Good morning and a very Happy Friday!
Man, this week flew by. As most of you already know, Scott and I have spent the last four days visiting family in Arkansas and Missouri. We have kept relatively busy for coming down without any plans, and are looking forward to heading out and spending the day in Branson shortly after breakfast.
In true Friday fashion, we are talking favorites today! Every week, I share what I have been loving lately, and I always invite you to join in on the fun by sharing your favorites from the week in the comments section.
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Friday Favorites #94: Week of 6/19
• waking up to sights like this
There’s something to be said about spending time with the great outdoors.
I have been soaking up every moment of getting outside this week, and it’s hard not to want to spend all day staring at Mother Nature with views like this. It has been about two years since I last visited Scott’s parents’ houses, and this stunning scenery is one of a few gardens at Scott’s dad and step-mom’s.
Although it has been raining the majority of the week, it’s still been nice to soak in the fresh air as much as possible and chat on the patio!
• Thirty-One toiletry bag
I received this zip up bag as a gift ages ago, and I finally put it to good use the last couple of months. It’s from the brand Thirty-One and is the perfect size and material to hold a good amount of toiletries.
I’m having trouble locating the exact style online, but it’s definitely bigger than it looks in the photo above.
I love this brand of personalized bags, and this zip up pouch holds plenty, including my slightly embarrassing night guard. (Thanks, Trish!)
• road tripping with Roadie
This is the longest trip Scott and I have ever driven together (besides moving), so we debated on whether or not to take Roadie with us and along for the ride. At the very last minute, we decided he needed a vacation too!
We packed up his things for the week and set up a bed for him in the backseat before embarking on the over twelve hour drive down to Missouri early Monday morning. He always does great in the car, and he really was smiling any time he wasn’t sleeping.
He’s been in Roadie heaven on this trip. Unless we plan to be gone for hours at a time, he rides along to anywhere we go. He’s been off of his leash for the first time in a long time, and he has become quite familiar with the country life.
I’m so happy we brought him! As nice as it is to get away from any responsibilities, seeing him soak in this vacation right along with us makes my heart melt.
I don’t think he wants to go home!
• avocado & hearts of palm salad
We contributed to dinner last night with a re-make of Scott’s Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad.
It was just a delicious as I remembered, and his dad and step-mom seemed to love it just as much as we do. Win!
• revisiting Eureka Springs (where we got engaged!)
Anytime Scott and I plan a trip to Missouri/Arkansas, we always try to squeeze in at least a day in one of our favorite cities, Eureka Springs. We absolutely love the sights and sounds of this charming city in the Ozark Mountains.
I plan to share a full recap of our day in Eureka Springs next week, but for now, I’ll tell you my favorite part was retracing the steps of where we got engaged!
Stay tuned for more stories…
• Merona shorts via Target
Coming from Michigan where I can still get away with wearing jeans (when I’m not in leggings) most days of June, I was in desperate need of a couple new pairs of shorts for this trip. I casually walked over to the women’s clothing section on a recent trip into Target last week, and I couldn’t pass up this buy-one-get-one at 50% off deal on all Merona shorts.
• fruit and yogurt bowls
Since I am straying far away from my normal eating pattern (hello regular pasta noodles, homemade ice cream, and lots of desserts!), I have been trying to balance it all out by starting my days off with a healthy breakfast.
Close to every morning, I have been enjoying a bowl of Greek yogurt topped in fresh fruit like berries, grapes, melon, and even cherries. I haven’t gotten sick of them yet, and I truly appreciate the effort Scott’s mom made to ensure I feel at home!
• drinks on-the-go
I rarely ever drink soda these days, but there was a time where it was a challenge for me to ween myself off of Diet Coke. I don’t ever really miss it, and I have found other (healthier) alternatives to drink when I am craving something other than water or need a kick of caffeine on-the-go.
I often turn to flavored waters like Dasani Flavors. If I feel like I need something more, I grab a tea (I’ve been loving Gold Peak Green Tea lately). If I’m really wanting to treat myself with an extra punch of bubbly caffeine, I grab any flavor of a Starbucks Refreshers drink. They’re all so good, and just like the name suggests… refreshing!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
How I feel every morning (even on vacation)…
It’s Friday!! (But really… my strategy for years.)
Have a great weekend!
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