Happiest of Fridays! I hit the ground running after the long weekend with my family and this week has flown by in a haze of early mornings and late nights. This weekend we have our eighth and final weekend of our Winter/Spring 200-Hour Teacher Training and our trainees graduate on Sunday night. I’m looking forward to soaking up one more weekend with them. They are an amazing bunch!
I have a fun round up for you of things I’ve been loving this week so I’m going to get right to it.
Arriving home to dinner after my weekend away.
I took a late flight back to Charlotte on Monday and didn’t get home until almost 10 p.m. I opened the door to find this dinner on the table. My fiance surprised me with rack of lamb, roasted asparagus and roasted carrots. (And yes, he cooked it!) I added some of my dad’s freshly baked sourdough to the table with some olive oil and balsamic.
North Carolina strawberries.
I was a little disappointed by the Florida strawberries that were in the stores this season. They didn’t taste sweet or especially like a strawberry. They kind of tasted like nothing. We’re finally in NC strawberry season and they are so good!
Trader Joe’s Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus.
Love, love, LOVE this flavor. I’ve been eating it all week.
Warm sunny days.
It’s been really pretty in Charlotte this week. And warm! We’ve been in the 80s most days and next week it’s supposed to be 90. The girls are spending tons of time sunbathing.
I shared it on Instagram earlier this week and it’s still cracking me up. This is basically what happens every time I attack a nut butter jar with a spoon.
White workout wear.
I love this white tank from The Track & Field Store. It’s loose but not too lose and super breathable and easy to move in. Get excited, I have a big Track & Field post coming up in the next week with a bunch of looks and a giveaway.
Reminiscing with my grandmother.
We went through a scrapbook that I made for her about 7 years ago and it was full of good memories and laughs. (Fun memory…I used to put on full-out dance and gymnastics productions for my grandmother and her neighbors when I visited. And let’s just say that my dancing skills leave a little something to be desired.)
Welcoming smoothies back into my life.
Yum and yum. This one was spinach, blueberries, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, a date, coconut milk, protein powder and almond butter.
Stalking my friend’s new golden retriever puppy.
Meet Paul Newman. My friend Ashleigh has an older girl around the same age as Sullie and has been thinking of getting another for over a year now. She finally took the plunge and brought Paul Newman home.
The report is that Delilah needs some time to adjust to her new baby brother. She’s giving him a bit of a cold shoulder right now. I nearly cried laughing at this photo. He’s like, “I just want to be close” and she’s having none of it.
A reader shared this quote on my “The Lie I Give Up” post and I love it so. It’s short but really hits home.
Layering Erin McDermott Jewelry.
I shared these pieces in my post last Friday but I have to share again. I’ve been wearing them nonstop, especially the Japanese Seed Bead necklace. Remember, you can use code PBR to get 30% off the Santa Monica earrings and the Japanese Seed Bead necklace!
I’m off to go get my stuff together. I’m teaching two more hot yoga classes this afternoon (one regular class and one for the teacher trainee’s practice) and then we have teacher training until 9 p.m.
Hope you have an awesome Friday night!
What are you loving lately?
Love the way you layered the jewelry! And, I can never get enogh pics of the pups!!! Xo
Thank you for making such beautiful jewelry! I would be lost without you! 🙂
Those pups!! I mean…seriously! How cute are they?!? Hopefully Delilah comes around soon:)
I know! Killing me! So sweet and I hope Delilah learns to love her little bro!
So curious about your smoothies post Whole 30 – are you keeping with the whey even though you’re now mostly dairy free? I am also 99% dairy free and always thought that meant staying away from whey – just curious for your input! 🙂 Thanks
I curious about this as well 🙂
Great question! I have done a bunch of reading and whey protein definitely can be a trigger. When I think back to when I was breaking out badly, I was using protein powder in my smoothies almost every day. My skin is pretty clear now so it will be a really good test to try to use it for a week or two and see if anything happens. I’ll keep ya posted if it does!
Thank you for your reply, look forward to seeing the results from your experiment 🙂 By the way; do you think there is a difference in this regard with whey vs casein? Whey does digest quicker and hence raise insulin faster, which might affect the skin. Could casein be a better option?
I am loving Ina Garten’s recipe for curried chicken salad. It is easy to make and great to have on hand after a long day.
Ina is the best! You can never go wrong with her recipes!
I live in Florida and I am SO disappointed with the strawberries this year. What the heck!! I expected more, FL. lol guess I need to visit NC for my strawbs!
Michigan strawberries are amazing too! The large tasteless picked-before-they-ripen strawberries are not really worth it to me, I don’t “hate” them because they sometimes have a good texture and mild fruity flavor, but nothing beats a fresh sun-ripened berry! Your teeth are so white, I am jealous! Do you have a special regimen? I have been rinsing with hydrogen peroxide to tackle my coffee stains and it seems to work ok.
Hi Jen! Love your blog – long time reader 🙂 I absolutely love Erin’s jewelry and am thinking of getting a few pieces. I was wondering if you could share the length(s) of the layering necklaces you have? I’m trying to figure out what would work – thank you!
I love that you used to perform “special” dance recitals for your G-ma! That’s awesome! <3 I also love the baby Golden pics!!! Paul getting the cold shoulder from Delilah is hilarious! Puppies are just the BEST!