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Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites - May 18th


It's Friday! And we are back!

It's been awhile, but I am happy to be linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea!

Let's just jump right in, shall we?

Favorite #1

Small Town Brewery's Not Your Mom's Iced Tea

O.M.G.

Friends...I could drink this by the gallon. I won't, but it is so darn good. I fell in love with this brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer not long ago. And now, this is my newest love.

I am not a big drinker. Never have been. But guys...this is hardly like drinking. I think it tastes just like an Arnold Palmer. I used to like (and still do) mixing Firefly Sweet Tea with Lemonade for my favorite, light summer  alcoholic drink. I would serve it at parties. But this...is heaven in a bottle. 

Can you tell I like it?? If you drink, please hunt this down and give it a try. I am confident that you won't be disappointed. AND if you like root beer and haven't tried Not Your Father's Root Beer, grab one of those too, while you are at it!

PSA: NOT an advertisement. I just really, really like this! Maybe too much!

Favorite #2
Last week for Mother's Day, my family surprised me with...


A roomba!

We named it DJ Roomba after Tom Haverford's Roomba in his Rent A Swag store on Parks & Rec. Anyone? Bueller?

ANYWAY...now that we have a dog, I think this was a wise investment. I have set it to run everyday, and either we are that filthy or it's eating the carpet in our living room. I wish I had taken a picture to show just how much it collects every. single. day. Seriously shocking.

I am already in love with this thing. Not having to vacuum is such a luxury. Listening to the whirring of the little motor as I do other tasks is oddly satisfying. It's getting done...and I don't have to do it!! #youknowyouareamomwhen... 

Favorite #3

I have stumbled onto some pretty fantastic Instagram accounts lately with some very uplifting messages. This one really spoke to me.

I don't know if it is just me, but I (bear with me, ok?) feel like women have been taught to feel "crazy" if you reveal your true feelings about something or someone. And I am not talking hate, I am talking about love. I have learned in my life, love is really all that matters.

That being said, I have, in the last several years, started to tell friends and family members (that aren't usually the lovey dove types...we all have them! You know who they are!) that I love them. It is a different type of love than most people think of, but why not say it?? Don't we all just want to be loved and appreciated by the people closest to us?

The point is, this one struck me. I strive to be open and honest (as is socially acceptable) as possible. And it isn't always received well. So, to that I say, be honest! If you lose it (being the friendship or whatever the relationship is) then it was never yours to being with. 
#waytodeepforfridayfavorites

Favorite #4


One of my best friends gave me a small version of this candle last week. She rocks! Let me tell you...it is PERFECT for the season. Everyone thinks it smells amazing! Because it totally does!

Today, I hunted down the larger size, and you'll never guess where it came from...
Target. Of course it did. #allthebeststuffcomesfromtarget

Anyway, hurry over to your nearest Target (twist your arm, right?) and give this a sniff. I can almost guarantee it will put you in a summer state of mind.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!! 

-Sara

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ladies Who Link: May Edition: Memorial Day Plans and Summer Kick Off!



It's the 3rd Thursday of the month! That means it is time for Ladies Who Link with these lovely ladies!


We would love for you to add your thoughts to our linkup! At the bottom of the post, add your link so we can check out your Memorial Day Plans and how you are planning to kick off Summer!

Every Memorial Day for the last several years, our closest group of friends comes over with their kids to celebrate! We hang out by and in the pool, have some drinks, eat some food, roast marshmallows and make s'mores by the fire pit!

And this year will be no different! 

Last week, I went to Target (where else?!) to stock up on some fun party things for the kids. Because let's be honest...if the kids are having fun and occupied, the adults are having fun too!

I love to have these around for parties! They are so convenient! I got them from Party City, but I have  purchased them from both Amazon and Target in the past. I HIGHLY recommend them. And the gingham pattern is so cute and festive for a summer party. AND the other one is clearly marked for recycling.

I bought these from the dollar bin section for the littlest kids to play with in our water table.


Another dollar bin find...I think the older kids are going to go bananas for these! I got them in green, blue and pink! Fun!


ALSO dollar bin...super cute straws, napkins and drink parasols! I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, those parasols were SO exciting to get in a drink! I expect them to be a hit! Note to self: buy some maraschino cherries!


I bought these from...you guessed it! The dollar bin at Target! We love to make s'mores as a group, and normally the kids go a little crazy, I thought this might help to preload them in portion controlled sizes for the kids. Parent approved!


Spoiler alert: got these from the dollar bin! I thought the kids would really enjoy these and...BONUS they can use them for the 4th of July too!


You'll NEVER guess where I picked these up...


Bubbles for the littlest ones.


You guys. This is THE. BEST. BUBBLE. MACHINE. 
Think we have enough bubbles???


And a few decorations from guess where!


I hope you have a WONDERFUL and safe Memorial Day! Hope you get to celebrate with great friends too!

-Sara

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