FRIDAY FAVORITES....LEFT A PIECE OF MY HEART IN TEXAS

What a week this has been! Went from returning from Austin and missing my sweet friends to Mr. Nine also returning home from a business trip and going the longest we’ve ever gone without seeing each other to my sweet mom’s birthday and a crazy roller coaster of Customer Service at Balsam Hill...They contacted me after my Instagram rant but still haven't made it right....stay tuned for that one, lol.

1. My TEXAS CHICKS!!
Speaking of Austin, Texas did not disappoint in the least. I know you saw our T-shirt group photos from Wednesday but there are so many fabulous photos, but more importantly, so many fabulous memories and the majority of them including major belly laughs! These ladies are for sure five of my favorite people on the planet and now I ask myself what I ever did without them?! Definitely the biggest blessing from this blog journey is their friendship and support!

2. Mom's Birthday
My beautiful mom had a birthday on Tuesday. I was sad Mr. Nine and none of the boys could celebrate with us, but we had a lovely dinner. The BEST Crème brûlée
in the country. Lucky to have a 5-star restaurant 10 min down the road. One of her gifts was this darling Umbrella from Draper James. It says “Howdy” on it! Mom just loves umbrellas. Look how beautiful she is!
BUY THE UMBRELLA HERE


Give us all the yummy cocktails and desserts!

3. Week's Attire
Jeans HERE (my softest)

Shoes HERE & HERE // KS Necklace HERE

Sweater HERE ($11 and I LOVE it!) // Jeans HERE // Boots HERE

4. "The" Striped Sweater
This striped sweater is all over social media but there is a good reason for it. I truly feel it looks good on everyone, it’s such a great price and they have so many fabulous color blends! I think this one would be perfect for Thanksgiving! I showed you another color on Monday's Amazon Gift Idea's Post. And I could not resist an opportunity to show you my front porch one more time before all the pumpkins are pitched!


 Sweater HERE // Black Jeggings HERE // Hat HERE // Boots HERE // Similar Feather Necklace HERE

More Inspo


5. MISC FUN
POSTS OF THE WEEK



Gift's Galore 
Another thing my fabulous friends and I have in common is that we love to shower others with gifts! When we get together, it’s like Christmas! All these ladies have such fabulous taste and we get such a joy out of watching each other open all the fun! Here’s a sampling of some of the fun loot. And that Tumbler in the bottom right was gifted to us by Shelly and created by another Blogger friend you may know, Heather from My Glittery Heart from her Etsy store Oh My Glitter!!
BUY Custom TUMBLERS HERE

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies
It’s been a while since I made my Texas Sheet Cake cookies and this post made me think of them. They’re fabulous all year round but they’d actually be pretty good on holiday trays. This recipe is my second most viewed ever, and people email me all the time saying they’ve tried them which makes me happy, but one person commented that in the photo, they look like hamburger patties with gravy, lol. I assure you, they are melt in your mouth Texas sheet cake flavor but if you don’t believe me, just try them for yourself!
Recipe HERE 

Shelly's Meme's Chocolate Cookies
And another fabulous chocolatey recipe is Shelly’s Meme's Cookies pictured here and a highlighted sweet treat from our trip! I'll be adding these cookies to my Christmas Tray.
Recipe HERE

Come Back Monday for some WACO, Texas Fun . In the meantime, make it a great weekend! The tinsel, balls, decorations may will be coming out!

Linking up with  Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday
xoxo


37 comments:

  1. Aww, Andrea you are so sweet. Truly. I have a feeling you are a lot of people's favorites! And speaking of favorites, I love that sweater on you. The whole outfit looks edgy and fun - my favorites! ;)

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  2. Love reading about your girls' trips- all of your outfits are on point as always but this week, there is a little something extra! Have a great weekend Andrea :)

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  3. Happy belated birthday to your mom! Texas sounds like it was a blast and I am glad Mr. Nine is returning too. Have a lovely weekend!

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  4. What a week and yes, so many belly laughs! You girls are a blessing and an answered prayer for me! Love you long time friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  5. You had quite a week! I love that your tribe makes it a point to get together every year! Love hearing about your trip! Happy Birthday to your Mom! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  6. I loved seeing all of your fun trip pictures...I follow many of the other women as well! Happy Birthday to your beautiful mama!!

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  7. Happy Birthday to your beautiful mom and looks like you both had fun celebrating. It's wonderful that you have such nice blogging friends and that you all get together each year and so fun visiting Texas. Have a Happy Friday and weekend!

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  8. Happy Birthday to your mom! That umbrella is darling - and a definite attention and conversation started - so cute! Have a great weekend!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  9. Your mom looks stunning in red! And you ladies could not look any more vibrant and beautiful in your group photo. Can't wait to hear more about that trip. Eventually I'm getting a striped sweater! Maybe when it's under 80 for three days in a row I'll celebrate with that purchase!! LOL.

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  10. It looks like you had a wonderful time in my old home state. Thanks for making me drool, Andrea. Those sheetcake cookies look sinful! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Austin is such a fun place. Your trip looked like a blast! Happy Birthday to your beautiful mama! Love that striped sweater!! Happy Friday!

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  12. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I like the striped sweater a lot!

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  13. Your trip seriously look like so much fun. And happy birthday again to your mama! Your sweater is so cute. Those cookies look amazing. I haven't had any type of Texas sheet cake in the longest. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. Your last meme is soooo true! So much good stuff in this post! Happy Birthday to your beautiful momma, y'all are so cute! I love all the trip swag ans seriously need that striped sweater. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  15. Happy Birthday to your mom!! I am dying to hear all about Texas, mean while I will me making those cookies... they look amazing!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  16. A huge happy birthday to your gorgeous momma!!!!

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  17. What a FUN girls' trip to do!!! I love it! And your mom is gorgeous... HBD again to her. Hope your weekend is marvelous!

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  18. So glad you had a wonderful time in Texas! And happy birthday to your momma - she is stunning, and so is her daughter. :)

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  19. That sweater would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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  20. Your mama is just darling, and you two are beautiful together! I hope you have a fantastic weekend, and I obviously can't wait to see your whole abode all decked out!

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  21. It looks like you had a great time in Texas. Your mom is just the sweetest. Happy Birthday to her!

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  22. Happy Birthday to your sweet mom! I love the big batch of fun swag from the style six! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Texas is the best!

    Those cookies look amazing! and you look GORGEOUS as always. xoxoxo Sharon

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  24. Happy birthday to your sweet mom! You look so cute in that striped sweater and all your outfits look nice and cozy.

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  25. What a Friday Feast of Fabulousness you've given us today. Your incredibly pretty mum, yummy food pics, you lovely ladies in tour and then you looking stunning in stripes. Fab-u-lous. Thank you!
    Happy weekend hugs, Mary x.
    thepoutingpensioner.blogspot.com

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  26. This post could have been one of my Friday Favorites. I 100% agree with all of it. Happy weekend!! XOXO

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  27. Every single time I see on of our pics on our blogs or Insta, it makes me smile. So many precious memories with such wonderful ladies that I'm proud to call my Tribe! Have a great weekend, Love! Trying to get my Waco post out on Monday, too!

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  28. Cannot wait for a recap of y'alls' great meet up. Need to try those cookies for consideration for our Christmas cookie tray. I am sure I will love them...chocolate! Missed your Insta 'discussion' about the Balsam Hill issue. But have a tab open to learn what they sell, looks like artificial trees? Hope you get some resolution. Happy birthday to your beautiful mom. She carries that umbrella well.

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  29. I had so much fun following you along on your Texas adventure. I cant wait to meet up with you in Gatlinburg! Your sweet mama, she is absolutely gorgeous! Creme brulee is mine and Chris's favorite thing to order for special occasions. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  30. It's not surprising how gorgeous you are looking at your mum - she's stunning too! What a lovely time you had with her and also with the other bloggers. That must have been super enjoyable. Jacqui x

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  31. Your mom is gorgeous! And I love Texas Sheet Cake so I'll definitely have to try your cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Girlfriends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life and you showcase it so perfectly Andrea!!
    And a wonderful happy birthday to you mom!! She's as beautiful as you are.
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  33. You all are seriously the cutest, and I am so glad you had such a wonderful and special time! I just love that you all get together! Your mom is so sweet! How fun to celebrate her. I love that striped sweater at the end.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  34. Oh yum both cookies look so good! I like cookies most of the year but I really make a lot more at Christmas time! :) That striped knit is so cute on you too! happy belated birthday to your mum.

    Hope that you had a great weekend! We had our annual family photo with Santa for our Christmas cards on Saturday and then a playdate in the park on Sunday :)

    Away From Blue

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  35. Oh, I thought of you girlies last week and knew you were having an awesome time. I do love that sweater but am going to try and resist getting it as I have sweaters for days. But, having one more wouldn't hurt would it? :o)) I've got to go back and read about your issue with Balsam Hill, they are generally such a great company to do business with. Have a great week dearie!

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  36. You ladies all shine from within! You are all so gorgeous from the inside out! I've enjoyed reading all of your posts from your time together! Happy birthday to your mom! She is fabulous!

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  37. That striped sweater outfit is just so precious on you!! Your sweet momma looks so happy. So glad y'all were able to have a sweet day to celebrate.

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