Chatting Over Chocolate

Friday, May 19, 2017

Five Loves on Friday // Mother's Day Bliss, Fashionable Mail, & Kate Spade Sale!


Happy Friday, friends!  I hope y'all enjoyed a fantastic week!  I'm giddy over the goodness I have to share with you today!  Mother's Day weekend was hands down the best weekend so far this year!  Let's go ahead and get to that goodness, shall we?


One  //  Sweetest of Saturdays

Jason spoils me so!  He made Mother's Day a weekend long celebration!  We kicked it off with my choice of brunch at the lake!

This, my friends, is seriously the best breakfast sandwich I think I've ever eaten!  The next time you hit Panera during breakfast hours I highly recommend their Asiago Bacon, Egg, and Cheese! YUM!


As soon as we finished our brunchiliciousness we drove over to the farmer's market.  I just love the setting and atmosphere!  It makes it so much fun to browse around at the goodies there!






Exploring New-to-Me Passageways
Friends of ours own a photography business with a prime downtown location.  We decided to pop by their studio while in the area.  Unfortunately it was closed, but I was still pretty excited as it lead us to and through this stunning passageway! 



How gorgeous is this space for shopping and dining? 











Afterward we enjoyed a sweet Saturday stroll ...


... and made a new fine feathered friend along the way!

This is no ugly duckling!  Such a cutie!


That afternoon we visited my parents in early celebration of Mother's Day and exchanged a few gifts.  It was so nice to enjoy a chat out in the sunshine and get sappy about how much we love and appreciate each other!



A few more spins of the clock later we headed to the park for some kite flying fun and a nice lit'l walk & talk...



Little One flying the ducky kite she chose as a souvenir from a San Francisco toy shop.



As you can tell, my girls and I have a good ol' time together!


Two  //  Mother's Day 2017 

Any day that starts with chocolate in bed is bound to be a fantastic one!



Mother's Day was absolutely beautiful!  My wish for the afternoon was family time at the park and it couldn't have been any more perfect!  We spread out a picnic blanket and enjoyed such a lovely time!  Princess and I played a few games of checkers while Jason and Little One flew kites. (His stunt kite is so much fun to watch to watch!)  The girls sketched while I lounged against a tree with a magazine.  We finished it off with a family game of Disney UNO.  It was pure, relaxing bliss!  I could use more afternoons like that in my life!




For linner (lunch/dinner) I chose NY style pizza.  We had to park quite a ways away from the pizzeria as it's in a popular area downtown, but that worked out to be super fun as our parking spot was right smack dab in front of a huge candy store we'd never been to!  Jason smiled, handed me some cash and told Little One and I to have fun shopping while he and Princess walked to pick up the pizza ...and fun we had!


We left with a bunch of salt water taffy, a pretty pink package of Almond Roca, and a couple red velvet Oreo pops!



Cheesy NY style deliciousness! Mmm!


Three  //  Thoughtful Gifty Goodness

Look at what Princess made me for Mother's Day!  I couldn't have possibly received a more beautiful gift featuring a scene from my Disney animated favorite, Aladdin!

I'm the proud mom of a talented artist!


I don't know that it's traditional for mothers to give their daughters Mother's Day gifts, but mine does!  Look at all this cuteness my parents gave me! ...


Also, there may be a Disney Store package on its way to me from my family (but chosen by me - ha)!  You know I'll be sharing that soon!


Four  //  Fashionable Snail Mail Ahead


I have this thing for beautiful stamps to put on cute snail mail!  When I saw this prettiness I had to order them immediately!  *You can find them from USPS here.


Five  //  Kate Spade Surprise Sale

I would wait to share this as a favorite when it arrives (as it's sure to be a favorite), but I thought some of you may not know about the sale.  You know I love to share a good sale and Kate Spade is hosting one!  It's a Surprise 75% off sale!  I was having an "add everything pretty to the cart" kinda day yesterday, but I managed to narrow it down to the one bit of loveliness I simply couldn't resist!


I mean, it's a bow and it's pink & gold!  Plus, 75% off!  Couldn't pass on that!

Fun and fancy!  I can hardly wait to wear it!

You can find this and much more at http://surprise.katespade.com I believe it ends tonight, so shop fast! ;)

*BONUS LOVE*
Encouragement

I'd just like to take a "keeping it real" opportunity here and remind you, sweet readers and cherished friends, that this is a Friday favorites post.  It highlights all the highlights of my week.  I don't ever want to paint the picture that my life is ALL sunshine and strolls in the park.  Each of us face stressful situations and troubles in life.  I am absolutely no exception to that.  

Last night my husband shared an article with me that we both found incredibly encouraging.  As Christians it's invaluable to know/remember that God works all things together for His purposes and ultimately for His glory.  For fellow believers who may be facing a trial right now (or inevitably will down the road, we all do), I'd like to pass this on to you today as well.  I pray it'll help you face trials with a biblical perspective, which makes all the difference!




Thanks for popping by the blog today!  Wishing you a beautiful upcoming weekend!




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11 comments:

  1. Oh my heaven B - extended Mama day, delicious food (especially that breakfast sandwich) farmers market, baby duck AND kate space? I love it all! Enjoy yalls weekend! Xo

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  2. The area for your farmers market is so pretty! And those passage ways... gorgeous!!! Hope you enjoy your weekend! :)

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  3. I am so happy you had such a nice Mother's Day weekend and so much fun with the girls! Brunch at the lake sounds perfect. That passageway you found is so adorable, I would be taking pics there all the time. Loving your new necklace too! Have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

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  4. Between the pizza and the breakfast sandwich I'm now drooling! Your mother's day looked so perfect. That's the best way to spend a day with family!

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  5. What a great Mother's Day weekend you had! Can you believe that as much as I love Panera, I've never been for breakfast! How fun finding new-to-you places near where you live! That candy store could be very dangerous for me! And I'm loving those Oscar de la Renta stamps! I don't send a lot of mail, but I never get the plain flags! I'm always asking what designs they have! LOL! Not sure they'll have those at my local post office though! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  6. I'm SO glad you had such a marvelous Mother's WEEKEND! So much fun and beauty to take in ALL around us! I absolutely LOVE that article, and I love that you are REAL in admitting that these highlights aren't the only things that happened this week! We all have struggles that don't show to others. I love the statement in the article that mentions trials being God's school of character. It puts a different perspective on things. Thank you for sharing, and tell Jason thanks for sharing with you so that you were able to share with the rest of us! Love you!!!

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  7. Your Mother's day weekend looked amazing! They have a Disney version of UNO? How did I not know about this? It's my little one's new favorite game and I wish I knew they had a Disney version! What a way to start Mother's Day with breakfast in bed and that pastry looks so delicious! Glad you had a great day with your family. I love Kate Spade and I love the necklace. I'll have to go check out the site. Have a good weekend, Brenda!

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  8. Oh what an absolutely amazing Mothers Day weekend. So glad you had such a great one, you really deserve it sweet friend. I REALLY need to send some snail mail but I am wanting some new summery stationary first. Guess I better head to Target!

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  9. That passageway is so pretty! Love all the plants! And it sounds like you really had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! :)

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  10. Wow such pretty scenery, yummy food, and what an adorable little duck!!!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  11. That sounds like a great weekend.
    I love those narrow little alleys.
    The Kate Spade necklace is so pretty.

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