Friday Favorites: A Friday Night In

Relaxing on a Friday night in is such a luxury. I’m not sure how other Southern Californians feel about this, but I’m thankful for the drop in temperatures. It finally feels like “winter” here (or maybe I’m the only one feeling cold because my dad is walking around in shorts). Regardless, this gives me an excuse to stay inside and get all cozy and warm. Like I said, I would mix things up on my blog so rather than the usual style of my “Friday Favorites” series, I’ll give you a glimpse of my life. So here are a 5 of my favorite things to have on a “chilly” Friday night:

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa

I love hot cocoa. Nice, warm, and sweet. This tin was from a set of four tins I received as a gift from a family friend. Each tin has a cute holiday design and the flavors include Caramel Cream, French Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, and Mint Chocolate. I feel like I’m enjoying the holidays all over again.

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And of course, there needs to be real chocolates. These chocolates are delicious and sent from France by my wonderful uncle. They came in a large bag (I think it was over 50 pieces) with dark chocolates, milk chocolates, and white chocolates with a variety of fillings. My favorite is the “Éclats de meringues chocolat au lait.” Milk chocolate with a smooth milk chocolate and sugar granule filling. <3

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A good read. Summary from inside the dust cover:

kira-kira: glittering; shining

Glittering. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people’s eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it’s Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it’s Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering–kira-kira–in the future.

I can’t believe this book is turning 10 this year. It seemed just like yesterday when I picked this book off the shelf when it was first released. Not long after, it won the Newbery Medal, so this is my special first edition copy without the Newbery Medal seal. It’s been awhile since I’ve curled up with a book so this is one of my go-to’s on my bookshelf (after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).

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Good company. Meet my friend. Isn’t he adorable? His special talent is to play a music box version Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while moving his head to the tune. Definitely someone you’d want to snuggle with under a soft blanket.

And finally, some beautiful music. This is a playlist from an anime called Mushishi. It’s a very calming supernatural Japanese animated show. I found the music to be quite relaxing, although some songs may give you the chills. I’m very much into Japanese animation and music having grown up surrounded by Japanese culture since a very young age. Even if you’re not familiar with Japanese music, do give this playlist a try.

What are your comfort items for nights inside? Leave a comment and let me know, and, as always, thank you for visiting. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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    1. That’s seriously cool. I saw this duvet cover at Ikea and immediately had to buy it. In the mornings I cover it up with a second comforter, that’s white with black damask designs, though. :)

    1. I think hot cocoa is great anytime as long as it’s a bit chilly. My excuses to drink it…
      We don’t have a fireplace here, but sometimes I just like to bring up a youtube video of a crackling fireplace + jazzy music on the TV and turn on the heater. Hehe..

    1. I recently discovered the awesomeness of Popcornopolis’ Zebra Popcorn…only to be prohibited from eating popcorn until my wisdom teeth sockets heal over. :( No stopping me from eating a box of chocolates in bed, though.

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