Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Boy am I glad this work week is almost over. We had regional meetings going on which meant I had to be at work even earlier, and let's just say we are not a morning family. On top of that, I had to present multiple times this week, and overall it's just been a long week. But, we made it. In the midst of all the craziness of course I had to take time out to have a little fun and always find something to enjoy. 

This weekend we have not one thing planned and to say I am beyond excited is an understatement. After this weekend I don't think we have a free one until after Memorial Day. Yup, you read that right. We are one busy family but it's all good things and always fun times. Anyway, here is a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. First birthday brunch: if you've been visiting my little internet space here lately (always a huge thank you for stopping by!) then you might have seen I've gone to some really cute parties lately. Like seriously, each party has been better than the last and all with their own unique details. It's like Pinterest overload and I kind of love it. 

This time it was a first birthday brunch and the prettiest brunch I may have ever seen. Ok, I know it was the prettiest brunch I have ever seen and really could have been someone's wedding. If you saw my instagram stories then you might remember I posted this pic of me with my nuggets who wanted nothing to do with smiling for a picture, typical #momproblems. A also got his face painted for the first time and loved it so much that he did not want to wash it off.

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2. Beauty and the Beast: you may also remember me mentioning my Mom, sister and I had tickets to see Beauty and the Beast over the weekend. My brother also came along so it was a nice little family outing. We all loved the movie! I think it brought everyone back to a time when we first enjoyed it as kids. The special effects were amazing, the singing was great, and for the most part it was pretty dead on from the cartoon version.

They did switch a few things up, such as giving more of the back story about the beast, which I happened to really like getting a better picture of him, and a few other things that I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say though, I had a slight disappointment with the prince. I guess since he transforms from this big powerful beast I was just expecting someone a little more, rugged and muscular, perhaps. And then we see, him. Not a bad prince by any means—just not what I was expecting. Even in the cartoon he had a little more girth to him. This is going to sound weird but I kind of enjoyed him better as the beast. There I said it. I guess I have a thing for the beast.

Overall, it was a great movie. If you're planning on taking young kids with you to see it, to be honest, I would say it's probably more appropriate for children seven plus. We did see some younger kids in the theater that during the kill the beast scenes started to get a little scared. You just have to remember things are bigger and louder in a theater, and in general the purpose of those scenes are a little more intense. Then again, you know your children best and their maturity level and what they can handle, so use your best judgement.

3. Brunch: if I could brunch all day every day I would, but then again who wouldn't?! With my Mom and sister around of course we had to take advantage of going out and getting our brunch on. Eric and I have been to Tavern 5 before with friends for dinner but never got a chance to check it out for brunch.

I love places that have a good atmosphere and even better when they have good food. I wouldn't say it was the best brunch I've ever had but it didn't disappoint by any means. When my Mom's plate came out with her cornflake crusted french toast I immediately regretted my decision and wanted to dive into hers. Not because mine was bad at all, but hers was really, really good! Like all Mom's who usually end up eating last, she was nice enough to share with us and enjoy in her tasty meal :)  

4. Science fair: let's just continue on the trips down memory lane here, shall we? Remember how I mentioned my mom fail with A's science project last week? Well last night was their actual science fair. All of the classes did such a great job, and I love seeing the nuggets get excited about learning and having fun.

5. 5 ways to spring clean your blog: in case you missed my post from earlier this week, a lot of you have been giving me some great feedback and seemed to find the tips I shared to be helpful. That makes me so happy because when you put together a post hoping to reach your readers and provide resources for them, the last thing you want to feel is like you missed the mark or that you failed. If you get a chance to check it out, you can read the full post here.

I hope everyone has a fun filled weekend! As always I'm linking with some of my favorite bloggers for all of the link up fun.

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