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Five on Friday!

It feels SO good to write a 5 on Friday post! Over the past few weeks random thoughts and ideas have been swirling around in my head and now I’m mad I didn’t write any of them down. But don’t worry because I still have 5 really fun things to share today. But first, I have to share that today is a BIG day for us. This morning we have a super important eye exam for Thomas. This is the longest time we’ve ever gone in between eye exams — and that’s a good thing! Our last appointment was in March and we have officially gone through all our contacts. So before we order 6 more very expensive sets of contacts we need an eye exam to see if we need to tweak Tom’s prescription. Wish us luck that our little man will tolerate his exam well today!  

one. I love this little moment I captured a few mornings ago of Caroline buckling her baby doll up at daycare drop-off.

two. A few weeks ago we hosted Sara’s family over for dinner and she brought probably the best appetizer I’ve ever had in my life — Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta. OMG I am not even kidding, these were absolutely incredible. My picture does NOT do them justice. And a few of you asked me to post the recipe from my insta-stories post. You 100% need to make these for your next party!

three. At least once a week my sister and I send each other snaps of ourselves with our Black Mask on. We both purchased it a few months ago and have been loooooviiiiiiinnngggg it. It’s a little more expensive than I usually like to spend on masks so I was hesitant to buy it at first but it’s lasted me a very long time and it is worth the hype and money!

[When God Doesn’t Fix It]

four. I received one of the very best book recommendations from one of my lovely readers — When God Doesn’t Fix It by one of my favorite Christian music artists, Laura Story. After reading the reviews I primed a copy to myself, my mom and my sister. This book is so so so perfect for anyone whose life has taken an unexpected turn. I highly recommend scooping up a copy for yourself or gifting one to a friend going through a hard season in life.

five. It’s been tough leaving Charlie at home while we’ve been traveling to Florida since he is so sick. However, we’ve felt SO good about the care he receives from Barks & Bloom while we’re away. We started using these amazing ladies a few years ago when Charlie was getting a little too old for boarding and we couldn’t be happier. Several times a day they stop by our house to walk him, throw his ball around, refresh his water, and take care of random house things like bring in the mail, turn porch lights on, take our trash cans to the curb, etc. And after ever visit we receive an email with a very detailed report card and pictures from the visit. I swear Charlie is so much happier when we’re gone and in the care of Barks & Bloom. Anyway, sorry for getting carried away…what I was going to share is the sweetest surprises they left him during our last trip away after finding out about his lymphoma diagnosis — a chuck-it ball (his favorite), treats, stuffed animal and a dog beer (hilarious)! This is not a sponsored post in any way, but if you live in Charlotte or Baltimore, I can’t recommend them enough!!! They are so wonderful!

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A Gal Named Al

Monday 28th of August 2017

Oh I hope the appointment went well! That crostini looks AMAZING! Hope you guys had a great weekend!

Kasey Holloway

Sunday 27th of August 2017

I haven't heard of the book when God doesn't Fix it! That sounds like a great book! I am going to add it to my to-read list!

Klein Dot Co

Saturday 26th of August 2017

Loving your loves!! I think I need that mask :)

Laura Darling

Friday 25th of August 2017

Caroline buckling her baby in is precious. Good luck at the eye appointment! Saw your book for the doctor on instagram - how sweet!


Friday 25th of August 2017

Crostini recipe sounds fab, but I must say, that pen in the last pic is one of my favorites. If you haven't tried them, the micro point version is even better!