Things I’m Loving Friday
- A Precious Baby on the Way
- Birthday Fun + My First SNS Manicure
Today is my birthday! Chase and I joined my mom and Aunt Laurie in Raleigh yesterday and my sister arrives in town late this morning so I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate my 33rd birthday with some of my favorite women and Chase! As an early birthday gift, my mom sent me off for a pre-baby shower manicure earlier this week which was such a treat. My friend Laura recently raved about her first SNS nail experience at a local salon and I was instantly intrigued.
SNS is a powder-based manicure that gives nails a similar look to gel and is supposed to last a full two weeks without any chipping or peeling. I haven’t done a ton of research into SNS but like the fact that no UV light was needed to set the nails. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I LOVE the result of my manicure and have high hopes it will last me for a while!
While we’re on the topic of birthday fun, I must also give a shout out to my wonderful girlfriends who surprised me with a homemade cake and the sweetest gifts during a play date with our little ones on Wednesday afternoon. They’re the absolute best and I’m so grateful for such a great group of kind, supportive and thoughtful friends in my life.
- 32-Week Ultrasound
- The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie
I finished reading a rather interesting book this week and figured it deserved a shout out on the blog this morning mainly because it was a page-turner without being too suspenseful or freaky… and by that I mean I’d recommend it for someone looking for an intriguing book without the undercurrent of danger/suspense/murder that often keeps me up way too late at night!
The Good Liar takes place one year after a horrific explosion occurs in Chicago, forever altering the lives of three women. While the three women managed to survive, as the one-year anniversary of the explosion approaches, secrets are unveiled that connect the women together and could, once again, turn their lives upside down.
This soap was an impulse buy at Whole Foods a while ago and it’s quickly become a personal favorite. Good Soap smells fantastic and moisturizes my skin in a way that leaves it feeling soft and smooth. The soap is ethically made with unrefined shea butter and virgin coconut oil and enhanced with aromatic plant extracts and I’ve tried three varieties – lavender, coconut and almond milk – and loved all three. The best part? 100 percent of proceeds support communities and families around the world. (You may read more about their impact here.) Good Soap is often on sale at Whole Foods (3 bars for $6) so I’ve been scooping up a few bars here and there and loving them!
- Friday Flashbacks
Healthy Meals to Make For Others (Crowd-pleasing recipes to make when you want to show someone you care.)
Cardio Killer HIIT Workout (A bodyweight only workout you can do anywhere that will seriously spike your heart rate!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing you are loving this week?