Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope your day is off to a good start!
I am flying off to Chicago this afternoon for a girls’ weekend with three of my best friends. I cannot wait to see Leah, Michaela and Carrie and spend the next three days soaking up every second of quality time with three of my oldest and closest friends. (We’ve been best friends since elementary school!) I’ll be sure to recap our weekend on the blog next week, but before then I must dive into your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post!
Below you will find a short roundup of a few things that are making me smile this week. As always, I’d love it if you shared something you’re loving this week with me in the comments section of this post.
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- BBC Shoulder + Biceps + Triceps Workout
You know the kind of workout that requires you to dig deep to get through it but simultaneously makes you feel strong? The kind of workout you just love because you leave the gym feeling powerful and a little jello-y from working your muscles hard? That was Thursday’s Burn Boot Camp Shoulder + Biceps + Triceps workout! After more than a week off of workouts due to a broken toe and vacation, it felt good to work my upper body this week (no pinky toe required!) with some heavy weights and get those endorphins pumping again.
The workout was a partner drop set workout with partner one working as the rep counter. While partner one tackled 12 reps of the first exercise in each pairing, partner two did as many reps of the second exercise as possible until they switched. Then it was time for partner one to complete 10 reps of the first exercise, then 8, etc. It was a tough one but I loved it. Heavy arm days are my favorite!
- My Parents’ Wedding Photo Collage
A few of you asked how my parents’ and sister and brother-in-law’s homes fared during Hurricane Matthew when I mentioned they were evacuating Jacksonville two weeks ago. (Thank you so much for thinking of them and checking in!) Fortunately they are safe and their homes only suffered minor damage, but my parents’ storage unit flooded and they ended up losing a lot of precious items.
My mom texted us pictures of some of the damage this week and when she texted a photo of my parents’ completely ruined wedding photo collage, I felt awful but something in the back of my mind started gnawing at me… I felt a glimmer of hope when I thought back to the days we spent cleaning out my grandmother’s house and specifically remembered looking at my parents’ wedding photos. When I arrived home from my small group meeting on Monday night, I did some digging and found a copy of their wedding photo collage I saved from my grandmother’s collection. YAY! I wish I could help my mom and dad salvage more of the items they lost, but I’m grateful this is one thing we could replace.
To those out there who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, we are thinking of you and we are praying for those who lost loved ones to this horrible storm.
- Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Recipe Video
When I shared my first mini recipe video for my favorite banana bread protein pancakes, I promised you guys more fun videos to come and, as you may have seen on Facebook and Instagram this week, the second video is up! This video is for my favorite pumpkin spice puppy chow and if you haven’t made it yet, please add it to your must-make list this fall! It’s a crowd pleaser and a festive way to indulge in a sweet snack that’s a little less traditional that the typical pumpkin spice treats out there!
- Justin’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
When a candy is considered “mini” in size, that means you can eat five billion of them, correct? I sure hope so because I’m having a hard time not inhaling a million of these mini peanut butter cups every day ever since Justin’s sent me a surprise peanut butter cup package in the mail earlier this week. They are so good and so, so addicting. When I first received the box of peanut butter cups, I thought they might make it to Halloween to share with trick-or-treaters, but at the rate I’m going right now, I’m not so sure…
- Ryan’s First Stitch Fix
Ryan’s first Stitch Fix arrived last week and, if we’re being totally honest, I was probably 10 times more excited than he was to open the box. Once he opened it, however, the tables turned and he really enjoyed trying on the tops and pants his Stitch Fix stylist selected for him. I tried to refrain from yelling “Fashion Show!!!” when he opened the box but we had a good time chatting about the items they sent his way and selecting the “keepers” from the bunch.
In the end, Ryan kept a blue and white plaid button-up top and a nice pair of gray chinos. He honestly liked every item they sent his way and the sizing was spot-on, but he sent back a handful of items because he either had something similar or, in the case of the acid-wash jeans, he wasn’t sure they would get a ton of wear. When I asked if he’d try it again, he said “definitely” so I’m excited to see what arrives in his next Stich Fix delivery next month!
- Whole Foods Tortilla Chips
I first discovered Whole Foods’ tortilla chips when they had a big bowl of the homemade chips at the end of the hot bar a few months ago. I loaded up and fell in love! (We also served them at Chase’s first birthday party!) I haven’t seen them for sale in a while but this week they were available again and I immediately scooped them up. The chips taste more like fried pita chips than tortilla chips to me and I can’t get enough of them! YUM.
- Friday Flashbacks
Total Body Pyramid Workout (Complete 20 reps of the five exercises listed in the 20 reps section before moving onto 40 reps of the four exercises in the 40 reps section and 60 reps of the final three exercises in the 60 reps section. Then go back down the pyramid and complete the 60, 40 and 20 rep sections in reverse order!)
Easy Party Food Recipes (Perfect for Sunday afternoon football snacks!)
- Around the Web
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile this week?