Friday Favorites: Top 5

It has been a busy week at my house this week. We had the addition of high school gymnastics on top of club gymnastics and cheer this week, which always makes things a little more hectic.  There has just been a lot going on.  As I have mentioned before, November signals the start of craziness in my family because it is when competition season begins for both girls in addition to the holidays in the mix.  I am super happy that we don’t have too much going on this weekend because it is probably our last free weekend for a long time.  I plan to enjoy it!

Today I am sharing 5 things that I love.  Check them out.

1. Panera Bread-Cinnamon Crunch Bagel

I love bread of all kinds.  I always have.  I know it isn’t the best thing for me, but I just really love bread.  I am one of those people that believes you have to have bread with every meal.  That is really just my excuse to eat more bread.  I love rolls, muffins, biscuits, bagels, and more.  I could go on and on.   I guess that is why I love to go to Panera.  I mean it is a bread place after all!  Anyway, I love getting their potato soup in a bread bowl.  Yum! It’s so good.  However, my most favorite thing from Panera is their Cinnamon Crunch Bagel. I am not a big breakfast eater, but that doesn’t matter because I will eat one of these for lunch.  I’m not kidding.  They are just so yummy! 

2. Karen Kingsbury-Redemption Series

Karen Kingsbury is one of my absolute favorite authors.  I don’t think I have ever read one of her books that I didn’t love, and I have read a lot of them too. She writes Christian fiction and her stories are so touching.  I think I have shed at least a few tears for every one of her books that I have read. She writes a lot of series too. In fact the first time I read one of her books, it was the beginning of a series that she has since done multiple series spin offs from.  My favorite is that first series I read many years ago. It is called the Redemption Series and follows the lives of a family, the Baxters.  It is a series of 5 books each one telling the story of one of the 5 Baxter children.   I have read the whole series twice, and I will probably read it again one day because I love it so much.  I highly recommend this series as well as all of her other books.  

3. Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon Lipstick

I have shared with you before how much I love the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick (see more here).  It is my absolute favorite and the only one I wear.  It stays on all day, doesn’t smudge, and doesn’t transfer.  It is the best.  Well, Maybelline has recently launched a new piece to the Super Stay line that I love just as much. It is a crayon or pencil lipstick that you draw on.  This one has the same long lasting power and a variety of great colors.  It goes on smooth and easy and actually feels like a regular lipstick the way it glides on. It isn’t what you would experience if you were using a pencil liner.  It goes on much smoother.  I’m now obsessed with it just as much as I was with the Liquid Lipstick if not more so. I am wearing Lead the Way in this photo. 

4. Matching Christmas Pajamas

For as long as I have had 2 children, I have always gotten them matching Christmas pajamas every year.  Then when my nephews were born, we started doing matching pajamas for all the kids. Several years ago my mom, sister, and I started also wearing matching ones too. We didn’t match with the kids, but the three of us matched each other.  Then a couple of years ago, my mom decided she wanted the whole family to be in matching pajamas at Christmas.  Of course the men in the family weren’t too fond of that idea and refused to participate. They only wore theirs for the 10 minutes it took my mom to get a picture of the whole family together.  Anyway, I still love the idea of matching pajamas on Christmas.  This year I am all about the buffalo plaid that is so on trend right now, and I am thinking about getting these for my family of 4.  Aren’t they so cute? We would all be adorable in them on Christmas morning.  I doubt my husband will go for it, but I can dream, right?

5. Amazon Original-Jack Ryan

If you have Amazon Prime (and you should if you don’t), you need to watch the Jack Ryan series. Otherwise, you can just buy it.  I watched the first season a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it.  The second season just came out.  I haven’t watched it yet because I just haven’t had time, but it is definitely on my to do list.  It is based on Tom Clancy’s books and his character, CIA analyst Jack Ryan. In the show Jack is played by John Krasinski, and he is great in this role. It is action packed and so good.  Both my husband and I really liked season 1, and can’t wait to watch season 2.

That’s a wrap on my top 5 favorites today, but check back next week for our book club. I am doing it a week early because of the holiday. If you haven’t started our book for this month, Redemption Road by John Hart, get on it because it is so good!


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