Friday Favorites: (Another) Bedroom Update, Sports Bras, Pillows, Blizzard Cake & An Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Happy Friday!

1.  You all are going to be sick of me going on and on about my bedroom by the time it is actually complete, but I can't stop because I just love it!  As I said on Monday, throughout the weekend I was having a love / hate relationship with the paint color.  In some lights I loved it so much, and in others I was worried it looked a little periwinkle (pretty, but not the color I was going for).  Well, as the week has gone on, all negative feelings about it have disappeared and I love it more and more each day.  

And not only that, but the new bed is SO comfortable.  It's been a struggle to get up each morning.  The mattress is so comfortable, and the sheets feel so luxurious.  I didn't realize how much of a difference both the new mattress and the new sheets would make.  But trust me, it is like night and day!

While a lot has been done, there are still a few more big things coming in - namely the nightstands and dresser.  I am set to get those delivered next Saturday.  I went with the Flynnter nightstands and dresser from Ashley Furniture.  I got them for a really good price (more about that on Monday), and cannot wait for them to arrive.  I do plan to update the hardware to black knobs, instead of the silver it comes with.  I absolutely love the black handles I did in the kitchen (post here), and I think in my bedroom it will help tie in the black curtain rods and any black accessory I bring into the room.  Once they arrive, then it will be time to figure out the little details to tie the room together - lamps, wall hangings - all that fun stuff!

2.  I saw Natalie's Amazon Fashion Finds on Monday, and couldn't order the sports bras she recommended fast enough.  It's embarrassing how long I have had some of mine.  I have added some new ones to my collection in the past few years, but I still have some old ones that probably just need to get pitched.  I always hate buying them, though, because I feel like they can be so expensive.  And they just aren't something I enjoy spending my money on, if that makes sense.  But, with these from Amazon, you get 4 for $28!  I feel like that is quite the deal!  

And, as I was buying these, Amazon also recommended these strappy back sports bras.  I have this style in a different brand, and really love it.  You can get 3 for $22, which is another great deal.  I haven't bought them myself, so I can't speak to the quality, but if you are in the market, I'd say for $22 for 3, it is worth a try!  And perfect to wear if you have any of those fun tops that have the cut outs in the back!

3.  The past few weeks I have felt like my living room needed a little change.  Ever since I got my blue chairs, I feel like my pillow game has been a bit lacking.  The orange plaid has felt a little blah, and I wanted to bring in some darker blues to pop a bit more and to help tie everything together.  I ended up ordering these blue striped grainsack pillows and these blue jacquard pillows from Pottery Barn.  The jacquard pillows won't be arriving until April, but I should be getting the grainsack pillows any day now.  My plan for the couch is to have both of the darker blue pillows, one light blue, one grainsack, and then the lumbar pillow I currently have.  For the chairs, I plan to do one chair with the light blue pillow, and one chair with the grainsack pillow.  My chairs are the smaller ones, part of their apartment line, but I kind of love the way the pillows look oversized on them.  The cream pillow I originally had on one chair is so neutral, it can really go anywhere.  And it will probably end up in my bedroom, once I found a little chair for the corner I like.  I do plan to share pictures once I get all the pillows in, but I am just too excited about them to wait, haha!

And just a few things about buying from Pottery Barn.  If you do credit cards, I really like the PB card.  You earn rewards, which then turn into cash you can use at the store.  They also will send you additional coupons / rewards if you are a cardholder.  I think it's worth it if you shop there frequently, or are planning on making a big purchase.  Also, they have sales quite often so it's worth while to check throughout the week to see if you can get any type of discount.  That being said, if you are looking at seasonal items, those tend to go fast so you if you feel it is something you must have, then it might be worth it to just pay full price.  But, they do normally have those items on sale early on, if you plan ahead.  Just a few tricks I have learned from shopping there, because let's be real, it can be expensive!

4.  I kept the birthday celebrations going this week with a mini blizzard cake.  I just love ice cream cake, and it hadn't worked out the week before to get it, so it was a nice treat this week!

5.  I wanted to share one of my favorite easy weeknight meals.  This meal always tastes good, and it pretty easy to pull together.  The star of the show?  Oven Fry.  It's sooooo delicious.  I use it with pork, and it always turns out so well.  You just dip the pork in egg, dredge it in the Oven Fry, and then bake.  I pair it with roasted potatoes - cut into bite size pieces, tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder, then baked - same time and temp as the pork.  I put them on two separate rimmed baking sheets, lined with foil for easy clean up, and dinner is done in about 20 minutes.  For the veggie, I throw together a quick Caesar salad while everything is baking.  So good, and so easy!

That's all I have for today - hope you all have a great weekend!
Linking up with WhitneyErika and Andrea.


  1. Your little house is just coming together perfectly! And yes...a new mattress always makes such a huge difference!

  2. The color pops so much with all the bedding. Love the bedframe. Girl its just all coming together so nicely.

  3. I'm so glad to hear that you're loving your new bed. I'm always so scared when we get a new mattress or when we have to stay at a hotel or condo because I'm soooo picky about beds. My Momma used to call me "The Princess and the Pea." Ha! I can't wait to see everything come together with the new night stands! EEK! Did you figure out what to put in them yet?! LOL

  4. I love Blizzard cakes. So good. Loving the new additions to your bedroom. That room is going to be so cozy and perfect.

  5. I love how bright your bedroom is!

  6. Love the room & the dressers you chose!

  7. I still love your bedroom!!!! You can talk about it all the time!