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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 7)

Happy Friday, friends! Welcome to Friday Favorites (a link-up posting every 1st and 3rd Friday.) I’m glad you could join us. 🙂 Here are this week’s favorites…

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This Week’s Fave Catholic Item

Blessed Is She’s Encouraging Bible Verse Cards

Photo credit: Blessed Is She

Since getting involved in Blessed Is She (not just as a writer but as a reader of the daily devotionals) I have spent more time in God’s word and have been wanting to memorize more of my favorite verses. I got these beautifully hand lettered Encouraging Bible Verse Cards and pick one each week to pray about and memorize.They can also be used as card to friends.

Then I chose three of my favorites – “I will be with you,” (Joshua 1:5) and “Arm yourself and be brave,” (1 Maccabees3:58) and “You are God’s field.” (1 Cor 3:9) I added them in a frame and every morning I read the three verses and it sets the tone for my day. 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Movie

The Quiet Place

The other night I went to go see the movie The Quiet PlaceI had heard a lot of good things about it both from the entertainment world and the Catholic world so my hopes were high. I was not disappointed. The movie thoroughly freaked me out, especially watching it in mama bear mode. It is not one of those bloody slasher movies but one of those psychological terrors, which to me is much more scary. Add to it positive elements of family, married love (the tender scene with the dance and the earbuds had me in tears,) prayer, the value of new life and sacrificial love. There is plenty to ponder. Excellent work.

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This Week’s Fave Snack

Sabor Mexicano Homemade Corn Chips

Photo credit: Instacart.com

Whenever I happen to go to Whole Foods to stock up on certain items, I always have to get a bag or two of Sabor Mexicano Homemade Corn Chips. They are so good! They taste like they came straight from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Warning: Serve a small amount then close the bag and put it away. Otherwise, you may not be able to stop eating them. Ask me how I know. 😉

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This Week’s Fave Hand Cream

Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

Winter is over, at least theoretically speaking, but my hands are still rough and dry from the cold weather and (still) having the heater on at night. I bought this Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream when I was shopping at Trader Joe and it is lovely! It works so well to smooth my dry hands. It is thick but not too greasy. It blends into the skin well and smells great! Plus, I was surprised to see that they actually sell it on Amazon. 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Flowers on My Deck

Hydrangeas

For Easter I got this gorgeous potted hydrangea plant from Costco and now all the little buds are opening and blooming. It makes the deck really look like spring! I love it.

 

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This Week’s Fave Road Trip

Pixar Fest at Disneyland

Photo credit: Disneyland.com

Bella and I made an impromptu trip to Disneyland (we are there today!) to catch the new Pixar Fest. It is running until September but every weekend in May and June in the calendar is booked. July is sketchy and August starts school again so this was literally our only free weekend when all the stars aligned.

So we played hooky and are enjoying a girls’ weekend. 😉

Here is a little peak at the limited run (4/13/18 – 9/3/18) Pixar Fireworks Show. 🙂

 

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This Week’s Fave Order Placed

Blessed Is She Planner

I know I already posted about the new Blessed Is She Planner earlier this week but I just want to remind you that this weekend (Sun 4/22) is the last day to get the pre-order sale price. The planners will ship out in May and with my busy schedule, I will be filling it in quickly. 🙂

Those are my favorites of the week! What have you been enjoying?

I’m also linking up with Kelly for this week’s 7 Quick Takes.

Have a great weekend!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify. 😉

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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 5)

Happy Friday, friends! Welcome to Friday Favorites (a link-up posting every 1st and 3rd Friday.) I’m glad you could join us. 🙂 Here are this week’s favorites…

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This Week’s Fave Evening Activity with my Boys

Read Aloud

For years, I have been hearing about Sarah MacKenzie’s Read Aloud Revival. I’d see numerous photos on Instagram with little ones all nestled on the couch with their mama reading childhood classics together. I have to admit that I’d roll my eyes and was slightly jealous of their perfect little kids listening intently. My boys would read picture books with me when they were little but now they are too independent and rambunctious to sit and listen to me read. Then a strange thing happened. During Lent I wanted each of my boys to read a saint book. One of my sons chose Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz but there were some words he didn’t know and he didn’t understand the meaning of the paragraph. I told him to sit down next to me on the couch and we’d read the paragraph together. I explained what it meant and read some more. His two brothers saw us and they sat on the couch next to us. As I sat there reading aloud to them it hit me, wow, my boys are the kind of kids who would sit and listen to me while I read them a story. I had to stifle a tear.

The following day after our evening family prayer, I picked up the book about Maximilian Kolbe again and asked the boys if they’d like me to continue reading. They all ran to the couch and sat down. The next day and we did the same as well as the day after that. So started our entrance into the world of the Read Aloud Revival. And I love it. (With that in mind, any suggestions for our next book? My boys are 6, 8, & 10)

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This Week’s Fave Homework Assignment

I Dream of Being A Priest

When my six year old had a school assignment to write about something he’d like to dream, I thought for sure he’d write about being a football player. I was happily surprised when he chose a priest instead. Although, his little mind still struggles between the two. I overheard this conversation the other day.

Matthew: “I don’t know if I should be a priest or a football player.”

His brother: Can’t you be both?

Matthew: “But the games are usually played on Sunday and I’ll need to say Mass. That’s a problem.” (LOL. Love that.)

His brother: “Just pay football first then when you turn 30 and are too old, join the seminary.” (My little planner has it all worked out for him.) 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Drink

Orange Spice Herbal Tea

We have been having the strangest weather here on the Central Coast of California. Normally we would be well into spring with an occasional shower but instead we’ve had countless cold, gloomy and/or rainy days. (It’s pouring as I type this.) I don’t remember ever having the heater on in mid-March. (I know, I’m a California wuss that thinks 50 degrees is cold but that’s besides the point.) As such, it makes me crave a hot drink but I don’t like coffee or tea. I’ve been trying to break that pattern by getting myself used to the taste of tea. Recently I tried Simply Balanced Orange Spice Herbal Tea from Target. It smells so good (actually, it reminds me more of autumn) but the taste is pleasing and warms me up on cold mornings. They just may make a tea drinker out of me yet!

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This Week’s Fave Outdoor Activity

Deck Gardening

With the aforementioned rain, when a gorgeous sunny day arrives, I seize the opportunity to work on our deck garden. For years I suffered from a “black thumb.” I would plants flowers and herbs and inevitably forget to water them and end up with a collection of dead plants. Over the years I have gotten better (not to mention making my boys go out to water) and now I love working on our deck, planting flowers, herbs and a few small vegetables. I haven’t reached the point of having a “real” garden but for now, this is good. Just looking out my window and seeing all the colorful blooms fills my heart with love for God, Our Creator. I love it!

I also saw that Lara Casey has a series about gardening (for newbies and pros.) I’ll be reading along and using some of her advice. Lara is also running an awesome gardening give-away. Check it out here.

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This Week’s Fave Easter Basket Ideas

Sports Rosaries

Photo credit – SpunSuggr

The Catholic Sistas posted their 2018 Easter Basket Ideas with Coupon Codes on their blog. There were a lot of great Easter basket suggestions for boys and girls. With a house of boys (and one teen girl), I especially loved the Lego rosary and this sports rosary from SpunSugrr. Matthew has already requested it for his Easter basket. 🙂

 

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This Week’s Fave Magazine Cover

Captain America

Photo Credit – EW.com

I enjoy reading Entertainment Weekly to get all my movie, TV and entertainment news and the latest issue features 15 different covers – all Marvel characters from the upcoming Infinity War movie. (woohoo!) As I opened up the mailbox I felt like a Lotto player waiting to see if her numbers were chosen. I really wanted to get the cover with my favorite super hero. I may have yelled a little cheer when I pulled out Captain America. (My apologies to the grandma next to me that I startled.) When I brought the magazine home, the kids noticed the cover (but they aren’t allowed to read it) and they all decided that Cap looks better with a beard because now he looks like Daddy. I agree! #teambeardedmen 😉

 

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This Week’s Fave Reading Material

Catholic Graphic Novels

Speaking of comic book heroes, I’ve been collecting Catholic graphic novels featuring various saints. I remember back in the 80’s reading comic books about Mother Teresa. Pope John Paul II and Maximilian Kolbe. I loved reading them and was excited to find new graphic novels available for my kids to read. In an upcoming post (hopefully next week) I will review the novels and share links where you can buy them. 🙂

Those are my favorites of the week! What have you been enjoying?

Have a great weekend!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify. 😉

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Friday Favorites & Link-up (Vol 4) & #7QT

Happy Friday, friends! Welcome to Friday Favorites (a link-up posting every 1st and 3rd Friday.) I’m glad you could join us. 🙂  Here are this week’s favorites…

(Note: Revolution of Love is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.)

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This Week’s Fave Roadtrip Destination

Disneyland

Anyone who’s read my blog or followed me on IG or FB, knows that we are Disney lovers. Two years ago, my daughter Bella and I took an impromptu girls trip to Disneyland. We had soooo much fun, we made it a regular thing! During Bella’s winter break, she and I kissed Brian and the boys good bye and spent a long weekend at Disneyland. Extra bonus, my mom and sister joined us, making it a true girls’ weekend! (More pics in next week’s Online Daybook/ Currently post.)

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This Week’s Fave Entertainer

Michael the Piano Player

 

I love this guy. 😂 #rolgirlsroadtrip #roldisneyland2018 #rolroadtrip

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To go with my Disney love, is Fave #2 – Michael the Piano Player. I loved his pep and sense of fun as he played, especially when he caught me recording him. 🙂

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This Week’s Fave Praying Tool

Rosary Booklet

Photo credit: Do Small Things with Great Love

I purchased this Rosary Booklet from Do Small Things with Great Love.com and it is great companion to praying my rosary this Lent. Each mystery has a short Scripture passage, a virtue, fruit and reflection. It helps me to go deeper into the rosary without being overly complicated or too long for my busy day. Love it. Available in digital and printed form.

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This Week’s Fave Soundtrack

The Greatest Showman

I finally went to go see The Greatest Showman a couple weeks ago and loved it so much I wanted to see it again once more on the big screen so I watched it again last weekend with my Mom, sister and Bella. We all loved it and spent the rest of the weekend listening to the soundtrack. If you are a fan, I’d love to know which song is your favorite. Mine always changes but today it’s “Come Alive.”

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This Week’s Fave Decor

The Letter “B”

I am a sucker for items monogrammed with the Letter B – coffee mugs, stationary, wooden B’s. You’ll find a few in my house and most recently this one I purchase on sale at Michael’s. So pretty with reminders of spring. 🙂

 

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This Week’s Fave Snack

Coconut Granola

Yesterday Brian asked when I was going to make his favorite coconut granola again (it’s been months) so I pulled out my recipe and started cooking. I forgot how good this tastes! Although, I think I’ll have to wait until Saturday to eat it since Friday should be a day of sacrifice. 😉

 

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This Week’s Fave Journal

Every Sacred Sunday Journal

I have been using the Every Sacred Sunday Mass Journal since it came out at Advent. I’ve gotta tell you, it has changed the way I attend Mass on Sundays! I get there a little early to pray and write in the journal about what I’m grateful for and my prayer intentions for the week. I follow along while the readings are being read and underline anything that stands out to me. During the homily I take notes and try to see what God wants to teach me. It’s not that I wasn’t an active participant at Mass before using the journal, but it has brought me into a deeper level or praying and meditating on the readings and promptings of the Holy Spirit. It has truly been spiritually beneficial.

* Note to moms/dads of little ones. You may roll your eyes at the thought of being able to read along or take notes during the homily. You may simply be happy when you make it through Mass with your sanity intact. I remember those days of crying babies, flying cheerios, evil-eyes given by impatient parishioners and being almost in tears wondering why I even bother… but have hope! One day your munchkins will be old enough to sit quietly and pay attention (relatively speaking) and you will have entered a new phase in parenting at Mass. It’s a game changer. So hang in there! You could always use the journal after Mass (or before) to read the words you couldn’t hear because you were wrangling kids or chasing toddlers out in the garden. 😉

Well, that’s it for now! What have you been enjoying this week?

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Also…

 

Also, a big congrats to Kim R for wining the  Welcome Bee Prints contest. Thanks to everyone that joined the fun. 🙂

Lastly…

 

I’m linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

AND

with Ashley for Five Favorites, even though I technically have seven. Ashley also does some fabulous monthly giveaways and this month’s is especially lovely. Go check it out!

Have a great weekend!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify. 😉

Are you ready to link up?? Here are the rules.

1. Create a post with your Friday Favorites.

2. Add a link back here so others can play along.

3. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. The link-up will be open for two weeks. Have fun!



Friday Favorites & Link-up Vol 3: Lent Edition & #7QT

I’d love to make Friday Favorites a regular thing so I’ll be (attempting) to post it every 1st and 3rd Friday. I’ll keep it a link-up so you can join along if you’d like. Okay, here are this week’s favorites: Lent Edition.

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This Week’s Fave Meme

 Farewell, Sweets

via GIPHY

As a family we give up sweets for Lent. It is day three and I’m already Jonesing for some chocolate. It’s going to be a looong Lent. 😉

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This Week’s Fave Retreat

Pray More Lenten Retreat

Lent is the perfect time to stop, recharge my spiritual batteries and abide with HIM. Being able to attend an online retreat at my own pace is priceless so I registered for the Pray More Lenten Retreat, a self-paced online retreat. (And it is literally priceless. You pay what you can afford.) Speakers include Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck, Fr. Thomas Quinn, Beth Davis (of Blessed Is She), Allison Gringras (of Reconciled To You), and Dr. Scott Powell. Will you be joining me?

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This Week’s Fave Praying Tool

Blessed Is She Lent Journal

I have been using BIS journals since they started years ago, so I am a bit biased about how amazing they are. I love them and always get so much out of using it. (FYI, the journal is sold out but the digital version is still available.)

Although I am using the BIS Lent journal, there have never been so many great options! There is also Elizabeth Foss’ Above All, authored by a number of lovely Catholic ladies. There are many other Catholic blogs and communities offering Lenten resources to make this a holy Lent.

 

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This Week’s Fave Journal for Kids

Selah: A Prayer Journal for Kids

I love the Blessed Is She Selah journal that I use when it’s not Advent or Lent. Now there is a companion journal for your kids!

BIS just released Selah: A Prayer Journal for Kids. I love that it is gender neutral so I can buy it for my boys to use during Lent.

 

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This Week’s Fave Spotify List

Lent Season

Along with sweets, I have also given up the radio/secular music for Lent. Instead I will listen to podcasts or praise and worship/ Christian music. I made a Lent playlist to get me started. Some songs are upbeat and some are mellow but they all turn my heart to God.  I’d like to add more songs so if you have a favorite song or Lent playlist (or Catholic podcast) you think I might enjoy, please share it with me in the comments or social media. (You can find me at all the usual hangouts @bobbi_rol.) Thanks! 🙂

 

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This Week’s Fave Books

I am also adding some spiritual reading. These are the first two on my list.

Praying With a Pen Paperback by Mary Beth Weisenburger

AND


Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick Us by Elizabeth Scalia

 

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This Week’s Fave Prayer Place

Mission Chapel


This morning I had a full schedule and was debating whether or not I should go to Mission Chapel to pray my morning prayers. Everything in me wanted to skip it, rationalizing that I wouldn’t get all my stuff done in time. But I could feel Our Lord tugging at my heart… “You can’t spare 15 minutes of your 24 hour day to sit with me?” Sigh. I couldn’t say no. I went into the Chapel and apologized for my reluctance.

I read through my BIS Lent journal/devotional and poured my heart out to God. I was surprised to realize I had been in there for over 1/2 an hour and Benediction with Jesus in the monstrance was about to happen. That prayer time touched my heart so deeply, I walked out in tears. God was moving in me in ways I would not have experienced today had I skipped that morning prayer time. I had to rearrange my schedule a bit but it all worked out in the end. So the next time God tugs as t your heart, listen. 🙂

Well, that’s it for now! What have you been enjoying this week?

And don’t forget to enter the contest to win these two 11×14 prints from Welcome Bee.

 

Lastly, I’m linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

Have a great weekend!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify. 😉

Are you ready to link up?? Here are the rules.

1. Create a post with your Friday Favorites.

2. Add a link back here so others can play along.

3. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. The link-up will be open for two weeks. Have fun!



Friday Favorites & Link-up Vol 2 & #7QT

I had so much fun last week with Friday Favorites, I’m back again, although a little later in the day than expected. Here are the things that I am loving this week. 🙂

(Note: Revolution of Love is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.)

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This Week’s Fave Charity

Children of Compassion

For the last couple of weeks my boys have been raising money for Children of Compassion, which helps orphaned and disabled in Africa get a Catholic education. What I loved about the experience  was that it was more than a nameless charity. The boys had a number of Facebook Live sessions in the classroom where they met, talked and sang songs for the kids in Africa. When a financial goal was met and another scholarship was paid we knew the child’s name and saw their picture. It brought the experience to life and gave heart to the boys’ charitable endeavors.

Today, after finding sponsors to donate money (thank you, generous givers if you happen to be reading this!) they ran a mile to complete their fundraiser. It was a great way to end Catholic schools week! (I love this charity so much I’ll be writing more about it in a separate blog post.)

 

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This Week’s Fave Old School Activity

Letter Writing

This month is International Correspondence Writing Month (known as InCoWrMo.) For the last couple of years I have participated in the #InCoWrMo challenge in which I pledge to mail or give one letter, card or note to someone every day this month. With Valentine’s Day and numerous family birthdays in February, I’ve got a head start, which is good because except for Christmas cards, I haven’t sent out much mail this year. (Although I am happy that my Catholic pen pal group has recently turned one year old!)

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But this month is my chance to make up for it! Do you want me so send you a note saying hello? I’ll send a short note/card to the first ten readers who email me their mailing address {rol (at) revolutionoflove.com} or you can DM me on social media. (I’m on all the basics @bobbi_rol.) I’m ready for some happy writing!

 

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This Week’s Fave Book

A Man Called Ove

Last week I asked for recommendations regarding which classic book I should read next from a list of unread titles. The most votes went to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and second place to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I added both to my 2018 Reading List. However, I took so long to decide and check out the book, I started reading A Man Called Ove since it was already on my book shelf. I’m halfway though and really enjoying it so far. I will tackle Frankenstein once I’m done. (And thanks for the recommendations!)

 

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This Week’s Fave Catholic Item/ Print

Love Endures by Welcome Bee

February is here so it’s time for Valentine decor in the house. I bought a pretty frame on clearance last year but didn’t have a 11×14 print to go inside it until now. Welcome Bee is having a sale so I picked up this Love Endures print. It’s perfect!

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This Week’s Fave Snack

Kirkland Organic Nacho Cheese Multigrain Tortilla Chips

It’s Super Bowl weekend so you know what that means… the big party game! Yeah, I’m not much of a sport fan unless it’s the Packers (gotta root for hubby’s fave) so I won’t really be watching the game. However, I will make sure there’s plenty of tasty treats! In the chips department we’ll forgo Doritos and instead have these delicious new organic nacho cheese chips from Costco. Warning: grab a few then close the bag or else you won’t want to stop. (Ask me how I know.) 😉

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This Week’s Fave Kid-Friendly Song

Witness by Jordan Feliz

When I am in the car I usually listen to SiriusXM Alt Nation but it’s not always kid friendly so I stick to the Christian station when they are in the car. My boys love Jordan Feliz and they were all excited when his new song Witness came out. They ask to listen to it every time they come into the car. Luckily, I like it too so that’s ok. 🙂 

 

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This Week’s Fave TV Show

Young Victoria

Okay, so I’m super late to the game. Victoria, Season 1 has been sitting in my DVR for a year. When Season 2 started recording I figured I’d better get going. I don’t know why it took me so long but I’m a few episodes in and I’m loving it. I hope to finish Season 1 soon so I can catch up on Season 2. If you’re watching too, did you like the second season as much (without giving spoilers!) 😉

Okay, that’s it. What have you been enjoying this week?

If you’re a blogger, I’d love for you to link up.

And if it’s before Sun, Feb 4, then link up with Ashley for January’s Five Favorites. (She has a give-away going on too!)

If you post about 7 favorites, link up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes.

Source: CBS/Big Bang Theory

Have a great weekend and enjoy the big game!

 

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, or Spotify, 😉

Are you ready to link up?? Here are the rules.

1. Create a post with your Friday Favorites.

2. Add a link back here so others can play along.

3. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address. Have fun!