Hi and Happy Friday to you! I hope you’re doing well this morning. Ever since I woke up, I’ve been feeling a bit nauseated but am hoping my upset stomach doesn’t stick around for too long because it’s Friday and I’m ready to have some fun! After Monday and Tuesday seemed to drag, the rest of this week flew by for me and I’m looking forward to a weekend that will include a Preparing to Parent a Baby class, a date night with Ryan and hopefully some time outside where I’ll surely sweat my face off since 95+ degree temperatures seem to be the norm in Charlotte these days.
And now it’s time for your usual Things I’m Loving Friday post since it wouldn’t be Friday on the blog without it! As always, feel free to play along and add a comment about what you’re loving most this week.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
Apparently Ice Chips were BOGO at Whole Foods this week and the sale inspired Brittany to pick up two packs! She gave one to me yesterday as a special treat since she knows I cannot get enough of anything fruit-flavored these days and I was shocked at just how tasty they were – a must try for anyone looking for a sweet, slightly cooling mint! (And just FYI because I found it interesting: The mints were previously featured on Shark Tank!)
- Sadie’s Continued Disregard For My Growing Belly
Baby bump? What baby bump? Sadie’s continued disregard for my growing belly provides a constant source of amusement in our household. She perches her little booty on my stomach whenever she gets the chance and is still showing absolutely no signs of knowing that I am pregnant. She’s in for a bit of a shocker soon, I think!
Earlier this week, I wrote a freelance piece about some of the stress I experienced in the beginning of my pregnancy related to craving a feeling of “connection” to the baby growing in my belly that took longer for me to experience than I anticipated. This made me doubt myself and increase some of the anxiety I was already feeling surrounding my pregnancy. If you’d like to read more, you may find the article here. Thank you to Haven Life for having me on their blog!
- Blonde and a Brit Blog
My BFF Laurel started a blog a few weeks ago and I am loving it! Her awesome sense of humor shines through in every post and it’s definitely worth a read if you’re looking for some lighthearted entertainment. Laurel and I were roommates throughout college and my mission to make all of my friends start blogs so I can follow them is slowly happening… Yes!
- Trunk Club (…Like Stitch Fix for Men!)
When I’ve posted about my love for Stitch Fix in the past, I’ve had a few of you ask if they offer their styling service for men. Unfortunately they don’t, but a few months ago, Ryan discovered Trunk Club (<—affiliate link!) after a coworker recommended it and it seems quite similar! Ryan has since ordered two trunks styled just for him based on his personal preferences and style profile. Both were huge successes! (He ended up keeping two nice pairs of pants, a pair of dark jeans, a couple of nice button-downs, three pairs of funky socks and two casual tees.)
Since Ryan absolutely hates shopping for clothes and rarely does it (I’m pretty sure I’ve bought him 99 percent of his clothes at this point…), he was pumped to try Trunk Club and have someone do all the legwork for him, while helping him try some new styles and provide him with some nicer clothes to wear outside of basketball shorts and t-shirts. I love the items he ended up keeping (the fit on the clothing is fantastic!), but think it’s something most guys would only do every so often. (Ryan said he thinks he’ll order a trunk twice a year – or possibly seasonally if he needs some new winter clothes or something.) I just wanted to put this on your radar in case a man in your life hates shopping for clothes but wants to improve his wardrobe a bit!
- Prenatal Massage
On Wednesday afternoon, I put a gift certificate from my friend Leah to use and headed to Jon Ric for a prenatal massage. It was heavenly! The massage therapist took extra time on my lower back and feet and I left feeling so much better. Fantastic!
- Around The Web
Celebrity Gossip: Academic Style (An entertaining page to follow on Facebook if you are a sucker for celebrity gossip, but crave some substance, too!)
Busy Woman’s Workout (No equipment needed!)
- Friday Flashbacks
Upper Body + Cardio Workout (Surprisingly challenging and super sweaty!)
Strawberry Coconut Soft Serve (Healthy, easy to make and very refreshing. A tasty summertime treat!)
- Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Shawna, the winner of the Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea Giveaway! Shawna was emailed first thing this morning. Thanks so much to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- Tell me about one thing you are loving this week!