Friday Favorites: Eclipse & Flea Market Finds

Hey, hey! We’ve made it to another Friday. Our plans for the weekend include hitting up the farmers’ market, hosting a party and enjoying the beautiful, cooler temperatures we’ve been blessed with. What’s on your agenda?

In typical Friday fashion, I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the week with you today. I’d love to hear what you’re loving — chime in by leaving a comment below!

The Eclipse

OK, I obviously couldn’t leave this amazing event off the list. Because I work as a reporter, I spent Monday at Lake Monroe with hundreds of other people who came out to watch the eclipse. Bloomington saw about 95 percent totality, which was pretty amazing. The above picture from the beach is from right before that point, when it got darker and somewhat eery. It was so amazing to be able to witness my first near-total eclipse and even cooler to see so many other people do the same. It was special to watch parents and kids getting so excited and bonding over the event. Bloomington will be in the path of totality for another eclipse in seven years, so I better hold on to my glasses!

Pretty Girls

My best friend and I have similar taste in books, so I always know when she recommends a title it won’t disappoint. I could not put this book from Karin Slaughter down. The suspense kept my heart beating extremely fast for much of the story, so I finished the book within 48 hours. Fair warning: some of the descriptions of violence and sexual abuse are extremely graphic. This isn’t a book for the faint of heart.

Healthy Orange Chicken

Our weekday lunches typically consist of leftovers and I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to dig in as I was when I unpacked this healthy orange chicken. The cauliflower rice soaks up all of the sweet and spicy sauce and, served alongside a mini vegetable eggroll, this meal kept me full long past the 3 p.m. slump.

New Entertainment Center

We’ve been looking for a large cabinet or entertainment center that can hold our TV, record player and growing record collection for more than a year now. We looked at West Elm, Crate and Barrel, local furniture and antique shops — pretty much everywhere. We found pieces we liked, but nothing we loved. We decided to check out a huge, monthly flea market in my hometown when we were visiting my parents and stumbled the perfect piece from Any Style Cabinetry. The 6-foot long cabinet has plenty of room for all of our needs and is beautifully made. It fits perfectly with our shabby chic decor and is so much more unique than anything we would find at the mall.

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