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A Bunch Of Random Photos On A Friday

 Mocha is having a hard time letting go of Christmas.

Inspired by my bestie Marian, I now carry a banana with me at all times in case of emergencies.
She refers to it as "the portable fruit".

 Saturday nights at the pizza place are super fun.

But so is this.
And take note: worlds collide!

Nicolas' mother sent me this beautiful pillow cover for Christmas.
I adore it.
And her!

Teacher and student are happy to be back in school!

 And as much as I love the holidays, I am happy to have a clean, crisp kitchen again.

Happy Weekend, friends!


  1. Enjoyed your pictures and wishing you a happy weekend as well.

  2. What is the pillow/bag/purse in the banana photo? Looks festive!

    Love your tree photo!

  3. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. It was a joy to visit today, loved the pillow what a thoughtful gift.

  4. Right there with Mocha as are lots of our neighbors who still have their outdoor decorations going strong. I may or may not still have a bit of Christmas out around here as well. Cute mug! Love that pillow. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  5. I love Bananas myself! Do you know they sell banana cases on Amazon, so if you carry a banana with you in your bag, it won't get bruised up. (Also they are pink!) Kind of fun. I hope you have a cozy weekend my friend. Hugs to you. ~Juli

  6. Worlds are colliding over here too! :) And I LOVE the pillow from Nicolas' mom!
    Happy Weekend, my friend! Miss you all!

  7. Loved this post! I think we are all glad to have Christmas behind us...as much as we love it. There is something about the "normal" routine that makes me crave it. :) Love the pillow cover from Nicolas' mom. My favorite pic though is the last one. While I totally understand that it was photoshopped I just have to ask if you were on your way to Mass? :) xo

  8. I'm a big fan of the banana for low blood sugar emergencies as well. Or at least, I am when I'm being healthy... Have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

  9. Yes a clean crisp kitchen is MY favorite too. Have a fabulous weekend!

  10. Happy New Year dearest Billie Jo!
    I'm finally coming back to my blogland family and even posted today. ;) I've had fun catching up on your posts and seeing what you were up to over the holidays. I love following Madison on insta and got some peeks over the holidays through her. And so excited for her and Nicholas! I can't believe it's coming up so fast!!
    I wish you and all of your beautiful family the biggest blessings for 2019. xoxo

  11. I love your Rae Dunn pottery. And yes, I'm glad to have the house back to normal too. Now if only school would start for my college kids. :)
    xx Beca

  12. Enjoyed seeing your photos... I hate bananas lol. My hubby eats one every day and waves it at me checking to see if I want one hahahaha!

  13. Ha ha ha!! Love that last photo of you! I'm not a banana eater. I'll eat one with ice cream and sometimes will just eat one because it is there and it is good for you, but I really don't care for banana anything. Great pictures, especially of the kiddos! Happy weekend!

  14. Hi Billie Jo!

    It's always fun to see what you've been up to...always nice and cozy!! Have a great week-end!

    Hugs and Love,

  15. Billie Jo, the last photo of you is so cute!! Darling photos of you and your lovely home. The pillow has a wonderful message. Enjoy a cozy weekend. ♥

  16. Happy weekend to you too! I love the picture with the Valentine's cup and the Christmas tree:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  17. Love the feel of the clean crisp kitchen after holidays too!

  18. Hi Billie Jo - it is always so fun to see pictures from around your home. Sounds like a pretty good week for you enjoying your lovely home and family. Have a good weekend. :-)

  19. At first I thought the Christmas tree was IN the mug somehow! We had a lot of hot chocolate this year, a lot more than normal. We're not usually hot chocolate drinkers but this year we put whipped cream on it and sprinkled crushed-up candy canes on the top. Oooh, SO good! Hope you're having a good weekend!

  20. Oh Mocha, I can relate, haha! It is so hard to let go of the most wonderful time of year. Such a delight visting you this afternoon and reading your newest posts I had not yet seen... cannot imagine how excited Madison must be as her big day approaches!
    Thank you for sharing these lovely, cozy views. The photo with the beautiful peace pillow exudes peace in itself, so calming. And I love Squirrel's New Year's Resolution! I read it around the time I was finishing college and thought it was so cute.

    Have a very blessed day and happy new year to you and yours!♥

  21. Great photos and a banana is always a good healthy way to go, lol :-) Love your filter at the end too, made me smile. Enjoy your evening and the upcoming week.


  22. Always enjoy your photos of your sweet family and cozy times! Always good to have a banana with you, it is one of my favorite fruits :) And pizza parties are always the best! Have a great week :)

  23. Such fun and sweet pictures, my friend. Love the last one {{smiles}}

    Happy New Year, dear Billie Jo. I look forward to more lovely posts from you in 2019. Hugs!

  24. Beautiful post! Lovely pictures!


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