Friday Favorites: I Am Very Busy (and also very cozy)

Welcome to Friday Favorites, my weekly post where I share what I’ve been loving lately!

This week we went to storytime at the Destin Library with Carla May’s cousins and had a great time.  Our local library has so many great programs for kids, and it was fun seeing all the children getting into the songs and stories.  Carla May quickly found a new friend with snacks (of course) and followed him around like a little puppy!

Here are a few more things I’ve been loving this week:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

friday favorites star warsOh you had to know from my Instagram and my post a few weeks ago that the new Star Wars movie was going to make my Friday Favorites list!  Y’all, it was SO good! I am really enjoying the new movies in this series and this one did not disappoint. The acting was fabulous and I was impressed with how the producers handled Carrie Fisher’s role as Leia.

If you’ve already seen the film, check out this fabulous analysis of Ben Solo, the millennial villain we need right now.

Wonder Weeks App

friday favorites wonder weeksAs Carla May has grown from baby to toddler over the last 14 months, she has gone through periods of fussiness, periods of pure joy, and everything in between.  The Wonder Weeks app has been so helpful for me to predict what general mood she will be in on a given week.  The app does a wonderful job of explaining why she behaves the way she does, which has helped me be more patient with her during tantrums and fussiness.

For those who haven’t heard of this app, you simply enter your child’s due date, and the app will calculate the dates when your child might go through “developmental leaps.”  You can turn on notifications to warn you when a “stormy period” is about to occur.  There is so much information available through this app on how your child’s brain is developing during each leap, so any data junkies out there like myself will love studying up on why your child behaves they way they do.

Fuzzy White Sweater

I ordered this fuzzy white sweater from Gap a couple weeks before Christmas, and I have worn it SO many times  since then.  It is so soft and comfy and pairs well with almost everything in my closet.  The length is perfect to keep your whole body warm and to cover up your rear if you want to wear some questionable leggings (are they thick enough to be considered pants? doesn’t matter if you throw on this sweater!).

This cardigan is cute enough to wear out and comfy enough to lounge around the house in, too.  This sweater is one of my favorite purchases this winter.  It also comes in black!

Band.o Planner

I have been a loyal bullet journaler for over two years now, a very long streak for a planner junkie like myself.  I had seen band.o brand planners on Instagram and thought they were absolutely adorable, so when I found this one (in my favorite color!) heavily discounted at Homegoods, I took the leap.

This particular planner is actually 17-months starting in August, but I just cut out the pages for August through December to make it a year-long planner.  There are several pages of super cute stickers at the beginning of the planner, beautiful illustrations throughout, and so many note pages!  There is a calendar for each month and two-page weekly layouts with plenty of room for scheduling and to-do lists.  So far I am finding I can use the bullet journal concepts within the structure of this planner and it is working really well for me.

How was your week?  What are your Friday Favorites?  What brought you joy?

Let me know in the comments below!


For more Friday Favorites, check out the blogger link ups with  ErikaAndrea, and Narci!



  1. I switched to a planner from a BJ this year too! I love how I don’t feel pressured to be artsy on each layout and can plan as far ahead as I want, but also utilize the task prioritizing of a BJ! Next year I’ll look in to this cute planner you’ve snagged.

    • marilu

      January 12, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      I feel the same way! It’s so much easier to plan something out for next Fall without feeling pressured to put together layouts in advance! which planner did you switch to?

  2. I went with a Moleskine Weekly Notebook Planner. It has a blank notebook page opposite of the weekly page. I love it so far!

  3. First time visitor and your blog name had me singing, “Hello Marilou, goodbye heart…” SO I’m old. Ok. That sweater – yessssss! I have a cardigan that I live in but that one looks so incredibly soft. Love that planner as well. Have a fabulous weekend!

    • marilu

      January 13, 2018 at 2:32 am

      Ha! Check out my first post – that’s where the name comes from!!! SO I’m old too bahaha! Thank you so much for stopping by! ❤️

  4. I’ve been meaning to get a new planner for a new year. The Band.o planner looks pretty good!

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