Friday Favorites {1/23/15}

Man, holiday weeks always seem to throw me for a loop. And even though it was a short week, it seemed super long for some reason. Go figure!

I’m back with another edition of Friday Favorites! I have lots to share from this week, so let’s get right to it.

Linking up with Heather, Clare, and Katie today. 

Kathryn’s First Bridal Shower

I’m so excited for my sister to be honored at her first bridal shower! While I’ve known the date, time, location, etc. of the shower for a while now (perks of being the sister and matron of honor ;-) ), I recently received the invitation in the mail.

The hostess, and woman at who’s home the shower is, made all 100+ invitations. Incredible! And she’s a mom of 4. I have no idea how she does it. Isn’t the invitation adorable?!

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Sunshine!

Earlier this week we had some pretty amazing January weather. Bright sunshine and a high of 71 degrees (!) in January, made me one happy girl!

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I know it was just a tease, but it made me look forward to the gorgeous spring and summer weather to come. Sunshine definitely does a world of good in the mood department. I swear, people are just happier.

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Curly/Wavy Hair

I love to wear my hair curly (or wavy?), but it always seem to take me forever to do it. That, combined with the fact that it’s usually hit or miss as to weather or not it actually turns out, keeps me from curling it more often. However, after watching Ashley’s tutorial, and doing a bit of research, I think I’ve finally found a quick, easy, long-lasting method that works. I’ve worn it this way the past 3 days and I’m loving it so far.

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I’ll be sure to share what has been working for me, if you’d like!

Remington Curling Wand

One of the tools making curly hair possible is my new Remington Curling Wand. Originally, I planned to make do with my smallest curling iron. However, after spotting this wand on clearance at Target, I decided  make the purchase in order to see if it lived up to all the hype. They weren’t lying. I really think it makes all the difference!

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New Outfits

I’m still excited about the new clothes I received for Christmas. I love it when I look through my closet and see a new item hanging up that I’d forgotten about. I wore this outfit to work on Thursday, and I love it! The dress was a gift from my parents, and John gifted me the Aldo booties, per my request. Cute and comfy is a win any day in my book, especially when I’ll be wearing it at work all day long.

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Australian Open 

John is a big tennis player and huge tennis fan, so whenever coverage of any of the Slams – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open – begin, we constantly have it on in the background. Growing up, I never followed or had any interest in tennis, but since marrying John, I’ve grown to enjoy watching and following the big matches.

The Australian Open began last Sunday night, and it’s so interesting to me to watch because it’s the middle of summer over there! Not to mention, they’re around 16 hours ahead of us. So when we’re watching a match on Thursday night, they’re playing live on Friday morning. Crazy!

New Recipe

So delicious! Another new, quick and easy one dish pasta meal. This one incorporated pasta, spinach, cheese, and chicken sausage. I haven’t made much using chicken sausage, so I was a bit unsure how it would turn out, but I had nothing to fear. We both loved it, and I’ve no doubt the leftovers won’t last long.

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On our agenda this weekend?

A trip to the circus on Saturday! Maybe it sounds silly, but I think it’ll be pretty entertaining! Since the circus is in Birmingham, we’ll probably make a day out of the trip, perhaps shopping and eating dinner there. A day-long date sounds about perfect to me! Sunday will be spent resting, and preparing for the week ahead.

Let’s Chat…

1. Do you ever curl your hair? Do you have a quick method?

2. What are your plans for the weekend?

3. Curious…have you ever made invitations, rather than order them? I’ve got to make invitations for my sister’s bachelorette party. I’d much rather make them myself than spend the money to order them. 

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Germs – Where They Hide and How to Get Rid of Them

We’re talking about germs today. Gross, I know, right? As an elementary school teacher, I wage a constant war against those little suckers. Try as I may, I know I’ll never get my classroom or my home completely germ-free. However, I thought if perhaps I could focus on the areas that tend to harbor the most germs,…

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Our Favorite Weeknight Meals

Hi friends! How’s it going on this lovely Wednesday? I believe it’s the copious amounts of sunshine we’ve had recently that has left me in a great mood today! I’d planned to share another Day in the Life post today, but unfortunately, work-life squandered the big plans I had to document my eats + moments…

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Weekend Rewind {1/17-1/18} & The Challenge of Resting

This weekend was the epitome of a lazy weekend. We lounged around the house, ran a few errands, (John) took a nice long nap on Sunday, and enjoyed the pretty weather and each other. Saturday I did manage to get in a 60 minutes Barre3 routine. We also went to see The Wedding Ringer on…

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Friday Favorites {1/16/15}

Friday…who is excited!? And how in the world are we already half-way through January?!  I sure am. After a challenging end of the week at work, I am more than ready for the 2nd low key, no obligation weekend in a row. I plan to enjoy it, as next weekend begins the first of my…

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Thinking Out Loud {1/15/14}

Happy Friday-eve! (it’s definitely a thing) I don’t know about you, but this week has seemed to take for.ev.errrr! I swear all day yesterday I thought it was Thursday. I think it’s time for another edition of Thinking Out Loud Thursdays. It’s that time of the week where I spew whatever random thoughts are bouncing…

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