Our Five Ring Circus: Friday Favorites

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

The countdown to Halloween is on and my kids are SO excited! We have lots of fun Halloween events planned over the next 10 days and next week it's all about Halloween on my blog!

This week was a tough one, which was unfortunate because we couldn't fully enjoy the Summer-like weather that blessed Pittsburgh. A nasty virus decided to make the rounds through most of our family. 

Lily was the first victim. She spiked a high fever and had blisters in her throat on Tuesday night. A quick trip to Urgent Care confirmed that it was just a virus but she did have a bladder infection. SURPRISE! She started and antibiotic and was better in 12 hours. Lexie got hit with it on Wednesday night and she spiked a 105.1 degree fever. No school for her today, but she was also better by 10 AM. Grant and Dylan weren't feeling well tonight. Dylan is going to be so upset if he has to miss his Halloween party tomorrow! As for me, I skipped the fever and went straight to bronchitis.

Liam is the last man standing. That alone is amazing considering he's supposed to have a weaker immune system! We're just keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't hit him. Although he doesn't get sick often, there is always the potential that he could get really sick really fast. (Been there.)

When you have 4 kids, life doesn't stop when you're sick and I am exhausted. I told my husband that I would love to spend a weekend alone in a hotel room doing absolutely nothing. Is that wrong?!?

Moving on...we're going to attempt to enjoy the last Summer-like day before the Fall weather hits  and hopefully we will ALL be healthy over the weekend and following week!

It's Friday which means it's time to let out a sigh of relief that another long week has come to an end! It also means that it is time to share all of my current favorite things!



This was, without a doubt, the highlight of my week!  I was asked to be part of the Netflix Stream Team for the third year in a row. I absolutely love everything about Netflix so I was thrilled! The welcome package did not disappoint. Thank you so much for your incredible generosity, Netflix!



I'm having so much fun sharing the Everyday with Liam series for Down Syndrome Awareness Month! He's such a photogenic little dude with the most contagious smile. I just want people to realize that life with Down syndrome can actually be quite ordinary!

{Shirt - Littlest Warrior Apparel} 


Grant and I  are dressing up as a certain "famous" TV duo for Halloween. Any guesses? And yes, I'm now a brunette! I don't know if that's my favorite. I mean, it's actually quite terrifying when I look in the mirror but I'm sure the shock will go away!



Friday nights spent visiting our horse at the stable will always be my favorite. Our time with Cherokee is limited so we're trying to make as many memories as we possibly can.

 Oh, just taking her horse for stroll. Who needs a dog?!?


I just received the Simply Earth subscription box for review and I LOVE that they give 13% of their proceeds to help prevent human trafficking. I've only used essential oils for a few things prior to receiving the recipe box but they make it easy by providing you with oils, recipes and everything you need to make them. I'll share more after I make the essential oil recipes but I just want to say that the Happy Joy essential oil smells amazing! Stay tuned for a Simply Earth Instagram giveaway!



The weather was incredible on Saturday and we spent the afternoon at a pool party for a member of our framily! It was the perfect day for swimming!



Here's a sneak peek of Lily's adorable Halloween style for next week!  Everything is from The Hair Bow Company. Use the code stefaniespick2016 at checkout to save 15%!

The HairBow Company Halloween


Speaking of sneak peeks, here's something I picked up at Target this week. The Fall weather is hitting on Saturday so I should be able to wear it soon!



The highlight of Lily's week, which happened to be the day she got sick, was losing her first tooth!!!  This milestone is so bittersweet for me because this is when they start transitioning into big kid!



I'm going to end this with a bunch of favorites all in one shot! A new super soft fuzzy blanket (because I melted my favorite blanket in the dryer), my favorite tea cup from a blog exchange, Teami Relax tea in the adorable diffuser (use code LS10 to save 10% on your favorite blends), a great new book and two cuddly bunnies!


I hope you all have a wonderful Fall weekend! What's on your agenda?
Let's Be Friends!


  1. I'm so sorry you guys got sick. That's the worst. Love the photos with Cherokee. So special. I can't wait to see your Halloween costume. :) I think I know, but I'm waiting to share my guess. Love Lily's Halloween style. That girl can rock everything.

  2. I hope everyone is better soon. We had one sick kid this week but so far the others seem ok. I can't wait to see Luke and Lorelei!

    1. Haha! Thank you! I hope your other kiddos (and you) manage to keep from getting sick. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Love the Luke and Lorelai costume! I may be Lorelai for Halloween, too. Now I just need to find my Luke :)

    1. Awww, I hope you find your Luke! You can still rock Lorelai, though! XOXO

  4. Hopefully everyone will feel better soon!! Love that blanket!

    Is there any info online about applying for the Netflix Stream Team?

    1. Hi, Lacey! Thank you so much. There's honestly not that much information out there. I received an email invitation 3 years ago and have been on the Stream Team ever since. I'm not quite sure how they choose bloggers!

  5. Sick kiddos--- no fun!!! Hang in there momma! Those are some BEAUTIFUL pool pics!

  6. I love the costumes! Actually watching GG as I'm typing this! :) So sorry you all got hit with a nasty bug and I hope Liam stays healthy!

  7. Oh my goodness...those Halloween outfits are just too cute!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  8. I can not wait to see your costumes... if I think about the awesomeness of it all too much, I'll be copying you!

  9. Can't wait to see what you have planned for this coming week. I also just started working with Simply Earth too! I'm actually working on making the scented ornaments right now :P

  10. Hope everyone is feeling better! All the Netflix stuff looks awesome!!! And Liam is too cute! Thanks for linking up with us for H54F!



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