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Friday Favorites, volume 26

Many things I didn’t enjoy happened this week. I’m trying to turn the negatives into positives because silver linings and everything so I won’t share all the crap with you and instead I’ll move right into my weekly favorites.

(Quick question for you guys before we get started: does anyone know of someone who can help with some design elements? I have a new header that’s been updated to be more reflective of what I write about but it’s a floating header and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where it’s currently coded and how to code the new one and it’s making me crazy that I can’t add it to the site. I’m on WordPress, if you need that information)

Favorite 90s song

I know I ordinarily pick rock songs but every now and then a non-rock song will creep its way in. Today’s one of those days. I had a college friend who LOVED the Indigo Girls and we’d all listen to them and they’re really not so bad (even if my husband calls them “Lilith Fair music”) and I heard this song a few weeks ago so let’s work it in this week and get it out of the way. “Closer To Fine”. The Indigo Girls.

 Closer to Fine by Indigo Girls on Grooveshark

Favorite frugal find

I haven’t been shopping so looking for deals and coupons hasn’t been on my list of things to do, and none have come my way. Oh, wait! Bath and Body does have their winter scents on sale (4 for $18) so that’s a good deal but I’m pretty sure that stuff is always discounted but it’s worth mentioning.

Favorite blogging tip

I didn’t do much reading involving blogging tips this week, and some of the pins that I have are a bit dated to share (this is why I need to cull my pins) since Pinterest has apparently changed their algorithms for the way searches come up. But you know what stayed the same? Needing a quality image. Fortunately, Helene had a good post on how she uses PicMonkey for her blog’s images

Favorite book news

The only book news I have is the reminder that my and Steph’s Show Us Your Books linkup is happening on Tuesday so make sure you join us for that. Also, if you’re looking for a literary agent or anything related to publishing, the 2015 Writer’s Market is on sale at Amazon.

Favorite Internet reads

As a mom, I loved this post from Babble on the 7 Stereotypes About Motherhood That Annoy Me (number 3 is a huge pet peeve of mine. Really, a shower can take 5 minutes. It’s not a badge of honor to smell). I struggle with some of these but this list of 15 phrases you’ll never hear successful people say is something to think about and strive for. Dolly Parton is one of my heroes and this interview with her proves why. And, lastly, I need to update my house and make some improvements but we don’t have a ton of money right now so this post (and video) containing 23 ways to update your home for under $50 is quite useful.

Favorite funnies

Sometimes it’s the highlight of my day

 It’s the only hat I’ll wear. And it looks so good on me.

food hat

























Nostrils, I will never again take you for granted.











Coming up on Monday: Should be post #1 in my cheer mom series. But I can’t make any promises.  

Have a great weekend!

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Linking up with Amanda

Friday Favorites


  1. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout

    Happy Friday! On your header… do you just need up upload a new image? Or does it have the buttons and everything included? (Sorry if this is a dumb question, I’m pretty clueless about technology but I will try to help if I can!)
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  2. Kerry

    I used to love the Indigo Girls. That hat pyramid is hilarious! Everyone has been sick lately, hope you feel better!
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  3. Jaina

    Have a bunch of stock image sites that have loads of lovely classy looking photos, which can be used personally and commercially, for free! unsplash.com is one of my faves. http://thestocks.im/ Has pretty much all of them in one place.
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  4. kathy@vodka and soda

    i’m the opposite of all of those things….although i can see some of that happening with a newborn. during that first week after kayla was born, i legit forgot to brush my teeth sometimes because during that time, i wasn’t used to waking up and starting my day at 530am. i don’t get that people who have older kids (like 3 or 4) still say that they can’t shower in peace. yes you can – you just tell them to leave you alone for 10 minutes or else. it always works for me LOL
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  5. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I love the Indigo Girls still, but whenever one of their songs comes on it puts me right back in college.
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  6. Linda Sheridan

    Good for you, accentuating the positives. I am happy it is sunny with no rain today for our final home college soccer game. I run the post game tailgates for the boys. The wind is supposed to be strong today and we ordered $300 worth of Mexican food for the boys(I have made most of the food for the tailgates myself- which saves a ton) Its a special treat for senior day. Anyway, accentuating the positives of the sun and dry weather and will hold down the fort with the catered food! Love all the ecards, especially the dryer ecard!
    Love, SMD’s Momma

  7. Kate

    Hope you feel better!! I’ll be linking up Tuesday- thanks for the reminder 🙂
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  8. Kelli

    Next week will be better because we’re closer to holiday full of yummy food and days off!!

    The mother stereo type article! I love naps but did before I had a kid too, I’m rarely emotional about my kid growing up. I’m feel like a weirdo because I’m just so damn happy every time I notice something grown up about her!
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  9. lisacng @ expandng.com

    Can’t wait for the linkup though I didn’t read much this month :(. And oh yea, I’m loving the Book Riot podcast you recommended! LOL on the food hat, that’s me!!
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  10. Kristen

    have i mentioned i’m excited for the show us your books link up?! so excited! will it be monthly on the 11th after that? i like the happiness paper hat, lol
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  11. Amanda

    Bahahaha… that dryer e-card is SPOT on! If I feel even a HINT of moisture I run stuff through an entire extra drying cycle.
    Amanda recently posted…Give Me All The ThingsMy Profile

  12. Darcy

    That food pyramid is too funny!!


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