Favorite Things Friday #24

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Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY! Hope this week has treated you well, and you have a nice weekend in store!

Here are a few things that I wanted to share with you this week – some of my very favorite things EVER!

1. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

I mean. This guy.

I have tried a gazillion different mascaras over the years and I tell ya, I keep coming back to this one. I always see it winning awards in magazines and it’s easy to see why. It’s inexpensive, washes off well, wears well, doesn’t clump, and always makes my lashes look nice and long. I’ve decided to stop trying the latest/newest/fanciest/expensive brand and just go with what works! (I use Blackest Black)

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2. Magnolia Table Cookbook

Joanna Gaines’ brand new cookbook came out this week, and I was so excited about this one. I love to cook, I love her, and I love her views about gathering around a table, and what a gift it is to feed our families day after day. My jaw dropped so many times during this book because I felt like she was in my brain, reading my exact thoughts. From her experiences as a new wife and experimenting with cooking, to her thoughts on planning ahead, and everything in between. I’ve always been a HUGE believer in meal planning (here’s a very old post I wrote on this from way back in the archives;), and I absolutely swear by it. Cooking is so much more enjoyable when you have a plan, and can just turn on the music, and get chopping, knowing ahead of time what you’re making. Dinnertime and rushing makes me bonkers. And seeing Paul and the kids get involved and excited about the menu is always a treat. Like so many things, I think our perspective can change the whole experience. When you look at it as a blessing to be the one filling those bellies with home-cooked family meals that they’ll remember fondly someday, instead of a chore, it’s so much sweeter. Her lists of must haves for your kitchen were spot on, too.

We already tried the fluffy pancakes the very next morning since I had the ingredients here, and they got HUGE thumbs up from my taste testers! (I laughed when I was editing this pic and noticed the black binding already has flour fingerprints on it!)

Here’s an affiliate link to the cookbook – it is a BIG one (crazy awesome price too!!) and has some adorable photos included in there too. (Which did not help my whole wanting to move to a farm thing by the way…;)


3. A Nice Lightweight Sweater

Oh my, I really have turned into my mom. I just typed a “nice” lightweight sweater. Because who wants a mean one?! Haha! That’s so something she’s always said and we joke about constantly in our family – “how about a nice bath?”  “We’re having spaghetti with a nice salad.”

Love her.

So in today’s favorites, I’ve included a nice lightweight sweater, because who doesn’t need one of these this time of year especially? I mean, I even take one with me everywhere I go in the summertime too, because um, air conditioning, am I right?! Bonus points if it covers my bottom a little too, because so many of my pants these days are fitted, and I’m always a stickler for covering that area if the parts are tight, know what I’m saying? I have several – a linen color one, a navy and white striped, and of course, gotta have a white one to go with just about everything (all a few years old so can’t share the details on those), but my friend hooked me on this grey and white striped cutie from AMAZON?! I didn’t even think to order clothes from there, but she did and man does it get compliments. A couple other friends have bought it too and people always comment – it’s just very flattering- it lays so well. It’s the perfect weight, and ummm, it’s got sweet suede elbow patches! I feel like that goes in the whole category with dresses with pockets – you feel the need to address that when you have it on, right? “Love your dress” “Thanks, it’s got pockets!” “Love your sweater!” “Thanks, it’s got elbow patches!”

Anyway, it sure is cute, and I’ve linked it up for ya if you want to check it out! (affiliate link)


Alrighty, that about wraps up today’s Favorite Things – hope you found something fun to try!  I can tell you one thing, I’m off to the grocery store to pick up ingredients so we can try more delicious recipes from Jo’s cookbook this weekend! 🙂 Have a great day, friends!

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