It’s hard to believe it’s already my 15th week writing up Friday Favorites posts! I have to admit, while I really enjoy writing my other posts each week, these have a special place on my to-do list. I save links and make notes and really look forward to putting these together each week. I hope you enjoy reading them just as much!
I’m also excited to announce that today I’m guest co-hosting the Friday Frivolity Link-up! It is a fun weekly link-up of funny, encouraging posts and free printables and giveaways – anything really to start the weekend off with a smile. Make sure to check it out (and if you’re a blogger, link-up your own posts below)!
Photo of Chicago
I figured it was about time to feature another photographer on the blog! Joey is a fellow Art of Chi member, and I love his photographs!
No ‘Snowpocalypse’ This Winter
I realize I may be in the minority on this, but I could not be happier when I heard that we will be having a warm winter. The past two years have been COLD and covered in about a million feet of snow. I always joked that I really wanted to sell the house before winter hit solely based on the reasoning that I didn’t want to have to shovel anymore. Now that we know we will be here for the winter, I’m admitting that wasn’t much of a joke.
Speaking of cold, even if we don’t have snow, I’m pretty much ready to live in thick sweaters for the next 6+ months. Some of my old sweaters have shrunk or gotten kind of worn looking so I’m thinking about donating them and picking up a few new ones (as well as that poncho I mentioned a few weeks back).
Luckily Target is having a sale today only and every sweater is 40% off right now! I’ve also been eyeing this one for awhile, because it’s basically a stylish blanket with sleeves and pockets… And how can you beat 40% off at the start of the season?
A Portrait Session with a Twist
I saw this video a few days ago and have been saving it for this post. I love how it shows how our perceptions change about each other based on information we have.
I decided making ramen at home is one of my favorite meals when it’s chilly out. I use the cheap maruchan ramen noodle packs, but throw away the seasoning and instead season it myself, as well as add in any veggies I have at home. Last night’s ramen consisted of spinach, peas, green onions, green peppers, an egg, chia seeds, sriracha and some mrs. dash. I realize now I should have taken a photo for you, but I ate it too fast to do so.
Red Starbucks Cups
At 12:15 on Wednesday morning I sat down to schedule a post and decided to write up a quick thing about my views on the Starbucks cups. It was sarcastic and not serious at all, but definitely had my voice behind it, or as Christina put it in the comments, “this has Alex written all over it”. It was really fun to write and I wasn’t sure if anyone else would find it funny. But it seemed to be a hit! If you missed it, make sure to check it out!
Friday Frivolity Link-Up
I’m so excited to be able to guest co-host this link-up! Sarah from Devastate Boredom is hilarious and I always look forward to her posts! They are the perfect blend of informative but not too serious, always have me smiling.
She is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all her favorite things… friendship and connection, laughter, furbaby love, books and media, wellness pursuits, minimalism, traveling, Paleo-ish cooking, and more! Make sure to check her blog out and let her know you visited!
Our feature this week is from Women Abiding, an encouraging post entitled 4 Unusual Things I Do With My Children. The author encourages readers to value the small, unique habits and traditions that fill your family with “everyday sparkles.” Check it out if you didn’t last week!
Time for the new stuff!
We love funny and/or encouraging posts, free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you’re just here to have fun, skip the rules and start clickin’! If you’re a blogger here to link up, please read the rules below.
Blogger buddies, three rules only:
1. Please be generous with your clicks and comments! Blogging is all about connection, and nothing is more fun than knowing something you wrote was meaningful to a reader. Encourage one another with your presence and interest.
2. Link back to one of the hosts’ sites please!
3. Follow Devastate Boredom AND My Urban Family via your favorite bloggy source… Let us know that you followed and where, and we will follow you back in return!
Every post you link will be read and commented on, and rule-following posts will be pinned AND tweeted as a thank-you for the extra effort.
We’re so happy you’re here! Let’s have some fun. 😀
What is one of your favorite things from this past week?
And as usual, I’d love to hear about any fun weekend plans you have!
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