friday favorites

Happy Friday! It's been a little extra quiet around here as I've been feeling less than 100% off and on for the last few weeks and seem to spend my "free" time (can we even call it that as Moms?!) resting and playing with the girls. Spring allergies mixed with other random stuff but thankfully everyone else has stayed totally healthy and I am so grateful for that!!

That being said, we are so excited for a fun Easter weekend ahead. Last night we went on a double date with some friends of ours out for the most delicious authentic Italian food. Dustin has today off so we planned a little date day while my Mama watches the girls, then getting a few errands done since we're hosting on Sunday and having a low key dinner at home tonight before we catch up on a few of our favorite shows! Tomorrow we have my best friend's older son's birthday party and then Sunday is of course Easter. Last Easter I was 16 weeks pregnant with Penelope and am so thankful to have her here with us this year! It's amazing how much can change in a year!

I've rounded up a few Friday Favorites to kick your weekend off!

1 // If you follow on me on instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek yesterday at my new favorite bag for Spring (and all year round!!), the Day Bag II from Nena & Co. I use it as a diaper bag & absolutely love it; the generous size is perfect for fitting everything in it for both Olivia and Penelope plus a few things of my own. My wardrobe basically consists of black + gray (anyone else?!) so this bag is a beautiful pop of color with all my outfits; all the textiles at Nena & Co are hand woven in Guatemala by Mayan artisans and then assembled in Utah. The story each bag tells and the history it holds is incredible and if you want to win your own, stay tuned for a feature & giveaway coming in April!

2 // Throughout 2016 I'll be sharing my favorite children's books under the hashtag #BlessedNestLitList on IG and this is one we've been reading a lot lately. I mentioned last week that Olivia absolutely loves letters and spelling and this ABC book, Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White is the sweetest. In addition to letters it's a great way to teach your child the months of the year and about different seasons. Plus it looks darling on a front-facing bookshelf in any child's room or a nursery.

3 // For awhile now I've been on the hunt for a backpack for Olivia that was big enough to hold a few of her essentials (her stuffed animals, blankets, water bottle, books and other random toys she wants to throw in...) but I wanted one in a sophisticated pattern (aka floral) and made from material other than plastic. I stumbled upon this one on Amazon randomly last week and took a chance. I was going to use it as her Easter "basket" instead of her traditional basket but she managed to get her hands on it before I could hide it in our closet so I decided to just let her have it early. #CantWinThemAll :) I love the overall size and even though she's only 3, it's actually a great fit on her. It comes in a variety of patterns and is pretty inexpensive! I adjusted the straps to be as tight as they go and they're perfect, so it's something she can not only use + wear now but grow in to and use next fall in preschool and eventually Kindergarten too. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though, I'm not in any rush for that.

4 // Old Navy has had some pretty great shoes lately for toddlers and if there is anything Olivia gets excited about getting in the mail, it's definitely new shoes. I recently got her these when they were 50% off and she loves them. They're perfect for Spring and so cute no matter what you pair them with, but especially skinny jeans. I also have my eye on these colorblock sandals and they come in a handful of colors!!

5 // Last but not least, babies in bonnets are just my favorite, especially bonnets with pom poms. And especially when the baby is mine. This bonnet is from Links & Co and you can win your own in your choice of colors today by heading to my instagram @blessednestblog.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating the resurrection of our Savior!!

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