High Five For Friday!

It’s friday, once again, and time for another round-up of the top 5 moments of the week! I don’t have a lot of photos this week since I was traveling a lot, so you’ll have to use your imagination with me.

1. I joined my husband on a quick business trip to Erie, PA last week. Since we were leaving for Wisconsin on the 3rd AND I wanted to see my friend Kacia, I just went up with him, and we left together.
Erie is right on Lake Erie, and the water and beach areas are pretty expansive! I was impressed with all that they offered. We kayaked on Sunday morning, which was beautiful, and spent the rest of the time soaking in the lovely humidity-less 75 degrees. 

2.  I discovered this great little coffee shop called Coffee Culture in Erie. It’s slightly affiliated with LECOM, a local medical school, so there is a study section on one side and the coffee shop on the other. The service was top notch, and so was the coffee!

3. In pregnancy news, I’m feeling more and more like myself again. My energy has returned, though I’m still fighting a bit of morning sickness. Having nothing to compare this to (aka another pregnancy), I’d say I’m definitely not experiencing a “horrible pregnancy” (as far as illness goes), but it hasn’t been a walk in the park either! 
I’m looking very, very forward to the first time I feel the baby move. I’m guessing it will be anywhere between now and 22 weeks. 

4. My sister-in-law came to our family lake house in Wisconsin for the 4th of July. It was a last minute decision, but I’m so glad she came! 

5. We blew off some great fireworks last night and put on quite a show. For some reason, I’ve really developed a soft spot for the 4th of July over the years. I love the fireworks, food, and family time. 

If you are interested, I wrote about my top picks for the 5 Minute Face, tried to explain Texturizing Powders, and a few tips that you may want to learn for Summer Haircare at the pool/beach


  1. says

    I felt my first movements at around 16 weeks. I had been suspecting I felt something and my husband took me on the bumpiest golf cart ride ever, and as soon as I got off, I felt a sharp poke that I *knew* was baby. It’s been nonstop since and has been the best part of pregnancy! Hope your little one makes its presence known soon :)

  2. says

    You will live for feeling those little flutters! And they only get more amazing & strong. I’m currently 27 weeks, and I have to say it’s probably one of my favorite activities right now. And when baby is big enough for hubs to feel? Amazing.

  3. says

    I live in Wisconsin, too! Not sure your whereabouts, but there are many great coffee shops around the area. Off the Rail in Elkhart Lake, CopperRock in Appleton, and SolidGrounds in Fond du Lac :)

  4. says

    I live very close to LECOM and know that coffee shop well. If you’re ever in Erie again with hubby, check out “Picasso’s” near the mall. It’s in a strip beside Starbucks and has the best sandwiches and paninis I’ve ever had! (This is, of course, once you can eat sandwich meat again). Congratulations on your little one!

    • says

      She can eat sandwich meat. I assume this is in regards to a listeria risk? There is a higher chance of getting listeria from produce than from lunch meat. You don’t even have to heat it up, but if it makes you feel better, by all means. (And, let’s be honest…a grilled sandwich beats a cold one ANY day)


  5. says

    I love the 4th of July, too! Maybe it’s the fact that, in addition to family, it’s hot (instead of cold), you can grill, and there isn’t the pressure of gifts. And you can’t beat fireworks. Have a great weekend!!

  6. says

    I agree with you about the 4th of July! It is such a fun family day, celebrating our country! :)

    Libby @ livingwiththels.blogspot.com

  7. says

    My husband attended medical school there (at LECOM) and I lived there with him for 1 year. I loved how much the town has to offer!

  8. says

    Thanks for linking to your Babble articles. I find they’re about the only things I care to read on there and I don’t want to miss any.

  9. says

    That’s so great that you were able to join your husband in Erie and see Kacia! I’m just a week behind you in the pregnancy department and love feeling like myself again, second trimester really is quite lovely!

  10. says

    Erie?! Erie is about an hour North of us! We take our kids to Presque Isle all the time…small world!! Btw – I never comment (laziness, mostly) but I adore your blog. I’ve purchased many of your recommended hair/beauty products and try out lots of new hairstyles you’ve demo’d. You make it so easy with your tutorials!

    And congrats on the pregnancy – how exciting!!!

  11. says

    Can I just say, thank you for saying you were in Erie! I live about 30 minutes south… and I was in Target that Saturday! 😉 I told my husband that I was sure I saw you, but figured I was losing my mind! He keeps teasing me about being “star struck” now when I’m watching your tutorials :) Thanks for all the advice and great product references! I think you’re hilarious and I love your blog!

    • says

      I should have! Except, I had this bizarre vision playing in my head of me being like, “Oh my gosh- hi! I LOVE your blog! I can’t believe you’re HERE… in ERIE!” (in some bubble gum-chewing teenage girl voice – even though that’s not at all how I talk! LOL.) Plus, my two girls were being loud and obnoxious – in fact, you probably heard them! Haha! :)

  12. says

    Erie! I live in Erie! Grew up in Erie. And go to Coffee Culture all the time. Thanks for the Erie shout out :) We sometimes get a bad rap.

  13. says

    I’m currently 26 weeks and I want to pass along the #1 most helpful piece of information I’ve received this whole pregnancy:

    People kept telling me that baby kicks would feel like butterflies fluttering. Well, I never felt anything remotely butterfly-like, so I thought there was something wrong with me. One day, I was talking to my friend about this (she is a mother of 3) and she gave me her foolproof way of distinguishing baby movements (and, these are her exact words, btw): “If you feel like you have to poot, but you don’t poot, it was your baby moving!” At first I was like, that is ridiculous, but no, seriously, that’s what it feels like. So, next time you feel a little gassy, it might just be your baby moving! :)

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