Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope your weekend is filled with barbeques, lots of sunshine and quality time with friends and family.
We don’t have any major plans on the calendar but will be enjoying a cookout and hopefully some morning hikes with Sadie this weekend! Sounds good to me!
Now let’s get things started and move right along your regularly scheduled “Things I’m Loving Friday” post! As always, please feel free to play along in the comments section. Your comments never fail to make me smile!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Memorial Day
It’s Memorial Day weekend and I must take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation. Thank you, thank you.
- A Few Little Blog Updates
If you have tried to sign up for PBF emails using the box located in the right sidebar of this blog, you probably got an error. Well, thanks to my website guru Tim of Parkin Web Development, it is fixed! (You may also click here to subscribe to PBF by email.) Tim also helped me take your feedback to heart and darken in-text links and add a link to the bottom of every post so you can click to comment at the top or the bottom of blog posts now. Thank you, Tim!!!
We are also in the process of making a more mobile-friendly version of PBF because I know it’s a pain to read on many phones at the moment. If you ever need any help with your blog or website, I cannot recommend Parkin Web Development enough! (His contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Linda’s Lollies Lollipops
I affectionately call these “gas station lollipops” because the only time I ever buy them is at a gas station when I’m on a long road trip. I bought this cherry cheesecake flavor on our way back to Florida from Charlotte and forgot how darn delicious these lollipops taste. Plus, it takes forever to finish one, so it’s a sweet treat that forces me to slow down and savor it which I appreciate.
- Express Finds
When Ryan and I were in Jacksonville earlier this week, I requested a quick stop at the local outdoor mall so I could do a few birthday exchanges. I feel like I’m an all or nothing shopper in that I will like absolutely nothing, or I’ll love every single thing. During my time in Express, I fell in love with everything. Fortunately I had a gift card and was able to pull up a coupon on my phone while we waited in line, so I walked away with three items for less than $40, including a flirty magenta slip dress (currently 40% off and also available in white and black), a high-waisted Aztec skirt (which I’m not sure I can pull off, but Ryan liked it) and a relaxed cropped tank (in blue) that I thought would look cute with the skirt. Lots of fun summer fashions at Express!
- Publix Once Upon a Cookie Ice Cream
I know a bunch of you out there share my undying love for Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream. Since that flavor is the hardest flavor on the planet to find, I was pretty darn psyched to see a new cinnamon oatmeal cookie ice cream for sale at Publix this week! Naturally I had to buy it and I have only glowing reviews to share. It doesn’t include any chocolate chunks like the B & J’s flavor, but it’s super creamy and packed with bits of oatmeal cookie pieces.
IDEA World Fitness BlogFest Giveaway
If you’re on Instagram and want to join me at IDEA World Fitness BlogFest, a four-day event with in-depth blogging sessions, celebrity workouts and behind-the-scenes access to IDEA World (the largest fitness conference in the world and my all-time favorite fitness conference!), check out IDEA’s Instagram account for a giveaway with a chance to win a ticket! I’d love to see you there!
Memorial Day Sales
My email inbox is overflowing with lots of Memorial Day sale promotions!
Some deals I stumbled upon that I thought might interest some of you (along with some items that caught my eye because internet shopping – even when you’re just browsing – is way too fun):
- Old Navy: 50% off everything
- H&M: 70% off select styles
- BCBG: 30% off
- Gap: 40% off regular price styles with code EVENT — Love the black cotton day dress, GapFit multi-strap racer tank, chambray sleep shorts, colorblock straw tote and marled cowl scarf
- Aldo: 20% off
- Banana Republic: 40% off with code BRHEAT
- Target: All swimwear on sale
- Neiman Marcus: Up to 40% off — Love this lace t-shirt dress, Cosabella underwear, printed maxi dress, strapless white cocktail dress and Splendid classic pajama set
- Bloomingdales: Save 20 – 65% during the Big Brown Bag sale, plus take an extra 20% off clearance items with code TAKE20 — Love the Tory Burch quilted wallet, Tory Burch iPhone wristlet (I have this in mustard yellow and love it), Marc Jacobs crossbody (love the aqua!), Kate Spade lemon tote and Hue opaque tights (my favorite winter tights)
- J.Crew Factory: 50% off men and women’s styles, 40% off kids
- Saks: 55% off selections of women’s apparel and accessories — Love this lace trim top, Hanky Panky underwear, Marc Jacobs cosmetic case, Kate Spade mint wallet and water color print bikini
- Athleta: Lots of discounts with code SUMMER
Past Things I’m Loving Friday Posts
Questions of the Day
- What is one thing you’ve been loving this week?
- What is your favorite ice cream flavor at the moment?
- Any fun Memorial Day weekend plans?
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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says
LOVE LOVE LOVE that skirt! I am going to have to stop by Express and check it out!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
Great finds from Express! Enjoy the holiday weekend.
You must try Publix new blueberry cobbler ice cream!!! Super yummy ! I wish they made their flavors in pints too!,
Nicole @ Fueling Happy says
I’m obsessed with President’s Choice ‘Loads of’ Chocolatey Caramel Treats Ice Cream! It’s soo good. Hoping to enjoy the Spring Weather this weekend and get our veggie garden going. 🙂 Happy Long Weekend. (Mine was last weekend, Canada, but now that I’m on mat leave I have lost track of the days.)
You can totally pull off the skirt!!! Favourite ice cream flavour…Banoffi pie…caramel, chocolate and banana!!! Loving instant mug cakes this week….I’ve had one every night thus far!
Love your Express finds, Julie! I bet you can pull of that skirt!! Thanks for sharing all those Memorial Day deals. Happy Friday!
This Friday, I’m loving my birthday week celebration: doing 27 random acts of kindness to celebrate turning 27! http://daybydaymasterpiece.com/2014/05/22/my-birthday-wish-giveaway/
Hi Julie! I have been reading your blog every single day for the past few months and I have to say, I am I obsessed with it! You are incredibly motivating and your your sweet personality is infectious. Thank you for your wonderful blog!
Thank you so much, Angela! What a nice thing to say!
Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime says
I looked everywhere for that ice cream last time you posted about it and had no luck 🙁 Google told me it was discontinued. Have you had it lately?
Noooooo! I can NEVER find it. I hope it’s not discontinued. It’s the BEST!
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs says
Great Express finds! Have a wonderful weekend!
OMG I have to try that ice cream! yum!
Kim @FITsique says
3 things from express for under 40$ !?!?! You are an amazing shopper and need to take me with you!
Kristen @ Vitamin K Girl says
I have that skirt from Express!! I haven’t worn it yet, but I can’t wait–so comfy & cute!
Hey Julie! I love all your suggestions for Memorial Day sales–I’m so much more motivated to do sale shopping when I already have references on what’s looking good!
Quick question: All of the links are bringing me to blank images. Is there something I can do to see the images that you are redirecting to?
Sarah Whitney says
Julie, I just ate the Once Upon a Cookie ice cream and LOVED it!! I threw some chocolate chips in there, and it tasted so much like Oatmeal Cookie Chunk!! My stomach thanks you so very much for sharing!