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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 celebratory kind of week with my fantastic family of four.



My Birthday

I’m another year older, which is fantastic, because it means I’m slowly but surely reaching my goal of becoming an old person. My birthday started with a lovely, rainy morning: my favorite kind! I got sweet messages on Facebook, calls from family, and texts from friends. Ry grilled hamburgers for dinner while I read a book laying in the hammock, and he got me lemon meringue pie for dessert. It was a good, good day.

We’re going to continue the celebration this weekend, because in my family, you get a birthday week. And at some point, you even get a birthday month. I’m looking forward to that!



Sweet Sibling Moments

Sorry, Kai, but I have to say it: you aren’t the best at sharing right now. We’ve been working on this skill, and I can see it’s going to take some time, but you are making progress.

Kai helping Sylvie: this would almost be a good picture if it wasn’t for the crazy hair!


I’ve caught my son helping out his sister in several different ways this past week. He protects her, teaches her, and sometimes when he apologizes, he really means it! 🙂 I keep telling him that one day, he’s going to LOVE playing with her, but maybe we’ve had a few of those days already. I’m praying for lots more moments like these between brother and sister.



Unexpected Kid Entertainment

Do you ever let your kids loose in the backyard, and they make their own activity out of something that seems absolutely, well, absurd? Well, it’s happened to me and I’m a big fan. Sylvie found this weed poking through the fence in our backyard.


It quickly became fascinating to both kids. And then it became a hairbrush. Not to use on their own hair, of course, but to use on me.


I’m all for hairbrushes made out of weeds if it keeps my kids happy. Plus, it really helped improve the overall health and natural sheen of my hair. You should probably get your kids to brush your hair with weeds as soon as possible.




It’s ironic that strawberries are on my list, because there’s a possibility my daughter might be allergic or sensitive to them. But before we knew to avoid them for awhile, all four of us were loving fresh strawberries!

And, here’s a little trick my dad taught me: Use a sturdy straw to hull strawberries quickly and easily. Just push it through the bottom of the strawberry, so the white centers and the leaves on top are removed. It works like a charm!

I like my strawberries best small, local, and full of flavor. That’s why they sort of look like raspberries.



What I’m Pinning: My Favorite Post of the Week

This week’s favorite comes from The Life on Purpose Movement and is all about cherishing your children even when you feel taxed, stressed, busy, and distracted. It’s called 32 Ways to Savor Your Children, and it’s lovely. Erica Layne has an incredible blog that is full of wisdom, encouragement, and down-to-earth information that’s helpful for parenting with intention. Go check it out!


click to pin from Erica’s site!


I’m on Pinterest here, if you want to see what else I’m pinning lately. I’d love to see what you’re pinning too!

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 BudgetbyBMG, and Della Devoted
Five on Friday with Smidge of This

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15 Comments on Friday Favorites: Birthdays and Strawberries

  1. Happy Belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had a great celebration! We also do a birthday week, well I do that for our kids but my hubby doesn’t get it, LOL.

  2. Happy happy birthday!!! I am so glad you had such a relaxing day and I hope it turns out to be the best week. 🙂 That is mind blowing – the strawberry hack. I will definitely take that to go! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like it was a great one!

    Also, I’m so with you on kiddos haha Spencer isn’t always the best with sharing with Porter, but then I turn around, and he’s making sure his brother has his sippy, or that’s he’s careful with a toy. It’s the tender, little moments!

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