Good morning, friends. Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week and are gearing up for a relaxing and/or exciting weekend ahead.
As soon as I publish this blog post, I will be taking Scott to the airport to work an NBA game in Philly. He’s been a busy bee these days, and I’m jealous of all of his upcoming travels! That said, I’m happy for him and will be just fine holding down the fort with the fur kids.
There isn’t much on the radar for plans this weekend besides working at the gym tomorrow, dance rehearsal (I’m dancing at the Christmas shows at church this year!), and a birthday celebration with friends. It should be a great couple of days!
Well, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to take a look back at the week and highlight some things that made me smile. I always invite you to share some of your faves in the comments section, and if you are a blogger, make sure to look for the blue Inlinkz button at the bottom and link up your own Friday Favorites posts, too!
Friday Favorites #118: Week of 12/4
• Christmas decorations
I can’t believe it’s taken me an entire week to debut something from our Christmas decorations this year! Unlike most years, Scott was actually on board with taking everything out and decorating our house before Thanksgiving this time. I was stoked!
Thanks to a few tree light malfunctions and Scott’s stubbornness on just buying more strands, it took us a handful of days to get everything up and settled, but I’m happy to share that we did it!
I just love this time of year. Nothing beats cuddling up with some hot cocoa and winter cozies with the ambiance of a lit tree in the corner. If I could keep it up all year, I would!
One new addition this year is the LED lights on our backyard deck. They are so bright at night!
Have you broken out the holiday decorations around your house yet? Do any of you put them up before Thanksgiving like me? Ha! Ahhh, it’s just the best.
• Tipsy Elves Christmas sweaters
Some of you might be familiar with what started out as an ugly Christmas sweater company called Tipsy Elves. They were featured on Shark Tank, and have grown into a wildly successful company that provides an awesome and unique inventory for so much more than the holidays.
I was stoked when someone from the Tipsy Elves team reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in donning one of their sweaters this season. Um, yeah! I remember seeing them on the television show, and Scott thought the company had a genius idea. They agreed to include a sweater for Scott, and I really can’t wait for us to sport these bad boys at the next (appropriate) holiday party.
They have a fabulous (and hilarious) selection of sweaters, jumpsuits, and more to choose from, but I had to go with my Florida routes on my selection. I love the flamingo chillin’ with a palm tree in the middle of the snow. It’s like me… living in Michigan!
I was going to wait and share these when we had them on, but they’re just too good. The sweaters are extremely comfy, and the materials are high-quality. The fit is pretty true to size, too. If you’re in need of an ugly Christmas sweater this season, definitely check out Tipsy Elves!
• aerosol cleaning products
This probably seems lame, but hear me out. Have you ever tried the World’s Best Glass Cleaner by Sprayway?
I have been using it for years, thanks to Scott introducing it to me way back when. It lives up to it’s name, my friends. (You can find it in a 6-pack for a steal on Amazon!) This streakless glass cleaner got me hooked on other aerosol sprays, too.
I found an aerosol version of Pledge Multisurface spray, and haven’t gone back to a liquid spray version of Windex since. It’s the little things, right?
• ThirdLove 24/7 t-shirt bra
Here’s how ThirdLove rocks my world:
- They use real women’s measurements, not models, to perfect their designs
- They created signature 1/2 cup sizes, because every woman’s body is unique, and old-school sizes don’t always cut it
- They developed an iPhone app that lets you measure yourself at home and shop the entire collection
ThirdLove was founded by women, for women. They created a way for us to shop for bras online, and have made it their mission to help women find their best fit. After falling in love with the two I was sent, I was excited to find out that another 24/7 t-shirt bra was on it’s way, compliments of the company.
You guys. They’re ridiculously comfortable, and I can honestly say that I haven’t worn another bra since I received the three you see above since. Before placing my order for this adorable pink color, I re-measured myself through the app. It’s super easy to do, you don’t need any measuring tape, and it takes about five minutes. As it turns out, I needed a 1/2 cup size up. I love that I can order that way!
I should have added these bras to this year’s Holiday Gift Guide For Her. If you (or anyone you know) is in the market to upgrade their bra collection, I highly recommend using this company!
• cat scratching pads
It’s amazing how much two little cat scratching pads can make such a difference.
It may sound silly to include them on this list of favorites, but trust me, this is a huge deal. With two cats and one dog in our home, all claws in tact, it’s no surprise that some of our furniture and carpet is torn up. We just don’t have the heart to get them declawed! They’re inside kitties, and they’re just our babies… but I’m not going to get into that debate here.
Anyways, both Aspen and Cali have a bit of a scratching problem. We’ve bought them several (seriously, several) fancy scratching posts, toys with scratching areas, and cat tress with scratching sections over the years, but they always grow tired of them and choose to use our stairs, chairs, or the lining under our mattress as scratching areas instead.
That is, until Scott found these cheap-o, yet effective scratching pads at PetSmart!
Both cats are completely obsessed with them.
Who knew two cat scratchers for $7.99 is what they would prefer over any expensive scratcher out there? So darn cute.
• Dyson vacuum = game changer
Before last week, I had been using a heavy, dinosaur of a vacuum that Scott purchased before we even met. It did the job (most of the time), and was good to us for many, many years. This year, however, it was time to say goodbye to our dear Eureka and upgrade to a Dyson!
It was our mission to find the best deal the day after Thanksgiving, so we scoured the papers and Internet to see what vacuum we could get for the best price. Turns out, the Dyson DC39 Multifloor Canister is where it’s at! They don’t have this exact model on the Dyson website anymore, but they do have two similar versions here and here. And, *psst* they are still offering 25% off any orders until tomorrow for Cyber Week!
Believe it or not, we found the best price at Macy’s ($249) and finally turned in about four gift cards we had leftover from wedding gifts. (Yes, we registered there and still have giftcards to use! Just saving them for something special I suppose…)
Macy’s also have a 25% off sale currently going on using the promo code FRIEND!
I’ve only used it twice on our downstairs area this week, but I’m actually looking forward to lugging it upstairs and giving our rooms and closets a nice deep clean this weekend. That’s how you know you’re getting older, folks. #vacuumexcitement
On a serious note, I love the canister. I was against it at first, and I always pictured us getting a traditional upright. Scott talked me into the canister, and I have to say that I love being able to easily carry it between floors. Also, you can steer the narrow trigger head you practically any direction. A huge win!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
Holiday themed, because I clearly can’t help myself…
(Name that movie!)
Have a great weekend!
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