Friday Favorites!

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Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you but I think these weeks are just going by faster and faster. This is one of our very last Friday’s of summer, so I’m hoping to take the kids out to do something fun today!

Today I’m linking up with A Little Bit of Everything to share my Friday Favorites!

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Last week, Jared and I escaped for a long weekend away in Newport, RI and THAT was definitely one of my FAVORITES! It’s not often that we get to spend multiple nights away with just the two of us so this trip was much needed!  The city of Newport now tops the list of my favorite places and I can’t wait to go back. I’m hoping to give you all the deets on  a blog post next week!

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Just before we left on vacation, Camryn had her first “sleepover” in Laney’s room and my two girlies are definitely my FAVORITE. The girls were sooooo excited about their sleepover! My bet was on them not being able to actually go to sleep and Camryn ending up back in her crib. Thanks to a long summer day of adventures, these two were extra tired and sound asleep before I knew it!

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If you see these at Trader Joe’s, I want you to think long and hard as to whether not you’re going to give them a try. These things are AMAZING and a FAVORITE recent find but be prepared to have more than one to satisfy your sweet tooth. Yumm! Parker actually saw me put these in the freezer, so the two of us went bananas over them! So. Good! And healthy right?!? Because Bananas.

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Okay ladies, if you give the Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew with sweet cream a try it will become your new FAVORITE way to drink coffee, it’s THAT GOOD! It’s been one of my go to pick-me-ups since I discovered it a couple of weeks ago!

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This Oribe Soft Lacquer is one of my FAVORITE hair products. My hair stylist recommended it years ago and it’s been a part of my life ever since. You spray this product on your hair after it’s fully dried but before you use any hot styling tools and it helps to hold the curl/wave. You can still use a finishing spray afterwards! I did a quick search of it to provide a link and it looks like it sells at most places for $36, which to me seems like a lot, but it literally lasts FOREVER!

That’s it for my favorites this Friday! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Summer Bucket List~ Part 1

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I can’t believe we’re already in the second week of August. *sigh It’s going by so quickly and we haven’t even covered half of our bucket list yet! Not gonna lie…at this point, the kids are driving me bananas more often than not but I’m just hanging onto the realization that the snow will be flying before we know it. We’re just going to do our best to enjoy the last of these summer days and check off the rest of our bucket list!

Today, I’m going to highlight some of the things we’ve enjoyed most this summer!

At the end of the school year, both of the older kids came home with summer reading challenges as well as some reading challenges from local bookstores. One of our favorite bookstores is Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis. The store is tucked away on a quaint side street near Lake Harriet, which makes taking a picnic lunch on your little day trip the perfect idea! From the moment you arrive, the uniqueness of this gem of a bookstore greets you at the door. There’s a tiny door for the kids to enter and a larger door for the adults, though you could also crawl through the dwarf sized door and you probably wouldn’t get any strange looks. Ha!  Inside of the bookstore, there is a HUGE variety of books for all ages as well as some novelty items. The staff is super helpful and friendly and can even order books to be delivered to your door if they aren’t currently in stock. My kids found titles in Wild Rumpus that they hadn’t come across before in other bookstores which is really fun! Perhaps the most unexpected part of this one of a kind bookstore is that there are actually several pets that call the bookstore home and roam the shelves freely. The kids love trying to see if they can spot all of the pets as some of them are fairly elusive. Ha! (I wonder why:)    I think my favorite pet would be either Caldecott the chinchilla or Neil the chicken. Perhaps yours would be the tarantula. #nothanks  If you live locally and haven’t been to Wild Rumpus, it’s a must see for sure!

 

 

Another one of our favorite places to visit in the summer is Como Town!  We haven’t quite mustered up the courage to take the kids to the Minnesota State Fair so when it comes to rides their experience is pretty limited and their exposure hasn’t been more than Como Town and a trip or two to ValleyFair. Como Town is located in St. Paul and is in the same vicinity as Como Zoo and The Como Park Conservatory. Entrance into all 3 destinations is free, however, a donation is encourage!  I love Como Town because it’s not very big and is super easy to check out most of the attractions within just a few hours. Being that my kids are between the ages of 2-8. I try to find things that all 3 would be interested in or entertained by and this stop fits the bill! You could easily checkout Como Zoo while you’re there too and make a day of it!

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This year, we visited Fawn-Doe-Rosa in St. Croix Falls, WI for the first time. I’ve heard about it over the years and had just never gotten around to making the trip and I’m so glad we finally got around to it! This place is so neat, upon entrance to the park you will be greeted by so.many.deer just lounging around, waiting for you to come feed them some of the food you purchased in the store along with your admission ticket. The park is huge and there’s a trail that winds it’s way through, you’re welcome to “offroad it” but I would not recommend it as there are lots of animal droppings for you step in, insert clenched teeth emoji here. I mean…unless you’re into testing your ability to determine which animal the “scat” came from?! Let’s just stop there and say stick to the trail. There were also chicken, goats, pigs, bunnies, racoons, etc. Laney and Camryn even enjoyed taking a ride on the ponies! There aren’t any real food options at Fawn-Doe-Rosa, so I would definitely recommend packing a picnic lunch. There are tons of picnic tables and a playground for kids to play on once their done!

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One thing we have not missed out on this summer is our share of ice cream!  We have made it to a few of our summertime favs and even added some new ones into the mix this year! Here are a couple of pics of our recent stops!

Knoke’s Chocolate and Nuts in Hudson, WI

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Valley Sweets Ice Cream in St. Croix Falls, WI

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Selma’s Ice Cream in Afton, MN

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Some of the other boxes we’ve checked on our summer bucket list are: campfire in the driveway with neighbors, sleepover with friends, annual family vacation (read more on our trip to Ohio here) , movie on a rainy, corn on the cob cookout (which I blogged about here).

What’s on your summer bucket list?1 I’d love to add some more things to our list and can’t wait to recap the rest of our summer in a couple of weeks. Should I be embarrassed by the fact that it will probably include at least a few more ice cream shops? Ha!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

 

Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorties Link-up picHappy Friday everyone! It’s been a really busy week, so unfortunately I haven’t been back to blog at all since my last Friday Favorites!  #oops Today I’m linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Momfessionals and Grace and Love blogs to bring you this week’s roundup of favorite things.

Sur La Tab Multifunction Pot~

I know you’re thinking “what a super exciting favorite”! Ha! Last Sunday, we had a cookout on the driveway with some of our neighbors (also a favorite) and Jared went and picked up 4 dozen ears of sweet corn to throw on the grill. As a child, Jared grew up with his Grandfather’s perfect technique of buttering the corn. Jared said what he needed was a pot large enough to fully dip the ear of corn in and narrow enough that there wouldn’t be more liquid in the pot than necessary. Insert this multi-functional pot he picked up at Sur La Table! It was the perfect size for dipping the ears of corn.  Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what exactly the corn was dipped in. So, you fill the pot up with enough water so that the corn can be fully submerged if you dip it in with tongs. Then, add 1-2 sticks of butter and boil. Take the mixture off of the burner and the butter will have risen to the top. There you have it, corn on the cob dipping perfection.

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IKEA Hemnes Dresser

This dresser is one of my favorites this week, I love it so much that this is actually the second one we’ve bought to have in one of the kid’s room. I love it because it’s large enough to really hold a lot the kids clothing and extra linens. You also can’t beat the price, only $249. The drawer pulls that come with it are pretty basic, so I ordered my own off of Amazon to dress it up a bit. If you’re familiar with IKEA, then you know that you have to put the furniture together yourself.  We found this to be a pretty easy assembly process too! Hemnes Dresser

Magnolia Journal

I LOVE when the Magnolia Journal arrives at my house! There’s just something about Chip and Joanna that totally fills my cup and warms my heart. I think 2 journal issues ago is when she featured a delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Bread recipe that the kids loved. This time, I’m not sure if she had me at Crème Brule or S’mores first…either way I’m totally making this! Yumm!! I don’t know about you all but I never subscribe to magazines any more, I think the Magnolia Journal is the only one. What magazine subscription do you still receive? Comment below if you think I’m missing out on any great mags!

 

Chalkboard Paint

A couple of years ago, Jared put his handyman skills to work and spruced up our back mudroom area. One of the things I asked for was a chalkboard area above the kid’s backpack and coat hangers to write their names or special messages on. He did a GREAT job but one of the first times I wrote on the wall I had used a chalk marker. It didn’t do any real damage but I think the paint was too porous for the chalk marker and you could always kind of see where the marker had bled through the chalk paint. So….after years (not exaggerating), I finally got around to repainting the area with chalk paint. Part of me was nervous that it wouldn’t turn out for some reason…it’s chalk paint though which is pretty forgiving so I’m not sure what I thought could go wrong. Anyway, I gave it a fresh coat of pain and everything looks good as new. If anyone has any suggestions on a better chalk utensil to use on this type of pain, I’d love to hear it!

Final and Most Fabulous Favorite

I’m loving checking off summer bucket list items with these three!

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Thanks for reading along this Friday and for stopping by my page. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo

Friday Favorites!

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On Fridays I link up with Grace and Love, Momfessionals and A Little Bit of Everything blogs to share what things we’re favoriting this week! Here it goes ladies:

  1. Phone mount for my car ~starting August 1 the state of Minnesota highway patrol is going to crack down on drivers using their phones while operating their vehicles. While it’s always been illegal to do anything other than talk or use GPS on your phone while driving they will be more strictly enforcing these laws and have said only “one touch” operation of the phone will be allowed. I use my GPS all day long on days that I work and often have my phone in my hand to see the route more clearly so this device is super handy for me. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks and really love it!

2. Justin’s Dark Peanut Butter Cups~ I feel like if I don’t have something with chocolate on my favorite list every week…I haven’t really listed all my favorite things. #whoswithme  I picked these up at Target but I know they sell them at most grocery stores and even sell them individually wrapped at Starbucks. All I’m going to say is YUMM!

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3. Kid’s Bog Boots~

Apparently Camryn was just as excited as I was when these beauts showed up at our door. I ordered them during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, which is still going on, and they were such a good price! We love these boots around our house because you can wear them in the rain and snow (they are made to withstand temps up to -30deg which we need here in the frozen Tundra) , they’re SUPER durable and the kids can easily take them on and off themselves. I usually buy 1 size up for each of the kids so they can get a couple of seasons out of them!

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Swimsuit…optional, boots are a non-negotiable. Ha!

4. Birkenstocks

I talked about my love for my Birks in an earlier post this week when I mentioned what I’m wearing. I wear them ALL THE TIME and I’m so glad I got them. They’re super comfortable, durable and I can wear them with just about anything. Win. Win. Win!

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5. This Girl on a Swing~ Camryn loves to swing on swings and she is just the sweetest because she just keeps saying “higher, higher, go higher”! I swear she thinks she’s about to touch the sky. I love her so and SHE is one of my favorites! Ovi, I just realized I have not one but three pics of her on this post #sorryotherkidsbut2yearoldsarecute

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6. Vacation Bible School~ Laney had vacation bible school this week and she totally LOVED it. Seeing her learn more about how much God loves her is one my favorite things too.

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7. Stella and Dot~ Jewels from Stella&Dot have been one of my favorite things for a long time. When I saw the fall line come out a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to be more than just a customer and that I wanted to spread the SD love myself! I’m excited to have joined one of my favorite companies! Woot! Woot!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Melissa @ Finding My Mojo