Five on Friday...I Love Today

Friday, October 17, 2014

HELLO LADIES!! Finally, it's Friday and I am singing the praises of this glorious because Carson comes home from Mimi and Pappy's today and more because the weekend is inching closer to us. Before I dive into my Five on Friday, I wanted to officially say CONGRATULATIONS to our Five on Friday Giveaway Winner to Jen of Life, Love, and Puppy Paws. Thanks to everyone who participated...we were thrilled with the turnout, want to say thanks to all our wonderful shops and vendors for collaborating with us, and we hope to do another giveaway soon! (P.S. Jen, feel free to contact one of the Five on Friday hosts and we will help you claim all your goodies!)  
OK, now back to my regularly scheduled programming...
One. Three is the New Two
If you don't follow AP via I Love You More than Carrots you're totally missing out on her fun, honest candidness and I tune in to her posts frequently as it's refreshing and sheds light on feelings I'm having all the time myself. Earlier this week, she posted "Three is the New Two...5 Reasons Having 3 Kids is Awesome". I absolutely loved this and was so glad I read it in its entirety. For curious minds, we're totally having 2 versus 3 discussions and I'm glad there are other mamas out there putting it out there and telling us how life is with three. I know it would be a constant circus, but I can't help but think one more may be just what we need to complete our little family. And no, I am not pregnant so don't get any ideas my dears...this is just a healthy topic of conversation in our household right now. And yes, if we ask Caroline, she says she wants another baby.
Two. Bell Buckle 
Tomorrow morning, Jeff and I, the girls, and Mimi and Pappy are headed off to our annual fun shopping/craft adventure known as Bell Buckle Craft Fair. This has been a cherished tradition for our family for years and I cannot wait to sample the yummy food (the primary reason I love it so much), and check out some gifts and goodies for friends and family Christmas gifts. If you're local, it's a must do in my opinion, if not for anything other than to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous scenery!
Three. Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
Need I say more??? I think this picture says it all...mix apple cider + Jack Daniels (hello, you know I am a Tennessee girl) + champagne = pure fall deliciousness. Sign me up. You can see the recipe here.
Four. Halloween Pajama Link-Up Party
We love festive yummies (AKA pajamas) around these parts and so of course we are SUPER excited to be co-hosting this fun link-up with some of our other favorite mommy/mini bloggers (The Good Life Blog, Fancy Ashley, and I Love You More than Carrots) on October 27th. It's easy...dress your kiddos in their/your favorite Halloween pjs, snap a few shots (or 119474 to get 1 good one like me), and then link up with us to show them off. And if you're still on the hunt for some scary options, check out these options: 1 / 2 /  3 / 4 / 5
Five. Live Life for Yourself
Remember, if you're ever down and stressing about the things that don't matter, remember to live YOUR life...God gave it to you for a reason and there is always something to look forward to. Don't live your life to suit others, as you'll never be able to meet everyone's expectations. If at the end of the day, you're satisfied with what you've accomplished, well that is success in itself my friends! OXOX

As always, be sure to visit my girls April, Christina, and Darci to see what they're up to this week and link up with us below so others can check out your blogs, too!!


  1. mmm you had me at apple cider champagne cocktail! So perfect for Fall! Hope you guys enjoy the craft fair and have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

  2. oh that apple cider champagne cocktail sounds amazing, must try ASAP!! Hope yall have a great time at the craft fair. CC cracks me up, yes she's ready for another baby sister or maybe a brother. ;)

  3. Bell Buckle sounds awsesome! Love little fall festivals like that one.

    And just for the record, my vote is YAY for #3. ;-)

  4. that craft fair sounds so fun! :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  5. Ooh! Must check out her blog!! & those drinks sound so good!! Will be pinning that for next year!! Haha!

  6. My MIL and SIL are selling at Bell Buckle. Gigglestitches and SewSnappy Find them. :-)

  7. That apple cider cocktail looks to die for, yummm! Definitely going to try that one.

  8. I fully support large families! Go for three. I already know we are going for Four over here (hopefully one will be a bio-babe)!!

  9. Yay for #3!! Three is totally awesome. For me, going from 2-3 was easier then going from 1 to 2. And a little boy following two sweet girlies was just icing on the cake! Y'all are such a sweet family!

  10. Halloween PJs are my fave!!! I'll be making that Apple Cider Champagne for Halloween for sure now! Thanks!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

  11. Have fun this weekend! It sounds like a great festival. And is there a story to calling pj's, yummies? I love the name!

  12. I loved AP's post also, as Caroline gets closer to one I find myself going back and forth on if another baby is an option for us. Grant and Caroline are five years apart and that has been nice, because he has been such a help with the baby, but I am thinking I want to have one more close in age to Caroline. We shall see what happens!!

    Have a great time at Bell Buckle!

  13. Apple cider champagne??!! Yes, please!! I will def. be making this very soon!!

  14. Love you, Mama. Just read your latest post- reading that veritable shit written about you, your family and your sweet babies hurts. Every time. It doesn't get an easier to read either- even after nearly 7 years of blogging. I will say, sometimes it's good for an ego. I've scaled back some because of it. But most of the time it's really just a bunch of very unhappy people. Love your response. And you definitely need to jump on the Crazy Mom of 3 Train. XOXO.