Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Can you believe this is the LAST post of 2016? It's been a great year with lots of ups and downs, but we've also had a lot of fun. Thanks for joining me today as I link-up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites. Please say hello in the comments below, and if you're new here, follow along with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Bloglovin'.
On Monday, I had a really fun and totally random opportunity to "model." Yes, you read that right! HA! My hairdresser, Astoria, does segments for the local television stations from time to time and invited me to be on the morning news for a segment about holiday mom hairstyles! 

Before picture

Watching and waiting

Getting my hair done by Ms. Astoria

Mom styles from the Great Clips team

Please, no autographs or pictures. I'm just trying to live a normal life after t.v. stardom. Ha!

I've had some bumps in blogging this year. I started out really excited and prepped as much in advance as I could. Then, I went through moments of, "Why am I doing this again?" My husband has always encouraged me to keep writing, and I am always motivated by the encouraging comments of fellow bloggers and readers. 

I am going to start a new series on Tuesdays to share some of my tips for getting in shape called "Tuesday Training". I am by no means the model of perfect health and physique (just a celebrity hair model LOL!), but in 2016 I finally started to feel my best self, and I want to help motivate you to achieve some of those goals. I hope you'll join me on Tuesdays!


And if you're new to blogging like me and sometimes struggle with content or want to grow your traffic, I'm excited to tell you that I'm partnering with Sara and Trina of Moms' Coffee Date to host a monthly link-up. We'll be linking up every 3rd Thursday of the month. Check out the 2017 schedule below - I hope you will join us!


So, since it's the end of the year, I'm going to leave you with some of my favorites of this past year:

Favorite picture of 2016:
So much to love about this picture - I tried my best with the hair, makeup, and costumes and think they turned out pretty awesome, we all happily made a 4 year old girl's dreams come true, and we had a blast being together!


Favorite recipe of 2016:
My family and I love my spinach bacon pasta recipe. It's easy, tasty, and you can add to or take away ingredients very easily. Check it out HERE


Favorite blog post of 2016: 
I had a lot of fun putting together the Show and Tell Tuesday post about worst school pictures. You can check it out HERE


Favorite purchase of 2016:
As I mentioned earlier, I feel like I got into my best shape, and I really feel like I can attribute the right shoes for helping me do that. I purchased THESE sneakers in July and have become a loyal New Balance girl. 
Favorite experience of 2016:
We had such a fun time at the Crocodile Experience this summer! Every person in the family enjoyed themselves immensely, and we followed our visit up with a trip to one of our favorite diners, Steak 'n Shake. You can read about our visit HERE


Thank you for reading my little piece of the internet! I appreciate you taking the time to check in with me each week, and I hope that your 2017 is the best year yet. See you in the new year!

20 comments:

  1. Love it all! I loved your TV hair! I hope you put it to good use afterwards and did something special! I also love that you guys do the family costumes at Halloween! I wish I could convince my people to do that! And finally, we are excited to blog with you next year! I think it will be a fun partnership! Happy New Year!

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    1. Ha well, my 4 year old was the one who convinced us on Halloween! It's hard to say no to her!

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  2. A link up partnership is so exciting! Cheers to 2017 being the best year!!

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    1. Leslie, I hope you will link up with us! Have a great New Year's!

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  3. How sweet you got to model!! :) Love it! Have a great New Years!

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    1. LOL! Yes, even at 5'1'' and horrible natural hair, my modeling dreams came true! :) Have a good one!

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  4. Excited about the link up!!! Your hair is super cute! I need to do some new stuff with mine!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I wish Astoria would do my hair every day! Hope you'll join us for the link up- happy new year!

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  5. I didn't like the TV hair! Who has time to braid it all back?

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    1. It only took 2 minutes, and I think it was a fun alternative to my regular hairstyle. Happy new year!

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  6. How fun getting to "model" for your hairdresser. Your hair looked adorable. I love a good link up and I'm so excited to find a new one. Yippee!! Happy New Year! See you in 2017!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Excited for you to join us in 2017! Have a great one!

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  7. Hey there. This is my first time stopping by and I will be following along going forward! I feel the same way sometimes. As a matter of fact, I was driving this morning reminding myself why I do this. Because I enjoy it. I just need to not get so wrapped up in it that I burn out. Congrats on being a hair model! That's pretty cool! Can I have your autograph?! ;-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Trista! Looking forward to you joining up with us in the new year. Have a great one!

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  8. What a great year! That spinach bacon pasta is for sure going on our meal plan for January!

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    1. Awesome - if you like a little spice, my boys always throw on some red pepper flakes. Have a great 2017!

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  9. So many fun things you did in 2016! Hope you have a wonderful and Happy New Year!

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  10. I'm so excited for your linkups! Happy New Year!

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    1. Yay! I hope you will join up with us! Happy 2017!

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