Friday Five 5.19.17 - May snowstorms, 5ks, and new spring reads! | via scoutandwiles.com

Friday Five is a series to let you in on my five favorite events, people, places, articles, and products from the week. Enjoy! This post contains affiliate links. See my Disclosure Policy for more information.


1. The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick


A few years ago, I read The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick for the first time, and it quickly became one of my favorite books, a novel that you can just snuggle up and get lost in.

So I was understandably excited when I learned that Herrick was writing a sequel continuing the story of the characters from The Sparrow Sisters.

The setting of the second novel, The Forbidden Garden, is quite different, but it’s just as delightful. If you enjoy a little magical realism in the books that you read, I would definitely check these two out!

2. This weird mid-May snowstorm Denver is getting

I will be the first to admit that I don’t love snow in the city (just in the mountains, for skiing), but there’s something about snow falling on green lawns and blooming trees that is just weird enough to be kind of exciting.

The snow isn’t sticking, but students came to school very subdued yesterday, which is unusual at this point in the school year. I did not mind it at all 🙂

3. Instagram’s new facial filters for Stories

I’m not a Snapchatter, so these are really getting me. Honestly, I play around with them when I’m bored. It’s a challenge not to fill my Stories with them, but I’m trying not to annoy my followers, haha.

4. This article about Peg Bracken, who became famous in the 60s for hating cooking


She wrote a cookbook called The I Hate to Cook Book, which was amazing at a time when women were still expected to take on domestic duties uncomplainingly. Check out the article, which includes some advertisements she starred in, for a good chuckle.

5. The Colfax Marathon this weekend!

My co-teacher and I are running the 5k race for the Colfax Marathon with some of our cross country runners this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited! The network we work for is a benefiting charity of the race, and I’m looking forward to running with these students again.

I also just love races – I always cry during the national anthem, even at 5ks. There’s something about all of the hard work that everyone has done to get there and being around other runners. Maybe it’s the endorphins, but it’s such a fun way to spend a weekend morning.


What are your favorite things from this week? Let me know in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Friday Five 5.19.17”

  1. Hey, thanks a lot for this great post. I am definitely going to get my hands on “I hate cooking book” … I am happy to see that I am not the only one who hates to cook 🙂 haha

    1. I know! I think that she was so funny and pioneering – just laughing in the face of everyone’s expectations for her/women in general at that time. I’m so glad to have read about her!

  2. I’ll have to check out instagrams new filters! I deleted my snapchat awhile ago. I just never used it but did like some of the filters. Lol

  3. I’m also not a snapchat user but I am loving the Instagram filters, so much fun! Obviously the three year old loves the minions one!

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