Our Five Ring Circus: Friday Favorites

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

I am SO glad it's the weekend! The past two weeks have been very rough. My family has never had a sick streak quite like the one we experienced over the last two weeks!

Last Monday, I got the call to pick Dylan up from school. He had a very bad stomachache and felt like he was going to throw up. He spent the day in bed, and by that evening, the stomach pain started for me and I got really sick in the middle of the night. He headed back to school the next day, but I was in so much pain that I could barely move.  I managed to drive to the school to pick up Lily from Kindergarten, and while I was waiting, I got the call that Lexie had stomach cramps. So I picked up both girls, and by the time I got home, Grant had returned from the office to work from home so he could take care of us.

Lexie went back to school on Wednesday, but I ended up having severe stomach pains until Friday! If it hadn't been for Dylan and Lexie having the same pains, I would have gone to the ER because I thought it was a ruptured ovarian cyst. It always seems to hit me the hardest! Meanwhile, Liam went to the doctor on Thursday, and he had a sinus infection and an infection in both ears and eyes. He NEVER acts sick. The only reason I took him in was because he looked awful! And to top off our week, Lily woke up with pink eye on Friday!  Just when I thought it was all over, I got a cold over the weekend and I have been so sick all week. It turned into what appears to be bronchitis. I am SO over being sick!

Now I just want to focus on the positive. So here are all the things that I'm currently loving!

Friday Favorites 


Who doesn't love Friday?!? I'm celebrating with this awesome $2 clearance find from TJ Maxx. Let's not tell my husband that I added another mug to my collection...



As a busy mom of 4, I don't have time to go to the dentist to get my teeth whitened, and I'm not a fan of whitening strips. I was so excited to receive an at home teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant to review!  I made my impressions quickly and easily at home, did some blogging while they hardened, then sent them to the lab so they could make my trays. I can't wait to whiten my teeth in the comfort of my own home. Stay tuned!



Winter in Pittsburgh has been very mild this year.  During my brief reprieve from illness over the weekend, we were able to get some fresh air. The plan was for a quick photoshoot of Liam, but he didn't want to cooperate. He just wanted to run after being cooped up indoors for over a week!

In true Pittsburgh fashion, it was 60 degrees on Tuesday, we got 4 inches of snow on Wednesday night, and it's going back up into the fifties over the weekend.  But any break from winter is welcome!



I love seeing Lexie and Lily's Puffy Paint Hearts craft on display in our home! It was so much fun and so easy to make! You can learn all about it in my post from Tuesday



One of Lily's favorite toys is her Little Cosmetics makeup set! She was so excited for the chance to try out their new nail polish. It looks just like the real thing, and the liquid even moves around in the bottle, but nothing comes out! Now she can play with nail polish without making a mess!

If you want to try Little Cosmetics, you can save 15% by using the code LEXIELOODYLANTOO15.


Now that Liam is 3, we are working really hard on his independent personal care skills. He's doing surprisingly well, but needs some assistance with a few things! He is starting to brush his teeth on his own (although we always finish the job), but we are teaching him how to put toothpaste on his toothbrush and rinse it when he's done. 

He gets a bit distracted by the water, so we have been practicing in the living room for a few minutes each day. The Toothbrush Pillow makes this task a bit easier for him! It was created for children, senior citizens, and people who are disabled or have special needs. Its purpose is to hold the toothbrush steady so you can easily apply toothpaste. It is such a useful tool for Liam!



I am a huge fan of dry shampoo. It's pretty much a must have for moms! Batiste Dry Shampoo is one of my favorites, and I recently discovered that TJ Maxx carries it for $4.79. It's so much cheaper than everywhere else! And out of all the scents, the light & breezy fresh scent is my absolute favorite!



I was so excited to get the Marc Jacobs #Highliner VoxBox from Influenster!  I received two Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliners from Marc Jacobs Beauty. I wear eyeliner several days a week, so I'm always on the lookout for a great one! This eyeliner goes on smoothly, is waterproof, and best of all, it lasts all day long! It's definitely one of my new favorites!

 *I received these products for free for testing purposes. #contest



The fact that bubble braids are popular again makes me laugh! I did this to my own hair 20 years ago, and I remember being one of the few people in my school with this style. My art teacher use to rave about how creative my hair was. 20 years later, I'm starting to spot it everywhere! I can't pull it off anymore, but my girls can! Lexie prefers the traditional down the middle braid, but Lily likes hers to start from one side of her head and go to the other side or she likes the pigtail version!



Thanks to sickness ravaging our household, we haven't had much time to celebrate Valentine's Day this month. Despite having a basketball game and two birthday parties in addition to our usual busy schedule, we're going to do our best to cram it all in over the next 5 days!

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! What do you have planned? 

Let's Connect!



  1. I need to get my butt over to our local TJ Maxx - I haven't been in forever but knowing they have super cute mugs like that and they sell my favorite dry shampoo has sold me!! Have a great weekend!

    1. I spend WAY too much money there, but find the best stuff!
      I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I'm sorry you've all been sick! Hopefully it's over now.

  3. Oh my goodness you poor things! I hope you guys all stay well so you can enjoy the weekend! And girl, I had no idea that bubble braids were back... Olivia will love those!

  4. I love love love that dry shampoo! I need to get to TJ Maxx!

  5. Love that mug!! I do you all are feeling much better soon! Get cozy and have a joyous weekend!!

  6. OMGosh I want to SQUEEZE him! Love the pic of him practicing putting toothpaste on. I love my Batiste, now I will be going to TJ Maxx, that's much cheaper that what I spend. Have a great weekend, hope everyone is healthy!

  7. I'm reviewing Smile Brilliant as well! Can't wait to get my trays (I already sent in my impressions)

  8. I absolutely love the puffy paint hearts your irks ha e done. So awesome! And the little cosmetics stuff is adorable. When Emmy gets a bit older it's a must. I hope everyone is feeling better this weekend.

  9. LOVE the bubble braids, and that mug too! This winter has been the worst as far as sickness goes 😢. Hope healthier weeks are ahead.

  10. I am seriously the only one but I would rather wash my hair then use product. I also would like to sleep in more and not have to get up earlier to tackle said hair but oh well. My dirty hair isn't something anyone wants to see.


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