Our Five Ring Circus: Friday Favorites

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday from a once again wintry Pittsburgh! 

After weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures and continuous rain, winter made its comeback. I hate the cold weather, but I'm kind of relieved. It will be nice to get a break from the rain!

I may not be a big fan of rain or snow or cold weather, but there is plenty to love this week!



My adorable sidekick! Seriously. Could he get any cuter?!? It's hard to feel negative about anything with this kid around!

 Mom Style

Liam's Tux - Koala Kids (Babies R Us) / My Shirt - Apt 9 (Kohl's

Mom Style Tip: If you're looking for leggings, check TJ Maxx first! They have an entire rack of so many styles and colors for just $5-$7 a pair. I just might have bought fleece-lined leggings, workout leggings and faux leather leggings.


I don't think I've ever shared my favorite perfume! Lolita Lempicka has been my favorite for over a decade. I ran out about a year ago, so I was so excited to find a new bottle under the Christmas Tree this year!

Lolita Lempicka


My post about raising special needs siblings was featured on Pittsburgh Moms Blog this week.  I just signed a contract to continue blogging there, and I'm really excited about the upcoming year!

Here's an excerpt:

"A few days ago, I read a post written by a person who ‘did not feel lucky’ to have a sibling who had special needs. Being a special needs mama, that headline was like a punch in the gut. Blog titles are carefully crafted to bring in as much traffic as possible, but this one had the capability to both hurt and draw people in at the same time."  
You can read the entire post HERE

The Lucky Few


It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the Target Dollar Spot. I found this fun daily chart there last week and Lily has been filling it out every day!

Daily Chart for Kids


Dylan's birthday gift finally arrived and it's a huge hit...for all of us! Although Dylan's the pro, the rest of us have been using it, too. (Except Liam. He just likes the flashing LED lights and the bluetooth speaker!)



Just like so many other people, one of my goals for the year was to get more exercise, get more sleep, and live a healthier lifestyle. I don't drink a lot of coffee, but I am a tea lover. I am so excited to start the Bikini Babe Tea Detox!

Bikini Babe gifted me with the 14 Day Skinny Again Detox and the 14 Day Good Night Cleanse to get me started on the right track! The Skinny Again Detox, which is sipped every morning at breakfast, fuels weight loss, reduces bloating and speeds metabolism. The Good Night Cleanse, which you drink at bedtime every other night, improves digestion, fuels weight loss and promotes a calm, good night sleep.

I just started my "Teatox" but I will keep you posted on the results!

Bikini Babe Tea Detox

You can learn more HERE and HERE


My incredibly talented aunt loves to make things for my kids! They are always so excited when they receive a package in the mail. This month, Liam was the lucky recipient. Even though he's a big fan of the clown, I think the dragon cocoon blanket is incredible!

Crochet Dragon Blanket
Nothing Down About It


My favorite lotions are from Bath & Body Works. Every Christmas, my husband buys me a bunch of my favorite holiday scents. I always stick with just Vanilla Bean Noel and Winter Candy Apple, but this year I decided to branch out and try some other seasonal scents. I should be set until next Christmas! What's your favorite?

Bath & Body Works


I'm obviously late to the game on this one.  Liam had a cold a few weeks ago and his nose would not stop running. I finally caved and bought Boogie Wipes. I was always disgusted by the concept and I thought they would just be overpriced baby wipes, but I was so wrong! They are now a staple in my home!  

Boogie Wipes

And, oh, that cowlick... 

boogie wipes


What happens when you take your tween with you while searching for new winter boots? You end up with duck boots. Because apparently they are the coolest. In all fairness, they really are warm and waterproof, and that's all that matters!

15 years ago, I was embarrassed to wear similar boots at the stable, but now they're trendy.  Oh, how things change!

Duck Boots

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans?

Let's Connect!


  1. Ha ha!! I have a pair of duck boots that I swear I've had for 12 years and they weren't cool when I got them. Love Target's Dollar Spot so much! They might as well just take my money. Dylan's gift looks like fun and hours of entertaiment.

    1. Definitely not cool! I honestly couldn't believe I bought them. It took a while to get used to them, but my rain boots just weren't going to cut it in the snow! The Dollar Spot gets me every single time!

  2. Thanks for the leggings tip! I could always use more LOL! I'm going to check out that article now. How awesome to be working with them. Definitely let us know how that detox goes!

    1. They had some really cute faux leather ones for just $6.99. SOLD! My husband was the one who discovered them while Christmas shopping. I asked for fleece leggings to wear at home and he couldn't wait to tell me all about how cheap they were. Haha!

  3. That dollar spot chart is really neat! The tea detox sounds interesting. Also I'm pretty sure someone else made the same comment about those boots!

    1. Every time I wear them, I'm told that I'm so cool. Haha! At least I'm good at one thing these days.

  4. snowflakes and Cashmere was my favorite this year! oh my goodness that dragon cocoon blanket is absolutely precious! Speaking of precious look at Liam in that darling tux, that pic should be on the cover of Parents magazine! I hope you have a sweet and cozy weekend!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! XOXO This was my first time trying that scent and I love it. I'm so glad I branched out!

  5. I love the duck boots and that chart is super cute! I bet my Stella would love one. Target dollar spot is my favorite!

    1. They had a bunch of charts last time I went. We got a To Do chart, too. I hope you have a great weekend! XOXO

  6. That dragon cocoon is just the COOLEST!!! No wonder it's his favorite. And congrats on the contract with Pittsburgh Moms blog! That's so awesome. A little bummed that I missed that daily chart at Target. I need to dig through the bins and try to find one! Have a great weekend!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

    1. Hi, Katie! I started blogging for them in late Spring and I'm happy to continue!
      It's amazing how quickly the items go in the Dollar Spot. I hope you can find one!

  7. Confession: I love Britney Spears' perfumes. I get them every couple of years for Christmas and they are my favorites.

  8. The dollar spot gets me every time and sad to admit I'm headed there on my lunch break. Your little ones are so cute and I love the snuggle moments you captured. I am so ready for spring and will be thankful when this gloomy weather is over. Have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

  9. Oh my goodness, Liam in a tux!!!! So so sweet!

    And girl, how did you live without Boogie wipes for so long?! We wouldn't have survived without them when the kids were babies!

  10. Your boots look awesome! :) And TJ Maxx for leggings! I never would have thought of that- such a great tip!

  11. Just like everyone else I'm loving on the boots too!! Also the mug cozy you have with your tea-tox is adorable!!! Have a lovely weekend, glad to meet you!

  12. Congrats on the contract. That's exciting!

  13. Sounds like 2017 is off to a great start! Congratulations on the contract! Also, I just love that photo of Liam looking at his clown--those sweet, innocent toddler cheeks; he's too cute for words. Dylan's birthday gift is really cool. What is that? I can see this being Lewie's gift in a few more years...

  14. Duck boots are all the rage right now. I just wish I had a reason to wear them around her. And WOW that is some impressive needle art skills there. Happy Monday friend.


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