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Friday, March 5, 2021

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday all! We have had weather in the 60s this week and I am not complaining. I love the warmth, sunshine and days outside. This weekend we have a lot planned and I am very excited about it. We are finally having some normalcy around here and while we still are cautious, we are very excited for this change. I have dinner with a friend tonight, tomorrow is my sister's baby shower (that I am co-hosting) and we have a kids birthday party to attend. Thankfully the weather is warm and we can be outside for most of it!

ONE. I tried the viral Tik Tok feta pasta this week and I wasn't a big fan. That could be because I am not a big fan of feta cheese. But I took the advice of others and got the Greek style to make it more creamy and less salty. While the dish was ok, I didn't like it as much as my husband did. Maybe with a different cheese like I have seen around? 

Have you tried the Tik Tok Feta Pasta? Did you like it?

TWO. So I am sure you have seen the Serena and Lily Riviera Chairs around. They are beautiful. I have been dreaming about them ever since we finished our home renovations last February. And then Jen posted dupes for them at Target, BUT they are only for a dining room or outdoor patio. Ugh. I want the counter stools as I want them at our breakfast bar. So do you all know of a good dupe? 

I am trying to go to the Serena and Lily outlet in Vacaville sometime soon to see if I can score them there as they often have them for 75% off. But you never know the inventory or if they are damaged. I am hoping for some returns on people who just didn't like them.

Look at how pretty they are?

Serena and Lily Riviera Counter Stool

And here is the Target dupe for the dining room table/outdoor patio.

Target French Bistro Chair

THREE. I know I said I was going to be good about shopping, but American Eagle had a sale on bathing suits for $20 or less and I had a reward to use, so I snagged this bikini for Mexico and the Summer. I love the flowers, the longer top and the cut of it.

Aerie Ruffle Bikini

FOUR. Do you remember when I read the book The One by John Marrs? I read it in September. Well I just got an email from Netflix about what is coming out, and The One, book turned series, will be on Netflix on March 12th. I really enjoyed the book and will definitely be watching the series. I recommend reading the book before you watch the series if you are like me. And it is on sale right now for $8.99 kindle edition. Here is what I thought of the book and Amazon's synopsis.

When I heard this book was being made into a Netflix show, I had to read it. I love reading the books before the film/tv series comes out. This book hooked me right away. It goes back and forth between several characters - five to be exact. Each one of their stories unfolds and when you think you know what happens to each, you don't.

The One is about finding your one true soulmate. Even if you are married and think you have the right one, your body chemistry could tell you different. Would you dump your husband/wife to go meet your chemically chosen soulmate? 

I went back and forth on loving the main characters and hating them for the choices they make. But in the end, this book gripped me in and had me wanting to figure out what happened. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars.

Here is Amazon's synopsis:

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

FIVE. Weekly funnies.

Haha. I know many people who definitely have no idea.

Not gonna lie, I am nervous.

I am definitely feeling my age.

This is sooo me.

This would be amazing at some people's weddings.

I have felt this way many times this last year.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.

30 comments :

  1. Oooh The One sounds so good!! I love that swimsuit and the chairs!! Glad that y’all had pretty weather!!

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    1. It is sooo good. And the swimsuit fits and isn't cheeky!

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  2. I have not made that pasta before! That swimsuit is so cute! I recently got a swimsuit too! Happy weekend!

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    1. I wasn't a fan, but if you like/love feta, it is right up your alley. I love the swimsuit. It fits really well and isn't cheeky!!

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  3. I’ve heard goat cheese in the pasta is a hit and we’ve added bacon. Cute suit and I hope you have a sweet weekend.

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    1. I need to try it with goat cheese. I think bacon in it sounds good. The bathing suit is a major win!

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  4. I haven't tried the pasta but it seems to be all the hype. I'm not a huge feta lover so I'm not sure if we'll try it. Cute swimsuit! I just ordered a top that I'm hoping to switch in with some of my bottoms. Looking forward to those warmer days!

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    1. That is why I tried it. Sadly, I wasn't a fan, but I want to try it with goat cheese next. I do like goat's cheese. I love doing that too. I sometimes just buy tops since I am sooo picky about bottoms. Have a great weekend!

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  5. I have seen everyone making the Tik Tok Feta Pasta. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of actual tomatoes...and since it is full of them...I think it sounds gross haha. I do love feta though. I will eat tomato sauce, just not tomatoes themselves. Those chairs are pretty. They are so expensive full price for bar stools! I hope you can score some at the outlet, that would be a steal!

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    1. Haha. My kids didn't like that part either. I did, but the feta part wasn't good. Rory was the only one who loved it. I hope I can get some too. My MIL and I are going to road trip to Vacaville and hopefully get some! I am not paying full price.

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  6. I'm so excited The One is finally coming to Netflix! I have two other of his books I need to read too. I love feta, but I can't eat a lot of pasta, so I haven't tried the recipe!

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    1. Me too. It was a good book and I can't wait to see how they adapt it. Oh I should look into his other books. Can you have gluten free pasta?

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  7. Lol at that last meme. So true some days. I haven't tried the feta pasta yet, but I really want to. I love feta so I think I would like it! I'm just not sure about the kids...

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    1. It is sooo true on some days. Some days have been tough. Especially knowing that we are at a year in just a few short days. Ugh. Oh you will love it. Rory loves feta and he loved this pasta. I want to make it with goat cheese next time.

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  8. I am going to keep an eye out for the bar stools at Target for you - this is like my mission now, lol! Have a great weekend lady, xo

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    1. Please do. You were the one who sent me the low top ones. I am going to try to go to the outlet with my mother in law at the end of this month. Fingers crossed. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  9. Sounds like you have a super fun weekend planned! Best of luck with the baby shower.

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    1. Thank you. I hope the shower goes well. It is crazy planning a shower during a pandemic.

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  10. You had such a FUN weekend ahead!!! Glad you are feeling well enough for it, and that things are starting to return to a bit more normalcy! Enjoy it all, Danielle!

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    1. I was soooo tired from the weekend. It was tough, but it was sooo much fun.

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  11. If that's 33 years old, you can imagine what 49 is... I'm at 45% capacity by 10am :)

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    1. Right? I am closer to 38 and I definitely feel it.

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  12. That bathing suit!!! I have been looking at AE's swimsuit line and I can't narrow it down to one. They all look so cute!!

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    1. This one is sooo cute. I love it. And it fits well and isn't cheeky which I hate. This is a winner.

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  13. I had The One on my reading list and just took it off after seeing the trailer. I know that's a horrible way to judge a book but it just totally turned me off it.

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    1. Well the book was good, and sometimes the shows are not. Hopefully the book is better than the show.

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  14. I am adding The One to my reading list. I love a good book and if it's getting made to be a movie then I better get on it! I love your new swimsuit. It'll be perfect for Mexico and this summer. I have heard of the Greek Pasta making waves on Tiktok but I have not tried it myself. Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. It is a great book. I hope you like it. The bathing suit fit really well and wasn't revealing at all which is what I wanted. I still can't let go of bikinis tough. I hope you had a great weekend too!

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