I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday. My mom and Rudy had a brunch at their house and that is always the perfect way to spend a Sunday! We had french toast casserole, egg & sausage bake, guava pastries, omelettes made to order (thanks to Hubby) and of course MIMOSAS! All the food was amazing. We played Outburst, Catch Phrase and Kan Jam because our family get-togethers aren’t complete without some friendly competition. I have to say my Kan Jam playing was on point, even Luke mentioned it. Usually my frisbee throwing skills are severely lacking, maybe it was the mimosas. 🙂
Sunny had an Easter egg hunt at the beach with her little cousins so we knew they probably wouldn’t be making it and of course they were missed. All the adults were eyeing the eggs mom made for Sunny because rumor had it one of them had a $100 bill. I think it was a myth but that didn’t stop Grandma from wanting to find it, ha! We always have such a good time when we all get together and Sunday was no exception. I just have the best family! We say it all the time but we need to make Sunday brunches a monthly tradition 🙂
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week and have an even better Easter weekend! I got to leave work today at 1 so the weekend is off to a great start. Got to leave early and have brunch with the family on Sunday with unlimited mimosas, sounds perfect to me!! Now time for some favorites….
Favorite Beach Accessory: This Santa Barbara Round Towel is so gorgeous and spacious that is definitely a must have for the beach.
Favorite New Hobby: I recently bought a Paint by Sticker book and I am a tad obsessed at the moment. I think I did one page every day for the past week. It is a fun take on the adult coloring trend. You get a template that is number coded and a page of stickers that match up with the numbers to make a really pretty picture. They have them for both kids and adults.
Favorite Coffee Treat: Coffee is a must have in my life! I am usually a hot coffee kind of girl but every once in a while I love a good iced coffee drink. Usually it’s a Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee with caramel but these 15 iced coffee recipes look so yummy I may have to try one or ten.
Favorite Bar Must Have: I saw the “Booze” decanter on Pinterest and thought it was a perfect accessory for a home bar. Putting liquor in a decanter just makes a bar look so much more sophisticated. Make sure you also check out the rest of the products on this site. I just got lost in it for a good twenty minutes. So much cute stuff!
Favorite Spring Dress: Tis the season for floral prints. Magnolia Boutique has some adorable dresses that are great for Spring including this “Bloom Where You Are Planted” navy shift dress. I want the entire outfit from the necklace to the dress to the wedges!
Favorite Craft: Kelsie Ann at the blog Cut, Craft, Create made this personalized photo map and it is such a good idea. You take a picture of you and your travel partner(s) in whatever state you visit and add it to a map. It is a great way to track where you travel and it also will make you want to visit every single one of our 50 states. You can even get really ambitious and try and do one of every continent. Wouldn’t that be nice?!
Favorite Date Night Idea: The Dating Divas website has some awesome date night ideas for you and your honey and of course my favorite one is the Bookstore Date! You each get a card with different categories and then you have to separate and go find a book that fits. For example one of the cards is labeled “Recipes” so you have to go to the cookbook section and pick out a recipe you would like to cook for you both. Another is “Quizzes” so you have to go find a magazine that has a quiz you can do together. There are a total of 6 different categories. It is a cute date night for any of my fellow book nerds.
With Easter coming up next weekend I decided to dedicate this week’s ‘Friday Favorites’ to everything Easter. I love all the holidays so look out for future themed posts. I couldn’t pick just one per category so you’ll see quite a few ideas for each ‘favorite.’ The more the merrier right? Let’s get started….
Favorite Easter Basket Ideas: My cousin posted on Facebook the other day asking for Easter basket ideas so I went to Pinterest (because duh) and there are so many different, fun ideas. This compilation of baskets range from all ages and they are all so cute!
Favorite Easter Sweets: For this one I am giving 4 different sweet treats. I mean how could I pick just one? There are Bunny Butt Cookies, Bunny Bait, Peanut Butter Buttons, & Peeps S’mores. It took me about 30 minutes to narrow it down to just these four. There are so many great recipes!
Favorite Easter Manicures: I have said this before but I wish I was half as talented as the people who can do nail art. I can barely paint my right hand, hehe. If you want some ideas for a cute Spring/Easter manicure you can click here and here.
Favorite Easter Decor: Decorating your home for holidays is a great time to get creative. You can go all out or you can be subtle with it. There are so many options. I saved a few articles with a ton of ideas for indoors, outdoors, and for tablescapes.
Favorite Easter Egg Hunt Ideas: One of my favorite parts of Easter is hunting for eggs. It is so cute watching the little ones try and find the eggs that were hidden and making it harder as they get older. Personally I think they should do more adult Easter egg hunts. Fill the eggs with money, little liquor bottles, lotto tickets, movie tickets, the ideas are endless. If you want some creative hunts (for kids) click here and here for some great ideas like a glow in the dark hunt, scavenger hunt, jigsaw puzzle hunt, and many more.
Favorite Easter Egg Designs: One of my fondest childhood memories is dying eggs with my little brothers. There was always laughter, and sometimes a few tears when someone would steal a color the other wanted to use. We have some great pictures of grumpy kids. Nowadays there are so many fun ways to decorate eggs to make them funky, fancy, colorful, intricate and so much more. This one was probably the hardest category for me to just pic a few pictures to feature. The ideas are so amazing! Click here and here for 100+ different ideas.
Favorite Easter Cocktails: Who said Easter has to be just for the kids? Mix up one of these Easter cocktails to have while the kids run around looking for eggs. Win win! You can also buy this Easter Candy Cocktail Rim Sugar to make your drinks extra festive.
Favorite Easter Printables: Pinterest is full of free printables for any occasion. If you have a nice printer you can get some really cute prints to decorate gifts, frame and put around the house, for kids to color, or to use for crafts. The blogs Lil’ Luna and Clean & Scentsible put together a great collection of them.
Favorite Easter Photo Ideas: One of the cutest traditions of Easter is going to take a picture with your local mall’s Easter Bunny. There are also really cute photos you can take yourself or get professionally done. So many adorable ideas!
March was the first month this year where I read books outside of my reading challenge because I really, really wanted to read them. Here are my reading stats for the month of March:
- Read 8 books
- 2,548 pages read
- 2 Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, 1 Nonfiction/Memoir, 2 Chick Lit, 2 Young Adult, 1 Fiction
- Challenge Themes Completed:
A book with a name in the title
A book with a number in the title
A book with a color in the title
A famous author’s first novel
A book someone else recommended
A previously banned book
Below are the books I read this month, click on the book cover to be directed to my review 🙂
Feliz Viernes!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful week! Tomorrow Luke leaves to go visit Arianna in Georgia for a week. It is her spring break so they are having a family BBQ tomorrow night and then Sunday are heading to a cabin in North Carolina. I am pretty jealous that I can’t go but I will use the week catching up on some TV shows and of course reading. I am such a party animal! Ready for some favorites?….let’s go!
Favorite Lazy Dinner: There are just some nights where you look into the kitchen and the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. That happens to me more than I would like to admit. Cue looking up lazy dinners! This beef & broccoli has a prep time of 5 minutes and a cook time of 10 minutes. Perfect!
Favorite DIY Gift: I am always looking for cute, homemade gifts that aren’t cheesy. This DIY Sangria kit is a perfect gift for a housewarming party, birthday, Christmas, or just because. I have someone that I know would LOVE this gift so maybe just maybe I will be making it soon.
Favorite Buzzfeed Article: I don’t know about you but I love Buzzfeed. The quizzes are fun, the “must have” articles are great, and they always have topical ideas for holidays/special occasions. Since tomorrow is April Fool’s Day here is a list of 50 pranks you can pull on your kids. I even think some of these would work on your significant other too. The spider drawn on the toilet paper, yeah Luke would freak!
Favorite Genius Idea: Have you ever wanted to just go to the airport, pick a destination, and just get on a flight and go? What an adventure that would be! Well with Pack Up & Go you can pretty much do just that. You go on the website and fill out a quick questionnaire about your budget, travel dates, & travel preferences. From there the company books your travel & accommodations that are within your budget. A week before your departure you will get an email telling you the weather forecast for your destination, recommended items to pack, any luggage size restrictions, and where to go and when (your local airport, train station, etc.) A few days before the trip you will receive an envelope in the mail but you don’t open it! The day of your departure you go to the designated location from the email, open your envelope and GO! I absolutely love this idea!
Favorite Product: I love to travel and my travel bucket list is about a mile long. I came across this Scratch-Off World Map and thought it was such a fun way to keep track of all the places you have been and all the places you want to go.
Favorite OMG dessert: Sometimes there is nothing better than a peanut butter & jelly sandwich so what if you could have that same flavor but in a doughnut? Better right? These PB&J Doughnut Holes look sinfully delicious!
Favorite Backyard Oasis: In a previous ‘Friday Favorites’ I talked about “she sheds” and now, not only do I want one of those, I also want a backyard bar shed! This is something that can be enjoyed by everyone and it perfect for entertaining guests. There are endless possibilities on how you can decorate it and what you can include. So much fun!
Favorite Photography Hack: Who doesn’t love a photo filter? They can make a basic picture look beautiful, not to mention they are great for selfies. We all know about filters on phone apps but there are also filters you can use when taking professional pictures. This DIY camera filter for funky & colorful photos is easy to do and makes photos look amazing.