Friday, October 30, 2015

Five on Friday

I'm so excited for this weekend! So much is going on, and yet it feels like it could still be relaxing. Perspective really is everything people. I got plans to relax, organize (we're doing a room overhaul/cleanse over here), cook & eat a lot of good food, drink some bubbly, and do a lot of celebrating!

On to my Five this Friday...

One // Frankie Liked to Sing

I was doing comp title research at work at the end of August and came across this title and knew I had to have it. If you didn't already know, I'm completely obsessed with Frank Sinatra, so this book was a must! A husband and wife team wrote and illustrated it (also adorable) and it's such a cute book telling the life and story of Frank. Abrams is such a great publishing house. They have adorable titles for children (plus they published my beloved Cupcakes & Cashmere creator, Emily Schuman's book, so clearly they have taste), so consider looking through their catalog each season to pick out some good ones for your littles or littles you know!

Two // Halloween Decor


I still live at home (hey, student loans, hey), so I don't have complete say or control over the holiday decor that goes up in our home, but this year my mom added some really cute little touches around the house. It feels so warm in here this season! I love it. 

Plus, there's this guy, and while he's certainly not "decor", haha, he's very cute to look at ;)

Three // Crate & Barrel Appetizer Inspiration

I saw this posted on Facebook and I was like...what. How gorgeous is this? I'd love to do this for a casual party or get together. You wouldn't even have to cook dinner! Pinned this immediately. 

Four // Halloween Date Night Dinner Inspiration

It's supposed to be rainy and chilly Saturday night in Chicago, so we, and all of our friends, slowly dropped our plans to go out for Halloween in lieu of having date nights with our significant others. One of my best friends is watching movies with her sweet man and making mummy dogs! As soon as she mentioned it I knew I wanted to do something similar, so I took to Pinterest, as I usually do, and found a couple of festive recipes for inspiration.
{via pinterest herehere, and here}
I thought it would be fun to have a festive drink, snack, and dessert in addition to dinner! Sammy loves chocolate, and I love Oreos, so that drink is pretty perfect. He's also always mentioning how he's never had a caramel apple (who is he? I know) because he doesn't get how to eat them without making a mess... oy, my clean freak boyfriend ;) so when I found this mini version I thought it would be great to try out, so he can finally try one since he can just pop these in his mouth!

{via pinterest}
For the main event, I'd like to make these spooky, spidery nachos. Half steak {for him}, half plain {for me}. So, nothing anything that healthy haha, but oh well! It's a holiday!

I'm hoping to grab one of those superhero onesies from Target, so it still feels like we're dressing up a bit, and maybe watch corresponding movies because I still need to see the Superman movies. My boyfriend has turned me into a superhero nerd and I secretly love it. 

Five // My birthday!

 My birthday is on Sunday :) I'll be 24 and I'm realizing how excited I am to get deeper into my twenties and experience everything these years are going to hold for me. 

It's funny how similar my birthday list is from last year! Still asking for Disney DVDs to add to my collection, the new Lorac palette just like last year, and I always ask for books obviously ;)

Birthday list! {2015}

This year I chose the new Jonathan Franzen book because I've been wanting to read his work for a while now, Shoeless Joe which is what they based "Field of Dreams" on and because I think baseball is the most romantic of all the sports, and Infinite Jest because I think David Foster Wallace is one of the greatest American writers of all time. 

New items include some Christmas pajama items with little Mickeys on them ;) and that 5 year journal I mentioned in my last Five on Friday!

So far, the plan is to go to Sammy's little league game, have a late lunch with him and do a little shopping (girlfriend wants to grab her free birthday gift from Sephora ;) ), meet the family for a movie, and then have dinner at home. I've requested only pasta since I'm pretty easy to please, and also 24 going on 5, but my family will obviously make other stuff for everyone else so they have more variety & there will be a pumpkin pie for dessert!

Linking up with April!

Can't wait for all the festivities this weekend! I know it will be filled with so many blessings. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful things in my life. 

I'm off to snuggle with my pup until heading to lunch with my dad and brother. It's a good life, people. 

Hope your weekends are filled with relaxation, celebrations, and so many blessings.


  1. Happy Birthday

  2. We share birthdays! Hope yours is great! :))

    1. Ah! Isn't it the best day? ;) Hope yours was a beautiful day!

  3. That book looks adorable, and all those Halloween goodies look amazing! Calories don't count if it's a holiday ;)

    Happy birthday!

    -Stopping by from The Blogging Elite :)

    1. Isn't it so cute? :) & thanks, love! Exactly what I said to the boyfriend ;)

      Thank you so much!

  4. That book on Frank Sinatra looks so perfect! I am going to order it for sure! Thank you.
    -Erin (No Bohns About It)