Friday Favorites: The Best Mascara and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hooray for Friday Favorites! 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 another sleep-deprived, barely getting by kind of week with my fantastic family of four.


Parent-Teacher Conferences
My son Kai goes to three-school twice a week for 2.5 hours in the morning. And I was pretty amused when I found out Ry and I were going to have our very first P/T conference. Sadly, both our kids were sick when our time came, so Ry went while I stayed home. He came back with a full report on my son’s academic (hee hee) and social skills. It seems our (just turned) four-year-old is ready for preschool next year. I was biting my nails.

Okay, so it was actually great to hear what he’s like at three-school, and I’m so proud of our budding scholar preschooler.


Look at this baby face!



Learning New Housekeeping Basics
So…erm…I found out this week that cleaning your dishwasher is part of a homeowner’s life. I had no idea! I thought, “hey, here’s something that’s constantly filled with soap and water. It’s perfectly clean in there!” But the thing demanded my attention when the soap dispenser stopped opening up during the wash cycle and created an official Problem that I couldn’t ignore. I discovered soap still on my dishes when I went to put them away one morning. That’s just not cool. I started attacking it with vinegar, but the real trick to getting it clean came from my mom, who recommended running a cycle (empty) with CLR in the dispenser. It made a huge difference! I followed up with another round or two of vinegar and called it a day, promising myself to pay attention to the soap buildup sitch and clean it every few months. Sigh…


cleaning dishwasher



Chocolate Chip Cookies
If your week involved chocolate chip cookies, it’s pretty much a given that it be part of your Friday favorites, right? So here’s my ode to this classic treat that my mom and I whipped up together last Saturday. She sent them home with us, and they came in seriously handy. Sylvie, my one-year-old, had serious croup-like coughing, complete with lots of vomiting (sorry), and Kai developed a random fever in the middle of the night. Between the lack of sleep and blogging deprivation (my favorite “me time” activity), these cookies were my little indulgence of the week. I even published the recipe so you can join in on my guilty pleasure next week. 🙂



Best Mascara Ever
Little known fact: I’m an ipsy subscriber. Another little known fact: I’ve tried roughly 1.2 billion different types of mascara, from Yves Saint Laurent to Cover Girl and everything in between. I still had never found The One until ipsy sent me The Balm’s Mad Lash. I used it for a month, until my sample ran out, and it never let me down. It volumized, lengthened, was not crunchy, and didn’t smudge or flake. I’m not even sure how that combination is possible. I know I’m risking sounding all salesy, but I promise this is just from one mascara-trying-lady to another. This is THE BEST. If you don’t believe me, believe this girl:

Unfortunately, The Balm has sold out of this mascara on their website, but Amazon seems to have plenty. You can pick it up here.

the balm Mad Lash



My Sanity…Plus Spring Flowers
My kids’ illnesses this week had me exhausted and too zombie-like to do much socializing with other bloggers as well as feature some favorite posts of the week (as I like to do). Sorry, blogging friends! To make things worse, I decided to migrate my blog to WordPress (yay!) at the worst time possible (nooooo!). Now I’m not even sure if life is real or maybe I’m changing a diaper or why there is blogging or how there is breathing. Here’s me right now:



Anyway, in place of favorites from the web, you’re getting flowers and deciduous shrubs.

Last weekend I got a chance to see this lovely flowering pear tree, courtesy of my parents’ farm. My daughter tried to eat the petals.


flowering pear tree


And two years ago, I planted these spirea bridal wreath shrubs in the front of our house where we had a bare spot. I picked them because they are hardy and really easy to care for (all I do is prune and weed occasionally), and the leaves turn colors in the fall. They started to flower and it just makes me happy. And sane. Definitely sane.


flowering shrub


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

4 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: The Best Mascara and Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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  2. Yay for a good report from your son’s preschool! I just had Ella’s the other day and it took 2 minutes LOL. Still good to know how they’re doing! And yes, I need to pay way more attention to my dishwasher!!

  3. Why do adults have to remember so many things?! I’m like you, I always figured my dishwasher was clean. Wrong! Can’t there be one thing that doesn’t need extra cleaning? Ha! I’m sorry your kids were sick this week. That’s so hard. He’s to hoping you have a wonderful weekend!

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