Five on Friday: A Link-up!

Happy Friday!

 You want to know what’s awesome? YOU ALL ARE! We had 99 link ups to our Five on Friday post last week! I couldn’t stop smiling. Y’all are the greatest, and Darci, April, Natasha and I love you!

And since last week’s Five was so fun, let’s do it again!

– ONE – I finally broke down and splurged on benefit’s “they’re real” mascara. I typically don’t use expensive mascara {$8/tube MAX}, but after all the reviews I ran to Ulta and picked up a tube. I received mixed reviews on my Instagram post about this mascara and am hoping at $23 I  see the “dramatic results” some of you had!

– TWO – I finished The Paris Wife about a month ago and forgot to post a review. Although the intense love story of a 1920’s Paris wife was fascinating, the ending was too devastating for me. So because I am a sucker for happy endings, I give this New York Times Bestseller a rating of 3.5 stars. However, it was fun to read this book before going to see The Great Gatsby.

– THREE – The Very Veggie Wrap. Oh my word, I can’t stop eating this wrap from Just Fresh. After spending $6.81 on the same wrap for several days in a row, I decided to just go buy all the ingredients and make it myself for much cheaper. What’s in it? Cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, provolone cheese and creamy dill spread on a spinach wrap!

– FOUR – More food, sorry. But “Buy One, Get One Half Off” sushi rolls is definitely worth mentioning. Matt and I love grabbing sushi for dinner! If you live in Charlotte, you must try Akahana Asian Bistro!

– FIVE – Our 2nd Annual Green River Tubing Trip is TOMORROW!!! You can read about the first annual trip {here}. I absolutely cannot wait to drink lime-a-ritas and float down the Green for hours with friends!

Wanna join in on the Friday fun? You can link-up on
any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.)  Write  your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.)  Share the logo above on your blog and link back.
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!





  1. A Wedding Story
    June 7, 2013 / 11:22 am

    I really want to hear your thoughts on the new mascara. I went to Ulta the other day and couldn't bite the bullet (bought a $21 eyebrow pencil instead…ridiculous). Let us know!

  2. Eloquently Emily
    June 7, 2013 / 11:27 am

    I finished Paris Wife a few weeks ago and felt the same way! I need a happy ending or else I feel like the book is incomplete! Have a great time tubing this weekend!

  3. [darci @ the good life]
    June 7, 2013 / 12:33 pm

    Friend!!You had me at "float" and I forgot everything else after that. 😉 SO STINKING FUN!! I absolutely love to float the river and miss it so much (we used to live in a town with two huge and super popular rivers you could float). Hope y'all have a blast this weekend! And is it weird that I'm now craving sushi at 7:30 a.m.? Yes, yes it is. I'll have to go with donuts instead (gotta keep this sultry figure) since it's apparently National Donut Day and all. Off to the donut shop we go!Happy floating trip to you! Ps – I'm LOVING this link-up too and was absolutely shocked and giddy last week to see that 99 people joined us!! EKKKKKKK.Happy weekend!-Darci

  4. Life with Elizabeth
    June 7, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Ahh so jealous of your tubing trip! BTW I have that same VS polka bikini and just love it. Adorable! I can't wait to read your review of the mascara. I have one that I love and have used for years but am always up for trying something new – especially if I might get some drastic results!

  5. Southern Doe
    June 7, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    LOVE that mascara. Sephora gave me a sample and I was addicted! I have not yet gone back to spend the $23.00 but I do keep thinking about it!! I'm sure I will probably give in soon :o)

  6. Brookley @ Sweet B's and Sunshine
    June 7, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    Loved joining up with the 5 on Friday! I enjoy seeing everyone's faves for the week! You guys are awesome for doing a great link up:)And I agree with Darci….I love and miss floating on the river! You guys always have the most fun traditions with friends!

  7. Makeshift Margaritas
    June 7, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    Can't wait to hear how the mascara goes! Benefit's Erase Paste concealer is the best!

  8. Madeline Hughes
    June 7, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    I adore river tubing!! I just read your post from last year and my hubby and I have the Intex River Run II– we love it! We use it at the beach to float down the creek. I have to get a group together to do this ASAP! I haven't tried Akahana Asian Bistro before, but we love Sushi Guru. Will add Akahana to our list! Thanks for recommending!

  9. Erin @ Sugar Magnolia
    June 7, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    Okay you are making me hungry for sushi and a wrap for breakfast!!

  10. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    June 7, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    1. i've used "theyre real" before – after hearing that's what emily maynard uses! haha the first time i put it on, i was saying that i had kim kardashian eyelashes. i do love it! once it ran out, i started using the one april raves about (loreal professional, maybe?), but i'll probably go back to benefit once it's out again!4. our next double date with the boys should be here! we love it too! try the mt. fuji roll! it's got mango in it, and it's amazing!5. *tear* having total FOMO (fear of missing out) over tomorrow's float trip! y'all are going to have a great time! xoxox

  11. Jen
    June 7, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    I loved The Paris Wife! I am currently reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and it's very similar to The Paris Wife, but it's about Scott Fitzgerald's wife. You should definitly read it, especially if you liked The Great Gatsby. It's so fun to think about what their lives would have been like back then. They seem so glamorous! Oh and I am excited to link up today! Happy Friday!!

  12. Natasha
    June 7, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    i totally bought that same mascara about a month ago…it's one of those items i will wear for going out to dinner/nice party/etc, but not for daily looks because i'm cheao in the makeupo department–HAHA!!! hope you get good results because i think it does work!

  13. Caitlin
    June 7, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    That wrap looks beyond good! YUM!Have fun on your tubing trip! We did that last weekend and it was a blast! Did you buy that awesome tube you wanted for this year?

  14. Jenna Schaben
    June 7, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, I must try that wrap recipe! That looks absolutely AMAZING!! The perfect summer lunch! And a float trip…so much fun! The hubs and I just did one down in AZ over Memorial Day weekend and it was a blast! Word of advice, though: Keep the sunscreen handy and reapply more than you think you need to…I learned that the hard way 😉 I'm a new follower, and I want to thank you for co-hosting this fun link-up!!

  15. Tiffany
    June 7, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    That wrap looks aaamazing!

  16. the girl in the red shoes
    June 7, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Have a fun weekend!!! That veggie wrap is calling my name!

  17. Nicole
    June 7, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    This is my first time in the linkup and I just wanted to say thanks for hosting! Also, about the mascara….I tried it a long time ago so maybe they've changed the formula since but it wasn't anything worth buying over and over…I really like the cheapo beauty tubes mascara (even though I hate the white layer underneath, it really does work wonders) so if you don't love it, try that! Have fun at the river this weekend–jealous!AOT sista 😉

  18. Kaity
    June 7, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    That wrap looks awesome! I'm going to have to try that. Also, I'm super jealous of your river tubing trip- I've always wanted to do that!!

  19. Liz @ Fitness Blondie
    June 7, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    GIRL. I am in NC in Charlotte. and I have to know where "Just Fresh" is. That veggie wrap is calling my name! Let me know how you like the mascara. Lashes are my favorite part of make up. I saw you on the Friday link up ;)

  20. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    June 7, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    That float looks like!! We're forecasting almost 100 degree weather here in Northern California and the water is the only place I want to be!!

  21. Cynthia Meyers
    June 7, 2013 / 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the link up! We were having issues with chipmunks but they seem to be just digging around the plants! And our little dog chases them off most days though! And I am reading The Paris Wife right now also. Bummer about the sad ending, I am sure I will be sad and will let you know what I thought as well!

  22. Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted
    June 7, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    I have been into wraps lately myself so I think this veggie wrap might be right up my alley. Did you use a recipe for it?

  23. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    June 7, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    Oh I loved the Paris Wife. Although it was sad, it was such a romantic time. So many good lines in that book. Will have to try that sushi place because Corey and I get sushi all the time and probably too often.

  24. Leigh Powell Hines
    June 7, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    I'm back now for June so I will have to do this….oh my…that veggie wraps looks delish.

  25. Jessica
    June 7, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    I LOVE they're real! But I've totally heard cover girl clump crusher is a really great dupe–I'm def thinking about trying it since i only purchased the mini benefit for my first go around!

  26. Allison
    June 7, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    I'm a sucker for happy endings, too. I was also disappointed with The Paris Wife, especially after hearing all of the hype about it. I've been to the Green River with my husband before. He used to be a big kayaker and we went to watch the Green River race a few years ago!

  27. Allison
    June 8, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I was sad at the end of Paris Wife too, even though I knew from the beginning what was going to happen. Oh well…on a happy note, tubing sounds fantastic! I think I need to plan a tubing trip!

  28. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    June 9, 2013 / 2:44 am

    That wrap looks great!

  29. Meg
    June 9, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    I'm in desperate need of a good summer book. Your review makes me think this one might be a little heavy to read poolside. Am I right? Any suggestions on light, fun and maybe a little sexy book?? Meg

  30. Samma
    June 9, 2013 / 11:31 pm

    I can't wait to hear about the mascara. I normally am drugstore all the way, but lashes need help!

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