Friday Favorites #2

Hey there again! Thanks for joining me in this weekly favorites- I started this last week and it was a hit! Go here to check out what I shared in that post. Same format, same topics- be sure to tell me below what your favorites were this week and what you liked seeing in my list! What should I add? Am I missing any topics you’d like to see me collect on, let me know in the comments below. Happy Friday!

Favorite Videos

Are you looking to take a break from social media? Here’s a perspective on why you should and how much it’ll effect you. 

2 broke girls is my new tv binge (from a few years ago)

12 ideas to make your desk inspiring and productive 

Favorite Posts

Are you wondering if you’re burned out in your life? Plus 7 steps to relieve that feeling

May is my birthday month: here’s 31 ways to make your month happier! 

If you’re looking for things to add into your evening routine– here’s some must haves!

Favorite Instagrams

Ryan Mack music is a vibe!

 This is one of my best friends’ new shirt IG shop! She has such a variety already! Go check it out and follow her. 

Need a dose of reminders? Inspiration, self love or grace for mental health- this is a great account to follow! 

Favorite Products

Check out this light breezy striped tank top, perfect to pair with any shorts! 

I’m a dedicated Loopy case user and this is my newest favorite one! (be sure to select the model you own)

In case you’re looking for a heated wrap (i injured my neck this last week), this is a lifesaver! 

summer reading wishlist

Summer Reading Wishlist

I don’t know about you but I’m not a consistent reader. Despite how much I really want to to be, it’s something I’m working on this year and I do hope I get better. I find that I am a type of person who needs to be taken over by the characters and the plot; if not, I will be fully uninterested within the first chapter or two. So if you have any books you love that you get absolutely lost in, please please let me know what they are! You always take a chance when you read the back cover of a book unless you know that you like a certain author- it’s a blind date! Here’s a list of owned books I have of different styles and genres and also a whole other list of books to buy soon. Have you read any of the to buy books? If so tell me which ones to get first.

OWNED:

Daughter Detox-I have had this book on my wishlist for over a year. I’ve had a hard relationship with my mother for years (despite her opinion). I feel like this will help me heal and explain how I feel more so that I can understand. I need to understand how to accept her with her flaws, the hurt she’s caused and move on…. since there’s not enough effort on her part and too much on mine.

The Birth Order Book– This fascinated me because I am in a interesting birth order; youngest child and only child. Huh, you say? Yes well that’s what I want to find out, what kind of person I am for this. I’ve struggled with my siblings also for years so I feel like this will explain A LOT about my family structure and my life itself.

All the Beautiful and Wonderful Things- (from goodreads summary…) “As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.”

Verity– Colleen Hoover is supposed to be a great author and I have many other of her books.
I’m intrigued that its a mystery around a writer who doesn’t get to finish her book, so a new ghost writer comes in and secretly finishes the book she never wanted anyone to see surrounding the mysterious plot. She uncovers a secret that would ruin her husbands life forever.

The Playground- (from goodreads summary…)
Over the course of a long, hot summer in London, the lives of three very different married couples collide when their children join the same tutoring circle, resulting in illicit relationships, shocking violence, and unimaginable fallout.

101 essays that will change the way you think– I have been seeing everyone reading this book and well I’d like to change the way I think… I’m very interested in its content. An array of essays by the author that will have you second guessing.


TO BUY:

Twenties Girl
Summer Sisters
Forgiving What You Can’t Forget
I Am A Hitman
Greenlights- Matthew McConaughy (I’ve heard such good things about this!)
Fable/namesake —-Adrienne Young
Fear is my homebody
Are we there yet? Kathleen west
The Roommate and The intimacy experiment (#1&2)
Simple and free- Jen Hatmaker
The Truth About Unspeakable Things
The Serial Killers Wife

I am really looking forward to diving into these books, sharing every up and down and reviews of all my thoughts. If you like this idea then stay tuned. My anxiety seems to calm down when I’m doing more relaxing things like reading on a daily basis. I’ve recently decided that it’s a pillar of my content and I want to do more sharing of things I love. I hope you enjoyed and share below what you’re reading right now or one book you’re looking forward to getting.

Friday Favorites

This week I wanted to do something more fun! I decided to do a roundup of all my weekly favorites to share with you. There’s some gems in here so get to clicking and take a minute this Friday to relax and enjoy. Can you believe it’s gonna be May?! My birthday month! Happy Friday!

Favorite Videos

Spring cleaning season is here! Here’s some declutter and deep cleaning motivation if you need some encouragement

Are you a Lovatic? Or a die hard fan of Demi Lovato? I am and I loved and was so moved by her most recent documentary “dancing with the devil”? It was R A W! And her diary clips are a can’t miss!

Who does Rebel think she is?! And I’m not talking about Wilson…. Tune in and find out!

Favorite Posts

Are you looking for your next summer read

Cur-rently on CUR– check her blog out! 

One of my favorite accounts to follow on Facebook, Becoming Unbusy shows us 18 easy ways to do today to make yourself happier 

Favorite IG accounts

This gal is one badass, roller skating,  home cleaning, *slightly* vulgar yet hilarious  dinner cooking, bee feeding babe! Check her out i DARE ya! 

The most creatively driven babe I know! Her paper products are amazing and her hand lettering skills are EPIC! She’s RADANDHAPPY 

Jess is The Productivity Queen! She does it all! The Hustle Sanely BFF Club, Hustle Sanely Program and her Hustle Sanely Podcast is among the many things she does. Come be a part of this community

Favorite Products

These paperbag shorts are the cutest pair ever!

These Scentsy diffuser pods and wall fan plug ins are such a good option for keeping your home smelling AMAZING! 


Everyone knows Tula skincare but my favorite from them is this scrub! It’s been my holy grail lately!

Stitch Fix Review

Some people really hate shopping- that is not me; but I do hate fitting rooms and sizing when I have to take the time to figure it out. I love clothes and I like looking at and for clothes. But I have never had a real sense of fashion, style or what goes together or looks good in any certain way. The choice to have a stylist like someone out of Hollywood is a exciting idea, knowing they have taken the hard part out and there is no downside since returns and exchanges are always FREE and easy.

I have still been doing a fair amount of shopping in the recent months. I gained some weight and grew a bunch, which I am actually quite happy about. My sizes changed by a size and a half or so, all of my pants I had purchased no longer fit and that’s a good thing. I was fully prepared to get everything back in a size or two up. But with boutiques being so expensive- I gave it a second thought and I tend to over-shop with items I may never wear or aren’t the best in quality.

Stitch Fix is a service where a stylist picks items for you based on your preferred sizing, style and price preferences, which are all individual. I feel like my personal stylist choose items or patterns that I may not typically wear but styled in the correct way it will be a staple in my closet. I really enjoyed that part of this service. To get me out of my comfort zone but in a way that’s still applicable to me.

I liked that the cost of the service is 20$ that goes towards your purchase(s), also you get a 25% discount if you buy all the items in your Stitch Fix. While yes, some of the items cost more- I feel the quality was better so I was willing to pay for something that wasn’t FAST FASHION and could span over seasons or years.

Having the styling card is very helpful-shows you ways to put together your items with the other items or add on to your outfit with new pieces. I found this more helpful when I wanted to style my raincoat as my main piece in my outfit on a rainy spring day, or for another sunny day if I was taking a walk to a nearby waterfall.

Getting the personalized letter from your stylist telling you why and how the pieces were picked for you and to review them afterwards. Make sure to leave a note for the stylist with other information for your next Stitch Fix box so they can get to know your needs, style and what exactly didn’t work out. There’s no obligation to buy any piece- you can send it all back and try again. Easy to ship back bag, a checkout service to buy items in app and then rate and review each piece. It’s very hassle free! I don’t even drive but getting it to a drop off box, UPS, or USPS was easy as pie!

I do plan to continue this service at least through spring and summer, so for the next couple months I’d like to continue to share what my fixes have been. I’ve love to try new styles and begin to mature my fashion choices in a casual yet functional way. I immediately picked 4 out of the 5 items in mine. I would’ve kept the spring style white jeans but I thought they had a weird fit and I was happy with the rest. Here’s some photos l took of the pieces I truly loved and will wear all season- they’ve already been on repeat!

What do you think about these curated style boxes and/or subscription boxes (which is different)? Would you ever sign up for a box like this? What is your style description? What are you needing right now? Seasonal? Staples like cami’s and pajamas? Or shoes and accessories?

I love that you can change your preferences and sizing whenever you want- also skipping a few weeks or month is easy to do too!

Hi! I'm Nora

I’m a stay-at-home wife & dog-mom. I began this blog ten years ago,  I couldn’t ignore that I felt a calling to help people find comfort, a sense of belonging or a place of community whenever they really needed it. » Read more about me here on my About page!

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