Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to my 9th Friday Favorites link-up — a special Virginia Beach edition — courtesy of Heather at Housewife Glamour!
Sadly, our vacation has come to an end, but here are some of the things that I’ve loved while at the beach this past week!
1. Awesome view from the hotel gym
I’m so happy that I made time to work out during the trip! The Fit Foodie 5k is only a week away, and I definitely need to keep training!
I went running on the boardwalk once, which was great, but nothing beats the view from the treadmill in the hotel gym.
Oceanaire, where we stay every June, and Ocean Beach Club are technically two separate hotels, but they are owned by the same company and share pools and fitness facilities. The fitness center is on the 17th floor of Ocean Beach Club’s tower, and the view alone makes working out worth it (as if there aren’t any other benefits!).
2. Free beach chairs
Since my in-laws are timeshare owners, we have access to free chairs on the beach, instead of having to rent them.
The guy at the rental station has a list of all of the week’s occupants, and he just verifies who you are before bringing you chairs. The full service is great!
I love sitting in these to read, but if I want to make sure that I also tan my back, it’s best to switch to the old-fashioned method of laying on a towel.
3. Edge of Tomorrow
My husband, his cousin, and I ventured off the oceanfront to the movies on Monday night to see Tom Cruise’s newest film, Edge of Tomorrow. Emily Blunt co-stars.
I wasn’t so sure about this movie when I saw the previews, but the positive reviews from critics swayed me. I’m glad I went to see it, because it’s definitely awesome!
I want to be as bada** and fit as Emily Blunt is in this movie.
4. Adults-only pool and hot tub
I like kids — I’m a 3rd grade Sunday school teacher, after all — but I really do appreciate an adults-only vacation. (Our trip to Sandals in Antigua last summer was our best vacation yet, and the adults-only atmosphere definitely played a part!)
We are big fans of Aqua 21, the adults-only pool and hot tub at Oceanaire.
While our resort definitely caters to families, they don’t forget those who are child-free (or want a little child-free time), as well.
5. Building a Framework: Everything I Learned My First Year of Blogging by Abby Lawson
DIY blogger Abby Lawson of Just a Girl and Her Blog — who also happens to be a college friend of mine — released her first ebook on Tuesday, titled Building a Framework: Everything I Learned My First Year of Blogging.
I bought it on the first day and have been pouring over it ever since!
In her ebook, Abby shares all of her tips and tricks on how she started and grew her blog to 200,000 page views per month in less than a year and a half! I can’t wait to follow some of Abby’s advice to improve and enhance this blog. If you are looking for some awesome blogging how-to’s, go check her out!
What are you loving this week?