Friday Favorites

Hey there! I can’t believe we are heading into the last week of August. This summer has really flown by. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some cooler temps! It has been brutal these last few weeks. The humidity does not let up! I have been very into the fall clothing looks that have been coming out, and that Starbucks has brought back their fall drinks! I will never complain about someone sharing their PSL the day it comes out or playing Christmas music in October. Never delay joy!

It has been a heavy two weeks around here. We pulled Zoe from school the middle of last week for a little while, as the Covid cases around here are insane. Hospitals are filling up, lots of people we know are sick. I cried because she was doing so well and was so happy to be back. It is hard to know the right thing to do. I am back with all our home schooling stuff, and trying to once again to juggle my full time job, full time Zoe, school, cooking, cleaning, and everything else that comes our way. It is so exhausting.

And then you hear news come in about what is going on in Afghanistan and it makes your problems seem almost trivial. It is heart wrenching to hear of the troops we lost, and see all the Americans we have left over there. Not to mention some of the Afghanistan people who absolutely did not ask for this either. I have also noticed the deafening silence from several people who have been vocal on their opinion about everything over the last year, and they have nothing to say about this.

And that is enough heavy stuff today. I promised myself I wasn’t going to come on here and complain for an entire post.

Some good things. Zoe and I have played Just Dance just about every day this week. It has been so fun! She has been really into coloring and drawing lately. I am amazed at how much she has progressed on the drawing front, as I can tell immediately what several things are that she draws now. She mastered hearts this week. I love to see them doodled on everything. We also started working on sight words!

Zoe got a super sweet package from Laura earlier this week.

She has been carrying Pepper the Penguin around everywhere she goes.

Favorite Finds: As I mentioned earlier, I have been trying to manifest fall down here. I found a few really cute pieces to start transitioning into the season.

Women's Sleeveless Ruffle Yoke Dress - A New Day™ - image 1 of 6

I really love the look of this dress. It is under $30, and this color is perfect for any season. I think it would be cute paired with sandals, pumps or nude booties.

Loving this ruffle sweatshirt!!! Another item under $30. And how perfect is this color for fall? It also comes in pink.

I don’t usually go crazy for many floral prints, but I am really digging the fall vibes of this shirt. It reminds me of a designer piece I saw recently that had a much heftier price tag.

Favorite Mail: My FabFitFun Fall Box arrived this week. I am LOVING the home items I picked from it. The canisters and cutting board are truly beautiful. I needed a new, small frying pan and I love the blue color with the wood looking handle. I am ready to try out the face masks, and I think the Coach jewelry was really pretty. There were a few choices I was meh about, but overall, the box was definitely worth more than what I paid for it. You can get $10 off your first box with my link if you are interested.

Favorite Recipe: I have been struggling with the whole cooking thing. It gets so tiring making 3 meals a day for 3 people every single day. I get in ruts and nothing sounds good when I make up our grocery list. I am going to sit down with some recipe books this weekend and really come up with some better ideas. Until then, this chicken piccata recipe is a favorite. Even Zoe loves it.

Target has frozen butternut squash noodles that are perfect to keep on hand for a quick and easy meal. I like to serve it with a browned butter sage sauce and grate some fresh parmesan over top. Comes together in about 15 minutes.


Favorite Workout: Heather killed me in this strength and cardio workout! I liked the format of 2 super sets twice, followed by a minute cardio blast before you move on to the next super set. The way it was set up went by quickly as a whole, but man, those cardio blasts being a minute instead of 40 seconds were brutal! In a good way.

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  • Reply Kate August 27, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I’m so sorry you had to pull Zoe from school, it’s such a heart wrenching decision. I had several people pressuring me last year when I kept Serena out for a few extra months after her school re-opened. Everyone has an opinion! I was teary eyed reading the news last night, and am just trying to figure out how everything became such a mess over there. There should have been a plan in place and that’s all I have to say about that 🙁

  • Reply laura August 27, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I feel like the whole world is on fire – it’s heart-breaking. I love those fall transition pieces – they’re so pretty and perfect to pair with sandals or booties. Definitely a fun hot mess over here!! Fireworks, glitter and pizza – the works. I hope you guys have a great weekend – waiting on fall weather to get here!

  • Reply Andrea Nine August 27, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Pulling Zoe from school was absolutely the right thing to do my friend! She will Thrive no matter the circumstances and I just wish we could get all this over with and everybody would get the dang vaccine! So frustrating because we would not be where we are now. That squash and the chicken recipe sounds so good! Love the dress and I thought about that sweatshirt from Walmart. Have a sweet weekend my friend and try to stay cool, when there’s three digit heat index is in Indiana, you know it’s bad!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer August 27, 2021 at 10:57 am

    It’s such a heavy week and I agree with everything you said. LOVE that sweatshirt; it would be great for Zooms!

  • Reply Danielle Butler August 27, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I have a heavy heart today too. It has been a lot the last few weeks. Cases are soaring here too. And the Afghanistan stuff is heartbreaking. I am absolutely upset at how our administration has handled this. Ugh. I do love that dress and shirt. I am all about the ruffles right now. Glad you could find some good this week.

  • Reply Kristin August 27, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I’m sorry you had to pull Zoe out for a bit. It’s very frustrating on a lot of levels.

    Bookmarking the chicken recipe. I have nothing but admiration for your desire/drive to cook 🙂

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag August 30, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Aw, that’s a bummer you had to pull Zoe from school, but you did what was best. Cases are really rising around me too and I don’t always even feel safe where I work. It’s been a very heavy couple of weeks with Afghanistan, Covid, and now New Orleans and Ida.


  • Reply Biana September 2, 2021 at 11:01 am

    I feel you on this – we seriously have news coming every single day – something new and its hard to cope. Im sorry that you pulled Zoe from school, but you did the best thing for your family. I hope she can go back soon!

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