Five on Friday!

So I’ve totally been slacking on my 5 recently. The days seem to fly by and Friday sneaks up so quickly leaving me unprepared to write my post! And I have to admit, I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with this amazing link-up once Caroline arrives so I really want to have fun with these last few weeks before I take a short break.


Before we get started, I wanted to first give a huge CONGRATULATIONS shout out to my friend and fellow 5 on Friday host, Natasha on launching her new business, Sugar Bit, an online children’s boutique for newborns through 4-year olds. Make sure to visit her website and follow Sugar Bit on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook!

– ONE – I’ve kept my spring decor pretty minimal this year since there’s a chance it may stay up through summertime with a newborn on my hands. For my entry way table I put moss and eggs in apothecary jars…

And I threw some fun Easter twigs in my potted fern in the kitchen.

– TWO – I’m on a mission to get as many mani/pedi’s as possible these last 5 weeks before Caroline arrives. My poor ankles and feet really deserve it, plus the massage chairs at the nail salons are seriously magical for my lower back pains so I get a lot of bang for my buck. Anyway, I can’t get over how much I love the new OPI color, Lucky, Lucky, Lavender. It’s the perfect spring pink with a touch of lavender.

– THREE – I am so over being pale. In fact, I’ve never been this pale (or large) in my life! I did recently get spray tans for my baby shower and maternity pictures, but I can’t afford to do that every week so I’m starting up my fake bake routine (with the doctor’s approval) to get some color in my life. I have a few Tan Towels I need to use up, but what I’m really excited about is the bottle of TanWise that is en route to my house (thank you Amazon Prime). After reading Maskara’s review {here} I decided to purchase a bottle and see how it goes. Stay tuned!

– FOUR – My new favorite way to cook fresh green beans! All you have to do sprinkle some Good Seasons Zesty Italian salad dressing mix on top of your beans, add some melted butter and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. I served these with our spaghetti dinner earlier this week and was very pleased with how they turned out!

– FIVE – This weekend we have another baby shower, hosted by Matt’s sweet mom and sister! Matt has a huge family so it’s going to be quite the reunion party with lots of his family traveling into town to shower Caroline and squeeze in some golf.

Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I 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 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. P!nky
    April 4, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    Hey lady, your linky isn't working. Fun pictures!

  2. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    April 4, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Get those manis and pedis, girl!! That invitation is sooo cute. As a pale girl myself, I need to try some Tan Wise!

  3. Lisa Loves John
    April 4, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    LOVE those invitations!! Have so much fun at your shower this weekend!

  4. Heather (My Little HEA)
    April 4, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    I love the Easter dΓ©cor and I can't wait for Lent to be over so I can get my toes done again! I gave up nail polish this year. I need to try that seasoning. Have a bag of green beans sitting in my fridge ready to bake!

  5. Courtney Sweet
    April 4, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    Enjoy those mani pedis! I had the same toe nail polish for months after Aria arrived. That lavender is perfect!

  6. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    April 4, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Y'all have fun at the shower this weekend, sweetness! Safe travels there and back!!! xx

  7. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    April 4, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Love that nail color! I've been really loving the purple hues this spring! Can't wait to hear how the tanning goes, I'm so pale too.. ugh! Have a ton of fun at your shower!!

  8. Cherish
    April 4, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    I broke out the self tanner this week, too! Couldn't take the pastiness any longer. : ) I love that OPI color, might have to grab it the next time I'm at Ulta even if I already have quite a few lavenders. Have so much fun at your shower this weekend, love the invitation!

  9. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    April 4, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    Love that color! I've been on the hunt for the perfect selfless tanner so I will have to check out Tan Wise. Hope y'all have fun at the shower πŸ™‚

  10. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    April 4, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    Loving the OPI goodness! Enjoy your shower this weekend! xo

  11. BLovedBoston
    April 4, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Oh that is such a pretty nail color!! Hope you have a wonderful time at your baby shower!! Happy weekend!

  12. Hope @ Hope in a Blog
    April 4, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Loved reading you can spray tan/fake bake routine it up with doctor's "OK" during pregnancy…I had always wondered about that because as a pal girl…I just felt I needed to know this little tidbit in advance! So thanks for answering it ;)! Your baby shower invites are precious…love how Caroline is so loved and adored already! Xx.

  13. Emily Clark
    April 4, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Tanwise rocks! Did you get the mouse? It lasted around a week and was so natural looking!

  14. The Modern Tulip
    April 4, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    I think you deserve ALL of those mani's and pedi's that you speak of! That Lavendar is gorgeous too! I will be trying this green bean deliciousness asap! It sounds fabulous! Happy Friday!

  15. Karlyn Beth
    April 4, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    That OPI nail polish color is beautiful! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Tanwise – I've been wanting to try it myself!

  16. Carolina Belle
    April 4, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    I used tanwise for years but they discontinued it for a while. It is my absolute favorite!

  17. Colleen Sullivan
    April 4, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    I love that polish on you! So pretty for fall and so mod!

  18. Dee Stephens
    April 4, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    yay for more showers! i had 3!!

  19. Rebecca Jo
    April 4, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Come here – stand next to me – you'll feel tanner in an instant πŸ™‚

  20. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    April 4, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    Such pretty decor! I love that nail polish! Have a great weekend! Enjoy every moment celebrating Miss Caroline!

  21. Maureen SIM
    April 4, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    I would love to hear about what kind of spray tans you've done and what works best. I am thinking of doing one before my wedding and want to try out a few before it gets too close!

  22. Sarah O
    April 4, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    I need some fake color so badly, can't wait to hear what you think of TanWise. Those greenbeans will be on my table sometime next week for sure.

  23. Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog
    April 4, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Love that green bean recipe and the Easter decor with apothecary jars. I have lots of extra apothecary jars laying around from my daughter's party last year so I am seriously running out to Michaels this week to find items to do this! πŸ™‚

  24. Eloquently Emily
    April 4, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    I just bought one of the tan towels to try out and can't wait to see the results! Hope yall have a great weekend!

  25. sara {rhapsody and chaos}
    April 4, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    That green bean recipe sounds amazing! I'm adding the ingredients to my shopping list. Have an awesome baby shower this weekend!

  26. Nicole
    April 4, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    I've always been curious about tan towels. I'm a fake 'n baker myself, but I also use self-tanner. My favorite lotion I've found is Banana Boat's Summer Color tanning lotion. It's CHEAP and it works so well! I haven't ever streaked with it. I hope your baby shower goes well–if the invitation is any indication of the entire event, I'm sure it will be beautiful!

  27. Jillian Manesh
    April 4, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    yum! those beans look tasty!! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  28. Bekah @ reβ€’solve
    April 4, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Those green beans look amazing!!! I plan on trying this asap!Also, so with you – I'm not huge into self tanning, but wow I feel ghost-lier than usual after this winter. I put on some fake bake myself last night.

  29. Myla Munro Ringler
    April 4, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    I need some lavender polish in my life! That color is perfect. And the Easter eggs in the apothecary jars are super cute! Enjoy your shower this weekend!

  30. Hannah
    April 4, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    Such a pretty nail color! enjoy being pampered these last few weeks! Cute invitations! Have fun at your shower and with family.

  31. Tess
    April 4, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    Sounds like it's going to be a fantastic weekend for you. I loved the invitation that Matt's mom picked out.Also, do you read East Coast Nat's blog? She had a hilarious post about tanning towels this week and you just reminded me of it. She had been using them on her chest, and in the middle of the night her baby slept on her while he was being fussy.Next morning? He woke up and his cheek was tanned from the lotion she had applied!

  32. Kelly Elizabeth
    April 4, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    Oh I will miss your five on fridays for awhile! But I think new baby updates and sweet pictures will more than make up for it! I'm with you and have started my spray tans for the spring! So glad you are having lots of family in town for another shower! Have an amazing weekend! πŸ™‚

  33. Brianne Bracco
    April 4, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    I now have a new way to cook green beans…thanks for the recipe! Excited to try them with the seasoning πŸ™‚

  34. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    April 4, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Have a wonderful shower! How lucky you two are to receive so much love before little Caroline arrives!

  35. Cat @
    April 4, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    Love your Easter eggs… Are they wooden? I'm having trouble finding ones that I like the colors of and aren't Styrofoam or plastic. Do you remember where you got yours?

  36. Kacie de Leon
    April 4, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    I have been wanting to use Tanwise also! Please let us know how it goes!

  37. Nat
    April 4, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    Get as many mani and pedis as you can!!! That is the one small indulgence I miss the most- I still go occasionally but I really miss having the freedom to just go whenever I want and just sit and relax. Enjoy your shower this weekend!!

  38. Kristal {The Strong Family}
    April 4, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Oh, I can't wait to hear what you thunk of the self tanner. And those green beans sound yummy!!

  39. Hailey Bond
    April 4, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    I love the Easter decorations, very cute! πŸ™‚

  40. PrettyLuckyMama
    April 4, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Love the Easter decorations so simple yet so pretty. The nail polish color is so spring love it!! I totally need to try that tanner you are talking about I hate being so pale. Have fun at your baby shower πŸ™‚ xoxoJocelyn @PrettyLuckyMama

  41. TerinAleah
    April 5, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Your Easter/Spring decorations are beautiful! I like the simpler decorations too! πŸ™‚ I am also loving that nail color!!

  42. Brooke Odom
    April 5, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Those invitations are too sweet!! I hope you had the best time πŸ™‚

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