Friday is right here! Any enjoyable weekend plans? Anybody with no weekend plans and each intent to calm down? Generally no plans are the very best plans!

We’re kicking off our weekend with a home full of children — our boys are all having playdates right here right this moment — and are anxiously awaiting Ryan’s arrival again dwelling. Ryan was in San Antonio for work final week and Philadelphia for work this week. However fortunately each journeys had been pretty brief and no extra work journey is on the horizon for him till June.

As for our weekend plans, we’re pet-sitting our mates’ bearded dragon (an enormous spotlight for our boys). And have tickets to a kid-friendly play at an area theatre. We’re additionally hoping the rain will maintain off a bit so we will plant our backyard! Final spring was our first foray into gardening. And all of us bought so into it and are hoping to have one other fruitful (pun meant) summer season.

I hope you guys have a implausible weekend and luxuriate in right this moment’s roundup of favorites!

Issues I’m Loving Friday #512

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Ryan gave me my first Skylar candle for Christmas this previous yr and apparently I raved about it a lot that he knew I’d be thrilled with one other one for my birthday. The vanilla scent isn’t a standard vanilla however relatively a heat, welcoming vanilla with trace of woodsiness I like. It makes the candle odor additional cozy. I’ve by no means in my life had the scent of a candle fill a room the way in which this one does. Generally I’ll mild a candle and solely actually odor it if I’m standing proper subsequent to the candle however this candle carries in one of the simplest ways. We will odor the scent but it surely’s not overpowering and simply provides the proper contact of woodsy vanilla heat to our dwelling. A ten/10 candle!

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Buckle up, my mates, as a result of many of the objects featured in right this moment’s put up are birthday presents I obtained from family and friends. Up subsequent: My new 8” mini Caraway pan! My dad and mom gave this one to me so as to add to my assortment of non-toxic Caraway pans and bakeware. And I’m completely thrilled as a result of I really like the scale of the skillet for frying up a few eggs, a couple of sausage hyperlinks, a single grilled cheese for myself for lunch, and so on. The scale of the pan is nice and, in true Caraway trend, it’s beautiful. Additionally, Caraway beforehand gave me a code to cross alongside for 10% off — PBFINGERS10. I do not know if it nonetheless works, but it surely’s price a shot if you happen to’re curious about any of their cookware or bakeware!

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Earlier this week, I bought along with a bunch of my girlfriends to have fun the 2 of us in our group with April birthdays. They had been all so variety and beneficiant with their candy presents, although the one I’m about to say is already gone. I believe I’ve walked by Alter Eco goodies 1,000,000 instances at Goal and Complete Meals and for some purpose by no means gave them a strive till my buddy Amanda put a bar of Alter Eco mint creme truffle thins in a present basket for me. Oh my gosh this chocolate bar was implausible.

I completely love the mixture of chocolate and mint (as evidenced by the way in which I freak out over Dove Peppermint Bark Guarantees each vacation season) and this one was so completely wealthy and minty with out being too over-the-top robust on the mint taste. Additionally they nailed the feel with this one, because it’s mushy and decadent and completely melts in your mouth. This one will completely be making it into my cart the following time I see it within the sweet aisle.

The Women by Kristin Hannah | Things I'm Loving Friday #512The Women by Kristin Hannah | Things I'm Loving Friday #512

Style: Historic Fiction

My ranking: A

There’s a purpose everyone seems to be recommending this novel proper now. It’s fantastically written, tragic and informative and, actually, it felt like an necessary learn. Whereas I’m somebody who admittedly loves historic fiction novels, I hadn’t learn one which came about throughout the Vietnam Battle earlier than The Girls.


This novel begins within the mid Nineteen Sixties when nursing pupil Frankie McGrath attends the send-off occasion for her brother earlier than he leaves to struggle in Vietnam. Having grown up in Coronado Island, California, Frankie is used to a rustic membership life-style the place the main focus of most younger ladies is on marrying effectively and having kids. It isn’t till her brother’s finest buddy tells her “ladies might be heroes, too,” at her brother’s goodbye occasion that Frankie realizes she will additionally play a component within the battle. Intrigued and impressed to make a distinction, Frankie indicators as much as be part of the Military Nurse Corps.

She arrives in Vietnam overwhelmed and undertrained however she is dedicated and decided and shortly turns into some of the expert surgical nurses alongside her roommates-turned-friends, Ethel and Barb. The three ladies see tragedy after tragedy and Frankie experiences love, heartbreak, trauma, grief, shock and hope as she continues to be taught and supply the very best care to everybody in her path.

As her time in Vietnam involves a detailed, her emotions about leaving the battle behind are blended. Regardless of letters from dwelling telling her how about anti-war protests, Frankie is unprepared by simply how unwelcome she feels when she returns to California. Nobody needs to listen to about her time in Vietnam and she or he struggles with feeling each happy with her service and, someway, ashamed. Whereas the battle wages on, Frankie realizes she has her personal battle to face at dwelling as she tries to seek out her method in her outdated life when she’s anybody however the lady she was earlier than the battle.

My Ideas

I used to be fully captivated by Frankie’s story from begin to end. I fiercely rooted for her and was heartbroken many times each by the horrors of Vietnam and by all Frankie was compelled to endure (over and over… significantly, the girl simply couldn’t catch a break). And I additionally liked the way in which the creator wove twists into the story…  some I noticed coming however one I positively didn’t and it was the sort of twist that made me wish to throw my ebook throughout the room.

I additionally can’t say sufficient good issues in regards to the creator’s writing. She clearly pours immense effort and time into her analysis and paints probably the most vivid photos along with her phrases. She continually references music everyone knows from the time interval, in addition to hair kinds, common trend selections, automobile fashions and extra to assist transport the reader to the late Nineteen Sixties and ’70s. The Girls will, surely, make my listing of finest reads of 2024.

Final yr I started sharing a high 10 listing on the finish of each month as a approach to provide you with guys a glimpse again into among the weblog posts you could have missed or a few of my favourite finds you could have had in your radar that bought misplaced in running a blog and social media mayhem. A handful of you stated it was useful so I’m doing the identical once more in 2024. Please see beneath for April’s high 10!

Prime 10 Weblog Posts

Your Prime 10 Favorites

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  • Refillable Water Balloons (Palms down our boys’ favourite pool toy of final summer season. Presently on sale for 39% off + a further 20% off with a clippable coupon.)
  • Free Folks Ziggy Overalls (The comfy-yet-flattering overalls I’ve been carrying on repeat.)
  • Paula’s Selection Exfoliant (I gently pat this onto my pores and skin 2x every week and swear I’ve observed improved pores and skin tone and decreased redness. It’s additionally supposed to assist fight enlarged pores, wrinkles, blackheads and growing older… I imply I’ll take ALL of that!)
  • KUR Illuminating Nail Concealer (A dream in a bottle for making broken nails look completely manicured and wholesome.)
  • Walmart Cane Cupboard (I really like that you just guys proceed to like this reasonably priced piece of furnishings. It’s beautiful in individual and we paired two side-by-side and hold them full of simply reachable child craft provides, actions, video games and puzzles.)
  • Tangle Teezer (A magical brush that glides by way of knots.)
  • Botanic Tree Glycolic Acid Cleanser (A brand new-to-me cleanser I really like that deeply exfoliates and works to fade darkish spots, scarring, redness and discoloration.) 
  • Anthropologie Chicklet Bracelet (Such a contented, colourful bracelet — these are those I stack collectively and put on on a regular basis.)
  • Amazon Linen Jumpsuit (Cozy and cute! I really like this jumpsuit paired with sneakers or sandals and a tee or tank for an off-the-cuff however nonetheless put-together look. I’ve it in beige and black!)
  • Versed Press Restart Light Retinol Serum (aka my method of gently dipping my toes into incorporating retinol into my skincare routine)


Query of the Day

What’s one thing you might be loving this week?