Good morning! Friday is here and the weekend is very much upon us.
While I don’t have any big plans coming up, I am looking forward to getting some projects done around the house and catching up on studying while Scott’s away at a men’s church retreat. I know. We’re wild.
This week brought me a lot of smiles! Just like every Friday, today we are talking favorites, and I encourage you to join in on the fun and share what made you smile this week. If you are a blogger, make sure to look for the blue Inlinkz button at the bottom and link up your own #FFavorites posts, too!
Friday Favorites #110: Week of 10/9
• my new part-time job
When a friend reached out to me and asked if I would be interested helping out in the daycare at our church, I was a little reluctant. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if the environment would be good or hard for me, considering how this year has gone for us on the baby front. After a lot of back-and-forth feelings and answers, I finally agreed to give it a try and showed up for my first three hour shift last Thursday morning.
I’ve worked the birth to 12 months room (twice) and the 2-year-old room, and I have been so incredibly happy to be there. Yes, it’s hard at times to see young mothers drop off their little ones, but overall, I have really enjoyed my time playing, singing, and interacting with the precious babies six hours a week.
Last Tuesday, one of the smaller ones in the two-year-old room actually fell asleep while I was holding and walking around with her. I sat down and rocked her for a good twenty minutes before her mom came to pick her up, and I could have held her all day long. She was so sweet. Baby and toddler cuddles are the best, aren’t they?
I’m only two weeks into it, but I’m truly thankful for this job to pop up in my life right now!
• Max & Erma’s
After my time at the nursery was over yesterday, Scott and I met a friend who’s in town visiting for lunch at Max & Erma’s. I’ve only been to the restaurant a couple of times, but I never realized the great deals they offer on a weekly basis.
Kids eat for free on Tuesdays, you can get two free cookies with your meal on Wednesdays, and they offer $5 cheeseburgers with endless fries on Thursdays. Taking advantage of the deal of the day (and cashing in a $10 off coupon – woot!) Scott and I shared the cheeseburger, fries, and the new spinach and grilled tomato salad.
I love trying a little bit of everything and balancing the grease out with some fresh greens.
Max & Erma’s are only located in ten states, and if you’re close enough to try one, you should. They have a make your own sundae bar (!!) and those cookies I mentioned above come warm with a glass of milk. Just sayin’.
• HB mug/glass beer stein (from Germany)
A close friend of mine brought this HB mug home for me from Germany many years ago.
For those of you who don’t know, my middle name is Betty. Very rarely was I referred to as “Heather” in high school and college. Instead, I was always “Heather Betty”, “HB”, or even “Betty” to most of my friends and teammates.
I adore this mug and have been constantly filling it up with water to drink around the house lately. I know it was designed for beer (it’s actually a 1 Liter HB “Hofbrauhaus Munchen” Dimpled Glass Beer Stein), but it’s great and easy to hold and carry around with the handle.
Do any of you have this same mug? I’m sure I’m not the only one!
• Who Said It? game tutorial
I first mentioned the Who Said It? game in my recap of Alex’s Bridal Shower earlier this week. I included a description on how to play and where I got the materials from, but figured it might be helpful to show you how I made the cut outs.
I started with drawing a lip and a bowtie on a sheet of paper, cutting that out, then tracing each on several pieces of textured paper. (I found the glittery and patent leather paper set in the Halloween section of a craft store!)
I carefully cut around the shapes and laid all of them out on the floor.
Using a glue gun, I attached a skinny popsicle stick to each shape.
It took a few hours to do a set of forty-five, but it was a fun project to work on while catching up on some of my favorite recorded shows.
See my post on the bridal shower for the question template and more ideas!
• Thin Mints chewy granola bars
Longtime readers already know that I have a slight obsession with anything chocolate and mint. It’s not very easy for me to stay away from anything officially labeled Girl Scouts Thin Mints, and I was eager to try these Chewy granola bars Scott picked up for me.
Let’s just say they didn’t last very long in our pantry. The Thin Mint flavor was undeniable, and it was a treat I looked forward to snacking on any day I brought one to work. Yum!
• long cotton-ish leggings
It’s also no secret that I’m a fan of leggings… (hello blog title), and this week I have been digging cotton leggings that are long enough for me to pull over my socks. I picked these Xersion leggings up from JCPenny last weekend, and I can’t stop wearing them.
These are a mixture of cotton, spandex, and polyester, and are super comfortable for workouts or bumming around the house. I have a general rule to wear longer tops that go down to my mid-quad with leggings that aren’t terribly dark and thick, but these are actually a lot thicker than they look in the picture.
More on the Xersion workout line coming soon!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
I thought it would be appropriate to theme this batch around leggings, thanks to a chuckle I had (and shared) on Instagram this week.
The #leggingsarepants hashtag entertained me for quite some time…
Those Ryan Gosling memes are so great!
Have a great weekend!
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