Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Five

I hope everyone is staying dry and warm this Friday morning. It is dreary here in NC thanks to the remnants of a tropical depression brining rain and wind to the east coast. Not a great weekend to go to the beach, which exactly what our plans were! Instead of heading to the beach I decided to stay home, rest up and take some time to go shopping for home decor. What are your favorite places to shop for pillows and home accessories? I plan to hit up Home Goods and TJMaxx.  On this dreary Friday, here are a few things that are making my week a bit brighter.

One. Starbucks Hack. This week I splurged on my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Instead of going with the basic PSL, I ordered a tall PSL with one pump of chai syrup. It is the perfect blend of spice and pumpkin. I highly recommend mixing up your basic order and giving this a try! You can also buy Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Concentrate at Starbucks for an at-home version.



Two. Currently Reading.  I loved this book by Emily Oster on the data behind pregnancy guidelines. Emily is an economist and explains the research studies which many pregnancy rules are based. I love being able to make an informed decision based on research on things like weight gain and epidurals.  I was tuned into this book thanks to Sarah who recommended this on her blog.


Three. Currently Craving.  I am still loving all things candy related with a hint of fall. This week I noticed that candy corn popcorn was back in the stores and am convinced I could make it at home.  Until I can perfect the recipe, I will be doing research by enjoying a bag of Angie's popcorn.




Four. Great Customer Service.  Zulily features great prices on trendy items. I was tempted to give them a try due to their low prices on adorable maternity clothes.  I ordered a few adorable maternity cardigans and dresses through their site last month. Shipping is free and typically takes 3-4 weeks. Unfortunately, when I got my first order the items did not fit. So, I reached out to customer service where they promptly replied crediting my card back for my purchase and issuing a story credit. I am highly impressed with their customer service and am happy to report my second order fit like a charm! 


Five. Baby Registry. It is time to start thinking about registering for little one. This has got to be one of the most overwhelming parts of being pregnant. I would love to heart your newborn must haves and tips for making the most of our registry!


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12 comments:

  1. Oooooh, you have me craving that PSL with chai now! What a great combo! :)
    Zulily has some great stuff...and not just all for kids! I've gotten some stuff there for my work, too (games and things).
    Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  2. Ekkkk, baby registry, fun fuN!

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  3. I didn't even realize there was a tropical depression to blame for all this dreariness! I definitely had a panic attack in Babies R Us our first day trying to register. I left in tears and had lunch at Tobacco Road, then went back for round two. I absolutely recommend doing it in chunks--maybe tackle bath time in one day, bedtime another, etc. Good luck!

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  4. Zulily is the best!! I have a 3 year old boy and a 4 month old girl, and I am constantly seeing what they have on sale!! I am not a huge PSL fan, but I do love Chai...I am totally trying this next time! Have a great weekend!!

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  5. I loved that Expecting Better book. It was nice to see real statistics on things. The PSL with chai sounds amazing! Two of my favorite things in one! When I registered I read a ton of blogs and got ideas from there. This was my favorite http://cupofjo.com/2011/08/motherhood-mondays-what-to-register-for-your-new-baby/ and I also used MyRegistry.com so everything is on one website.
    Ally - Life as I know it

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  6. I still haven't had a PSL yet...but there's time LOL! My sister swears by Zulily - loves them!! Happy Friday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  7. I've never seen that book, interesting! I'll have to check it out! Blogs and Lucie's List are awesome for registry help/suggestions/comparisons! I also emailed a handful of mama friends and asked each to write me a quick basic list of their absolute "couldn't live without" items, as well as their "don't bother" items. It was so interesting, what one would call an absolute necessity- another would say don't waste your money! I enjoyed getting varying opinions, since all babes (and parents!) are different!

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  8. ooo pumpkin spice chai?! I'm intrigued! I don't totally love the PSL but that might make it more my taste!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  9. That book sounds fascinating! Sometimes it just seems like everyone is using scare tactics and you don't know what to do!

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  10. I've been searching everywhere for those adorable Starbucks cups without success!! But thanks for the ordering tip! - Svetlana @Life With a Side of Wine

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  11. I'm not even expecting and I would love to read that book! Thanks for the PSL + Chai tip, that sounds delish!! The weather is quite miserable down here in Georgia too! Have a great weekend!

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  12. I really really really want to like candy corn but I just don't! But I love PSL---will have to try your version

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