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Five on Friday

Happy Friday!

1. First 4-Day School Week

Caroline returned to in-person school 4 days this week! As happy and grateful as I am to feel our lives slowly returning to normal, I have definitely felt a tinge of sadness being home without her by my side all week. And I miss my random whiteboard messages throughout the day…

2. Summer Spinach Salad

Mondays are typically “salad night” at our house. We tend to eat poorly all weekend and are usually craving some greens by Monday. This past Monday I whipped up a Summer Spinach Salad and (used my new serving utensils!!!). I usually serve this salad with poppy seed dressing but switched it up with a raspberry vinaigrette — so neither kid ate it. But they will devour this salad with poppy seed dressing — lesson learned.

3. The BEST Sports Bra

A few months ago I polled y’all for the best sports bra with sewn in cups and got a lot of recommendations (which I rounded up HERE). I wanted to report back with my absolute favorite reader-recommended sports bra — the Medium Support Powersoft Adjustable-Strap Sports Bra from Old Navy. I’ve been wearing it (among the others) over the past few months and just purchased a few more. It really is an incredible sports bra. It’s comfortable, features adjustable straps, is affordable (& currently on sale), provides great support and has SEWN IN CUPS. This bra really is the total package and I cannot thank you all enough for sharing this recommendation with me! Now I’m on the hunt for a good athletic top that isn’t too tight or too loose. My workouts involve lots of movement (burpees, push-ups, planks, etc.) and it’s a huge pet peeve of mine when my shirt is too loose! So far, I have this top (also available in full length version) on the way to try that was recommended to me but want to try a few options!

4. Freezer Meal Teacher Gifts

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week at Caroline’s school. Each day there has been a gift theme — flower day, card day, treat day, etc. Our teachers, Principal and bus drivers have gone WAY above and beyond this school year so we wanted to do something a little extra special to show them how grateful we are for them…we gifted them our favorite freezer meal — Baked Spaghetti! This meal is always such a hit because the recipient can bring it home and pop it right into the oven for dinner or throw it in the freezer for another night. So this week I made a ginormous batch of spaghetti dinners, downloaded a cute recipe card from Fernandina Paper Co., and froze all the dinners (I like to gift them frozen in case the recipient, like our morning bus driver, cannot keep it cold until the end of the work day). Anyway, if you’re looking to treat someone to dinner, I highly recommend this recipe!

Recipe Cards: Fernandina Paper Co

5. UNO Flip

We recently discovered the most fun version of UNO ever, thanks to a gift from one of Matt’s colleagues — UNO Flip!! This version features a twist on the game with a two-sided deck of cards and some new action cards too (skip ALL and back to you!). At any point in the game, you may encounter a “flip” card which requires all players to flip their cards and play from the other side. Anyway, we all love this game and I wanted to share it in case you are looking for an Easter basket filler!

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Friday 26th of March 2021

Caroline's white board message kills me. I love this age where kids are learning to read and write. My kindergartner was reading all of the apps (not sure what they're called) on our tv and called HBO/Max, Hobo Max and now we all call it that. We did correct him and he knows it's HBO, but we still enjoy calling it Hobo Max.


Saturday 27th of March 2021

This is HYSTERICAL. I couldn't love Hobo Max more. Amazing.

Lisa from Indiana

Friday 26th of March 2021

I cannot believe how big your kids are now. I have followed you since right after you and Matt were married. I have 12 grandkids and they have grown as fast as Caroline and Thomas. :(

I always looks forward to your Five on Friday. I found 2 new recipes and a birthday idea for my 8 year old grandgirl, Uno Flip. Thank you for taking the time to share like you do, I know it takes time.


Saturday 27th of March 2021

YAY!!!!! Thank you so much for reading along all this time, Lisa!!! I'm so glad you're here!!! xo