Five on Friday {Good and Bad}

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great week.  Before we get on to some good things from this week, here are a couple of bad things.  First, I don’t like talking politics with anyone besides my immediate family and very close friends.  However, seeing clips from the Betsy DeVos hearing really had me fired me up.  As a former special education teacher, I am in disbelief that this woman is going to be running our country’s education system. Second, on Monday my daughter and I both got haircuts.  We both just got a couple of inches trimmed off.  But I also had the hair dresser cut me bangs.  Well, they are not quite what I was envisioning and I’m not very happy with them.  It’s just hair though and I’m dealing.  Hopefully, they will grow out sooner than later and I can brush them to the side, which is what I was previously doing with them.  Here are five from this week:

1. Blog Updates –  I have just started using Canva and can’t believe what took me so long to try it!  As you may have noticed, last weekend I updated my blog header and social media icons.  It’s not a big thing, but everything that I’ve done with this blog has been self-taught.  So, I’m giving myself a little pat on the back!


2.  Bowling – With the three day weekend we decided to take the kids bowling Sunday night.  They were super surprised and we had a great time!  I posted this pic on Instagram and noted that yes, I have my own bowling ball…..but I’m not a very good bowler!  When my husband and I were dating (and pre-kids) we would go bowling a lot.  So, we both ended up getting our own shoes and bowling balls.  Unfortunately, nowadays, they only get used every couple of months or so.

One True Loves

3. Reading – After reading so many great reviews about this book, (and all of her other books!) on the Show Us Your Books linkup I decided I had to give it a try. So far, it’s really good!

4. Watching – I am of course watching The Bachelor (instead of listening to a podcast recap, I’ve opted to just read Sheaffer’s recaps instead, which are hysterical and spot-on!). Over the three day weekend we watched the movies Matilda and The BFG since my son and I had read both books together this summer.  Both movies were a bit different from the books in parts but were enjoyable.  I also saw this video on my Facebook feed this past week.  Rachel blogs at The Stay At Home Chef and also has a Youtube Channel.  She received a comment from a reader about her gray hair and this video is her response.  Its brave, beautiful and empowering.


5. Eating –  After our haircuts on Monday, the family went out for lunch.  My husband suggested Izla, which we hadn’t been to in a long time.  We shared Churrasco, Ropa Vieja and roasted chicken with rice & gandules, tostones, salsa stuffing and cinnamon baked yams.  It was so good!

ICYMI this week on the blog:
2017 calendar

Monday I posted our weekly meal plan.


Thursday I shared our thoughts on kombucha.

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




  1. So sorry to hear that you were unhappy with how your haircut came out. Hope it grows out to be something you love! I grew up in a family that bowled a lot and my husband and I used to bowl quite a bit too. It’s been forever since we’ve gone and my girls were just talking about how fun it’d be to go. Glad your family enjoyed a fun night at the lanes! We need to do the same soon! Hope the upcoming weekend is a wonderful one for ya! xo – Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

  2. I was pondering bangs and my husband said, NO WAY! LOL I am generally one to do what I want and he never says anything but I laughed so hard and agreed! That Ed. Secretary needs to POOF vanish! Bowling yay! We love to do that. Happy weekend!

    • LOL! I’ve had bangs before…..but not so thick?!! They make me look really young but in a way that I’m not really happy about! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  3. I’ve been the recipient of a few bad haircuts and even though it’s “just hair”, it sucks because every day you have to deal with it and feel grumpy over it. The good thing is bangs seem to grow the fastest! DeVos is an embarrassment. I don’t really expect to like any member’s of his cabinet but I do expect them to be competent, ya know.

  4. Not good haircuts are such a bummer. It is just hair but it’s so hard to remember that when you see yourself constantly in the mirror! I do hope it gets better. 🙂 What is canva?? Have a great weekend!

  5. I agree. I was so disappointed with DeVos. On a happier note though the blog looks terrific!! Hubby went bowling on our first date, and although we hardly ever go, it brings back such fun memories. Happy Friday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Bangs are so hard to get right! Thanks for the tip on Canva. I had never heard of it, and can’t wait to give it a try. I have been using PicMonkey to make some simple graphics. Have a great week!

  7. I think everything looks great! Yay for learning!!! And booo on your haircut. I hate when that happens. Check out the videos on The Small Things Blog. She has some tips for styling bangs that may be helpful.

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