Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m so happy the weekend is here! And it only took four days to arrive since Monday was labor-less! On Saturday K and I are are headed to a wedding (which I know will be breathtakingly gorgeous) and on Sunday I’m volunteering with my church (read about it here!). Yay for Friday!


Today is going to be a random hodgepodge of things, so stick with me to the end so you can experience allll my ramblings.


Reading… Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman. I haven’t decided if I like this book yet… It doesn’t move very fast, but I’m only 1/4 through it, so time will tell.

Watching… the movies on my fall film challenge list! I have roughly 5 completed, and I will do an update on October 2nd! The first one I crossed off was Ferris Bueller… Bueller… Bueller πŸ˜‰

Listening to… Ben Rector and Lady Antebellum. We are going to two concerts next week (one on Thursday in Cleveland and one on Friday in Pittsburgh) so I’m trying to learn some last minute lyrics! Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this… hehe!

Waiting for… FALL! Summer will not relent and she’s is trying to squeeze in as many hazy, hot days as she can. I hope I get my hands on a PSL this weekend!!

Remembering… where I was 14 years ago. It’s incredible to think how much time has gone by since 9/11 but I can still visualize that day like it was last week. Today is a day to smile at your neighbor, thank a servicemember, and say a prayer thanking God for our blessings and opportunities!

Check It Out!

My amazing friend Dana shows you how to make a plaque with you favorite quote or saying! She’s so darn creative and this is a great looking, inexpensive way to find the perfect quote for a friend (or for your living room)!

Danielle talks about the highs and lows of adopting an “at risk” dog. She is such a dedicated, smart dog momma! Check out the progress she and her husband (and Lexi!) have made! Plus you get to swoon over the cutest photos of Lexi!

Speaking Of…

This weekend is PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend! Both of our fur babies were adopted from a humane society or rescue. Did you know that 25% of shelter dogs are purebreds?? I think some people believe there’s something wrong with a rescue dog (or mutt) but usually the previous owner just didn’t know that extent of responsibilities and work a pet requires. Many shelter animals are between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old because that’s when the cuteness has “worn off” and it’s evident that they were not given any training. If you are looking to add four paws to your family I urge you to check out a local shelter or rescue group! So many pups, kitties, bunnies, and more are waiting for their forever homes!!

Last but Not Least

I found this questionnaire from Nelle at Simply Love and now I’m going to share a bit about me with you!

| 1 | Favorite food? I looove seafood. Fish, shellfish, seaweed (ok, the last one is a stretch).
| 2 | High heels or flip flops? Typically flip-flops but when I find some comfortable heels I love pairing them with skinny jeans!
| 3 | Favorite places to shop? Target. But also World Market and Old Navy. And Marshalls. I love a deal!
| 4 | Standard coffee order? Oh geez. There is no standard. At the local coffee shop I get a Tea Latte ( 1/2 earl gray, 1/2 steamed milk + vanilla syrup ) but at Starbucks I go for a PSL, Cinnamon Dolce latte, or Caramel Brulee latte. And at home I just do coffee with milk.
| 5 | Must-have road-trip snack? Coffee. But also beef jerky. Is that weird? Haha!
| 6 | DIY or hire it out? Ehhh, it really depends on the task. We usually try to DIOS (do it our selves). Ha!
| 7 | Top 5 TV shows? Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, The Mindy Project, Blue Bloods (reruns), & Cold Case.
| 8 | Favorite book? My favorite classic is Alice in Wonderland. I love the Harry Potter series. I also love Philipa Gregory books.
| 9 | Favorite form of exercise? Hot yoga. It’s the only exercise I enjoy.
| 10 | How tall are you? Β 5’5″
| 11 | Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites? I tend to stick to favorites at our regular restaurants, but when we go on vacation I love trying new things!
| 12 | One makeup item you can’t live without? Concealer. My teenage acne is now my twenties acne. UGH.
| 13 | What’s on your nightstand? A lamp, a bottle of water, my stuffed bunny, my Gameboy DS, and roughly 7 books.
| 14 | One thing motherhood has taught you? I’m not a mom. But I love my dogs more than anything and I love my “niece” Elliot more than I thought possible.
| 15 | Music that reminds you of high school? Oh man… Anything alternative. Fallout Boy, The Academy Is…, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Used, Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday, etc.
| 16 | If you could live anywhere in the world other than your current city, where would it be? Switzerland. Hands down, no discussion.
| 17 | Something about you we might not know? Between us, my parents, and my in-laws we have 10 pets. When I was 6 I broke my shin/leg (both bones). My favorite color is yellow.
| 18 | Websites you read/browse besides blogs? Pinterest, Facebook, other social media sites. Plus blogs, haha.
| 19 | Morning person or night owl? I’m a night owl but I’m trying so desperately to wake up and enjoy mornings!
| 20 | What’s your best feature? My curiosity. I like to know why things happen which leads to learning and reading and exploring and traveling.


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What are you weekend plans?


9 Comments Add yours

  1. I am in love with Fall too! I can’t wait for hot chocolates and blankets. This weekend will be more about “digital detox”, reading and drawing. ☺️


    1. Louise says:

      Is it wrong that I want to go to the local football games JUST to sit outside under a blanket and sip hot chocolate?? Ha! A digital detox weekend is AWESOME! I left out the part where I’ll be driving two hours to visit a friend this evening. I think my weekend is going to be pretty busy…. Ha!

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      1. Oh my, no it is not!! I go outside with a blanket, a good book and a hot beverage just to be cozy too haha. So it is going to be a pretty nice weekend! Enjoy!

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  2. elleseesyou says:

    fall is the best because it’s the only season with 2 names. woo hoo! πŸ˜‰ i want to check out your fall films list! have a great weekend πŸ™‚


    1. Louise says:

      Yeah, girl! Check it out! I’m already doing WAY better with my movie challenge than I did with my book challenge… Oops! I think it’s because I can be present with my hubby while I watch a movie, but book reading is a solo activity πŸ™‚ Fall is the COOLEST! Is it weird that I prefer “fall” to “autumn”? Haha! Have a great weekend!


  3. ahhhh how excited are you for “once upon a time” to come back on!? I AM! also…i can’t help but wonder and be grossed out about how beef jerky flavored coffee would be. sorry. i am hoping to get my hands on a PSL next week when it turns fall-like for a day or two with rain and in the 60s YAY


    1. Louise says:

      I AM SOOO EXCITED! (Honestly, I’m hoping this season is better than the last. I wasn’t a fan of S4…) I’m also pumped for The Muppets Show! I’m a child… ha! Beef Jerky Coffee sounds totally gross… I’m going to stick with the PSL πŸ˜€ Haha!


  4. LondonKiwiEmma says:

    Mmmm we need to get Cinnamon Dolce latte and Caramel Brulee lattes in the UK!


    1. Louise says:

      You most definitely to! The latter is seriously heaven in a cup! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!


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