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Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Family Fun, Girly Things, Sprinkles | 5 comments

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! As soon as I hit publish on this post, I’m throwing a few more things in my suitcase (because I wouldn’t want to get the reputation of being a light packer) and running a few quick errands before heading out of town.

On Monday afternoon I walked into our office during nap time to do some work on my computer and I found a note that said, “Pack your bags for an adventure! We are going to the mountains of North Carolina to be leaf lookers this weekend!”


I’m glad my husband knows me well enough to know that I need 5 days to pack for a 2 day trip. I knew we had plans to make a day trip to the mountains this weekend, but I was completely surprised to learn that Dave had secretly rented us a mountain cabin for the entire weekend. To say that I’m thrilled for a weekend away with my little family is a huge understatement. We’ve got our plaid shirts, lots of books and our hiking clothes packed! I also grabbed a few new movies in hopes of having a special movie night with Atlas after Andi Rose goes to bed at night. That sweet surprise from my man was – without a doubt – my favorite thing from the week!

But, before I check out for the weekend I wanted to share a few other things that I’m loving lately!

Olly Undeniable Beauty Gummies 


After I briefly mentioned purchasing these Olly Undeniable Beauty gummies in a previous post I had several people reach out and ask me if I would write a review on them. I figured I could share my opinions on the gummies now, since I just finished my second container of them (I’ve been taking them for 2 months). Here’s my personal thoughts on them:

  • Hair: I’ve noticed that my hair does seem to be growing faster and I think my eyelashes are actually a little longer too, although that could be because of the neulash that I use. My hair feels healthier than normal, and while that could be related to a few different factors, I’m still chalking these up to a win in that department.
  • Skin: I didn’t see any difference in my skin. If anything, the last month my face has had significantly more breakouts than usual (whoever said your face won’t breakout when you’re an adult is a LIAR!). I actually started to wonder if these gummies were the cause of my face breaking out (because of the borage oil in them?), but I liked the results I was seeing in my hair so I just kept on taking them. I sort of doubt the gummies were to blame for all my breakouts – it’s been a stressful few weeks around here so that normally jacks up my face. But, I’m still calling shenanigans on this product helping the skin.
  • Nails: I did see an improvement in my nails…but then I went and got a gel manicure. That weakened my nails some, but now they are getting stronger again and growing super fast, which I actually find annoying because I don’t like having long nails (I’m paranoid about scratching my babies). So, giving these a thumbs up in the nail strengthening category!

Will I buy them again? Probably.

Dyson Animal Cord Free Vacuum


I don’t even care if you judge me for this one, but I love this thing so much I want to shout it from the rooftops! Oh.Em.Gee! You guys, I vacuum I mean, I don’t vacuum the entire house every single day, but I have to vacuum something up every single day (compliments of my children and dogs). Usually it is a mess from Andi Rose. (Her new thing is that she likes getting in our spice cabinet and opening the spice lids when I’m not looking and pouring them on the floor. It’s real cute.) Anyways, I loved our old vacuum, but getting it out and plugging in the cord was kind of a pain (first world problems), especially since I wasn’t always vacuuming a big spot – I was just sucking up the lemon pepper Andi Rose poured out. But then this cord free vacuum came into my life and the heavens parted and the angels sang. This thing is the jam for cleaning up quick messes or vacuuming stairs. And it is powerful! So powerful, in fact, that I usually use it over our bigger vacuum to vacuum the whole house when I do decide to do that big job (which is about 2 or 3 times a week if you’re wondering).

Elm Music


I’ve been listening to this album a lot throughout this week and it is encouraging, convicting and challenging my heart. Brittany, the girl who wrote the album, is actually a personal friend of mine and she is truly remarkable. Just over a year ago, Brittany tragically and unexpectedly lost her husband. He passed away at 30 years old and left behind Brittany and their 3 boys, ages 3 and under (their youngest son and Andi Rose actually share a birthday). When I try and put myself in Brittany’s shoes, I just can’t help but think I would come apart at the seams. I don’t know how I would function if I lost Dave tomorrow. But Brittany is walking through this unimaginable pain with such grace, strength and faith that she is inspiring all those who know her, and even those who don’t personally know her. Brittany wrote this album with her brother over the course of this last year and the songs are nothing short of powerful – especially when you know that they have all been written from the valley of the shadow of death. If you want to be encouraged, I recommend downloading the album! Brittany is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and I know you’ll be blessed by the lyrics to her songs.

And that’s a wrap for this week, friends! I hope you have a lovely weekend! 🙂

P.S. I have some new favorites in the make-up department, but I wasn’t sure if I burned you guys out recently talking about make-up? It would be super helpful if you enjoy reading this blog if you could take a quick minute to leave a little comment or shoot me an e-mail letting me know what you would like to see more of on this page. 🙂


  1. Happy Friday Ashley! What a wonderful surprise from your hubby! Its some well deserved time away I’m sure. We are off to Tally as soon as school is out to see if our Seminoles can pull out a win over Clemson. Fingers Crossed.

    Thanks for the review on the gummies. I take the Biotin ones myself and really am never quite sure if they are doing anything? But that vacumn – I have the exact one (actually, I have TWO of them – one for upstairs and one for downstairs) they are awesome. Like you – I use them every single day. did a blog post this week where we listed our favorite bloggers and you know I put you on that list! Check it out at There are some great blogs on there – quite a few you’ve probably already heard of.

    Have a great weekend – drive safe.

    • Hey Jessica! Thank you so much for including Cupcakes n Crunches on your list of favorite blogs! That means the world to me and totally made my day! Cant wait to check out the other blogs on the list! 🙂

      Hope you had a fun weekend in Tally. That was quite the game Saturday night. I thought Dave was going to lose.his.mind. hahaha

  2. So exciting!! Hope y’all enjoy a fun fall getaway!! If you’re close to the Highlands and Old Edwards Inn, check it out!! it’s such a cute town with great shopping, restaurants, and the Inn spa… relaxed just thinking about it!!

    Love reading your blog!! Love your real life mom tales along with your spiritual uplifting and inspirational stories! Of course, I love all your fun fashion, latest faves, and foodie updates too!! I look forward to seeing a new Cupcakes and Crunches post pop up in my inbox… even if I have to wait a few naptimes or after kiddos bedtimes to catch up!! So genuine, real, and relatable!! So funny too!!

    Enjoy your getaway!! Cheers!!

    • Thank you so much for this sweet comment, Linday! And thank you for spending precious naptime reading my blog! That encourages me so much.

      And we LOVE Highlands! It is one of our very favorite towns. We usually try to stay near highlands when we visit the mountains, but this time we ended up staying about 40 minutes away. We still made the drive over on Sunday though and ate lunch there and strolled the streets for a bit. I WISH I could have popped into the Old Edwards Inn for a spa treatment. That place is Heaven! It is the PERFECT place for a girls weekend.

  3. Loving that your sweet husband surprised you with a week end get away! Praying it is a time of fun and renewal for you all! I love your diverse blog posts! I love the pictures and stories of your family! Your humor has always been a favorite to me and it shines through on your posts! I also like your recommendations on clothes and everyday products like today’s post. I will download Brittany’s album today. I love reading how life is changing you into the beautiful woman you are today (inside and out) from the lesson only kids can teach you! Always look forward to reading your posts! Inspiring!

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