Friday Five – May 15, 2015

Friday Five

1. Birthday Week

It was my birthday on Wednesday and I was completely spoiled!! Josh took the day off of work and catered to my every whim – we saw a movie, went to the bookstore and he was entirely patient during a trip to Target. I received tons of cards and gifts from my wonderful friends and family and I could not be more grateful for all the love. Also – cards featuring cats are clearly perfect for this crazy cat lady and I can’t believe I didn’t get any doubles! Well done friends, well done.



2. The Tonight Dough

Caramel and chocolate ice creams with chocolate cookie swirls & gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. I feel like that’s an #enoughsaid. But I’ll add: It’s delicious and everything I ever wanted and more.


3. Patriots Respond to the Wells Report

Brady officially filed an appeal for his suspension and the Patriots released their own response to the Wells Report about the same time I was releasing mine yesterday. I quickly linked theirs at the bottom of my post, but in case you missed it, you can find it at I mean, I’m sure everyone that already decided the Patriots were guilty will definitely go read it. PS: Their response was 20,000 words. So if you thought MINE was long 😉

4. Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not in a Pool

My friend Caitlin asked for something guaranteed to make her laugh the other day – and this is what I sent her, so I figured I’d share.

5. Split Image

Split Image is a beautifully written article by Kate Fagan on and it is worth your time. Fagan writes about Madison Holleran, a track star who lost her battle with depression at 19 while attending the University of Pennsylvania last year. Fagan looks at Madison’s Instagram account and social media presence to compare the difference between what was publicly displayed versus Madison’s inner struggles.

“Young women growing up on Instagram are spending a significant chunk of each day absorbing others’ filtered images while they walk through their own realities, unfiltered.”

The article is well-researched and supported by the Holleran family. In memory of Madison, the family has dedicated a Facebook page to ending the stigma of mental illness and suicide prevention. Madison excelled in both academia and sports, while also being beautiful and popular and having a strong family life. It seemed like Madison had everything going for her – but that is why mental illness can be a silent and vicious foe. It is our job to spread understanding so people can come out of the darkness and survive.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
  • Out of the Darkness:


Ending the Friday Five on a serious note, again. But I felt like that article needed to be shared, even if the subject is uncomfortable.

How was your week? 

The Friday Five

Friday Five

In the hopes I’ll keep myself to a schedule and post every week, I’ll be introducing a new segment called The Friday Five. I’m going to feature five different things from the week that caught my interest, made me laugh, or I want to share. I’ll feature blog posts, songs I like, YouTube clips – really anything that I want to share with you all from my week. Let’s get started!

1. James Corden premieres on The Late Late Show

James Corden was predictably nervous and a little bit odd during his first time hosting, but he did manage to snag a major guest in Tom Hanks and do a hilarious montage of Hanks’ films:

2. Bee at the Table

This new site is AMAZING. It teaches about Once a Month Cooking – a past time that I have never actually done, but really, really want to start doing. Bee has a ton of recipes and advice for meal planning and shopping lists. It even gives you instructions for how to freeze the meals, which is something I always struggle with…Click on over and check it out!

Bee at the Table

3. Boom Chicka Pop.

You had me at frosted sugar cookie, but sold me at 140 calories per serving (1 1/3 cups) for deliciously flavored kettle corn. They have other flavors, including sea salt and white cheddar and no this is not a paid blog post. It was just yummy.


4. Orphan Train

My friend Amanda read this book for her Book Club and insisted I read it immediately – and it didn’t disappoint! It’s a dual story, following a teenager (Molly) in the modern day foster care system who helps an elderly woman (Vivian) for community service. In doing so, we also read Vivian’s story of being an orphaned Irish immigrant in the 1920’s. The resilience and strength of both Molly and Vivian is well-written and heartfelt. (The book above links to the Kindle Edition, the words Orphan Train link to a paperback version)

5. Happy Birthday Nomar & Pesky!

Tomorrow our two fur babies are turning five so they must be featured in my first Friday Five! Thanks to these two little bundles of fur and love for being our best friends and making our days brighter for the past five years.

Nomar & Pesky, 8 weeks old

Nomar & Pesky, 8 weeks old

Nomar & Pesky - Five years old

Nomar & Pesky, 5 years old

Alright, there’s my first Friday Five – let me know if you check any of it out!

What caught your eye this week? Anything you want to share with me? Also, let me know if you like the Friday Five and want me to keep doing it, or would prefer a Satuday Seven 😉




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