How are you guys doing today? Once again I wanted to pop in yesterday but some meetings and appointments got in the way. I’m definitely ready to establish more of a routine and get out of this strange limbo phase we’re in at the moment, but it’s also an exciting time. There is a house we absolutely love (not the same one we met with a contractor about… that one is out) and we’ve got a lot going on around this fabulous find at the moment. I hope things work out but I know enough not to think everything is going to go 100 percent smoothly. Right now I’d say we’re feeling cautiously optimistic. (I’m describing my rollercoaster of emotions at the moment as “non-stop panicked excitement.”)
As for this weekend, assuming the weather cooperates, I’m ready for some outdoor fun! We’re hoping to make it out to a fun food truck event, spend some time on the lake and relax a little bit. I hope you guys have a fun weekend, too!
Here’s your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post! As always, I’d love to hear all about what is making you smile this week in the comments section of this post.
Things I’m Loving Friday
I ordered this little baby for less than $10 on Amazon and it is the BEST. After eating my fair share of Subway chopped salads, I figured buying one of the choppers they use might encourage me to make more salads at home since it would hopefully help make chopping veggies less of a pain. Well, this thing has been amazing! I just throw a bunch of ingredients into a large bowl and use it to chop them all up at once. A chopped salad comes together in a flash and I love tasting lots of veggies and flavors in every bite of my salad. (If you decide to buy one, please be careful because it is incredibly sharp. It thinks baby carrots and almonds are child’s play.)
- New Music Downloads
Two new songs found their way onto my iPhone this week! Both are pretty chill but also have a fun beat. (I think they’re great songs to listen to while you work.) Thanks to my friend Leah and Muncher Cruncher’s Instagram account for putting these songs on my radar:
The Lumineers – Big Parade
Ron Pope – One Grain of Sand
When this whole house hunting thing is over and I am no longer 100 percent addicted to Zillow, I have a feeling an addiction to Houzz will begin. This website is like heaven for anyone who likes looking at ridiculously gorgeous photos of houses. They have pictures of everything. Ryan and I drooled over photos of outdoor living spaces like the one you see above on the site last night. (Beautiful kitchens are to Julie as gorgeous outdoor living spaces are to Ryan.) I also think it’s better than Pinterest for home design ideas because they give specifics regarding each design project and have everything categorized so searching the site is a breeze.
- Fresh Market Teriyaki Turkey Jerky
This was an impulse buy at Fresh Market this week and I ate the whole bag in the car on the drive home. (The bag is small, so it’s not hard to do!) It’s delicious and I love that Fresh Market’s turkey jerky doesn’t use as much added sugar and salt as other brands on the market. And yes, a picture is absent from this bullet point because all of the turkey jerky was in my belly before I got home to photograph it.
My friend Katy shared a few pool workouts on her blog this morning and as someone who absolutely loves swimming, I adored this post! I haven’t followed an actual pool workout in years, but if we find a gym close to our next house that has a pool, I’d love to incorporate some of these workouts into my routine a little more regularly.
I cannot say enough glowing things about our realtor, Diane. I absolutely love her. She is the most thoughtful, easy going and pressure-free person to be around and I will honestly be sad not to see her and talk to her all the time when this whole home-buying process is done. She’s on top of everything, quick to respond, professional and very savvy. If you ever find yourself looking for a house in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, I cannot recommend Diane enough. She’s the best!
- 21 Best GIFs Of All Time (Volume 43)
Check out the above link if you need a smile this morning. It definitely made me laugh out loud a few times!
- LaMaLu Boutique Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to Meaghan and Eileen! Both giveaway winners were emailed first thing this morning. And just in case you have your eye on something from LaMaLu Boutique, the owner is offering all PBF readers 20 percent off through the end of August with the code PB20!
Past Things I’m Loving Friday Posts
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you’re loving this week?