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Five on Friday 5/23


Hooray for a long weekend!  And what makes this long weekend even better is that we have no plans.  Other than the fact that I have to work on Saturday, we have nothing to do and no where to be.  Zip, nadda, nothing.  After the last month of non-stop entertaining (which has been beyond fun), I'm so looking forward to a weekend of relaxing.  And the fact that the weather is supposed to be beautiful here in Chicago is just icing on the cake.  I hope you're gearing up for a wonderful long weekend, too but first let's get to my five on Friday!

+ Houzz
I may be behind the times (what's new) but I just downloaded the app Houzz this week and wooooowwww.  It's pretty much Pinterest on steroids for all things home design.  Nick and I both have it and are sharing "ideabooks" to put together inspiration for each room of our future house.  If you're moving or just looking to redecorate your place, Houzz is for you. Beware: it's addicting and a major time sucker!


+ Forever 21
You guys, Forever 21 is killing it right now.  I kind of wrote off the store about a year ago because I feel like a 40 year old shopping in there with all of the teenagers not to mention the stores themselves almost give me a panic attack they're so stuffed full of clothes.  But I was wrong.  I've been noticing lots of fellow bloggers with the cutest F21 finds lately and so I decided to stop in there this week and it was a shopping success!  I walked out with a romper, sweater and pair of shorts for $50 but I could of easily spent about $500 because I was obsessed with everything.  I'm sorry I ever doubted you Forever 21!

Romper Here // Shorts Here // Sweater Here

+ Google Analytics
Do any of you use Google Analytics?  I have it for my blog but I don't really know what to do with any of the information. (If you can provide any advice on this, let me know!) The only thing I enjoy doing with it is checking out the keyword searches that bring people to the blog.  This week I came across this delight:

"I have a sunburn on the back of my legs and I have golf size blisters and they burn and leak to where it is so hard for me to walk"

What?!  I'm assuming it is coming from my this post where I mentioned I had a pretty bad sunburn but oh my.  That one made me laugh out loud and to the poor soul with the leaking sunburn blisters- if you're reading this right now, I hope your legs are better!

+ Wedding Etiquette
Memorial Day weekend seems to signify the beginning of "wedding season".  If you're attending a wedding this summer, check out THIS post on wedding etiquette!  It's a must read for anyone on how to be the best guest you can be.


+ Babies
Since Nick and I are approaching our first wedding anniversary in July, I've started to get those questions.  You know the ones regarding little tiny bundles of joy.  Welp, not for a while folks.  When I came across this ecard on Pinterest, I pretty much spit out the water I was drinking.  So true!!


Happy Friday, friends!!
Linking up with AprilLaurenJennie and Rebecca 

38 comments

  1. Haha oh my gosh that ecard is so funny (and true)! I don't really know what to do with Google Analytics either but now I definitely have to go find what search terms people are using! That's hilarious! Have a great weekend!

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  2. LOL at that eCard! It so true, and when you have a baby they ask "so when's the next one?" then you eventually have the next one and then they ask "so, when's number 3?" Really people?! Leave me alone! I love all of your finds at F21, I've been meaning to go back in there too, but I always felt the same with the amount of clothes in that store, so overwhelming! Have a great weekend xo

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  3. Haha... we're approaching our 4th anniversary so we're REALLY getting those baby questions now. It should be soon, but it's no one's business but ours ;-)

    Happy Long Weekend!!

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  4. Haha that ecard is hilarious! And love your forever 21 finds, so cute!! Have the best weekend, enjoy relaxing!!

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  5. Houzz is so awesome! Love the romper you got ;) Have a great weekend!! xo

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  6. I cracked up at that ecard! It's so true!! I am not a drinker anymore, but I find myself needing to have one in hand just to get people to stop giving me questioning looks! Have a great, relaxing weekend!

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  7. Thank you for introducing me to Houzzz, I'm going to live on that app! ;) Haha that ecard is awesome! And don't worry it's the same thing for year 3, and 4 and so on! Haha! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  8. Haha! That meme is so funny - and so true! We are starting to get those questions again now that Caleb is one. So that applies to me as well. I'm like, "I ALREADY HAVE ONE - I don't need another yet!" And girl....I am staying away from the Houzzz app. I already waste too much time on Pinterest - I definitely don't need even more time wasters, lol!!! They're dangerous for me! Happy weekend!

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  9. I am dying at that eCard. Ryan and I have been getting questions about babies since the day after our wedding! Not kidding. I know people mean well, but stop asking! Houzz is seriously amazing; I have been using it long before Pinterest came along. And yes to Forever 21! I'm glad to know they are carrying good styles right now - I'll have to make my monthly trip over there soon. Have a great relaxing weekend!

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  10. Haha! That eCard is hilarious! So true! I have had the same questions about Google Analytics. I started with it but no idea as to how to use it. If you get any info, let me know! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

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  11. Oh my gosh - that ecard so funny!! I'm actually not the biggest drinker so opt for water lol and people always give me that look...and I'm like NO!!! Love the new F21 purchases! Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

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  12. Love that eCard!! Yes, drink up!! And Houzz?? OMG- I must be behind too but I am downloading as we speak! Ideabooks shared right with the mister? Sign me up! Happy weekend!

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    1. You are going to LOVE Houzz! Since we're moving soon, I consider all of the time I'm spending/wasting on there is in the name of "research" ;)

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  13. I signed up for Google Analytics and can't 100% figure out why my blogger page views differ so much from GA! Let me know if you find out any tips and tricks!! Cheers! pinterestdreams.blogspot.com

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    1. Huh, that is weird. I just compared my page views on both and mine are much lower on Google Analytics! So strange!

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  14. I just laughed about the leaking sunburn. It's not funny...but in this context, it is! YESSS for Forever 21. I'm with you on the overwhelming feeling. I haven't been in the actual store in awhile, but I always see such cute stuff online! I might be making a trip there this weekend! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
    xo

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  15. girl i am slowly (not) figuring google analytics out haha. if you find out anything, let me know.
    i love love love your forever 21 finds, and i think i need to go, like june 1st (trying to be good this month!)
    houzz confuses me? i dont know why. haha. i like to read about rooms, and it bugs me when it doesnt go anywhere. haha love that ecard - people started asking us on our wedding day. i was like holy crap slow down!
    have a great weekend girlfriend.

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  16. OMG love Houzz!!! I have an unhealthy obsession with f21! So cute yet so cheap love it! I with you on the baby thing! Love that ecard! Have a great weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  17. LOL at that search term! I don't use google analytics because I never really understood it either-- a while back someone posted something on how to use it-- I will search for it, because I can't think of the blogger right now! When my parents came to visit last month my mom showed my Houzz and I swear we spent hours on it looking at stuff! Have a good weekend :)

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  18. Hey Katie! I LOVE Forever21! I actually made a mood board on Wednesday and everything I put on there was from F21 and under $20! I am obsessed with that store right now! I hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! xo

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  19. Oh that ecard, hilarious!! We've been married almost 6 years now, the constant question is starting to fade, someone told me last weekend they've given up on us. I'm ok with that haha. We will have a baby one day, but I can do without all of the questions! Oh Google Analytics. I am still a little lost too, but that keyword search is hilarious!

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  20. haha - that's so true about being married & people jump right on you about babies... keep drinking up :)
    I am richer because Forever 21 doesn't have much in my size... being chubby pays off finally :) haha

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  21. holy cow that ecard is SOOOOOOOOOO true. and YES to F21. I got some AWESOME pieces there last week. Now I wanna go back for the romper

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  22. That ecard is absolutely hilarious !! I felt the same way about Forever 21 but lately I have been finding such great pieces :)

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  23. ok so i need to head over to F21! i love love that sweater! and you cant beat the prices. hooray for no plans! we have a lot this weekend but nothing on monday (phew). i cant wait to relax. also LOVING that some e-card, lol. i can totally relate. have a great weekend. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  24. Your posts are dangerous to my wallet :) I'm heading to check out F21 this weekend and I can't wait to get the houzz app. I've never heard of it but it sounds amazing!! Enjoy your pre baby married days - travel a lot, enjoy your friends, go out often and then you'll really enjoy your kids when the arrive. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. BAHAHA...that eCard! Just wait until you are married almost four years without a baby yet. I seriously had someone ask me if there was something wrong. Uh...rude! And I guess I'm behind too because I've never heard of that app but Pinterest on steroids??? Yes, please! If you get any advice on Google analytics, please share! Happy Friday, pretty girl and enjoy your weekend of not entertaining!

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  26. YUP to #5, my friend! The in-laws are the worst about that right now hah so down the hatch goes more vino. Have a wonderful weekend. Loving your F21 romper!

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  27. Love that e card! We were telling my MIL last night about how my new job rocks bc the insurance will pay for a delivery for free. And she goes, oh why are you pregnant? I was like NO! I'm just saying it's a nice perk! I've written off F21 too for the same reasons but looks like I need to check it out! Those teenagers drive me nuts though! Have a good weekend! xoxo

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  28. bahahahahaha that last ecard is perfection! I'm so excited to hear about your F21 finds!!! You know how I feel about their new Spring and Summer line :-) All I like google analytics for is to see and stalk where people are viewing the page from :) Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!!

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  29. Such a great post! :) I think F21 is fab, too, especially when you start mixing it with other pieces to create some fantastic outfits. x

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  30. Agh, I'm a little nervous - I think I'm going to F21 today on my shopping adventures!

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  31. AHH! You're F21 finds are making me want to head there ASAP! SWOON AAAA! xx

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  32. I think I both love you and hate you for introducing me to Houzz! Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend!

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  33. Adorable ecard. :) I don't understand google analytics either.

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