Five on Friday!

 Oh, hello!

one. It’s been a whirlwind of a week over here. We flew home from Florida on Monday and upon landing headed straight to the doctor (per usual) to confirm our google diagnosis that Caroline had a terrible (first) case of croup. And because she’s an overachiever she also got diagnosed with stridor, which almost took us to the ER the evening before but instead Matt slept zero hours while he watched her like a hawk. Anyway, the severity of her condition qualified us for an extra strong steroid shot to the leg and thankfully she slept like a baby that night with minimal seal bark coughs. By the next morning her 103 temperature had finally gone away and she was feeling 99% better, but Matt decided to keep her home for a movie marathon day while I traveled the entire week between Raleigh and Wilmington. Sooo, shout out to the most amazing husband and daddy who was already a week behind in work but took a sick day to be with Caroline and handled ALL the duties while I was away.

two. I forgot to pause my HelloFresh box this week since I knew I was going to be out of town every night, so you can imagine my surprise when Wednesday night Matt sent me the following photos while I was at a work dinner…

 Pronto Pasta Amatriciana!

If my husband can do it, yours can too. Also, I should mention that HelloFresh would be a great Christmas gift for the person that loves to cook! And if that person is your husband it’s a double gift win! Use promo code MG8GKD at checkout for $40 off your first box! That means you can try out HelloFresh for $29 and then cancel after your box arrives or keep on going.

three. While downloading all of my iPhone photos I realized I forgot to blog about Mel’s Supper Club! Just before Thanksgiving Mel hosted the ladies for a night of make your own pizzas!


four. I have two amazing Old Navy finds for you! First up, a dress that I love so much that I purchased it in 3 colors! There are 8 colors to pick from and the dress also comes in a textured version and in plus size too! I love how flattering and versatile this dress is. I style mine for work, date night and even our Christmas cards! It’s SO loose and flowy which I appreciate too.

Next up, these adorable and comfortable pointy ballet flats! I purchased mine for $10!!! Oh, and these also come in 8 colors.

Wearing them here…

I always get a lot of questions about this cowlneck sweater. I own it in 3 colors. It’s from Gap. It’s from last year and no longer sold, but there is the shaker stich version!

five. McKinsey’s annual gift exchange is quickly approaching and I need a good $35 gift for girls to bring fight over!  Below is a list of the big hits from last year. Now the hunt is on for what to bring this year…

Gifts for her under $35

Gift Cards: Target, Starbucks, Nail Salon, etc. Some girls bring a $35 gift card while others include a $5 gift card with a gift — both are always big hits!

Stemless Wine Glasses: Shatterproof // Cooling Set // Rubber Sleeved Set (my favorite!!).

S’well Insulated Water Bottle: 9 oz // 17 oz
Insulated Totes: Casserole Carrier // Cooler Bag
Fun Jewelry: Bracelet ideas: 1 / 2 / 3 | Necklace ideas: 1 / 2 / 3
Cosmetics: Ideas: Lip Scrub // Eye Palette // Smashbox Eye Palette // MAC Eye Palette // Urban Decay Eye Palette // NARS Blush + Bronzer Duo // Lip Scrub
Coffee Mugs & Tumblers: Ideas 12 
Scarves: Ideas 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Candles: Rewined // Aquiesse // Volcano // Nest


I accidentally volunteered to host a dinner party this weekend for
35+ people so I better go pick out a Christmas tree, decorate my house for
Christmas, figure out what to cook, buy some booze, vacuum and hide all
my clutter under beds and in closets. Oh, and maybe track down some
folding chairs, ya know, because we still don’t have any chairs for our
dining room…





  1. Sarita @ it's my girls' world
    December 1, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Have fun at the party!!! Make it a standing one. Not seeing the link to link up?

  2. Kathleen
    December 1, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Buy some booze and get a tree and no one will notice the rest…Hope it is a great party!!

  3. Anonymous
    December 1, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Wow, the meals from Hellofresh look so good! I might have to sign up so my hubby can learn. ;-)Design by Sydnee | What I'm Loving Lately ��

  4. Annie
    December 1, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Umm Matt is a champ and you are a rockstar Mama for being able to be away from your sick baby! So glad she's better. And I think I need that dress!

  5. Amy Cotton
    December 1, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    That pasta looks delicious!! I need to try that!!

  6. StorkWatcher
    December 1, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I don't know if you have this store, but TJ Maxx (or HomeGoods) has TERRIFIC tumbler/wineglass/mugs this time of year – so many great options to add to a gift at a fraction of the price! I think I saw similar initial mugs there last week…

  7. Andrea
    December 1, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Yeah that dress from Old Navy is my STAPLE! I have it in a tank style, long sleeve, black, grey, burgundy LOL. I LIVE in those!!!

  8. Elly Johnson
    December 1, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    With the phenomenal sales happening at Jcrew Factory, you could totally score some AMAZING jewelry for the gift exchange!

  9. The Lucky Lifestyle
    December 1, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    What a great daddy, and so glad Caroline is feeling better! Love the dress paired with the booties – so cute. 🙂

  10. Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC
    December 1, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I'm doing a Yankee Swap/White Elephant exchange with some mom friends this year. The rules are $25 limit and no baby/mom type gifts. I think I'm going to get this from Sephora: other idea was an Oster electric wine opener ($15-20 depending on where you buy it, it's $14-something on Amazon now) and a bottle of wine. Vinturi also makes a great wine aerator!

  11. Life As You Live It
    December 4, 2017 / 2:52 am

    Random question, but where might I be able to find that white 5 piece serving dish that Mel used for supper club? It would be perfect for our Taco Tuesdays! Thank you! (:Kaylie

  12. Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    December 4, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    I'm so glad that Caroline is okay! Croup is NO JOKE. When our son was two he came down with a case of croup so bad that his throat completely closed. We had to call 911 and thankfully they got here super fast. By then Jacob's oxygen was super low so they took him to the hospital and we had to stay overnight. It. Was. Terrifying. Our doc gave us some Prednisolone to keep on hand after that and it saved us from having to go to the hospital two more times over the next year.

  13. Jayme H.
    December 5, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Yes! That dress is the best. I have it in black and the textured grey. I also have a very similar one from last year. The best!

  14. Jose Davila
    December 8, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    This is awesome

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