Five on Friday {& A Double Giveaway}!

Happiest Friday, friends! Big morning ahead! This morning Thomas has a big eye exam to evaluate his current prescription and see if things need to be tweaked since his surgery. He’s also out of contacts so before we spend a fortune on new ones we want to make sure they are the exact strength and fit he needs for the next few months. Please say a little prayer for us! These appointments tend to take hours and can be filled with lots of tears.

In other kid news (and then I promise to move on), daycare started potty training Caroline this week. One of our teachers has been telling us for awhile that Caroline is ready but we’ve been really bad about training at home. I honestly just forget! Plus we are so accustom to diapers that I haven’t really felt any rush to get one kiddo out of them. And also, (bad mom, I know) but adding trips to public bathrooms sounds terrible to me, especially with an upcoming road trip to Florida for Christmas (will we have to stop a million times?). But yesterday morning as I was loading Caroline into her car seat she said “mommy, can you go to Target and get me some pull-ups?” and so I think we may be ready. But I have no clue what I’m doing or how to make this happen soooo…moving on!

one // I’ve been traveling quite a bit for work recently which has given me an excuse to read a book! I wish I read more but the truth is I use my little free time at night to blog or watch TV with the hubs. So anyway, this book is definitely not for everyone but I recently read The Night Sister in one flight across the country. I could not read it fast enough. It’s dark, creepy and definitely a thriller. 

Here is a brief summary in case you’re looking for a good thriller:

The Tower Motel was once a thriving attraction of rural Vermont. Today it lies in disrepair, alive only in the memories of the three women—Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot—who played there as children. They loved exploring the abandoned rooms … until the day their innocent games uncovered something dark and twisted that ruined their friendship forever.

Now, Amy stands accused of committing a horrific crime, and the only hint to her motives is a hasty message that forces Piper and Margot to revisit the motel’s past, and the fate of two sisters who lived there in its heyday.  Sylvie Slater had dreams of running off to Hollywood and becoming Alfred Hitchcock’s leading lady, while her little sister, Rose, was content with their simple life. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one knows the secret that will haunt the generations to come. 

two // I recently received some pretty devastating news — I have my first cavity ever. But it gets worse…not only is it my first…there are three of them. I honestly didn’t believe it when the dentist told me so I got a second opinion and sure enough they are there. I’m getting them filled after Thanksgiving and both dentists highly recommended I add a Philips Sonicare toothbrush to my Christmas list. It wouldn’t be my lamest wish list item, but it’s definitely up there! I started looking into brushes and woah — SO many options, colors (including rose gold!) and features like various cleaning modes, intensity settings, brushing timers, pressure sensors, bluetooth technology (really?!?!), usb charging, and more! So overwhelming!

Side note: there is also a kids version which piqued my interest in hopes of decreasing my parental guidance during teeth brushing time! Anyway, it’s a little pricey for a tooth brush but also has awesome features like alerting the child to move to the next quadrant of the mouth, sings songs, and cleans deeper than a regular toothbrush with 500 strokes per second.

So anyway, my question for the blog world is…do any of you (or your kids) use an electric toothbrush? And are there any features you couldn’t live without?

three // Spicy Pork & Kale Soup: We’ve been on a soup kick in our house (see yesterday’s White Bean Chicken Chili post!!!!!) and HelloFresh nailed it with this week’s Spicy Pork & Kale Soup. I omitted the spicy ingredients in hopes the kids would partake in this dinner and Thomas couldn’t slurp down the udon noodles fast enough. And at the end he tipped the bowl and drank the broth just like the milk in his cereal. Big hit all around. You can find the recipe here.

four // Who is ready to decorate for Christmas?! We are planning to deck our halls Thanksgiving weekend and I absolutely cannot wait. We just received the most GORGEOUS handmade Christmas bulb wreath from Natalie of JN Holiday Designs for our front door and I am obsessed.

GIVEAWAY: Natalie has generously offered to give away the above beautiful handmade Christmas bulb wreath to one lucky reader! Enter using the rafflecopter below! The contest will run through Nov. 22 and the winner will be announced back here on Nov. 23! Good luck!

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five // I know y’all love it when I post about unique products and today I have an awesome Christmas gift idea for the guys in your life — People’s Choice Beef Jerky! I recently received a curated box of jerky samples and was really surprised and impressed by the variety of flavors — Sriracha?! Garlic Ginger?! Orange Honey Teriyaki?! And many more! Each bag rings in at about $6 and People’s Choice makes limited small batches so the flavors change every few months too. If you’re looking to try a range of products I would recommend checking out their line of Jerky Boxes!

GIVEAWAY: People’s Choice has generously offered to give away one Health Nut Jerky Box (their most popular box) to one lucky reader! Enter using the rafflecopter below! The contest will run through Nov. 22 and the winner will be announced back here on Nov. 23! Good luck!

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Happy weekend, friends!


Wanna join 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. Kelli Van Fossen
    November 18, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    I use a Phillips Sonicare and I honestly just got the one you can get at Costco and Sam's Club (it actually comes with two!) and it works like a charm and has helped tremendously.

  2. Rachael Allex
    November 18, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    I felt the same way about potty training. I thought it would be harder then diapers. Once he was potty trained at the end of the summer, life just got so much easier. Public restrooms are gross (and the sinks and toliets are too tall), but it's not as hard as you think. Also, I'd suggest getting a piddle pad for the car seat. My son has never actually peed in his car seat, but it gave me the confidence to start taking him out without a diaper on. Also, I've been using an electric tooth brush on my son for the past year. I've been using the ones where you can't change the tips so I have to buy a new one every month or two. I'm looking in to getting him a more permanent one, so keep us posted!

  3. Brandi Little
    November 18, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    That book sounds really good! I love to read, and wish I had more time to!

  4. Bekah Walsh
    November 18, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    oooh the wreath is gorgeous! I've always been skeptical regarding electric toothbrushes, but clearly they're here to stay.

  5. April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears
    November 18, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    That wreath is gorgeous!! It would make my front door look SO good!! 😉

  6. Stephanie Pizza
    November 18, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    We just took a 5 hour road trip and I was so nervous for so many stops, so we brought the little training potty in the trunk and when we had to stop for the kids, they could just pee in the potty and we would rinse and continue on! When she had to poop, we brought grocery bags and put one in the bowl first and just tied it off and dropped it at the next rest stop! Good Luck!!!

  7. LHWinstead
    November 18, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    That is too cute she asked for pull ups!! Hope potty training goes well!! I saw you posted that book on instagram and made a note of it, I definitely want to pick it up!

  8. Unknown
    November 18, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    My daughter is almost exactly Caroline's age, and just last week, we successfully potty trained her using the book Oh Crap, Potty Training. It took about a week for it to click, but once it did, we haven't looked back. Highly suggest giving it a read!

  9. Ashley Dorey
    November 18, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    That's exactly what happen to me with my first cavities, it was all at once. I was devastated. My dentist told me that teeth just get old sometimes and wasn't necessarily poor care. Good luck with the pt! My kids are fairly close in age so when we pt my son, my daughter caught on immediately. Fingers crossed! 😉

  10. Jo
    November 18, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I brush my teeth way too hard so my sonicare is a must have for me! Get one, you'll love it. I'm by no means an expert, but we were in the same boat as far as just being lazy when it came to potty training Lawter but once we the parents committed, it wasn't so bad. I did a little blog post about it a few weeks ago. Good luck to y'all, and good luck to Thomas this morning!

  11. Trista @ The Classy Chaos
    November 18, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Hoping the appointment goes as smoothly as possible!! I do not use an electric toothbrush but my 6 yr old does and he loves it. But I'm pretty sure it's nothing special to write home about. And I can feel you on the potty training! I can't take any credit for my oldest. He basically came home trained from daycare… and my youngest is in the process right now but I'm not rushing it or pushing it. Sometimes diapers are just easier. Especially when it comes to traveling and trips! I'm guilty of saying no when he says per in the potty?! Because I know he just wants to play… haha I'll take that bad Mom award now, thank you!! 🙂

  12. Donna
    November 18, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Praying for a relatively stress free doctor visit for everyone involved! I use a regular old toothbrush, but I do switch it out pretty regularly, at least once every 6 weeks and sometimes it's closer to once a month. Good luck on the potty training adventure!

  13. Kate
    November 18, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    I recently found a Sonicare toothbrush at Kohls – they had a bunch at different models, definitely a good deal. You could always check there if you don't want to spend too much!

  14. RED
    November 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I had a very similar experience, not one cavity my entire life and then BAM! at 29 I had 4, in one visit! WHAT!!! I have used a Sonicare ever since and I haven't had any more, in fact, I have a new one on my Christmas list as well!

  15. Becca
    November 18, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    A Sonicare is a must have! You will never want to brush with a regular brush again…seriously! And after seeing this post I added a kids one to my son's Christmas list because yes – they are that good and really clean that much better than manual toothbrushes.

  16. Jillian
    November 18, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    that wreath is cute! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  17. charmaine ♡
    November 18, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I've been thinking about getting an electronic toothbrush for the longest time. Not sure what brand to get so maybe I'll get yours!- Charmaine

  18. Lindsay
    November 18, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Check your local Costco. I just bought the nicest model of the Sonicare yesterday and it was the same price as the step below. It also came with 2 of them, so now my husband and I both have one. Our dentist reccomended the kids one once ours starts losing his teeth

  19. Danielle Siero
    November 18, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Good luck at your appointment! I can only imagine how stressful they are. Those wreaths are absolutely gorgeous! And I am totally entering the jerky contest. The hubby loves jerky!

  20. Meredith
    November 19, 2016 / 1:42 am

    Oh my word! I had the exact same thing happen to me. I went from 0 to 3 cavities. I blame the fact that I started using the dissolvable melatonin before bedtime (have a reason makes me feel better about it). Anyway, I got the sonicare from Costco and have really liked it.

  21. Alanah Cox
    November 19, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I'm sorry to hear about your cavities. I'm a registered dental hygienist in Canada and have been to multiple presentations covering different electric brushes. Mainly the diamond clean. All the reps kept stating it gives a better clean and I kept asking why. I ended up finding out the diamond clean is a medium bristle head but they do not advertise it as medium. This really bothered me since brushing with a head harder than a soft can cause recession ending in sensitivity and possible root cavities. Please be aware. Love your blog!

  22. Unknown
    November 21, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Hiiiii Christina! I've been creepily following your blog/lurking for a while now since Lisa told me about it, but when I saw this post about electric toothbrushes I had to pipe up! I used a Sonicare for years but got very annoyed with how much space it/its base/its power cord took up, how much it weighed, cost of replacing the brush heads, etc., so I abandoned ship about 2 years ago and switched back to a normal toothbrush. Then, about 4 months ago I ordered Quip toothbrushes for my husband and I and I am OBSESSED. It has many of the same bells and whistles of a Sonicare, it's SUPER low-profile, nice-looking (comes in many colors including a rose goldy-copper color) lightweight, the holster sticks to your mirror or the inside of your medicine cabinet, and every 3 months you are automatically mailed a new brush head and replacement battery. It's also cheaper than a Sonicare. Now, I'm definitely not a dentist so I can't speak to its effectiveness from a medical perspective but (knock-on-wood) no cavities! You may want to get a second opinion from someone who cares slightly more about dental health than how cute her bathroom looks, but it's definitely worth checking out! Also, this link should give you a $5 off coupon: Taylor (one of Lisa's besties from Wake 🙂 )

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    November 27, 2016 / 12:27 am

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