Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites

Today I'm linking up with Andrea, Narci, and Erika for Friday Favorites!

Is it just me or has this been a long week? I'm so ready for the weekend. Most of the weekend I'll be studying but I have a few fun plans!  Friday night my awesome church, Elevation, is having a live recording in the arena here in Charlotte. Saturday night I'm babysitting my little cousins and I'm so excited! 


This favorite is a 2 for 1. This week just needed some chocolate in it. You know what I mean? I just came home from work and knew I needed chocolate in baked good form. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has these cravings ;) I didn't want to have to run to the grocery store so I whipped up Mix and Match Mama's Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with ingredients I already had. 

Hey to my roomie, Kaitlyn in the background haha!

So for the second part...this cake was the perfect opportunity of me to try my new Cake Stand from Ikea. It's actually on sale right now! I was really picky about what cake stand I wanted and looked forever till I bought this one. I wanted a classic and simple stand but I wanted one with a matching lid. Apparently that's hard to find without spending way too much!

I love it. It's so much prettier to store your cake in a glass cake stand rather than tupperware!


I mentioned on my Mountain Weekend recap post on Wednesday that I'm reading a new Liane Moriarty book and it's so good! 

I haven't finished it yet but I'm already hooked. The story line is unlike any book. It has an air of mystery and multiple storylines throughout. I highly recommend it!


I moved into my new apartment in Charlotte in mid-May and just now got my barstools. They were on backorder for what seemed like forever. My apartment doesn't have space for a table so using barstools is the only option. So...for the past 2 months we've been eating all our meals on the couch. To put it lightly, I'm so glad to have a table to eat at! 

It doesn't hurt that they are so cute! I love that the add a little edge to my apartment. I'd love to hear what y'all think.


Last month, I did a Birchbox review and this week my box for July came in! I can't wait to finish my review for next week. Stay tuned! When this box came in, I knew it was going to be a good one. The box is so's a hint of what's to come...

So pretty! Can't wait to share my thoughts on this month's products with y'all.


Okay, okay I know a lot of people disagree with me on their thoughts on Kaitlyn as the Bachelorette but personally I love her. Do I agree with all of her decisions? No. But I'm a firm believer in that people have the fundamental right to make their own choices and own up to their own mistakes. 

I love her because she's one of the first Bachelorettes ever that was real. She is so much more relatable. She messes up, she isn't always poised, she doesn't say the right thing all the time...just like the rest of us. I personally am obsessed with her and Shawn and can't wait to see where their relationship goes! Hoping they have a great future ahead of them!

Okay, getting off my soapbox now!

Have a great weekend y'all! xoxo

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  1. That cake, it's what I want for breakfast right now. Love your bar stools! And I wasn't a huge fan of the bachelorette this season, however I did love that she was just "herself"

  2. That bundt cake looks amazing, good job girl!

    I love your barstools, they look great!

    I LOVE kaitlyn and shawn together, they seem really happy and like the real deal. I, too, hope they make it! :)

    1. I'm glad you share my sentiments on Shawn and Kaitlyn :)

  3. That cake looks so yummy and your barstools look great! I have my first Liann Moriarty book to read and can't wait after everyone says how much they love her work! I really like Kaitlyn until I saw the last episode. I thought the way she handled Nick was really bad.

    1. You're going to love her books! They are really good. I've read 4 thus far and want to read more!

  4. That's a nice cake stand. I have a cake stand buying problem. I think I have 7 of them now, and I keep finding new ones I love all the time!

    1. 7!? You must love to bake!! Thanks for reading, Angela!!

  5. That cake looks amazing! I love a recipe from Shay!! I also agree with you about Kaitlyn. Such a shame that so many people are bashing her. I so agree with you that people have the right to make their own choices and own up to them. Have a great weekend! - Seri

  6. I agree! I don't think I would do some of the things that Kaitlyn did, but she is the first person to act like she is really dating a bunch of guys at the same time. It's not a normal situation! Lol I love your cake stand and your barstools. In my new apartment, we only have space for barstools too. Yours are much edgier than mine;) I love the style! I read The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and you're right...her storylines are good! I'll have to check out the one you're reading now!

    1. That's a great way to put it...she acknowledges that it's such an awkward situation haha! I loved The Husband's Secret but I have to say this one and What Alice Forgot are my favorites...try them!