Friday Five: Things I’m Loving Lately

by tinareale on April 19, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I think today’s Friday calls for a little dose of cheer and fun. I have a few things to share which I have really been loving lately, then we can top it off with a giveaway. Sound good? Let’s go!

1. Greens discovery.

Have you ever heard of hydroponic (aka water grown) lettuce? I heard about it a long time ago in some sort of foodie source but never really thought it was a viable option for me personally. Well, thanks to a good friend, I discovered that we have a local hydroponic lettuce farm.

I ordered a sampler box this past week and for $10 received a giant head of romaine, a large container of Bibb lettuce, and a bag of spring mix. You better believe I immediately used the stuff in a salad. Verdict? Ummm…wow. Just like we taste a HUGE difference in the local beef we buy, I immediately could tell a difference in this lettuce. So light, tender…and fresh. I could eat salad for every meal now.*

*not really…do you really think I could handle salad for breakfast? Unless in smoothie form…hmmm? Winking smile

2. A return season of FRIENDS.

Did you hear about this? If you know me but at all, then you know how excited I am for this. I just hope this really happens and doesn’t fall through. I also hope it’s original cast. Come on, guys!

3. Inspirational gear.

Through FitFluential, I received a little shipment of inspiration from The Universe Knows – a website that sells tons of products with inspirational sayings such as “make a difference,” “cherish the journey,” or “create your bliss”. You can find various tops (long sleeve, short sleeve, or tanks), coffee mugs, journals, bookmarks, luggage tags, totes, stationary, and more.


Each item comes in a vibrant hue with one of the many inspirations across it. I received the raspberry “find your balance” hoodie, the purple “quiet your mind” v-neck tee, the purple “blessings are everywhere” journal, and the gray “just for today” mug.

Do I like the stuff?

So much so that I have worn the tee to yoga at least once a week. I turn to the hoodie when I want to toss on something cute but comfortable for errands and the like. And the journal is my new daily prayer and thoughts journal.  

photo from Instagram

I’m already a huge coffee mug lover, but I loved their mug so much that I have ordered a three mug bundle (you get to choose which three) to have more to choose from. I mean, who doesn’t need a dose of positive in the morning?? They are the perfect size too (bigger than a standard mug but not ginormous).

And speaking of inspiration…

4. New favorite song.

Cannot stop listening. Don’t want to stop listening. And worth a listen for anyone who says things to themselves that puts themselves down. Bet you can’t stop listening either.

These are the voices. These are the lies. And I have believed them for the very last time.

5. BAMR Bands.

I know there are a TON of cute fitness headbands out there…and they all seem they would be the same. I have a few different bands and sure they (mostly) have all worked for me.

But when a friend takes her running passion and uses it to launch a new line – with a name like Bad Ass Mother Runner no less – I have to check it out.

I roomed with Katie back at FitBloggin’ in 2011 and we remain good blog friends. She is a wonderful, kind woman who has decided to put that heart to work with her new headband line – BAMR bands. That is what makes these not just another workout headband. They come from the heart.

One dollar from every headband purchased goes to the charity, Every Mother Counts – a charity aiming to “end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide”.

I can get behind that. Supporting a good friend and a good cause for a quality product that does its job and does it will? I’m loving it.

Each 7/8” non-slip band stays put during workouts and comes in a variety of fun, fashionable designs. You know I’m personally a big fan of the two I received – yellow polka dots and black chevron prints.

Are you interested? Well then, be sure to visit the BAMR shop to support a fellow blogger and Every Mother Counts. Still not sure? Give them a try for yourself with the chance to win two BAMR bands!

You know what to do…enter below. Giveaway will end next Wednesday April 24th at 11:59 pm EST. Open to US residents only.

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Thanks for entering!

What’s something you’re loving lately?

Disclosure: I received the products from The Universe Knows and the two BAMR Bands free for review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and 100% honest. Please visit my Disclosure Policy for additional information.


1 MOLLIE K April 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

those mugs are amazing! so simple, yet so much wisdom!

2 Erica { } April 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

I had not heard that about Friends! I Haven’t had cable in years but that was always a fun show to watch. I’m actually going to try to hunt down some episodes online to watch now it’s been so long!

3 Betsy April 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

I like the pink chevron!

4 Courtney April 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hate to be the bearer of bad news but there isn’t going to be a Friends reunion. Some site reported that NBC confirmed it, which they didn’t, and Warner Bros came out and said there’s no truth to the rumor and that there will be no reunion. I wish though!!

5 Diane April 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

I’m going to be so heartbroken if that’s true! :(

6 tinareale April 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

SUCH a bummer!!!

7 Miz April 19, 2013 at 7:47 am


and mugs.
and journals.

8 Kim April 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

I love the T-shirt and the “Find your Balance” quote is perfect!!
Friends again – I would love it but be surprised if all the same actors returned.

9 Kim April 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

Oops – I like the brown with pink polka dots best but all of the bands are cute!!

10 Aimee M April 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

I love the digital camo headband! I want to rock that to the gym–my boyfriend is currently in basic training for the Army!

11 Heather @fitncookies April 19, 2013 at 8:00 am

pink chevron? Sign me up!

I am also totally hoping for a Friends reunion!! That would be like a dream come true! Those shirts and mugs with inspirational messages are amazing! I am going to check into the mug bundle like you bought and maybe by them for my new house! I love them!

12 Jamie @ MyHealthfulPursuits April 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

I love the aqua chevron headband!

13 Retha April 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

I like the black and blue chevron stripes!

14 Sarah April 19, 2013 at 8:03 am

I love the BAMR bands!

15 Kierston @candyfit April 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

I’m loving the Universe Knows stuff! I’d love a mug. I’m mug obsessed.

I’m getting BARM Bands too..can’t wait to try them out :)

16 [email protected] Palate April 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

Love the bands and the bright workout gear! I’m loving my lululemon leggings! Such a good fit!

17 Heather April 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

LOVE the pink chevron!

18 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

I LOVE the gray and the yellow chevron headbands – so cute!

19 Katie April 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

Aww, I love the Bow Wow headband. As a certified crazy dog lady, that is just too perfect!

20 Carleigh April 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

I love ‘bow wow wow’! Too cute! Perfect way to show some love for my 3 miniature schnauzers at the gym!

21 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life April 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

I LOVE Matthew West! He is probably one of my favorite Christian artists right now!

And holy cow, these are so cute!! I love all of the chevron options! I’m mildly obsessed with chevron anything right now!

22 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef April 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

i like the deep purple polka dots!

23 Tori L April 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

The pink and white striped one is too cute!

24 Danielle Johnson April 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

I got the gray chevron from BAMR a while back and would LOVE the black or pink one! :)

25 Debbie @ Healthy Running Mom April 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

I love any color chevron.

26 Annie April 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

What cute headbands!

27 Kim @ Racing Bananas April 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

Love the black chevron – but I would wear them all!

28 [email protected] April 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

the black or gray chevron because it will go with everything.

29 Jessica M April 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

I am in love with those big mugs…and that awesome chevron headband! Too cute!

30 dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt April 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Super cute Mug!!

31 Yolanda April 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

A.) I will be EXTATIC if the Friends reunion deal is true!! B.) I’m loving the chevron headband!! What a great cause.

32 Amy Lauren April 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

My favorite is the gray chevron design.

33 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

I love the black chevron!

34 kristin hayden April 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

these bands are so adorable – i really like the blue zebra, the paw prints, pink lepard, breast cancer awarness, the minnie mouse – i really like all of them!!!

35 Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing April 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love the black and pink chevron! :)

36 Jackie Katzenstein April 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I LOVVVEE the Camo ones and of course the different colored chevron bands are awesome too!!

37 Tera April 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Definitely the chevron ones!

38 Kara April 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Would love one of these!

39 jobo April 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

YES to a Friends reunion!! Happy Friday friend.

40 tinareale April 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Apparently it was a rumor made up by a tabloid. BOOO!

41 Rebecca Wright April 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Love the clothing! And cannot wait to try the bands I have such difficulty finding one that stays on!

42 Kara D April 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I like the grey chevron!

43 Denyne April 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I love anything chevron.

44 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance April 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Love the tees and hoodies! Adorable. I’d love to try out a plain black BAMR headband!

45 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit April 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I too have heard the rumblings of a “Friends” reunion! That would be amazing! Lately I’m loving “reading”, I go through phases of having time to read & I’m just now getting back into it for relaxation. Have a fab weekend!

46 [email protected] April 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I love the tops/mugs! And the bands! Gotta check those out :)

47 kristina April 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Loving the navy and pink chevron stripes! The pretty peacock is adorable too. :)

48 Caitlin April 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Love both chevron patterns :)

49 Lisa April 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I adore the mugs! so cute.
And how did I not know about this Friends return? Best news all day, I’d say!
Happy Friday!

50 Allison M April 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love the aqua chevron headband. So cute! It would match my favorite work-out outfit too.

51 Kathryn April 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I’m loving that it’s Friday!

52 Julie April 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

My daughter would love those headbands!

53 Lisa Rank April 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Love the Universe Knows stuff. Think I need to order me some goodies. Happy Friday!

54 Lauren April 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Love all of the chevron prints!

55 Cori @ olivetorun April 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The friends thing is actually not true :( They confirmed it isn’t going to happen. It make sense though since some of the cast are already in contractual obligations on other shows.


56 Niki Hall April 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Gray Cheveron!

57 Amy H. @ Run with Perseverance April 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I love all the chevron patterns, as well as the Ocean Breeze one!

58 Ashley W April 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

The black chevron

59 Mackenzie April 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Love the gray chevron and the inspirational line of clothes!

60 Emily April 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Love the blue chevron!

61 Gina Helton April 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I liked the red chevron print!

62 Amber April 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I hope I win!

63 Heather @ Better With Veggies April 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I absolutely love my BAMR Band too – just ordered that black one today too (I needed another, they are too cute!). I’d happily pick out a third. :)

64 Heather April 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

cute!!! i love the blue zebra :-)

65 Katie Heddleston April 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Thanks for the shout out and I loved learning about the other things you’re loving lately too! The universe knows gear looks so cute!! xo

66 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf April 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I love my BAMR band! I’d love a chevron one :-)

67 Marin April 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I love the pink chevron!

68 Cecilia @MommiesRun April 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Never tried a BAMR band but I love the neon orange chevron!

69 liz April 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Love the chevron and polka dots!

70 Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss April 20, 2013 at 3:51 am

I love the Ocean Breeze and B&W Swirl bands.

71 Sarah Z April 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

I like the B&W swirls and the neapolitan!

72 Jennifer April 20, 2013 at 8:25 am

I like the blue chevron!

73 Diane April 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

I love the aqua and pink chevrons! And the Neopolitan (I’m a pink girl). :)

74 Bree Roe April 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I can never get headbands to stay on my head :( I would love to try BAMR bands!! Loving the chevron.

75 Lorrie April 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

My principal was just diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer. She loves her long hair and is devastated she will lose it. I love the pink hope for her.

76 Kelly Burton April 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Those headbands are too cute! I always need a headband when running or workout to keep my hair out of my face.

77 Haley April 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I love the chevron design!

78 Katie M April 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I like the black and white swirls and the patriotic stripe designs.

79 Kaci April 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I love the grey chevron and the safari jaguar!

80 Kim B April 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

Love the headbands…super cute!

81 Danica @ It's Progression April 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I love the Aqua and Green Apple Chevron bands!

82 Amanda April 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I love the chevron!!!

83 E April 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I like that our posts from this day were on the same mind-track! AND that we both featured BAMR Bands! Which, btw, I would love to add another to my collection. Hence why I’m entering your giveaway, too =)
I think the next design I’d want to add would be the camo band, since my husband is in the Army.
Also, I love big mugs. It saves me from having to refill my coffee as much!
Hope your weekend was great!

84 Katie April 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

These are adorable!! LOVE the polka dot ones!!

85 Elizabeth April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

Soooo cute! Love the chevron print!

86 Traci April 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Love the different Chevron ones & the polka dots!

87 Brittany April 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I’ve been looking for a good workout headband for awhile. I’m loving the aqua or black chevron print! So cute!

88 Marni G April 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

I want to try to headbands! Super cute prints.

89 ashley April 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Love the neon orange chevron!

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