Ryan and I have some fun plans on the agenda this weekend because Ryan’s cousin Daniel arrived in town last night! Daniel and Ryan lived together in college, so the three of us became really, really close after Ryan and I started dating during my freshman year. Daniel was the best man in our wedding and is truly the funniest person I know so I cannot wait to spend quality time with one of our very best friends this weekend!
But let’s keep to the traditional schedule and tackle your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where we chat all about what we’re loving most each week. As always, feel free to weigh in below and share something that’s making you smile with everyone in the comments section!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Polar Black Cherry Seltzer Water
I bought a giant bottle of this stuff at an airport a long time ago and have since looked for it everywhere. I was so, so excited to see a 12-pack of the seltzer water for sale at Earth Fare this week and immediately put it in my grocery cart. The bubbly water reminds me so much of Dr. Pepper, but without the syrupy sweetness. LOVE it.
- Stitch Fix Maternity Clothes (!!!)
Talk about perfect timing!!! Stitch Fix announced earlier this week that they are adding maternity clothes and petite sizes to their styling services and I could not be more thrilled. Woo! I updated my Stitch Fix profile last week to tell them I am pregnant and when I got an email from my stylist informing me about their new maternity option, I was so pumped!! I cannot wait to see what new maternity styles find their way into my monthly fixes and will be sure to share any highlights with you guys on the blog. I love that they asked for my due date when I updated my style profile and am hopeful that this will help them do a better job of styling me and my growing bump each month.
- Spinning with My Dad
Before my mom and dad left yesterday morning, my dad took my Thursday morning Spinning class!! It was the first time I’ve had a family member in one of my group exercise classes and it was so great to have him join me!
I know I’ve talked about this local coffee shop a few times on the blog, but it really is my absolute favorite. The owner is so, so friendly and this week, after he found out I was pregnant, he gave me my usual decaf caramel almond milk latte on the house. So sweet! (Also, for any locals who prefer decaf, I think their decaf coffee is the best in town. It’s so smooth!) And a quick shout out goes to the generous blog reader who added my name to the coffee shop’s Pay It Forward board. I was so surprised when I walked in and saw my name on the board earlier this week and really appreciate your kindness! Thank you!
Ryan, Daniel and I hit up this brand new barbeque restaurant in Birkdale Village for dinner last night and walked away giving it rave reviews! We all loved our entrees and gave the shrimp and grits, barbeque pulled pork, mac and cheese and barbeque chicken salad two enthusiastic thumbs up! And the brownie sundae dessert was the perfect way to end our meal. I hope to return for another meal there soon!
- Vizsla Puppy Pictures
I cannot handle the cuteness. Give me all the vizsla puppies!! (As a side note, the number of vizsla-related Instagram accounts I follow is getting ridiculous. I’m sure I creep some people out when I go through and like 20 pictures of their dog in a row…)
My fellow So You Think You Can Dance fans may remember past winner Fik-Shun. This is a rockin’ video of him absolutely killin’ it during a past dance competition. He is so darn charismatic and talented.
- Two-Pound Bag of Sour Patch Kids
My friend Brittany clearly knows the way to my heart. Gummy candy has been one of my strongest pregnancy cravings (along with sandwiches, anything salty and sparkling water) and she gave me a two pound bag of Sour Patch Kids earlier this week. I’ve already made a rather embarrassing dent in the bag and love them a little too much.
- Giveaway Winners
- Vanessa D. – The winner of the Gemvara giveaway!
- Kristin – The winner of the Blue Apron giveaway!
Both winners were emailed right before this blog post went up. Hope you love your prizes! And thanks to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?