5 on friday - the happy edition

It is, for all intents and purposes, a swampy and disgusting day here in NNY. I'm seriously hoping this humidity breaks this weekend because it feels like I'm stepping into a sauna every time I open the back door. But, it's Friday, and for that I'll be eternally grateful. Today, I'm linking up with Meet at the Barre for  Friday Favorites.  

1 // GoFundMe...I'm shamelessly putting this out to the world. As you probably already know, I'm running the Chicago Marathon on October 8. This is my first marathon, and I'm running in honor and support of Fort Drum's homecoming troops. As such, I started a GoFundMe, and I've been so touched by everyone's generosity thus far. There's still a little time to raise funds, all of which will go welcome home baskets for our single soldiers, a celebration of their service overseas and refreshments for the various homecoming events. If you have it in your heart to share this little campaign or donate, it would be SO appreciated!

2 // Hand Lettering - I've been working on some hand-lettering lately because I needed some sort of stress-reliever, and this is a little bit of all of that for me. Plus, it really helps with the whole slightly-OCD thing, and I get to be creative on the side. If you haven't tried it, it's worth a shot! I bought this book to learn more, and I use a few online tutorials.

3 // Beach days - As summer winds down, I find myself craving more and more sunshine - probably because I know this has the chance of being an epic North Country winter. We're heading back to Southwick Beach on Sunday, and I can't wait to spend the day in the sun and the water with my little men. 

4 // Riley Grace Boutique - My sisters found this gem on Facebook. It's a closed group where they sell some of the cutest clothes at cheaper-than-boutique prices. Since I've lost a bunch of weight through running this summer, I've required pretty much an entirely new wardrobe. Needless to say, you know you've bought a few things when your deployed husband asks what the heck Riley Grace is.

5 // Bondi Band - I'm so excited to announce that I'm Bondi Band's newest brand ambassador! I discovered their products about 8 months ago when I was looking for a moisture-wicking headband for running. Since then, I've been happily obsessed with their products and never run without them.  They reached out after seeing my share their goods for months, and they asked if I was interested. I'll have more details on this soon (including a discount code!), but check them out...they're amazing!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


  1. I love hand lettering! So pretty! We went to the beach in early summer before the 100 degree weather came, and it was so nice! I love it in the fall too :) Have a great weekend!

  2. I wish I could hand letter!!! My writing is not the best. I am so with you being over this humidity. It is awful!!! Congrats on teaming up with Bondi Band! I won one a few years back and loved it! Have a great weekend!

  3. Little know fact about me, I do calligraphy, have since 6th grade. I live so close to Chi town, I should come see you run!! Happy weekend pretty mama!!

  4. Yay for running the marathon. You are going to rock it! I love the lettering. I have no patience for it though.

  5. Yay for your new endeavor with Bondi Bands. I love to try to do lettering and I should really get a book. I do calligraphy too and have done wedding invitations in the past for people and did ours. I love your "Abs are great but have you tried donuts" shirt. ❤️😂It's perfect!!!

  6. Hand lettering sounds fun! Ooh, I totally need some headbands for running - my fringe is always stuck to my forehead w all the lovely sweat. HA. So congrats on being a Bondi Band ambassador!!