Five on Friday {Father’s Day Weekend}

Yeah for Friday!  This has been a fun but busy week.  The kids have less than a week of school and we are looking forward to summer!  Father’s Day is this weekend and unfortunately, the weather forecast isn’t looking that great.  This may have an impact on our weekend plans, but keeping my fingers crossed!  Here are five from this week:

Reading:  I recently finished reading The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman.  This was a really enjoyable read that I highly recommend!  I’m currently reading Sarah Jio’s Always.  I’ve only read one other of hers but loved it, so hoping this one’s good as well!

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Watching:  This past week I watched the movie Before I Fall.  I recently read the YA book and have to say, like in most cases, the book was so much better. I also watched the movie A Dog’s Purpose with the family.  I had mixed feelings about watching it after hearing about the alleged abuse of the animals when filming.  However, we all watched it and really liked it.  I will admit, it had me in tears several times.

Eating:  This week I was invited to a tasting of some of the restaurants in the new food court at a local, upscale mall.  Not only did I get to meet some local bloggers and Instagram friends, but I also got to enjoy a tasty lunch!  This crispy chicken sandwich with honey chile sauce was so good!

Outdoor Time:  Last weekend we visited two, new to us, state parks.  We went hiking/geocaching in both.  Despite the heat on both days, the kids were troopers and we found new caches.

Local Attractions:  Last weekend we also visited a Washington Irving’s Sunnyside.  We visited the American author’s home overlooking the Hudson River.  This was our family’s first time visiting the historic site.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

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Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.

Tuesday I shared my May Reads in the Show Us Your Book link up.

Wednesday I posted my first “5 Questions With….” interview with Chef Joel Gamoran.

Thursday I shared #NYSummer2017.

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




  1. Happy Friday, friend! How exciting that your kids are getting so close to summer break! I wish I lived near enough to have been one of the blogging friends that you met up with for that delicious looking meal! 😉 Sounds like a great time was had along with some fantastic food! Your time exploring new to you state parks and local attractions sounded wonderful too! We haven’t been geocaching in forever. You’ve got me wanting to take my girls out for more of that fun. 🙂 Hope the upcoming Father’s Day weekend is a wonderful one for you and your family!

  2. Glad you enjoyed The Garden of Small Beginnings and hope you enjoy Always. I haven’t watched Before I Fall yet but I really liked the book. And yup the book is usually better 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh that sandwich, Nancy. Did I mention that fried chicken sandwiches are my favorite. My very bad-for-you favorite! And that one looks delicious. I couldn’t even make through the trailer for A Dog’s Purpose without crying so I’m not sure if I could take a whole movie! I was supposed to start reading Into the Water but after seeing so many mixed reviews, my interest waned. I brought it back unread because I just got my reading mojo back. There are other books on my nightstand and kindle that intrigue me more. Have a great weekend and I hope the weather works in your favor for Father’s Day!

    • Yes, fried chicken sandwiches are so good…key word being fried! If you were crying at the trailer than you would probably be bawling at A Dog’s Purpose. Have a great weekend!

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