friday favorites

Happy New Year! The girls went to bed way before midnight last night but Dustin and I stayed up camped out on the couch, watching a movie with popcorn in hand until the new year arrived. Real party animals, I tell ya. We've been cleaning and getting ready for a fresh start in 2016. I finally parted with my tree today and even though packing away all the ornaments and unstringing the lights is bittersweet, I love how open and clean and spacious our living room is. I love decorating for Christmas but there is something so wonderful about putting everything away and starting with a clean slate at the start of every new year!

Today I've rounded up a few of my favorite things for a Friday Favorites post. My 26th birthday is this month and Dustin surprised me with a mini shopping date to pick out a few fun pieces to kick off the month. We also recently revamped our entryway and I wanted to share one of my favorites pieces that went into it!

1 // I'm loving this 9-slot rustic wooden shelf we put up in our entry a few days ago, not only for it's overall look but for how practical it is. With little girls, we always have hats and mittens floating around and it's the perfect place to stash those random items you need every day on your way out the door! 

2 // I've been starting to think about planning Olivia's 3rd birthday and am always on the lookout for vintage cake + cupcake stands. With two little girls, you can never have too many. I love putting little ones like these gold-rimmed ones & these color-cut ones throughout our home for mini desserts, decor, on display in open shelving in the kitchen or even in our bathroom with soap & lotion on top!

3 // We had a really bright and colorful spoon rest for the past year but I loved the simplicity of this white one (above). A great price and changes the look to something fresh + clean for the new year! Bonus: there are the cutest matching measuring spoons, muffin pan & rolling pin! Just give me all the pretty kitchen accessories and I'm one happy camper.

4 // I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge potato fan...I absolutely love sweet potatoes and certainly, good ol' classic french fries paired with a cheeseburger, but other than that I'm typically not a fan. My husband & parents, on the other hand, love potatoes. So for some time now I've been on the hunt for a new way to serve them. These Crash Hot Potatoes by the one and only Pioneer Woman are so, so good. We add loads of rosemary and shredded parmesan to ours and they make a wonderful side dish to turkey (we had them on Christmas), steak or chicken. The best part? The next morning, you can bake them a second time or fry them in some olive or coconut oil and pair them alongside eggs for a hearty breakfast. Yum.

5 // We have been fans of Little Unicorn since I first got a summer poppy quilt for our Poppy and these new hooded towels they recently released are so darling. I can't wait to get one for each of the girls, since bath time around here is a daily highlight!

I hope 2016 is off to a wonderful start for each of you!! We have a low-key weekend ahead with hopefully a fun little DIY and lots more baby snuggles. XO

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