Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Favorites and Happenings

Wow, Friday took a long time to get here, but it is so nice to see you now that you are here. We don't have a lot of plans this weekend, but I am hoping to go to the beach. I feel like I sound like a broken record here. We always want to go to the beach and then the weather turns to crap when we do want to go. Please be nice weather this weekend. Thank you.

One. Dragon Noodles. This is my new favorite quick dinner. I was browsing Pinterest for new recipes and this one came up. I saw how easy it was, read some reviews and decided I needed to make it for us. We had it Monday night and we LOVED it. Seriously, it came together in about 15 to 20 minutes (most time consuming part: boiling the water and cooking the noodles). It was spicy, flavorful and hit the spot. I can see myself making this when we need a quick dinner, something with bold flavor or a cheap dinner. Seriously, make this.

Two. I finally received my Loft shipment last weekend and I fell in love with the Cropped Skinny Marisa Chinos. I got them in raspberry and love them. I want to buy more pairs. All the pairs. I also got some denim shorts that were way too big for me. The waist seemed to fit but had a 3 inch gap in the back. So weird. I also got this soft black sleeveless top which I paired with my chinos at work this week. Love the outfit.

Three. I finished The Girl You Lost this week and now I need new book ideas. I have After You on my list. But I need more. So what are your suggestions? I love sappy love stories like Me Before You, love chick lits and thrillers. So send me your book suggestions.

Four. I know this is way in advance, but I am a planner at heart, so I wanted to put it out there now. I am going on a work trip in September all the way to Europe. I will be gone for 13 days. Yikes. It feels crazy to say this because I don't know how I will be away from my girls, husband and dog that long. Especially the girls. They are going to grow so much while I am gone. I am super fortunate to be going on this trip and I am super excited about it. But a bit worried too.

Anyways, I will have some blog posts scheduled, but I wanted to see if anyone wanted to do a guest post while I am gone. I need posts for September 12 - 16 and 19 - 23. I will write posts, still do some link ups and Confessional Thursday, but I know I won't be able to get two weeks of posts pre-written. So if you would like to guest post on my awesome, amazing blog (ha) then please let me know. I am open to all sorts of blog post ideas.

Five. My sister-in-law had her son on Wednesday night and we are over the moon about him. We changed up our weekend plans quickly, are leaving Walter with my parents and heading to the Bay Area tomorrow. I can't wait to hold my nephew and see everyone.

And since we are heading to California, we must stop at Chick-fil-A (since we don't have one here), go to the Vacaville Outlets and grab a pie on the way home.

Cheers to the new baby.

I hope you have a good weekend and I will be sure to share all the pictures of my sweet nephew come Monday.

I am linking up with Karli, April and Erica.

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  1. Wow a 13 day work trip! That'll be so fun but I totally get you on missing the girls. I'd be happy to write a guest post for you while you're gone! So exciting that you've got a nephew now. Being an aunt is the best!! Have a great weekend Danielle!

  2. Oh my goodness girl. A 13 day work trip. That'll be fun, but also sad at the same time. Being away from the kids for a few days is nice, but almost 2 weeks just seems so stressful. Mainly because I know you will be thinking about them so much, but you've got this. They will be in good hands and have so much fun. Yay for your nephew Enjoy this weekend and getting to snuggle a tiny baby. :)

  3. Wow a 13 day work trip!! To Europe! That's going to be amazing but yes, I would be so worried too.

    For books, seriously anything by Elin Hilderbrand is great, her books are easy reads and girly. She does have a Christmasy series, Winter Street and Winter Stroll and there's a third coming out later this year to finish, so maybe these might be good to read around the holidays :)

    I would be happy to write a guest post for you! :)

    Yayyy for a new baby, congrats to your family!

  4. Take me with you!!! But you know Im in for a guest post. I want the beach and I am so jealous you live s close, but I have three chick fil as so I'll call us even. Have a good weekend!

  5. I still highly recommend One Plus One also by Jojo Moyes. loved that book!
    Those pants are ADORABLE! I love pretty colored pants. I always have issues with a gap in the back of the pants. Maybe because I have a smaller waist than hips? I'm just used to it. & always aware of my underwear when I sit down & that it isn't showing :)

  6. have a great weekend!!! I hope the weather is beach warm for you.. it's supposed to rain here this weekend. Boo. :-( I can't wait to see pics of your new nephew!!

  7. OOh a trip to Europe sounds amazing! Even if it is for work and you will be away from the girls. I can do a guest post for you! Enjoy your chic fil a, it is a travesty that you don't live near one. Sending you good weather vibes for beach time! Have a great weekend.

  8. I just started First Comes Love by Emily Giffin and it is SO GOOD so far. I love her... she's my favorite author of all time, so I knew it wouldn't be bad!

  9. Aww what good news! So happy to hear your nephew is here. What did they name him? So sweet. I know I gues posted last time but if you need me again this time, im always happy and excited to do it. Hope you guys have an amazing weekend and you get some use out of your Loft finds!