Friday Highlights 3.3.17

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Hello Friday!

This week has been a week for coasting. Nothing exciting has happened, the weather has been “meh”, and we don’t have big plans to look forward to. We’re just coasting through life, which is what I think a lot of March is going to look like for us. And let’s be honest, after an oh so chaotic February this change of pace is more than welcomed. 

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday Favorites.


Blog Highlights

This week on the blog I shared…


A BIG Announcement
‘The Shouse’ Plans for our new home
A Girl Mom Box Swap (more on that below)
March Goals


Girl Mom Box Swap!

This week I announced a girl mom box swap as a fun way to celebrate all things girly. If you want more details you can check out the original post.

Sign-ups open March 1st.
Sign-ups due by March 8th.
Partners matched on March 10th.
Mail packages by March 17th.
Share your box on March 29th.

We would LOVE to have you join us. 


Lens Love

At the end of a year I bought a new camera lens and I am in love!

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens

It is a fixed lens, much like the ‘Nifty Fifty’ but I love this lens about 1000 times more and unlike like my 50mm, I actually use this one. In fact the amazing photos that I took of Emily for her 6th birthday were all shot with this 24m lens!

Reasons to love it:
VERY sturdy, well made lens.
Super affordable. 
Great for inside or outside photos
Compact. My DSLR has never been able to easily fit in my purse, until now.
Versatile, this lens has a lot of bang for your buck.

If you are in the market for something new, I would highly recommend checking it out. 


Abi Mae

Happy Mirthday Abigail Marie!’

This little lady is one month old today. She is still in the NICU in Kansas City. In short, there have been a few complications with the healing process and her stay has been a bit longer than anticipated. Continued prayers for healing and patience are oh so appreciated. There is nothing we want to see more than this sweet girl come home. 


Happiness Boutique

I received these products in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

I have been trying to add some more jewelry to my collection and one of my favorite ways to do that is with earrings.


Winter Wonderland Chandelier / Aztec Goddess Geometric

I recently added these pairs from Happiness Boutique and I am loving them. Happiness Boutique offers free shipping as well as a customer reward program and a bi-monthly giveaway. If you are in the market for some new accessories, be sure to check them out. 

Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

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  • Heather Bramlett

    I’m so excited for the Girl Mom Swap!
    I have a Canon and love it! But like you said, it can be bulky! Is that lens for pretty much close up shots??
    Sweet Abi Mae! She is getting so big! praying for her!

    • Me too! Last I checked we had around 20 people!

      This lens isn’t a close up lens. It’s a good walking lens. The 50mm is SUPER close. You have to walk across the room just to do a head shot. This one just feels natural to me. I don’t know how to explain it really, but I love it.

  • Jessica

    That camera lens is awesome! I need a smaller lens like that because what I have is huge. I can’t believe Abi is a month already. Prayers she gets to go home soon. Have a great weekend sweet friend!

    • It is AMAZING! Totally check it out friend. Thanks for the prayers.

  • Praying for that baby! Keep us posted. I signed up for the Girl Mom box and you should laugh at my comment. Those earrings are gorgeous!!! I hope your weekend is pretty and fun just like you! xoxox

    • Will do! Your comment was the highlight of my Friday morning. Seriously so stinking funny. Happy Monday!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    I have that lens on my wish list since I saw someone else talk about it recently! I only have the 50mm and my picture taking is so limited, esp inside! Maybe I’ll have the hubby buy it for me as a recovery gift hahahaha. Those earrings are so pretty! Praying sweet Abi Mae gets to go home real soon, it’s so hard when your baby isn’t home with you!

    • Yeah Leslie was talking about it and I told her I had plans to talk about it too. It’s a GREAT lens. Thanks for the prayers we all want that babe home so badly. Happy Monday.

  • Meghan Flinn

    I feel the same way about my 35 mm lens. When you have a crop sensor camera, the 50 can be hard to use indoors. I like having a slightly more wide angle lens for all those indoor photos especially!

    • I have yet to use my wide angle I got very much. But I have a feeling when construction stuff gets under way that will all change.

  • That is my favorite lens too!!!! I love it. I do the 50mm for outfit posts and the 24mm for everything else! 🙂 yay for box swaps now to remember to sign up!!!

    • It is THE best. So glad I went for it. Don’t forget to sign up! There are still 3 more days!

  • That picture of Emily is soooo pretty! And yay for abi’s one month birthday. Prayers for her strength and growth!

    • Thank you, thank you! She is so photogenic, always posing herself. Thanks for the prayers. They are appreciated.

  • Happy Friday, sweet friend! That lens was such a worthy investment – for that one beautiful birthday photo alone (lol) seriously oh SO cute and I’m certain you’ll continue to get tons of fantastic use out of it! Aww, happy one monthday to Abigail Marie! Could she be any more precious? I think not! I’ll continue to pray for her! xo – Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

    • That was exactly how I felt, lol. Thank you so very much for the prayers. We really want this precious girl to get to come home.

  • I love that lens…I just need to use it more

    • It is UH-mazing. The more I use it, the more I love it… just sayin ;).

  • I kind of want that lens. I don’t have a 50 mm, I use my 35 mm all the time, but even that makes me feel like I have to back up a lot to get everything in the photo that I want! It’s good for close ups though! Those earrings are nice. And still thinking about Abi!!

    • I HATE my 50mm. If it wasn’t so good for close up bokeh I would ditch it in a second. This one is so much better in my opinion. Thanks for the thoughts, we really want her to come home.

  • I really want to get a new lens and hopefully will make that happen, sooner than later!

  • I would love to have a new lens, but first I need to learn more about my fancy camera. I use it often, but I still don’t know all of the ins and outs of shooting in manual. It’s such a steep learning curve!

  • Those geometric earrings are so pretty!!

    • Aren’t they?! I wear them all the time.

  • I’m jealous of your new lens! I’m looking to get a nifty fifty lens. 😉

    • It is a fun novelty lens but I hardly ever use mine. I hope you love it though! It does do bokeh so well, which is why so many people really like it. I mean what’s not to love about that beautiful blur.

  • Those earrings are so pretty! Sounds like the new lens is awesome!!

    • It IS awesome Becky! I bet your Russ would love it!

  • Whitney Jordan

    Thanks for the tip on that new lens. I am adding it to my wish list – the fact that it takes great indoor AND outdoor pictures and makes your DSLR more compact sold me. I’ve been praying for Abi so thank you for updating on her. Will keep praying for her healing and for her parents. Love your new earrings!! Some of my favorite, most worn statement earrings are from Francesca’s, Kate Spade and department stores. Happy Weekend!

    • Yes, yes, yes! It is an excellent lens and I just know you’d love it. Thank you so much for the prayers. We are just all hoping, wishing and praying that she is home soon. This has been such a trying time for her whole family.

  • That lens sounds amazing and you took some wonderful pictures with it! Still praying for that sweet and precious baby. All in God’s perfect timing!

    • It IS amazing. Definitely one to put on your must have list. Thanks for the prayers she is doing amazing!

  • Prayers for Abi, she is a fighter! I use my nifty fifty for everything, it would be fun to switch it up, although I have 4 other lenses I never use. Sigh

    • She is a fighter for sure! So funny how you love it and I can’t stand mine. I guess we are all very different after all!