Friday Favorites: February 17

Friday Favorites: February 17

Friday Favorites is a series where we share small, seemingly mundane moments from the past week – little details, often overlooked, that comprise this thing we call life.

Is it me, or is time flying by at astronomical speeds – faster, it seems, than ever before?

Like, did you realize it’s almost March?!

In just 1.5 weeks we get to find out the gender of our little one – and we’re so incredibly excited, I can barely stand it!

We’re still debating whether we want to host a gender reveal party or not, and I can’t seem to make up my mind. Mamas, will you help me weigh the pros and cons?

On the one hand, I’m quite the sentimental person, so finding out the gender of our first-born alongside family and closest friends would be such a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience. I realize that the likelihood of us hosting gender reveal parties for any future children that God gives us are quite slim – I hear it gets harder and harder to find the time with each child.

On the other hand, I’ve been feeling so incredibly tired… I remember hosting the husband’s birthday party last month… As much as I adore hosting, I needed a week afterwards to recuperate from all the cleaning and cooking.

But I have slightly more energy these days than I did last month… So maybe it’s worth it to put my round ligament pains aside for one weekend?

Someone talk some sense into me…

Other fun news this week: We’re planning a babymoon! It’s like a honeymoon – relaxing and romantic – but taken by parents-to-be before their little one is born.

We debated between Hawaii, New York and Florida. Even though the first two destinations have been on our travel list for a long, long time, we ruled them out because I don’t think I’ll be able to experience either to the fullest extent with a biggo bump to tout everywhere. Hawaii is known for its nature – hikes, mountains, volcanoes – and I just can’t imagine having enough energy to explore all that while pregnant. Similarly, the busyness of New York – the very energy that attracts visitors to the city in the first place – seems quite daunting to take on while pregnant. And Florida, well, we’ve been there far too many times to be too excited about it, so instead, we’re going on a cruise!

Check out “5 Reasons to Book a Cruise for Your Next Vacation” for my thoughts on cruises.

Of course, being the last-minute planners that we are, we’ve yet to pick which one. Currently, it’s a toss-up between the Celebrity “Silhouette” (with stops at Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten), the Princess “Regal Princess” (with stops at Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and St. Maarten), and the Princess “Caribbean Princess” (with stops at Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire).

Which would you choose?

The photo above is from our last cruise to Bahamas and Turks & Caicos, which you can read about here and here.

In regards to the renovation, I shared a small entryway update earlier this week. Other than that, progress has been slow. You can read all about the projects we have planned in “Remodeling & Renovation Projects We Have Planned for 2017,” as well as the last Friday Favorites post. I have a master bedroom update planned for next week, so be on the lookout for that. You can catch a little hint of what it is in last Friday’s post!

Last but not least, with Monday being Presidents’ Day, many of my favorite retailers are having major sales. Check out a few of them, below:

  • Target – Up to 30% off furniture and home decor, plus an additional 10% off with the code PRESIDENT
  • Overstock – Up to 70% off select furniture and home decor
  • AllModern – Extra 15% off select items with code GEORGE
  • Pottery Barn – Up to 70% off select items
  • CB2 – FREE furniture delivery, plus up to 50% off Winter Clearance
  • West Elm – 20% off entire purchase with code SAVE20
  • Urban Outfitters – Take an extra 40% off all home and tech sale items
  • Nordstrom – Save up to 40% off on select items
  • Anthropologie – Extra 40% off sale clothing items
  • World Market – Save 30% on all dining tables and chairs, plus FREE shipping on orders $150+ with code FREESHIP
  • Old Navy – Up to 50% off the entire site
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% off, plus FREE shipping on orders $49+

I hope you have an amazing weekend full of relaxation, sunshine and lots of quality time with your nearest and dearest. Our Saturday is shaping up to be busy-busy! We have a three-year-old’s birthday party to go to tomorrow, then a wedding shower afterwards.

Now, tell me about your week! What are you doing, searching for, thinking about, planning, and obsessing over these days? Please share in the comments section, below.



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  2. I’ve never heard of a babymoon but I think that’s such a wonderful idea! It’s a great way to relax before the chaos (and amazingness!) that comes with having a baby.

  3. I seriously can’t believe that President’s Day/March is right around the corner. 2017 is moving so fast!
    I love the idea of a babymoon! I have a feeling my husband and I will definitely go on a trip like that when we’re starting our family.

  4. Ahh, I can’t wait to hear where y’all will Babymoon! I have never been on a cruise before, so I’m no help there, but I hope y’all have an amazing and relaxing time no matter where you go.

    And gender reveal time?! So exciting! You are going to be one awesome momma.

  5. Ooh so exciting about the gender reveal! I say you should go with your gut when it comes to the party. Usually your first thought is the best one!

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