Say it with me now – T.G.I.F!
Last night my parents and I attended one of the local Farmer’s Markets that just opened up for the season. Look who we ran into while we were there – Quacky, aka, Ben!
He was onsite with his work team trying to push for last minute Duck Sales for the YESS Duck Derby tomorrow, and was freaking adorable in his duck suit, quacking at all the little (and big!) kids, handing out hundreds of high-fives and hugs, and absolutely loving every minute of it. What a trooper!
After last night, Ben’s team is less than 100 ducks away from reaching their fundraising goal for the Youth Emergency Services Shelter (YESS), which provides emergency shelter, crisis care, and counseling for children and families in Iowa. If you want to help (and be in the running for $10,000!) click here to donate under his team’s name.
I tried tweeting at Ashton Kutcher (an Iowa native) for help, but alas, with 10.5 million followers, it seems he missed the memo.
Anyways! I hope you have some fun things planned for the weekend, and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!
Favorite bite: Spiked Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes. What’s more happy than the summery, sweet-tart taste of raspberry lemonade in cupcake form?!
Favorite outtake: I So Pale. I saw this on the Ellen Show yesterday and was DYING laughing. Watch the other girl just losing it at the end.
Favorite obsession: Kate Middleton + Kentucky Derby. This Friday Favorite serves double duty. 1.) I am obsessed with Kate Middleton and watched oh, pretty much every single special on tv last weekend about her and Will’s 1 year wedding anniversary. 2.) Wearing an awesome hat & attending the Kentucky Derby has officially been added to my bucket list.
Favorite supper: Lemon Basil Pesto Pasta. Thinking my obsession with lemons from last summer will surely continue this year with fresh and easy suppers like this one.
Favorite destination: Gorges du Verdon, Provence, France. This is actually a river in France, just down from Cannes. The color of the water just amazes me!
Favorite find: Dotty Motif Juicer. Totally unnecessary, and I have zero space left in my kitchen for uni-taskers, but ohh, it’s so pretty!
Favorite light bite: Orange Strawberry Salad with Orange Dressing. A sweet, light summer dinner, with an orange dressing that sounds just divine.
Favorite accent: Mini Wishbone Bracelet. So pretty and dainty, and you know I love all things lucky!
Favorite workout. Great set of exercises here.
Favorite giggle. I mean, RIGHT?!
Favorite funny. Bahahaha – look at his little left cock-eye!
Favorite comfort food: Cheesy Chicken & Rice Soup. I want this soup like, yesterday. Gah, I want to face plant in it!
Favorite home find: Suzani Print Bath Button Back Armchair. What a gorgeous accent piece! Me thinks Ben wouldn’t be too pleased with having a pink and purple chair in the living room though.
Favorite spot. Yes. This. 2 months from now.
Favorite couple. I don’t know about you, but I could look at engagement and wedding photos all day long. They just make me so happy – especially when they’re fun and unique like this couple’s!
Favorite makeover: Chicken Parmesan Burgers. TOTALLY droolworthy!
Favorite blog: The Forest Feast. Amazing photos, recipes, and perspective.
Favorite dream home must have: Cook book Storage. Right now I have nowhere to store yet highlight all my fun cook books. This is a perfect solution to keep them out of the way, but still handy and in sight.
Favorite nibble: Orange Vanilla Almonds. Ben and I are OBSESSED – like, a bag a week obsessed – with Trader Joe’s raw unsalted almonds. This is a yummy way to jazz them up for a sweet, (pretty)healthy treat!
Favorite photo: Lincoln Memorial. Talent.
Favorite tutorial: Sock Bun Tutorial. If you’ve been curious as to what this whole sock bun craze is all about, go here to find out how to easily do it!
Favorite outfit. Can you say, summer? 8) Would you wear colored shorts? I would/do!
Favorite mini: Poptart Pops. ADORABLE!!!
With that, I’m out! Have a great weekend everyone!