Five on Friday {Birthday Boy Weekend}

Today is a big day in our house.  My “baby” boy turns 9!  We have several days of celebrating the birthday boy starting today with funfetti cupcakes at camp and a sushi dinner.  This was our last full week at home for awhile now. My son attended a local Cub Scout day camp this week and the kids had some play dates with friends.  Next week we leave for our first leg of our #NYSummer2017 road trip!  Here are five from this week:

1. Family Fun – Last weekend we took a tour of the Nina & Pinta, replica Columbus ships.  Afterwards, we went to the West Point Museum and then stayed for their Independence Concert and fireworks show.

2. Watching – This week I didn’t watch any movies or much television.  I watched The Bachelorette and a couple of episodes of the Real Housewives of New York.

3. Baking –  I bought a huge container of blueberries this week.   Although my daughter complained that I just made blueberry muffins I had her help me make more!  Last time I made buttermilk blueberry muffins.  This week I made Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins.  She wasn’t complaining when she ate them, so I guess they were okay!

4. Reading –  I am half-way through Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult.  This is one of the books on my summer 2017 reading list.  Picoult is one of my favorite authors and this is one of her few books that I haven’t read yet.  It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for years!  So, I’m glad to finally be dusting it off and reading it.  As usual, it’s a great read so far.

5.  Planting – My parents gave me five tomato plants that they bought but didn’t need.  So, I put them in pots this week in hopes that they will grow!  I also found these mini rose plants on sale at my local Shoprite this week for $1.99 each!  I planted them as well this week, hoping they will survive my black thumb!  When the weather wasn’t too hot I also did a bunch of weeding.  Not a favorite job, but it has to get done.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared my June 2017 Reads and joined the Show Us Your Books link up.

Wednesday I wrote about Soukup Farms Coffee Infused Maple Syrup.

Linking up with Katie, Andrea and April!  Have a great weekend!



  1. Happy birthday to your son! Sounds like he’s been having a great time celebrating! I have a black thumb too. I haven’t planted anything this summer because of it. But I’d like to get a basil plant and rosemary plant and see how long it will take me to kill them. 😀 Have a great weekend and Happy Travels next week!

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes! I have a basil plant growing in a container. I use a lot of basil in the summer and the small cost of the plant is worth it for me versus buying basil at the supermarket every time I need it. Hope you had a great weekend!

  2. Handle with Care is SUCH a good book! And what did you think of The Bachelorette this week??? I love Dean, but I don’t think he’s going to win. I think that if Peter wins, then Bryan will be the next Bachelor, and if Bryan wins, then Dean will be the next Bachelor. Thoughts?

    • Yes, I’m loving Handle With Care. Picoult is not disappointing. Oh the Bachelorette……I am thinking Bryan is going to win and he’s my top pick. I like Dean too, but I think he’s a bit young for her. I feel like it’s between Dean and Bryan though. Don’t think she has the same chemistry and relationship with Eric and Peter.

  3. Happy Birthday to your baby!! Hope you guys have an amazing time celebrating. I need to try that book! And those muffins look scrumptious!

  4. Happy Birthday to your son! Thank you for the book recommendations! Always looking for a good read. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  5. I thought that Jodi Picoult one was really good, I’ll be curious to hear what you think! Happy birthday to your “baby”! 🙂 I’m hopping over to your June reads post too, anxious to hear what you thought of This Is How It Always Is. I just read that and I think it may be my favorite book of the year (so far).

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