Friday Favorites: Getting Ready for Summer, New Cookbook and Movie Night Fun

Happy Friday! This first week of May has me excited for summer and I was motivated to get things done! Around this part of the Midwest, it seems like we went directly from winter to summer….but I’m not complaining!  Today, as usual, I am sharing my favorites of the week and I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites. I’ve got a lot of fun things to share with you!

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New Cookbook

You might have caught me mention my new cookbook on Facebook and Instagram. Even though I love all things Chip and Joanna, I hesitated to purchase Magnolia Table because I didn’t know if the recipes would be too hard or would be things I would want to make. However, I am so glad I got it! The recipes are easy and uncomplicated although, I need to admit, are not exactly the healthy meals I usually cook. There is a lot more cheese and butter than I’m used to. The desserts look amazing and I can’t wait to try some of them!

Review of Magnolia Table Cookbook

What has really drawn me into the book is the anecdotes Joanna shares about her approach to making meals for her family. She pours her heart into what she makes and really wants to provide meals to her family that they will be talking about for years to come.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve got a few picky eaters and it’s so easy to get frustrated with making meals for the family when you know the kids won’t always eat it! After reading her cookbook, I’ve done a little reset. I’m feeling inspired to find meals my family will love and will crave long after they leave the house!

So far, I have made one of her recipes for a Grilled Salmon and I think I will try out her guacamole recipe this weekend for Cinco De Mayo!

Getting on Track for Summer

You might have noticed I had a little healthy theme going this week on the blog! First, on Monday, I shared big list of simple and healthy Lunch Ideas for Moms! As moms, it’s easy to put our own meals on the back burner…especially breakfast and lunch! My goal this month is to make sure to eat a good breakfast and lunch instead of grabbing for the kids leftovers! 

Easy & Healthy Lunch Ideas for Moms That Aren't Kids Foods

Speaking of goals, on Wednesday, I shared my healthy goals for May. Summer is just around the corner, so I’m motivated to do a little more working out, eating healthy and saving some money!! Summer is filled with lots of good food and drink and a lot of fun activities. So now is the time to get in shape in more ways than one!

6 Healthy Goals to Start Before Summer

Photo Collage

We had the most exciting mail this week with the arrival of our yearly photo collage poster! I was a little bit behind getting this poster made, but better late than never!!

Capture Your Phone PIctures wtih a Yearly Photo Collage

These posters are so easy to do and are a great way to use photos from the phone! Just a note if you order from this site, the uploading process TAKES AWHILE! I always forget this when I’m uploading my photos and get nervous that the site isn’t working!! It takes a good hour for 100 photos to upload…just as an FYI. Other than the loading time issue, creating a collage is SUPER EASY! You can rearrange the photos (that are automatically filled in) and you can personalize the text too!

I always order the 16 X 20 size collage and I use these inexpensive IKEA frames! Since I don’t have an IKEA nearby, I ordered three of these frames at a time. I just used my last one, so I’ll have to reorder another batch for next year!

Ideas for Picture Walls

We hang these on our stairwell and every single day one of us stops to look at the pictures. It’s fun to find new pictures each time we look at it!

Wallpaper Project

This week on a whim I decided to try my hand at a peel and stick wallpaper project in my daughter’s room. There are so many pretty wallpaper options at Target, especially the Opal House collection. However, I wasn’t able to find a Opal House paper that worked for my daughter’s beachy vibe room, so I went with this option. The wallpaper is SUPER EASY to apply to the wall and is so forgiving if you need to pull off and start over.

Inexpensive wallpaper options

However,  in our particular case, the process is a little tricky because her room has a lot of angled ceilings. Ugh!!

I wasn’t able to finish the entire wall yet, but I will be sure to show you the finished project! This project is on my weekend to do list–we will see!!

Movie Night Fun

Finally, I’ve talked before about our family tradition of weekly movie nights. We were recently given the chance to try Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasonings and so I decided to make our last movie night a little more festive. Movie nights used to always be on Fridays but now with our schedule that’s not always possible. So we make it any night of the week that we are all available!

Ideas for a Fun Movie Night

 

My kids were SO excited to try all the different flavors of these seasonings. Everyone got to pick what they wanted and some of us even mixed and matched our flavors. You can buy an 8 pack of minis, so you can see which ones are your favorites!

Sometimes the hardest part about movie night is deciding on a movie that everyone wants to watch!

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That wraps up my week!! I’m excited for a nice weekend which hopefully includes a lot of time outside!! Have a great weekend and see you back here next week:)

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17 Comments

  1. May 4, 2018 / 6:42 am

    I love your movie night tradition and I can’t wait to hear about the recipes you try from your new cookbook- have a great weekend Jaclyn!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 4, 2018 / 7:58 am

      The kids count on movie night…its a nice time to slow down and unwind. Enjoy your weekend too!

  2. May 4, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I love the photo collage idea!! You’re going to have a full wall in several years’ time!!I love popcorn movie nights. So fun and a great way to bring everyone together! Have a great weekend! – Shannon @slayitagainshan.com

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 4, 2018 / 7:54 am

      I know–we are going to need a new space in a couple of years!! Have a great weekend Shannon!

  3. May 7, 2018 / 8:19 am

    I love those collages. I don’t know if I could narrow down all the photos I take in a year! I’ve had those popcorn seasonings too – yum!

  4. May 9, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I think the photo montage for the year is a great idea! What a fun way to capture memories 🙂

  5. May 9, 2018 / 9:59 am

    I’ve never seen these mini popcorn seasonings. My kids would love these for our next movie night. So fun!

  6. May 9, 2018 / 11:38 am

    I love that movie night set up, so cute! Also, I really love popcorn, so the idea is right up my alley. Hope you have a great day!

  7. May 9, 2018 / 11:43 am

    I def. need some new recipes in my mix. My kids are also picky eaters too.. it stinks! Those yearly photo collages are so cool!! I may need to do that in 2019 (if I remember).

  8. May 9, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I LOVE the idea of a yearly collage – and it’s good to know it takes some time to upload. Those little mini seasonings are cute – I think my oldest niece and nephew would enjoy those for a fun movie night this summer.

    -Lauren

  9. May 9, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    That cookbook looks like a good one. Those photo collages are beautiful! We’ve always just ordered pictures and cut them down to size with a paper cutter and then modge podged everything together (after arranging them) onto a piece of foam board. This looks so much simpler! Fun movie night set up.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 9, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Lisa- photo project must turn out so cool and personal! Great idea!

  10. amy
    May 9, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    That cookbook looks fabulous. I really love your photo collage, I want to do something like this too but I always seem to run out of time.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 9, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      It’s def easy to run out of time for photo organization! Usually at the bottom of my to do list:)

  11. May 10, 2018 / 8:08 am

    What a FUN Friday round-up! I love it all – we are very similar. 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      May 10, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Aww thanks! Great minds..ha ha!

  12. Kelsey
    May 10, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    The movie night fun is a great idea! My son is a little too young, but I can’t wait to make sleepovers so much fun for him and his friends! 🙂

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