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Five on Friday 5/16


Happy Friday, ladies!  I hope you've all had a wonderful week. We've had a good one, besides the fact that it's that time of year where I feel like I'm sucking the life out of my poor bank account.  In the past week, our landlord raised our rent (another reason we'll be happy to move), we had to pay a large doctors bill, renew our license plate tabs for the year, yearly car insurance premiums were due, and had to pay our volleyball league fee's for our upcoming beach season.  And then to top it off, yesterday my "service engine light" came on in my car, not to mention I've really been needing to get an oil change.  Oh, joy.  We'll get through it fine - we always do - but the frugal/tight-with-my-money side of my personality has had a bit of a stressful week writing check after check! Anyways, let's move onto something a little more fun than personal finances ;)  My 5 on Friday!

+ Charleston Advice
On Monday, we booked our flights to Charleston for our anniversary trip in July!  (This was pre-all the bills rolling in :)) We are super excited!  Since so many of you are from the area or visit often, I reached out for recommendations this week and THANK YOU!!!  You guys gave me so many awesome options on places to stay, things to do, and restaurants to try that I'm pretty much going to need to extend this into a month long trip.  If you're familiar with the area, let me know if you have any other recommendations!


+ Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
Just when I think Mac & Cheese can't possibly get any better, I come across this recipe on Pinterest.  I'd never even heard of a Pulled Pork version but it's genius.  I'm pretty sure this meal is my husband's love language so I'm going to surprise him with it soon - he's going to die!  Full recipe here.


+ St. Tropez Bronzing Face Lotion
I'm a big fan of St. Tropez products so when I saw that Sephora was offering the bronzing face lotion as a 100 point perk, I had to try it out.  And surprise surprise, I l-o-v-e it.  The reviews aren't the best online but don't let that hold you back from trying it out.  I've been using it for about a month now and it gives the most natural color that does NOT break out your face at all.  I put it on twice a week before I go to bed (let it dry for at least a few minutes before laying down obviously) and when I wake up, there's no funky tanner smell, no smudging, no overnight pimples - just a nice golden color.  It only lasts about 3 days but it's so easy to apply that I don't find it to be a big deal at all.  


+ The Bachelorette
Is anyone else excited for Andi's premier of The Bachelorette on Monday?!  I am!  My friends and I may or may not even be having a watch party ;)  I liked Andi on Juan Pablo's season and I think she'll be a great Bachelorette.  At the very least, she'll be rocking some cute clothes that we can obsess over each week (I already love the dress she's wearing in the picture below).


+ Weekend Plans
We are looking forward to another wonderful weekend with visitors!  Nick's best friend and his girlfriend are coming into town and we're pretty excited.  We always have a good time together and I'm sure this weekend will be no different.  On the agenda so far is a Chicago Cubs game (and a Cubs loss I'm sure), lots of eating, drinking and having fun.  Say a prayer for us that the weather cooperates for the game on Saturday!


Have a fabulous weekend!!
Linking up with AprilLaurenJennieRebecca and Casey

37 comments

  1. Go Cubbies! I'll cross my fingers for ya! Are you sitting in the bleachers? Man… I miss Chicago! It's been almost a year since I moved to Germany from Sweet Home Chicago, and I am seriously dying for some Portillo's!
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  2. Ahhh so glad you mentioned The Bachelorette! I almost forgot! I'm pretty excited about her season - hopefully it'll go a bit better that JP's "Eees Okay." And with financials, when it rains, it pours! Happy Friday, friend! Hope you have a great weekend! Xo

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  3. That Mac and cheese sounds so good and southern! Can't believe restaurants around here aren't making it! I've got to get a sunless tanner. I'm starting to get veins, ewwww, on my legs and even my husband said can't you put some sort of tanner on to hide them?! Plus I'm just super pale! Have a great weekend and check out my giveaway!

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  4. Pulled pork mac and cheese! OH EM GE I NEED! I NEED NOW!

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  5. My mouth is watering with that pulled pork mac&cheese --- oh my!! Hope you have a great weekend and you know I'm going to live vicariously through your Charleston trip, right?!

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  6. Thanks for the St Tropez review... and I love that dress Andi is wearing too. Looks so cute.

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  7. I'm going to have to try that St Tropez stuff. Thanks for the recommendation! Have a fun weekend!

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  8. I hear a lot of people who don't like Andi - I think she's fantastic! I love she had the guts to call out the Bachelor & tell it like it is. A lawyer knows how to use her words! Plus I think she's adorable! I'll be watching!

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  9. Oh I may actually want to watch the Bachelorette! Andi seems like she's at least a "normal" girl from the Bachelor recaps I read.

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  10. Your weekend plans sound lovely; have fun! And Charleston too! My hubby has a business trip there next week and I am soo jealous!

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  11. Eeek I totally had pulled pork mac and cheese last weekend and I've been craving it ever since so I'm totally Pinning this from you! :) Sounds like you have an awesome weekend ahead! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  12. Bummer about your bank account, I swear when it rains it pours right?! I hate months like that! That mac n' cheese will definitely be on my meal plan soon, that looks amazing! Enjoy your weekend :)

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  13. I cant even wait for the new season of the bachelorette - we shared our love for the bachelor and now this one will be even better! That pulled pork mac and cheese will need to happen at some point this month for me!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. Stay warm at that game! And yes, I am PUMPED for the Bachelorette. Cannot wait to see what happens. Also, it sucks when all those bills somehow magically come up at once. But don't worry, ees-ok.

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  15. I literally love everything about this post. Especially that mac & cheese pulled pork recipe. Im sure that would also be my hubby's love language. P.S. LOVE ST. TROPEZ!!!

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  16. As always, Go Cubs! (ha!) I'm intrigued by Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese - you'll have to report back when you make it! I also am in the market for a self-tanner since I have a wedding coming up and unless it warms up real quick here, I doubt I will get a natural tan. I will have to give the St. Tropez one a try!

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  17. I am so excited for Bach!! My friends always come to my house on Mondays to watch and yes, drool over the outfits of course :)

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  18. hope the weather is awesome for your game! i have been to wrigley field once, but for a rascal flatts concert, lol. it was so big! looked like the movies ;)
    also, so jealous (again) of Charleston, and I cannot wait for YOUR recommendations and recap. Take allllll the photos lady.
    and I dont watch the bachelor / bachelorette but I am thinking I might start. That dress is gorgeous. haha! think she'll give us outfit details after each episode? lol

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  19. Ah! Again I'm in love with you haha CANNOT wait for #bachelorette (you should live tweet with us!) and I literally can't get enough pulled pork/mac-n-cheese! Yum! Hope you have the best weekend! xoxo

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  20. Doesn't it always seem like the expensive (and random!) bills come around at the same time! That sounds like a pretty good face self tanner! Does it noticeably come off when you wash your face?

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  21. bummmer about those unexpected bills!!
    i have tickets to the cubs game today...but NOT going as it's freezing out. so that's a disappointment. ah well have a great weekend with your visitors! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  22. Love the post! Thanks for sharing! Just found your blog and really love it! Would you like to follow each other on GFC, facebook and bloglovin to stay in touch? Let me know, thanks!

    xx,
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  23. Andi is so cute. I've never gotten into the Bachelor/ette shows but I fully expect a report from you on the clothes ha. Look for my boss a/k/a a mid-30-something with a full beard at the Cubs game - he's in Chicago for his bachelor party. Have a fun weekend with your company :)

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  24. That mac and cheese looks AMAZING!! I'll definitely have to give it a try soon. Hope you have a great weekend :)

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  25. OMG that Mac and Cheese! Need it! I am so excited for the Bachelorette! The Bachelor was such a let down season this has to make up for it, right?!

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  26. Pulled pork mac and cheese?? Seriously!
    I need to make that for my husband asap. He would die.

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  27. so last night I bought the st. tropez moisturizer that gradually builds color, is this instant color?

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  28. I think I'm the only girl who didn't like Andi much on The Bachelor. It'll be interesting to see how she is as The Bachleroette! Pulled Pork mac & cheese, drool.

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  29. Ohhhh it's one of the 100 perks??? I need that! That mac and cheese looks sooooo good!! Definitely need to pin that one! Hope you have a great weekend girl!! xoxo

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  30. That mac and cheese with the pulled pork looks delicious. Gosh, mac and cheese is a serious weakness of mine. haha. I am so glad to hear the St. Tropez face lotion is so good because I've been wanting to try it since I love the mousse! I'm definitely going to buy it now!
    Have an awesome weekend!!

    xo Always, Abby

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  31. Did you hear about the ballgame where the Cubs beat the Cardinals 17-6? Yeah....

    Have an awesome weekend!

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  32. Love St. Tropez! Hope used to work for PZ Cussons (their parent company), so I have so many fabulous St. Tropez products!!! :) Also -- CANNOT WAIT for the premiere on Monday!!! xx

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  33. Oh my gosh...I want some of that Mac-n-cheese like right now! I WILL be adding that to my menu, pronto. I've seriously got to get some of that St. Tropez. I don't know why I've waited so long. Yay!!! for the Bachelorette!!! I can't wait :) Hope you have a great time with your ciators this weekend.

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  34. I love your blog Katie, so happy I came across it - just followed! ♥
    Would love if you checked out mine sometime too so we can stay in touch!

    AIMEROSE

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  35. i'm a huge fan of the st tropez but have never tried the facial stuff. i need to!

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  36. I am SOO excited for the Bachelorette!!! I think her season is going to be good... I haven't really enjoyed the last few!

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