Thank you, thank you for your comments on yesterday’s blog post. One thing that occurred to me as I was reading your words of hope and strength is how freaking strong women truly are… So many of you have experienced tremendous loss in your lives and continue living your lives with joy and compassion. That’s not to say grief isn’t there, but there is something incredible about the ability to open your heart to others who are hurting, despite your own pain, and offer words of support, encouragement and kindness. Thank you for doing this for me right now. I appreciate it more than you know.
How are you guys doing today? I really hope your Friday is off to a good start and that you have some plans on the agenda for the weekend that involve people you love. We’re not traveling out of town for Easter but will be spending Sunday with our friends Carrie and Nick and Carrie’s family who were kind enough to include our little gang in their Easter celebration. I’m looking forward to it and cannot wait to see Chase and his BFF Lilly run around searching for Easter eggs together!
This week passed by in a flash for me and even though it doesn’t feel like Friday already, I’m not complaining one bit. I’m ready for some quality time with Ryan, Chase and Sadie and am looking forward to grilling out tonight and spending plenty of time outside.
Before the weekend officially begins and we (hopefully) take some time to unplug, I wanted to share my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post with you guys and highlight a few small things that made me smile this week. As always, I’d love for you to participate and tell me about something you are loving in the comments section of this post!
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving
These bars have been seriously hyped up all over the internet (or maybe I just follow may too many health and fitness people on Instagram?) so I finally decided to buy a few this week. I’m happy to report that RXBars definitely live up to the hype and have one of the cleanest ingredients lists I’ve ever seen for a protein bar! So far I’ve tried the chocolate sea salt and the coconut chocolate and both were slam dunks. I’m now dying to get my hands on the peanut butter RXBar after a few of you sent me messages on Instagram singing its praises. It must happen!
- Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) – Starley
Though “False Alarm (Hook N Sling Remix)” is still my #1 jam of the moment (you must add it to your workout playlist ASAP!), “Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)” is another energizing song I’m loving right now! Now that I’m sharing another song that’s making a regular appearance on my latest workout playlists, I’m beginning to realize it has been ages since I’ve actually shared a workout playlist with you guys on the blog. Clearly I’m overdue!
Do you guys remember when Survivor was crazy popular? My friend Kristen would host Survivor watch parties when we were in high school and we were all so into it! I don’t think I’ve watched an episode or followed a season since I graduated high school so I have no idea how Ryan and I began watching the most recent season of the show. It’s currently the only show we’re watching on a weekly basis and I’m finding myself really looking forward to Wednesday nights so we can curl up on the couch and chat about the show as we watch together. Are any of you guys watching, too? Also, I know this is far from the point of the show, but every week Ryan and I watch and talk about the beauty of Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands. So incredibly gorgeous! That crystal clear blue water makes me want to suit up and go scuba diving immediately!
- Fajita Magic Spice Blend
I first saw Fajita Magic spice blend on Tina’s blog and ordered it several months ago on Amazon to try at home. It has since become a weekly staple in our house and is the perfect blend of southwestern spices that taste great on everything from pork to chicken! (Bonus: The ingredient list is short and clean. Woop!) Like the name implies, I use it most frequently to make fajitas, but this week I rubbed the spice blend and a little bit of garlic salt all over pork tenderloin before placing it in a 425-degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
The end result was some of the most flavorful and delicious pork we’ve had in a while! We loved it and, yet again, I was left singing the praises of Fajita Magic.
- Bee&You Soaking Salts
I was recently gifted the most amazingly luxurious sample of soaking salts from Bee&You, a small company focused on creating quality bath products with sustainable ingredients. Bee&You replaces chemical additives and harmful detergents found in many bath and beauty products with bee pollen, essential oils and natural ingredients and after sampling a small handful of their soaking salts, I have only positive things to say about their incredibly relaxing and fragrant salts.
My favorite salt blend is the Bee Well blend of French grey sea salt, Dead Sea salt, dried echinacea, French green clay, bee pollen and eucalyptus essential oil. (You pour the salts into a delicate mesh pouch and toss it into your tub!) The Bee Well blend left me feeling relaxed at the end of a long day and felt soothing to my sore hamstrings and calves. Soaking in these salts truly felt indulgent and I didn’t want to get out of the tub even when my bath water began to get cold! Thank you for such a wonderfully relaxing treat, Bee&You!
- Bitsy’s Brainfood Snacks
Chase has really been enjoying the Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Cookies and Smart Crackers I picked up for him at Target and, I’m not going to lie, I’ve found myself polishing off a bag of the cookies myself a time or two. I looove that Bitsy’s snacks have veggies baked into them… And I love this even more when Chase is on a veggie strike. Bitsy’s Brainfood snacks are so tasty that whenever I open a bag for Chase, I know we’ll be sharing the snacks because Mama can’t keep her hands out of the bag!
- Around the Web
Fitnessista’s Barre Boot Camp: My wonderful and talented friend Gina is hosting an affordable 4-week Barre Boot Camp beginning this Monday, April 17! The boot camp includes a number of at-home barre workout videos, including Total Body Barre, Barre Blast, Lower Body Burn, Barre Strength and Pilates Abs!
Holiday Weekend Sales: Express – 40% off everything (I couldn’t resist ordering this cut-out maxi dress and this strappy flowy mini dress. And I just wish I had a wedding to go to or a reason to order this lace dress because I am in love!) // Madewell – Extra 30% off with code DREAMBIG // Nordstrom Rack – 25% off clearance // Banana Republic – Extra 40% off // Old Navy – Up to 50% off (Love this tiered lace swing dress!) // Pottery Barn – 20% off with code FRIENDS
- Friday Flashbacks
Pineapple Soufflé (If you’re looking for a recipe that’s always a slam dunk at any Easter gathering, this is it!!! My mother-in-law makes this dish every year and it’s one of my absolute favorites. P.S. It’s not healthy at all. But it’s fantastic!)
Easter Rice Krispie Treats (Crispy marshmallow squares get a festive Easter-inspired makeover!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing that is making you smile this week?