Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

I am so glad the weekend is finally here! There are so many good things in life right now, but this week has just been a series of unfortunate events.

My husband's brand new car was the victim of a hit and run. (Thank goodness for a vanishing deductible.) I rolled my ankle while coming down the steps and could barely walk for 2 days. Now it's just a dull ache. Our water heater is starting to go and it heats up the water to approximately 5000 degrees (or so). It feels about as lovely as it sounds. Grant is putting in long hours at the office due to an increased workload. I had a work issue today that left me in tears. And to top off the week, my parents had to put their dog down tonight. It was a dog they got when I was still living at home so now I'm just feeling sad and old and pathetic. Oh, and did I mention that I have 4 blog posts and 2 photoshoots due by Sunday night and 2 weeks to find a new SUV to lease? I really could use a vacation from everyday life right now!

I hate to complain. I really do. But sometimes I just need to vent! Now that I got it out of my system...

Here are the Friday Favorites that I'm loving this week!


{ONE}

Weekly visits with our horse!

The kids and I head to the stable every weekend for a visit with our horse. Notice I left out my husband? Grant and Cherokee have not been friends since Cherokee nearly bucked Grant off while he was riding! The kids, however, love him and I am so thankful that one of my four children is a natural on horseback!

On Friday, Lily told me she wanted a saddle and a helmet for her upcoming birthday and wants me to teach her how to ride the real way. I was unbelievably proud!

Appaloosa

{TWO}

A new show addiction on Netflix!

Is anybody else watching Stranger Things? Grant convinced me to start watching it and we're hooked! We only have 2 more episodes left! #StreamTeam

Stranger Things


{THREE}

Liam's new water table!

The kids use our water table almost every day all year round and after a decade of use, it was time to replace it. We bought Liam the Step 2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table as an early birthday present and he loves it!

Step 2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table

{FOUR}

A gorgeous birthday gift for my husband!

Grant's birthday is on Sunday and he's going to absolutely love his gift. He has been jealous of my beautiful JORD watch since I got it, so he's going to be thrilled to have one of his own!

JORD watches

{FIVE}

Summer days spent with my four sweet kids!

Summer is my favorite time of the year and I'm savoring all these moments with my kids at home. Do we really have to go back to school?!?

Friday Favorites

{SIX}

This super easy, super cute puffy paint craft! It was one of our Camp Mom activities this past week. My kids love puffy paint and this craft turned out to be one of my favorite keepsakes so far! (You can read more HERE.)

Puffy Paint

{SEVEN}

 $150 Minted Giveaway and these awesome personalized name labels!

I'm labeling everything to prepare for the school year ahead and I love these stick on labels. There's a $150 Minted credit up for grabs on my blog HERE!

Minted personalized name labels

{EIGHT}

An awesome new photoshoot location!

On Tuesday, we headed to a nearby conservancy for Liam's Down syndrome awareness photoshoot.  My friend took the pictures for the calendar, but I snapped a few of her taking their pictures. We went to a wedding at this conservancy 4 years ago but I forgot how gorgeous it was AND that it's not too far from our house! I'm definitely going to start heading there for photoshoots because there are so many photo perfect backgrounds, including this one!  (And, well, these four are my absolute favorite things!)

friday favorites

What are you loving this week?

Let's Connect!



26 comments:

  1. That water table looks so great! Bummer about the hit and run. Some people... :(

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    1. Liam loves it!
      Yep, not a great thing to happen just before vacation and just before we trade in my SUV!

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  2. That is a great spot for a photo!

    We are currently in a Netflix limbo so I will be sure to check that series out.

    So sorry for the cruddy week. I will be praying that you get some much needed rest and family time this weekend and that things are a bit less uneventful next week. Big hugs friend.

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    1. Thank you for the prayers. This weekend was stressful but today was much better!

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  3. Cherokee is GORGEOUS! My little girl is turning four and is starting to really get interested in horses, so I've wondered if riding lessons would make a good birthday gift this year. I also love that puffy paint craft- we did the letter "i" for preschool this week and totally could have made those ice cream cones!

    Happy weekend! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Tara! My youngest daughter is 4 and she loves our horse. You should try!

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  4. Such a sweet photo! And that puffy paint craft is adorable! Have a great weekend

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  5. I'm so sorry about the rough week. That's a lot to deal with at once! And I love that you mentioned the water table. We are thinking of getting our almost 3 year old one. I hope that things begin to look up for you soon!

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    1. Thanks, Cat. Today was a great break from the chaos and stress!

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  6. Oh my goodness, Stefanie! You guys have definitely had it rough this week. I hope that you have a much better weekend! You deserve a break, girl! And don't feel bad about complaining... sometimes you just have to get it all off your chest.

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  7. I'm loving that photo of your kiddos -- so cute -- and I've been binge-watching Suits on Netflix. Have you watched it? I hope things turn around for you guys soon. As for the posts, well you got this. You know that. :)

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    1. I haven't watched that yet, but I'm going to give it a shot! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. Love all your picks! My Maskcara Beauty makeup pallette just arrived today so that's what I am obsessing about this week. Xx

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  9. Love the Jord watch. They are so cool. I saw those minted labels they are really cute. xo ~ Megan

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  10. Oh sweetie - I'm so sorry your week has been chaotic. I'll send up a prayer for you to have a weekend of peace and respite and a much better week coming your way! Puffy paint!!! I loved that stuff when I was little. Happy birthday to your hubby :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Today was much less stressful and chaotic. I feel like I can breathe again!

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  11. Wow, sounds like you need a day or two off! I want to get Parker one of those water tables. They look like so much fun!

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    1. Oh, you definitely should! I bet she would love one!

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  12. You always have the best ideas for kids! I need to do the puffy paint with my little ones! Love how happy Liam looks with his water table!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! I love to do fun, easy activities with them!

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  13. I'm sorry your week didn't start off that great. By the look of all of your favorite things, I think it ended up pretty good. I'm loving the puffy paint craft. It looks like Liam is loving his water table! I hope y'all have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I hope you had a great weekend!

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