Casual Friday


It’s finally Friday! Whew…this week was an exhausting one. Actually, the last few weeks (including the weekends) have been really packed and busy for us. This weekend, I have almost no plans...and it feels soooo good. I'm hoping to work on some DIY projects, do our taxes and get that out of the way, and possibly have a craft day with some girlfriends. Other than that, I fully intend to sleep in, relax, and spend some QT with my cutie. Ha! Cheesy jokes…can you tell I’m tired and it’s the end of the week? This Casual Friday post is going to be pretty short, since it’s already late and I want to get some sleep tonight. But I do have a few things I want to share with you!

Mustard blanket from H&M

First off, I re-discovered H&M’s home section this week, and I’m really impressed! I glanced it over when they first started selling home goods (what, like a year ago? maybe more?) and haven’t really shopped there since. But after scrolling through it this week, I’m going to have to keep an eye on them! This mustard colored knit blanket is $79.95, and they have some adorable pillows, many of them under $10. I like the blanket a lot…I’m thinking this might be the winner if I decide to get a blanket for the foot of my bed. I do wish I could feel it in person or read some reviews, though. Have any of you bought something from H&M Home? If so, how was the quality?

Ombre donut DIY

Next up, I loved these ombre donuts from Paper & Stitch. What a fun way to dress up some store-bought donuts for a party (Easter, perhaps?) or to give as thank you treats for friends. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could even try making your own donuts from scratch this weekend. Invite me over, if you do!

DIY amethyst crystal mirror

Here’s another do-not-miss DIY from Designlovefest: an amethyst crystal mirror! Um, I love it. And I also love every single item in this photo. Seriously, I want everything that Bri wears or owns. Is that creepy?

DIY basket pendant

Speaking of DIYs, I had a little DIY feature this week on Inspired by This! Do you remember, way back in August, when we talked about basket pendants? Well, I decided to make one of my own. I actually did this project awhile ago, and to be honest, I didn’t keep it up in our dining room. It just didn’t let out as much light as we wanted. But it looks a lot like the basket pendants you can purchase (like this one) and it was really easy to make, so I think it was a success overall. Check out the tutorial here.

Hip hip hooray! DIY pop-up message balloons

And last but not least, it seems like Kelly of Studio DIY is in my list of favorite projects every single week. What can I say, I love her style and she comes up with such brilliant ideas! Like these giant pop-up message balloons. So simple and awesome! I could see these as props for engagement photos, or with a kid’s name at a party, or at a baby shower, spelling out “it’s a boy!” etc. But I like the words “Hip Hip Hooray” too. That’s how I feel about it being almost the weekend!!!

What were some of your favorite links from this week? What do you have going on over the weekend? Which type of weekend do you prefer--lazy or busy? I have to say, sometimes it’s fun to have plans and see lots of people, but I think overall I’m a homebody. Call me boring or lame, but I really like the weekends where we have nothing in particular going on.

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Friday, March 21st, 2014

    these photos are bright, spring-y and totally making me ready for a sunny weekend
    ladies in navy
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 21st, 2014

      YES! Hoping for lots of sun. I'm so excited that it's finally spring!!
  2. Posted by Renae on Friday, March 21st, 2014

    Definitely love a good mix of busy and lazy weekends... Laid back Saturdays at home are the best
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 21st, 2014

      Agreed! I saw your Instagram and I'm so jealous that you're starting your weekend early...
  3. Posted by Debbie on Friday, March 21st, 2014

    Lovely message! Hip Hip Hooray! My 3 kids + babes are here yet I have a "bug" that is pretty bad I can't pass on. I am so sad I don't get to be with them as it's SO RARE that we are all together. I will be in hiding. I am happy though that they all will have a great time. There will be another reunion. Have a restful sweet time with your hubby. Read a great book or take a walk in the sunshine!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 21st, 2014

      Oh no! Hope you feel better :(
  4. Posted by Abigail Hoppen on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

    I have been buying a ton of home stuff (laundry basket and mostly pillows) and have been super impressed with the quality. The only thing i wouldn't really order from there anymore is the inserts for the pillows they don't really fill the covers. I held the HM cover to my pottery barn cover and they looked and felt exactly the same for like 1/4 the price.
    • Posted by Aileen on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

      Thanks for your comment, Abigail! So good to know!! I’m excited to order some stuff :)
  5. Posted by Caren on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    Thanks for the review on the coverlets! I love how I stumble upon items or comments when I'm actively looking for the item.

    Also, I'd love to know if those are real fresh orchids around the mirror? If not, how do I purchase or preserve them? Sweet find!