The Pumpkin Spice Latte returns in less than a week (Aug. 28th for inquiring minds) which is like the Bat Signal that proves Fall is officially near (HALLELUJAH! I am a cool weather gal). We have a little over a week to get ready for preschool for our oldest baby boy, I've switched from iced coffee to hot coffee (well at least for the FIRST cup of the day) and I think I've located and removed the last plastic Easter egg from the playroom, so the change of season feels right. We're still in the dog days of summer in the Midwest weather-wise, so my Friday Favorites boasts a little mix of end of summer fun and cooler days ahead. These are the little things I'm loving this week.

Favorite Treat: I whipped up these vanilla meringues this week on whim and I have to say, I'm so pleased with how they turned out! They make for the perfect sweet, light bite to have after dinner and would also be a fun twist to add to a s'mores bar/dessert table. While they are crispy vs. soft, they have a similar flavor to marshmallows. I can imagine they would be so delicious dipped in a little bit of dark chocolate too. They would also be the perfect accompaniment to a mermaid or unicorn cake!

Favorite Quote: I found this quote via Pinterest and I love the reminder to focus on growth opportunities even during tough times. I try to remember that how I act through adversity is a true illustration of my character, especially with little people in my life who watch and learn from all of my reactions.

Favorite Sweater: I noticed this sweater during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it's been in and (mostly) out of stock ever since. While I haven't purchased it for myself, it's definitely on the lust list and I would give it a major recommendation to anyone shopping for Fall cozies right now! I'll be hunting for this one or a similar version throughout the season.

Favorite Look: Wore this as a cover up to a splash pad date with my favorite little guys and it was the easiest way to feel pulled together while getting buckets of water dumped on my head. :) It is also a hit during drier days, tucked into a pair of denim shorts.

Favorite Song: "Kids" by MGMT. This throwback popped onto my playlist not long ago and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since. It's the perfect playlist addition to an end of summer soiree.