I am writing a 5 Friday Favorites post for the first time. They seem to be all the rage in blog land so I thought I would give them a go, too. From what I can tell, each Friday gals share 5 of their favorite things from the week before. I think I am understanding correctly. Ran over to Kellyann’s at This Blonde’s Shopping Bag to check out one of her recent Friday Favorite posts before undertaking my own. She shared some cute clothes, a nail polish and this recipe from Lisa at Coast to Coast for shrimp and grits. YUM!!
Since I am new to this business, might have been more prudent for me to start with 3 Friday Favs but that doesn’t have the same ring to it as five has. So, here we go, hoping I can think of 5 things.
5 Friday Favorites: For the First Time
Over and over, I have tried to become an Amazon associate. But I guess my links don’t get enough clicks or something. The folks at Amazon are always sending me emails to say ‘thanks but no thanks’. And then my associate profile is shut-down or turned off. I think a lot of the gals use Friday Fav posts to promote things on Amazon. Maybe someday I will be deemed worthy enough by that giant discount store in the sky to do that, too.
Until that time, these are products, purchases or gifts I made that brought me happiness this week.
Friday Favorite #1
Lavender products from my friend and fellow baseball wife, Veronica. She is a direct distributor for the Lavender Farm’s scrumptious black ice sugar scrub and silver ion-infused, all-over moisturizing blend. Her online store can be found here, at Veronica’s Closet. But if you are in the El Paso area, visit her at the various farmers’ markets around town or the outlet mall. We have used the CBD oil she sells for a year now, immediate relief to sore spots and achy muscles. And I spritz our sheets and pillow cases with her lavender scented linen spray. Can you say ‘sweet dreams’? Just in time for Mother’s Day, Veronica has these cute little gift boxes and assorted larger gift bag sets.
Friday Favorite #2
A little over 2 years ago, I closed the cover on what has become my favorite book…along side Alice in Wonderland and the Diary of a Young Girl. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Please click here to read my review. I began following Martha on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, her website and her blog. And even on Goodreads. Just a teensy bit like a stalker! But that’s how much I loved Lilac Girls. When I received an email from Penguin/Randomhouse that Martha’s new book Lost Roses had been released, I was tickled pink.
One morning last week, I put on my big girl panties and got very brave and emailed Martha. I shared the blog link to my review of Lilac Girls and then – this is the gutsy part – asked if she would send me a copy of Lost Roses in exchange for a review on my blog. I explained I was her biggest fan aside from her parents.
Guess what she said? YES!!! The book arrived yesterday. I finished Next Year in Havana today and cannot wait to begin Lost Roses at bedtime tonight.
Could have brushed my hair, huh?
Friday Favorite #3
Did you gals take advantage of the great sale Loft Outlet ran about a week ago? Everything was 50% off with free shipping. I had just been in the store the weekend before the sale. Had seen some really pretty pieces, none of which I bought when the sale began. Here’s why…I fell in love with some of their cropped jeans, these and especially these. But guess what? They only come in Loft’s modern fit. Boo! Don’t know about you, but I am decidedly not modern. Curvy all the way. And so are most of the gals I know. Can’t understand why Loft doesn’t offer the same great styles in both fits. By a show of hands or comment below, how many of you guys prefer a curvy fit? Was so disappointed that I wrote Loft an email and left a comment on their Insta account. Thankfully, they haven’t pulled my Loft card yet. Hoping they will begin to offer more choices to us curvies.
Here’s what I did get through the sale, though. This twill skirt in olive, which was on the GYPO spring 2019 capsule wardrobe shopping list. The floral 3/4 sleeve tee that is shown with it. And this coral peplum top that PC liked in the store. Thank you to my sweet mama for the birthday check that afforded me these pieces. I feel a ‘my fashion haus’ post coming on.
Friday Favorite, #4
Have you heard of diamond painting? I hadn’t until my daughter Brennyn sent me a DIY 5D Fashion Diamond Painting as a sussie (surprise) for my birthday. Apparently, diamond painting is a combination of cross stitching and paint-by-number. I haven’t jumped into it yet so I am not crystal clear on how diamond painting works. But I feel sure this will be another activity that will bring me peace.
My canvas features a small fishing boat docked at the end of the day with a beautiful setting sun in the background. Similar to this image from Amazon that is not an associate link. Anxious to find out what this is all about.
Friday Favorite, #5
This year for my birthday, I told everyone NO PRESENTS. But no one listens to me. PC bought me several very cute workout outfits from Under Armor. He is so good! Sharon, my BFF, always goes above and beyond. She sent me 2 pairs of earrings (a tortoise pair of hoops and a pair of teal-blue-green stone earrings) and a Target gift card. See what I mean? Brennyn gave me the diamond painting kit, a sharp kitchen knife because I apparently I don’t have one, and a 5 second journal, which I will be reviewing in Keep It Together post with Lauren.
My Lauren sent me her signature birthday bouquet.
It features a floral puppy that is a crazy cross between our black and gray English sheep dog-looking pup and our buff colored Golden Retriever-looking pup from the girls’ childhoods. So precious, and brings back so many warm memories of our pups.
Well, now, that was kind of fun. Might have to make this post a regular in the monthly rotation.
Did you score anything special this week? More importantly, are you a curvy or modern fit at Loft? And are you an Amazon associate??? If so, tell me your tricks!!
PC and I are off to a Chihuahuas ball game so I need to jump in the shower and get my ears on. Looking forward to a dog bowl of nachos and a cold beer. Ahhh, let the weekend begin.
Hugs and kisses,