five on Friday {eve}

15 December 2016

a little post potpourri to usher us into the beginning of the weekend after what felt like a looooong week (I'm not alone, I hope) ...

1. Beyond our artificial pre-lit tree, we do very little in the decorating department but our favorite artisan florist, The Bouqs Co. changed that for us with one of their amazing holiday arrangements ...

I took the bold liberty of deconstructing their Holiday Sweater arrangement to liven up the piano and the smell of fresh greenery is almost enough to convince me to go for a real tree next year. Almost! If you're in the flower sending market this time of year - The Bouqs Co. is the way to go because the flowers are cut the day you order and shipped the very next day so they arrive super fresh and last a longer.

My favorite thing about The Bouqs Co. is that there is NO hidden costs or upselling so the price you see is the price you pay - no checkout surprises.

They also have peonies for the month of December! I split up a bouquet (some for the piano pictured above) and some to freshen up my faux plant on my dresser ...

... instant happiness.

To get 20% off the entire site use code: JOYFUL20 (the code expires a few days before Christmas!).

2. I hate to ever be controversial but I saw this meme (a weakness of mine, a terrible vice) and had to share.

Amen. I'm sorry (sort of) if we disagree. We can still be friends. I guess. ps! Simon had no idea I'd put this in a post and just told me that Julia tried an eggnog sample at Costco this weekend and made such a repulsed face that it earned an out loud cackle from a fellow warehouse patron walking by ... that's my girl. You're on the right team, J. 

3. Did you guys see Blythe's house tour? I'm not a fan of the word but I'll make an exception here; SWOON. Go check it for yourself and you'll see what I mean.

4. It got down into the lower 60s a few days ago and I found myself scrambling to get us all dressed appropriately ...

I managed, don't fret. It's since popped back up into the 80s but I really think even 1.5 years here has ruined me for life as even that one day had me questioning everything (maybe I need Uggs! Do Julia's old Uggs with the toe hole fit Phoebe?! hats!! where's our box of hats?!). I'm telling you -- ruined.

5. I'm trying REALLY hard to avoid the Christmas Eve bleeding into Christmas early morning wrapathon of doom (just stick a bow on the grocery sack - it's FINE) and going to tackle the bulk of it this weekend. I think. I'm also going to repaint my nails the perfect color of dark (dark) green (coincidentally named Wrap Party whaddyaknow) because tis the season! It's my first Essie Gel polish purchase and paired with my go-to base and top coats -- I'm a fan, so far. Hopefully your plans are a little more exciting.

5.5 I extended the giveaway for one more day so hop on over and don't miss out.

Happy (almost!) Weekend.

(don't think you're off the hook though - I might be back before then)


  1. I for sure thought today was Friday all day too. And since this morning when I drove to the car line it was air temp -18 in the quad cities... yeah. I want to move to Florida too.

  2. I think today's high got into the single digits and I began seriously wondering about how our life choices led us to live here, despite how much we like it. I'll send you some snow for Christmas.
    Dreaming of warmer places,

  3. The eggnog post made my whole week. It's just plain gross. My husband just "has" to have one glass each year in his moose glasses because he might be a tad obsessed with A Christmas Vacation movie. Yes. He bought the exact same noise glasses. Le sigh.

  4. Hey Grace, what is that lovely paint color behind the piano in your photo? Do share!



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