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Five on Friday

Happy Friday and happy April Fools Day!

Before we get down to the 5, I wanted to share the top 10 reader favorite items for March!

  1. Boho Spaghetti Strap Dress
  2. Striped Boho Spaghetti Strap Dress
  3. Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice for the Jennifer Aniston Salad
  4. Floral Mini Dress
  5. Supergoop! Glow Stick
  6. IT Cosmetics CC Cream
  7. Vicks VapoShower Bomb
  8. Disney Princess Cookbook (great Easter basket item)
  9. Flowy Maxi Dress
  10. Little Girls Rainbow Dress

1. April Fools Pranks!

This morning I’m surprising the kids with glasses of “juice” with their breakfast and cannot wait to see their faces when they realize it’s jell-o! I’m also planning to pour Sprite into their water bottles for school which they definitely will not see coming.

2. After-School Snack Plates

I’ve received lots of messages on Instagram in response to my after-school snack plates! Y’all are loving them so I’ll keep them coming! These have been so much fun for me to create and the kids get wildly excited to see what I’ve whipped up each day. And our snack boards have really helped us cut down on the number of Doritos bags that are grabbed from the pantry after school each day too.

The kids voted this board as their favorite from last week. In perfect timing, I had made our Easter Snack Board earlier that day so I was able to re-purpose all of the items for a smaller after-school/happy hour version while we got ready for Family Movie Night.

Also, I need to give a disclaimer — I am clearly still very much running on a resignation high and I am incapable of sitting still, so right now that looks like a backlog of projects I’ve wanted to tackle and recipes I’ve had saved forever to make.

3. Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Rating 5/5: Oh my goodness, I loved this memoir — and I think this may be my first 5 star book rating for 2022! We picked this book for Community Group this month (we like a wiiiiide variety of books) and I cannot wait to discuss it next week with the girls!

Matthew has lived the most interesting 50 years of life so far and I was absolutely fascinated by all his stories. I would hiiiiiighly recommend listening to the audio version. Matthew narrates it and he truly has a gift of storytelling.

Book Summary: From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.

4. Product Hack

In case you missed it, I shared this little hack on Instagram this week — cutting open your cosmetics/personal products/etc. to scrape out the very last drop once you think it’s empty. Once my foundation runs out, I always cut the tube open and can usually get 3-4 more applications out of it! I use a small concealer brush, but many of you said you use a q-tip or a BEAUTY SPATULA (Genius! And adding to cart now.).

Also, if you messaged me about what foundation I’m using, it’s the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It is lightweight, hydrating and has SPF 50 sun protection! I’ve tried SO many foundations and will forever use this one. I wear color Light. And right now it’s 25% off (not sure for how long).

5. Product Refill: Native Deodorant

I switched to a natural deodorant a few years ago and have worked my way through all the top reader recommendations. Out of all of them, Native has been my favorite. There are several great scents but I just purchased the Lilac & White Tea and it smells AMAZING. I also really like the Coconut & Vanilla (their best-seller). You can also find these at Target or Walmart!

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Friday 1st of April 2022

The resignation high is real! For the first month I was like “I have all the time in the world! What will I do with all this free time?” That quickly changed LOL.


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

YES!!! It doesn't feel like real life yet. haha.


Friday 1st of April 2022

Hi, I always love your posts. I’d love to see a day in the life now that you’ve resigned. Best wishes!


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

Thank you friend! YES! I totally plan to write this once I get into a better groove! Right now life still feels surreal and I'm all over the place learning how to restructure my days! haha.


Friday 1st of April 2022