Hiii! How are you today? I hope your Friday is a good one so far and that your weekend is filled with relaxation and time with the people you love most.
I kicked off this week feeling behind on life. I usually try to sneak in a couple hours of work over the weekends to make working from home during the week manageable but since I traveled to Chicago last weekend, I kicked off Monday in a bit of a blur. I finally felt caught up on Thursday night… and now it’s Friday. Phew!
In keeping with Friday tradition around here, below you will find a roundup of a few things that are making me smile this week in your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post. I’d love to have you join in the fun in the comments section and tell me a little bit about something that you’re loving this week!
Have a good one, my friends!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Halloween Play Date + A Pumpkin Foreverrr
Is there anything cuter than babies in Halloween costumes!? I can’t handle it! Yesterday afternoon I met up with a few of my friends for a Halloween play date and we all brought our little ones in their Halloween costumes.
A little backstory on Chase’s costume: I had grand plans for his costume this year. I wanted to dress him up like one of his most beloved treasures… An elephant Wubbanub! I thought it would be equal parts cute and hilarious but every time I tried to put the elephant head on him, he would immediately start screaming and pull it off. He always managed to pull the hood/hat off in 2.5 seconds so the idea of even quickly putting it on him for a single cute Halloween picture rapidly fell by the wayside. Thank goodness we still had last year’s costume on hand!
My mom actually made Chase a pumpkin costume last year that was really easy to expand thanks to elastic and ties and now Ryan and I are joking that Chase will be a pumpkin as long as this costume fits him. So brace yourselves for a two-year-old pumpkin next year, my friends!
- Friendsgiving Planning
After a short two-year hiatus thanks to moving (aka we didn’t have enough friends the first year we moved here) and the birth of a baby (planning Friendsgiving with an infant sounded less than appealing), Friendsgiving is BACK and I cannot wait! We officially selected a date and I spent some time creating the ridiculously unnecessary invites you see above to email to friends last night. (Please excuse the cheesy poem. I just can’t help myself sometimes.) I am SO ready to celebrate one of my favorite holidays and bring back one of my favorite traditions. We’re doing it potluck style this year which I think will make things easier, but I’m still planning to make a bunch of my favorite dishes, desserts and mulled wine to share. I’ll be sure to recap the fun on the blog in a few weeks!
- EBF’s Pumpkin Spice Latte + Morning Culture Mug
After my friend Brittany shared a video on Facebook of her pumpkin spice latte recipe earlier this week, I knew I had to make it! After my Thursday morning workout, I whipped up the festive fall latte (the only substitution I made was using Fairlife whole milk in place of the almond milk for a creamier latte) and it was wonderful! If you are a PSL lover, you must make Brittany’s version ASAP. I promise you will love it! I think I also enjoyed it a little more than usual because of my snazzy new Morning Culture Rise & Shine diner mug! I received the mug from my friends at PopSugar in their latest Must Have box and quickly fell in love.
I could not wait to stream last Friday night’s PBS documentary this week and stayed up WAY too late on Sunday night watching it. I’m still dying to see Hamilton live but until that day comes, watching PBS’ Hamilton’s America documentary was a great way to satisfy my Hamilton craving. Hamilton better come to Charlotte – I mean I’ve been commenting on all of their social media pages to tell them to bring the tour to North Carolina and that WILL make them come, right!? Right??? My fingers are crossed!
- Friday Flashbacks
Legs + Abs + Arms Boot Camp Workout (A 32-minute total body boot camp style workout!)
Easy Baked Ginger Chicken (Simple and flavorful and great as leftovers, too!)
- Around the Web
Stellar Sales: Nike (Extra 20% off clearance with code BONUS20 – Includes some super cute Nike Flyknits!! This sale also includes Converse Chuck Taylors which is awesome but I have no idea why they’re on the Nike site!) // Macy’s (Extra 20% off + Free shipping $50+)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile today?