The first few days of this week absolutely crawled by for me and then BAM on Wednesday afternoon the rest of the week passed by in a flash and here we are – Friday! Woo!
This weekend will be full of baby-related fun and time outside. We have our Childbirth Prep class all day tomorrow and on Sunday we have plans to take the boat out with our friends for a day on the lake. (Surprise, surprise. I told you I want to live in the water right now!)
After work today, I’m meeting with the doctor we hope will be our pediatrician and hoping that goes well! As for tonight? Ordering pizza and spending the evening on the couch sounds miiighty fine to me.
But before the weekend fun begins, it’s time for your weekly Things I’m Loving Friday post! As always, feel free to participate in the comments section and share something that you’re loving with me below. I always love hearing from you guys!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Using Thawed Frozen Strawberries As “Syrup”
Earlier this week, after I had just made my beloved egg white and oatmeal protein pancake for breakfast, I realized we were out of maple syrup. I don’t mind the pancake on its own and also love it topped with nut butter, but I was in the mood for a pancake topping that was sweet. Hello, frozen strawberries!
I simply heated up a small serving of frozen strawberries in the microwave for just under 90 seconds until the berries burst and released lots of tasty strawberry juice! This became my “syrup” of sorts and tasted great! I know I’m not the first to use fruit as “syrup,” but this week was my first time trying it out. I ended up making the exact same thing for breakfast this morning and think it’s a winner!
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
I started reading this book on Tuesday night (the first book I’ve ever read on a tablet!) and it totally sucked me in. I flew through it and while I didn’t really find it as “suspenseful” as people claim it to be, I did find it incredibly intriguing and loved the twists and turns and the way the author would make you think one thing, only to change your mind completely with a snippet of new information. It’s a page-turner for sure and if you happen to be a little behind on The Girl On The Train bandwagon like I was, I highly recommend it! Time for my next summer read…
- Passionfruit Sparkling Water
My love for sparkling water runs deep and this new-to-me flavor of La Croix is awesome! Pamplemousse (grapefruit) will probably always be my favorite, but the new passionfruit flavor is quite tasty!
- New Stretches To Try
I started working with a new physical therapist yesterday (one who specializes in prenatal care) and left with a bunch of new stretches to try and some work I can do on our exercise ball at home to hopefully alleviate some pain. Over the course of the past three days, I started to notice a slight decrease in pain which makes me so happy and I’m hoping my new physical therapist will only help further! I’m still not able to really walk comfortably, but some of the intense stabbing pain has dissipated a bit. I’ll take it!
- Fuji Apple & Blueberry Clusters
I packed up a bag of this freeze dried fruit snack to bring with us on the boat last weekend and polished off the entire thing myself. (Hey, it’s easy to do and the ingredients are awesome, so no problem there!) I first tried it as part of my partnership with CVS and their (artificial preservative and flavoring-free) Gold Emblem Abound line of snacks and have since bought a bag every time I’ve popped into CVS for various odds and ends. I love this snack and used the bag I bought above as a topping for my Greek yogurt (crumbled up and stirred in!) and as a quick grab-and-go snack when I wanted something sweet this week. Yum!
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Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?
Disclaimer: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as one of the “Gold Emblem Abound Trail Makers” this year! I 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.