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What I’m Loving


Happy Friday friends!
I have never done a “What I’m Loving post, but thought it would be fun today.” Just talking about what I am finding fun to watch, wear, new purchases, and more! We all need a bit of lightheartedness, ( especially if you watch the news daily!) in the world at times!

1 I am loving the Sunshine! Charlotte has had way more rain than last year, with no fear of a drought this year! For a while, I thought I was back in the ‘Burg, with the grey and rainy days!. Tuesday, this week began a week with sun and my hubby and I enjoying working out on the deck. There’s also nothing like dining al fresco and walking outside, so I am a happy camper when the weather is nice.


2.  My Girl’s Truffles 10th Birthday Party. We went to 3 Dog Bakery and got her an all natural peanut butter cake shaped like a bone, and it was a hit! They were asking for seconds! We invited her friends Sammie and Cholo. Sammie couldn’t make it ( she is a white darling little ‘tzu down the street). Cholo, a 12 yr old black Pomeranian, whose hair cut makes me resemble a tiny baby black bear,  was very well mannered at the table and was lots of fun to be around. There was some play time and the moms and dad had wine to celebrate the occasion. I was going to get party hats at the Dollar Store, but hats would have remained on their heads all of 2 seconds., so ..

My Girl on her Bday!

Truffles and Gibby’s good friend, Cholo!


  1. My new Sneakers After seeing multitudes of cute styles with bloggers in old school Converse, I wanted a pair. I went with a “twist” with these.  Converse have a platform ( of 1.5 inch) and Ortholite insoles as I need the support, and don’t mind some extra height. I used to have the traditional style without the platform, but they weren’t as cushioned.  I’ll style these on the blog soon! Nothin’ wrong with Old School. 🙂

  1. Game of Thrones– Me, Everyone and their Mother I imagine, but I have watched the series from the get-go. I really want a fight between the good guys and the White Walkers, wipe that icy grin off that leader’s face! I also got tired of Cersea’s scowl, and need to see her either permanently banished or something! Who is your favorite character?

I do think the White Walkers are cool, of course, the dragons, and liked Karl Drago even before he became Aquaman.

  1. My iFit programs– I have been using the programs on my new Proform treadmill, and I love it! I have been walking in Maui, through the jungle, along the streets of the Seine River in France, and yesterday, a nearly isolated hike on  Viking Land in Iceland.( where part of Game of Thrones is filmed) It is motivating, as each instructor talks you through the workout. I have been doing HIIT, ( or high-intensity interval training) with it modified to my abilities at the moment. After, I will use kettlebells and a medicine ball for some weight training. I am just working to get more cardiovascularly fit, and am on target for my goals.

  1. Homemade Sangria-

Fruit ( I like to use oranges, strawberries sliced)

A bottle of Grenache ( Spanish Wine or Pinot Noir)

1/2c  brandy or Orange liqueur

sweetener- simple syrup or maple syrup ( 2 tbsp)


As soon as the weather gets warm and we get to sit outside, I think about making homemade Sangria. I love a refreshing red sangria that is easy to make and gets me in the mood for Spring and Summer.

  1. This handpainted mug my mom gave me for Christmas. She said she got it at TJMaxx and couldn’t pass it up. The artist has worked on InStyle and other notable fashion magazines. The girl’s book even says “Fashion”. I enjoy a spot of tea out on the deck while writing. Love this brand’s yummy lavender and chamomile. tea from Fresh Market 🙂

  1. This mustard yellow gingham blouse from Mango. I can’t wait to style it!

Did you enjoy this “What I’m Loving Post”? I would love to do this once a month. What are you loving at the moment?  

If you missed my Spring Wish List post, have a read!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess xx

  • Amy Ann Arnold
    Posted at 14:35h, 23 April Reply

    Yay for nice weather!! hat is the cutest cake, and I have been wanting those sneakers too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:40h, 23 April Reply

      Thank you Amy! I know I just love sitting outside in the sun. Feels good! Truffles had a fun bday. I’ll wear the sneaker son the blog soon, they are nice! xx

  • Anna at Muttonstyle
    Posted at 08:09h, 23 April Reply

    I do enjoy what I’m loving and doing posts. It’s because I enjoy them that I have started to make my Sunday posts this year this sort of news. It’s like chatting with friends over a cuppa isn’t it. Im not into GOT. Hubs is though. I am one of the few I do realise, in the world that didn’t take to GOT:)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:57h, 23 April Reply

      So true Anna, maybe I should call it Coffee Talk Fridays! It is fun to see what people are up to. I understand, there are a lot of charachters and houses to keep straight! Happy Tuesday! x

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 18:51h, 21 April Reply

    This was a fun post, Jess! Can you believe I have never watched an episode of Game of Thrones. I so live in a cave!! Ha, ha. Maybe some day I’ll get up to speed. Cute party for the pups and those sneakers look very comfy. Hope you had a lovely Easter day! – Amy

  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 08:20h, 20 April Reply

    I love this post Jess! It’s so much fun to see what other people are doing! I’m getting those converse sneakers right now, so thanks for the tip on that one! I hope you have a great weekend and that the sun comes out for Easter Sunday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:56h, 20 April Reply

      Hi Suzanne! You will love those as they are cushioned and so cute! Glad you enjoyed the post, I may do this once a month. Happy Easter Suzanne! xx

  • kathrineeldridge1
    Posted at 07:43h, 20 April Reply

    I am a big GOT fan as well. I love Jon Snow and of course all the Starks. It’s going to go by too fast. Love this top you are lusting after and I adore those cute dog treats. Enjoy your Easter weekend!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:54h, 20 April Reply

      Yes, me too! It will be over too soon! Thank you! I will get that top as I love the mustard gingham, somthing different! Happy Easter to you too! xx

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 13:53h, 19 April Reply

    Doggy birthday parties always make me laugh. They are precious sitting around the table looking like little humans. haha.
    I really love those platform chucks! I have a regular pair honestly they are not that comfortable.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:00h, 19 April Reply

      Hi Lisa!
      I figured we had to have one since it was her 10th! We usally get them some special food like. Fresh Pet, for the birthdays, but this was fun for the 10th. They are great, and cushioned, so I am looking forward to wearing them more. xx

  • Sarah
    Posted at 12:40h, 19 April Reply

    Loved this post! That picture of the 3 dogs at the table was absolutely the most precious and hilarious!! I’m a dog mom as well and can relate to the passion you have every time you talk about your dogs!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:02h, 19 April Reply

      Hi Sarah!
      Thank you! So glad you liked the picture of them sitting a tthe table! i wanted to put Birthday hats on each of them, but they would have removed them after 2 seconds! hehe. Oh, that is wonderful that you are a dog mom as well. I am very passionate about dogs, so true . Happy Easter!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:24h, 19 April Reply

    I’m all about uplifting Jess. I love how the birthday boy gets a cake…how cute is that??
    And we make sangria too….mostly in the summer!! It’s the best when you get sunshine and sangria together!!!
    Have a fabulous Easter weekend,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:47h, 19 April Reply

      Birthday Girl, Truffles.. 🙂 She, Gibson and Cholo more than LOVED that Peanut butter cake! I got it at the doggy bakery near us. Oh yes, I love Sangria and will soon test out the recipe I have here. Happy Easter JOdie! xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:47h, 19 April Reply

    This was a fun post to read. That birthday party was soooooooo cute! Holy cow – how adorable are the pups? Sitting at that table, oh my goodness, so precious! That mug from TJMaxx is a must have for you – looks like you! I have a similar sangria recipe, I am a huge sangria fan – one day we will have a glass together!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:43h, 19 April Reply

      Thank you friend! We had some fuN! I was going to get them party hats, but my little bears have a tendency to take them off after 2 seconds. They were all so good sitting at the table, I was laughing as I said, Truffles, no elbows on the table! hehe. Yes, mom gave me the mug at Christmas, she said she couldnt pass it up! Oh yes, I love homemade Sangria. xx

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