Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, Friends!  Today we're linking up with some of our favorite bloggers for Friday Favorites!  I have a lot of random favorites to share with you this week and lots of fun things for the kiddos.

So, my little guy turned five last weekend and now he is wanting to learn to tie shoes so he can get some with laces for school.  I pulled out our trusty Melissa & Doug Learn to Lace and Tie shoe from the playroom closet so I could start working with him.  He might need velcro forever because after just a few minutes he was ready to move on and do something else, but I love this tool and I know when he is ready to work on it some more this will soon become one of his favorites, too!  

Are anyone else's kids obsessed with Rubik's Cubes?  My girls kept talking about then during the school year because a lot of friends in their classes and on the bus had them. Little Mama got one with some birthday money and we went back the next day because as you can see the other two wanted one also.  Here's the thing, my brain just does not work this way.  I have watched YouTube videos and tutorials for how to solve these impossible puzzles and they make it look so easy, but I've accepted that you either get it or you don't.  I thought the 2x2 cube might be easier to solve, but it seems just as hard to me.  While this is not one of my favorites, it has been fun to play with this summer and my kids would definitely say it is their favorite (even if they can't solve it either!).

It's been so brutally hot here and when my kids want to cool off they have loved this giant Discovery Kids beach ball sprinkler.  You just hook it up to a garden hose and it squirts water.  It's so fun for them and they have made up all kids of games using it.  It's a favorite of mine because it buys be a few minutes to get something done knowing they are all happy and entertained.

We have one more week of summer left.  It just seems wrong to start back to school so early, but I can't change it so instead I'm embracing it. One thing I do every year before school starts is order my new Erin Condren planner.  

Now, I'm not paid by them and I don't receive free products. I just love their stuff that much and was SO very excited when I went out late one night to let my dog out and saw this on my doorstep!  Even the box is pretty!  

I tried having my calendar digital, but I kept missing things and learned that I'm a person that loves to see everything written down.  So call me old school, but I love a paper planner.  This is my 4th Erin Condren planner and to me they are SO worth the cost.  I love personalizing the cover with pictures of my loved ones.  

I also love the vertical layout. It helps me to see how my days will go and keeps me organized. Basically this planner is my life.  I always pay the extra $5 to get an 18 month calendar instead of a 12 month calendar so that I can use it for one whole school year. I love being organized and this planner is definitely my favorite! 

A few months ago I lost one of my gold hoop earrings and I've been eyeing these Stella & Dot Isadora hoops as a replacement ever since.  I kept putting off ordering them, but finally bit the bullet and I could not be more happy with them!  

I love that they are not just plain hoops and the added details give them a little something extra! They are definitely my favorite earrings now and I've worn them pretty much everyday this week! 

Speaking of favorite things to wear, this monogrammed tank from Preppy & Personalized has quickly become one of my favorites.  I wore it to little Boo-Boo's birthday party last week and got tons of compliments on it.  Then I posed this picture on my personal Facebook page and had so many friends email or text me to see where I got it.  

I had Blondie take another quick pic of me that evening so you could see the front better because I knew I needed to share it with all of you!  

A few notes about this tank...
1. It comes in several different colors. 
2. This is the navy one, but it is more of a grayish navy color.  
3. It's only $31 and so worth it! 
4.  It is very generous, size wise. I am wearing the medium.
5. They have girls sizes too and they run pretty big. My girls love theirs and I don't mind that they are larger because they will be able to wear them longer.  For now they just wear a tank under it. 
6. I've washed and dried them a few times and they still look great. I was a little worried about the monogram peeling off, but it still looks great! 

These aren't the best pics because I took them really late at night, but this Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish is my new favorite.  

Little Mama got it for her birthday last year and I've painted her nails a few times with it.  On a whim I used it on Sunday because I wanted a fun pink color and have had a few people comment on the color since then.  I love the bright pink, but what I love even more is that it has stayed on! My nail polish always starts to chip after a day or so, but this one has lasted much longer.   It's a super cheap bottle of nail polish, but it has stayed on way better than any of my more expensive ones.  Crazy, but I'm planning to buy more of this brand.  I'm wearing it in All Bright and love the color.  Online it looks super neon, but it is more of a bright pink.

One of my favorite moments from this week was taking my kids to the World of Coca-Cola!  We went last summer and had a blast so we decided to go back this summer.  I'll share all about it on Monday if anyone is interested in going, but we had the best time! 

Last, but not least, is my favorite pup.  Our sweet golden retriever is 2 years old today!  He's such an important part of our family and we are excited to spoil him with lots of treats, toys, and Frosty Paws today. :-)  

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!  See you back here on Monday! 

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1 comment:

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