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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  Time for my latest favorite things!  You might remember I mentioned wanting to try the “It’s a 10” hair product my friend recommended at our annual Favorite Things party.  I’ve tried it and have to say I absolutely love it!  Did anyone else try it?  What do you think!?  I am so impressed with this product.  I get out of the shower and towel dry my hair and then immediately put this product on.  Then I comb through my wet hair and I can’t believe how smooth it is!  It really takes out any tangles and controls the frizz.  I still use my favorite Enjoy Straightener after I’ve combed through my hair and I feel like between the two products my hair is so much easier to do and looks shiny and smooth.  So yeah.  “It’s a 10” is now one of my favorite things too. :)
super-clipsI’m also loving these Conair Super Clips.  My hair is so thick that I curl it in sections and always use clips to hold up the part I’m not curling.  The small clips I’ve always used from Target kept breaking (like I said.. my hair is really thick) so I needed a better solution.  These clips work so well!  They are big and hold a lot of hair but are also soft on my head.  I also use them to hold my hair back away from my face if I’m home cleaning or taking pictures or just want my hair back.  Having my hair up in a pony tail/elastic always gives me a headache (probably because my hair is too dang thick.. did I mention that?!) :) so these are a perfect solution!  Thought I’d share them in case anyone else is in the same thick hair boat.  Although I think these clips would work great on any hair.
Speaking of our favorite’s party, another new favorite discovery was my Hydro Flask water bottle.  I bought my girls each one for Christmas and they absolutely love them too.  They take them to school and to all of their after school activities and their water stays ice cold!  (Btw.. I label all of their things with my favorite Epson Label Maker and it’s on sale right now for $20!  What!?  Awesome.  A long time favorite of mine.)  :)  Ellie came home from school last week and said that now kids in her class are all starting to bring the Hydro Flasks to school after checking out hers so I think we may have started a little trend.  Ha!  I got my brother and brother in-law the stainless steel Hydro Flask for Christmas with some running gear and they have both raved about them too.  YEA.  I still love mine making it a tried and true favorite around here.
Ok.  You guys.  Have you all read this book?  I’m only half way through it so I should probably wait to finish it before I rave about it, but I have to say I am loving it so far!  I kind of felt like I’d already read it before I started reading it because I’ve heard so much about it. If you haven’t heard of this book it’s called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up written by Marie Kondo and it has been quite the buzz for a while now.  She really makes you think differently about organization.  I have to say that it is completely resonating with me after finally realizing why I’m having a harder time staying organized in my new house.  I will definitely write a full post on what I took away from this book (I’ve already highlighted so much!) and I can’t wait to try some of her suggestions.  In the meantime after just reading what I’ve read so far.. I would absolutely recommend this book to all of you!  Especially if you are feeling like me.. that it is finally time to get rid of everything you don’t need/love and enjoy an organized home.  This is going to be fun. :)
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Quick personal favorite.  I’m having so much fun with all three of my kids at the same school this year!  It’s the only year I’ll have them all together like this and every day when I pick them up I think about how special this year is.  It’s also the first year in a long time I haven’t carpooled with neighbors.  No need when everyone gets out at the same place and time!  I love my kids’ friends and always enjoy them, but it’s so nice to have some quiet car time with my three kids every day after school.after school
I get excited to pick them up and hear about their days and just chat with them.  After school pick up is a favorite for me this year.  Every single day.
Ok.  I mentioned last week in my Fashion Friday post that is has been cold lately (60’s) and got a few laughs.  I know.  We are total wimps here. :)  But regardless of if you are a little bit of  cold or a lot cold, January is such a fun month to just be home and bundled up in cozy throws.  Cozy throws/blankets have always been one of my all time favorite things.  Give me pajamas, a cozy throw and some popcorn and I could be content for days.  My cute friend Amanda crochets the most beautiful blankets and sells them here at Top Knot Style.  She sent me a grey crocheted little lap blanket and I have loved it.
It’s so warm and just the perfect size to cover your legs and get cozy in our reading chair.  Her over sized knit blankets are beautiful.girls-blankets
My grandma was an amazing seamstress and taught me and my sister how to crochet when we were young.  I have always cherished hand made blankets and have several that she made.  They are all so special to me.  This year for Christmas my husband’s mom crocheted my girls each a blanket in their favorite colors.  What treasures!  We are all loving our hand made blankets.  pottery-barn-throw
This is what the corner of my family room couch looks like most of the time.  I have two offices and this is one of them. :)  A lot of my planning/blogging happens in the evening in the corner of my couch with my planners, laptop, my favorite blanket and a bowl of popcorn.  :)  This red throw that I bring out every Christmas is a favorite.  It was from Pottery Barn and every throw I’ve bought from that store becomes a fast family favorite. pottery-barn-dough-bowl
I shared this throw in my Fall formal living room post.  Another PB favorite that my husband and I race for every evening.  Their Abbot throws are so beautiful and are on sale right now for just $31!  Picking up another one.  What I love about PB throws is that they look great as decor but are also so soft and warm to wrap up in… you know.. on a cold 60 degree night. ;)  nordstrom-panda-blanket
This hooded panda blanket was a gift I got for my now 12 year old panda lover for Christmas this year.  Talk about soft!  The brand is PJ Salvage (remember my favorite pajamas?) and she loves it so much.  panda-blanket
When I was finding the link to it I saw it’s 40% off right now!  I need one of you to buy it to make me feel better since I paid full price for it.  (Never fails!)  Good thing she’s worth it. :)
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My Addison loves to read and her latest favorite thing has been the book Half Upon A Time by James Riley.  She was seriously obsessed with this book!  ad-reading
She couldn’t put it down – clearly!  For a week she was walking and reading at the same time.  Ha!  Definitely the sign of a good book. :)  I looked it up and realized it’s part of a series so I ordered her the set.  I haven’t read them myself, but based on Addison’s reaction (and amazing reviews) I feel safe recommending them to you. (Grade level for this book is 3-7.. Addison is in 4th.)

K.  SO excited about my final favorite thing!  I’ve mentioned that this year I want to add more personal touches to our home.  We’ve spent the last two years since we moved in getting a lot of the main, large furniture.  Time to add more personality!  I was searching on Etsy one night a couple of weeks ago for some cute prints.  I needed something for my office, the girls’ rooms, etc.  The very next morning I got an e-mail from cute Abbie who makes prints with her friend for their on-line store Paint and Prose.  She asked if I was interested in choosing a few prints and then doing a giveaway for my readers.  Ahh!  I couldn’t believe my luck!  I checked out her prints and they are DARLING!  I had so much fun choosing a few for my house!
Isn’t that flower ampersand darling!?  Going in my office.  The camera is adorable and I keep moving it around trying to find the perfect place for it because it looks good in several spots.
I love this Whip it Good print for my pantry.
And her kitchen essential signs were both so fun I couldn’t choose between the colorful or neutral!  I love both styles so much.  Probably why I decorate with neutrals and small pops of color.  Best of both worlds. :)  Want to see my very favorite print?
K.  This pretty much sums it all up doesn’t it?!  I had to laugh when I saw this.  I think we’ve all felt this way about laundry!  This is going in my upstairs laundry room I’ve been decorating and it’s perfect!
Abbie has so many more fun prints in her shop.  Absolutely darling and you’ll all be seeing them popping up in various rooms throughout my home.  She wants to give one of you $100 credit to go shopping!  Pick up a few prints for you and a few for gifts!  Or all of them for you.  Whatever makes you happy. :)  To enter, check out her site and pick a favorite print.  Then leave me a comment telling me which one you’d love to have!  If you don’t want to enter the giveaway, she is doing a flash sale this weekend so you can “buy 2 get one free” and just pick up a few you love.  (Thanks Abbie!)

Alright friends!  It’s Friday night and I have a date with my pajamas and my favorite throw. :)  Enjoy your weekend!  If you are on the East coast in major storms, our prayers are with you.  Stay safe!  xo

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xoxo, Erin
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128 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. I love the #icanteven laundry room sign. We are working on remodeling our laundry room so this would be perfect !

  2. So many cute ones! I love the floral ampersand, the “You’ve captured my heart”, and the Joy to the World print. If I had to pick one, it would probably be the floral ampersand. :)

  3. I love love love the #icanteven laundry sign! So funny and perfect and cute! But all of her prints are beautiful! I’d take any of them! Thanks for sharing!

  4. There are so many cute prints! I love the #butfirstcoffee one the most! It would look so cute on my coffee bar!

  5. I love the flower ampersand and laundry ones, but she has some great Christmas designs too! I think I may have to get a few things! ?

  6. Can my answer be all of them?! Such cute prints! If I had to pick just one favorite…I’d say the colorful Give me Jesus print….with the laundry one a close second!

    Thanks for the giveaway Erin!

  7. The beat your eggs not your husband one is hilarious. So many great prints to choose from. I would love to win :)

  8. So many good ones to choose from….
    #wanderlust is my very favorite, but the colorful version of “In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus” and both versions of the kitchen essentials are adorable!! And now I’m going to order the panda blanket for my niece’s birthday! Loved all your Friday favorites. The Marie Kondo IS life changing!

  9. Thanks for the wonderfully newsy post today, Erin! I enjoyed every word of it. I crochet and knit, too, as well as make cards, do counted cross stitch, and I’m a huge reader! So, there was so much to love about this post. I also have pretty thick, wavy hair, but I keep it pretty short. How lucky for you to receive that great throw! Looks so comfy. Those pictures of your kiddos are so sweet! Adore the ones of your sweet girl reading and walking! Hadn’t heard of those books. I wonder if my voracious 7th grade reader might like them. I’m taking note of the author and title to share with her. I’ve toyed with delving into that organizing book. I requested the one you did for a giveaway earlier at my local library and they are ordering it! Whoo hoo! I like to “try out” books first and then decide if they’d be a good fit for my overflowing collection at home. :) Finally, those prints look amazing! I adore the ampersand one and the laundry one! Thanks again for the fun post. I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Happy hugs!

    1. Thanks Jeanne! So happy you liked the favorites post! :) Oh my word.. you do it all! And that is so smart to head to your library! Right in line with this new book I’m reading which is all about having less at your house. My book collection is a bit out of control too! Hugs to you this weekend cutie! xo

  10. I’m so curious about the Kondo book! I have heard so much about it. I get to this point every year when I want to just get rid of everything because I feel like my house is so cluttered. I may need to pick it up. Can’t wait to read more of your review, Erin!

    The #ohmy print with the animals is SO CUTE! Love that and the camera print.

    Have a good weekend!

  11. I love the laundry one you showed but I did not see it on the website. I also loved the “In the Morning give me Jesus”. But I would have to go with the “but first coffee” one. Everyone in my house knows they can’t talk to me in the morning until I have had my first cup of coffee.

  12. Love all of them they are very cute, my fav is #but first coffee, and #Icanteven. Just put a coffee bar in my kitchen and the coffee one would be adorable. I would like to get the laundry one for my daughter, she is always complaining how much laundry she has,with 3 girls (it does add up.) Love your web look forward to it every day you help a Grandma stay up with all the latest fashions for my grandchildren,and i can impress my daughter and daughter inlaws that I’am really not out of touch!! Lol. Thanks

    1. Thanks so much Kathy! Oh my word.. with three kids it really does add up quick! Thrilled you enjoy my posts and I can help keep you hip. ;) Enjoy your Saturday! xo

  13. I’m having a hard time deciding between “You’ve captured my heart” and “You are my jam.” I’d love to give one of these to my husband for Valentine’s Day. He’s a photographer AND loves strawberry jam so you see my dilemma…

  14. Just wanted to say that I have been using its a ten for several months as recommended by my stylist. I love it!
    Those are gorgeous to check them out.

  15. Love these tips on good stuff. I like the first print you shared “you’ve captured my heart”. Love photography, a hobby of mine. It would be lovely in my office (a work in progress). Thanks.

  16. Try the “It’s a 10” with Keratin… Same bottle just with orange on the front. It’s even better than just the basic leave in conditioner. It’s my go to everyday for “over 40” smooth hair! Amazing : )

  17. What a lovely post! And your little girl is a voracious reader,how adorable is that !
    I love #ohmy with cute little tiger, lion and a bunny( or is it a monkey?) but whatever it is, I found that very cute.

    1. Thank you Shmyla! I know.. she always has a book in her hands. :) I love the #ohmy print too! Cute for a kids room. Happy weekend cutie! xo

  18. I am going to have to go with #icanteven. My laundry room could use something to make me smile. Or maybe I will put it in my guest room since that seems to be my second laundry room these days!!! Thanks for sharing Erin!

  19. Yes, I loved The Magic of Tidying Up, but you have to read her companion book, Spark Joy. Once you get it in your head to ask yourself, “does this item make me happy or spark joy?”, you immediately realize you need to donate it or throw it away. It is such a no brainer and breath of fresh air. You will definitely become organized once and for all!

    1. Oh my word.. I can’t wait to read it too! I have been organizing (or should I say getting rid of things) all day. That book is so inspiring! :) Enjoy your weekend Georgeann! xo

  20. Love all of those cute prints but the camera is my favorite. ” You’ve captured my heart” I would frame that and give it to Elle. She is our photographer. Ad is so adorable with her book. Jeremy is into chapter books right now also. Have a great weekend Erin. xo

  21. I have read your blog for a few years. Enjoy it very much…but this has been my favorite post! Well done Erin!

  22. Oh boy – they’re all darling, but I know that the Noel print would be a very happy surprise to find in the Christmas box later this year!

  23. Oh my word Erin, I don’t even know where to begin! I love a good throw so the gray throw from Top Knot style is calling me!
    I also love sure helps me wake up every morning ;)
    When I went to Magnolia Market they included “Joanna’s Essentials” sign with my purchase and it looks just like these! I framed it and it’s in my bookcase..who would’ve known these were a thing? Ha!
    Well back to my throw and reading more of your wonderful blog, no popcorn this time..its late 😉

  24. #butfirstcoffee

    Is such a necessary quote! This print would be perfect for my bedroom to remind me to head downstairs and first get my coffee! Sometimes I get distracted doing that, then I get distracted from my distraction and then I get frustrated… If I had only had coffee first, I could avoid this mess. Save me. ;)

    1. The large size! The size I linked to when I mentioned getting stainless steel ones for my brother and brother in law.. check that link because those are the exact size I bought them all in. :)

  25. just ordered the KITCHEN ESSENTIALS but would LOVE to win the shopping spree and order others! love the Captured my heart too!!

  26. Hi Erin! I’m also reading the Life-changing magic of tidying up right now and I love it! I must admit I was a little skeptical because there was such a buzz around it… I was afraid to be disappointed. But not at all! I find it very inspiring and we can feel that the author is really mastering her art :-)
    I also wish you a lot of fun and joy picking your kids at school. It is a very nice time to spend together just the 4 of you :-)

  27. #ican’teven is my favorite! Oh my how many times I’ve felt that when I’m getting ready to tackle the laundry! :) Love it all Erin! Thanks for introducing us to a cute new shop!

  28. Erin!! 60?! That seems like heaven! We’re buried in 2 1/2 feet of snow! (Not entering the contest, just wanted to let you know how miserable I am! haha)

    1. Oh no Sarah! Do I dare tell you it was 70 degrees here today? Yikes! We were actually bummed! Believe it or not you sort of miss winter when you don’t ever have one. ;) Stay warm cutie! xo

  29. I love the “You’ve captured my heart” – it would be perfect in my craft room!

    BTW, I have an Ellie too! It is short for Eliana. :)

  30. The #icanteven made me die laughing! As I type this, I’m staring at a massive pile of laundry and wondering just how much my family would notice if I just tossed the clothes in the trash and ordered some pre-washed clothes. BTW– why is that not a thing?? I would TOTALLY buy pre-washed clothes. Ha!

  31. I seem to be finding all kinds of references to haircare products, and I always have to chuckle…..I’m saving so much on haircare right now! LOL!! I am just starting to read Marie Kondo’s book and love it! I pretty much enjoy reading any and everything about organizing!

    Your kiddos are so cute, Erin, and I really enjoy reading how you are cherishing every moment. You definitely have a reader there in Addison. So cute how she’s blocked everything else out and can walk and read!

    I totally understand that 60 degrees is chilly, because we’ve been having similar temps here in the AZ desert. It actually got up to 75 a couple of days, but it still felt cool because it’s so dry. I’m enjoying wearing sweaters and fun scarves and will take this cool weather as long as it lasts. Our son & family lives in the Washington, DC area and really got hammered with Snowzilla 2016! I guess it’s good for them to enjoy (their words, not mine) this winter, since they will once again be California dwellers as soon as school is out! This Nana is very excited to have them closer!

    Keep on enjoying those sweet kiddos, they grow up way too fast!

    Warm hugs,

    1. So fun to hear from you sweet Carol! Oh my word.. I’m so happy you’ll have your son and family back soon! I can only imagine how freezing DC is right now! BRRR!! We’ll just keep enjoying our scarves and sweaters in our 70 degree weather, right? :) Thanks for your fun comment! Made my night. :) xo

  32. Thank you for offering this giveaway!! Perfect timing…I NEED the #icanteven. Sums up many days of my week PERFECTLY! :)

  33. What a cute shop! So talented! #icanteven would look so nice in my laundry room and would make me smile every time I see it. (which is a few times per week…ugh)

  34. My favorites are the “You are my jam,” the flower ampersand, and the #ohmy animal print. Everything is so cute! Thanks for the contest!

  35. Call Her Blessed is my favorite, kept going back to that one! Love this post! It’s a 10 is a great product, been using it for years and love it!!

  36. It’s hard to pick an absolute favorite. I keep coming back to the flower ampersand and the #icanteven though!

    Adorable shop.

  37. Cannot decide between #icanteven and the flower ampersand!!!! The shop is too cute :) Thank you for offering this giveaway!

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