Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

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Salted Caramel not pictured because I ate it all…

Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

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My friends are like really pretty.

Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!

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Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!


Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

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Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara

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Friday Favorites 4/7/2017

Happy Friday, y’all!!  We have a packed weekend planned, so I am so ready for it to get here!  Tonight we are going to dinner with a super old (think elementary school) friend and her husband, since they are visiting the wonderful #YeahTHATGreenville.  Saturday we have a birthday celebration at Dave & Busters.  Then bright and early Sunday morning we are road tripping to St. Petersburg, Florida!  We’ve never been to St. Pete’s so please send me your food and fun recommendations, in the comments!

1.) Favorite New Photo Trend:  Get yourself some friends that don’t question when you do weird things, and are more than happy to be weird in return.  Case in point, friends who go to the same tourist spots and take the same photos.  Can this be a new photo trend? #FriendPhotoCopy  Use that hashtag and tag me on Instagram so I can see all the other weirdo friendships out there!

2.)  Favorite Girlie Drink (That Seems Healthy):  The Pink Drink at Starbucks.  It’s a Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk.  It tastes amazing and it looks so pretty!  Plus, there are fresh strawberries in it, so it’s basically a health drink and if you care about your body at all you will go get one, right now.

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3.) Favorite Volunteer Event (Probably of All Time):  Our church put on a free Carnival for Foster Children and their families and it was beyond incredible.  I don’t think I can fully describe how amazing this experience was.  Foster children have very little that actually belongs to them, if you would like to help them out you can go here to find a local donation spot in your area!  One thing we didn’t realize was a need until this event were lice treatment kits.  If reading that sentence made your  head itch, that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to go donate some lice kits to your local donation site. 🙂  You can search the hashtag #ForSC to see other projects our church did across the state of South Carolina.

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4.) Favorite Craft: Ok, so we agreed to help with a craft project that was WAY above our skill level.  Two hours into a 1.5 hour project, we had to call the Master Crafter, Karli, to come walk us through it step by step!  Four hours, twenty burned fingers, two pork chops and way too many frosted cookies later, we officially made 12 Easter flowers!  Here’s the link for the tutorial.  If you are able to easily make these, please feel free to gloat in the comments!

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5.) Favorite Cold Weather Walking Location: I have a great friend, Kati, and our friendship revolves around walking.  Sometimes we eat, but we always walk.  With the weather being crazy this week, we opted to check out the Well Walkers program at The Well, downtown.  The Well is our local arena where the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team play (they are doing fantastic this year). Basically you walk around the inside of the arena, and you don’t have to worry about nasty weather, it’s pretty genius.  They even have days when doctors, dietitians, or mom & me instructors come out.  I’m curious if other cities have similar programs.

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Enjoy your Friday! Go take some #FriendPhotoCopy pics or attempt some crafts that are way above your skill level, and report back!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so you can be the first to know when I have a new post!  Special shout out to Melissa and Brie for being the stars of today’s post!

XOXO,

Sara

Friday Favorites -3/3/17

First of all, thank you so much to everyone for all the support, encouragement and love for my last post!  It was definitely hard to put it out there, but I’m so glad I did!  If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can go here.

It’s Friday and it’s officially March!! March means it’s officially mine and Eric’s anniversary month!! Holla!!  I have a fun project that I need YOUR help with, so don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom!

I love compiling my list of favorites because it forces me to take an inventory of my week and I always feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude!  Even if you don’t have a blog, I highly recommend keeping a list of great things about each day.  Bonus points if you make a list of all the things you appreciate about your spouse each day!  Also, it goes without saying, but my forever favorite is the brown puppy (Belle) that insists on “helping” me blog.  She is either completely passed out, or attempting to crawl on the laptop.  There’s no in-between.  Seriously, look at this blanket caped puppers with her tongue sticking out, she’s the cutest.

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Here are this weeks favorites!

Favorite Breakfast Cookie: Y’all if you’ve ever flown American, you’ve been exposed to these amazing gifts from God, known as Biscoff Cookies!  If you are like me, you didn’t realize you could buy them in store, until your husband surprised you with a pound of Biscoff’s for Valentines Day! #swoon

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Favorite Work-Out Tank: I just picked up this sups cute tank from Express!  It’s light-weight, loose fitting and the tiniest bit sheer – makes it perfect for summer, on top of a bright colored sports bra!  Go grab one here, and we can be twinsies!  Tag me on the ‘gram, so I can see how hot you look! @sara_kauffman

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Favorite Friend-Date: Breakfast with my girl, Karli!  Who took me out on a day that she knew was incredibly hard for me, to make sure I had at least one bright spot to the day!  And she brought me these gorgeous sunflowers that look like they were made for my kitchen!

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Favorite Brewery Tour: Hands down, Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, N.C. has the best brewery tour.  The building itself is incredible.  It’s beautiful and was so well planned out  from the inside out.  On site restaurant, upstairs space for drinking and playing corn hole, out door space upstairs and downstairs for hanging out (dog friendly!) and events! It’s also LEED Platinum certified, that’s crazy impressive!  The tour itself is incredibly informative and you’re able to go behind the scenes to actually see and learn how their beer is made – Plus FREE beer tastings!

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Favorite Drink Bottle: I was super fortunate to snag one of the few remaining Lily Pulitzer Swell water bottles from Starbucks! It’s my first swell bottle, and I’m already in love!!  I have the pink one on the far right!

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Favorite Blog Participation: Eric and I are celebrating our FIVE year anniversary at the end of this month!  March 31st!  I want to do a personal post about us and our relationship, so you can get to know me.  So, submit your questions below with anything you want us to answer about each other or our relationship.  We want everything from silly, to serious and everything in between!  Bonus – If I answer your question in our anniversary post, I’ll give your blog a shout out! And if I don’t answer your question, I’ll do my best to answer it in the comments below!!  Here’s some pics of us being totally normal.

 

Thanks so much for reading!  As always, let me know if we have any of the same favorites in the comments below!  Did you score a Lilly Pulitzer Swell bottle?   Are you obsessed with Biscoff cookies?  And what questions do Eric and I need to answer about each other or our relationship?!  Happy Friday!

 

XOXO,

Sara

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – 2/24/17

It’s Friday!! Go ahead and splurge on that extra cup of coffee or fancy pastry, you deserve it!  Fun fact: my phone auto-corrects “pastries” to “pasties”.  I text about baked goods more than the average person, and apparently my phone thinks I need to spice things up.  Speaking of spicing things up…I’m all about discovering new ideas and products to make my life better, healthier or just more fun!  Below are some of my favorite things right now!

Favorite Dish: These healthy toast toppings from The Healthy Hour.  I mean…I really need for Stephanie Park to just move in with me and make all my meals.

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Favorite App: First 5  This is a safe space, so I’ll be honest – I struggle with being intentional in my time with God .  This app makes it super simple, it’s either a reading or a video (which I can listen to while in the car!).  It’s quick while also being deep and thoughtful. (Thanks for the rec, Brie!)

Favorite Sleep Mask: So, I cannot go to sleep without a sleep mask, it’s a necessity for me.  These Bucky sleep masks are amazing and super comfortable while blacking out all light! Get one for you, and if your husband is anything like mine, you might as well get one for him too!

Favorite Show to Binge Watch: Death in Paradise on Netflix! It’s a lighthearted crime solving show, set in the fictional Caribbean Island of Saint Marie.  I love the casting, the story lines and all the British and French accents!

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Favorite Impromptu Date Night: A local business hosted a Pop-Up Supper Wednesday night, and it was so great!  We had amazing food for only $10 and I love any excuse to go downtown!  If you’re local to Greenville, S.C. (or visiting) you should check out M.Judson Booksellers & Chocolate Moose (yep, 2 business in one building!) to see what events they have going on!

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Canelones de Carne (pasta rolls w/ beef, pork & chicken) topped with Belchamel and Manchego cheese and a Granny Smith apple salad w/ Valdeon blue cheese and Marcona almonds.

Are you a fan of any of my favorites, what do you love that I must check out?  What are your favorite date nights, planned out or spontaneous? And what show should I binge on Netflix next?!  Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to subscribe!

XOXO,

Sara