Five on Friday

Friday, May 16, 2014

One. Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Today is Caroline's last day at MDO for this school year and I think I am going to be the one crying...it's amazing to see how much my big girl has grown this year and I can't thank her sweet teachers enough for all they have done. I have been so impressed with how much she has learned, her vocabulary has increased tenfold, and her social skills with other children has really helped the transition with baby sister, too. We sure will miss Mrs. Carla and Mrs. Lisa this summer! So, for a sweet little surprise for them, we are gifting them with these adorable "Thanks a Latte" cards and homemade Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread loaves... nothing too fancy, but just to say how much we appreciate everything they have done for CC this year.
Two. Sweet Snack Time
Looking for a yummy snack that satisfies that afternoon craving for sweetness?? I've recently gotten into the habit of having two rice cakes topped with peanut butter and it's my new favorite go-to! The rice cakes are low in calories and the peanut butter has a good amount of protein, so it's a win win. Top it with a few choc chips and it sounds like dessert to me.
Three. Packing Nonsense
I despise--revise that loathe--packing in every sense of the word. Having to do all the laundry, packing, organizing, and making sure not to forget one single thing gives me major anxiety, and now that I am packing for four, it makes it even more troublesome when we are going on a trip. Thankfully, I found a really helpful printable (yes, I know another dang printable) but it really helps keep me on track and not overpacking for the babies...and yes, me too.
Four. Baby on the Way 
There is something in the water right now...my FB and IG feeds are popping up with baby announcements everywhere and nothing gives me greater joy than to see friends (real life and social media world) sharing their good news! Just in my close group of friends, we have 3 friends expecting little ones and I can FINALLY make note that my best friend Bev is going to have a baby!!! Thank gosh I don't have to keep that secret any longer, considering I'm horrible at it. 
She is wonderful aunt to her two nieces, a great honorary aunt to my girls, and she is going to make a fantastic mommy of her own sweet one. And Bev, just go ahead and get ready...I'm already finding everything I can to shower Baby Miller with giraffes galore!! ;) 
Five. Hello! Vacation
I have been counting down for months and now it's here...it's time for our annual family fun vacation to Rosemary Beach and tomorrow can't come soon enough. Sun, sand, and sea is calling my name and I am so excited for some much needed R&R, especially with the hubby who has been travelling non-stop as of late. Cheers to a happy, sunshine-filled week in my favorite place with my very favorite people. 
Now make sure to stop by and check up on the weekly round-ups from April, Darci, and Christina, too and enter your Five on Friday post below. Cheers to a happy weekend lovelies. 

- 33 Comments

  1. I hate packing too, we're going to Disney next week and I think I may print out that printable too. I hope you all have the best time on vacation and as usual, I can't wait to read all about it. Congrats to your sweet friend too!

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  2. You're going to Rosemary Beach!? Ever since I read Abbi Glines,Rosemary Beach series, I've wanted to go there! Gorgeous pic of you and your bestie :) Babies just arrived for a few of our friends, no new announcements lately though. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Heather I just saw this comment and OMG I love that series by Abbi Glines!

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  3. Love that idea for teacher appreciation gifts! Have fun on vacation!

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  4. I'm soooo excited about Bev's news!!!! Can't wait to discuss over cocktails down here at the beach!!!

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  5. There is definitely something in the air you're right! My feeds are the same! Love the teacher gifts and those rice cakes are fab! Happy Weekend! xoxo

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  6. Love the low calorie snack idea!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  7. my friends havent started having babies yet but i know it's coming soon!! have a great weekend! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. Good morning! I'm linking up with you this morning and I was wondering if you have a button for us to post on our pages? I'm sure you do and I'm just not seeing but I want to make sure you get the recognition you deserve. Thank you! ~Jessica @ stumblingalongthrulife.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd love to send you the link up button...can you email me at natashamassey@gmail.com?? Thanks!

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  9. I hope you have a great time on vacation, I know packing can be such a bore and cumbersome! Love the idea of rice cakes with peanut butter for an afternoon "pick me up"!

    Happy Friday!

    Xo-L
    www.simplylowcountry.com

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  10. There is definitely something in the water. Everywhere I look BABIES!! Now I want another so bad but my honey is like "NO WAY!!" Can't wait to hear all about your vacay!

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  11. Have a wonderful vacation! I feel the same way... So many people I went to high school and college with are all either pregnant or just had a baby. I guess that's what happens when you turn 30 ;)

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  12. I LOVE those teacher appreciation gifts. I hope to get some next year... last year when I was teaching the only ones who recognized us were the administration at the school! No parents... no students... it was quite sad!

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  13. Have a wonderful vacation. That rice cake snack looks yummy. I love the butter rice cakes as a snack, but these I must try.

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  14. That rice cakes "dessert" looks divine! I've been on the hunt for healthy snacks, and I think I'm going to hit the grocery store and pick up the ingredients for this one today. Happy weekend!

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  15. Such a great snack idea!! I always have the worst sweet craving in the afternoon- thanks for sharing. I need to download that packing list for our trips this summer. Love the teacher gifts- who doesn't love starbucks!

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  16. The teacher appreciation gift is so adorable and the cream cheese banana loaf sounds delish! Likewise, I'll have to pick up some rice cakes and mini chocolate chips. Great idea!

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  17. Those rice cakes look amazing!! Definitely gonna try some later..thanks!

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  18. How funny that you mentioned rice cakes with peanut butter! That is absolutely my favorite snack. I eat them with a glass of almond milk. I have not added chocolate chips, but I may have to try that as well. Congrats to your friends on the little muffin in the oven!

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  19. Such a great idea with the rice cakes! Those look delicious!
    That printable looks like it may come in handy some day. We could be moving next year across the country, so I'll have to be very wise with my packing.
    Have fun on your vacation!

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  20. I think you mentioned you hired a photographer for photos at Rosemary Beach? We are going this summer too and I'm curious who you picked? It's a great idea! Thanks!

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  21. YAY For your trip!!! and YAY For Bev!!!
    Have a blast! Can't wait to see the recap!
    xo

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  22. I love the apple rice cakes with peanut butter! mmm!

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  23. LOVE that printable! Thanks so much for sharing! And what a sweet gift for CC's teachers! They will love it!! :) Happy vacation week!

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  24. Ooh! Have fun on vacay! I love a good packing list, so thanks for the printable link! And love the thanks a latte card!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  25. Have so much fun on your trip. I am sure it is going to be amazing!

    I love rice cakes with natural peanut butter and strawberry spread. Tastes like a healthier version of a PB&J. Yum!

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  26. Great idea for the rice cakes! Gotta try that later! I'm sure my girls would love to try something new! Happy Friday!!

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  27. I am with you - I absolutely have to have a detailed packing list - especially with two under two. We have not traveled yet as a family of four so I want to know how everything goes!! Have a great vacay!!

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  28. Awww yay for more babies! Such a fun time for everyone. Family and friends!

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  29. Those rice cakes look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I'm leaving for New Orleans on Saturday and I made good use of the FREE printable you shared! Thanks so much!!

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