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Friday I’m In Love: David Williams, Costco Instant Savings, Weather and More!

Hi and I hope it’s been a good week for all of you.

I’m writing a “Friday I’m in Love” post today and I must start it with this video that my mom shared with me.

This is Bretagne and she’s the last known rescue dog who served at Ground Zero. Bark Box has an ongoing program called “Dog’s Best Day” where they treat a deserving dog to the best doggie day ever. This video featuring Bretagne was published on September 9.


(image source Bark Post)

My fiance and I watched this on the couch last night and were both in tears. What a brave, sweet girl. So much gratitude for everyone who served.


(Image source Wanda Koch)

Next up is having David Williams in Charlotte at Y2 Yoga for a four-day ashtanga weekend.


David Williams was the first person authorized to bring Ashtanga yoga to the United States from India. He spent years studying with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and was the only ashtangi in the world practicing fourth series at one point in time. I have practiced with David one other time in Asheville three years ago and couldn’t wait to spend four whole days with him here in Charlotte.


We had the first of five sessions last night and it was magical. He started out by sharing the story of how he found yoga and ashtanga when he was graduating from UNC Chapel Hill (he’s from NC but has lived in Hawaii for the last 40+ years). He then took us through a shortened led primary series stopping to pepper us with insights, modifications and stories throughout. David’s focus is on “ashtanga yoga for the rest of your life” and he makes it so approachable, inclusive and refreshing.

It is a huge honor to host him at Y2 and to practice under him. I will share a recap of the whole weekend next week.

Switching gears, I’m also loving Costco.


Premier Protein gifted me a membership so I could easily stock up on their bars and shakes regularly and I have loved becoming a Costco shopper!


Right now Costco is featuring instant savings on a variety of items from now through September 27. You can get $5 instant savings on a variety box of 22 Premier Protein Bars. The variety box includes 11 Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (yum!) and 11 Dark Chocolate Mint.


While I was there I also got Cascade Complete ActionPacs with $3.20 instant savings.


500 Kirkland brand dryer sheets with $2 savings. (I think I paid something like $6 for them with the discount!)


And Starbucks French Roast whole beans with $4.50 instant savings!

So get to Costco by September 27 to stock up on Premier Protein bars and many other things!


While we’re taking lighter subjects, I got a free manicure while I waited for my car to be serviced at the dealership yesterday! I looked at the service guy like he had two heads when he told me I could enjoy a manicure while I waited but I entered the waiting area to find a nail technician all set up. She was awesome! She soaked off my previous gel manicure and replaced it with this OPI Skull and Glossbones shade of gray. They also washed and vacuumed my car. Now that’s customer service!

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Last, I’m in love with this five day forecast! I predict a lot of running happening early next week. Fall running is my favorite!

What are your favorite Friday loves?

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  • 1
    Julie @ momRD.com September 11, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Such a tribute to Bretagne! It brought a tear to me eye as well. There’s a chill in the air in the midwest too and I can’t wait to run in it tomorrow. We’ve got a low of 49 and only a high of 69. Bring on the fall running weather!

    • 2
      Jen September 11, 2015, 8:55 pm

      I’m so looking forward to it!

  • 3
    Becca @ Strong as Stone September 11, 2015, 4:54 pm

    LOVED that video of Bretagne!! So touching, and definitely brought on the waterworks! Thanks for sharing!

  • 4
    Cassie Tran September 11, 2015, 7:41 pm

    What a beautiful, heartfelt and adorable video! I am so inspired by you <3

    • 5
      Jen September 11, 2015, 8:56 pm

      Thank you!

  • 6
    JAckie September 11, 2015, 8:39 pm

    Jen, I loved the video. Totally made me cry. Thank you for sharing.

  • 7
    Shaena September 13, 2015, 9:04 am

    As someone who loves Ashtanga and graduated from UNC-CH I am super jealous of your 4 day weekend class!

    • 8
      Jen September 13, 2015, 8:22 pm

      It was incredible! More to come!

  • 9
    Kate September 14, 2015, 1:04 pm

    ah! the Toyota on independence has a tiny little nail “salon”! makes up for having to go on my least favorite road in charlotte to hit the dealer!

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