Good morning! Is anyone else pumped it’s Friday?
We’ve got a busy weekend ahead that includes a trip down to Ohio for HalloWeekends at Cedar Point (ahh!), so I’m really looking forward to it.
Let’s get right to the good stuff and onto this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!
*Psst! There may or may not be a surprise giveaway included below…
At the end of every week, I take a look back and share new finds, informative articles, or just some things that made me smile. I always invite you to join in on the fun by sharing your favorites for the week in the comments section.
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Friday Favorites #107: Week of 9/18
• Jessica Simpson ankle ballet flats
I am officially obsessed with Jessica Simpson’s line of ballet flats. I found a pair with ankle elastics from Nordstrom Rack in Chicago, and I just had to snag them for under $40!
I love the rounded toe (Mandayss style) and black and grey combo – which is a bummer I can’t find anywhere online – but I am in love with the Mandalaye style with the flat toe. Don’t they look like pointe shoes? The ballerina in me is now on the hunt for a light pink or tan pair.
• Chef Scott
Scott has been on quite a cooking-spree this week!
I came home to an amazing smell in the kitchen a few nights ago…
He followed this Spicy Pumpkin Soup recipe to the tee and it was fan-freaking-tastic. He also made a batch of cheesy biscuits (yes, like Red Lobster’s) to dip in it. The combination of sweet pumpkin with the beans, sausage, and chipotle sauce in the soup is ridiculously good!
If that wasn’t enough, he also made these Popcorn Balls for dessert.
He’s a man after my heart, I tell ya.
He substituted root beer extract for the vanilla extract, which is why they are darker in color. I’m sure either version would taste great.
My tastebuds have been loving having him at home this summer!
• talenti gelato
I love talenti gelato, but I don’t get it too often because of the price tag. I saw it on sale at Target last weekend, so I couldn’t pass it up!
Beyond the creamy gelato taste, I appreciate that it’s made with fresh milk straight from the farm and only sweetened with pure cane sugar. It’s pretty addicting!
• cash exchange apps
Have you guys ever used a cash exchange app?
I’ve previously used Venmo, and recently have been using Square Cash to settle up with friends. It was a huge help while planning a bachelorette party, and continues to be a convenient way to pay and receive payments from friends on tickets, gifts, and such.
You can request payments from contacts and even earn $5 to be used towards a transfer the first time you use the app to invite a friend. It’s super easy, you’re paid within minutes, and it has already saved me numerous trips to the ATM!
• Union Woodshop
The Union Woodshop is easily becoming one of our favorite places to dine around our area. It’s located in Clarkston, about twenty or so minutes north of us, and always has a wait. I planned to meet my friend Stephanie for “brunch” last Sunday, and we ended up here for barbecue.
We split everything and had a spread of wood-fire pizza, pulled pork, and macaroni and cheese and sweet potato mash for sides. It was all so, so good!
• videos around the Interwebs
» Wheel of Musical Impressions with Ariana Grande via The Tonight Show
Hilarious. She’s so talented (and so tiny!), and her impressions were way too good. While I would love to believe the song and artist selections are completely random, there is no way these two weren’t prepared for this.
» 4-Ingredient Chicken Bake via BuzzFeed Video
I need to try this, like yesterday. It looks delicious!
» Wow This Is Amazing: One Guy 23 Voices via Jaan & Ayra
Yes. He. Is. Wow!
• Star Wars Tervis tumblers giveaway
Surprise! Where the Star Wars fans at?
My generous contact (and friend) at Tervis designed a brand new line of cups in honor of the new Star Wars toy line that launched two weeks ago. To celebrate, he asked if I wanted to offer a set of tumblers to you guys, and I thought the fanatics would love this one!
One LIL reader will win 2 tumblers of choice from this line, any style and size.
Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what prints or cups you would like, then enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
You have until Midnight Monday, September 21st E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winners will be announced first thing Tuesday morning. May the force be with you!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
Today’s laughs are summer-themed, because I’m basically in denial that it’s almost over…
Seriously, everyone in Florida around the summertime is from the mid-west.
These girls did it right.
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