August Favorites + Gratitude

August 25, 2017
Friday Favorites Dallas Fitness Blog Blogger Love You More Too

Today is the last Friday in August, so I get to share with you some of my favorite things/discoveries from the month. I love getting to share new products and things with you. This month has been all about busyness, and to be honest, I am exhausted. Getting back in a routine of working full time is tiring, but I am so grateful to go in to work each day. Here are a few of my favorite things from August.

Favorite daily routine

This month, I started taking probiotics for the first time. I have read a lot about the benefits of probiotics and how they improve your gut health as well as help your immune system fight off illnesses. Fortunately, this comes at a great time, since kids are full of germs and my job is full of kids. Not only, do I have more energy, but I am able to fight off infections before they even start.

Love Bug probiotics are 15x more effective than other capsules because of their BIO-tract technology. Basically, they don’t dissolve in your stomach acid before making it to your gut. Every detail of their product is thought out- from the packaging to the ingredients. They are made in the US, packaged with organic cotton, and contain no gluten, sugar, yeast, lactose, soy, or preservatives.

I just love their packaging, design, and branding.

Favorite new restaurant

On Tuesday, I posted about Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe. They have a location in Plano and serve fresh, healthy, and delicious items that take me right back to Greece. Check out the post and read more about them.

Favorite household cleaner

Since this month has been so hot, the dogs have spent a lot of time inside. This means there have been a few more messes to clean up. Fortunately, Trinova is a natural pet stain and odor that smells heavenly. It makes my guest bedroom smell like eucalyptus, and gets rid of dog stains and smells quickly and naturally.

Favorite workout

Photo credit: Dallas Fitness Ambassadors

This month, I got to use TRX bands for the first time during a variety fitness class at Strong Fitness in Dallas. I burned a ton of calories, worked up a crazy sweat, and had a lot of fun. Check it out here, in case you missed it.

Favorite Instagram shot 

I found out I am a finalist in City of Plano’s #LovePlano Instagram campaign for this month’s contest. This photo of my chilaquiles from Lazy Dog made it as the photo of the week on August 11. I should find out next week who the winner is.


1. My 92 year- old PawPaw was put on hospice this month. On Saturday, he suffered from a stroke and we were unsure of if he would recover. Thankfully, he is back to normal- eating, talking, and being his self. I know his time is coming near, but I am not ready to let go just yet. I am grateful for the gift of time with him.

2. School started with kids on Monday and the first week back has been great! Despite a few little things, it’s the best start of the year yet.

3. I won tickets to see OneRepublic on the radio yesterday. Last year, on that same day, I won a trip to Florida. Two years ago, on the same day, I won tickets to Ed Sheeran. Needless to say, August 24 is my lucky radio day.

4. Car repairs costing significantly less than what we thought. Adulting is hard, y’all.

5. Cooler weather for the weekend. I am thrilled we are less than a month away from fall. It’s my favorite.

  • Whitney August 25, 2017 at 6:27 am

    1. Your dog is crazy cute. 2. I love TRX! Have you ever tried an aerials workout (like, circus stuff)? My circus studio has a fitness class and they do a lot of the same movements on the fabrics that you do with the TRX bands, so it’s similarly challenging! But I think more fun! 3. Adulting IS hard. I wish you luck with it!

  • Shybiker August 25, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Great post, Jessica. I drink kefir for its probiotics and always enjoy hearing about good restaurants. Savor the remaining time with your relative; I’m in the same boat with my dad right now.

  • Penny Struebig August 25, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Oh m y goodness – I want to come hang out with you on August 24!! Definitely sounds like a lucky day for you.

  • Kimberly August 25, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I am so glad to hear that your Paw Paw is doing better. Nothing hurts more than watching someone you love suffer. He sounds like such a strong individual.
    ANd holla to winning tickets on the radio!!!!
    I think I’m the only one on the planet who hates fall. I really do.

  • Charlotte August 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Wow, you have a string of good luck on 8/24! That’s awesome 🙂 Time to play the lottery, because hey, you never know, right? 🙂

    So glad that your grandpop is feeling better and that you have more time together <3 I understand how precious that is.

    Do you happen to know if those probiotics are vegan? I love taking probios–they do wonders for the gut and overall immune and I swear by them. Also the packaging is great! XOOX

  • Trish @ The Trish List August 25, 2017 at 10:13 am

    That is so awesome about your luck streak on 8/24! Play the lottery girl! I have tried Love Bug probiotics in the past and they are phenominal! Havea great weekend!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries August 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    That’s crazy about 8/24. Funny how things works out that way… I’m glad that you are getting some more time spend with your Paw Paw. Blessings for sure!

  • Emily August 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Congrats on winning the tickets. I hope your kids have a great school year. I am so happy that your grandpa is feeling much better.

  • ShootingStarsMag August 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Woah, August 24 is a great day for you! congrats on winning tickets this year. 🙂 I’m glad that your grandfather is doing okay at the moment.


  • Akaleistar August 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Winning tickets to see OneRepublic sounds awesome!

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor August 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    8/24 Is defintely your lucky day. I love TTC. It’s amazing how much you can do with those bands.

  • Beth August 25, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I love the name of those probiotics! Too cute. I hope they help! And what a blessing to have some more time with your grandfather. That is great news. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • D von August 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Oh my gosh your dog is so cute. He’s a really good model!

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace August 25, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    You always have the yummiest food pictures. I leave your blog feeling hungry every single time!

  • Sarah August 26, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I love using TRX bands during a workout. It definitely adds another level of intensity. How often do you use them?

  • Lauren August 26, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Those probiotics look great and that food looks so delish!!


  • Sara August 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    DUDE. How do you always win things on August 24?! That’s fascinating that you always win on that day!! I hope your Paw Paw remains comfortable throughout his time in hospice. Thinking of you all.

  • Lindsay August 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I cannot believe we’re inching closer and closer to the end of August. This summer (and the year!) has gone by so quickly.

    I’m glad to hear your PawPaw . I hope this is just a blip for him and he’s with you for much more time. <3
    Wow, that's awesome you won OneRepublic tickets! I'd love to see them, they've got such happy, feel good music. Also, good luck with your IG contest!! 🙂

    Have a great week, Jessica. 🙂

  • Rebekah August 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

    So glad your grandpa is feeling better! I have a grandmother getting to that age, and I’m not ready to let go of her, either!

  • Kenya August 28, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I started probiotics a few weeks ago. I heard they also help with clearing your skin. And so far tis true. My face has been clearing up nicely! Sounds like you had a great month!

  • Dawn @ Our Food Fix August 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Priobiotics are seriously a life saver! I don’t know what I would do without them.

  • Marissa August 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing that you won tickets to see OneRepublic! That should be a fun night out.

  • Bri @ My Life As August 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I just saw that place in Plano! I haven’t been yet though!