It’s been a busy few weeks for our crew and more travel is on the agenda for next weekend so I am ready to soak up some normalcy over the course of the next couple of days. I’m not sure what our plans entail — we’ve talked about everything from meeting up with friends at the Whitewater Center to attending a fire truck festival or simply filling our days with boat time — so we will see where the weekend takes us!
In the meantime, I’m popping in today to share my usual Things I’m Loving Friday roundup of favs and would love for you to join in the fun in the comments section.
Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see ya here next week!
Things I’m Loving Friday #285
- Core + Cardio Stack Workout
I feel like I’ve been slacking on sharing cardio workouts with you guys on the blog and that’s largely because I typically opt for strength based workouts when I exercise. Thankfully I have Burn Boot Camp to fill in the blanks for me and basically force me to do at least some cardio! The above workout is the cardio + core reverse stack workout we completed at boot camp yesterday morning and it was a SWEAT FEST. We did the running portion of the workout outside and I was absolutely dripping by the end of this one. I truly don’t think I’ve sweat so much in a workout in months. It was a great combination of cardio and core exercises and I wanted to share it here so I can also reference it in the future since I oddly loved it! And here are links to demos of the exercises in case any are unfamiliar to you: Donkey Kicks / Touchdown Jump Squats / Cross Body Mountain Climbers / Russian Twists / Bicycle Crunches / Dumbbell Crunches
This Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm is so smooth and luxuriously moisturizing. It was an impulse buy for me a month or so ago and I’ve been using it nearly every day since I bought it. I love the way the lip balm glides on my lips smoothly, adding a perfect pop of color that’s pink enough to give my lips a little life but not too vibrant to make me feel overdone on days when I’m wearing barely any makeup. I bought the fruit punch color since my lips are flesh-colored and need all the help they can get to look a little pinker but it’s available in more vibrant hues, deeper plums, softer pinks and even a color-free lip balm.
Celebrating Lauren’s Baby #3
My friend Lauren is having her third baby! I met Lauren at boot camp when our first babies were around two months old and we immediately became fast friends. Chase and Claire have a bond that’s unreal and over the course of the past nearly four years, Lauren quickly became one of my closest friends. She’s expecting her third baby in August and her sister, mom and I planned a little celebration dinner for her last night that was so much fun!
It was laid back and sweet and I hope it made Lauren feel very loved! Even though we wanted to keep things low key, I couldn’t resist bringing a few special touches along to the dinner and was majorly impressed with the baby-related stuff available on Amazon these days! I found these adorable baby predictions/advice cards for everyone to fill out about Lauren and Tony’s baby and these cupcake toppers helped add a little flare to the Nothing Bundt Cakes bundtinis Lauren’s mom brought as a little sweet treat for the end of the night.
Explore Cuisine Noodles
A box of Explore Cuisine’s edamame and mung bean fettuccine and black soy bean spaghetti were random additions to a Thrive Market order a couple of months ago and I’ve been adding them to my Thrive Market orders ever since! The “pasta” is made solely of ground edamame and mung beans or black soy beans but somehow still has a fantastic, noodle-y texture. I love that these noodles contain a decent amount of fiber and protein and have been using them in stir fry dishes (topped with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning seared tuna!) as well as variations of pad Thai.
5 Popular Dry Shampoos: Ranked (A breakdown of some of my favorite and least favorite dry shampoos)
Grape Blueberry Mint Popsicles (You’re only four ingredients away from these refreshing, healthy popsicles!)
Question of the Day
What is one thing making you smile this week?