Good morning, my friends. I hope you are having a great Friday so far! I’m checking in today feeling rather excited about a jam-packed weekend. Between an Easter egg hunt play date (yes, already!), a 30th birthday celebration dinner with friends and some other odds and ends on our agenda, this weekend will be a full and FUN one!
In keeping with Friday tradition around here, I’m popping in this morning to share my weekly Things I’m Loving Friday blog post where I highlight a few things that are making me smile this week. As always, I’d love for you to share a little bit about something you’re loving right now with me in the comments section of this post.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Celebrating Carrie
Yesterday afternoon we celebrated the 30th birthday of one of my closest friends in Charlotte! Laura hosted the sweetest afternoon play date that centered around Carrie, kids and cake! Carrie and her daughter Lilly mean so much to me and came into my life at the perfect time, just a couple of months after Chase was born. We had such a great time chatting and laughing over plenty of delicious treats and I’m really looking forward to some adult-only conversation during a special couples’ birthday dinner with a group of our friends as the birthday celebration continues on Saturday night!
I pretty much failed at keeping a detailed baby book for Chase but I really, really wanted some of my favorite photos from his first year compiled into one photo book. I ended up creating photo books for Ryan and our families as a Christmas surprise and we were really pleased with how they turned out!
The photo books are affordable and I had no trouble finding a discount code for the site (definitely check for one before ordering!) and I love the way the layouts are a little more unique than other baby photo album options out there. I used the “Welcome Baby Boy” template on the site, but customized the heck out of it so it looked a little more clean and original. I’m really happy with how it turned out and since I haven’t heard many people talk about Mixbook I figured I’d put it on your radar if you are hoping to create a photo book in the future!
- Divine Chocolate
I’ve always been a fan of chocolate but recently I’ve enjoyed purchasing new-to-me bars of chocolate to try when I’m at the grocery store or Target. A Divine chocolate bar has round its way into my grocery cart more than a few times and the milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt may be my favorite of the bars I’ve tried. It’s perfectly creamy with a hint of salt and a bit of crunch from the melt-in-your-mouth toffee. Big time fan over here!
- From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
My WWII historical fiction reading spree continued this week as I finished From Sand and Ash, a touching novel that follows the lives of childhood friends Eva and Angelo as they navigate their feelings through the most dangerous circumstances. Though Eva loves Angelo, he his torn by his feelings for her and the calling he feels toward priesthood. As the Gestapo enters Italy, Eva, Jewish by birth, is in danger and Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. The book is an emotional and deeply moving read and moves along at a very fast pace.
- Friday Flashbacks
Oven Baked Rutabaga Fries (A deliciously healthy side dish. Perfect paired with burgers on the grill!)
60th Birthday Present: 60 Reasons Why You’re Loved (A homemade gift I shared for my dad’s 60th birthday! This gift idea translates to other birthdays as well!)
- Around the Web
Sales: 35% off everything at GAP with code NEW (I LOVE my GAP Pure Body joggers and live in them! The most comfy pajama pants ever!) / Free People + Dolce Vita Sale on RueLaLa / Additional 20% off clearance at Express + 15 % off everything with the code 2044 / 20% off dresses at ASOS
Question of the Day
What is one thing you are loving this week?