5 Things Friday, August 2017

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Last month I wrote a post about 5 things that were bringing me joy. It was a simple post idea that I had borrowed from my friend Crystal. I received so many sweet comments on the post, and people who loved the idea, that I knew I had to make these posts a part of my monthly routine. What I didn’t know was that over the course of the next month it would turn into a new monthly link-up!

Today officially kicks off the first ever 5 Things Friday. How it works is simple: pick five things that are bringing joy to your life, write a post, and link up with us on the fourth Friday of ever month.

We would love to have you find joy in the big and little things with us! You can find the link-up graphic and info about being next month’s guest co-host at the bottom of this post!

Here are my August 5!

Pumpkin Spice Everything

I am so happy that one of my favorite flavors is once again socially acceptable & everywhere. I’ll unabashedly admit that last year I purchased nearly ever pumpkin spice item I could get my hands on. My favorite was probably pumpkin spice Life, my least favorite had to be the Triscuits. I can’t wait to see what I find this year.

Can you think of anything I should look for?!

Coola

Even though pool season may be winding down, sun care is still a huge priority around here. Recently we were able to try out some amazing products from Coola and I was instantly hooked. One of my favorites was their Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray. SPF 50 protection, water-resistant, certified organic ingredients, lightweight, and greaseless. My only regret is that I didn’t try this product sooner. Did I mention that it smells like heaven? I am pretty sure it is the scent of rainbows & unicorns, happiness in a bottle.

They also have other amazing products like lip balm, sunscreen sticks and makeup setting spray. I have loved every single thing I have tried so far, which only makes me want to try more.

Be sure to look for them Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom & the Coola Website!

Home-School

It’s crazy to me how something that is so much work can be so much fun too. This school year is without a doubt WAY more work than we have ever taken on. It has been both exhilarating and exhausting.

Although, I will admit that I was extremely happy I had already made the decision to scale the blog back before we began our school year. Because if hadn’t, the decision would have been made for me. They are SO worth it.

Nature walks

Part of our work load this year has included taking weekly nature walks. We are wondering through the woods, collecting finds, identifying things, searching for tracks, and so much more. It has definitely been a weekly highlight and we are so thankful to go on our adventures with friends. It’s like a weekly field trip and it makes the thought of moving to the woods that much more exciting.

Date Nights

Date nights in 2017 have been few and far between, but in August we went on 2 dates! It was amazing! We were so thankful to get some time together to celebrate our anniversary and to just sit in silence together #butreally. With two very giggly and talkative girls, our home is rarely quiet.

So, what’s bringing you joy?

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The Hosts: Hall Around Texas / Our Pretty Little Girls
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  • We so need a date night over here but it isn’t happening, boo. I hope your weekend brings you A LOT of joy! You bring me joy when I have the chance to click over and read your posts 🙂 I think PSL’s are back at Starbucks now aren’t they? xo

    • I honestly have no clue…. I really don’t got to Starbucks very often. I hope you get that date night soon friend. We have gone MONTHS between them and it really, really sucks.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Love that tank! We are lacking on date nights this year too, but we have one tonight, well it’s a double date but that still counts because I don’t have to answer to 3 kids!! Happy Weekend!

    • Totally counts. Anything without kids counts now days. I hope you had a great time and a great weekend.

  • I just absolutely love this new linkup! So glad to participate in it today!
    So last year our local grocery store carried “Pumpkin glazed deli ham” Yup. You read that right. I tried it because I do love pumpkin, and it was the worst thing I think I have ever tasted! hahaha So if you come across it…don’t even buy it! There is a pumpkin tip for you =)
    I guess I need to find this Coola stuff because the way you described the smell of it I sounds heavenly!!
    Have a great weekend!!

    • Baha ha ha! Oh my word that is the best ever. I bet it would have been even tastier on those pumpkin triscuits I loved so much :P. So excited that others are excited about the link-up. It is going to be a fun one for sure.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I have a similar tank and pumpkin spice runs through my veins sista!!! Bring it on, I’m going to do a pumpkin product review in September, my hubs made me a little pumpkin and I will rate 5 pumpkins so my PSL gets a 4/5 pumpkins, lol!! So happy to see you two getting a date night!! Hope you get MORE!!!

    • Baha ha ha! Oh my word I think I love you even more. I absolutely can not wait for that post.

  • Well darn it…I’ve been in a too big of a fog this summer and am sad to miss this one! Marking my calendar for next month. I received some Coola products in my Birchbox and have really loved them. Have a super Friday Beth!

    • We didn’t really ever formally announce it so no worries, there is no rock. It all just happened a week or so ago so we dove head first into it. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • Pumpkin everything please! I can’t wait! Date nights are great for sure. I am hoping my Russ and I can get one in soon.

    • I was so disappointed while shopping this weekend. Maybe there will be more post Labor Day!

  • I love that you guys are doing nature walks. I too wish that I got my coola sunscreen earlier in the summer!

    • Wouldn’t that have been nice. The nature walks have been a lot of fun so far. I wonder how they will like them in the winter :P.

  • I love this new link up and cannot wait to link up next month! How did it slip my mind?!?! I love the nature walks that you are able to take! Date nights are always the best. That first day of school picture is adorable. I am all about pumpkin spice everything and cannot wait to embrace is all this season! I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Thank you so much friend. We would absolutely love to have you join us. I hope your weekend is going well too!

  • Pumpkin everything!! I had Nate get down my Fall buckets from the attic yesterday and he just rolled his eyes at me. Today I said, “I should probably wait until after the rain to put out my fall stuff on the porch right? He says, “Yeah, and maybe after summer is over too”. Guys just don’t get it. Mason would love to be homeschooled! I am praying for God to lead us in that direction. I am so happy it works out for your sweet family. Date nights are the best. Here’s to many more!! PS – you two are adorable.
    PS again – so excited to be hosting this link-up with you ladies. It brings me so much JOY!!!

    • Baha ha! I dug out some of my stuff yesterday but only because I was already up there digging out consignment clothing. That would be so fun if God opens the doors for that. Thank you so much sweet friend. I hope you are having an amazing weekend.

  • Loving your graphic t game lately! Have a great weekend!

    • I have been trying to add more and more to my collection. They are so fun to layer with.

  • Jessica

    Yay for date nights!! Aren’t they the best? I want to hear more about what you have planned for homeschool this year.

    • I have thought a hundred times about doing a post, but just haven’t put it together. Maybe I will soon.

  • Whitney Jordan

    So fun! I put your joy link up on my calendar 🙂 I’m excited to see the pumpkin spice things in stores. I never got to try the Life so it’s on my radar for this year. Your nature walks sound like so much fun! I bet the kids love them. What a fun way to learn and enjoy the outdoors.

    • Yay! We would absolutely love to have you join us Whitney. I think of all the cereals I tried last year, and I tried a lot, it was my favorite! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. They LOVE them so much definitely a weekly highlight.

  • Heather Bramlett

    EEK Pumpkin spice! I have that exact same shirt!!
    Love your nature walks!

    • Baha ha! WHY am I not surprised one bit. That is flipping awesome.

  • I need to check out Coola! And date nights are the best!! Glad you had some fun ones this month! 🙂

    • It was so refreshing to actually get some date nights in. Thank you so much!

  • You and the pumpkin spice!!! I don’t know if it’s too soon or not. I can’t decide.

    • I know right?!?! But seeing it is almost September…. I say we are good now.