Five on Friday!

If things are going as I planned in my head, we are en route to Florida! If I’m being realistic, we are probably still running around collecting toys, stuffing snacks in coolers, packing up sound machines, toothbrushes and chargers, installing DVD players on headrests, writing instructions for the dog sitter, locking up the house, and filling up on gas and coffee…and then we’ll be in route to Florida!

However, while procrastinating on all of the aforementioned to-do’s, I wrote a Five on Friday post!

one. In a moment of pure delusion (and shortly after watching the Memphis Episode of This Is Us), I tried to persuade my 7 month pregnant sister into helping me plan and convince my parents of a day trip to Disney as a family this weekend. Clearly, I am living in la-la land and the conversation was quickly dismissed. However, dad has been holding on to our Disney tickets for literally DECADES to take his granbabies to Disney one day. I’m still holding on to hope this will be in our near future! In the meantime, homemade Mickey waffles will have to suffice! But seriously, look at these BMB (before magic bands) tickets…

and they never expire!

two. For a recent taco night I used the Avocado Crema recipe from a previous Hello Fresh meal for topping off our tacos and ohhhh myyyy gooooooosh, I will never make tacos without it again! And this topping is incredibly easy to whip together. Oh, and I served my tacos alongside a Mexican street corn that I also highly recommend! 

Avocado Crema: 

1 Avocado, pitted and halved

4 TBSP sour cream

1 lime, zested and halved

Salt & Pepper


Mash together half an avocado, sour cream, juice of ½ a lime, and lime zest with a fork in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

three. I recently received a few bottles of Dixie Southern Vodka to review so last weekend I experimented with St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. I was pretty happy with the final cocktail! I’m calling these Wicked Little Leprechauns because they sneak up on you fast! Oh, and the vodka is far better than anything we keep in stock in our booze cabinet — highly recommend (and it comes in a variety of flavors)!

Wicked Little Leprechaun Cocktail: In a glass full of ice add 1.5 oz Dixie Southern Vodka (more or less depending on how strong you like it), fill glass up with sprite, add a splash of lemonade and a splash of Green Hawaiian Punch

four.   This is going to be a two-part #4 because both topics revolve around bedtime.

So, let’s call this 4A: Night Terrors. I received a TON of messages from you all yesterday on insta-stories in response to Caroline waking up every night sobbing and trembling in fear. A few nights a week she’s been suddenly waking around 2-3 am with the saddest and most terrifying sob screams. She’s disoriented when we find her (she always screams for Matt to come get her) and can’t recall the dream that upset her, rather she says “she’s scared!” and continues to sob, heart racing and clings to Matt. She is nearly impossible to comfort and begs us to bring her to our bed to sleep the rest of the night because she is too terrified to go back to sleep by herself. So I’m thinking we’re just going to let her sleep with us until she goes off to college. Not weird, right?

Anyway, many of you gave me some solid advice and some of you asked to relay whatever advice I received because you’re going through the same thing. So let me breakdown the most popular responses:

  • There’s a difference between Night Terrors and Nightmares: Nightmares occur during the dream phase of sleep known as REM sleep. The circumstances of the nightmare will frighten the sleeper, who usually will wake up with a vivid memory of a long movie-like dream. Night terrors, on the other hand, occur during a phase of deep non-REM sleep usually within an hour after the subject goes to bed. During a night terror, which may last anywhere from five to twenty minutes, the person is still asleep, although the sleepers eyes may be open. When the subject does wake up, they usually have no recollection of the episode other than a sense of fear. This, however, is not always the case.
  • Send her to bed earlier. Being overtired can sometimes prompt a night terror. She’s been skipping her school nap so this makes sense!
  • No sugary snacks before bed (see ya later popsicle bath bribes!)
  • Footy pajamas are linked to night terrors (yes, most random thing ever, and that is what she wears!) 
  • Essential oils
  • Lully Sleep Guardian (has anyone tried this?!?!?) 
  • Pray over her (we do this, but maybe need to come back in after she goes to sleep for extra credit).
  • And the best news I received — this is usually a phase that she will outgrow!

On to happier bedtime things: 4B — classic childhood books! I am working on adding some new books to our collection and would love to know which book was YOUR favorite as a child. I recently picked up one of my old favorite books, Tikki Tikki Tembo and there is absolutely nothing funnier than hearing my toddler try and recite this book. So far Caroline has gotten as far as “Tikki Tikki Tembo No Siry Bootchi!” It gets me. every. single. time. Oh, and for the record, Matt thinks this book is totally weird and doesn’t know why I liked it as a child, or adult. Anyway, tell me your favorite books in the comments!!!

five. I thought I’d make your day with that picture. Real life, folks!

Happy weekend friends!





  1. Amy Cotton
    March 10, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Tacos and street corn are two of my favorite things! I can't wait to try out your recipes!

  2. Stang&Co
    March 10, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Dying over that maxi pad!!!!

  3. Sarah
    March 10, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Awwww poor Caroline!!! My 3-year-old has these occasionally, and usually they are when she's been crazy all day and goes to bed later than normal (mine are in bed at 6:30 lol! But they don't nap and are up early). And how random they are linked to footie pajamas??!! Crazy!!Hope you have an awesome time in Florida!!!-Sarah

  4. Laura Darling
    March 10, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I cracked up at that last picture! That's awful about the night terrors! I hope some of those tips help, and that she outgrows them quickly! Love that your dad has those tickets! I bet you will have a blast when you get to use them! Hope the trip goes smoothly, and enjoy your time with your family! I will keep you in my prayers!

  5. Lizzie Simantz
    March 10, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I hope you get your Disney trip in there soon! I can't believe those tickets!! OMG that last pic, hilarious!

  6. Kathleen
    March 10, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    That old Disney pass AND that it doesn't expire. I want to see you hand that to a Disney person and watch their reaction. Hope you have a safe trip and a good visit with your Dad!

  7. Donna
    March 10, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Best wishes with the night terrors! So hard…Our almost three year old gets them in phases. Like she'll have them for a couple nights in a row and then won't have them for a long time. And I've never figured out exactly how to help with them either…

  8. Adrienne at Bentley, Like the Car
    March 10, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    That last pic. HAHAHA! Where The Wild Things Are is one of my favorite books. In fact, I used this as the inspiration for my toddler's valentines this past year.

  9. LHWinstead
    March 10, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Oh my word, number 5 just made my morning lol amazing 🙂

  10. Laura Wyatt
    March 10, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Some of my favorites that I vividly remember reading growing up: Runaway Bunny (great, great Easter basket book if y'all don't already have it) and Mouse Paint (definitely influenced the inner artist in me!)

  11. Lisa
    March 10, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    YEP…Number 5 is HILARIOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing! Happy Weekend!

  12. Mary Porter
    March 10, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    My 2.5 yr old is currently loving the Frog and Toad audio books. We listen to them in the car and at home and he asks for them a lot! I even use audiobooks as a bribe to get in the car!! He also liked Curious George on audio and I'm waiting on Cat in the Hat, which I know he'll love. (I get these all through our library). As far as classic books..he loves Richard Scarry and Cat in the Hat.

  13. E
    March 10, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    My favorite books as a kid were Yummers, The Little House, and Gus and the Baby Ghost. My 3 year old has recently been requesting Yummers over and over. I had to buy an old library binding on Amazon to get my hands on a copy because I believe the hardcovers are out of print.

  14. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That!
    March 10, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I used to LOVE Tikki Tikki Tembo! I'm going to have to get the book for our little girl!

  15. Katie Witt
    March 10, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    We LOVE good books in our house! With littles ranging from age 1-6 we read all types of books! Some of our favorites include:Dragons Love Tacos, The Circus Ship (currently our #1), Finding Winnie, The Goodnight Train, any of the Fairy books by Tim Bugbird, The Book with No Pictures, LIttle Blue Truck, The Very Fairy Princess books, Randy Riley's Big Hit, Snowman at Night, and If I Built A Car

  16. Sarah Wartenberg
    March 10, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    No kids but as a former Barnes & Noble employee one of my absolute favorites is Itsy Mitsy Runs Away, it has the cutest illustrations and is just the sweetest story. Hope you have a fabulous time in Florida!

  17. Lindsay Bononno
    March 10, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    My daughter gets night terrors sometimes, too. It's always scary because she doesn't really respond to me (since she's technically still asleep). Usually if I hold her for a few minutes she lays down on her own and is back to sleeping. Hope it ends soon for you! Thanks for the laugh on #5!

  18. Sara
    March 10, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Night terrors are scary. My son used to get them when he was around 2 and though his eyes would be open he was unresponsive besides shrieking. To snap him out of it we would put on the TV. It would almost instantly snap him out of it and then I could calm him down and put him back to bed where he would go right back to sleep. I'm sure that isn't doctor recommended but it did work for us. He also outgrew them after a couple of months and we haven't had them in years. My husband also has night terrors and well it's absolutely terrifying to see an adult go through it. His are specifically triggered by lack of sleep. What I found doing research is that it could be hereditary. Hoping that Caroline outgrows them soon. Have a great weekend in FL.

  19. Kelly Entzel
    March 10, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    My favorite childhood book was "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street". So good. Also…two of our current favorites with our son include "Hello Ninja" and "The Little Blue Truck". 🙂

  20. Toni :O)
    March 10, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Goodnight Gorilla is tons of fun as there is no words so you make up the story for the pictures as you go along. My hubby and I loved reading this to our littles. Another one is Guess How Much I Love You-a favorite!! The Kissing Hand is so precious. I highly recommend those three. Dying over your last photo. Sorry about the night terrors, zero fun and thankful I didn't have to deal with them. Safe travels to Florida.

  21. Christina
    March 10, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I remember those tickets!!! what a throwback!

  22. Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    March 10, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    OMG that last picture. Hilarity. Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with your family!

  23. brittany @ g squared
    March 10, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    My daughter has been having night terrors! Will def be taking these suggestions.

  24. Ashley Stewart
    March 10, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Check out "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear". This was my favorite book as a little girl and my kiddos now love it too!

  25. Sunkissed and Southern
    March 11, 2017 / 7:02 am

    Benadryl gave our toddler night terrors! FYI random side effect we didn't know about until we put two and two together!

  26. Jackie @ My (Sort Of) Adult Life
    March 11, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Oh my gosh, I've never seen Disney tickets like that, it's amazing they never expire! And those home made Mickey waffles are perfect!

  27. Sara Elizabeth Miller
    March 11, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    OMG. I still have those Disney tickets, too!! I hope you guys have a fantastic family weekend… despite that wrong turn snafu this morning. 😉

  28. Mrs.Grits
    March 13, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Favorite children's books: Where the Wild Things Are, Gregory the Terrible Eater, Katy and the Big Snow, and Madeline books. 🙂 We are currently getting into some of my childhood favorites and I love it!

  29. Jillian Manesh
    March 13, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    that's so cute that he saved the disney tickets (and AWESOME they dont expire!) as for the night tremors im so sorry! that sounds terrible. as for books i loved "the giving tree" but now reading it as an adult it's got me thinking the boy in the book is pretty greedy! ah well Vi loves it. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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