Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday everyone! As always, I am welcoming this day with open arms, and am especially excited because this weekend is Halloween and there is certainly fun to be had. Despite the holiday this weekend, all of the favorites today are pretty heavily winter focused. I mean, it did snow the entire day here yesterday, so I cannot be blamed for my mind being a step ahead of the seasons. I am sure our first blizzard of the season is only weeks away, so a midwestern girl can never start preparing too early!

1. Fresh Balsam Candle

I know tomorrow is Halloween so I am breaking all sorts of rules by liking a Christmas candle already, but this one smells so delicious. I grew up with a real tree in our house, and my parents recently made the switch to artificial, and this is what Mike and I have decided we will do as well. Trudging a tree through the snow and freezing cold was just never my thing. However, I always loved loved loved the smell it brought into the house. Have no fear, this candle will have your artificial tree clad house smelling exactly like a real tree in no time. And I just received an e-mail for 40% off of my purchase (and candles are $12 right now)! I think I just won the candle lottery.

2. Vegan Leather Tote

Okay, I ordered this baby back when Nordstrom was having their big sale this summer, and somehow the order got lost/never sent out, and thus I reluctantly took my refund and never got the purse, because of course by the time I called customer service my order had been lost and the product was sold out. I keep coming back to it though, and am thinking this would make a nice addition to my Christmas list. Big, beautiful colors, and nice quality. Count me in.

3. Gap Winter Gear

Last year, we really never had to buy Jackson 'winter gear' because he was so tiny I just threw a hat on his head and piled on the blankets. Oh, how I miss the infant carrier and not having to unload him into the cold every time we get out of the car somewhere. This year, I started looking for a nice warm jacket for him, and this one was one sale, plus another 40% off, so I scooped it up with these mittens. And of course, shortly after I noticed this hat, which made its way directly into my cart. I am already so excited to take him outside this winter to really experience playing in the snow for the first time!

4. Chicken and Dumplings
Nothing makes you long for comfort foods and warmth more than snow showers in October (thanks, Minnesota). On weekends, usually Sunday, I love to throw soup or something hearty in the crock pot in the morning so that the house smells delicious and cozy all day. This weekend, I am thinking chicken and dumplings will be on the menu, and I am thinking about trying this recipe. Does anyone have a go-to chicken and dumpling recipe that is worth trying!? I haven't found the one yet!

5. Hello by Adele

Just speak right to my soul, girlfriend. Okay, not really. I can't 'relate' to the words of the song, but the melody and her voice cut deep in this one. I cannot get enough of it. Girlfriend has some major pipes, and is so ridiculously talented. Glad to have her back with some new stuff!

Linking up for Friday Favorites with these pretties today!


  1. I hope you end up getting the bag - it is beautiful and that Adele song is just my favorite - I basically have it stuck in my head non stop now lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

    1. I was going to try and put it on my 'Christmas list' but am thinking I won't be able to wait on pulling the plug. I will definitely share pictures once I have it!

  2. Fresh Balsam is seriously one of my favorite candles fromBBW!!

  3. oh my gosh-bath & body works has THE best candle scents around! Love! And also, my favorite chicken and dumpling recipe comes from the pioneer woman and to make it easier on myself, I will use a rotisserie chicken and then bisquick substituted for the dumplings and it is sooooo good and makes it much quicker to pull together!

  4. mmm that candle looks fabulous and I love that bag!!!

  5. Giiiirl I am totally with you on embracing the Christmas spirit already! As soon as the clock strikes 12:01 on November 1, I think it's fair game to start listening to Christmas music! So cool that it has been snowing by you-definitely wish my town got some snow! Happy Monday!

  6. seriously obsessed with that adele song. its been on repeat in my car since i first heard it! but i can't lie, so has the new carrie underwood cd too :)

  7. Hey girl just wanted to let you know that you popped up as a no-reply blogger so I couldn't respond to your comment on my weekending post but thanks for stopping by! :)

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  8. I'll have to check out that candle because I agree, real trees are a hassle but I loveee the scent! Chicken and dumplings sound delicious!


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