Friday, July 2, 2021

Friday Favorites

Hello hello friends! I hope you are all excited about the long weekend ahead and have fun plans to celebrate the 4th. We are currently en route to Georgia to spend the weekend with my family at my older sister's house. I can't wait! 

Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika to share Friday Favorites. Let's have a look:

Favorite Moments of the Week:

All our time spent by the pool! I am loving getting to soak up these fun summer memories with my kids.

Favorite Mom Fail of the Week:

Ice painting

If you follow @busytoddler on Instagram you know she posts all these fun activities for kids to do. For the most part they look peaceful, easy, and like mom can put up her feet and relax for long enough to drink a cup of coffee... not the case in the Darrell house this week! I gave the kids some paint, some brushes and some ice cubes and let them go to town with it. LG had fun for about 30 seconds before she got frustrated that the paint kept slipping off the ice. Liam on the other hand had a BLAST-- but it looked nothing like the activity was "supposed" to. He ended up painting his leg, his arms, his clothes (it was washable thankfully!) and then he tried to stick some in his mouth. So... just in case you think everything is easy peasey, sunshine and rainbows over here... it's messy as heck behind the scenes 😂 That being said, I got a good laugh out of it and at least he was occupied for a solid 30 minutes. Could've been much worse!

Favorite Fun Activity:

One of my best girlfriends hosted a girls Paint & Sip Brunch over the weekend and it was a blast! One of the other teachers at her school has a side business leading paint & sip classes so we all pitched in and hired her to lead one for us. It was laid back and so much fun. 

We were laughing the whole time and giving Allie (one of our friends) a hard time about how much better her painting was than everyone else's. Can you tell which one is Allie?

Favorite Recent Purchase:

Blackout curtains! I don't know what on Earth took me this long but I finally got some blackout curtains for Lily Grace's room. With it not getting dark until almost 9 pm, it's hard for her little body clock to know when bedtime is. I grabbed these blackout curtains (currently on sale!) at Target and they are the best purchase I've made in a long time! Liam doesn't seem bothered by the sun still being up when he's headed to bed, but I should probably go ahead and get some for his room anyway.

Favorite Food:

I didn't take a picture of it but one night when it was 91 degrees out I made gazpacho for dinner and it was soooo nice. If you aren't familiar, gazpacho is a cold tomato based soup originating from Spain. It felt perfect on a hot summer night. Liam kept calling it a smoothie, which kinda made sense for a 21 month old!

That's a glimpse of our week! Thanks for reading along today!


  1. we took our kiddo to the local water park in my town that opened up finally (covid put a year halt on open day) and it was perfect! i didn't get any pics. well i got some of her jumping off the diving board but she FORBIDS me to post them LOL!

  2. We love blackout curtains! We all have them in our bedrooms. Most kids paints are non-toxic and it's totally normal for kids to try and eat it; we had one little girl in our daycare that wouldn't eat anything (she literally lived on ensure cans!) but she would always eat the paint out of the paint cups. I think any activity that leads to 30 minutes of fun is a win... even if they do end up being messier than I originally thought they'd be.

  3. I love how your final painting projects turned out! I’ve always wanted to do that. I took hadley to one once and she painted. It turned out so cute. Have fun with your family this weekend!

  4. ice painting sounds like fun and a mess. I am going to have to check out that instagram page. I love how your painting turned out.