Good morning to you and happy, happy Friday!
It’s almost time for me to head out to teach a barbell strength class, but the weekend is nearly here! Our plans to have a relaxing weekend at home in Charlotte sounds beyond perfect to me right now. I think all of the traveling I did last month is finally catching up to me and I’m craving a few days of sleeping in, casual meals and chill time with Ryan and Sadie. And if a few episodes from season 3 of House of Cards end up being watched this evening over pizza, you won’t find me complaining!
But before the weekend fun begins, it’s time for your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we all come together to chat about what we’re loving most each week. Please feel free to tell me all about what’s making you smile in the comments section of this post.
Have a great weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Your Kindness and Excitement Surrounding Our Baby News
Keeping our big news a secret for 17 weeks was so hard and I feel like a weight was lifted off my chest this week when I announced my pregnancy on the blog. I actually had a lot of nervousness building up inside me the night before that post went live and felt surprisingly relived about everything when your sweet words and congratulations starting popping up through the comments section of the blog and through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
I know it was a bit baby crazy over here this week, but I was just so darn excited to share everything and I cannot say how much I’ve loved reading every single one of your comments and emails. Chatting with you guys over shared experiences is so much fun and I really, really appreciate all of the support and warm wishes you’ve sent our way. Thank you for joining us on this special journey! Ryan and I appreciate your kindness and excitement more than you know.
- Angie’s Frosted Sugar Cookie Kettle Corn
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop holiday flavors own me. Every holiday season, they seem to come out with a new holiday flavor that looks simply irresistible and in the Easter candy/food aisle of Target, I stumbled upon this kettle corn while grocery shopping earlier this week. This may be a bold statement given how much I love their Halloween candy corn kettle corn, but I think this new flavor may be my all-time favorite. Angie’s doesn’t overdo it with the sugar cookie drizzle and it merely adds a lovely touch of sweetness to their slightly sweet, slightly salty kettle corn. Addicting!
My sweet friend Leah sent this to me this week after I spent a solid 45 minutes flipping through her memory journal on Monday morning during my visit to Chicago. Leah started recording one line a day in her journal during the month leading up to the birth of her baby boy and I devoured every single word (with her permission, of course).
It was so, so interesting to read what her life was like and what she was doing in the weeks leading up to the birth of her baby and the weeks after her little boy was born. I think she saw how much I loved her little journal, because a surprise journal showed up on my doorstep yesterday! I cannot wait to begin writing in mine soon and will likely start the month before my due date, just like Leah did! The fact that the journal only leaves enough room for a sentence or two makes it seem like something I’m much more likely to stick with, compared to a traditional diary.
- *Surprise* Pineapple Jelly Beans
File jelly beans under my list of pregnancy cravings right now. I picked up a random bag earlier this week and was SO happy when the yellows turned out to be pineapple instead of lemon! Oh happy day! It’s the little things my friends…
Occasionally I’ll receive tiny little samples of perfume in my monthly Birchbox and I love saving them for travel! During my trip to Chicago last weekend, I packed a sample of English Laundry perfume and loved the fresh, floral scent. The perfume smells bright and breezy with a lovely feminine flare! This perfect-size purse spray version may be in my future…
- ThredUp: Cash for Used Clothing
Back in January, one of the items on my organization calendar called for me to clean out my closet and dressers and get rid of unwanted clothing, shoes and accessories. I donated some stuff and also sent a bag of clothing and shoes to ThredUp, hoping to make some money. I ended up making almost $93. Score! I love this site and Like Twice for an easy way to make some money off old clothes that are in good condition!
- Sparkling Water
I’ve always loved sparkling water, but during pregnancy, my ridiculous thirst levels have caused me to drink tons of it. I love the bubbles and the way it makes guzzling lots of water a little less boring.
- CALIA Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Erin, the winner of yesterday’s CALIA by Carrie Underwood / DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card giveaway! Erin was emailed first thing this morning. Thanks so much to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- Tell me about one thing that is making you smile today!