Friday Favorites

I have a lot of updates I could talk about, but it's Friday and that is a fabulous day, so I'm going to share some favorites.

... Shirt
I don't usually buy any clothes full price if I can avoid it, but I accidentally wandered out of the clearance baby clothes section at Target, and I had to get this shirt. It also has a cute tulip cut back - I'm so excited for Ellie to wear it. We found some cute tees on clearance for her - I stalk the baby section every week to see what's new.

... Hair Product
Renpure Cleansing Conditioner - I heard about this conditioner which both cleans and conditions your hair, so you don't have to use shampoo with it. So far, so good. I have oily-prone hair, and it has been soft and not oily since starting to use this every other day. I've still been using regular shampoo and conditioner about once a week, just so I get a shampoo in but it may be fine without it.
... Food
A magical mom friend online sent me a box of cookies! There was a story that involved Greg eating all the cookies and me complaining (I get hangry without dessert), so she sent me lots of cookies. I am thinking the stroopwafels look especially delicious.

... Baby book
Ellie has taken a big interest in this 100 First Words book. She's started pointing at the different pictures, and I like to read it with her.

... Project
Greg built Ellie a dollhouse bookcase! He's really amazing at woodworking, and we'd seen these style bookcases on Pinterest, so he found some plans and we changed the sizes to work for what we wanted. It took a few weekends and now she has a custom bookcase! He did 99% of the work - I just made the plan on Photoshop and helped him paint a few parts.

Have you tried any stroopwafels? What books should I put on my baby book wishlist? Hope you have a fantastic Friday and weekend.

What I've Been Reading

I really love Show Us Your Books time. It's the one of the only times I post, recently! I'll check back in with regular stuff sometime - long story short, Ellie started daycare this week (help us all, I am so worried!) and Greg is starting work next week. We have lots of changes happening and we are going to have to settle into an all new routine. She also recently turned 10 months old - holy moly, almost a year.


I read some great books this month, which all happen to be part of my choices for Erin's book challenge.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - 4.5 stars

Loved this book. I liked that the author was able to present so many different viewpoints but with no doubt about how she felt. The main plot point happens early on and the rest is about the events that happen afterward. I think that the author said things well and it was heartfelt.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman - 4.5 stars

This was my first book by Fredrik Backman and I loved it. It's about a small hockey town and the people who live in it. I loved the characters, especially Benji and Peter. I pictured Peter as Peter from Parenthood, another character I love. Side note, I enjoy watching hockey in person but have no particular passion for hockey and the hockey bits were not so important in the story.

Watership Down by Richard Adams - 5 stars

I'm not sure how to describe this one because it's always been a favorite of mine. I love that the rabbits are so rabbit-like but also have human characteristics. I like the slight mystical element and the language invented for their kind. There is a new movie being made for Netflix that I am excited about, starring James McAvoy , John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, and other fabulous people. I don't remember seeing the older film but it's known for being quite violent, which I did not find the book to be. It seemed more an adventure book with sweet characters to me.

Currently Reading:

I highly recommend all of the books this month. I'm linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books.