Friday, April 8, 2016

Five Loves on Friday


Happy Friday, friends!  That's right, it's Five Loves time!  Let's do this! ...

One  //  Date Night!

My in-laws invited the girls to come out and stay with them on Friday which gave Jason and I a delightful, and of course, delicious, date night!

We used a bogo entree coupon from Ruby Tuesday to throw a party for our taste buds!  We got our order Tue-go and cozied up for a fantastic couple's night in! 

Thai Phoon Shrimp // Triple Prime Smokehouse Burger // Cajan Jambalaya Pasta // Ultimate Chocolate Cake 

Date night is always a great night!  We laughed, lounged, and loved every bit of our refreshing one on one time together!  

Two  //  Gathering with Family

Saturday evening we headed out to Jason's parents' place to pick up the girls and enjoy an evening of family time.  We were greeted by my grill master father-in-law asking how we'd like our steaks and the sweet sight of our the girls playing with their cousins in the yard.  What a lovely way to start a night!  

My in-laws have made several updates to their home since our last visit, each of which turned out beautifully!  My mother-in-law has such fantastic style, an eye for a bargain, and is super skilled with DIY projects.  It was wonderful to see how well everything had come together!  

Before long, those perfectly grilled steaks hit the table and we gathered around to enjoy the scrumptious spread before us and our fabulous family beside us.

The only thing that rivaled the meal for the best part of the night was having the chance to sit outside with my mother-in-law and catch up in the peaceful setting of a cool, clear evening in the countryside!  It was a beautiful evening together!

Three  //  Lunching at the Lake

Now that spring has sprung I can't resist the pull of spending as much free time as possible at the lake!  Saturday and Sunday were cold and breezy, but that didn't stop us from (in-car) picnicking by the water both days!  

Four  //  Family Movie Night!

As you may have noticed my family is a bit (okay, A LOT) Star Wars obsessed!  So, we had an excellent excuse to order pizza and pop some popcorn this week!  Speaking of Star Wars, have you seen the Rogue One teaser trailer that was released yesterday?  Looks like it's gonna be a good one!

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Five  //  Walmart Spring Beauty Box

I love a good subscription box and my Walmart Spring Beauty Box was just that!  If you haven't heard about Walmart's beauty boxes, they offer a seasonal subscription for $5/box.  They include several sample sizes (or as I like to think of it "purse-sized" items),  typically one full size product such as lipstick or nail polish, and a few coupons.  For $5 I was really happy to receive so many items that I'll actually use!  Plus, sunscreen leads my thoughts to summer which always puts a smile on my face!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Wishing you a beautiful upcoming weekend!

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  1. Happy Friday, Brenda! Your date night sounds AWESOME!!!! And that beauty box is filled with such useful items! Can't believe it's spring where you are! It is FREEZING here!!!

  2. Date night, family time x2, picnicking, and useful items on the cheap? Sounds like a great week to me!!!

  3. That chocolate cake from Ruby Tuesdays looks AMAZING!!! Yum!!

  4. Oh taste buds are tingling this morn, I swear you ave the BEST food pics!! I did not know Wal-mart had a beauty box, I would so use all that stuff. We LOVE Star Wars too, so excited!! You had a fabulous week and I hope it continues right into the weekend gorgeous!!

  5. wow that beauty box looks amazing and date nights are SO the best! so glad i found your blog through the link up! hope you'll stop by mine! happy friday dear!

  6. That Walmart box looks great!! I haven't been to a Ruby Tuesday's since college but they were always fun!! Chris worked at one when he first graduated from college too. :-) I'm glad that you had a fun date night and a fun dinner with your in-laws. It sounds like you and your mother-in-law are close too, that is great. I wish that I had that. Anyway... I hope that you and your family have a wonderful weekend friend!! :-)

  7. Aahhh I hadn't watched the trailer yet - it looks soooo good! I bought The Force Awakens yesterday and cannot WAIT to see it again (confession: we saw it 3 times in the theater haha). Your date night looks sooo good - especially that cake. I feel like it's been forever since I stopped by your blog, so I'm glad to hear you're doing well! Have a great weekend, friend!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  8. I'm so glad you and the hubs enjoyed a fun date night! That food looks delicious! That beauty box looks fabulous! Such a good deal for $5! Happy Friday! xo

  9. My son is obsessed with Star Wars too! I think we own every Life Saber that Target sells, LOL! We are heading to Disney in May and he is dying to try the Jedi training. Happy Friday!

  10. Happy Friday! That spread from Ruby Tuesday looks delicious! I LOVE their salad bar. Were you able to do the salad bar to go? And as I scroll through your post, all this yummy food is making my mouth water! We need to check out the new Star Wars. How was it? Enjoy your weekend, Brenda!

  11. Lunch at the lake looks like a beautiful time! I also want that chocolate cake from your date night. Mmmmm.

    Stopping over from the link up. Would love if you hopped by my blog too! Happy Friday!

  12. I am waiting for my beauty box. I got an e-mail that it's shipped but hasn't arrived yet. I'm jealous of all your delicious date nights! You guys are always eating such great looking food! Have a great weekend!

  13. I've heard so many good things about the beauty box - I need to check it out!

  14. A picnic by the lake sounds like a great way to spend the weekend! We are still waiting for Spring to show its face here in Chicagoland! Your day night spread looks so yummy! Have a great weekend, Brenda! 😊

  15. Nom nom nom all that food has my mouth watering! Yay for date nights, and family time, and good Walmart Boxes! Is it too late to get this one!?!?! Have a great weekend, lovely lady! xo Amanda

  16. What a sweet surprise from your in-laws!! Taking the kiddos AND then cooking a delicious dinner the next night. What a delight! And love those things in your WalMart box. The Neutrogena lip crayon is great AND that foundation is my favorite drugstore foundation. So great!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea


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