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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  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!!

  2. Ekkkk, baby registry, fun fuN!

  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!

  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!!

  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 and I also used so everything is on one website.
    Ally - Life as I know it

  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

  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!

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

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

  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

  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!

  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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