Five for Friday #49

Hello and happy Friday, friends! I hope that you’re as excited for the end of the week as I am! Who am I kidding – of COURSE you are! This was a slower week for me which I am very thankful for, and I have a few fun things planned for the weekend, which I’m excited for! Since it was a slower week, I’ve done a lot of cleaning and a lot of crocheting which has been great. I am making a baby blanket for my sister’s newest baby (due in May!) and I, as usual, am very far behind in the process. Having a few nights to just sit down and relax and focus on crafting has been just what I needed.

Here are some of the fun things that have caught my attention recently!

one || The entire world is obsessed with the KonMari method of cleaning out their closets and their homes and I just need to make sure that Gilmore Girls was all over this trend years ago.

Great. Now that you know that very important fact, here’s a great guide to STARTING the de-cluttering process a la Marie Kondo.

two || Love this post about being single in your 30s. It was honest and hopeful and worded really well as another single person in my 30s.

three || This poster of A Pop Culture Guide to Proofreading Marks is hilarious.

four || A sweet coworker gave me these amazing earrings and they’re definitely my new favorites. I’ve been obsessing over tortoise shell jewelry recently and so you know I was excited when I got these!

five || One of my favorite artists has a new flower collection and to promote it, she came up with an adorable spring “flower-scope.”

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Five for Friday #48

Hello and happy Friday, friends! I’m so excited for this weekend because not only do I have a lot of fun things planned, but it’s by BIRTHDAY on Sunday!! And yes, I do have to work at a company user conference that starts Sunday afternoon, but I’ll still get to do lots of celebrating! As for the rest of the weekend, I have a ton on my plate. I’m getting a much needed haircut this evening, doing Zumba tomorrow morning (I’ve been going to Zumba a lot lately and I’m a little bit obsessed!), seeing the musical Anastasia tomorrow afternoon, and then going to church on Sunday before packing up and heading to the hotel for the conference! We have a bit of set up time before everything officially kicks off, and I plan on bringing in some birthday treats to share with my team as we get everything ready.

one || I am officialy obsessed with this J.Crew Factory skirt. I have multiple sidewalk skirts, but this one is SCALLOPED!!! Perfection! I’m trying to do as little shopping as possible this year but I can guarantee that this will be mine the second it goes on sale.

two || This movie looks like it will be really good! I don’t usually see movies in the theater (mainly because it’s so expensive now but also because people at the movie theater are generally pretty annoying), but I might end up seeing this one.

three || I mentioned that I’m getting my haircut this evening, and these popular 2019 hairstyles are giving me all sorts of inspiration! I have always been a fan of long layers…

four || Proud deatheater over here. You can’t just watch the movies and then have complaints about the story because most of those complaints are addressed in the books ok just read them! Or listen to them on Audible (which I’m currently doing right now!)

five || I’m not generally a HUGE lemon fan, but this Starbucks copycat lemon loaf is making my mouth water! It might be the icing. That icing looks REAL good. I’m almost done with my Whole30 stint (more on that next week!) and I might have to make this as a little post-birthday treat to bring into work!

That’s all for me – I hope you all have a great weekend and have a little birthday treat for me!

Five for Friday #47

Hello and happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had the best week so far! My week has been nothing but work, work, work, and then some more work. It seems like a bunch of projects have popped up in the last week or so and they all seem to have a deadline of the end of December. And that would normally be fine, but with the holidays coming up, I’ve got vacations planned and other people have time off they need to take, too, and that makes it harder to get work done with everyone out of the office at random times!

But the work will get done, and the holidays will be wonderful, and then it will be a new year and I can’t wait for 2019! This time last year I had a TON of trips planned already, and right now I don’t think I have ANYTHING planned for the next year and that is making me really happy! I love that it means I can be spontaneous and take a trip whenever I want, or I can take my time and plan an epic trip for the summer or fall. I keep seeing cheap flights to Europe… so we’ll see what happens…

one || One of my favorite people to follow on instagram eloped recently and IT WAS STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! Like, I don’t think I’ve ever really had the desire to just run off and get married… but… if it could look like this… then yeah sign me up! And I LOVE how they surprised their friends and were like “hey guess what we’re getting married and we’re doing it in Europe and YOU’RE COMING WITH US!!!!” So stinking fun!

two || This article on how to read more books nails it. This is what I do and it makes such a difference! I read on my commute. I keep a book in my purse for down moments when I have unexpected spare time. I listen to audiobooks when I’m doing mundane tasks. I just love reading and books!

three || Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie. Thanks to Emily and her team for finding the BEST recipe out there!

four || Very much in love with this coffee mug. I don’t actually need more coffee mugs because I’m sure I have 5 too many as it is, but I actually might need this one.

five || Everybody needs to learn a little broadway slang! And it can’t get any better than coming from LMM.

Do you guys have anything fun planned this weekend? My parents are coming into town (hooray!) and we’ll just do a lot of hanging out and I can’t wait! I think we’re going to try and take our family Christmas card picture at some point, and my dad’s birthday is on Sunday so it will be good to celebrate him! Have a good one!

Five for Friday #46

Hello and happy Friday! I’m still trying to get caught up on rest and life from my trip to Boston (I got back a day later than expected because of delayed flights and then came back with the world’s worst cold!) but even though I feel a little bit like my face is dying, I’m also feeling so mentally refreshed from that trip, too! It’s so good to see friends and hug people you don’t get to see very often and catch up IN PERSON instead of on a group text thread. I can’t wait to share pictures of what we did and what we saw and let’s be honest, most importantly what we ate! I might even try to make a little vacation video for my friends and a fun reminder of our trip – if it looks good enough, maybe I’ll even share it here, too!

ONE || TheSkimm has been killing it with their extra content (like their podcast, which I love!), and I love how they teamed up with Katie Couric on this Getting There series. Katie talks to lots of different people about what they do, how they got there, and what they encountered along the way. They’re fascinating and not too long and this was one of my favorites (I love all the old pictures!!) I love when she said that she wanted to hire happy people – you can’t teach people to be happy and isn’t that the truth!

TWO || I looked at this topcoat from J.Crew and I love it, but now it is in EVERY SINGLE AD on every single website I visit. It’s definitely out of my budget, but I keep seeing it and it’s just so pretty!

THREE || Did you know that the Property Brothers have an online store now?!?! I just found out about it a few days ago and I loved looking at ALL the furniture that is way out of my budget but still so pretty!! A lot of the items were not my style.. but I did really like this pillow and these art prints and this chair and this bookshelf.

FOUR || I really want to change up… something… about my bedding situation, but I don’t want to spend a ton of money on new pillows or a new duvet cover. I might have to try making some pillow shams, instead!

FIVE || I found this randomly on Pinterest and it made me die laughing.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I have a friend’s baby shower to go to tomorrow and I can’t wait to see all the fun tiny gifts she gets for her baby girl!!

Five for Friday #45

Happy Friday, friends! I am soaking up the last little bit of calm today before I start a few days of crazy travel! It will be fun, but I have a feeling that this time next week I will be VERY tired. Tomorrow morning my mom and I are going to the airport SUPER EARLY (like 5am and my dad is driving us there so we will be even earlier than necessary, most likely) to fly to Georgia to go to a cousin’s wedding! I don’t get to see this side of the family as often as I’d like (because Georgia) so I’m super excited to see everyone and hug everyone and hopefully have some really good cake. Then on Sunday, my mom will fly back to Dallas and I’ll fly off to Los Angeles! I’m going to California to attend a conference for work and I am SO PUMPED! I suggested this awesome conference that I really wanted to attend kind of jokingly to my boss because I didn’t think we’d actually get to go… but we get to go! I can’t wait to hang out with my coworkers and attend sessions and learn lots of great things! I won’t get home till Thursday evening, so it will be a busy week!

But for now, I just need to get through work, finish packing, and get to sleep early! Oh and share the 5 best things that have been on my radar this week!

ONE || If you know me at all, you know that I am pretty much OBSESSED with all things related to the State Fair of Texas. I look forward to it all year long and love learning as many fun facts and trivia as I can! On their website, they have the history of Big Tex, the mascot of the fair, his stats, and more! It’s pretty neat to learn a little more about this gigantic cowboy – check it out!

TWO || SNL has been coming out with a lot of behind the scenes videos about pictures, hair, sets, etc. and this one about wardrobe is just as fascinating as the others. There’s just so much that goes into this weekly show – so much more than I would have ever thought about!

THREE || Since I’m going to LA for a work conference, I won’t really have much free time to go out and explore… but I will have a few free hours on my first day there and I’m going to try and go to the Griffith Observatory! It was where the Planetarium song was during La La Land, and it is pretty close to where we’re staying, and I can’t wait to check it out! I looked up a list of other filming locations from the movie, and someday I’ll have to go back and find the rest!

FOUR || I really need to do some de-cluttering in my apartment, and so I’ve started watching videos on minimalism. I don’t think I will be able to go full-on with this way of living (because I’m just being realistic with myself here) but there’s so much to think about and I’m going to try an incorporate a few of the things I’ve been learning about.

FIVE || Oh my goodness. This is the best one ever. I just had to share that I got these super cute booties at Old Navy and I don’t know how but they rang up as $1.97! They were the last pair on the shelf and didn’t have a price tag, and somehow I got the world’s biggest bargain and I have been telling as many people as possible about this amazing deal!