Oh hey, Friday! Wait, is it actually Friday though? Thanks to a stomach bug that started with the baby and worked it’s way through the rest of us I’ve barely left my house this week so that makes it hard to know for sure. Yeah, glad to be on the other side of that. This weekend we are looking forward to playing catch up, doing some planning for a certain first birthday that’s on the horizon, and disinfecting every square inch of this house. Amen.

It’s been a minute since I showed my face around here, so I thought we could ease into things with a little Friday Five action!


Better late than never with an Easter photo, amiright? I know baskets for an (almost) one year old can be a polarizing debate but, I LIVE for putting together baskets and gifts for people so there was no way it wasn’t happening. I got him one of these “Story of” board books for kids that I just love. They are simple enough for kids to understand and spot on theologically – we have the Story of Christmas, too! I shared my favorite page of the Easter book on Easter over on Instagram if you want to take a peek. Other than that I got him some new bath toys (to replace the ones I threw away after a nasty tub/poop incident…), filled some plastic eggs with Cheerios (which he promptly fed to the dog) and called pretty much called it a day. Plus, we had such a fun day with family! Easter is always one of my favorite holidays. So much excitement and hype (like Christmas) without all the pressure and anticipation of gifts. So grateful that he died so we can LIVE!


Totally not sharing this photo to show off my domestic skills but to tell you that I have been making a big batch of these Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes that Hope shared for Camden on an almost weekly basis and they are a huge hit! I would consider the quantities she put in that blog post a double batch so we store them in the freezer, pop them in the toaster, and serve with a side of fresh fruit for an easy baby (or mom!) breakfast.


My grandparents gifted us a zoo membership for Christmas and we have been trying to take advantage as much as possible while the weather is nice! We’ve been several times but this past weekend was the first time I could tell that Cam was really looking at the animals and he acted like he was super confused the whole time. It was hilarious. Like, why are all these things moving around? They usually just stay in one place on the pages of my books! Maybe he was just underwhelmed. Our local zoo is no big deal once you’ve been to Animal Kingdom, I guess :)


Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we all got the stomach bug this week which meant baths on baths on laundry on laundry. I shudder to think of what our water bill will be next month. Also, can someone tell me why I didn’t get one of those babies who gets all snuggly when they are sick? I feel like I was promised that would be a thing and my kid acted totally fine amidst all his…sickness. No extra snuggles at all! I feel jipped. While just one day later I was that mom laying on the ground outside shivering in the 75 degree whether while my kid played with rocks/water/whatever. Kids man.

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I started a new book the other night that I think a lot of you would love! My friend Kristy just published her THIRD (eek!) book Slightly South of Simple and I am loving it! If you are a lover of Elin Hilderbrand, beach reads, or chick lit in general not only have you found the right blog (feel you, girl), I know you will love this book too! I’m hoping to completely finish it this weekend and give you a full review on it and everything else I’ve read lately next week! Read the synopsis on Amazon here.


Oops, I think this is number six. We are still getting Hello Fresh boxes every couple of weeks and loving it! These grilled cheese tacos were something I picked and thought “my husband is going to kill me for this” and they turned out to be his favorite HF meal EVER. If you haven’t tried Hello Fresh yet and want to, I’ve got four free boxes to give away right now. Just drop your email below and I’ll send you the referral!

Have a great weekend, friends!

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  1. says

    I love his Easter basket, and those jammies too! I’m so sorry you had to deal with sickness this week, there is really nothing worse than sick kiddos! Glad your house is finally on the mend!

  2. Katie Elizabeth says

    Grilled cheese tacos?! This definitely sounds like something I need in my life. So so glad you are all feeling better!

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