Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week flew by … the kids went back to school, piano and basketball started back up, and I finally took down Christmas which led to furniture rearranging (my favorite).

rug | couch | lamp | coffee table (similar) | x pillow | plaid pillow | leather pillow | curtains

Let’s talk about all the good things happening around the internet this week.

+  I’m sure you heard … but did you hear?! Our collective bff is pregnant with #5. I asked Ryan what he would say if I wanted another baby and you should have seen his face. #notgoingtohappen #imokaywiththat

+  Audrey’s mostly over wearing cute hair bows and headbands and yet I still can’t get enough of this shop’s adorable options. I want every single one.

+  We made marinated flank steak with chimichurri from my current cookbook obsession for Christmas Eve dinner and it was delish! Who knew coffee grounds in a marinade would be so amazing.

+  I left feeling so inspired and free after reading this post from my friend Tsh. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to let our jobs/hobbies/volunteer activities/passions grow and change with us.

+  My newest pair of jeans that I can’t stop wearing. Here’s a non-distressed version if that’s more your thing.

+  Remember that sweater/wrap/vest thing I was wearing in the last coffee chat that I couldn’t find the link to? Well, I found it.

+  Today is the last day to register for my online penmanship class. It’s $49 (regularly$79) and you’ll get a set of notebooks for free! 

+  Just for laughs.

Have a great weekend, my friends!

35 Responses to Friday Favorites

  1. kari January 9, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    just curious about the green square to the right of ryan in the top picture? Are you thinking of painting that room?

    • emily January 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

      That is a speaker in the wall. I did paint the walls in here and over that speaker, but it still shows. Our plan is to do a full makeover of this room in the near future and I’ll add wood planks to all the walls to give them some architectural detail. That should take care of the random speaker :)

      • jodi January 11, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

        Could you extend the curtain rod to cover the length of the room, hiding the speaker?

        • emily January 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

          That’s a great suggestion. I think the curtain rod is as extended as it can be, but I’m going to go check it out and see if it will work.

  2. Vicki January 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Thanks for the link to your sweater/wrap/vest thing! I looked for it when you first posted but couldn’t find it. I just bought it.

  3. Christie January 8, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    Thanks for these links! I love that they are links from a variety of sources/topics…style, inspiration, creativity. I’m ordering the sweater wrap right now!

  4. Michelle January 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi Emily! Love your site…always enjoy your tips and style! About your very cool Home Depot rug (which I was shocked to see where it was from, I never thought of looking there)…..anyway, is it soft? It looks on the thin side, how well would you think it would hold up (in comparison to a pottery barn jute rug – Im debating while one to get right now). Your the best!!

  5. Bethany January 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

    This was a fun read! Thanks for your blog and for your content. It is my fav.

  6. Jennifer January 5, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

    So I would like to hear some ladies opinions on why buying “distressed” or already ripped jeans is so popular again right now? It’s just not on my radar and I’d love to hear from some of you as to why??? Thanks!

  7. Jacquelyn Jaech January 5, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    I love this! They sold out of those darling jeans in my size. whah….

  8. Ardith January 5, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi Emily and Happy New Year! I know I’m going to upset the apple cart here, but I honestly am very concerned about how nonchalant people are about having more and more children.

    The average birthrate these days has shot up to 5. Meanwhile, it’s by the same generation priding itself on being the most environmentally aware and careful. Of the list of many things anyone can do to help protect the future of the planet and future generations, a high birthrate is not one of them. In fact, it is frankly the most detrimental of all.

    There are limited resources on our beloved planet and over-population is already a problem no one seems willing to discuss. Does anyone really consider the type of life being handed off to their heirs? Isn’t it time we start having this delicate yet all imperative conversation?

    • Pam January 5, 2018 at 4:55 pm #


      • Monica Hubbard January 6, 2018 at 8:48 am #

        Good response, Pam.

      • erin January 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm #


      • jodi January 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

        The state of our planet is indeed perilous. I, for one, am afraid for my 2 children.

  9. Daisy January 5, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    Such great recommendations and the jeans are only 25 dollars so fun!

  10. Jesse May January 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Ha! I kept getting distracted while reading your post because I was checking out the links as I went along! 😜 Thanks for sharing the baby news – I hadn’t heard yet. 😃 That shop with the hair bows is absolutely adorable! And I got that cookbook for Christmas after the first time you mentioned it; you give excellent book recommendations! Thanks!

    • emily January 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

      Yay for a great cookbook christmas gift! I am going to try the cinnamon rolls this weekend :)

  11. Roberta January 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks so much for the link to the jeans! I ordered the non-distressed version because they didn’t have the other pair in my size and the non-distressed are on sale for $25!! Can’t wait to get them.

  12. Lauren January 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    I have been looking for a sweater JUST LIKE THAT ONE!! This is a miracle!! Thank you for posting!!!

  13. TBRubarts January 5, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Hi Emily! What size rug did you buy? I’m not sure the 8.6 x 11.6 is large enough… Thanks for the heads up on the jeans. I just ordered a couple of pairs! Happy New Year.

    • emily January 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      Mine is the 8×11.

  14. Monica January 5, 2018 at 11:49 am #

    Love this post! Need those jeans and the wrap sweater. Going to try the cookbook too.
    Thanks Emily! Happy Friday and happy weekend.

  15. alicia January 5, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    That cookbook is soo great, I made the cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas Day and they were easy and delicious.

    • emily January 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Maybe I’ll try making them this weekend!

  16. joanne January 5, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Thank you so much for introducing Halfbaked Harvest to me. I just bought her cookbook after trying at least 6 of her recipes from her blog. Our Christmas was a Halfbaked Harvest Christmas…cinnamon rolls, butternut squash lasagna, artichoke dip, Rudolph’s Rockin’ Jingle Punch, Million Dollar Spaghetti…all turned out FABULOUS!

  17. Kari January 5, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Are the jeans true to size? I’m a size 2/4 wondering which size to get?

    • Beth January 5, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      Go on the website & do the jean size finder survey thing & it should fix you right up! I just ordered them in the dark indigo wash & they shipped today….can’t wait to get them!

    • emily January 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      I usually wear a size 26 in jeans, but they didn’t have any in the store so I tried on the size 24 and while a teeny bit snug, they surprisingly fit. I would suggest sizing down.

  18. Lori January 5, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    That recipe sounds great! The link goes to the hairbows – do you mind re-sharing what the name of the cookbook is? Thanks!

    • emily January 5, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      Oops! It is Halfbaked Harvest. I just fixed the link :)

  19. Leigh January 5, 2018 at 9:06 am #

    Hi Emily! I think the link for your cookbook recommendation is actually the link to the headbands and bows instagram. :)

    • emily January 5, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      Oops! Just fixed it.

  20. Cara January 5, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    I’m not a commenter, but just wanted you to know I enjoy your blog!
    I come here because:
    *The content is real; not contrived or forced.
    *The graphic aspect is easy to navigate and not full of advertisements. I know they are necessary for some, but they read as clutter. 😬
    *You are relatable on a human level. I’m working to be my best self too!
    *Your writing style is easy to read and digest as I often read it while taking a short break at work. 😉
    Thanks for the daily read!
    ~Cara from Iowa

    • emily April 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Thank you, Cara!

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