Friday Favorites: Christmas Decorating, a Children’s Museum and New Books

Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites as I link up Erika, Narci and Andrea to bring you my favorites from the week.  This week has been filled with Christmas decorating, a visit to our new children’s museum and some new book discoveries for kids!

Christmas Decorations

Last weekend we got to work decorating for Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have to get all of my decorations up in one day. I don’t like having all of the boxes lying around. So last Friday, my house started covered in a sea of boxes and ended 100% decorated for the holidays. Phew!

Tiered Tray available here

It was a very long day and I didn’t sit down until everything was put away! But I feel a sense of relief that it is all up for us to enjoy for the next month.

Our trees are less than perfect, but filled with lots of our kids’ favorite ornaments. I’ll take a kid friendly tree while I can as I know it is not forever!

Does anyone else love Little People as much as I do?! I just love getting out our Nativity and Christmas Village sets!

**Next Tuesday,  I will be sharing a holiday home tour along with other bloggers, so be sure to stop by!***

Children’s Museum

My youngest and I ventured to the new Cleveland Children’s Museum this week and we were thrilled with the new space! The museum has several different areas to explore, including a large water exhibit, climbing structures with several pretend play areas and a miniature world where kids can design rooms and small houses.  My guy was the perfect age for this place but I know my older kids would love this space just as much!

We enjoyed these climbing structures and all of the pretend play areas. I didn’t get a picture of the play kitchen, but it was absolutely adorable and was a total replica of a designer kitchen!

My little guy loves water, so we spent the bulk of the time playing in that area. I should have brought a change of clothes, because, despite the smock they provided, he was soaked!

It’s nice spending one on one time with this guy, but I do miss those days of having all three of my kids at home with me. Time goes too fast!

Besides our own in Cleveland, we’ve been to two other children’s museums around the country including Denver and Pittsburgh. I would love to hear your recommendations for other city children’s museums!

Book Finds

I’ve talked about my family’s love of reading and specifically about my love of Scholastic books. This past week, the kids had their Scholastic book fair and as always we end up with a few more books than planned. I don’t feel bad as the kids read them as soon as they get them and often times read them again!

While I was helping out at the fair, I came across this book She Persisted 13 American Women Who Changed the World. This book is perfect for girls both big and small. The message is so beautiful and inspiring and talks about women that did amazing things despite their circumstances. I plan to pick up a few copies of this book for gifts for a few young ladies I know!


Speaking of books, over on Instagram, I shared another great book There’s Certainly a Santa  which helps parents manage the inevitable questions about the big guy. This is a perfect book for those kids who are ready to be let in on the big secret. It shares the real magic of Santa in a sweet and gentle way that helps kids still feel that Christmas magic. Today is the last day for a giveaway I am doing with Certainly Santa on Instagram so be sure to check it out! There is also a discount code for 15% off and free shipping (through Dec 12th) for my followers CAS15 to order a copy of the book! You can order HERE!


I won’t be posting on Monday since I will be participating in the Home Tour link up on Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here next week!



  1. December 1, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I just saw those mugs when I was in HomeGoods last weekend! Your house looks so Good! I need to get my decorations up this weekend, hopefully.


  2. December 1, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Your decorations looks lovely and thank you for the book suggestions- have a great weekend!

  3. December 1, 2017 / 8:55 am

    You have me popping into every HomeGoods and Marshalls I see, and I have yet to find any Rae Dunn. Boo! Hopefully one day 🙂 love the decorations and love the Children’s Museum. So fun! Happy Friday!!

    • Jaclyn
      December 1, 2017 / 8:57 am

      It is so hit or miss! I was at a Marshalls yesterday and they had a huge shipment of Mom, Dad and BFF mugs! I’m sure they are gone today. Good luck!

  4. December 1, 2017 / 10:59 am

    I am so with you on getting ALL the decorations up in one day! Your home looks lovely and I can’t wait to see more in the house tour next week 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      December 1, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Rechelle! It is such a relief to get all the decor up!

    • Jaclyn
      December 1, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Rechelle! It is such a relief to get all the decor up!

  5. December 1, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Oh, so many wonderful looks!!! Great job with the decor and it all looks so beautiful together!

  6. December 2, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    I love how you decorated your mantle. Your house looks so festive and cheery! ❤️❤️

    • Jaclyn
      December 4, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Kristen!

  7. December 2, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I just saw those mugs at Homegoods! Love it! Your kiddo is adorable!

    • Jaclyn
      December 4, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks Brittany! Have a good day!

  8. December 3, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I love that tiered tray! It is styled so pretty for Christmas! And the museum looks like a really fun day! We love heading to children’s museums whenever we can!

    • Jaclyn
      December 4, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks Mary Leigh. It is a fun piece to style.

  9. December 4, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Love the mug tray!! Never thought of decorations like that. And it’s so nice to have candy inside decorations, yum! Thanks for the tip!

    • Jaclyn
      December 4, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Thanks Sophie! Happy Holidays!

  10. December 4, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Oooh, I’d never seen that Santa book before- that’s definitely going to be purchased for my boys soon!

  11. December 4, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    I’ve never read that book! Looks awesome.

  12. December 7, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    The museum looks awesome!! My daughter would really get a kick out of that!

    • Jaclyn
      December 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

      Children’s Museums are so fun..for kids and adults!

  13. December 10, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I absolutely LOVE all of your Christmas decorations!

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