I don’t think I’ve been this happy it’s Friday in a while. It’s almost vacation time, baby! I am so ready for a weekend away with Ryan and cannot wait to relax, explore and soak up quality time with my favorite person. I will definitely miss Sadie though and I feel like she senses we’re leaving soon because she decided to be extra cute and cuddly in bed this morning. (When it comes to me being pregnant, Sadie is clueless, but when it comes to us leaving her, she can smell it from a mile away.)
A weekend vacation on the horizon is, without a doubt, what I’m loving most today, but it wouldn’t be your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post if we stopped there! It’s time to share a little more about what we’re all loving most this week and I’ll kick things off below.
Feel free to participate in the comments section of this post! I always love reading about what’s making you smile every week!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
This book is a great summer read! I finished it on Wednesday night and was thoroughly entertained the whole time. The Husband’s Secret centers around a letter Cecelia finds from her husband containing his darkest secret that says it’s only to be opened upon his death. She finds the letter while he’s still living and from that point on, the book is filled with twists and turns that make it a very intriguing read. I previously enjoyed Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot and just ordered Big Little Lies off Amazon, so I’m looking forward to diving into another one of her books soon! (And thanks to your recommendations, I’m also planning to borrow The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins from my mom ASAP.)
If you love a cappella as much as I do (or even if you think it’s “just okay”), you must listen to this rendition of “Chandelier” by Twisted Measure, a co-ed a cappella group from Elon University. Rachel emailed me a link to this video and I’m pretty sure I blasted it throughout our house four times before 7 a.m. this morning. It’s gorgeous.
- Talenti Caramel Apple Pie Gelato
I feel like this gelato flavor should be renamed Snickerdoole because it reminds me of the most incredibly delicious Snickerdoodle cookie. It’s creamy and packed with wonderful cinnamon flavor. This teeny pint didn’t stand a chance in our house this week and, between me and Ryan, was easily inhaled in one sitting. It’s so darn tasty and I think it would be fabulous paired with a hot slice of apple pie for a fabulous summertime dessert. Just had to share this one for my fellow ice cream lovers out there!
- My Latest LE TOTE Delivery
A few weeks ago, I blogged about my first delivery from LE TOTE (<— affiliate link!) that the company sent me to try and I ended up signing on for another couple months of the service because I thought it was great. (FYI, they’re apparently launching maternity wear soon, too. Love this!) Well, my second tote ended up being awesome and I wore three of the five items to a cook out with friends last Sunday, including a flowy navy dress, feathery gold necklace and gold cuff bracelet. I’m not ready to send this tote back just yet because I’m hoping to wear the dress and jewelry again and still need to wear the skirt and green top I received, but it was a great delivery.
- ESPN’s 30 for 30 Documentaries
If you have Netflix and love documentaries, I highly recommend ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. The documentary series features 30 films from some of today’s finest directors and focuses on issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009. Though I’m not the biggest sports fan who ever lived, I really love these documentaries because they’re so much more than just a story about sports. (‘The Two Escobars’ is the documentary that initially hooked me, if you’re looking for a place to start.)
- Jimmy John’s Pickles
GIANT pickles from Jimmy John’s are speaking straight to my heart right now. Ryan brought one home for me the other day and I’ve been dying to go back and get another one ever since. (Yes, I realize I am a walking pregnancy stereotype right now.)
- Blueberry Lemon Almond Crunch
This snack = So delicious! I initially tried these almonds when my buddies at CVS sent me a bag, but I’ve since bought two more bags and cannot get enough. Nuts (and almonds, specifically) are one of my favorite grab-and-go snacks and the refreshing lemon flavor in this crunchy treat is so unique and offers the perfect pop of sweetness when I’m craving something sweet and tangy. It’s just a little challenging not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!
For my fellow White Plum fans: White Plum is offering an awesome giveaway on their site right now! One winner will receive a free summer wardrobe worth $1,200! The giveaway is open through June 8 and you can enter here. Happy shopping!
A couple of weeks ago, I worked on a delicious recipe development project for SheKnows and Ryan and I fell in love with these barbeque chicken tacos! Below you will find a little preview of the post and you may find the entire recipe here.
Tacos are an almost-weekly dinnertime staple in our house.
My husband Ryan and I love experimenting with various taco recipes and will often veer away from traditional tacos in favor of something new like Thai-inspired tacos with peanut sauce or fresh fish tacos with mango salsa.
With summer right around the corner, Ryan will inevitably want to start throwing barbecue sauce on top of everything, so earlier this week, I decided to beat him to it and created a new-to-us taco recipe that included tangy barbecue chicken. Hello, barbecue chicken tacos!
This recipe came together in no time at all and was a huge hit in our house. It’s one I’d feel confident serving if a group of friends came over for dinner this summer because when you pair slightly sweet and tangy barbecue sauce with creamy ranch dressing, you cannot go wrong! (Click here for the full recipe!)
- Interior Define + OGX Beauty Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to Ali N. and Nicole, the winners of the Interior Define and OGX Beauty giveaways! Both winners were emailed first thing this morning. (Also, I absolutely loved reading your giveaway entries on the OGX Beauty giveaway. Your stories about the last time you felt like a bad ass were awesome. Love you guys!) Thank you so much to all who entered the giveaways!
Question of the Day
- Share one thing you’re loving this week below!
Disclaimer: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year and am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my Trail Makers posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Thank you, as always, for your kindness and support!