Friday Five


A whole week off with this cutie pie!

I didn’t really know what to expect this week. It’s been a reeeeally long time since I’ve Teddy by herself. And when I did we struggled. A lot. But she did so well this week! We kept busy with grocery shopping, a trip to the museum, a library visit, and we even had time to attend a literary event at JJ’s school. She was such a trooper and didn’t complain once all week. I told Corey halfway through the week that I just cannot believe how far she’s come. I love getting to spend time with my girls individually, hearing what they’re thinking and feeling, and seeing the different aspects of their personalities that come to light.


This L’Oréal Mascara

I’ve been using the same Cover Girl mascara for the last 8 years, but after trying this for the first time I was hooked! I noticed a difference in the length and volume of my lashes after just one coat.

I’ve got one coat on the right side and nothing on the left. See how much longer and fuller they are? I was thinking about getting false lashes, but I really feel like this mascara is almost as good.


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Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit, Shell We Dance?

I got this 2 weeks ago, and I have been loving having gel nails without going to a salon. The hand sanitizer at work is especially brutal on traditional nail polish, so it’s really nice to go to work knowing I won’t ruin my fresh nails. I also think the Sally Hansen brand that I’m using comes off a lot easier and doesn’t take layers of my nails with it. The no drying time is a huge bonus as well! I loved that this kit was inexpensive (less than a gel mani at my favorite salon here in Durham!!), and my nail still looked great with no chipping or peeling for about 10 day–including 2 days at work which usually kills my nails! I’m just super pleased with this purchase.


Perfect Bars!

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I discovered these at Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago and they are soooo good! I’ve been looking for a bar that is free of a ton of added “fake” ingredients but still tastes good. Honestly, I just can’t do the Larabars. I’ve tried and tried, but I just don’t like them. And who wants to eat food that doesn’t taste good?!  The Perfect Bars are made of real ingredients and–bonus!!–are packed with protein. These have been the perfect thing to grab when I’m running out the door for work in the morning. Plus they go great with coffee, and you know I’m a sucker for a treat with my coffee! 😉


This also happened 2 weeks ago, but I took my first girls’ trip since our kiddos have been home!

My friend Sarah and I flew out of RDU and went to visit my two besties in Columbus Ohio! And my sister was able to come down with baby Jesse, which was just icing on the whole cake. We had a blast.

I just can’t even tell you how refreshing it was to get away and relax with my friends for a weekend. I’m so very thankful for a husband who encourages me to take time to do fun things AND does a great job holding down the fort while I’m gone. 😊

We’re so excited for this weekend. I have Sunday off and we’re heading to the zoo with passes Teddy got for her birthday. I hope you have a great weekend too! ❤️


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It’s Friday, I’m in Love II

I’m pretty sure I’ve used that title before, but I love the song. Especially the Fiction Family version :).

It was such a good week! We are totally still flying high on our news that we’re leaving soon for Uganda! I’m starting to get nervous about all there is to do, but I think (I hope) it will come together. We’re having a big cleaning weekend, and I’m hoping it’s really productive.

This is definitely how I’m feeling today. I love night shift while I’m working, but the day after is such a doozy! It’s really hard to make myself get off the couch and get stuff done. Ugh.


I love these coffees my co-workers brought me this week. My name has never looked so creative ;).

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And last but not least, my very favorite part of the week was seeing so many friends and family contribute to our adoption fund. I cannot believe we haven’t even had this site set up for 2 weeks and we’re already over halfway there. Corey and I are so grateful for the many many ways you have helped us on this journey. We can’t wait to have our daughter home with us!!

That’s all for this week, have a wonderful weekend!



I’m sharing some of my highlights from the week today.

My mom gave me this little shelf that my grandpa made a long long time ago. It was stained kind of dark, so I sanded it down and repainted it. It just needs a coat of protective wax, and it will go in our bathroom for some extra storage/knick knacks. I’m kind of in love with how it turned out, especially because it’s sort of sentimental.



I’ve started this bad habit of stopping by Rise after my last night shift of the week to get a biscuit and some coffee. It’s probably not the best for my health, but I’m telling you, nothing tastes better than one of their biscuits after working for 12+ hours overnight.



This puppy has been so snuggly this week! Every time I sit down, she climbs right up into my lap. I’m thoroughly enjoying the extra love :).



And last but not least, this little bit of good news–and your reactions to it–was probably my very favorite this week. The amount of relief we’ve felt with this news is just immense. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. And thank you to everyone who commented on my Facebook. It is comforting to know we’re not walking through this alone, we so appreciate your diligent prayers. I’m in total disbelief that we’re so close to meeting our daughter! Ahhhh!

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!