I am looking forward to this weekend because I’ll celebrating my friend Kaitlyn’s birthday with some of my college girlfriends in Atlanta. I’m heading to Georgia later this evening and looking forward to lots of quality time with my girls!
Today’s Things I’m Loving Friday post is actually two weeks in the making. Truthfully, I had most of this post typed up and ready to share on Friday two weeks ago when Ryan, Chase and I were supposed to be in Sarasota with his family. Our plans obviously changed but this post has been sitting in my drafts for a while now, so I figured it was time to share some of these oh-so-simple things I loved two weeks ago that I’m still loving right now.
(The first two bullet points are new ones I added this week!)
Let’s get to it…
Things I’m Loving Friday
I’m sharing this Friday fav for my blogger friends out there! As you can see above, I’ve been using paper photography backgrounds from this Etsy shop and this Etsy shop for my food photos for a couple of months now and absolutely LOVE them. They are inexpensive and 10,000 times easier to work with than the heavy tiles and marble slabs I used to lug all over our house in search of good lighting. Paper = Lightweight and very easy to store. I cannot recommend them enough. The above background from my High Protein Hemp Oatmeal photos is Northern Drops’ white marble background and it’s definitely my go-to background at the moment despite the little stains that are slowly finding their way onto the paper thanks to the tiny photography assistant you see above.
- You Are My Sunshine Mug
My new You Are My Sunshine mug (complete with my beloved Koffie Straw) was a sweet surprise I found in a gift basket from some of my closest girlfriends and it instantly made me smile. They know that the song “You Are My Sunshine” has a special meaning to me and now this mug serves as the perfect early morning reminder that I have a whole lot to smile about every day thanks to my exuberant and energetic 18 month old ray of sunshine.
I ordered these ankle booties online back in September when I was in the market for a casual fall/winter bootie that would look good with jeans and leggings but still be incredibly comfortable. I wanted a slight heel and a slip-on style and these Fergalicious Westin Ankle Booties hit the nail on the head… And they were only $30! I’ve found myself wearing them all over the place and they’ve definitely been my go-to shoe for the past several months when I want something a little dressier than sneakers.
- Eminence Organics Bright Skin Booster Serum (for Dark Spots!)
If you struggle with dark spots and skin pigmentation issues, I have a feeling you will fall in love with this incredible skin brightening serum just like I did a few months ago. It is so fantastic and I only wish I would’ve discovered it sooner! You guys know by now that I am trying to gradually incorporate more natural products into my beauty and skincare routine (<- not a complete overhaul but small changes) and this serum is my latest obsession. I began using it a few months ago and now it’s something I apply to my face daily, after cleansing in the morning and at night.
Eminence Organics Bright Skin Booster Serum works to correct dark spots without irritating even the most sensitive skin and I was honestly shocked by how well it worked on some of the dark spots I have on my chin from picking at zits and a dark sun spot I’ve had on my forehead for a year or two now. (Something about turning 30 brought alllll the dark spots out on my face!)
- 1,000 Rep Leg Workout
Finally a leg workout I actually LOVED! Woo! I completed this Burn Boot Camp leg workout at the end of last week and had to snap a picture of it to keep in the workouts photo folder I have saved on my phone that I use on occasion when I need some workout motivation for an at-home or travel workout. To complete the workout, we completed two rounds of 50 reps of each exercise or one round of 100 reps of each exercise for a 1,000 rep leg workout. I opted for two rounds of 50 reps and my legs were on fire. It was awesome easily one of my favorite BBC leg workouts to date.
- Recreating and Reimagining Blue Apron Vegetarian Dinners
Bring on all of the delicious veggie-packed dinners! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we have been absolutely loving the meals in our vegetarian Blue Apron deliveries this year. Everything is so darn good and I’ve already found myself recreating certain parts of the recipes to use in other ways.
In the broccoli salad you see above, the broccoli was roasted with red onion and za’atar spices and it was so good that I found myself eating it right off the roasting pan when I took it out of our oven. Well, I lucked out because I managed to find a small packet of za’atar spices at Whole Foods earlier this week and picked it up to use on the veggies again so I could incorporate them into sweet potato egg bowls for lunch this week.
I loved every bite! YUM!!
- Friday Flashbacks
12 Inexpensive Date Ideas (To help you plan somethin’ fun with someone special! Keep this one in mind for a fun budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date next week!)
Little Indulgences = Big Happiness (A blog post inspired by one of my favorite podcasts that focuses on tiny things I can do to improve my personal happiness and cultivate joy in my life.)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile this week?