Friday Five | Thoughts & Links

We made it to Friday! Anybody else feel like this was the week that wouldn’t end? I always seemed to be a day ahead of myself this week – probably because it was quiet in the land of kitchen renovation and I didn’t have people constantly coming and going from the house.

Friday Five Thoughts & Links
Finn is my unofficial mascot for these posts!

I’m looking forward to a relatively quiet weekend around here – we’re going on week two of Ryan working throughout the weekend, so I’m going to use the alone time to get caught up on laundry and cleaning (we finally have our washer/dryer back after a week!) and some work/blog stuff. We’re also supposed to experience some low 90-degree temps tomorrow, which means lots of time lounging on the deck – with lots of sunscreen, of course!

A few things on my mind and radar this week …

| Well, we have to quickly discuss the “two-night Bachelorette event” this week. I need to retract my statement from this post to officially announce that I’m Team Luke. He seems incredibly genuine, and I like the fact that he’s a little older than most of the guys and has had a lot of life experience (being a soldier in the war will do that to you, I’m sure). I think Jordan has alternative motives to being on the show, and he’s overall giving me a weird vibe now. And, Chad – oh, sweet Chad. He is a complete train wreck, but it does make for entertaining TV. The conversation between him and Alex (who I also can’t stand) in the woods before JoJo came back to hand out the rose was one of the best TV situations that I’ve ever witnessed. There were too many good one-liners to even keep track.

| If you’re a frequent beauty-product consumer, this article from Racked about how millennials are changing how beauty products are bought is a must-read. I agreed with so many points that the article made, especially when it discusses how we as consumers do a lot of research before making any type of purchase these days.

| Did you catch any of the clips from The Little Mermaid Live at the Hollywood Bowl? No? Well, go check it out now. Sara Bareilles has been my girl way before anyone else even knew who she was, and now I love her that much more as Ariel.

| Emily’s (Cupcakes and Cashmere) office space reveal is everything I knew it would be and more. I think all of us should have a neon sign of our blog name hanging somewhere in our offices, just saying.

| With the arrival of summer, I think several of us are suffering from a lack of motivation in the blogging department. Some weeks are better than others, but I know that I’ve constantly needed to walk away, regroup and refocus just to sometimes get one post written and scheduled. These 15 tips to stay inspired have been really helpful, and they’re all ridiculously easy to incorporate into your routine.

I hope that you all have a great weekend! See you around here next week!

Linking up with Amanda.


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  1. 6.16.16
    mdb0112 said:

    Love those 15 tips to stay inspired! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  2. 6.14.16

    little mermaid you say? off i pop to check it out.

  3. 6.12.16

    I need to check out that office reveal. She always does the best stuff. Glad you’ve had a little break from all the house projects.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. 6.12.16

    last week was pretty crazy for me too, with Lebaran holiday coming up work just seems to flood in endlessly. hope you had a much deserved, recharging weekend though! Finn looks super cute and healthy <3

  5. 6.11.16

    Blogging seems to be so much harder in the summer months for some reason. We’re having a super warm weekend here too and I’m so thankful for the sunshine!

    • 6.12.16

      I think we all would rather just be outside than stuck on our computers. Oh well! Part of the fun and games of it I suppose. 🙂

  6. 6.11.16

    I agree with you about this week feeling like it wasn’t going to end. Thankfully its over! Stay cool today and I’ll have to check out that article about blog inspiration. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!! 🙂

  7. 6.10.16
    The Adored Life said:

    Confession: I have never watched an episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette! I know that somehow seems impossible but I just never have!

    The Adored Life

  8. 6.10.16

    I still have one episode of the Bachelorette to catch up on, but I’m really liking this season! I agree with you that some of the guys seem a little young and immature. Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend, girl!

    • 6.12.16

      I’m glad that you’re enjoying it so far! I’m enjoying it way more than I have in recent seasons. Hope you’re having a good end to the weekend!

  9. 6.10.16

    Enjoy the summer weather! And the laundry, it can be cathartic sometimes when you have an empty hamper!

  10. 6.10.16

    Oh my goodness, the bachelorette was so crazy this week! I’m kind of disappointed that we got two episodes this week and we’re not getting one next week and now I have to wait two weeks for the Chad drama to continue. At least we know (or hope) that it’ll be good when it comes back! And hooray for a quiet weekend at home! Especially after all the renovations, I’m sure that’s exactly what you need!

    • 6.12.16

      I know, I literally yelled at my TV when Chris Harrison said “In two weeks …”. I was like WHAT?! I hate when they do that to us, but it better be worth the wait. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  11. 6.10.16

    Finn is the cutest!

  12. 6.10.16
    Pamela said:

    I totally missed Sara as The Little Mermaid but I absolutely love her music.Gravity is still one of my favorite songs ever! And Emily’s office space is gorgeous! I wish I could have my own neon sign haha! Happy Friday girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  13. 6.10.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Always love seeing Finn, he is the perfect mascot! I haven’t completely made up my mind about the Bachelorette just yet, but Luke is definitely a contender. I can’t believe they are making us wait 2 weeks for a resolution with the drama with Chad! The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl looked so neat, Sara Bareilles was perfect as Ariel. Hope you enjoy the weekend, even with Ryan away at work.

  14. 6.10.16
    Jenn said:

    Yay for some nice weather and being able to enjoy it outside (in between laundry! haha) I like Luke too, but I think he needs to smile more. I don’t think he smiled once during their entire date, he was just intense and brooding the entire time (sexy, but I need some smiles to lighten things up a bit too). I agree with you about Jordan and Chad. Crazy crazy Chad! lol

    • 6.12.16

      You crack me up about Luke – I suppose he needs to smile more, but I’m sure not complaining lol. Dear sweet Chad, I truly adore his crazy antics.

  15. 6.10.16
    Biana Perez said:

    Thanks for the 15 tips to staying inspired…I myself have taken a little time off to just regroup and focus LOL! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston