FIVE on Friday – NaBloPoMo Day 15

I am so excited to know that I am HALF WAY through November and the NaBloPoMo blogging challenge! It has been just that–a challengebut I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed the fact that it has helped keep me motived and has given me a reason to write every single day. My friend Brittney at Our Poverty with a View has been linking up with The Good Life Blog for their Five on Friday series. I decided to give it a try since I love sharing my favorite things! {Show and tell for grownups??} Yes, please! So here we go!

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{1} One of the first blogs I ever started reading was Iowa Girl Eats. She has some AMAZING recipes and life style ideas that I absolutely love. On Fridays she links her favorite online finds–and boy, does she do a great job scouring the internet for the best stuff out there! One thing I saw on her site recently that I CANNOT STOP DROOLING OVER is this recipe for Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie. Let’s be honest, the only reason I haven’t made it yet is I’m scared of eating the whole. thing. Who wants to help me???
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{2} Last year we ordered our Christmas cards off Minted.com and were super thrilled with how they turned out. This year, I helped my mom place her order for some super cute holiday greetings from the same site, and they just arrived today! I can’t spoil the surprise and show you the design we ordered before they get sent out, but let me tell you, Minted gives you SO many options and they are really high quality, professional cards. They can be kind of pricey, but if you use a coupon code and order off Ebates {5% cash back right now!}, you can generally get a pretty reasonable price. Here’s last year’s card below. Still haven’t figured out what we’re sending out this year!

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{3} It’s so hard to get friends together for the holidays because everyone is busy with something. I saw this idea to have a winter brunch with your nearest and dearest to celebrate the holidays and absolutely loved it! Hot chocolate station, YES! French toast sticks in shot classes of syrup, YES! The details from this party are just unreal and adorable and I would be happy if my party were just a fraction of this cuteness!

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{4} You know the band Train??? Well turns out they have a winery called Save Me San Francisco Wine Company and they make delicious wines with names that come from their best songs. I first tried their red blend Drops of Jupiter which wasn’t my favorite, but still pretty good. Not wanting to give up on their brand, I tried a bottle of the Soul Sister Pinot Noir and WOWWEE it is amazing. “…expressive, medium ruby wine with flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries, a hint of vanilla and a smooth finish” but it is the perfect mix of dry and sweet, and at $8.99 a pop, you can’t go wrong.  It will be perfect for sharing with friends and family this holiday season {I’m even taking it as a house warming gift to a friend tonight!}

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{5} And speaking of San Francisco, have you heard about the amazing kid in San Francisco {battling Leukemia} who is getting his wish through the Make-a-Wish foundation to be “BatKid” for the day? San Fran has turn the city into a Gotham City and Batkid is off fighting crime today! Crowds of people are following him around–you can follow the live action on Twitter with #SFBatKid. It’s an unbelievably heart-warming story. Prayers to Batkid in his fight with Leukemia, and thanks to Make-A-Wish for making this happen!

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That’s all for today! I’m off to Des Moines this evening for a girls weekend celebrating my dear friend Megan’s 30th Birthday! I’m sooo excited and can’t wait to share pictures with you next week! Happy Friday!

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