Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Favorites {8.15.19}

Happy Friday, friends!  Manny and I are off on a weekend getaway and exploring a new city to celebrate our 10th anniversary!  When we get back, we hit the ground running with back to school stuff and then the beginning of school on Thursday. Where did the summer go? Personally, I am ready for a routine and schedule so bring on Fall!!!!

 Today, I am linking up with Erika and Andrea and sharing my favorites.

We have been soaking up the last few days of summer and a week ago headed about 45 minutes north to Racine, Wisconsin to play at the beach and then visit the zoo. Doing fun activities and exploring new places is always a favorite of ours. 

Our "beach" aka Lake Michigan!

On the way home, we stopped by one of our favorite places, Apple Holler. It is a cute apple orchard, restaurant, bakery, and little farm. I have been bringing my kids here since they were babies (when we would visit from CA).The kids rode horses, played at their fun little farm park, and had ice cream. This was Madden's first time on a horse ( I think??....#secondchildproblems).

Reading is a favorite around here (even though it has been a struggle to find time this year). On Tuesday, I re-capped the books I read in June and July. My goal this summer is to read 10 books. I have 8 down (6 in the blog post) and 2 to go! You can read what I have been reading HERE

Speaking of books. I just finished The Silent Patient earlier this week and it may just be my new favorite thriller. If you like thrillers, stop what you are doing and order this book or check it out from your local library! I really had no idea how it would play out and my jaw dropped with the twist at the end. 

Bath and body products are a favorite of mine and it just so happens that one of my favorite friends is launching her own company with all natural bath and body products. I've already purchased some and then tried some out for her as well, and they are AWESOME! Check out her website Anything Mama Co. and sign up to be notified when her website and products launch on Monday, August 26th!  You can also search for Anything Mama Co on facebook and "like" her page to stay notified. 

Here is a little more about what she will be offering!

 We had the best time celebrating our favorite 5 year old over the past few weeks. I re-capped her actual birthday here which included an overnight stay in downtown Chicago. The birthday celebration continued to this past weekend when she had a little friend birthday party at our house. I re-capped her unicorn birthday party here. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our celebrations!

Speaking of Gabriella turning 5. I wanted to have 5 year pictures taken of her so we did about a month ago. I wanted some pictures of her in my wedding dress and they are definitely my favorite!
Photos by Leah Marie Parr Photography

Whew that was a lot this Friday! Hope you have a great weekend! I'll be back on Tuesday with a re-cap of our little vacation this weekend in New York City!!


  1. Enjoy your time in the city! Can't wait to hear about it when you get back.

  2. Happy Birthday to your cutie! I did the same thing with my daughter and my wedding dress around the same age. So precious. Have a great trip!

  3. Lake Michigan looks amazing. Is the water very cold?