Friday Favorites

WAHOO for the weekend!

I’m happy to see the weekend arrive.  We have fun plans on the weekend horizon-Valentine’s Dance, my parents are coming to visit, NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, and that’s just a bit of the fun!

It’s Friday, which means I’ve teamed up with Andrea and Narci to share my Friday Favorites.  Each Friday we invite you to join us and share your favorites as well.  Simply link up to the blog post where you’re highlighting your faves and voila!

Book Review:

Oh my goodness!  This book…whoa!  If you like those thrillers like Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, etc., then THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!  About halfway through the book you learn something and I was in complete shock.  I couldn’t put this one down.  Be warned-it’s definitely rated “R”.


Favorite Product:

I’ve mentioned these glasses a few times, but I think they deserve their own little spotlight.  I’ve shared before that my name is Erika and sometimes I have trouble keeping up with things.  Like my debit card, car keys, and such.  I KNOW there’s NO WAY I’d be able to keep up with a pair of sunglasses I spent more than $20 on and that would stress me right out!  So, I sport these sunglasses all summer long.  If {let’s be real-WHEN} I lose them, it’s not a big deal.

For the upcoming spring/summer I purchased four different pairs of sunglasses and spent less than $60.  Now is the time to stock up!


Celebrity Big Brother:

Please note…this is NOT a FAVORITE, but I want to hear if you’re watching.  Are YOU?  I know a lot of you are Big Brother fans, but WHAT do you think of this season?  I’m a few episodes behind, but I’m currently having that feeling of your most favorite movie ever making a sequel and the sequel falling FLAT!!  Anyone else?  I’m hoping after a few more episodes I won’t feel like that!



Who knew the half pipe was gonna be my favorite Olympic sport to date?  A sweet reader sent me this graphic and I could NOT stop laughing.  This was me earlier this week.  I mean Chloe Kim AND Shaun White!  Were you watching??!


Valentine’s Day:

Yesterday, the littles and I went to the big kiddos’ school for Valentine’s Day parties.  Our first stop was Nixon’s class.  This crazy kiddo LOVES this girl so much.

After hanging with Nixon for a bit, we did a little switcharoo and then joined Ebby Lee at her class party.

Wednesdays are our busy sports’ night with practices and such.  I was fully expecting to eat at different times and whip up a quick dinner, but my valentine picked us all up for a quick meal out.  I chose La Madeline because three words-CHICKEN CAESAR SANDWICH.  The sandwich is basically a chicken caesar salad ON the most delicious bread. Can you tell I’m a fan?  And since it was Valentine’s Day, I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt about eating it.

A picture with 4/5 of my valentines. 🙂

I shared this on Instagram {you can follow me at slaughteren} on Wednesday night, “One year ago today, I opened up an email with the file for this precious baby. Her file told a story of such a brave girl.  I remember thinking as I stared at her little face that her eyes were missing something. There just wasn’t a sparkle. But a year later I now know it was love. This precious baby was missing the love only a family can give. It’s safe to say her sparkle is now present and it’s here to stay. This special day of love has a double meaning for our family of six.”

Hope you have the BEST weekend!  Since the kiddos are out of school on Monday, I’m gonna take a vacation day myself.  See you back here on Tuesday for Tuesday Talk!


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  1. 2.15.18
    Ann said:

    Um…isn’t today Thursday??

  2. 2.15.18
    Karlene said:

    I kept reading the title of your post and thinking – is it really Friday? You had me worried for a little. Hope you have a great long weekend with your family! I enjoy reading about you all and your journey with adoption!

  3. 2.16.18
    Bethany @ Our 4 Sons Plus 1...Super Cute Girly Girl said:

    Love hearing updates about your adoption! I can relate to what you wrote exactly, amazing what the love of a family can do. Such a little sweetheart! Have a super weekend. 🙂

  4. 2.16.18
    Unknown said:

    Figure skating has always been my favorite winter olympic sport to watch. I suppose it's because as a child, I always did ballet. So I loved anything that was similar. I was always so amazed at how beautiful figure skating was. I couldn't have cared less about the other sports. Congrats to one year with your little girl! I'm so glad you all can give her a loving family!


  5. 2.16.18
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I love how proud Nixon is of Miss Britt. SO SWEET. And HECK YES to all of the BP sunglasses! I got 2 pair last year and got so many compliments on both of them!!!

  6. 2.16.18
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh Britt!!!!!! That last picture of her is just soooooo precious!!!

  7. 2.16.18
    Anonymous said:

    That pic of Nixon with Britt is absolutely adorable!! Happy Friday!!

  8. 2.16.18
    Simple Purposeful Living said:

    Well I choked up reading about Britt. I am both anxious and nervous about getting the file referral this summer! xoxo ERIN

  9. 2.16.18
    Mrs. U said:

    Hi!!!! Fellow China adopt mom here!! Wanted to say Happy Chinese New Year!!! 🙂

    Mrs. U

  10. 2.16.18
    brookerichardson said:

    I’m having a hard time getting into Celebrity big brother Whah…….

  11. 2.16.18
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I'm with you Celebrity Big Brother. Total snore. Boo. 🙁 But oh my gosh…I had no idea we didn't have school Monday!! That just made my day so much better!!! That Inspired Chick

  12. 2.16.18
    Unknown said:

    Could you link to the specific sunglasses you have on in this pic? I don't see them on the website. Thanks!!

  13. 2.16.18
    Anonymous said:

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  14. 2.16.18
    Unknown said:

    Could you link to the specific sunglasses you have on in this pic? I don't see them on the website. Thanks!!

  15. 2.16.18
    MarilynsTreats said:

    Thank you for being so supportive of other bloggers. I think parties are the best social media strategy around!! Thank you for hosting. I linked my Meatless Meals Collection, my Donut Collection and healthy Polish Paczki for Fat Tuesday. I hope you enjoy them! Have a happy week! #OverTheMoon #WWBlogHop #ThursdayFavoriteThings

  16. 2.16.18
    Janelle said:

    Sure did just go to La Madeline and get that sandwich. It's always a favorite!!

  17. 2.16.18
    Joanne said:

    I read two really great books this week– The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and Neighborly by Ellie Monago. I could not put either one of them down. I just love books like that!

  18. 2.20.18
    Kimberly said:

    Where did you get your sweater from that you were wearing for Valentine's day festivities? It looks so comfy but classy.

  19. 3.1.18
    Terra Heck said:

    Britt's eyes definitely sparkle! She's got a wonderful family.
    Thanks for posting about that book. I've been looking for a good one to read and it sounds like one I'd enjoy.