So after last week’s FriYAY post, I’ve decided to work at making this a weekly theme. I’ve seen a lot of blogs post their ‘Friday Favorites’ and I feel it’s a great place to share thoughts and sort of summarize the week. There are a lot of topics I would love to cover, but so many of those don’t feel in-depth enough for an entire post. FriYAY posts are going to be my place to write about anything and everything. A place to simply share what’s on my mind and what caught my attention throughout the week.
New Camera Lens
My husband purchased me a new camera lens for my birthday, and I am obsessed with the photo quality it creates! I’ve had my Canon Rebel for almost three years, but I’ve always struggled to get it to ‘work’ for me. This new 50mm lens makes everything so easy and actually leaves me feeling like a photographer. Get ready for a ton of pictures here on the blog that are hopefully much clearer and nicer to look at than ever before!
Greek Yogurt Banana and Oat Bread
I had a few overripe bananas in our fruit basket and knew they either needed to be a) frozen for smoothies or b) baked with! I went with the latter this time and used this recipe for Greek Yogurt Banana and Oat Bread. I liked that it used plain Greek yogurt in place of the oil and butter, and also that the stir-ins at the end (whole oats and chocolate chips) gave it a little extra texture. I think next time I will add some pecans or walnuts to it for just a bit of crunch! I also only used two tablespoons of brown sugar in place of the half a cup the recipe called for, but it still seemed pretty sweet to me. Also, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chips are seriously the BEST chocolate chips ever. I highly recommend adding them to any and every recipe you can!
Christmas Light Walks
The temperature Wednesday night was cold, but not freezing so we took the opportunity as a family to bundle up and walk to see Christmas lights. I put Jack in his snowsuit and added another blanket layer on top for warmth. We then walked around our neighborhood for about an hour looking at the Christmas lights and watching Jack’s own eyes light up when he’d see them. Christmas is so fun with a little one, and it truly does make everything seem so magical and new. It’s fun to watch him experience the holiday and all the beautiful memories that come with it!
Made by Mary
My friend Meghan introduced me to Made by Mary and now I’m obsessed with the look and quality of her jewelry! In fact, I’ve even put a necklace on my Christmas wish list and there are a few other items that caught my eye as well. I’ve been looking for a nice custom piece to wear that represents Jack, and I’ve found a few ideas from the Made by Mary shop. These jewelry pieces are delicate, minimal and meaningful. Exactly what have been look for!
All About Wreaths
Although I didn’t hang any wreaths from our banister this year, after reading this post I’ve decided it’s a must for next! Courtney from A Thoughtful Place shares a ton of wreath inspiration, and posted a video that shows exactly how to Hang Banister Wreaths and keep them from slipping down the rail. I love simple how-to posts like this, and I already have this one pinned for Christmas 2017!
In case you missed it this week:
- There’s still time to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway! You have until tonight at 11:59pm to enter. Good luck!
- Beautycounter products make for the perfect holiday gifts! In my Beautycounter for the Holidays post, I share my favorite gift picks for every budget, including three products under $25 that would make for great Stocking Stuffers, or gifts for friends, teachers, and co-workers. PS – All holiday orders must be made by Dec. 15 to secure a Dec. 23 delivery deadline!