FRIDAY FAVORITES...OH WHAT FUN

This is going to be a fun weekend! One boy arrived home from college last night for 11 days, the other arrives soon and Sunday, Mr. Nine and I are off to the Windy city again to attend the Chicago Bears/Vikings game with friends. It’s going to be COOOOLD and the game got moved from 1pm to 8:15 pm...close to my bedtime, lol but we will make the most of it! Monday, I showed you my Glam Space complete with a cozy Pink Pom Beanie, so I went and ordered another, closer to Bears colors, one for the game. I’ll be layering for sure! 

1. The Tree
Well after 3 hours of trying to fix a section of lights, 20 minutes on the phone with Balsam Hill, we finally figured out it was a wiring issue, added a backup strand and will be shipped a new tree section but not until next year as it is sold out. But it’s ok, because it turned out so beautifully! One of many lit trees in the house, but for sure, my favorite with all the reds and champagne. 
Hi, I'm Andrea and I am addicted to trees, LOL!

2. Holiday Find ~ Gray Tray
The Perfect Tray. I knew when I was planning this Christmas bedroom that I wanted a bed tray. I hunted high and low, contemplated painting a plain wood one, but ultimately found this beauty on Amazon. What is so great about This Tray is that with it being the perfect shade of gray, I’ll use it in the house all year long. Love pieces like that!

BUY HERE

3. Week's Attire
Similar Cardigan Here

 Scarf Here, Grace and Lace Extender HERE

Scarf  Here, Sweater HERE

4. Pink Sweater
I love all shades of pink and tend to not bring in the brights as much when the weather starts turning cold but I feel so vibrant in a bright color. This sweater is the sweetest shade of pink, so very cozy and I knew I wanted to throw in a smidge of turquoise and leopard pumps. 
BUY Sweater HERE // BUY Earrings HERE

More Inspo

Did you see my Draper James Dress on Wednesday? Draper James liked it on Insta although I wish Reese herself had seen it, lol! How cute is she with 
her pink sweater, jeans and leopard heels!!
 

5. Misc. Fun
Cocoa Kisses
SOOO Good my friends and cute packaging! They’re probably one of the best specialty KISSES released. It's not really a marshmallow flavor inside, more of a whipped cream flavor but you will NOT be disappointed! 
BUY HERE

Merry Everything Door Mat
How cute is this Door Mat? Under $12 and it’s a Buffalo Plaid Beauty. I am sticking with the black and white Buffalo Plaid with some reds thrown in on the front porch but man, this is CUTE!!
BUY HERE

Starbucks Story
I have the sweetest Starbucks story. I only go to Starbucks about once a week. I was excited to get a Holiday cup. Many times, I have paid for the person behind me. Well imagine my delight when I got up there and she said that ‘my’ drink had been paid for. NO one has ever got my drink in line before. I immediately said “well let me get the person behind me” and she just beamed because she said the pay it forward had been happening all morning….The holiday spirit and kind hearts at work! 

My your spirits be bright this weekend!!

xoxo

46 comments:

  1. What a wonderful round up and I know your heart is happy with all the boys coming home! That gray tray was a fab find - love Amazon. How cute are you in that pink sweater, now that is totally my jam! Gimme all the bright colors! But that tree is so super pretty, can't wait to see the rest!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm on Sunday at the game!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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  2. I so love pink and leopard too! That pink sweater is EVERYTHING. Now I am off to buy those Hot Cocoa Kisses! Hockey Guy loves hot chocolate and Kisses! Enjoy this time with your boys!

    Hugs,
    Patty

    GoodBetterBestFood.blogspot.com

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  3. Your tree looks fabulous and I'm glad they are going to fix the issue for you....next year haha! Love that hot pink sweater on you and I also bought those Hershey kisses and they are so good!!! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  4. LOVE that pink sweater- I may need to snag it- my favorite color- and I love how you paired it with leopard pumps- your outfits are always on point- LOVE the Starbucks story too- you have inspired me to do the same this week- have a great weekend Andrea!

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  5. Have fun with the boys home!!! (I know you will!) And have a blast at the game. We went to a game at Soldier Field a few years back, but it was in September and hotter than hot. I got a bit of a burn, but it was still worth it! Enjoy! xoxo

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  6. I SAW those Hersey Kisses in Target last night, but Alise wanted the Santa Hat ones more, so I got those instead. I am planning on ordering that pink sweater later this evening (I've got to get off this computer and get ready for work!). I LOVE it!! I am totally in to sweaters this year and usually, that's not me. Thank you again so much for my gift! I just absolutely love it! And I love you and hope that you are not frozen to death on Sunday night!!

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  7. Yay for paying it forward. What a warm festive tree!! Happy weekending, gorgeous!

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  8. SO many fun things again this week! I hope you have the best time at the game! The SNF games are late but enjoy!! Love the bright pink sweater, I'm with you I don't bring out my brights as much but I kind of want to now. Love the grey tray too! Your tree looks beautiful with those colors. Happy Friday!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  9. Your tree is beautiful! I might need that bright pink sweater! Layer up for the game this weekend and have the best time!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  10. So cool you got in a line of paying it forward at Starbucks! Enjoy your time with your college kids and try to stay warm at the game!

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  11. Well, first, love your philosospy and totally agree! Your tree is just beautiful and I'm thinking of going for a Balsam Hill after Christmas this year. I hear they are just the best. Enjoy your time in the windy city and bundle up and stay warm and I know you know how to do that. Happy weekend and yea for the boys coming home. Let the cooking begin!

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  12. Another fabulous round of outfits this week! You always look so cute. And I love your Starbucks story! Sounds like you live in a really great community!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  13. Oh how I love your outfits. I am going to have to keep my eyes open for those kisses. I love the Starbucks story and enjoy the football game!

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  14. SO many things to love about this post!! How exciting your boys are all coming home for Thanksgiving! You tree looks amazing and you look beautiful in your vibrant oink sweater.

    Have a wonderful weekend in Chicago, Gorgeous. Make sure you layer up!!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  15. The best thing about being an older parent is being excited when your kids come home for the holidays. Mine don't come home till tuesday and wednesday. I'm literally counting down the minutes! You are so in the holiday spirit. Love your Starbucks story and all your outfits.

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  16. So much to love in this post! Yay for boys home, football and Christmas trees! I love your starbucks story! I go to the Cc's (our local one) once a week and sadly I'm always the only one in line, I need to do that though! Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

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  17. So many great things in the post! Yay for one of your boys being home for 11 days!!! That's awesome! And for the other to be coming home soon, too! Those Kisses look delicious - I bet if you popped on in a mug of hot chocolate it would be extra yummy. That door mat is precious, and you gotta love those feel good pay it forward stories.

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  18. I am loving the holiday cups this year! That gray tray is awesome!! That doormat is super cute & I need those kisses in my life! Happy Friday!!

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  19. Yep, that gray tray is a winner. I have a white (chippyish) one in our guest room too. Love that. The pink sweater is beyond cute. OK, Balsam Hill is going to send a replacement section?! That is awesome. I bought a tree one year from Garden Ridge (now the Home Store) and when I got it out of the box one section wouldn't light up. I called the manufacturer and their solution was to send me lights...TO PUT ON MYSELF. UMMM NO THANKS. Why do you think I bought a pre-lit tree. Back in the box and back to the store it went. Took me about 7 more years to find one I liked. Those BH trees are high, but knowing they stand behind their product is awesome. Wow, I guess you struck a nerve. LOL. Don't freeze at the ballgame cutie!!! Happy weekend. XOXO

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  20. Your tree looks fabulous, Andrea!!!!I will get mine up this weekend! I cannot wait! Love ya!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  21. Love love love the colors of your tree. O bummer about the lights- glad they can ship you a new one even if it’s next year hahah. Your pink sweater is the cutest and I’m loving that tray set up. Great idea. The Starbucks story sooooo sweet. Love a good pay it forward! Enjoy your boys being home and stay warm at the game!

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  22. You're going to have the best time with the boys at home and how fun to go to the game this weekend! I hope you can stay warm. What a great find on that try and I love that you can use it all year. You look so pretty in that pink sweater! What a great Starbucks story! I love how the pay it forward kept going. Sierra Beautifully Candid

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  23. I'm working on wearing more brights and colors this winter...I feel like we need that even more when it's cold and dreary outside!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  24. So glad all your boys will be home - have a great weekend!

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  25. You look so good in pink! I nearly put my tree up but Cammy B stopped me and said, "No mom, that's for Thanksgiving!" I digressed. Enjoy your game, brrrrrr! Drink warm drinks! xo

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  26. That tree is gorgeous! We're only putting up a baby tree this year since we're spending the holidays back East, but goodness, trees are my favorite, too! And yay for the pay-it-forward spirit at Starbucks! Someone paid mine the other day, and it so made my day :) happy Friday, Andrea!

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  27. I love the holiday spirit. Paying it forward for Starbucks is such a great idea!!! I adore that pink sweater!!! I hope you have a great Friday and an amazing weekend!

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  28. Oh my gosh, I love that tray! it's so beautiful! The color is just perfect and everything is just so festive!

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  29. Ahhhh - I have no doubts you have paid for many in line at Starbucks & so glad you got blessed yourself!!!! & love when the RAOK keeps going. I was in McDonalds one morning & that happened & I paid for the person behind me & the cashier said, "This has been going on for 14 cars now" - HOW FUN IS THAT!!!!!
    I know you're going to love the next few days with your boys! Soak up every minute!!!

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  30. Yay for the boys coming home ! And.... envy over here!!!! I love football and the Bears are my favorite NFL team ! Have fun and too bad they moved it to later that’s near my bedtime too ! Andrea, our tree has been up for over a week and I’m addicted to trees too ! Lol love yours friend ! Happy weekend !

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  31. Oh those pom pom towels!!! Enjoy your time with the boys! Hugs!
    Lisa

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  32. Your tree turned out great despite the set backs. Very beautiful!

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  33. I have been looking high and low for those cocoa kisses; I know my middle son is just going to devour them. He tells me daily that his cocoa is like grammy's coffee; you just can't start the day without it.

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  34. I'm so glad someone bought your Starbucks drink for you. What comes around, goes around, right? I'll be looking for those special Kisses. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  35. Your tree looks so pretty!

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  36. I love that you are in the Christmas spirit already. Enjoy your family and stay warm (and beautiful) in Chicago.

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  37. Your blog just made me SO happy today! I love all the Christmas cheer in your decor and thank you for sharing that awesome Starbucks story!! Oh, and I just ordered that pink sweater thanks to you!! It had been in my cart and now I'm pulling the trigger!

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  38. How sweet about your Starbucks order and the fact that you passed it on! I can tell from reading your blog what a good heart you have! Love that pink sweater and your fab tree!!

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  39. You already have a tree? And not one but three? Fabulous! I can only Imagine how good you decorated your home! Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party!

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  40. I need that tray. And those kisses!!! You have looked so cute in all your sweaters all week! Tis the season! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  41. Aww, what a great pay it forward story! You are a genuinely sweet person...your mama raised you right! xoxo

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  42. You always look so darling and model-y, now wonder Draper James took notice of you. Such a sweet Starbucks story <3. I may have to try those Hershey kisses, usually I stay away from the speciality flavors.

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  43. I just pinned that grey tray, cuz I may need it eventually! Ha!! Aww! We just had our drinks paid for in the Starbucks line the other day and paid for the car behind us. I need to go back to 1 Starbucks a week, I took a week off from being good and went a little overboard with the holiday Starbucks selection! Ha, ha! I need to try those kisses!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  44. Your blog is definitely THE place to be for trees at Christmas! Lovely post flowing over with lovelyness. And coffee. What a lovely thought that is, maybe I should start going out for coffees and start the idea here. s
    Hugs my festive friend, x.

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  45. Pay It Forward stories make my heart happy. Your tree is beautiful. I'll have to look for those Cocoa Kisses in the store.

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  46. Great roundup dear! Your Christmas tree is sooo adorable!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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