Friday Favorites-April Edition

Happy Friday, Friends!

This week has been a busy one with ALL the spring sports, catching up on ALL the work, and a washing machine that's leaking water.  Don't even get me started!  No one has time for that!  Am I right?  Needless to say, I'm happy to see you, Friday!

Today, I'm joining my girls, Narci and Andrea, to bring you FRIDAY FAVORITES!  I'm sharing FIVE FAVORITES from my week.  Enjoy!

First up, I want to brag an another mama, Kate.  Kate's kiddos go to elementary school with my kiddos so I've known her for several years.  Just recently she introduced me to the new clothing line she and her sister created.  Yes, CREATED!  Brookes Collective is a "woman’s clothing brand that seeks to elevate the movement of sustainable clothing and ethical awareness.  We have combined the fair-trade philosophy with a classic, effortless style that is a perfect addition to any capsule wardrobe."  Those two sentences SUM up Brookes Collective entirely.  

Check out my blouse and necklace...all fair trade and Brookes Collective items that are so very well made.

I was able to attend the Brookes Collective fashion show and this company is going to do big things!  Kate lives here in McKinney, Texas, while her sister lives near Cape Town, Africa.  Together they created this awesome clothing line that not only looks cute but is doing amazing things for people all over the world.

This top is so cute and will be adorable from spring all the way to fall.  As well as the necklace!

You can check out the entire spring line here.

Brookes Collective...definitely a FAVORITE this week!  You should check them out!

By the way, I'm wearing old jeans, these wedges, these earrings, and my hair is so straight thanks to this hair dryer.

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You guys know the Manda Strong Foundation is near and dear to my heart, but this week it hit home even more.  A woman I see on the regular {we're on a first name basis but I really don't know anything else about her} stopped me this week to tell me she recognized me from the Manda Strong website and SHE'S one of the moms the Manda Strong foundation is helping!  You GUYS!  I was upbeat and positive.  She's in remission and doing great, but as I left I burst into tears.  The Manda Strong Foundation is touching lives and I'm just so thankful.


To everyone who's donated before, THANK YOU!  Seeing how much this foundation has blessed this mom was a FAVORITE this week!

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Lots of you asked about my new handbag.  You know me.  I am NOT a purse kind of girl, but I'm trying.  I enlisted some help {Thank you, Shay} and we left the mall with the perfect spring handbag for a purse rookie.  :)  Mine is Shell Pink.

Here's another look at the purse.  

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YES!  A friend posted this on Facebook earlier this week and I kept thinking about it hours later.  It's a FAVORITE, for sure!

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Okay, anyone else grow up eating fried okra fresh from the garden?  I sure did and it's oh, so good!  But my thirty-five year old metabolism just cant't handle it.  OR maybe I should say my jeans can't handle it?  Either way, I've been buying the frozen cut okra putting it on a baking sheet and roasting it.  Tab and I cannot get enough.  It's a FAVORITE side this week.  I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how many bags we went through this week.  #illnevertell

That wraps up my Friday Favorites!

Hope you have an awesome Friday!
XO
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19 comments

Julie | This Main Line Life said...

Happy Friday. Congrats to your friend on her clothing line. I can't imagine, that's so cool.
x, Julie| ThisMainLineLife.com

Julie | This Main Line Life said...

Happy Friday. Wow, congrats to your friend and her new clothing line.

Mix and Match Mama said...

I love that top from Kate's collection!!! That is too cute!

Narci said...

Your new purse is darling! I mean, just so cute!!

Carrie said...

We are from the north ( my husband lived his first 6 months in Georgia and does say he is from there but...) and okra is not as common. My husband really likes it but I can not get over how slimy it is! Are there any tricks for that?

Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said...

YES to the roasted okra! I've been on a huge roasted okra cook for months now. So good.
That Inspired Chick

Marina said...

Ok I need to know more about this roasted okra because it sounds good! How long do you bake it for and what seasoning do you use?

Kristin said...

I’d love to know how you cook your okra! Do you put anything on it? What temperature and how long?

Sarah Shaneyfelt said...

Oh yeah, this Alabama girl grew up eating fried okra but no more!!! How do you roast it? Just evoo with salt and pepper?

Erika Slaughter said...

Okay for the roasted okra-I spray the pan with olive oil...add salt and pepper, and bake at 325 until the rest of the meal is ready. 🤣🤣🤣Probably 25 minutes and I even broil a bit at th end!

Keisha Dawson said...

That okra sounds amazing! We all love it at our house.

Julie Bradford said...

Congrats to your friend..that is AWESOME!!! FRIED OKRA!!!! YUMMMM... can't wait til it starts coming in the garden... we fry it along with fried green tomatoes!!! hahahaha I might try to bake it.. maybe :)

Kristin said...

Fried okra is great...I haven't tried frozen-roasted. (But I think anything friend would be the best version of that thing :)

Mother of 3 said...

New England born and bread I have actually never had okra; but I have been loving green beans cooked the same way. I could eat bags of them for snack (but I don't)!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I need to know more about the okra.

Lindsay said...

Do you roast the okra from frozen? I LOVE roasted okra (an NC girl) and we roast it and I think it's almost as good as fried. However... it takes AGES to cut up 2 lbs of okra and my family devours it in like 15 minutes. Frozen would be a serious lifesaver. I can't imagine it's that easy!!!!!

Erika Slaughter said...

YES! Straight from the frozen bag to the baking sheet!

csuhpat1 said...

Fried Okra is wonderful. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

Eileen P said...

In the winter, we do okra just as you described (but we add some red pepper chili flakes for kick); however, in the summer, we use fresh (not frozen), season it the same, and grill. Try it - you’ll love it!