Before all of the weekend fun begins, I wanted to share a quick rundown of some random things I’m loving this week in your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post. As always, I’d love to read a little bit about something that is making you smile in the comments section if you’re in the mood to share!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
We had the chance to take Chase to Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota on Wednesday morning and he loved every second! Watching his eyes light up when he saw the fish, sharks and sea turtles was so much fun and since I’ve always had a genuine interest in sea life, I thought the whole experience was really neat and interesting as well. Chase couldn’t get enough of watching the sharks and Squirt, his favorite sea turtle, who seemed especially interested in Chase, too! I’d happily go back for another visit soon and really loved learning more about marine life.
- Toasted Coconut Clusters
This sweet and crunchy snack is incredibly addicting and incredibly tasty! I discovered it at my in-laws’ house this week and cannot seem to resist grabbing handful after handful of it when I’m craving a little sweetness. As a big-time coconut lover, it’s right up my alley and almost reminds me of an oat-less granola of sorts. I kind of want to try recreating the crunchy coconut clusters at home, too! (Apparently they bought this bag of deliciousness at Costco if you want to give it a try!)
- Nathan Benderson Park
Yesterday afternoon, we took some time to soak up the sun and walk around the big lake at Nathan Benderson Park, a community park in Sarasota that’s also home to a 2,000 meter sprint rowing course. I loved feeling the sun on my shoulders as we walked around the lake and chatted away. During the three-mile loop, we spotted two large gators in the lake (one swimming and one resting on the shore) which was pretty cool but also a little unnerving! Stay safe around the water, my Floridian friends!
- Family Time
Nothing makes me wish we lived near our families more than the time we spend together! It’s hard not to feel envious of those who live close to their families (especially after little ones enter the picture!) but we definitely try our best to treasure every moment we have with our families when we do have the chance to visit and spend time together. Seeing Chase with his great grandmother is so special and I love seeing Bubbee light up and get an extra burst of enthusiasm and energy when she sees her great grandson. It means so much to me to see Chase with his grandparents and great grandma and I’m so, so glad we made the trip down to Florida to visit!
- Friday Flashbacks
20 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout (A fast and sweaty workout that makes the time fly by!)
Easy Deep Dish Quiche (This easy deep dish quiche recipe is worthy of a special occasion but easy enough to make for a simple Sunday brunch with loved ones.)
Question of the Day
What is one thing that you are loving this week?