Friday Favorites

This week seemed to last forever. I’m so glad it’s Friday because I’m in need of a weekend. Here are some of my favorites throughout this long week. 😉


I made a lot of recipes this week that involved avocadoes and I cannot believe I haven’t shared this before. More times than not, I only use half of an avocado. I used to use plastic bags to store them in until my best friend gifted me this a few years ago. Smart girl. 😉 I’ve been using it ever since. You can buy it here and I also linked some ones I found below!


I don’t talk about essential oils a lot on here but I use them every day in one way or another. I listed some of my favorites above that I order a lot. I talked about some of the ways I use them, here along with some other ways I take care of myself throughout the winter months.

You can also use them to cook or bake like I did for my Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. 🙂

Three.In case you can’t get off the chocolate train now…these are a FAVORITE!

Four.I have been wearing my JND stacks almost every day for the last few months. They are so fun and I love that our wedding date is engraved right on the ring. You can read more about it the rings here and in case you’re in need of a new bag..go here!

Five.I love, love, love my Homemade Granola. It’s just so good and easy to make. You also may remember my Blueberry Crumble recipe that included Purely Elizabeth’s granola. This is my go-to granola when I need something quick and healthy. 🙂 I love her granola when it’s riding solo, with milk, or paired with yogurt. I normally buy any of three kinds below and I added them to my pantry items on my shop page for you to buy it there any time!


Take Care

Winter is never easy for me. I definitely get the winter blues and in a slump after the holidays until about April. I know I’m not the only one but it doesn’t change that it’s not the best feeling. Over the years, I’ve put a few things into practice to prep myself for this season.

  1. 12 Benefits 2. Bergamot Essential Oil 3. Lifefactory Water Bottle 4. Vitamin D Capsules 5. Frankincense Essential Oil 6. Curling Iron

12 Benefits: This helps my hair stay healthy and fresh during the winter months.

Bergamot Essential Oil: I diffuse this oil a lot during the winter. It helps with seasonal depression and is definitely a mood lifter. (I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t trust it). 😉

Lifefactory Water Bottle: I try to stay hydrated as much as I can year round. But during the winter months, it helps my skin from getting dry and helps me feel more alert instead of sluggish.

Vitamin D Capsules: I started taking these a few years ago and still do to this day. (Only during the colder months though). During the summer, I am in the sun A LOT. I realized that a main thing I was missing over the winter, which also affected my mood, was Vitamin D. I love how clean this brand is and it has made a noticeable difference in my mood.

Frankincense Essential Oil: First of all..this smell is heavenly. Second, I recently started combing my moisturizer with a sprtiz of this combo: Frankincense oil and distilled water (that I keep in a bottle like this). I squirt two pumps of my moisturizer into my palm and then two sprays of the combination into my palm before rubbing it onto my face and neck. I feel like it has made such a difference in my skin. Diffusing this oil is also ah-mazing.

Curling Iron: Not only treating myself to getting my hair done, but then actually doing it just feels good.

I’m also a huge advocate for getting massages regularly. It helps my stress levels and body feel better overall. What are some of your self care tips? I’m all ears. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll be sipping on this and eating these today!

Friday Favorites

I feel like, “normal” weeks don’t exist around here anymore! ha! We had a delay on Monday, I was sick on Tuesday, and no school on Wednesday! It sure has been a whirlwind but I’ve gotten a lot of rest, reading and things done around the house. Blessing in disguise?

As always on Fridays, I’m talking about some of my favorite things from the week!



I updated my shop page! I added some home decor, staples in my wardrobe and more! I’m sure I’ll be adding some baby favorites once that time comes! 🙂


I was headed to the gym the other day and realized how much I love the yoga mat I have. I’ve had it for years and it’s held up so well. It’s basic and exactly what I need. There’s something about taking your own to the gym that is just flat out nice. You can click on the picture to see it.

Also, I shared this almost two years ago but this workout video is still one of my absolute favorites! It takes only ten minutes and only requires three and five pound weights. (I actually use five pound weights the entire time).

I sent it to my friend who works out consistently and she said how much she loved it (and how much of a workout it was)! 😉

Three.Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comI knew my smoothie game was strong but I didn’t realize how much I shared my obsession with all of you (which I love doing!) On Tuesday I listed all my smoothies at the bottom of my recipe for a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie, here! You’re welcome. 😉


I’ve followed Liz for several years now and loved her style. What I also love is the writing behind her style. I came across what she posted this week and cannot stop thinking about how true this is.

Five.Farm Fresh Hanging Wall Banner (similar). Farmhouse Scale ClockGalvanized Platter and Dome.

Shady Oaks Farm has become one of my favorite places to shop for home decor. I’ll add some more of my favorite pieces to the shop page as well. 🙂 Their stuff is gorgeous!

In case you were wondering about the zucchini bread in the picture above (or missed my post from Monday) you can find the recipe here!

Here’s to a weekend of n.o.t.h.i.n.g. planned! 🙂


Friday Favorites

The happiest of Fridays from me to you because we made it through the week! 🙂

One.My cousin gave me this book around Christmas and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it yet! It walks you through stages of baby food but also includes recipes for the entire family. It’s all based on eating real food, which you know I love learning and reading about! You can buy it (or at least read more about it) here!


I’ve noticed over the last few years I have worn dark nail polish during the summer months and light colors during the winter??? Either way, I’m loving this nail polish lately!


One thing I love giving my students every year for Valentines (because Valentines Day in 5th grade is a BIG deal) are heart pencils and candy because you can never go wrong with both. We always have a fun little party also but I thought I’d share some similar pencils that I get as a simple and fun idea. 🙂 24 pencils for under $3.00 is also a steal!

Four.This smoothie is just too good not to share!

Five. I know I just talked about this rug on my last post (here) but I am still talking about it. We have it in the nursery but I would definitely add it to our living room or any room for that matter. Plus, how can you beat the price?!

Happy February! xo

January 2018

whatsupwed1WUWquestions editIn some ways it feels like I’ve already gotten used to 2018 and in other ways, HOW IS IT already 2018?!

What we’re eating this week:My Winter Couscous Salad.My Easy Tomato Soup with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

What I’m reminiscing about:Eric and I were just reminiscing about our little getaway to a bed and breakfast last year. We went mid-week, ordered sushi, relaxed, and woke up to a winter wonderland, which was the cherry on top of the entire experience. We loved it and have another one planned soon. 🙂


What I’m loving:

This basket. 

What we’ve been up to:

We have been binging, purging, and donating A LOT. Think: every closet.

What I’m dreading:

To be honest some nights I dread sleep lately. Obviously I’m needing and wanting it but I also really have a difficult time not sleeping on my back and/or stomach. I bought a body pillow, which has helped some nights but it hasn’t been the easiest. Of course it’s all for a much bigger blessing overall. 🙂

What I’m working on:Creating some chat books from our wedding.

What I’m excited about:

 We bought this rug for the nursery and I LOVE it! I’m so excited to see it all come together and I’ll be sure to post pictures! 

What I’m watching/reading:We have been watching an episode of The Crown almost every night and almost finished both seasons.

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking I’ve been reading these for months and you’re exactly right. WonderOf Mess and Moxie, and Mama Natural have still been the books I’ve been picking up over the last month(s) and working my way through. I’m trying to get more reading in these days and using it as down time rather than scrolling through my phone. Any book suggestions..especially new mamas out there?

What I’m listening to:

Podcasts. I listened to the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey recently where she interviewed Lauren Scruggs Kennedy and can’t stop thinking about it. Her perspective is so encouraging and such a good reminder of what’s important in life.

What I’m wearing:


Nike SneakersHunter Boots. Leggings.

Comfort, warmth, and staying dry from the snow has been the main goal this month.

What I’m doing this weekend:It’s birthday weekend because I’m going from one birthday get together to another! 🙂 (And I’m not complaining about that one bit!)

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Hopefully putting sickness behind us?! I was sick, then Eric was sick and I just hope some more health comes in February!

What else is new:

There are so many changes ahead but for the moment, not too darn much. 🙂

 Bonus question: What’s your favorite soup recipe?Potato, Sausage, and Leek Soup is one of my absolute favorites! Especially for cold days and nights. 🙂

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