Good morning! And Completely satisfied Friday to YOU! How are you? How was your week? Our week was a great one! I arrived dwelling from Milwaukee on Monday (extra on my time in Wisconsin beneath!) and hit the bottom working. Chase and Ryder had farm camp all week whereas Rhett had a camp-free week and hung again with me. This meant my productiveness wasn’t the very best but it surely was a enjoyable week nonetheless and Rhett was shockingly into a number of the organizational initiatives I had on my to-do listing. Okay, so possibly it was simply my label maker he was into however not less than his enthusiasm over that factor let me clear out some cupboards!

As for the weekend forward, my sister and her household will probably be arriving on the town tomorrow and staying with us by subsequent Sunday! We can not wait to have them right here (particularly for the Fourth of July) and the boys are thrilled for some cousin time!

I’m certain I’ll test in on the weblog subsequent week however till then, carry on scrolling for this week’s roundup of favorites!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

  • Milwaukee Ladies’ Weekend

One factor I’m actually loving this week: The fantastic lengthy weekend I spent in Wisconsin with a few of my finest pals from faculty! We made our approach to Milwaukee to rejoice my good friend Ashley’s fortieth birthday on the Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band live performance! (Fast aspect observe: We missed just a few of our pals so, a lot however I’ve to say the best way this journey was deliberate is how all future women’ journeys needs to be deliberate as a result of it got here collectively so simply and didn’t waffle round in limbo land for eternity. Ashley texted our group of school pals the date of the live performance and mentioned it’s how she needed to rejoice her fortieth and whoever might make it might make it. Finished and carried out!) Anyway, my pals Leah, Merri, Krystal and I arrive in Milwaukee able to don our cowboy boots and sing our hearts out on the live performance!

You guys, the live performance was completely improbable! Zac Brown Band carried out first and killed it with 19 songs! He performed his hits, some newer songs and some covers we completely cherished! I might’ve listened to him all night time. Kenny Chesney is likely one of the happiest performers I’ve ever seen dwell and sang all night time lengthy with a smile on his face. The entire live performance felt like one large joyful celebration from begin to end and I believe I’m simply now beginning to get well. Ha!


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We spent the remainder of our weekend in Milwaukee exploring the town, popping in an out of outlets and eating places and simply having fun with time collectively. It was really a beautiful weekend from begin to end and I’m so glad we might all get collectively to rejoice Ashley!

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If you happen to’ve been studying my weblog for some time, you understand how obsessed I’m with our Dohm white noise machine. I stand by this advice as the perfect white noise machine on the planet as a result of the sound comes from an actual fan and never a recorded observe. 10/10 finest ever ever! Anyway, I say all this to say I’ve been bummed for years that Dohm doesn’t make a mini model for journey (their mini model is NOT mini) and I’ve usually used a white noise machine app on my cellphone for journey sleep which I don’t love. After which, as I searched but once more to see if Dohm has come out with a mini model of their noise machine, I found this tiny little gem of a discover. The evaluations had me tempted to strive it and with such an inexpensive worth level, I made a decision to offer it a shot. It charged shortly, performed all night time lengthy and labored so nicely throughout my travels. It’s additionally a robust little factor and might get fairly loud! I’ll be throwing this mini white noise machine in my bag for all future travels for certain!

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My mother and sister deserve all of the credit score for introducing our children to Younger, Wild & Friedman sensory play kits! Leslie’s youngsters have cherished them for a yr or so now and after they introduced one to Chattanooga, our boys have been instantly intrigued. That they had a good time making a backyard with the backyard equipment and have cherished diving into varied kits mother and sister had available in Florida. Now we now have just a few of our personal and the boys, particularly Rhett (3.5) and Ryder (6), love them a lot! (Their favourite is the fishing equipment!) The sensory play kits are all themed and include do-it-yourself play-doh (usually the bane of my existence however by some means these kits make my youngsters play with it in a semi-controlled method) and plenty of little treasures that impressed our children to make quite a few creations and interact in imaginary play. And the boys have fortunately been good about packing the kits again up of their containers so that they keep organized which was one thing I didn’t see taking place however I’ll take it! Something that retains my youngsters entertained and engaged is a win in my guide!

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My score: B+ / Style: Thriller 

Sally Hepworth is one among my favourite thriller/suspense authors. Her books aren’t scary however they’re darkish and twisty and immediately enthralling. (If you happen to’ve by no means learn any of her work, my favourite Sally Hepworth novel is The Good Sister and I’d completely begin there!) I really like the best way her characters usually have slightly extra depth than what you would possibly count on from a suspense novel and Darling Ladies was no totally different. That being mentioned, it’s a troublesome one to learn because it contains little one abuse (a theme all through the novel), and had I not downloaded it to learn on the airplane, I would’ve deserted it solely as a result of I don’t prefer to learn books the place horrible issues occur to kids. I say all of this to say I do suppose it’s a great guide, although a coronary heart wrenching one.

Darling Ladies is a novel about three girls who have been first introduced collectively by foster care after they have been kids. Norah, Jessica and Alicia met at Wild Meadows, a stupendous farming property, underneath the care of their foster mom, Miss Fairchild. On the skin, Wild Meadows is picturesque and wonderful, however Miss Fairchild has a darkish aspect splattered with conditional love, unpredictability, unreasonable guidelines and horrific penalties the ladies expertise repeatedly all through their childhood.

Years later, the ladies are actually grownup girls. When human stays are found underneath the home they referred to as dwelling as kids, they’re questioned and compelled to relive their horrific childhoods. However are they being questioned to assist uncover the reality concerning the physique or as a result of they’re suspects in a homicide thriller?

Oatmeal Apple Crisp (I do know apple pie is a Fourth of July fav, however in the event you’re like me and like a crisp with a crumbly topping, this recipe is my favourite and tastes improbable with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.)

Easy Summer season Pasta Salad (Simply in case you’re on the lookout for a simple aspect dish to make for the Fourth of July!)

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Query of the Day

What’s one factor you’re loving proper now?