Five on Friday: Valentine's Day Edition!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Even though the snow missed us, this week has been surprisingly eventful. On Wednesday we lost power for a good 7 hours thanks to some weird rain that somehow turned into ice but only on the trees and power lines?! Luckily the power came back on before I delved into the unopened bag of jumbo marshmallows... and I don't even like marshmallows. Eek.

So that was our excitement this week! As usual, I'm linking up with Christina, April, Darci, + Natasha for another dose of Five on Friday. These Friday posts are quickly becoming my favorite of the week!

Team Teddy

I had my assistant pose for a photo since I'm guessing y'all would rather see a cute dog than me in my yoga pants and glasses.

Today I'm joining the "5 on Friday" crew in helping to spread the word on Menkes Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that affects approximately 1 in 450,000 male babies. It breaks my heart to see what Teddy, his family, and what other families have experienced, and it truly shows that as a momma, you have to trust your gut! Read this if you don't know what I'm talking about and pass along Teddy's story!

Super Soft Cookies


You know those really soft sugar cookies you get at the grocery store? My husband loves them so I surprised him by making some from scratch! I halved the recipe since Lord knows we don't need 5 dozen of these in the house, but they turned out so good! I think I can find a better icing recipe, but this cookie recipe is definitely here to stay! You can also check out our festive Valentine's Day pancakes here.

Cheap, Festive Gifting



My husband and I decided not to do gifts this year because we'd rather spend the money on our trip next month, but I couldn't not get him something. So along with making his fave cookies, I got him some beer, his favorite candy, and a pillow. I know, random, but he needed one so why not?

Post-Valentine's Date: Brunch

Picture via Hominy Grill
I've got a hot date tonight with dinner at home and wine, but tomorrow we're heading downtown to Hominy Grill for brunch! We've been living in the South for 7 months and have yet to go out for brunch somewhere (gasp!) so tomorrow is the day!

Coffee Koozie Giveaway


This week I joined forces with some fab Etsy shops, I Talk of Dreams and Skittish Coyote Studio, for a fun, festive giveaway for all of the coffee and tea lovers out there! I Talk of Dreams is also offering a discount for all of you, bonus! Follow the prompts to enter (it's easy!) and find the coupon code here!

Also in case you missed it, I guest blogged this week on Kristan's lovely new blog, Lavender and Light. I hope you'll show her some love, and enjoy my slightly serious list of how to "survive" your first year (or two or three) of marriage!!

Now, who is ready for Spring and St. Patty's Day?! We'll be having a very Italian St. Patty's, but you better believe it will still be festive around here!

Have a great weekend with lots of love!! XO

32 comments:

  1. What a cute assistant you have! I love those cookies too but I can only imagine how much butter goes into them. I love that y'all are going to brunch for v day. I'm hoping by Sunday I can convince Theo that we need brunch too and it's not that often I have Sundays off. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

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  2. I loveeee those cookies!! I'll have to make some!

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  3. yummm those cookies look so good! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Those cookies look SO good... and I love those cute bottle toppers!

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  5. Those cookies look amazing!! Yummy!! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  6. Oh my goodness, my husband loves those cookies as well! I will have to try that recipe!

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  7. I love the beer with the heart pipe cleaners, too cute!

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  8. Visiting from the link up. Love the team teddy photo with your doggy! Adorable!

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  9. I love what you did with the pipe cleaners! Going out for brunch is the best. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. What a cute pic of Ruby! I did the same thing bc I was literally in yoga pants + snow gear. I can't believe y'all haven't done brunch yet, that is quite the feat, especially since there are so many amazing brunch spots (and restaurants in general) in your neck of the woods. You definitely picked a great one to kick off your brunch adventures, y'all will love it. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  11. so many good things going on in this post! Enjoy Hominy Grill!!!! So jealous!

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  12. I love the beer decor to spruce things up a bit for VDay! Enjoy it with your love!!

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  13. Need.Those.Cookies. I know the exact ones you are talking about in the grocery store...they are so good. Too good. Ahh! Happy Valentines Da, sweetness! Xx.

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  14. Those cookies look so good! Such a cute lil assistant :)

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  15. Such a cute idea for a not really present/present :) Those cookies look delicious! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  16. Love that you give your husband a six pack. I have done that many times before. :) Have a great weekend!

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  17. Your dog looks so cute in your #TeamTeddy photo! I tried to use my dog at first but he just would not cooperate! And love the decorated six pack! We are also not doing presents but I might have to borrow your idea for something small! -M

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    1. Thank you!! I swear she poses for photos, such a ham! Guys are always happy with edible gifts, you can't go wrong with the 6-pack! :)

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  18. I love those knit koozies they are so sweet. The cookies look delish and your beer presentation is absolutely perfect!

    ~Amanda
    Meet @ the Barre

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  19. I love the beer idea!! And those cookies look delish!!

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  20. Haha love Ruby's little face. Cute V-Day gifts for your man. You all MUST try the Charleston Nasty at Hominy Grill (fried chicken biscuit covered in gravy). Happy V-Day, love! XO

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  21. Aw I love your Teddy photo - I took one with my dog but she always looks uninterested/like the dog version of grumpy cat in pictures. It's crazy because she's the sweetest dog! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you! That is too funny about your pup! Ruby is the opposite, she definitely poses the moment you get out your phone or camera. Cracks me up! Have a great weekend!

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  22. Have fun at The Hominy Grill!! Last time I went to Charleston that was one of the places I wanted to hit on the way out of town but we totally missed it!! Their menu looks awesome!!

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  23. What a CUTE idea with the pipe cleaners! We don't do gifts either (we're saving for a trip next month too!) so something like that is a great idea in order to still enjoy something festive! :)

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  24. LOVE me an Orange Shandy--I might open one right.now. Enjoy your brunch outing!

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  25. I haven't tried the Orange Shandy yet. What does it remind you of? It sounds fun!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  26. Have fun at brunch today! Hominy Grill was one of the places we were most sad to miss out on when we visited Charleston - I bet it will be delish!

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  27. Love your ideas for V-Day gifts for your husband! My fiance would love me forever with a case of beer. :)

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  28. Wahoo--so happy to have you & Ruby on #TeamTeddy!! Thank you SO much for helping us spread the word about Menkes! Do you mind letting me know where you live so I can tag this pic with a location? Thanks!

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