Hey hey! Happy Friday! How was your 4th? Hope you enjoyed the holiday and have had a lovely week. It’s been a great one, and thanks to the mid-week holiday, it feels like the week flew by so quickly! Part of me is enjoying that, but a huge part can’t believe that we really only have a month-ish left of summer before the girls are back in school. Bananas. We’re focused on living it up and enjoying as much of summer as we can! We’re doing a staycation this weekend at a local resort and I have some little adventures planned in the next couple of months.
(Chilling in the backyard in our inflatable pool + Uni the sprinkler unicorn. Swimsuit is from J. Crew; on sale right now)
For our 4th celebration, I enjoyed a leg-shaking class at barre3
(you can always find me with 2 YumEarth lollipops in my purse) and
we headed to my brother Kyle’s house for a family BBQ. Kyle got a smoker for Father’s Day, so he smoked chicken and ribs for about 5 hours. The chicken was the RIDICULOUS. You could taste the smoky flavor and it was basted in a tangy and slightly sweet BBQ sauce.
Meg and Kyle had an amazing spread of watermelon, berries, potatoes, broccoli slaw, the most ridiculous gf brownies with walnuts, and my nana brought her famous Jell-O salad. (I gave Liv a bite of mine and she said, “I don’t want to share with you. Please get me my own.” haha)
We watched the kiddos play in the sprinklers and in a giant inflatable pool (Tucson life), ate amazing food, drank cocktails and chatted. To be totally honest with you guys, I’ve been feeling a bit blah/down lately, and I feel SO thankful that we’re in Tucson for a bit.
Having the fam around has been a huge blessing, and the girls love running around with their cousins.
We made s’mores around a fire pit and watched Moana outside on the projector. World to the world: if you haven’t had banana and Reese’s on a s’more, you need to do it.
We drove home with the girls in their swimsuits, completely covered in dirt + s’mores remnants, and watched the fireworks from 3 different locations at the same time. It felt like the quintessential summer day, and everyone crashed hard.
For this morning, it’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web, and I love to hear what you’re enjoying, too. Please shout out any faves in the comments section if you’d like to join in the fun!
(Pics from OB farmer’s market with Betsy last week)
Food + recipes:
New Four Sigmatic goodies. My friends at Four Sigmatic sent me a little sampler pack, which included a few things I haven’t tried. I’m particularly stoked about the Cordyceps elixirand the lemonade.(If you place an order, the code FITNESSISTA gets you 10% off.)
It’s watermelon eegee time aka the most wonderful time of the year.
Read, watch, listen:
Check out this week’s podcast episode with Dr. Patrick Flynn here on iTunes, or stream on the podcast page. He is so knowledgeable about women’s health and hormones, so I was pumped that he was able to be on the show. I’ll have an episode up with an RD friend next week.
Book ideas! I’m going to check out this list because I’m ready to start a good book this summer. (With the move, I’ve had zero time for reading so I’m going to start something new this week. Please let me know if you have any summer faves! Nothing too intense/dark so I can read it before bed pleeeease.)
Peloton treadmill classes! When we were packing up our Valdosta house, I saw the movers carrying my spin bike into the moving truck destined for storage. In my mind, I ran after the spin bike in slow motion, yelling “Noooooooo” with arms outstretched until they carried it back out of the truck and to it’s rightful destination. In real life, I was carrying P in one hand, a stack of important papers in the other hand, and wasn’t wearing shoes, so I figured I’d just let it go and see it again when I see it. Well, I REALLY MISS THAT SPIN BIKE. I was doing Peloton classes at home 1-2 times a week and it was so incredibly convenient. I went to pause my subscription this week and saw that they’ve added a ton of yoga, bodyweight strength and now treadmill classes to the app. I tried a HIIT interval workout this week and LOVED IT. So, I guess I’m keeping my subscription… and trying to be patient until my spin bike is back, even though I have no clue when I’ll see it again at this point.
Hope you have a very happy Friday and I’ll see ya soon.