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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  Time for a few of my latest favorite things.  Excited!  I have some fun things to share with you today.  First on the favorites list is this beautiful and functional Calendar Pad created my by talented friend Amy who blogs at 11 Magnolia Lane.  This desk calendar was love at first sight for me!
Last week I shared my new favorite day planner with you all and this calendar pad is the perfect supplement to that!  Aside from the fact that it matches perfectly (bonus!), I also love the way it’s laid out with a quick look at the days of the week and also spots for random to-do’s and projects.  I’m planning to use one of my calendars for every day and one for blog to-do’s.  It’s the perfect size too.  Big enough that there is plenty of room to write, but not as huge as some desk calendars are.  Love it!  You can see more details and get your own here.
Sources: Planner, Calendar Pad, Mercury Vase, West Elm Pencil holder.
Have you started adding any Fall touches to your home?  I’ve been holding off because it’s still so hot here!  But I did cozy up my favorite chair with this new pillow from Bows and Burlap Designs.  I absolutely love supporting Etsy shops and Erin’s shop is too much fun.  SO many cute pillows.
I also picked up this fun arrow pillow (since I have a thing for arrows lately).  I just need to find a good place for it.  Check out her cute collection!
Btw – I’m trying to be better about sharing sources to help with the question “where did you get that!?” that pops up so much.  Also I HAD to tell you that my favorite lamp from Pottery Barn just went on sale!  Makes me want to buy another one.  :)  Sources: Pottery Barn Thatcher Chair, Pottery Barn Glendale Pulley Task Floor Lamp, Target coral throw, West Elm picture frame, Bows and Burlap pillows, rest of the shelf accessories are from Home Goods.
I’ve shared my favorite mascara with you before but it has been awhile and I actually have TWO favorites right now. :)  I love them both for different reasons!  I’m always trying new make-up and no matter how many mascaras I try I always go back to my standby Define-A-Lash by Maybelline.  It goes on so smooth – no clumps – makes your lashes LONG.  I love it.  I always buy the “very black.”  My new favorite that I also love is They’re Real! by Benefit.  WOW.  This really makes your lashes long and thick.  It was suggested at our last favorite things party so I had to try it!  I use the Define-a-Lash for every day and They’re Real for special occasions and going out when I really want my lashes to stand out.  I also swear by my MAC eyelash curler.  It has been a staple and favorite for years!  Curl those lashes and then add some They’re Real and your lashes will go on for days!  I was going to take a before and after picture and ran out of time so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.  :)
So these three are an obvious favorite of mine. :)  But so are their new backpacks!  They picked them out themselves and really fit their personalities.  Kole had to have “scary dragons”, Ad loved PB Teens Rolling Dot backpack, and El fell in love with this striped backpack from Target.  I think she has been hanging out with her mom too much. ;)  Love new backpacks and sharpened pencils.  Fun time of year!  I snapped this pic yesterday at pickup.  We had a great first week.  So proud of these three.
My kids aren’t the only ones who got a new bag!  I found the perfect Fall bag you guys!  It’s Nordstroms Reversible Faux Leather Tote and it looks SO much more expensive than it is.  I needed a large bag for extras.  A bag for traveling, packing things to entertain the kids if we are at church or an appointment, if I want to carry my planner somewhere, etc.  I love having an oversized bag and this is perfect!  Want to see the coolest part?
It’s reversible.  Too much fun.
nordstrom reversible bag
It comes in so many color combinations but these three were my favorite!  I had the navy in my on-line cart for a while.  Then I switched to the grey.  I was initially trying to break out of my bag comfort zone, but of course I ultimately went with my true love – the Cognac and Aqua color combo.  No surprise there.  :)
I snapped a quick picture the other day so you can see the size of the bag.  Was taking my new peep toe booties for a test run.  :)
Nothing like a new bag for Fall!
Last but not least I have to give a quick birthday shoutout to my husband who turns 4o today!  This was the picture and message I shared on IG and Facebook late last night:
Just past midnight on the west coast and I wanted to be the first one to wish my husband a happy 40th birthday! I love this picture (outtake) because we are all looking at him.  This is always the case at our house!  He takes such good care of us and makes us smile every single day.  I truly can’t imagine doing life without him.  Babe.. remember how I told you I can’t be married to a 40 year old?  Well I guess I changed my mind.  ;)  Love you most!  xo

We really do love him more than words could ever express.  And I really can’t believe I’m married to a 40 year old!  And not that far from 40 myself.  Ahhh!  How did that happen!? :)  I can’t imagine growing old with anyone else.  He’s a favorite for sure.


Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo, Erin
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24 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. Love all of your favorites. I bought the same purse!! The pillows are adorable and your booties are oh. so. cute!! It really is hot. They are saying it is going to cool off a little. Lets cross our fingers. I love summer but this year I am anxious for fall. Happy Birthday to Kenny and the picture of the kids is so sweet.

    Have a great weekend

    1. It has been SO hot hasn’t it!? Crossing my fingers that we cool off soon so it sounds appealing to decorate! I’m anxious for Fall too. :) Thanks Cathy! Enjoy your weekend with your beautiful family! xo

  2. Happy Birthday to you,

    Happy Birthday to you,

    Happy 40th Birthday to Kenny,

    Happy Birthday to you/him.:)


    Hope he’s having a great day & has a brill year.

  3. Oooh, hope your hubby had a great birthday, Erin. You’re funny about the 40. Sounds older, but it really isn’t. Especially when 50 is knocking on your door in a few days(ahem). That photo you shared of the family is so sweet! Thanks for sharing your favorites. I have used the same Maybelline mascara for years, the one that comes in the pink container with the curved brush. May have to check out the one you like someday. Lovely picture of the three kids walking home. I really like photos taken that way (even though i know you were emphasizing their backpacks) Happy to hear the first week was a great success! Lots of loveliness in the home, too. That coral afghan is beautiful!! Oooh, if I could find that color yarn, I could have so much fun. :) Thanks for the great shares and have a great weekend!!

    1. Thanks Jeanne! I’m actually really excited about the 40’s even though it creeps up quickly, doesn’t it?! I don’t think the 50’s look too bad either. ;) Happy weekend my friend! xo

  4. Wow — love your Friday favorites! Must try that mascara and am getting the Visa card out for some on line retail therapy!

    Happy Birthday to your cute husband! Have fun celebrating all weekend long!

  5. Hi again Erin,
    Thank you for replying to my comments.

    I think it’s great when you reply to people’s comments, I bet it makes their day just like it did mine.:)

  6. I’m loving these Friday favorites!! I just received my first bows and burlap pillow and I’m in love!!! I also use the same Define a Lash mascara. I love it!! I’m so in love with your new bag!! Just yesterday I was sitting at the pool scanning the Nordstrom site on my phone. I was going to spring for a Tory for the fall but now I’m going to save myself tons!! I’ve been hoarding a $50 Nordstrom gift card that one of my students gave me and now I know where it’s going !! The hard part will be deciding on a color!!

    1. Thanks so much Danielle! Your enthusiasm just put a huge smile on my face. :) And yes! Hardest part is definitely deciding on a color. I’m seriously tempted to buy one more in the navy! xo

  7. Oh My gosh Erin, you always help me out! Just when I was on the hunt for a new mascara! How do you know these things? I have to say your the only other person I know (so to speak) that wears Bobbi Brown makeup like I do. I recently bought the BB cream and my skin looks truly amazing! You should check it out. The Nordstrom tote is amazing too. Im so inspired this morning. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

    1. Debi I just had a feeling you were due for some new mascara.. ;) Ha! YEA! So glad this post helped. Try either or both of the mascara’s I recommended – love them! I need to try the BB cream. I haven’t yet! Checking that out next time I’m at Nordstroms for sure. Thanks cutie! Happy shopping for both of us! :) xo

  8. You are so good about sharing your favorite things with the rest of us — and they are always fantastic! Your new tote bag …. good for a teacher bag? A cute yet functional bag always makes “homework” look better, you know!1 ;)

    1. Thank you Christine! Definitely a good teacher bag! It holds a lot and and would absolutely make homework stylish. Very important for a successful year. ;) xo

  9. Erin, I am so happy you like The Calendar Pad and that you found it helpful :) You are the sweetest for sharing it with your readers! I am always so happy to see my little dream of a project be useful for others. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your support sweet friend!

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