Five for Friday #39

Happy almost weekend, friends!! This week has been so confusing – I literally thought it was Thursday EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. So you’d better believe that I’m glad it’s finally past Thursday and we made it to Friday! I can’t wait for this weekend – I’m having people over for a movie night tonight (delicious food and friends, yes, please!) and tomorrow I’m going to hang out with some LLAMAS!!!!!! Ahh!!! I can’t remember the last time I was this excited – I hope that it is actually amazing and not a total let down!! It’s going to be chilly tomorrow morning when I go, and I’m so excited to finally bundle up a little and spend some time with cutie llamas.

I hope you guys have a super fun weekend, too! Here’s what I found and loved this week!

one || I’ve been trying to REALLY focus at work this week, and that meant that I was listening to a lot of music with NO words. I found the score to The Good Wife (a legal show I’ve kind of been obsessing over lately) and it is great – give it a listen! It’s string-heavy, which I love, and kind of propels me to work faster. (Just skip the last song.)

two || The 21 Unwritten Rules of Flying. This has some language in it, but I agree with just about all of them. Number 4 (never ask somebody to watch your stuff) reminded me of once in the Baltimore airport where somebody asked me to watch THEIR TODDLER (I didn’t actually say yes, but the lady just walked away) and she was gone for a solid 10-15 minutes. Not cool.

three || THIS VIDEO. Love love love!! It was made by someone in my college town (he would come speak to us about blood drives, so we’re pretty much bff’s… haha) I’ve watched it about 6 times and it is making me feel inspired – I hope it inspires YOU to make something where you are, even if you don’t live in NYC or LA or some other big “creative” city.

four || Brunettes rejoice – we can now have #unicornhair without bleaching or dying our hair first. What?!?! I’m not going to show up to Thanksgiving with magenta hair… but… I kinda want to…

five || These pumpkins are TOO CUTE!!! I probably won’t make them this year since Halloween is so close and I’m running out of time…. but NEXT YEAR!!!


Five for Friday #38

I know that Friday juuuuuuuuuuuuuust started, but I’m already SO ready for the weekend! I’ve got my to do list made, and it is FULL. My main priority for the weekend is to decorate for HALLOWEEN! I’m hosting a scary movie night (not too scary tho… I’m a wimp when it comes to scary movies!) next weekend, but I want to get everything set up and ready as early as possible. I’ve been scouring the web this week for some good Halloween decorations, but I also found a few other fun things I wanted to share!

one || If you follow/like Warby Parker on Facebook than you’ve probably seen these already, but they have a mini web series called Oddcupations and they are hilarious! This seems like such a fun company to work for, and the employees clearly love their jobs!

two || Surprise, surprise, I found another podcast for you to check out. I JUST found out about this one, myself! Levar Burton Reads is pretty much what you’re thinking – Levar Burton reads you stories. It will take you back to the Reading Rainbow days of your past and you’ll thank me for it!

three || A good friend recently asked me if I had heard of Girl Defined ministries, and my answer was “ummmm nope never heard of them!” She said she had just found them herself, and was going through the videos and really enjoyed them so far. So I hopped online and looked them up. Girl Defined ministries comes from 2 adorable sisters, Kristen and Bethany. They have a book, a blog, and post short, inspirational videos once a week geared toward young, Christian ladies. (I’m slightly older than their target demographic, but that’s totally ok!) I’ve gone through a few of them and like what I saw so far – I’m excited to make my way through the rest of the videos!

four || SUPERMARKET SWEEP IS COMING BACK TO TV!!!!!!!!!! This is not a drill! The best TV show that you’re still not sure why you watched so enthusiastically from your childhood is coming BACK!!! Get excited, and start memorizing what grocery items are worth the most money immediately. (The giant ham, obviously.)

five || I love getting little glimpses into people’s lives, and this little article showing what Martha Stewart can’t travel without was the perfect little thing to read. I feel like I know this very famous stranger so much better now… haha. Martha Stewart travels with food? I travel with food! Granted, her food is homemade salmon and hard boiled eggs and mine is baggies of CheezIts…. but close enough.

Five for Friday #37

Happy Friday, Friends!! How has your week been? I got to see my dad this week, so mine was automatically great! He came down to Dallas to meet my brand new niece for the first time, and it was fun to see him and show him my new apartment. My mom is coming back down to Dallas in a few days, too, and I’m looking forward to seeing her again!

There are a lot of great things swirling around the internet right now – here’s what’s been on my radar.

One || Everybody knows about dry shampoo (and how it literally saves the day over and over and over) but did you know that DRY CONDITIONER was a thing?!?!? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Am I just super late to the party here? Most of the ones I’ve found online seem pretty pricey, but here is an affordable-ish one. I think it’s worth a try!

Two || This flamingo print is so bright and happy and fun and I just absolutely love it.

Three || Wonders of Wildlife is FINALLY OPEN!!!!!!! The “world’s largest wildlife attraction” is in my college town and they started constructing it while I was in college. Almost 10 years ago. I never thought it would get finished! It looks amazing and I can’t wait to go check it out eventually!

Four || These sisters started making bath bombs and turned it into a successful business! I love seeing young people putting their minds to something and turning it into something BIG! You go, girls!

Five || Carly over at The College Prepster (she is 28 now, so don’t let the blog title scare you away, she is my favorite!!!) shared how she blow dries her hair and it was really informative to actually watch. I’m so bad at drying my hair (if I do it at all) and I can never recreate the blowouts I get after a haircut, but she made it seem doable.

Ok folks, that’s all I’ve got for now! I’ve got a TON of crafting to do this weekend (nope I’m still not done with my niece’s baby blanket…. ahhh!!!) AND I’m going to take a macaron baking class tomorrow!! I’ve wanted to do this for YEARS and decided to just do it – I can’t wait! Hopefully they turn out well!!

Five for Friday #36

Wow what a week it’s been! There’s been a lot going on – I had some great workouts which I’ll talk about in a little bit, I got a flat tire which was an adventure (shout out to the nicest cab driver in Updown Dallas who changed my tire for me and wouldn’t even let me get him a bottle of water from the coffee shop even though I asked him about 18 times if I could get him something), I had a delicious dinner with a friend to celebrate life and friendship and summer and fun (we went to a super fancy steakhouse in town while they had cheaper preset menus to benefit a local charity and oh my goodness it was so tasty), and a few other exciting family things that I will share later!

Here’s what’s been on my radar this week!

One || Les Mills On Demand. I used to take Les Mills fitness classes at the gym I went to in college and I LOVED them. They were so intense and fun and filled with variety, and I felt so accomplished when I finished one. I just found out you can do them on demand aka in the comfort of my apartment and I am so excited about it! I signed up for the free trial and I forgot just how crazy these classes are – I am SO SORE!!!

Two || The trick for getting your side braid to stay in place. This was a GAME CHANGER, Y’ALL!! I do these big side dutch braids a lot, but I always had to do them with a low bun because I couldn’t seem to get the braid to stay with bobby pins alone. And it’s so simple, too!!

Three || The world’s best cookie jar. Look at it! It’s a LLAMA!!!! I have no idea where my llama obsession started but it is going STRONG and I have been exercising all of my self control by not running to World Market to buy this asap! (I already have a cookie jar that I like a lot so I don’t need this… but it’s just so adorable!)

Four ||  This watermelon sleep mask. I have way too many face masks and night masks that I need to use up first, but doesn’t this one just look like it would be a dream?!? It sounds like it would be really refreshing!

Five || The Middle. I’ve been going back and re-watching episodes of The Middle and I forgot jut how HILARIOUS it is! I am laughing out loud every night and I love it. (I even wrote a post about how one of the characters, Sue Heck, is my hero a while ago!!)

And there you have it! Have a great weekend!


Five for Friday #35

Hello and happy Friday! I am happy to announce that the busiest summer ever is now (hopefully) officially over! Let’s recap – over the last 3 months, I’ve traveled to England, visited my sister in Houston, attended a conference in Las Vegas, threw a bachelorette party in Las Vegas, relaxed on a girls lake weekend in Branson, hosted a bridal shower for my bestie Jen in St. Louis, and then finally this last weekend I went back to St. Louis for Jen’s wedding (I was so honored to be her maid of honor!!!)! Phew- that’s a lot!

I don’t think I have ANY plans this weekend and I can’t tell you how happy I am about that! I’ll go to church, and I have some chores to do (all the laundry), but other than that I’ll just relax and crochet and watch movies and maybe get around to unpacking my suitcase from last weekend. Maybe.

Here’s what has been on my radar lately…

One || 11 career lessons we can learn from Hamilton. The obsession is still alive and well, y’all.


Three || I get a TON of my book recommendations from TheSkimm. Check out some of their Skimm Reads here, here, here, and here.

Four || I’m a very optimistic person, and this article shows just how important that can be.

Five || If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson movie, you know just how visually beautiful they can be. People have been sharing places that belong in Wes Anderson films and they are incredible!

There you have it! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!