Friday, May 7, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: May 7, 2021





 

It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.

Happy Friday, Friends. I'm writing this from a Courtyard Marriott in State College, Pennsylvania because this 13 month old child will graduate from Penn State University this weekend.



I don't even know what to say about it right now, but since I'm a girl who writes words to process her feelings, it's quite possible I'll have one or a thousand things to say next week about the fact that that baby up there has finished his education and will be moving away POSSIBLY FOREVER. But for now, this is how I'm operating. 


Let's get to some favorites this week. I gotta be quick because I have to get back to denial and pretending that this makes any kind of sense.

1. Kelly Corrigan Wonders Podcast



I adore Kelly Corrigan's writing. She is without a doubt my favorite non-fiction writer, so I was excited to listen to her podcast. I blew through the first ten episodes in just a couple of days. Her voice is so soothing and calm. She's incredibly smart, wonderfully introspective, and wickedly funny. Lately I've been thinking a lot about growing older and how important it is to remain curious - to keep reading, keep listening, keep thinking, and keep wondering. That seems to be the whole idea of this podcast. I love it.

2. Hello World by Kelly Corrigan



Speaking of Kelly Corrigan, her newest book is a children's book, Hello World, and I think it would be the perfect gift for any graduate from preschool to college. The book centers around the idea that as we move through our lives what will be more important than the places we go or the goals we accomplish are the people we meet and our efforts to get to know and learn from them. There's not a word Corrigan will write that I won't buy, so I've got this in my cart already.

3. Striped Maxi Dress



I had this dress in my cart because I was looking for something in Penn State colors to wear Joe's outdoor graduation ceremony and tailgate party. Since the graduation will take place at the football stadium I needed something on the casual side. I thought this would be perfect. Unfortunately, State College, Pennsylvania doesn't have the same idea of springtime that I do and it appears it will be in the low 50s during the ceremony, so I'm going to have to come up with something else. Still, I think this is a cute dress and it comes in a ton of colors if your college town understands how spring weather is supposed to work.

4. Air Fryer Carrot Chips

www.healthylittlepeach.com


Healthy Little Peach has been my go-to site for healthy recipes lately. I tried these carrot chips and they were pretty good. Are they as "pretty good" as tortilla chips and queso? No ma'am. But a girl whose jeans are standing room only* lately, has to makes some tough decisions. (*Thanks Leslie Jordan for the best line ever.)

5. Cheese Fries and Some Guys



Taking a hard left turn from carrot chips and in the name of balance, I will say that by far my favorite thing from the week was sharing a huge mess of fried things and adult beverages with my son and his friends last night. When I took Joe to college I prayed for a million things for him. The greatest gift above anything he has gained in his four years at Penn State has been that he found his people. People who are solid, charming, accomplished young men. As a bonus they are a heckuva a lot of fun and make really good beverage suggestions. God has been faithful to us in the past four years. I'm so very grateful.

That's it for this week. I've got to go do some more celebrating. Have a great weekend!

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Friday, April 30, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: April 30, 2021



 


It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.


Happy Friday! I was away for a couple of weeks and it's great to be home especially because IT IS FINALLY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEASON AGAIN. I WILL BE SHOUTING ABOUT IT FOR MANY DAYS. THANK YOU, SWEET JESUS. 

As you might guess, when we had our first game on Tuesday, I was so excited I was about to jump out of my shoes. It was 84 degrees and sunny and beautiful and I really thought my smile my crack my face wide open. So that was my very favorite thing this week. Here are some others. 

1. Knox Rose Dress 


This Knox Rose Sleeveless Smocked dress is only $27.99 and it's a really cute and comfortable for spring and summer. It's listed as red floral, but in real life it's closer to pink. The hem is a little longer in the back than in the front. It would look cute with boots and a jean jacket when it's cooler or with wedges when it gets warm.


2. Henry's Sisters by Cathy Lamb


I know I already mentioned the book, Henry's Sisters, a couple of weeks ago, but I finished it this week and it is definitely my favorite book that I've read this year, if not of the past couple of years. It's funny, sweet, disturbing, and painful which is pretty much what real life is like. I loved the relationship between the sisters and their brother and I cried my eyes out when it was over. Highly recommend.

3. Old Navy Tank Tops



These Luxe V-Neck Tank Tops are really soft and come in lots of colors. They're not too fitted, but instead are loose and flowy. And I've just decided that loose and flowy seems to be a vibe I'm attracted to these days.

4. Swimsuit Cover-Up




It was in the 80s here this week which really made me excited for summer time. I think this shirt dress swimsuit cover up is so cute. It comes in a ton of solids and prints. I'm not sure how sheer these are, but depending on that and the length, I'm thinking it could be worn as a dress as well. Might be a great Mother's Day gift, too.


This mix blue print is adorable.



Add this foldable beach hat for Mom (or your own self). And don't forget this awesome facial sunscreen. It is THE BEST.

5. On Drinking from Old Wells  (via Annie F. Downs)


Last week I was in my hometown in Texas at my parents' house checking emails. I opened a newsletter from Annie F. Downs - a popular Christian writer and speaker. Annie talked about drinking from "old wells" - visiting places you've known for a long time and where God has been faithful to you. Places to which you might return to remember God. She urged the listener, if possible, to go to those places and ask Him again to be faithful. 

I don’t believe much in coincidence, so the fact that I read this email as I sat at my parents’ kitchen table mere minutes from more "old wells" than I could count really wasn’t a surprise. I grabbed the keys to my mom's car and set out to find as many of those familiar wells as I could. 

I went to the courthouse where every Fall we held a Homecoming Parade and pep rally. This little town square was a place of joy and camaraderie where my friends and I adorned our cheerleader uniforms with mums as big as our heads. It was undoubtedly an old well - one where God taught me about the importance of community and loyalty. 

A block away sat the old Methodist Church where a sunny-faced pastor named Walter taught about Jesus when I was in elementary school. It was there that I think I first understood that the perfect love of Jesus could be shown by imperfect humans. As sunlight streamed though stained glass, I drank from a well that placed in me a deep need for the church.

I drove by the football stadium where I spent countless Friday nights. I stood on that field as a high school senior after our last home game weeping my little 17-year-old eyes out. I cried not just for the loss on the scoreboard (thanks a lot, Terrell Tigers), but for the loss of game nights under the stadium lights with friends I had loved for so long. I was terrified of leaving them and my hometown, but God proved faithful again. He went with me. He went with them.

Throughout the week, I visited other old wells. I stopped at Sonic and Whataburger because OF COURSE I DID. I drove by fields of bluebonnets and watched the sunset over Lake Ray Hubbard.

Each time I’ve faced new seasons for which I feel fully unprepared, I admit, that I’ve wondered if God would continue to show up for me. My most persistent prayer of late has been this: Please, Lord. Let everything I’ve thought about You, said about You, and written about You prove true this time, too. Last week when I visited so many old wells, I found that they hadn't run dry. The Lord's faithfulness, His trustworthiness, His grace, and His presence do not dry up. As I approach new wells - unfamiliar, dark, and deep - I will remember. They are full of living water. The promises of God are true and real and good. They’re available for me every single day that I am blessed to wake up again. I think I'll grab my cup. Thank you for the encouragement, Annie F. Downs.

Have a blessed weekend, Friends.


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Friday, April 23, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: April 23, 2021





 

It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.

Happy Friday, Friends! Gotta be quick today because I'm in an airport with sketchy wifi. Hopefully this will post. Here are some favorites from the week. Hope you've found some, too!

1. Home Economics


I saw something about this show last week and was thinking that it might be good because I love Topher Grace from That 70s Show and the premise sounded like a good one. Three grown-up siblings have very different financial situations. One is very wealthy, one is struggling, and one (Topher Grace) is a writer who finds himself somewhere in the middle. I watched the first two episodes and I laughed a lot. I have low expectations lately and if a show makes me laugh even a little, I'll stick around. I think I'm all the way here for this show. (And still loving It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia which I mentioned last week . . .HI. LAR. I. OUS.)

2. Lisbon Wants Moor OPI




If you're looking for a neutral polish Lisbon Wants Moor OPI is a great choice. It's a pink/white/beige color. I literally can't pick out which of those three dominates this color. It's not too bright to be called pink, not too harsh to be called white, and not too boring to be called beige. Whatever it is, I think it's a perfect shade for spring and summer.

3. Crown Vintage Wedge Sandals




I bought a pair of neutral Crown Vintage wedge espadrilles two years ago and just wore them this week for the first time this season. I was on my feet all day and they didn't bother me a bit. I don't see the same style available this year, but these Chalina wedges by Crown Vintage are similar. I'd guess they would be as comfortable. They come in black suede, olive green suede, mustard yellow suede and gold metallic/cognac faux leather with a cork wedge. So cute.

4. Anrabess Short & Long Rompers


Last year I bought a solid navy Anrabess romper from Amazon and I love it. I wore it all the time. This year I noticed this tie dye short romper by Anrabess and it's adorable. Personally, I think it would be so cute for a young-er than me person. I think maybe the ship has sailed on my tie-dyed short romper days unless maybe I wore it for a swim suit cover up. I don't know. I'm conflicted. Anyway, they do  have tons of choices of tie-dye and solid colors available in both short and long rompers. I would guess they are the same quality as last year's which was really soft and comfortable. 

5. Sorority Sisters, Topo Chico, Tequila and Lime


I got to see two of my very best college friends this week when I was in Dallas and we met for Mexican food and drinks. You combine two girls who have loved you for over 30 years with tacos and a Topo Chico, Tequila, and Lime and you've got a sure-fire way to keep a smile on your face for at least a week. Thank you University of Texas Kappa Alpha Thetas for bringing me these two women. It's a special kind of friend who is willing to stick by you from the time you thought it was a good plan to wear boots, a long wrap skirt, and a mock turtleneck to a football game when it was 95 degrees outside in 1990 to a time when you're trying to figure out how to manage night sweats and crow's feet in 2021. Girlfriends are a blessing straight from God. Amen.

Have a blessed weekend!


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Friday, April 16, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: April 16, 2021



 

It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.

Hello, Friends. Gotta hustle this morning, so let's get right to some of my favorite things from this week. Hope you found some things to make you smile this week, too! Happy Friday! 

1. Pretty Garden Tie Dye Pajama Set



I have not ordered these pajamas yet because I was cleaning out closets and drawers last week and I had to have an intervention with myself about my pj addiction. However, it's not like pajamas are heroin, so I can't make any promises that I will stay on this particular wagon. My friend, Jen, told me about these Pretty Garden Tie Dye PJs and she said they are great. Tie-Dye is having a moment right now, so I honestly don't know why you couldn't wear this set right on out of the house and proceed with your life. In fact, maybe last week Jen went straight from her Saturday morning pj life to wearing the sweatshirt to an afternoon college baseball game because no one is the boss of her. I cannot confirm or deny. However, #belikeJen


2. Hold On To Me by Lauren Daigle


This song. I've listened to it a bazillion times this week. My goodness, Lauren Daigle is so incredibly gifted. I'm not sure there is another artist whose words and music relay God's love and presence so clearly to me. 


3. Lumene CC Cream



I ordered this Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream from Amazon because my sister told me to. This seems to be a theme of the last few Friday Favorites. She suggested it a long time ago, but at the time I had just ordered the Rodan & Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid. I liked it a lot, but it is so expensive. The Lumene CC Cream is much cheaper - as in six times less expensive. It gives me plenty of coverage, but doesn't feel heavy on my skin. 

4. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


This show. It is so inappropriate. So politically incorrect. So. darn. funny. It's on Hulu. I've only watched five episodes, but I think I'm in for the long haul. 

Here are some disclaimers: Do not watch this if you are easily offended. Do not watch this with young children around. Do not watch this with your parents around. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was recommended to me by my 20 year old frat boy. Perhaps I buried the lead there. That little fact probably tells you all you need to know to make an informed decision.
 
Do you need to laugh? Really hard? Out loud? And then rewind because you want to laugh again? Real hard? Out loud? Because a lot of things are a huge bummer right now and life is scary and hard sometimes? 

I do. So much. These people are handing out laughs every few minutes. I'll take it.


5. California Cabbage Salad

This Is Not A Photo of California Cabbage Salad

I can't remember if I've ever shared this amazing salad before, but we ate it this week and it's great. 
Also, I don't have a picture of it because as I said it was great and we ate it all. So instead, I just added this completely unrelated photo of my littlest man when he was a 4 year old bat boy for his big brother's team. Now he's a 16 year old baseball player who face times me and calls me "Bear" (short for Mama Bear apparently) and works out a million times a week and eats more food than I can keep in the house and sends me funny Tik Tok videos of dogs. He made the high school team this week and we're so excited since the season was canceled after two scrimmages last year. I cannot handle the fact that this picture seems like it was taken exactly 5 minutes ago. Anyway, here's the salad. 

2-3 cups of thinly shredded cabbage (I used bagged cole slaw mix) 
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cups slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 package chicken ramen noodles, broken up in small pieces
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons oil
1 package chicken ramen flavored seasoning (from the ramen noodles package)

Mix cabbage, onions, almonds and sesame seeds. Whisk together wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, oil and ramen seasoning. Just before serving, toss salad with broken up noodles and dressing.

That's it for this week. Have a blessed weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, April 9, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: April 9, 2021





 

It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.

Hi, Friends! I took a couple of weeks away from writing while I was on vacation for Spring Break. Drew had some baseball games in Florida for the week, so it was amazing to alternate between the beach and the ballpark in the bright sunshine for a few days. We were able to stop in Savannah to see my (vaccinated) in-laws for the first time in a long while and also in Knoxville to have biscuits and gravy with Boy #2. It was way too much driving, way too much fast food, and way more visits to public restrooms than I need to see for a long while. We passed gallons of hand sanitizer around and wore our masks, but I loved it so much because it *almost* seemed like normal life again. Most of the people we saw all week were respectful, cautious, and responsible, and best of all, it seemed like folks were genuinely, gratefully happy to be living life outside of their homes again.

So my very favorite things in the past two weeks were these two views:





All in all, I just keep thinking, "Will you look at us, America? We're kind of a mess and a little beat up, but I actually think we're going to make it." Here are some more of my favorite things from a couple of weeks that felt blessedly full of hope.

1. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick 



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I mean, who starts a "Favorites List" full of optimism and hope for the future of mankind with a lipstick recommendation? I do. We haven't thought all that much about lipstick for a year because we're wearing masks, so who even cares? I'm not saying that we can stop wearing masks, so please relax. Let me say it louder for the people in the back who are clutching their pearls. KEEP WEARING YOUR MASK.  However, when you are able to take your mask off, I highly recommend this Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet which I bought on the advice of my sister. I think the color is neutral enough for anyone to wear everyday. It also has avocado oil and vitamin E in it which makes it really moisturizing and it's affordable. I love it.


2. Elta MD Facial Sunscreen


During the pandemic I meant to write a book or lose ten pounds or learn how to play the guitar, but alas none of those things happened. The one thing I definitely did, however, was to spend an enormous amount of time following various beauty bloggers and dermatologists and researching skin care products. Some would say I'm super late in recognizing the importance of sunscreen to a skincare regimen. My response would be to remind you that I grew up in the 80s in Texas when frying oneself in the 105 degree August summers and buying a membership to a tanning salon in the winter was as important as making it to church on Sunday morning. (And praying that the preacher would be sure to cut it short in time for the Lord's people to get home in time for kick-off when the Cowboys were playing the early game.)

Bless it.

Consistently, I am reading that we must be sure we use mineral sunscreen on our faces and that the SPF in our make-up is not adequate. One of the most often recommended facial sunscreens I came across during my pandemic research was Elta MD. Once we decided to go to Florida for Spring Break I decided to try it and I love it. It goes on a lot thinner than most sunscreens and absorbs quickly so it's great to wear under make-up as well as by itself. I didn't get burned after being on the beach all day, so it definitely does its job. I think I'll be repurchasing Elta MD forever.

3. Old Navy Tie Dye Dress


I'm not sure there is anything more joyful than getting to put on a sundress for the first time in the Spring. I wore this Tie Dyed Tiered Tie Neck Midi Swing Dress from Old Navy while I was in Florida and I was so happy about it. I suppose it could have been the adult beverage with a pineapple in it that I drank while wearing it, but I can't be sure. It is super comfortable and has pockets which might be one of my favorite features in a dress. It comes in pink and black. I would size down one size because it's very "flowy" and you want to be sure you don't look like you're swimming in fabric. It is originally $44.99, but on sale for $31.50 today. The discount doesn't show up until you put it in your cart. 

4. This Devotional from Proverbs 31



I really loved this devotional this week from proverbs31.org. It's a great reminder of God's plans and His work in our lives - especially people like me who resist change and would like to plant herself firmly in her lazy, predictable comfort zone for the rest of time. *sigh* Moms out there who are facing a child's graduation in a month or so (raising my hand) might want to take some time to read it. 


5. Henry's Sisters by Cathy Lamb



The novel, Henry's Sisters, was recommended to me years ago by a few different people. All of those people warned me that it was a very disturbing read, but a really good book. I am only about a quarter of the way into it, but it is clear that it's going to get rough. It's the story of three adult sisters and their special needs brother who had a very chaotic childhood. The sisters come back to their childhood home to care for their abusive mother and their brother when the mother becomes ill. As is the case with good stories and with life, there is sadness and pain and chaos and also joy and sweetness and some really funny moments. Despite the dysfunction the sisters deeply love each other and that's the part that resonates with me. Because I have a sister who makes all the hard things softer and better and mostly, hysterically funnier. Here's one of the many lines in the book that made me know I was going to love it:

"Sisters are the worst. And they are the best. A sister can be awful and complicated and loving and protective and petty and competitive, and when you die she is the person you want beside you holding your hand. Somebody's gotta organize the potluck after the service and you know your husband's not gonna be up for the job. This I know"

PS My sister is none of the negative things and all of the positive things ;-) Also she's going to organize the heck out of that potluck, so plan to be there. If my husband does it there will be a can of peanuts and some beer. 

That's all for today! Have a great weekend, Friends!
 
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Friday, March 19, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: March 19, 2021







It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.

Happy Friday, Friends! It's been a great week here. We had some beautiful baseball weather this weekend where I got to watch Drew's team play (and win!). We watched the Longhorns win the Big 12 Championship on Saturday for the first time in the Texas basketball program's history which gave me an amount of joy and pride that bordered on manic and unreasonable, as you might imagine. After much hoping and praying, we found out that Joe's graduation from Penn State in May will officially be an in-person event and my husband and I will be able to attend. To top it off we celebrated St. Patrick's Day with green pancakes for breakfast for Drew, a trip to the nail salon for green polished toes and fingers for me, and Grasshopper pie for dessert Wednesday night for all of us (minus the two college boys and plus one doggie who skipped the pie, but got to sit at the table against my wishes.)




It was one of those weeks where I found that I didn't have to look too hard to see God moving and showing up for me. He was there in the smallest, sweetest details as well as in my biggest, most important concerns. 

Here are some of those smallest, sweetest details that made me smile this week.


1. Revolution Highlighter Reloaded


I was with my sister last week and we shared all manner of make-up and skincare thoughts. One of the products she shared with me that I really love is this Revolution Reloaded Highlighter that I got for only $7 at Target. It comes in three colors and I got it in Dare to Divulge which is obviously self-explanatory. ;-) I didn't really even know how to use highlighter. If you don't have a sister to show you how, I found a video here. Frankly, I'm sorry you can't learn from my sister because she is infinitely less annoying that the gal on the video, but let's all just be thankful for the plethora of information available to us in the year of our Lord 2021 via the wonder of the internet.

The key is to barely use any of the product. That way it gives your face a glowy, dewy look. If you use too much, you'll have more of a sweaty, shiny, I-just-watched-a-9-inning-baseball-game-in-August look. If you do it right, you, like me, can look exactly like JLo. 

That's a blatant lie. I do not look like JLo. At all. But I still like the highlighter.

2. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger


I finished The Fortunate Ones last week and I highly, highly recommend it. It was a great book and I'm thinking it would make a good movie, too. My friend, Cheryl, recommended the book, This Tender Land, to me a few weeks ago and said that she was sad when it was over. I can see why. I am only about a quarter of the way into it and it is excellent. It follows the story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River together during the Great Depression.


3. ALL THE BASKETBALL IN ALL THE FORMS ALL THE TIME



It's all basketball, all the time around here. March Madness starts this weekend and it is pretty much the only thing my family will talk about for the next two weeks. There will be multiple tvs set up and there will be very lengthy text chains full of smack talk and predictions and all manner of GIFs. 

The Texas Longhorns have by far the best chance to make a run for the Final Four that they've had in years. Needless to say, I AM BESIDE MYSELF ABOUT IT.  I even wondered if I should fill out a bracket this year because it could potentially take my focus off my own team and I feel certain that the guys need me to be completely locked in. Please enjoy this live look at my guys reacting to the ways I will try to manage the implications of where I sit, what I wear, and basically every tiny move I make on the team's success in the next 14 days.



It's going to be a long couple of weeks. 

Now, if the Horns lose early due to some mistake I make in my wardrobe choices or seating arrangements, I will at least have my very new favorite show to watch, Last Chance U Basketball on Netflix. 



I started watching it this week at the insistence of my son, Joe, since he and I watched all the football seasons. I already love all the players and the coaches and have found myself cheering for them as if they are playing in a live game. If you love basketball and stories of grit, determination, and redemption, this will totally be up your alley.

4. Amazon Swimsuit and Sarong




We've got a Spring Break trip to Florida coming up which brings equal parts excitement for warm weather and terror because of swimsuit-phobia. However, I'm feeling a little less anxious because I ordered this really cute swimsuit from Amazon and I actually really like it. I got it in black, but it comes in lots of solid colors and floral patterns.




I also ordered this sarong as a cover-up. It is really versatile and the fabric is thin and lightweight. It comes in a ton of colors and is less than $20.


5. Tyler Glamorous Wash Diva Laundry Detergent


I have definitely saved the best for last. I have been hearing about Tyler Glamorous Wash Diva Laundry Detergent from various Instagram influencers for awhile now. However, I thought spending $25.00 on laundry detergent was straight-up stupid. Then when I was in Texas a couple of weeks ago I saw it displayed at a boutique that offered this itty bitty bottle for $7.95. I used it to wash my towels this week and now I want to ration the remaining ounces as if it is the last diet Coke on the planet.

Now hear me on this. Do I  still think it's outrageous to spend over $20.00 on a bottle of laundry detergent? Perhaps I do. I, however, am a flawed human being who sometimes makes outrageously stupid choices in order to counteract the smell of dog, teenagers, and baseball cleats in my house. I cannot adequately express how amazing this scent is. My laundry room smells amazing. My towels smell amazing. I can even smell them before I come in the bathroom or when I open my linen closet. I will very likely not use this for my guys' laundry, but will keep it for my sheets, towels, and my own pajamas.

All that to say, this may be not only my favorite thing from this week, but perhaps my favorite find of 2021. Have you ever wondered what heaven smells like? I'm not sure I have until this week, but I won't be a bit surprised when the Lord takes me home to find that eternity smells exactly like the inside of a bottle of $25 detergent that you can buy on Amazon.

That's it for today, Friends! Have a great weekend! 

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Friday, March 12, 2021

5 Friday Favorites: March 12, 2021





It's time for my Friday link up with A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him
 in a tube of lipstick.

Happy Friday! My allergies are so bad right now that I can barely see to type this up, so this Friday Favorites will be quick. March kills me every year. If you see me in the next few weeks, my apologies because this is pretty much what our time together will be like:



Luckily, despite the fact that I can't stop sneezing and rubbing my eyes, I did find a few favorite things this week so you're not forced to read about my bottle of Zyrtec and my box of Kleenex. Here we go . . .

1. Firefly Lane on Netflix


I finished reading Firefly Lane and am about half way through the Netflix Series. Here's the thing. The acting isn't the greatest. The dialogue is pretty cheesy at times and I've rolled my eyes at the plot line more than once. On the plus side, it has great 70s and 80s music and fashions and it's about two best friends living their lives side by side. There isn't a drug ring or an organized crime boss or murdered child to be found. It's exactly what I'm looking for right now. 

2. The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington 


My mom read this book recently and recommended it to me and I'm flying through it. I was hooked from the first chapter. It follows a teen being raised by a single mother in working class East Nashville who is offered a scholarship to an elite private boys school on the wealthy side of town. The characters are really compelling from the first page and I always love a novel set in the South. 

3. Kohl's PJS


I almost never go to Kohl's but I was told they had a great pjs, so I bought this Croft & Barrow Navy Paisley set for my mom. They are so cute and the fabric is really soft and breathable. They were originally $42.00, but you can get them for $25.76 today with the code TAKE20.

4. Grasshopper Pie from mixandmatchmama.com



I make this Mint Chocolate Chip Grasshopper Pie from Mix and Match Mama every St. Patrick's Day and my people love it. The recipe makes two pies. Mix and Match Mama has a bunch of other fun, easy recipes for St. Patrick's Day here.


5. Target Spring Tops


It's finally warm enough for short sleeves around here. I found some really cute tops for less than $20.00 each at Target this week. This short sleeve button down comes in a few floral patterns, but I really like the striped options. It comes in grey, pink, or blue. It's $18.00, but you can get 20% off all women's tops today!




I adore this short sleeve sweatshirt. It is so comfortable and lightweight. It comes in solid colors, but this stripe is my favorite. It's $20.00, but again, you can get it for 20% off today.

That's it for today, friends. I'm off to buy 17 boxes of tissues. Have a great weekend. May your allergy meds be strong and your mascara be waterproof. Happy Springtime!!

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