Friday Five v. 2

In case you've forgotten what Friday Five is...

There are times I just really want to share things with you when I happen onto funny or inspiring Instagram posts...or yummy looking recipes on Pinterest...or a super cute pair of shoes I found online. You know, the fun stuff you text your best friend about.

So I do a post from time to time called Friday Five...which is five things I've come across that week that I loved or wanted to share!

Here are this week's Five!


One

I'm in the middle of reading this book and it is so stinkin' cute!! If you need a sweet read, this is totally for you!

Here's a review from Amazon:

Charlotte Malone, the owner of a successful bridal shop in Birmingham, Alabama, believes the "right" dress finds its bride, not the other way around. But Charlotte can't find a dress for her own upcoming wedding. When she discovers a beautiful hundred-year-old wedding gown in a battered trunk with a welded lock, she’s compelled to uncover the mystery of the dress and the three women who wore it. Eleni Pappageorge's light, airy voice fits this lovely story of faith, mystery, and magic. Her Southern accents are convincing, and one can hear a smile in her tone. Although her portrayals of the story’s elderly female characters are sometimes a bit “gushy,” they simply add to the charm.


Two

An interior designer friend is helping me with a fun office redo. The words I gave her are: Playful, Clean, White (with pops of color), Creative, Full of Story

Want to see my pinboard for it?! I can't wait to start painting!


Three

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I just sent the final FINAL draft of my book in to my editor in yesterday!! It's currently at the printer! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!

And shhhhh...Presales have officially opened on Amazon. But we're not really announcing that yet because we're going to do a bunch of fun gifts for those that DO preorder and we haven't announced those yet. Stay tuned!


Four

Some super sweet friends gave me a gift last night during the planning meeting for our Women's Conference and I'm just over-the-moon about it. They had gone in on it together to remind me that even though Abreham is no longer living with us, he's still ours...and we're still his. That family is forever. Isn't it amazing and thoughtful?

And doesn't it SERIOUSLY look like all of us?! Even the outfits and hair are either things each of us wears in real-life or we would wear!

Want your own? (of course you do) Click here for Nicolle's shop!


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Speaking of sweet and sentimental, I'd happened on to some tear-jerker videos this week while looking for inspiration on a project I'm working on.

Take a look at some of these (sob).

Moms...grab a box of kleenex for this next one.


The kids are off from school today so we're headed to our favorite Ethiopian place for lunch...gotta go! If you're ever in Denver and decide to try it, totally get the Doro Wat. You can thank me later.

Enjoy your Friday and the beauty of the weekend!

Take Joy,

Teresa

GIVEAWAY | my favorite things

In the past, on my birthday I did things like this.

This year though, in honor of my birthday... I thought it'd do a fun GIVEAWAY of a bunch of my favorite things!

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Let me walk you through all the items real quick, before you scroll down for the rules.

Oh! And if you add everything up, it retails at over $300.

I know...you totally want to win, right?

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I absolutely love throwing parties and having people over, so much of this collection highlights that.

I also adore a mishmash of vintage items on the table. So here are, four gorgeous vintage forks to get your collection started (from my favorite shop here in Denver)!

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I'm over the moon about tassels from GlamFete and because they know how much I love them, they're gifting a string of them for our giveaway!

Ours typically hang above our bed (see here), but admittedly I move them around the house a bit.

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Love Does. Sigh. I just absolutely and completely love this book.

I've bought it and re-bought it for friends and family and if you've read it, stick it in your purse to give to someone. Everyone should read it.

Love can do so much. Change so much. Just the simple act of saying "yes, I'll do it", can change your life and many of those around you!

I sound like an infomercial. But truly. Just read it. Head to Amazon now.

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I have met some of the most incredible world-changing ladies through the past several years.

I bought these colorfulful mixed metal bracelets from Beautiful and Beloved awhile back and love pairing them with Stella & Dot pieces I already own. My sweet friend Amber, founded of this shop and nonprofit with the purpose of empowering survivors of slavery and was willing to gift one of you a set of your own!

Head over to her shop to learn more and how you too, can help empower the marginalized and formally enslaved!

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I love having fun treats for the kids when they come home from school each afternoon.

These ice cream cups are perfect for just that...ice cream (obvi)...but are also ideal for hummus and carrots! Or a bunch of berries, apple slices with almond butter...or perhaps guacamole with a few tortilla chips!

If you don't have kids (or they're not school-aged), you totally need to invite some girls over. Because let's be honest...don't we all love gold + white right now? And now cute are the little wooden "spoons"?!

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I mentioned a few weeks ago in this post how life-changing Beautycounter's products have been for me.

My illness last summer (that lasted for months and months) caused me to really begin to research living more of a healthy, clean life and Beautycounter's mission lines up so perfectly with where I am now in caring for myself and our family.

The above photo is of the canvas bag that I adore and keep all my makeup in. But moreso, I love the encouragement printed on it. Don't you want to be someone who "leads the change" in life? I sure do.

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This Rose Water Uplifting Spray is amaaaazing and both smells and feels so luxurious.

I use it every morning to set my makeup and again in the afternoon as a little "rev-up" for my skin!

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Whitney over at Beaded by W sent me this beautiful tassel necklace last summer and I basically haven't taken it off. The mixture of white wooded beads and gold glass ones...combined with the massively bright pink tassel is absolute perfection.

This necklace will be sent directly from Beaded by W so if you ask nicely...she just might send you something from her fall line, with debuts in the next day or two instead.

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I'm a total sucker for gold + pink (what...you couldn't tell?!) and can't get enough of this eco-friendly journal by Greenroom.

The cover looks and feels like leather, though it's somehow recycled fiber.

Tell me you love the paper's pink edges, as much as I do!

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Paper straws. Obsessed.

Black and white stripe. Also obsessed.

Need I say more?!

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You know back when you were collecting Garbage Pail Cards and stickers (please tell me this isn't dating me)? Well, I was the super nerdy one who had a paper napkin collection. Yes. I'm serious.

Well, it has since translated into a love of hosting and making a pretty table...and this pink ombre set is just right up my alley. I may or may not have bought an armload of them awhile back. As in all the store had in stock.

I know, I have a hoarding problem.

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I posted a photo of this yummy lemonade on Instagram this week. I'd never had it before but the gorgeous packaging and the fact that it's Elderflower and Rose, totally hooked me.

It was an instant favorite!!

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I say this phrase to myself all the time.

Oh Jesus that we would pray more and worry less!!

A few years ago, I bought a big canvas and painted the saying in beautiful bright gold.

It was a major diy fail...looked like an elementary aged kid painted it. Which would be cute, if my kids had made it! Oh well.

Instead, you get to enjoy this gorgeously calligraphed piece surrounded by reclaimed wood (from my same favorite store where the vintage forks came).

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Though I typically love drinking from glass, sometimes carrying around a lidded plastic container just makes more sense.

But I have a hard time finding really cute ones that are BPA Free.

So when I happened on this one, I just had to bring it home (sorry I can't find it online)!

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Who doesn't love a bold poppy colored bag?! This leather cross body purse from Stella & Dot even has fun lining!

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When they came out with this collection, I bought everything they carried in the vibrant hue!!

More favorites are this and this!

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I'm always adding to my silver collection and especially love platters and trays because you can use them for everything from holding office supplies to desserts! And don't tell my grandma, but I love when they're slightly tarnished looking.

I also adore unique gift tags for gift giving or even to use as place markers at dinner parties!

And really, who doesn't love gorgeous pencils. This collection rests in a small vintage white pitcher on my desk. They're from a favorite paper goods store here in town.

Love!!!

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Who of you know Ruth over at Gracelaced?? Her heart is even more beautiful than her paintings. Truly.

I've had the extreme pleasure of spending time with her on a couple occasions.

I'm so excited she's blessing you with one of my favorite of her prints.

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. . RULES . .

Ok, here are the official rules for this giveaway!!

1.

You must subscribe to Hugs & Punches blog via email (see sidebar if you haven't already done so).

2.

Please 'like' this post.

3.

Please follow H&P on Facebook and Instagram.

4.

After doing the above, simply comment on this blogpost with your favorite Birthday tradition or memory...and you're entered! (I will be checking 1,2, 3, &4)

For extra entries...

. Share this post/giveaway on your Facebook page for 5 extra entires .

. Share this post/giveaway on your Instagram page for 5 extra entires .

.Tag a friend on this post (Facebook and/or Instagram). 1 extra entry per tag. Please do tagging in separately (one tagged person per comment) .

That's it!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Contest/Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific on November 1st.

So sorry but Winner must live in the Continental U.S.

A winner will be drawn on Monday, November 2nd and will be tagged via social media!

xo

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