Monday, February 26, 2018

No.88: Five February Favorites (A Link-Up & A Giveaway!)

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Welcome to the Five Favorites linkup!  Congratulations to Colleen, with January's winning post: Five Favorites and Two More Things.  Be sure to check below for this month's prize pack!  

These soft pretzel rolls are quickly becoming a weekend staple!  They have the perfect mix of crusty outside with soft, chewy inside.  Mark and I like to tuck in sharp cheddar cheese and ham while they're still warm.  The kids prefer to dip pieces in cinnamon sugar.  Either way, they're so delicious!

I've been in an exercise funk all winter, but the Nike Training Club app is finally changing that.  I downloaded it on my phone (it's free!) and started a super easy, four week beginner plan.  I like that the app demonstrates each move and the lady's voice is helpful and clear.  The beginner plan I'm doing includes a lot of stretching/mobility exercises, which has been great for my weird hip problems.  I also like that you can rate your workouts on difficulty and move workouts around based on your schedule.  I'm actually looking forward to exercising again - HUGE!

We've been kitchen table-less since we moved in last June.  It wasn't really a deal-breaker - we just ate all of our meals in the dining room - but I missed the convenience and not having to hear five bickering kids fight over four stools at the counter.  I had my eye on this table from World Market but couldn't justify the price.  I signed up to receive an email for any price updates and lo and behold, a few weeks later, the price went down 60%!!  So far, we've been impressed.  It's sturdy, cleans easily and will hopefully put up with years of use.  

Homeschooling or not, if you love books and love a deal, you have to check out Amy's Bookshelf!  She sells everything from picture books to homeschool curriculum and the prices are fair.  The buying process is simple and easy to understand and she has wonderful customer service.  I recently stayed up ridiculously late during one of her live book sales and came away with a dozen books for a little over $40.  Not thrift store prices, but close.  Such a steal.

He picked up this griddle on a whim a few weekends ago.  I was immediately resistant (did we really need another kitchen gadget/appliance?), but have since eaten my words - it's amazing!  We've made pancakes, omelettes, Ugandan rolexes, even grilled cheese sandwiches!  I never would have purchased it myself, but it's proven really handy, especially with a household of hungry kids.


A Peek into February's Prize Pack
The giveaway items I've chosen are a mix of some of my favorite things: etsy finds, vintage pieces and little bits picked up from various stores.  All have been purchased by me and nothing has been sponsored.  This incentive is to thank you for visiting here and linking up your posts.  It's my small way of showing you that your words are being heard!  I read every single entry and try to comment on or share a few (I wish I could do this for every one - not enough hours in the day!)  Here's how it works: every time you link up a blog or Instagram post, you get an entry.  The linkup will be open until Sunday, March 4th and I'll randomly pick a winner on March 5.

February's prizes include:
1 // Essie nail polish in Ballet Slipper

2 // Felt bookmark from Love Maude

3 // Vintage mug 

4 // Floral Thank You cards

5 // Geranium Soap from Honest Roots Farm

I can't wait to hear about what you're loving this month!  Here's what to do:
1. Write a blog post sharing about five of your favorite things.  You could also share a photo on Instagram too! (hashtag is #bwffivefavorites)  It can have a theme (ie: five of your favorite slow cooker recipes) or just a mishmash like I usually do.
2. Please link back to this post so your readers know where to find the Five Favorites hub (posts not mentioning "Five Favorites" or not linking back to this post will be subject to removal).
3. Not mandatory, but feel free to visit some of the other posts in the link-up!  Sharing and/or leaving a comment is even better.
4. Make sure to add a link to your specific post or Instagram picture, not just your blog address.
Thanks for linking up!


  1. Ah! We have a griddle that we use regularly for pancakes, but somehow I never thought to use it for grilled cheeses. Thank you for the insight. :)

    1. YES. So helpful when everybody wants to eat all at the same time. :)

  2. Hi Ashley, thanks for this post. I just love to see young women who so obviously love motherhood and homemaking. Keep up the great work <3

  3. I'm trying to figure out which of your faves is my favorite - the buns look super delicious, the Nike app looks awesome if they have stuff for out of shape beginners (!) and the book page sounds incredible. I want to check out all three. Plus, I am a little jealous of your table and griddle. And don't even get me started on how cute the items in your give away are!! Your posts never disappoint, my friend. :-)


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