High Five for Friday

Hello, lovely readers!  Congratulations–we’ve made it to Friday [happy dance]!  Let’s catch up and review this past week:

1. It’s been a good nail polish week.  And a better one may be coming, as I’m in the process of trying out Jamberry nails!

The new OPI Nordic collection released at Ulta!  I love it because it reminds me of Frozen. The violet hue on my nails is “Do You Have This Color in Stock-Holm” and my ring finger is accented with “My Voice Is Norse.”
OPI Little Northies Collection: Ulta, $13.95 ($10.45 w/ $3.50 coupon)
Check out the post here for details on how to get all of this for $2.99 shipped ($62 value)!

2. Last night, Kane and I headed out to Thursday Night Live with our good friend, April.  If you live in Lex and have never experienced TNL, you should go.  We had great food, great conversation, and an all-around great time!  Kane especially enjoyed petting all of the animals– doggies, horseys, and balloon animals too.  April was also kind enough to play photographer for some blog photos, so stay tuned!

Speaking of Kane, he began transitioning to the next room up at his daycare on Monday.  He loves it, but it’s always a little sad to mommy that her baby is not such a baby anymore.

3.  On Saturday morning, I “ran errands.”  And by ran errands, I mean I shopped (anytime I’m going shopping by myself, I always tell Chauncey that I’m running errands.lol).  Lex had its specialty shop sale, which is when most of the boutiques in town get together under one roof and have their merchandise at least 50% off!  While I was disappointed that the local Lilly boutique pulled out at the last minute, I got some great deals–all the items below were only $55 from Bluetique Cheap Chic!  My favorite find was the houndstooth bow-back dress for only $5!

Say hi to my furry photobomber, Gizmo:)  Also, the houndstooth dress is shown from the back.
And yes, those pants are BRIGHT.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram for a look at how I styled them!

4. It wouldn’t be a #H54F post without some food.  Clockwise, from top left:  [one[I had a coupon for a free lunch combo at Applebee’s this week, so I had a nice, free lunch with some good friends (don’t worry–I had coupons for them too).  I also had this awesome Icee from Burger King.  I craved them the last little bit of my pregnancy, and still enjoy them.  I gave Kane a couple of sips, and he loved it too!  Finally, I got a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse, which equaled a free meal!

I’d already taken a bite of the chicken tender before I thought to snap a pic. Oops.

5. I received my last Birchbox in the mail.  Isn’t that sad?  I truly love Birchbox, and I seriously just reached Ace status, but I felt like it was time to change things up.  I joined Ipsy, which is very similar to Birchbox, except for every month you get your items in a Glambag (an actual reusable pouch) instead of a box.  Ipsy seems to have more of a make-up bent to it, whereas with Birchbox I felt like I got a lot of hair products. I’ll be sure to share with you guys when it arrives!

How’s YOUR week been?  Find any good deals?  Have something totally awesome happen? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. 8.15.14

    Im a little obsessed with nail poilish so yay for a good polish week. And I love that colour!

  2. 8.15.14

    You found some great deals! Love your houndstooth dress! The bow is a unique feature! I recently switched from Birchbox to Ipsy and like Ipsy much better.


  3. 8.15.14
    Emily said:

    Cute shopping finds! I need to start saying I'm going to do some errands instead of shopping. He probably won't buy it though. Ah well! Have a great weekend!

  4. 8.15.14

    I love that purple polish! I have almost the same on right now that's a Julep I got a while back and I glittered a nail, too! I think you'll like ipsy more than birch box. Have a great weekend!

  5. 8.15.14

    Great shopping finds! I call shopping by myself running errands, too! I love the floral dress and the kitty photo bomb. Those cheese fries look ah-mazing. Hope you have a great weekend.

  6. 8.15.14

    Those cheese and bacon fries are making me hungry!

  7. 8.16.14
    Caitlin said:

    Love the clothes! I'm curious to see whether you like Birchbox or Ipsy better. I want to ask for one for Christmas, I just can't decide which!

  8. 8.17.14
    Krissy S said:

    Love your boutique finds!! And that dress is A-DORABLE and $5 heyyyy! I'm checking out that Julep deal now! Thanks!!
    xo Krissy @ Sneakers and Sequins

  9. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Krystal! I'm a little obsessed too;)

  10. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Jill! I have a really thin, long-sleeved black shirt that will help transition that dress to fall while still showing off the bow! And I'm really excited to try Ipsy! I was with Birchbox for 2 years or more.

  11. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Emily! Chauncey is always like, "What errands?" lol. Hope you had a great weekend as well.

  12. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    I do too, Becky! It's a perfect color for fall. I think my glambag should arrive soon, and I'm anxious to try. The goodies I know are coming. I'll update everyone on my thoughts later this month:) Hope you had a great weekend too!

  13. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Whitney! My conversation usually goes a little something like this: "Chauncey, I'm going to run errands and I need you to watch Kane, please." Or, as Chauncey calls it, babysit (does anyone else's husband calling watching their own children babysitting?lol). Hope you had a fabulous weekend yourself!

  14. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    I'm not going to lie, Katie–they were pretty yummy!

  15. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Caitlin! I'm curious myself, but you can preview what's coming in your glambag before it arrives, and I'm really exited about the items I'm rceiving. I'll have a post about it later this month:)

  16. 8.17.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Krissy! I'm all about cheap finds:) If you try out Julep, let me know what you think.

  17. 8.18.14

    I love your "running errands" secret code 🙂 I may have to start implementing that! The new blog button looks great! I hope you had a great weekend!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  18. 8.19.14
    Tif said:

    Thanks, Katie! Let me know as soon as you get 1 up and we'll swap:)