5 Friday Favorites: August 18th...

Friday, August 18, 2017
 Eeek!  It's Friday again, not sure how that happened.  This last full week of summer slipped by in a hurry.  This week's theme seems to center on the word encouragement.   Happy weekend my friends.  The Mr. took today off and we are on a fun family last summer adventure :). YAY!



{one -encouragement}


Yesterday, I shared on Instagram that my friend Ellie gifted me with a sweet KOKO bracelet in honor of our tribe's name.  I had ordered some awesome bracelets from her and she snuck that one in.  To say, I was touched would be an understatement.

Not one of us immune to discouragement.  In the state of our world today, there is never enough encouragement going around.  So friends, I want this space and this tribe to be known for encouragement.  To express encouragement daily and to spur others to keep on keeping on!  If you feel discouraged, encourage someone else...I assure you it will start to brighten your day!






{two - new bracelets}


Speaking of Ellie, she makes the most beautiful bracelets and all month long she is offering a fun $5 Friday sale on some of her bracelets.  Make sure you start your collection this month during this amazing sale.  I love supporting ladies living out their passion!  




{three - birthday double date night}



Nothing encourages me more than spending time with friends.  AMEN?  My sweet friend Emilie is always a source of encouragement but we never go out alone with our husbands.  I decided to invite them to dinner with us for my birthday at Bonefish Grille.  I am excited to try out the #bangbangshrimp, eat my food slowly and let them do the dishes.  Right now they are featuring summer duos and I am not sure how I am going to choose.  Eating out with friends is a great birthday gift for sure.



{four - shopping with my mom}




My mom is the ultimate shopper.  It's her love language seriously.  For our birthdays, she loves to take us shopping and gift us with some new outfits.  She is SO good at picking out cute clothes I would never try on and telling us how beautiful we are in them.  Nothing encourages you more than sweet words like that, amen?  

I got some new olive green pants and a fun floral print shirt from Loft and awesome grey jeans.  The pants are totally out of my comfort zone BUT she got me to try them and I love them.  Thanks mom for being so good to us (and dad too ;).


This little one got new shoes and rain boots  (thanks Grandma). She also got to make a Poppy at Build-A-Bear.  She has not let Poppy out of her sight since!  


{five - share the love}



I love reading lots of other blogs during the week and I wanted to share a few that I loved this week with you.  One of my favorite quotes is a rising tide lifts all boats.  Amen?  We have to encourage others in the great work they are doing!


Kindergarten was a rough transition here for us and her words spoke to me as I remembered those hard days.  


I want to write every area in my prayer journal and pray for my kids more specifically this year.  


Worry has always been an issue in my life.   If you ever worry, read this encouraging post.



{Before you go...}

Check out Money Saving Mom tomorrow to see a guest post I wrote on budget-friendly birthdays, I am so excited to be featured!  




Until next time, keep on keeping on (koko) with a joyful, faith-filled life! #tribekoko


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Linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites, BYBMG for High Five for Friday and Five on Friday with Smidge of This.  Make sure to check out their blogs for more Friday fun!



This post contains affiliate links meaning if you click and buy, I receive a small commission.  Bonefish Grille provided a complimentary meal for my review.  All opinions are my own.  Thanks to my partners and you for supporting this blog!
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18 comments on "5 Friday Favorites: August 18th..."
  1. Have a wonderful time out celebrating YOU! Moms are the best, how sweet was yours to take y'all shopping! I hope you have the best weekend!

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  2. Excited for our dinner out!!! Thanks for always encouraging this little tribe!! 😊

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  3. I love beaded bracelets. Thanks for sharing! Happy Birthday!

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  4. I told you yesterday that I'm OBSESSED with those bracelets! They look amazing, and how sweet was the gesture! Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend with your sweet family!

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  5. You deserve nothing but the best kind of celebration! Enjoy your weekend.

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  6. Bang Bang Shrimp is a life changer! Hands down, one of my favorite foods. It looks like you had a nice time shopping with your mom! I was able to shop with my mom this past weekend, too, but it's something I don't get to do often enough, for sure.

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  7. Happy Birthday Erin! That picture of your girly and her Poppy, is so sweet! I hope you guys have a great weekend! :)

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  8. I totally missed that it was your birthday! Happy Birthday sweet lady! My mom is the same with the gifts. I always tell her not to buy us stuff but she brings the kids toys every week. Thank you for highlighting my post. I copied your quote about rising tides into my planner. What a lovely way to think of it.

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  9. We love Bonefish!! Sometimes me and the hubby pop in for a quick date night and just get some bang bang shrimp and a drink! Enjoy!!

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  10. Love this Friday Favorite post! Your shopping day looks amazing. I love blogging because of all the encouragement. Hope you have a great weekend with your family.

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  11. I hope you had a great adventure today and a fun birthday celebration! That was so sweet of your friend to surprise you with the custom bracelet, and can your mom take me shopping!? :) Have a great one!

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  12. I love those bracelets and cannot wait to see Ellie's shop. I hope you have a great double date night! How fun. Your adventure today looked like such a great way to spend time with family. I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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  13. What a sweet birthday tradition with your mom!! New outfits and words of encouragement. Sounds wonderful :) Hope you had a great birthday!

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  14. Oh, yes, we all need encouragement and all need to be encouragers. I try very hard to be an encourager to someone everyday and it seems when I need it most someone encourages me. The bracelets are lovely and especially the KOKO one. Oh, I love taking my daughter shopping, we always have such fun. But, we don't get to do it very often with 8 hours separating us. Ugh! Have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow!

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  15. Those bracelets are so pretty! And mom's really are the best!! Love your thoughts on encouragement - I know I could be a better encourager for sure!

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  16. Happppy birthday! Oh the koko bracelet is the BEST! Love it! And the troll! Makes me want to take the boys to build a bear. We haven't been in ages.

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  17. That KOKO bracelet was the sweetest gift ever! So kind of her to sneak that in. The Poppy Build a Bear is adorable and almost as big as she is. So fun!

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  18. I have to say, I love your upbeat attitude and that you spread encouragement. The world needs more of it. Those bracelets are pretty.

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