Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone!  I’m thankful it’s Friday and I’m sure you are too.

I’m joining my ladies, Narci and Andrea, to share some FAVORITES with you.

You should stop referring to me as, “Erika” and my new name should be “Sucker”.  These two FAVORITES know how to work me and they got us all on a train at the mall last week.

This boy…

and his FAVORITE girl. 🙂

Yesterday, I shared some of the Christmas Fun we’ve been having around here. 🙂

The big kids both had their first basketball games this weekend.  Watching them participate in activities is my FAVORITE.

I was so proud of Ebby Lee.  Basketball is way out of her comfort zone, but she’s trying her best.

 This FAVORITE picture popped up on my Facebook this week.  Mrs. Kelly captured them in an impromptu hug.  Melt my heart.

Look at this!!  This is sure to be a new FAVORITE!  Shay has a new cookbook, Kids in the Kitchen, coming out on April 1, but you can pre-order NOW!

You guys always have the BEST recommendations.  So I’m asking for more help.  What is there to do in Jacksonville, Florida?  Things to do?  Places to eat?  Places to shop?  Any must-see or do places, PLEASE share!

We have a fun weekend ahead…a Christmas party, a fun Christmas outing, AND a wedding!  Hope your weekend is full of some Christmas joy as well.

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  1. 12.9.16
    Trista @ The Classy Chaos said:

    My Little One started basketball this year too. And it's so much fun to watch. Especially since none of them have any idea what they are doing! Ha. Happy Friday!

    • 12.9.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      It was so much fun to watch! Have a great weekend!

  2. 12.9.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    That picture of you, Bowen and Ashby is my FAVORITE! Oh my word! It is precious!!! And thank you for sharing my book! xoxoxo

    • 12.9.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I was sitting on a train driving around the mall and thought…What did they talk me into?! I've gotta get that under control before they're teenagers. 🙂

  3. 12.9.16
    Aja said:

    Are you taking your kids to Jax or not? Will you have a car? If so, St. Augustine isn't far and is the oldest city in American. Super fun, right on the water. Great food and sightseeing. Jax has a good zoo and there's the Landing right on the St. John's River. There's also a mall in Jax that has a Nordstrom (closest one to me- Orlando doesn't even have a Nordys and it has everything!) and outlets in St. Augustine. My kids' favorite thing there is the zoo and the St. Augustine Gator farm. They have every type of croc and gator in the world, and my little natives love their gators!

    • 12.9.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!! Thank you!! I so appreciate this. It'll just be us…not the kiddos this time. Again…thank you!!

  4. 12.9.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    SUCKER!!!! Hahaha! Those little faces are just too dang hard to say no to! And the picture of the front door is MY FAVORITE! THOSE WREATHS! THOSE BOWS!!!! Love.

  5. 12.9.16
    Unknown said:

    Depends what you and your family are interested in… the Jax Zoo has "zoolights" this month. If you go shopping definitely check out the St. Johns Town Center. They also just opened a TopGolf there. If you are willing to drive outside of the city, Amelia Island is just north of Jax and has a cute little town with some shops and restaurants in Fernandina. Fort Clinch is there as well. Atlantic Beach has a nice area of shops and restaurants too. If you are up for a little drive, St. Augustine is only like 45 minutes away and they have Nights of Lights going on right now. The whole city is decked out for Christmas and there are trolleys and carriage rides and other activities for families. Plenty of history/sightseeing and cute shops and restaurants. Tanger Outlets is nearby as well as the Alligator Farm. You could definitely make a day out of it. One thing I would say to skip in Jax would be The Landing–the shopping/dining there vs. the Town Center is nothing special in my opinion.

  6. 12.9.16
    Anonymous said:

    Love that picture of you with Bowen and Ashby!! So sweet!!!

  7. 12.9.16
    Unknown said:

    I totally agree with Katie. You have to go check out the St Augustine Night of Lights. They also have fun (kid-friendly) ghost tours. You can also check out the Mosh Museum for the kids in Jacksonville. Have fun!

  8. 12.9.16
    Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said:

    I'm obsessed with your front doors! I had to take a quick screen shot and add it to my Pinterest board. I'm hoping to switch ours out this spring. Have a great weekend!

  9. 12.9.16
    Angela said:

    If it's just you with no kids, I'd say spend a day at the St. John's Town Center. Lots of good shopping and also really good places to eat. And with our crazy weather, you may be able to spend a day on the beach! Your hubby must be doing the Tax Slayer Bowl???? Love your blog and hope you enjoy our little southeast corner of the country!

  10. 12.9.16
    Kathy Olson said:

    Every time I see your photo, I always wish that you would do a post about going to the salon to show how they do your hair. You have the prettiest hair/highlights!

  11. 12.9.16
    Stacy Brown said:

    I grew up in Jax! For breakfast or brunch, Maple Street Biscuit Company. There are two locations, one at the beach and one close to downtown. You must go to Miller's Ale House for dessert. There are several locations around Jax. The food is good, too. We usually split appetizers or get a lighter dinner so we have room for dessert! The dessert is Capt Jack's Buried Treasure. Ice cream cake with Oreo cookie crust, caramel, chocolate fudge and Heath Bar crunch. We love it so much it was the groom's cake at our wedding!

  12. 12.9.16
    Amy J said:

    I love the picture of you 3 on the train!

    You should definitely make a trip down to St. Augustine! We spent a week there this summer. The old town is so charming with all of its shops and great food! We went to the fort, the alligator farm, the lighthouse and spent a lot of time on Butler Beach!

  13. 12.9.16 said:

    If those 2 kids don't get married then there is something wrong with the world lol… what a special social bond. . I love it !

  14. 12.9.16
    Unknown said:

    If you're kid free in Jacksonville…I would recommend checking out the Jacksonville Riverside area for dinner. There are some great local restaurants in that area and Biscotti is a must for coffee/desserts. As mentioned above St. Augustine is a short drive and most beautiful this time of year…it's super crowded though. There are some amazing places to eat in St. Augustine as well…some of our favorites are Harry's, A1A Ale Works, The Columbia, and The Raintree. St. George Street has a lot of good food as well. The St. Johns Town Center has great shopping and lots of dinner options as well, such as PF Changs, J. Alexander, Cheesecake Factory. Hope you have a great time in Florida! Also, if you have time the Atlantic ocean is a must see. 🙂

  15. 12.9.16
    Laci said:

    LOVE those front doors!!!!

  16. 12.9.16
    Elizabeth said:

    You should pop down to St. Augustine if you are going to Jacksonville! It's the perfect historic town with stuff for everyone in the family!

  17. 12.9.16
    Melanie said:

    Definitely make a day trip to St. Augustine, FL! It is gorgeous and their Nights of Lights runs through Jan 31. Remember Jordan Rodgers taking Jojo on the carriage ride in St. Augutine on the Bachelorette?? We vacation there every year and it's just amazing and the downtown area is wonderfully old and historic:) Have a fun weekend!

  18. 12.9.16
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    LOVE your wreaths on your front door! Sounds like you all have a busy and fun weekend ahead!

  19. 12.9.16
    Unknown said:

    Yay! You're coming to Jax! It is a very spread out city but there are lots of pockets of fun. San Marco square (close to downtown) is a really cute strip for shopping/restaurants and just the good ole small town feel. Maple Street Biscuit is really yummy and its in the square! Avondale is also a cute litte area for shopping and eating. Black Sheep is a rooftop restaurant/bar near Avondale. You can sit on the rooftop and enjoy a view of the city! The town center is your typical outdoor mall. Lots of great stores and restaurants. If y'all want to explore outside of Jax I would highly recommend making the 50min drive to Amelia Island and hitting up the Omni. Its right on the beach and there are some great restaurants at the Omni (Marche (Deli/Market) is a fav). In Jax you can head out to the beach and visit Ponte Vedra or the other little beach towns..Jax, Atlantic, Neptune.
    I faithfully read your blog everyday and know that if you lived in Jax we would be friends! ha. You're hilarious and so real. Enjoy your time in Jax!

  20. 12.9.16
    Katie said:

    I've been a follower for a few months now! We are headed to Jax for the Taxslayer bowl, loving all the recommendations!

  21. 12.9.16
    Unknown said:

    Just got back from JAX last night…it's a great city! We stayed at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach – such a beautiful hotel with amazing golf courses. There are several restaurants near there that I highly recommend Aqua Grill and Café Andiamo. We didn't make it there but I was told we have to try Palm Valley Fish Camp next time. I heard their fried fish platter for 2 is amazing! Have a great trip!

  22. 12.9.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    Oh that Shay, she is on a roll with the cookbooks!! I absolutely LOVE my Eats cookbook… I've already made so many yummy things from it!

  23. 12.9.16
    Megan said:

    Looove that those two kiddos talked you into a train ride!! Ha!!'

  24. 12.10.16
    Susan Shelton said:

    Jax is such a huge city, but the cool thing is all of the little villages within the city. San Marco is fun and has a great restaurant called Taverna. You get that little city feel within the big city. Cute shops and such there as well. There is also a great new restaurant called South in Avondale. Delish! I agree if you have time to make the drive to St. Augustine if you have never been and do the lights tour in Old Town. So much to do, so little time! Have a great time!

  25. 12.11.16
    Lynn said:

    My parents live in the Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville and we love it there! Restaurants in Avondale I’d recommend are Biscottis, Brick, and definitely Mojo for barbeque. There is a lot of cute shopping on that strip in Avondale as well. Another fun area is the Five Points neighborhood. Check out Derby on Park or Black Sheep Restaurant. If you go to the beach, I suggest restaurants like Poes Tavern or Ragtime in the Jax Beach area… it’s super cute around there! One last suggestion is River City Brewing Company great beer and delicious dinner! If I’m not mistaken, you can take a water taxi from the Jacksonville Landing across the river to the Brewing Company – that is a fun way to see the city from water. Have fun!

  26. 12.11.16
    Paul, Lauren, Witt, and Nash said:

    My husband is a Navy Chaplain and we lived in Jax from 2010-2013. Since you are going sans kiddos my recs may not be great, but all three of mine loved the zoo. San Augustine is lovely and the Alligator Farm is terrifying but totally worth it. Taco Lu in Jax Beach is great. Other dinner recs are Black Sheep, Orsay, and Moxie. If you are a coffee lover, go to Bold Bean and Sweet Theory in Riverside is AMAZING (gluten free, nut free, vegan bakery)! Hands down best desserts ever! We are currently in CA, but if we were within 100 miles we would be there once a week. They serve Bold Bean coffee too. Win, win! Also, for a quick bite, Native Sun had fab prepared foods and salads. I hope you have a fabulous time!

  27. 12.11.16
    Tanya said:

    Wreaths for the WIN! Where in the world did you get them?????????

  28. 12.11.16
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Thank you! I got them from Home Goods but added the buffalo check bows (from Target).