Five on Friday!

Happy Friday! I have a post packed with fun stuff today…

one // I think I received a record number of comments on this amazing cookie on my insta-story last weekend. I’ve got into a really bad habit of ordering a pound of sliced turkey at the Harris Teeter deli…and then taking 4 steps over to the bakery cakes case while I wait. And when this insanely delicious four layer cookie cake is available I just have to take a slice home. It’s dangerously good but not too sweet — the middle isn’t icing, it’s fluffier which allows you to eat way more than you should in one sitting. 

two // Moving on to more food! Sorry, I love food! This week we received one of our most favorite HelloFresh meals to date — Rapid Crispy Shrimp Tacos with Crunch Red Cabbage Slaw. First, this truly took less than 12 minutes to prep, cook and devour (hence, the “rapid” title). I think it’s the reason I loved it so much, but also because it was SO DANG GOOD. Everything came already prepped and sliced which I really, really appreciated so I just dumped the ingredients into a bowl and then cooked the shrimp in a few minutes. Here’s the recipe to make on your own!

three // I’ve been meaning to share Thomas’s second favorite Christmas gift — the twilight turtle constellation night light. As part of our bedtime routine Thomas loves turning on his twilight turtle and picking out the color for his starry night sky — orange, green or blue (or if we’re feeling really fun we’ll hit the button that cycles through all three). His room has a pitched ceiling too so the constellation looks amazing! The light stays on for 45 minutes before automatically shutting off too. Also, I don’t know why I find this so funny, but the box states that this constellation night light is “pediatrician recommended” in case you need another reason to purchase one.

**In case you’re wondering…I know you were!…Thomas’s favorite Christmas present was the Dirt Devil vacuum. We have to pry it out of his hands when we leave the house and especially at bedtime. That little guy literally vacuums the house all day every day.

four // I recently scooped up $8 worth of flowers at Trader Joes for the loveliest bouquet of hydrangeas ($5) and some eucalyptus ($3). Additionally, Matt and I grabbed 6 new bottles of wine but our kids were screaming so I couldn’t focus and just grabbed a hodge podge of pretty labels. So tell me, what is your favorite pinot noir or cab and your favorite sauvignon blanc at Trader Joes? Preferably under $9 a bottle.

five // I almost made my entire 5 on Friday post about this ONE item but held myself back…y’all, I recently found out (from a way cooler, trendier friend) about the iluminage skin rejuvenating eye mask that reduces the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep!!! This silky mask is embedded with copper, a well-known essential mineral with skin-enhancing properties. Anyway, you can find it at Macy’s, Neimans, Nordstrom, Sephora and a few places. Or you can do a little price shopping and pick it up from Amazon (which is currently offering it at the same price but with a coupon for $2 off) and duh, free two-day prime shipping! I am two weeks in and am LOOOOOVING it. 

***Also, I’ve also been told to get the iluminage pillowcase next.





  1. Amanda Bullard
    January 20, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I miss the days of my kids LOVING on some toy cleaning systems LOL! Why does that fade so quickly? Thank you for the free trial of Hello Fresh! We are totally in love with it and those tacos…I must try! I also must try that anti wrinkle system. Happy weekend!

  2. Brittney
    January 20, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Delicious looking food, beauty products, and hydrangeas…I'm coming over! Those are some of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tanya McMann
    January 20, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I need to try that cake and that mask! My brain is currently not working thinking about my Trader Joes wine, but I will look in my wine rack later and get back to you. Have a great Friday!

  4. Danielle Siero
    January 20, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    I love food too, so post away! 😉 I clearly need to try that eye mask as well….

  5. Laura Darling
    January 20, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I got my niece that vacuum for Christmas and she is obsessed too! She takes it so seriously, I think she really thinks she's vacuuming! :)I have heard such great things about Trader Joe's wine, but I've never had it! I live in Pennsylvania and you can only buy liquor/wine/beer at state run "wine and spirits" stores, or state regulated beer distributors, and no alcohol is sold on Sundays! They're in the process of changing the laws and I can't wait to be able to grab a bottle of wine at the grocery store! I'll have to check out the TJ's selection!

  6. delia
    January 20, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    The Moon X Pinot Noir is our favorite!! I believe it is only 6.99 or 7.99 but it tastes much more expensive!

  7. Erin Barnes
    January 20, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Two buck Chuck!!! Except it's now $3.29 I think.

  8. Sierra @ Beautifully Candid
    January 20, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Ok I can see why…that cookie looks amazing! Haha kids and their cleaning fascinations. Now, if only they will continue that when they're older. Have a great weekend 🙂 Beautifully Candid

  9. Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    January 20, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Oh HOLY HECK that cookie cake looks amazing!! Cookie cake is literally my favorite food in the entire universe and I have never seen one like this before! We don't have a Harris Teeter here, though! WAAAAHHHH! Send me some through the mail? Haha.

  10. LHWinstead
    January 20, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    That cookie cake and those tacos— yummm!! Drooling over here!!! Happy Friday!

  11. Kait
    January 20, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Okay that cookie cake is a major NEED! I'm sitting here drinking my coffee like…GIVE ME!!! Also – those tacos. Add those to my imaginary plate too 😉

  12. Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason]
    January 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Trader Joe's has THE best flowers and THE best (cheap!) wine. I love rose so I'm not much help, but if you're looking for one, I love the Espiral! $4.99!

  13. Tara Usher @ Mommy in a Nutshell
    January 20, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    That cake! I'm drooling over here.

  14. Sara
    January 20, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    We had that cake at a recent birthday party….it's soooooo good. I kind of hate that I now know I can get it by the slice at HT…. 🙂

  15. Rachael Alexis
    January 20, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    That shrimp dish…come to mama! Too bad this entire weekend consists of working 12 hour shifts (as a nurse) which means no time for elaborate dishes for me. Enjoyed linking up with you guys, I haven't been able to in a while.

  16. Brittney
    January 21, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Our kids love their twilight turtle too. My oldest is 4 and still turns it on every night. My fav TJ Sauvignon Blanc is Picton Bay and it's like $7! It's the best. That cake looks too good!!

  17. Samma
    January 21, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Deeds is obsessed with vacuums too! Especially when he was Thomas' age! Checking out the eye mask now!

  18. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    January 21, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    I don't have it in my fridge, but there is a blue label Sauvignon Blanc that is good from there. I do have in my fridge the Les Portes de Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc which is good for 5.99. I know you didn't include Zins on your list, but you should try the Cline Zinfandel which I think is like 7.99-8.99. I took a trip to Cline when I was in wine country and all of their wines are pretty good!

  19. lesleyrae0814
    January 21, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    The Vinas Chilenas sauvignon blanc is my favorite from TJ's. I always have a few bottles on hand! For pinot noir, I like their Blue Fin, and for cab I actually like the Charles Shaw (aka 2 buck Chuck). I love buying wine at TJ's – you really can't beat it! My all time fav is Espiral Vinho Verde if you need a bonus rec 🙂

  20. Melissa Fitch
    January 21, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    The shrimp tacos look amazing!! Adding them to this week's menu plan. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  21. June Pope
    January 21, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Just ordered the mask, I live 1 block from the HT and that cake, the shrimp looks like something we'll be having next week…..dang Christina! You rock!

  22. Rachel Emily
    January 22, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I juuust promised my husband shrimp tacos this week and these look like a perfect (easy) way to switch them up! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Lisa
    January 24, 2017 / 3:40 am

    THAT CAKE…no wonder you buy a slice…it looks amazing and so did the shrimp tacos. (I love food too?) One of my friends little ones has that turtle too…so cool! Have a great week!

  24. rox
    February 3, 2017 / 2:34 am

    DITTO for the Espiral Vinho Verde. SO perfectly crisp and a touch of bubbles for that perfect summer (or any season – let's be real) sip.

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