Happy Friday friends! Well, it’s finally here. We’ve waited all year and now the weekend before Christmas has arrived. I’m guessing many of you will be off work for the rest of the year. Woo-to-the-hoo!
This is the last Friday Favorites of 2018 for me. Next week, I’m going to step back from blogging and focus on my family. Katie is home, as y’all already know, and Benny & Erin get here late Saturday night, followed by my parents on Christmas Eve if my mom is up to it. She’s had a terrible case of bronchitis for over a week and is on her second round of antibiotics. We’re praying for a miracle turn around, but it doesn’t look good. Insert all the sad faces right here.
Before I go on hiatus though, I’ve got quite a few things that have recently tickled my fancy to share and just like every Friday Favorites, I’m linking up with some other great bloggers. Link ups are a fantastic way to find new blogs and make new friends.
I shared this BRUSH BATH last week on my Stocking Stuffers For Her post. A friend of mine told me about this and said it worked wonders on her makeup brushes. I’d actually been looking for something for mine, so I had to give it a shot. Holy cleanness, Batman. This stuff really works, especially on brushes that are used for foundation, BB Creams, and the IT concealers. I am totally amazed at what a great job it does of cleaning. You spray it on and then start wiping away on a tissue, and just continue until it’s nice and clean. You’ve GOT TO TRY THIS!!!! You can get a 3.4 oz large bottle or a smaller travel size bottle. I’m a total fan!
I may be too late telling y’all about these and for that I’m so sorry, because these are both such fun finds. I got them a few weeks ago at Trader Joe’s and went back to stock up on more before they sell out. I’ve quickly come to realize that the things they get seasonally sell out fast, and once they’re gone…they’re gone…and you’re sad.
These little Mini Peppermint Meringues are the perfect little pop in your mouth snack, and you can eat 11 of them for only 80 calories. That feels like a very decadent treat. I’m also thinking they would be so delicious to dip in some dark chocolate to harden on the bottoms.
The Candy Cane Green Tea has the perfect amount of peppermint in it. I’ve never been that big of a peppermint fan, so when Katie came home and I had both of these, she was kind of like “what’s going on here?”. Apparently, I’m coming around to the idea of peppermint. Who knew?
Having this girl should be favorite number 1. I’m am so loving having my playmate back and already grieving that she’s only here a few weeks. I know she’ll be so ready to get back to school and her life, but I sure love having her home.
I’m also beyond thrilled that she will still snuggle up with me on the sofa. Last weekend we spent a lot of time watching Hallmark movies and Friends and it was grand!
We have an elf named Gretchen who came to live with us last year…she helped me win my Barrington tote. (read about that here) She typically lives on one of my tiered trays, but has made a few random appearances for Katie. ❤️
Want your own elf and some accessories? Find them here…
I keep adding pillows to our sofa and Kent says pretty soon there won’t be any place left to sit. MEN! They just don’t get it. (sorry Bubbie, it’s the truth?❤️) I love the striped pillow above and I wish I’d thought to take a picture of the back. It has smaller stripes for a contrast. The other new pillow is the striped one below. They are both from Pottery Barn. I love all the pillow options they have, and I’ve mentioned before, I love that I can buy just the covers to change out seasonally, making for easier storage.
Here are a few of my favorite pillow picks
Don’t y’all love it when you find out about something from a blogger friend? I was watching an Insta-story and someone (I can’t remember who) recommended this tea, so being the TJ’s sucker I am, I went right out and got some. Yep, it’s good! AND…can y’all believe you can get some of the Trader Joe’s items on Amazon? I didn’t realize that until yesterday. So, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, then no worries. You can order it and have it delivered to your front door. Score!
Pecan Pie in the house. I made this one day this week and stuck it in the freezer for next week. My favorite pie pan is this red one by Emile Henry. Don’t you just hate it when you go to all the trouble to bake a pie or quiche, bake it the right amount of time, think it’s done, only to cut into it and the bottom isn’t done. What the heck? Until I bought this pie plate, (do you ever call it that?) I could never get a pie done on the bottom without pre-baking the shell, which then led to the edges getting too done even with the silicone covers. I found one by the same maker currently on sale here if you need one.
Now let’s talk about these super clever silicone pie crust shields. I found these one day and had no idea what I had just stumbled on. They are pure genius and adjustable to fit any size pie plate. I had a metal crust guard that was basically worthless. Why was it worthless? It only fit one pie plate that I never use. True confession: I have a Pampered Chef stone pie plate and don’t love it, in fact, I don’t even use it and that’s what the metal ring fit. I’m sorry if you have a Pampered Chef one and love it, it just wasn’t right for me.
You can shop these pie making supplies right here, and they’d make a darling gift for a baker in your life.
Well that about wraps it up friends. I wish y’all the Merriest Christmas. Eat all the things and enjoy with no guilt. Soak in the moments and live your best life.