This week I thought it would be fun to have some of my friends share their favorites with you. I love these gals (there are soooo many other friends that I’d love to have share their favorites…email me if you are interested!). Without further ado…

1. Rose Salve–Jae 

My sweet friend Jae brought us dinner & brought me a little gift this week, Rose Salve. She spoke so highly of this little product I asked her if I could share it on my Fave Fridays! She puts it on her lips each night before bed and claims it works miracles! I tried it out and not only does it feel nice but it has a pleasant (not over-powering) rose smell.

The canister (which is bigger than it looks in the picture) claims you can use the salve on your: elbows, knees, face, lips, & cuticles! Check it out: C.O. Bigelow’s Rose Salve from Bath & Body Works ($5.50, buy 2 get 1 free…share with a friend!).

2. Dry Bar–Erin M.

Have you ever wished you could blow-dry your hair like your hair stylist does? Maybe you want your hair to look gorgeous for an event, but don’t have the skills to do it yourself. My friend Erin went to the Dry Bar here in Dallas this week to get a blow-out. She said it was awesome! Basically they wash, blow-dry and style your hair. All for $35 (the price of a pedicure)!

Doesn’t she look great! Here is the link to their website: Dry Bar (they have locations in CA, Scottsdale AZ, Atlanta, & New York).

3. Lemon-Mint Cake–Erin M.

The same gorgeous friend (inside & out!) brought us dinner on Monday. She went above and beyond and made us a Lemon-Mint Cake. Love that she was thoughtful enough to make a “non-dairy, non-chocolatey” dessert so I could enjoy it as well!

The recipe is from Giada (LOVE her) on the site: Lemon-Mint Cake.

Instead of making the lemon syrup like Giada’s recipe, she made a frosting for the top:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

AND it made the perfect treat for a tea party I had with the boys this week. My mother-in-law gave me the idea to cut up the treats into bite-size pieces and put them all on one plate. The boys think it’s really special. When served like this the food seems more appealing. They fight over banana slices…while the whole bananas have been ignored for days…go figure!

4. Playdoh Porcupines–Erin D.

Another Erin friend of mine, just as cute & lovely as the first, is a preschool teacher. Here is one of her favorite activities with toddlers. She says it’s great for keeping hands busy while she cooks dinner!

“Play-Doh is often hard for a toddler because they are still learning how to manipulate the tough dough with their little hands so mommy ends up being the one to roll it out for cookie cutter or ball it up to build with while the toddler either struggles to do the same or merely watches mommy work.

So I figured out a way to start using Play-Doh by making “porcupines” out of Play-Doh balls and cut up straws or toothpicks.  Using their developing fine motor skills, the toddler can pick up the toothpicks (dull the tips) or small straws and stick them all around the Play-Doh balls.

Now that I have a 3-year-old that can cut out shapes and do other things with her Play-Doh this activity gives her little 2-year-old brother a way to participate too!!  (I think it would be fun to add other things like pebbles, seashells or large sequins if you don’t mind digging those out the Play-Doh later.)”

5. Iced Lattes–Megan

This dear friend watched my three oldest boys this week so I could attend some parent-teacher conferences…yes, she is a good friend. She also encourages me throughout the week with texts of Scripture and reminders that she is praying for me.

The favorite she wanted to share is:

“On my days off, I love going to Cultivar coffee and getting an iced latte. It always seems like a real treat! Enjoy!”

I haven’t tried out Cultivar Coffee, but I’m a big fan of local coffee shops. What’s your favorite (non-Starbucks) coffee shop?

Don’t you love their faves? I couldn’t resist not posting any of my faves so here are a couple:

6. Mother of Boys Society (MOB Society)

I was invited to be a contributor on the MOB Society site. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team. Particularly because of the site’s goal…

Today I have a post I’d love for you to read. It’s entitled: “Let Him Be a Jerk”. Curious?

7. A Day full of memories…a day I LOVED my job!

This Wednesday we had the best day we’ve had in a very, very long time. Knox slept a lot and cried very, very little. So we were able to spend time playing with Play-Doh, having formal tea, playing soccer, coloring, reading books. It was truly wonderful.

What were some of your favorites this week?