Five on Friday {September 29}

Hey y'all,

We made it to Friday! This has been a busy week for me personally and I didn't get home before 9pm all week. While I wish I could say I have a relaxing weekend, I am booked pretty solid. Tonight, I am headed to church for a gathering of all the women at our campus for fellowship and teaching. Here are five things on my mind this Friday. 


Kate. My baby sister, Kate's birthday is tomorrow! She turns 25 and while I wish I was with her in Texas to celebrate, instead I will just be sending a sweet care package her way.  So happy early birthday to the kid that kicked me out of being the baby in the family, my Red Robin/Ruby Tuesday date, my fitness buddy, and best baby sister I could ask for!
Back when we went to Beauty and the Beast to celebrate Kate's 21st Birthday!


Mini-Vacation. I am taking a long weekend next weekend and I am headed to Charlotte to visit some sorority sisters (including my Big, Shannon) and I would love to hear any recommendations of places I have to go. I know Amelie's is on the list and we are headed to the mountains for the day to see the Blue Ridge Parkway but I would love your input if you have traveled/live in the Queen city.


UNC Football. While it appears this is not the Tar Heel's year for football with our young team, I have enjoyed going to two of the home games so far this season. I always love heading into Kenan stadium and watching the games live and it has been really special since my friend Maryscott has been gracious to take me with her to the first two games of the season. Let's hope the Tar Heels turn it around this week and beat Georgia Tech!


Small Group. At my church our bible study groups are known as small groups as we do more than just study the bible but build community with one another. This Fall, my old small group had two leaders plant out into a new group and I decided to also make the move. It has been a great transition and while our new group is still small, I have been enjoying our conversations together and pray that a great group of women join us as we continue this Fall.


Barre3. My friend LC found the B3 Raleigh studio back in 2014 and while I went a few times, the commute between work in CH to Raleigh didn't make the studio a feasible option for me. The Chapel Hill studio had pop-ups all over the area this summer which helped me get back into barre. The studio's grand opening was last Thursday and I have already taken five classes since then. I might be very sore and loving epsom salt baths right now but I am also loving the community and the workouts. Also, yay for friends like Traci who will get up and go to the 6am class with you on a Friday morning.
I made a B3 tracker in the notes section of my Emily Ley Weekly Simplified Planner!

Fun Links.

May Designs which make the cutest personalized notebooks featured on Oprah's favorite things list and the View is launching a line with Blue Sky Planners at Target! I love these notebooks for my sermon notes at church and used one in college when I was the Executive VP of my sorority.

Advent is coming. I am so excited that She Reads Truth and All Good Things Collective launched their advent studies this week. I know it is crazy to already think about the Christmas season but I love doing a study to prepare my heart in December as a reminder of the spiritual meaning and not the material meaning of December 25th.

My favorite soap is back! I love Mrs. Meyers and this scent is only released in the Fall. I might be stocking up at Target this weekend so I can have this scent for the next year. 

Need care package inspiration, Emily's college care package post is the place to start.

I think in my next apartment I need a bar area so I can get bar stools like Katie's.

For anyone (like me) who has debated over the Madewell Transport Crossbody bag, Old Navy has a dupe for under $30 right now! A steal!

Less than two months until Ree Drummond is in Raleigh with her new book! Ashley and I will be attending the book signing at Quail Ridge Books

I'm in love with Whitney's bedroom and her DIY pinboard

For all of those who love a PSL, these socks are perfect for you.

One of my favorite reality shows celebrated their 100th episode last night. It's crazy since I have been watching since season one!

Link up with April, Christina, and Natasha.  
Also linking up with Tif, Becky, and Katie.
And Erika

What's one thing you are loving this Friday?

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  1. Amelies was going to be the first place I recommended in Charlotte! It is so charming in there. My in-laws live there so we are always looking for fun things to do when we visit. Ri Ra is a really neat Irish pub, you might like that too!

  2. Ri Ra is super fun when they've got a good band playing upstairs. I loveee Cowfish at SouthPark too! If you're looking for a quick and easy [but delish] lunch spot check out Viva Chicken. I don't live in CLT but my bestie does and thanks to her and my visits I've learned a few great spots! Have fun!

  3. Have fun in Charlotte. I didn't' know that May books will now be available in target. that is so fab!

  4. You have some great plans ahead. Enjoy your time in the Queen City and maybe make plans to enjoy drinks on the rooftop and catch some views at Fahrenheit or City Lights Rooftop.

  5. Sounds like you have been having a lot of fun. Have fun in Charlotte this weekend. Scarowinds is a must do.

  6. I want to go to Charlotte badly. I am hoping my work sends me there. Have so much fun there this weekend!

  7. That sounds like so much fun! Hope your sister has a great birthday, mine is Sept. 22nd! I hope you have a great trip to Charlotte, I haven't been there to stay yet, only driven past from other places. I hope to one day to a visit there, you will have to share what you find to do. Enjoy your stay.

  8. I've heard so many good things about Barre3, I really need to try it!

    Charlotte is so fun! You should check out brunch at 300 East!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. I've only been to Charlotte once and it was to visit a friend, but I can vouch for Amelie's - it's amazing! The NoDa location is really cool.

  10. Happy birthday to your sister! Hopefully your vacation will be relaxing and refreshing!! Long weeks can be tough!

  11. Charlotte is such a great city. Of course I love any place in the Southeast. I'd love to do a barre class someday. Good for you getting back into it! Have fun visiting your "sisters" this weekend!!!

  12. I have been wanting to go to a UNC football game forever! Looks like you had a great time

    -xo, Azanique |


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