Friday Favorites: The last of 2016

I cannot for one second believe that this is my final post of 2016. Where did this year go!? Time has just absolutely flown by. I have high hopes for 2017, and am praying it is a year of calm, cool, and collected normalcy! I can’t kiss this year goodbye without a favorites post, so adieu, 2016, and hello to 2017 and a whole new year of memories!

1. Garland
Okay. Please don’t hate me. But Target just rolled out their Valentine’s Day goodies! The dollar spot is now all pink, hearts, and glitter. And I am not complaining. I really dislike winter, but I enjoy that transition into February where the days start getting a little bit longer, and it is acceptable to cover everything in my favorite color pink. One of my favorite features of our new house is the mantle, and I have decided to have some sort of banner or garland hanging on it year round. Target has some of the cutest garland in stores right now, including pink and red poms, and some incredible tassel garland. We will be taking down our Christmas things this week, and I think we will have some pink in our house pretty darn soon!

2. Blanket Scarf
Obviously this trend is huge right now, and I love my classic blanket scarf that I have. I just snagged this berry one yesterday, and with the sales going on at Express right now it was only $14! I love the colors and think it is such a fun change of pace from the other colors I have seen. And I think it will go with so many things, perfect for accessorizing when the frozen tundra that I live in hits -50 degrees this winter.

3. Squinty Smiles
Lincoln is entering the sweetest stage (of course I am biased, because I basically think every stage is the sweetest). In the past week, he has started doing my all time favorite ‘ugly smile’ that Jackson used to do! He scrunches up his nose and closes his eyes like he just heard the funniest thing. And he will do it at everything, all of the time. The ceiling fan, characters on TV, his brother, the wall..it is so so cute, and brings back so many memories. It is one of the cutest little habits, so if you need to find me, I will likely be over here dancing and doing any ridiculous thing I can think of to coax one of his cheesy grins out.

4. Sweater
This is a total repeat from last week, but the Nordstrom sale is still going on, and this sweater is perfection! I wore it on Christmas, and it was so soft and cozy, and not one bit itchy, which is the ultimate deal breaker for me! The black/green option is marked below $25, and I snagged my red version for $26. Totally worth it, and such a great piece that can be dressed up or down!

5. Blog Projects
I have some changes and fun things in the works for the blog in 2017! I have put so much time into this little space and it has grown into something that I love so much. I am so excited to have some opportunities to make it bigger and better, and to broaden my horizons a bit. Look out for some fun posts in January and February!

Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for following along with my blog over the past few years, or for stopping by if you are new! I hope everyone has an incredible NYE. We will likely be snuggled up in pajamas and drinking mojitos by the fire before falling asleep well before midnight!

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days o’ auld lang syne!”



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    Sarah Bell
    December 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I'm going to have to get some of that garland from Target to decorate for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!!!

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

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    A Gal Named Al
    December 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    We've hit up the Valentine's decor at Target, too! I let my kids put the tacky window clings on our back door window for each season, so they were happy to pick up some hearts and XOXOs. I hate winter, too! Happy New Year!

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    Kristi Griedl
    December 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I need to visit the Target dollar spot! I love seeing all the pink and red <3 My favorite for sure!!

    happilyevergriedlscom.wordpress.com

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    Trista @ The Classy Chaos
    December 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I so wish Target wasn't so far away for me! Okay, it's only about an hour but it feels like a lifetime. And I heard about Express yesterday, that they were closing up shop. I really should try to stop by that store and score some of those amazing deals. That scarf is beautiful! And I'm slowly becoming a huge Nordstrom fan too. We don't have one close by so I have to order everything but the returns are so easy. The Gap may have a run for it's money! Love that scrunchy smile! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    Sparkles and Lattes
    December 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I can't believe 2016 is coming to an end. I can't wait to see what you have in store for the blog. I really want that sweater you wore on Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Stang&Co
    December 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Isn't it the cutest!? I am so excited for the tassel garland. I am telling myself I just have to wait until after tomorrow to buy it 😉 Happy new year to you too!

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    Stang&Co
    December 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I didn't even think of getting the window clings-I never have but you're right I bet little kiddos love them! I am officially ready for spring haha-winter is good for December to me and that's it!

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    Stang&Co
    December 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    It is the best! Makes our MN winters a bit more bearable 🙂

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    Stang&Co
    December 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    An hour is just far enough that it makes it a 'trip' and not a quick errand-ugh! Where did you hear Express was closing!? NOOOO. Happy New Year to you as well!

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    Stang&Co
    December 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    The sweater is seriously awesome-and I think it's still available! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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    The Girl who Loved to Write
    December 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Happy new year, friend!!

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    Sarah Shaneyfelt
    December 31, 2016 at 3:05 am

    I was checking out Target's dollar spot yesterday and was so impressed with their Valentine's Day stuff! They always have the best stuff! I love your sweater too!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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    Laura Darling
    January 1, 2017 at 4:31 am

    I went to the store today and was so happy to see Valentine's stuff! I love Valentine's and plus, it means we're that much closer to spring!! That scarf is so cute! I got my first blanket scarf for Christmas so I am all about learning how to style it!

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