Friday Favorites: Little Things, Think Spring and Mother Daughter Relationship

Happy Weekend! As per the usual Friday routine,  I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites. I’ll share a peek into our last few days and some of my favorites of the week.

Finding Joy in the Little Things

This week it was all about celebrating spring even though the weather in Ohio would leave us to believe winter is here to stay. The other day I was in a rut and needed a little pick me up, so these fresh tulips did the trick! Sometimes all it takes is a bouquet of flowers…and maybe a good bar of extra dark chocolate to change your mood.

Self Care for Moms

Is anyone else like me and sometimes hems and haws about spending the $10 on grocery store flowers? We give in to the extra purchases at the grocery store for our kids, but hesitate to buy the one little thing that might make us feel good! So sometimes you just got to BUY THE FLOWERS and do a little something for self-care.

Bringing Spring Into the Home

Over the weekend, my daughter and I spent some girl time at the craft store and garden center. I got some inspiration to take some basic pots and give them the aged terra-cotta look.  We filled these pots with our new plants including little succulents and lavender plants. On Monday, I shared all the details on how I made these planters.

It is easy to get lost in a craft store when you don’t have a plan or purpose. My daughter helped me brainstorm some ideas for these terra-cotta pots.

DIY Project with Terra Cotta Pots

It took me under a half an hour to give four terra cotta pots a new and improved farmhouse look.

Easy DIY Aged Terra Cotta Planters

Greenery adds so much warmth and coziness to the house!

These plants have made me smile all week.

Tips for a Cozy Home

Testing Out a New Car

This past week, we were given the chance to test drive a 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited. Despite my love of my minivan, I discovered this car would might be a great option for my family as well. I had never driven a hybrid car and I could not believe how fuel efficient it was for getting around town. I barely used a quarter tank for a full week of driving! The second row captain seats made it so easy to get back to the third row.

Choosing a Family Car

Are you team minivan or team SUV? Yesterday, I gave my take on which car type is better for a family car including what to consider with your next car purchase.

Mother Daughter Relationship

As my daughter gets closer to the teen years, I am realizing we may be in for some challenges and tests to our mother daughter relationship. I know that this is all par for the course and part of the growing process, but it is not always easy. One small thing that my daughter and I have started over the last year, is writing back and forth to each other in this journal.

Creating Strong Bonds with a Mother Daughter Journal

It had been a over a month since either of us had written in it, but the other night I found the journal sitting on my nightstand. This was a signal that my daughter had written in the book.

How to Foster Strong Mother Daughter Relationship

I absolutely love this journal and the open dialogue it has created between the two of us. There is also a mother son version of this journal which I would like to get for boys.

Imagination versus Clutter

Finally, this week my boys have been all about LEGOS! So, part of my weekend will involve a major clean up of our Legos. This is a daily and weekly task and up until now I haven’t found a solution that can keep the situation at bay. Despite having a playroom where our Legos are supposed to live, they end up in every single corner of the house. I think the only solution is less Legos?! Except that my boys are in a HUGE Lego phase and I have a guaranteed few hours to get things done when they are deep in play. Anyone else have this love hate relationship with Legos?

I am hoping this new this storage bag that I found on Amazon will be the answer!

I am hoping this mat will allow for a quick clean up in the evenings. I’ll keep you posted!


That about wraps up my week. I hope you have a great weekend and see you back here next week!



  1. March 23, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Jaclyn! First off- yes on the flowers. I love adding fresh flowers to the house in the spring- they brighten everyones’ moods! Secondly- my 9 year old and I have been using that exact journal and it is wonderful 🙂

  2. March 23, 2018 / 10:04 am

    I have a 2013 Hylander (non hybrid) and love it. It doesn’t feel like you are driving a tug boat and it might be my favorite car I have every owned.

    Happy Friday!


  3. March 23, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    This storage bag is impressive. I love the diy clay pots and mother daughter journal. That’s such a cool way to connect.

  4. Katie
    March 24, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Love & hate legos. I had no idea how small they were until Abby received about 5 sets for her 5th birthday. She then pretty much opened & dumped out all the bags in a big pile and asked me to assemble them. Uggh! Happy spring!

  5. livi
    March 24, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    i really want to do the letters in the journal like you did. Oh my gosh, what a great idea!

  6. March 24, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I NEED that LEGO bag!! Seriously, i have a major love hate relationship with my kids legos 🙁

  7. March 26, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Love the journal idea! I don’t think my boys would like that Lego bag because there is the chance their creations could fall apart when they are picked up!

  8. March 26, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I love what you did with the terra cotta pots!! And I agree, sometimes you just gotta buy the flowers!

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