Oh, Hey, 5 Friday Favorites

1. Summer Thunderstorms
I've said it before - summer rain is akin to seeing a unicorn for this California girl. And even though it's somewhat common here in the South, I still get super excited for it. I mean, who doesn't love a rainy day? Especially when it's hot as Hades outside. So when Parker and I woke up to rain on Tuesday morning, we jumped in the car to get drive-thru Dunkin' Donuts to make the day a little more special. 

And of course we kept our pajams on... because on rainy days you get bonus points for the longer you wear them ;)  

2. Sephora
I had glorious, uninterrupted alone time at Sephora this week. Score. Although Starbucks is my happy place, Sephora is kind of amazing. Usually I have to avoid it like the plague because I'm toting a little man, but on this particular day I was alone (coming from lunch with the Sweet Huntsville Bloggers) and Sephora was right. next. door. Parker was with the sitter and so I happily wandered up and down the aisles, over and over. And over. Makeup is just so darn pretty. I ended up picking up a bottle of this stuff, have you heard of it? Everyone has been raving about... the jury is still out whether or not it's working for me. Also, I was super excited for this purchase:

I had been needing a hairbrush and this one was twelve kinds of adorable. It's advertised as a detangler, and so far it's working wonders on my hair. 

3. Doe Run Farm
Look who's Instagram photo made it on the community supported agriculture newsletter this week? 

Yes, that's my Eggplant Parmesan! Which was a flippin' hit around here, much to my surprise (it was my first time cooking eggplant, ever, and, I never thought I would serve my Texas born-and-bred husband a meatless meal - but he loved it!). I am seriously having a ball cooking each week with all the fresh produce from our Doe Run Farm boxes. I think I'm going to go into a bit of a depression come wintertime when there is nary a fresh local cucumber in site. 

4. Little Blue Truck's Beep Along Book 
This book came in the mail from Amazon this week!

Knowing Parker's love for all the other Little Blue Truck books, I pre-ordered it and was so happy Amazon automatically upgraded to day-of-release-delivery (so it arrived right on the day it came out). You can't tell from the picture, but the car (which makes the beeping sound when pressed) is actually three dimensional and made of fabric. The text to the book follows the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" so we've been singing the words when we read it - and Parker has been beeping his little heart out. The book is definitely a must for any truck loving toddler. 

5. Dada
Max was on business travel to Santa Barbara this week. Since HSV and Santa Barbara are both tiny airports, this meant three flights each way for my poor husby. He could not be sweeter, though, and sends photos and videos of the planes and airports for Parker (who is fascinated by it all). One day this week, Parker was doing some free-form watercoloring, and I asked him what he was painting. Are you ready for it? "That windsock. That Radar." 

I mean, obviously, right? My little engineer-in-the-making. 


  1. Sephora trips (alone) are the BEST! Love that brush you picked!

  2. Rainy day, pajamas, and donuts? Yes please!

  3. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the triple sec!! Also PJs on rainy days are the best - I wish I was home instead of at work today since it's raining lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. That meal looks amazingggg. I have been wanting to try to cook eggplant, not sure how my husband would feel about it though! I love rainy days as well. Especially when it's a day I can cuddle up on the couch and catch up on DVR :)

  5. please tell me that you will be sharing that recipe for Eggplant parm...if you can get your husband to eat maybe I can get mine to too!!!

    please can I have a drive through donut place somewhere close to me???

    1. The recipe is from here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10953-eggplant-parmesan I'm not even sure how I came across it or why I chose that recipe, but we'll definitely use it again when we get more eggplant :) If my meat-eater of a husband was happy, I totally think you can pull it off, too! Happy cooking!

  6. I love that you went to the Dunkin drive-through in your pajamas!! (And cute PJs at that!) :)
    I would love to hear what you think about the Triple Sec dry shampoo after you've used it for a while.
    Have a great weekend, Amanda!

    1. Awww, thank you! And so far, I'm thinking that the triple-sec is dry shampoo on some sort of amphetamine... still figuring it out!

  7. I went into Sephora the other day and somehow managed to walk out with the Naked Smoky Eye Palette. I think I tried to convince myself to learn how to do a smoky eye, haha!

  8. A quick summer thunderstorm is the best! As is a nice long Sephora trip.


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