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Friday Favorites: Family Nights and Pastels

Friday Favorites: My Four-Year-Old and Pinterest

It’s time once again for all of the internet to share the things that made our week just a little bit better. And to do a little victory dance. And to get the song “My Favorite Things” stuck in our heads. (Sorry.) So here are a few things I am loving lately, as I wrap up a pretty sweetly hopefully-not-sickly week with my fantastic family of four.


Nights Like These
It’s a little ironic that just after I published my post on helping kids slow down in the evening, we had some amazing nights together as a family.

I recently decided to make a change in my after-dinner routine, and it’s made a huge difference. We love having time together as a family during dinner, no matter how chaotic.

I used to clean up immediately after dinner while Ry played with the kids, but that gave me so little time to spend with them before their bedtimes. Now I rinse some dishes, deal with leftovers, and get the kids’ milk cups in the fridge. Then we have time together as a family.

Here’s what I don’t do after dinner: I don’t wash the dishes, clean the countertops, finish up laundry, etc. I take care of the essentials but stop before it’s all clean, and then spend at least 20 minutes with everyone before I return to chores. Yes, a lot of times the 20 minutes stretch into a lot longer and I end up washing dishes after the kids are in bed. But it’s been worth it.



Pastel Nails
It’s Spring, pastels are everywhere, and I am just fine with that. It had been weeks since I painted my nails, so when I finally got the chance, you can guess what I went for…this shade is called Grape Gatsby and it’s by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.

I lean toward this line because I love the extra wide brush and the fact that I just do two coats and I’m done (no basecoat or topcoat needed.) Who has time for topcoats?? Ain’t nobody. That’s who.



Talk Tuesday
I’m a fan of beauty vlogger Sam Schuerman, especially because she’s a mama who keeps it very real. She and her hubby (they also have a daily vlog) have started a series called Talk Tuesday where they just tell stories or chat about any given topic. So far this one was my favorite.


Middle of the Night Texting
I may not love the reason I sent this text to my husband–a possible ear infection for Kai and a cold for Sylvie–but I think I’m going to be laughing about what I wrote for the rest of the day.

Good luck interpreting that one, husband. I’ll be hoping for naps today all around!



Inspiring Devotional Blogs
This week I found so many great blogs that exist just to inspire women and moms and encourage us in our faith. These devotionals are great for a 5-minute break with God during your day. (I like to grab those little moments when I can!) Here were three of my favorites. Check them out!

  1. Wait Well in the Hard of Life by Unmasking the Mess
  2. Your Labor in the Lord is Not in Vain by Devotions for Mom
  3. To the Girl Whose Dream Looks Dead by Flourishing Today
Tell me what you’re loving this week. And have a happy Friday!


Linking up with:
Friday Favorites with AndreaNarci, and Erika
High Five for Friday with  Cup of TeaBright on a Budget, and Della Devoted
Five on Friday with Smidge of This

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