this weekend for a seven-day vacation with my family in Asheville, North Carolina. We’ve been counting down the days for a while now and I could not be more ready for lots of exploring and relaxing and plenty of quality time with my favorite people on the planet. Woo!
I have a couple of blog posts ready to go for next week so the blog won’t be completely dark and I will also try my best to pop in with vacation updates as time allows. As I’m sure you can understand, my priority is spending time with my family next week and while I hope to check in here a time or two, I want this vacation to really feel like a vacation away from technology for me as well. If disappear for a bit, I promise to be back to recap everything the following week! I’m sure I’ll also share glimpses into the fun on Instagram, Snapchat (user name: juliepbfingers <— Still my fav and where I’m most active by far!) and Facebook.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Below is your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post with a short list of the things that are making me smile this week. As always, I’d love for you to tell me about something you’re loving right now in the comments section of this post!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Chase Driving Mimi’s Car
If you were a PBF reader during my pregnancy, you may remember my family baby shower that my aunt and grandmother threw for me in Raleigh. That shower was so special and ended up meaning more to our family than we ever could have imagined because it brought all of us together two weeks before my grandmother, Mimi, passed away. One of the incredibly sweet and thoughtful gifts she gave me was a toy red car for Chase that she and my aunt personalized with stickers that said “Fagan’s First” on the license plate. Well, the car is officially one of Chase’s favorite toys at the moment and we’ve loved seeing him ride around on it and dance, dance, dance to the music. (It randomly plays Christmas music! What!?) It’s wonderful to watch Chase have a ball with a present that came to him from his great grandmother and I cannot help but smile when I think of her and the joy she would get out of seeing Chase enjoy her special gift so much.
- Thankful Candle
HomeGoods, why don’t you just go ahead and take all my money? I realized a couple of weeks ago that it had been close to a YEAR since I shopped at HomeGoods. What!? Apparently browsing around one of my favorite stores fell to the wayside with a baby in the picture but with the holidays right around the corner, I had to make my valiant return! Of course I ended up leaving with a few fall décor items, including this Thankful candle. HomeGoods, I missed you!!!
The Fabletics Holly Tank is quickly becoming a workout staple for me because of its versatility. I initially wore the tank without tying it up in the back and loved the soft, flowy look and the fun detailing in the back that allows a cute, strappy sports bra to shine through. When I saw another woman at the gym tie a similar tank up in the back, I tried it with the Fabletics Holly Tank and loved it! (I especially love it with a pair of high-waisted leggings.) It’s available in white, black, gray and green (I have it in white and gray) and it’s so darn cute!
And if you’re in the market for a longer, flowy tank that covers your booty, I also love the Fabletics Teresa Tank in black but haven’t had the chance to snap a picture of it in action just yet. It’s flattering and super cute when paired with bright or patterned workout crops!
- Dinner Made Easy Ebook (Early Bird Pricing Through Sunday!)
Thank you SO much to those of you who have already purchased our Dinner Made Easy ebook! I hope you find the ebook helpful and that it inspires you to dive into meal prep and healthy eating without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed.
Just in case you missed my blog post on Wednesday, I created the Dinner Made Easy ebook with three blogging friends (Gina, Brittany and Lindsay) to provide you with 20 dinner recipes (enough for Monday through Friday for a month!), meal prep tips, shopping lists and more. We wanted to take the guesswork and effort out of meal planning and hope our ebook is a valuable resource for you!
Earlybird pricing is available now through Sunday, so be sure to nab the ebook for $9.99 while you can by clicking the button below. Pricing will increase to $12.99 on Monday. Thank you!!!
Oookay my friends! I have a recipe you must make ASAP! A while ago (ummm, a year ago?) I created a recipe for Cinnamon Almond Butter Chex Granola for the General Mills website and it was so incredibly tasty! It was also perfect for late-night breastfeeding hunger and I actually kept a small jar of this granola in the nightstand by the glider in Chase’s nursery to snack on when hunger hit in the middle of the night. (Breastfeeding hunger is REAL, my friends.)
If you’re looking for a new granola recipe to try, definitely check it out! The base is oatmeal and Rice Chex, one of the seven Chex flavors made without any artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Woop! I made it again this week but added chopped pecans, cashews and dried cranberries to the mix and it was wonderful!
- I Can’t Stop Eating Sahale Snacks
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working with Sahale Snacks and while I’ve been a fan of their snacks ever since I picked up my first bag of their fruit and nut trail mix at a random shop at the airport a while ago, our collaboration introduced me to a handful of new-to-me flavors of their delicious snacks. You guys, their nuts are ridiculously tasty. Like “oh wow, I cannot stop eating these nuts and yep I just ate the whole bag myself” kind of tasty.
Now that I’ve tried my fair share of their snacks, I’ve found myself adding their nuts to my grocery cart time and time again because they are the perfect mid-morning snack when I want something quick I can grab while I’m trying to cram in as much work as possible during Chase’s nap.
Their snacks are all gluten-free, non-GMO and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Heck yes! My personal favorite flavors are the Pomegranate Vanilla Glazed Cashew Mix (a must-try if you love vanilla anything!), Maple Pecans Glazed Mix (so good for dessert or crunched up and stirred into a cup of yogurt) and the Thai Cashews Glazed Mix (my favorite to snack on while I make dinner to take the edge off my hunger). YUM!
- Friday Flashbacks
Spooky Circuit Workout (There’s nothing inherently spooky about this workout unless burpees freak you out… which I totally understand! But at least you only have to do 10 in a row at a time!)
Festive Fall Recipes (A 2013 roundup collection of some of my fall favorites!)
- Chicco Car Seat Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Kristy, the winner of the Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat! Kristy was emailed first thing this morning. Thank you so much to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile this week?