Good morning, and TGIF!
You know how the weeks leading up to a vacation usually crawl by at a snail’s pace, leaving you waiting for the feel of smooth sand, and taste of minty mojitos in pure agony? This week has been the complete opposite! I feel like I’ve been running around like a crazy person trying to get everything on my to-do list done, and there’s just not enough hours in the day to do it all!
At this point I’m kind of in “wedding mode” though. Jamaica is coming a little over one week from now whether everything is done or not, so I guess I’ll just keep my eye on the prize.
I hope things are going well in your world, and you’ve got some fun plans to look forward to this weekend. In the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!
PS: sorry for the abundance of cakes. I actually had about three times as many, but Ben talked me down off the ledge…
Favorite mouthwater: Baked Lime Pudding Cake. This creamy, sweet & tangy cake makes my mouth water. I think my citrus obsession from last summer is coming back in full swing!
Favorite dress: Malibu Maxi Dress. How cah-UTE is this maxi dress?! I’ve never bought one because I’m so short (5’2) and I feel like they’d always drag on the ground, but the color blocking and cut is absolutely adorable regardless.
Favorite gadget: S’more Maker. No bonfire? No problem! Pop s’more ingredients into the cups of this s’more maker, then place it on the grill or in the oven. Awesome for the summertime.
Favorite find: Mamma Chia. I don’t remember how or where I heard about Mamma Chia drinks, but I am obsessed with finding them. Apparently it’s fruit juice sweetened with agave nectar with chia seeds inside. YUM!
Favorite weekend treat: Meyer Lemon Doughnuts. Angharad featured these doughnuts on her blog the other day and I about fell off my chair when I saw them. I always associate doughnuts as a weekend treat. This is certainly one to work for!
Favorite funny. I don’t know why, but the visual image of me and my girlfriends trolling around on golf carts in our bejeweled track suits when we’re 80 made me laugh like crazy. Love it.
Favorite retreat. Oh, those summer nights…
Favorite bite: Parmesan Baked Potato Halves. Potatoes + garlic + butter + parmesan cheese. What’s not to love?
Favorite before & after: Re-purposed Barn Doors. I am just obsessed with making the old, new, and using it in unexpected ways. So rustic chic!
Favorite moist maker: Peach Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake. I simply cannot get over how moist, dense, sweet, and luscious this cake looks.
Favorite pooch. Ben and I nearly died laughing over this picture. I mean, WHAT?!
Favorite slurp: Creamy Garlic Pasta. This is my ideal weeknight meal. Easy and SO pleasey.
Favorite woah: Sand Paintings. San Francisco based artist Andreas Amador creates “paintings” in beach sand using only a rake, and time. You should see these pictures!
Favorite scene. Love the DIY window treatment, open shelves, granite color, and that FARM SINK! Obsessed with farm sinks.
Favorite bikini buster: Bacon Taco Shells. Just once, sometime, mmkay?
Favorite awesome: Camera Lens Mug. A must-give gift for the camera enthusiast in your life!
Favorite twist: Ginger Coconut-Carrot Cake. Yes, to all of those flavors. I want to make these into mini cupcakes.
Favorite view: Streets of Najac, France. I wonder if these people wake up everyday thinking, “I get to LIVE here!”
Favorite memory: Framed Corks. Frame corks from champagne bottles opened for important events in your life – wedding, births, anniversaries, etc. Great conversation piece – I just wish I would have saved one from our wedding!
Favorite .com: Chocolate Chip Cookie Mousse Bomb. This recipe makes me sublimely happy. Cookies on top of cookies topped with chocolate. ‘Nuff said.
Favorite do good: Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa (YESS) Duck Derby. Ben and his team at work volunteer at YESS, which provides emergency shelter, respite, crisis care, and counseling for children birth through age 17, and are heavily involved in their annual “Duck Derby” fundraiser going on now! You can help YESS by adopting a rubber duck, which will be released Saturday, May 5, at the Jordan Creek Town Center Lake.
Watch your duck race against thousands of others in an effort to win amazing prizes, including the chance at $1 million, groceries for a year, a landscaping makeover, $1,000 Scheels Shopping Spree, iPad, and more. You you do not need to be present, or from Iowa to win.
100% of the proceeds from the Duck Derby go to the YESS shelter so they can continue providing impact counseling for children and their families. Click here to help children & their families through YESS, and adopt a duck! (PS: that link goes directly to Ben’s team’s fundraising page. The winning team gets to release the ducks!)
Have a great weekend everyone!