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Thoughts For Friday

Aug 9, 2013

Thank goodness for the weekend. I finally got my act together and we are entertaining tonight. Having some friends over for dinner- hopefully I can make it up past 8 (haha). I get so darn tired at night, I have been way more tired this pregnancy than my first! 

This week I had a craving for a fruit crumble and I immediately made Val’s Strawberry Crisp.  This was so amazing I can’t even put into words how good it was.  Even better served with vanilla ice cream over top!


I have turned into a coffee table book hoarder. Thanks to my sister this is my newest addition.  You can find one HERE.

Target has some of the cutest girl clothes for cheap.  How sweet is this stars dress?  It came with bloomers and a stripped cardigan as well.  I swear it looks like some of the expensive French Lines I have seen.  I could not find it online so check your store.

This dress is also adorable, not in my Target store but I found it online.  Way to go Target with cute affordable clothes!

:: Cherokee Newborn Dress ::

Thank you to whoever recommended the book Island Girls to me.  I picked it up at the library this week and I am loving it.  Two days in and I am more than halfway through!  A great easy and entertaining read!

I am completely obsessed with this 10 Crosby Derek Lam Dress, but the price tag not so much.  Someone find me this on sale!    The jacket is equally as fabulous!

Our Rug for the nursery arrived last night and I am totally smitten with it, Sterling is too:)  Nursery is slowly starting to come together.

::Lulu & Georgia Ink Dye Rug::

Please tell me y’all remember this game? My sister and I used play all the time and I just found it for Sterling.  He loves it.

Lastly, I leave you with these tips for a happy marriage, I thought they were spot on!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Lovin that rug & that little boy on it! – That crisp is definitely on my list of things to make in the near future. Looks delish! – My first niece will be making her appearance in November, so I'm THRILLED to buy little girls clothing! Happy Friday!!!!


  2. That crisp looks to die for. I am also digging that 10 crosby like none other!!

  3. Anna says:

    Isn't Island Girls cute? When I finished it, I realized that Mary Alice Monroe came out with a book in June (The Summer Girls) with a very similar plot but takes place on Sullivans. I might have to pick that up for one last summer read after I finish Revenge Wears Prada.

  4. elisabeth says:

    I love that rug! Is it a dhurrie style as far as the texture or wool / soft?

  5. Little girl clothes are so cute! The Pucci coffee table book is gorgeous. It looks great with the other 2 books. I totally remember that bed bugs game!

  6. megan says:

    That rug for the nursery is gorgeous!! That is going to be one stylish nursery and baby. šŸ™‚

  7. That rug is just perfect and I'm getting really excited to see this posh nursery come to life!

    Love the marriage tips, especially #11: Be silly. I can always tell when we need to hit the reset button on our relationship when we lose our silliness. It can happen from time to time with work/family/expenses stress. Getting back to our silly ways is so refreshing!

  8. I am so excited to see your nursery! I used to LOVE that game! So fun! Have a great weekend!

  9. Meredith says:

    Oh my word those baby girl dresses are so adorable!! So far, I love what you have up your sleeve for her nursery!

  10. Like all the ladies before me, I am lovin that rug! I remember you posted the new Mary Kay Andrews book, have you started it? If so, does it get better? I'm at the wedding scene and I think I'm done.

  11. Val says:

    Where to begin…..baby clothes, fab rug and such a delicious dessert ; ) I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

  12. That rug is so cool!! OMG Bed Bugs. I remember that game. Now that there is a problem with them – it's funny. I am terrified when I stay in hotels!

  13. Can you bring that crisp over to my house?! It looks delish! The nursery rug is so pretty, I can't wait to see how things are coming along!

  14. The rug is *AMAAAAZING*, I can't wait to see the nursery all put together…or that cute little princess that is on her way (c; And I heart Target in a big way for girls' clothes, seriously best deals for cute stuff by far! Enjoy your par-tay, here's to staying up past 8!

  15. What's Island Girls about?! Looks good! And LOVE your lulu rug…it will be perfect in the nursery!

  16. Morgan S. says:

    Love the hints for a good marriage šŸ™‚ We do a strawberry rhubarb crisp that my husband just inhales. So good.


  17. I am new to your blog and love reading your recent posts. I too love Val's strawberry crisp, and hoeping to make it this weekend. Your son is so adorable too!
    Love the books you are reading- I will have to catch up with mine this week! Have a great weekend!

  18. That dessert looks delicious and I find a lot of Lilly's things at Target!

  19. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Love this post! Really love how you accessorized you coffee table. Little man would never keeps his hands off of anything that I had on my table so they are bare for now. Love Cherokee line at Target! Wrote down the book rec. Also "Summer Sister" by Judy Blume (its an adult book) is really good. Great rug! Cant wait to see the nursery! :))

  20. I might have to check that book out! I've just read two kind of heavy books and need something light and fun to read for the end of summer!

  21. angela says:

    I love Target so much I bought stock in the company! I love the baby clothes and I am really liking their new home line Threshold.