5 Friday Favorites | 9.22.17 |

Happy first day of fall!  The weather can now cool down and feel like fall because I have booties, cardigans, scarves and skinny jeans to wear and they don't pair well with 90 degree weather ;).  (See my favorite fall fashion must haves here).  

We have had a good week and we are finally celebrating our sweet 6 year old this weekend with a Shopkins party.  We also have some flag football and a church picnic too so this weekend will be busy!  Before our weekend commences, I want to share 5 (whoops I can't count, six) Friday favorites with you!

one --  small throwable containers

My kids take a lot of cold lunches.  They love ranch dressing but I do not love washing itty bitty containers of ranch dressing SO when I found these packs of 10 throwable dip containers at my local Dollar Tree store, I was excited.  I put them in the lunch prep basket in my pantry.  They were 10 for a $1 at Dollar Tree but my friend Jenny told me you can find them on Amazon too and they happen to be cheaper per cup (here).  #fistbump 

two -- handmade scripture print

I am always amazed at the talent people have.  Arts and crafts is not a talent of mine unless it is done in 20 minutes with hot glue or spray paint.  So when I met my friend Nicole from Sweet 2 The Soul, I was in awe of her scripture, water-painting.  

She was so sweet and sent me 2 prints, both are beautiful, but my very favorite is the one pictured.  She had me at the florals, the navy and that scripture is one of my life verses.  Be joyful and keep on keeping on, amen?  

three - gel top coat

So, recently after seeing several bloggers always talking about nail color, I wanted to paint my nails more but then I remembered why I didn't paint my nails - instant chipping.  So, one night at dance my friend Nicole (popular name today) had beautiful nails and I asked her what she did.  She mentioned she used a gel top coat with regular nail polish.

So I  purchased some gel top coat and friends, it's a game changer.  I use two coats of top coat and my nail polish stays on.  I feel SO very fancy with painted nails #truestory.  

She uses this one and I use this one

four - handmade notecards

Amy from Discovering Whimsy won my recent #Tribekoko giveaway and as a thank you she sent me these darling notecards from her shop, Discovering Whimsy Cards and Gifts.  They are beautiful and have lined envelopes and sweet sayings like "Chin up Buttercup".  Wouldn't these be darling for teacher gifts or a little happy gift for a friend.  Yes, yes they would!

five -- good book

Karen Kingsbury helped me fall back in love with reading as an adult.  I started with the Baxter series  (more listed below).  If you like Hallmark and need Christian encouragement while reading about characters you will fall in love with, cry over and stay up until 2am to find out the ending to, I highly recommend her books.  I am reading Even Now right now ;) and it is so good!

Redemption Series | First Born Series | Above the Line Series | Sunrise Series | Bailey Flanigan SeriesComing Home | Baxter Christmas | Love Story | Coming soon - In This Moment |

six -- new vacuum

Kids eating and crumbs everywhere go hand in hand around here.  I use to spend time sweeping after every meal since our other vacuum would just spit crumbs everywhere on our hard wood which just annoyed me.  I hate stepping on crumbs in my bare feet.  I finally got the vacuum of my dreams #seriously.

It's cordless and has 2 sucking powers.  I use the highest power on my hardwood floor.  It runs for about 8-10 minutes at that power but I can do my whole upstairs (busting a move) on the lower power. It's light-weight, easy to empty the canister, cord free, and comes with a charging dock station that my hubby mounted in our pantry.    I am in love with a vacuum and I don't care who knows it.  ;)

Before you go, check these out -- 

Callington Cottage Before and After

6 Ingredient Corn Bean Salsa

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!

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