Greetings from quiet and lovely Blue Ridge, Georgia! I’m here hanging out with my family for the next few days. We’ve got a cabin full of six people (my parents, my brother Matthew, his girlfriend Stephanie, Dave) and three dogs, including Rudy and my brother’s dogs.
We’ve got nothing on the agenda this long weekend except for relaxing, board games and hanging out, and so far it’s been lovely. Yesterday, after a big BBQ lunch at a local joint, I took an afternoon nap and a leisure trail walk. Love it!
The adventure actually started for me on Wednesday, when Dave and Rudy and I were stuck on a plane for an hour without A/C before take-off, which wasn’t the best start. From there, our flight was pretty smooth and we were waiting outside the Atlanta airport to be picked up by my brother around 11 p.m. Then we were up early on Thursday to make the short drive to Blue Ridge and were soaking up mountain air before lunch. But I digress, because it’s about that time to talk about what I’ve been loving lately …
Latest favorite things
My favorite healthy and crunchy snack
I’m in love with these Crunchies, and they are Dave approved as well. What’s on the ingredients list? Nothing but whole, real natural fruit. These Crunchies make snacking on the go easy and healthy (vegan, non-GMO, kosher, etc.), and I’ve eaten most of the flavors and really can’t choose a favorite. While I was away last weekend, I brought a bag of the mango and dipped them in peanut butter for a seriously amazing and filling taste sensation. I’ve also mixed the strawberry ones with almonds for a little trail mix.
If you see a bag of Crunchies on the shelf while shopping, do yourself a favor and pick them up. You can’t go wrong with these pure fruit bites! Take a look here to find Crunchies at a store near you. And thanks to the Crunchies team for sending me a few to test out. Much appreciated!
My favorite selection of cool gifts
Another month, another POPSUGAR Must Have box, which is a monthly subscription box of hand-picked and curated unique items sent to your door as a surprise. This month’s contents were perhaps the best yet, with a variety of items including all of this …
- Jack & Lucy Wide Brim Hat (couldn’t find a link)
- NCLA Mani-er Took Kit (much needed)
- Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask (so creamy)
- Flint Lint Roller (totally cool and retractable)
- Smith & Cult Lip Laquer (perfect for a fall date night)
- The Gluten Free Bites (delish)
I’ve never rocked a fall hat before like the black one in this box, and I may have to do that soon. As far as the other contents? I’ve already eaten the gluten free bites, which were coconuty and the perfect pre-workout snack. And who doesn’t want a manicure kit or a new lint roller? Overall, these boxes are awesome and would make the perfect gift. Find out more here from POPSUGAR if you’re interested in getting your own subscription, and thanks to POPSUGAR for sending me a complimentary box in exchange for my review.
My favorite activity of the week
Last weekend, Dave and I went to Golden Gate Park on Saturday for the Tour de Fat festival held by the New Belgium beer company. While it was a chilly day once the fog rolled in (always the case in Golden Gate Park, of course), we had an awesome time and a ton of laughs.
This was our second time at the festival, and yet it seemed to be weirder and even more entertaining than the first visit. There was live music, a bike rodeo, life-size Jenga, delicious Vietnamese food truck food, people-watching galore and a dance contest. I really can’t describe the strange circus-like feel, which included clowns running around the audience, but it was a darn good time.
We met up with a few of Dave’s coworkers for a while and were back in the car to head home to Walnut Creek in the late afternoon. I’m always impressed with the range of activities you can find in San Francisco, and Tour de Fat does not disappoint. (And side note: this festival is all about promoting cycling too, which is a great cause in the Bay Area and beyond.)
My favorite links as of late
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West?
And more things worth reading …
- Fitness: I tried a POP Pilates class and wrote about it. Check it out here.
- News of note: I changed my Instagram handle, so make sure you are following here.
- Health: I am all about alternative practices and would love to try hypnosis.
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s your current favorite snack?