Friday Favorites: May Madness, Summer Fun & Giveaway

Woohoo it’s Friday!  This week has been a bit nutty with a husband out of town and a million and one kids’ activities! But we survived and I am so excited for the weekend! Today, as usual, I am sharing my favorites of the week and I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

May Madness

I know all you parents can relate, May is a CRAZY time of year! Our calendar is filled to the brim with end of year ceremonies and celebrations, sports activities, shows, you name it! I’m trying to keep it all in perspective because these things are all FUN (well mostly!). I sure do appreciate this season of life that I am in and I know it will not be forever. But sometimes the day to day hustle is a lot to manage.

With my husband out of town for the entire week, I didn’t have a moment to spare (or to myself). So,  I treated myself to some flowers and a new doormat (that we needed) and I felt like a new mom! Sometimes, self care is just buying the flowers that you’d normally skimp on!

Simple Ways for Self Care

The kids and I are excited for my husband to come home later today!

Summer Decor Updates

In the midst of a busy time, I did manage to make a few colorful updates around the house. Is it just me or does decorating sound better than folding four loads of laundry?! Yup laundry is still on my to do list of the week:)

On Wednesday, I shared some simple ways to add some color and fun to the home! It’s always fun to make a few changes for the season. I  had a lot of fun creating this flamingo themed tray with Target dollar spot finds!


We are getting ready for summer with our SUMMER FUN Chalkboard! 19 days left of school…but who’s counting?!

Summer Chalkboard Idea

Goldfish Swim Giveaway

Did you happen to catch my giveaway on Monday? I have partnered with Goldfish Swim School for National Water Safety Awareness month for an exciting GIVEAWAY! One reader will win a one week Jumpstart Clinic (valued at $110). These jumpstart clinics are offered all summer long and run for five consecutive days!

These clinics are a great way to kick off swimming season! My kids have taken Jumpstart clinics and it always gives them the push they need to work through some of the tougher skills! My youngest takes weekly lessons at Goldfish, but you do not need to be enrolled in classes to sign up for a Jumpstart Clinic! Check HERE to see if you have a Goldfish location near you!

Be sure to head to my Monday post to enter!! Deadline to enter is Friday, May 18th!

Parenting Moments

Our youngest son can really give us a run for our money..especially at bedtime! The other day he was up to his usual stall tactics and we were having a tough time getting him to focus! At one point, he hid behind his curtains (to avoid putting on pajamas) and we didn’t hear a word. My son then says he has something to show my husband. At this point, my husband, a bit exasperated, can’t imagine what our son is talking about, heads over to the window. My little guy points out a nest with the TINIEST baby birds that might have been born THAT day! It was the sweetest thing!

Friday Favorites: Parenting Moment

This nest is just a few feet from our window, so we have enjoying watching this family all week! It is so cute to see the mother bird feeding her babies. A sweet little story for us to watch…just in time for Mother’s Day:)


That about wraps up the week! I better get to that laundry pile:) Or perhaps sitting in my new favorite porch spot sounds a bit more fun!

Farmhouse Style Summer Porch

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day weekend!!



  1. May 11, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I chuckled when I saw the title of this post- mine is pretty similar- hysterical! I LOVE May- it is my favorite month BUT it has gotten crazier and crazier each year with all of the activities – so i am with you girl- I love all of your summer decor- where did you get that starfish on your porch? I NEED it!! 🙂 Have a great weekend Jaclyn!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:33 am

      I got at Home Goods last year!!

  2. Kelly
    May 11, 2018 / 7:40 am

    I’m loving all your summer decor. Love the bucket list on your chalkboard! Happy early Mother’s Day!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thanks Kelly!! We’ve got a lot of work to do on the bucket list but it’s always fun!

  3. candy
    May 11, 2018 / 8:16 am

    The month of May is always crazy with graduations and school getting out. The parenting moment was awesome. Enjoy rest of the month.

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:36 am

      I can only imagine it will get even crazier as the kids get older!!

  4. Shannon
    May 11, 2018 / 8:27 am

    You have the cutest summer decor! I love the list on the wall! I too engage in self-care by buying flowers. It brightens up the house and my mood!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:36 am

      Thanks Shannon! It’s amazing what flowers can do!!

  5. May 11, 2018 / 8:30 am

    I love seeing baby birds!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:35 am

      It is seriously too cute!

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups
    May 11, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    I love the flamingos and pineapples, so cute and festive!!! Happy mother’s day!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:31 am

      Flamingos and pineapples are a few of my favorite things too:) Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!

  7. May 11, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Love your summer fun chalkboard – definitely need to do that with my girls!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:31 am

      It’s a fun tradition we started when our kids were very little!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Yes…absolutely a good reminder to slow down!

  8. May 11, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I love the summer fun chalkboard! Such a fun idea. We’re counting down to the end of the year, too!

    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Thanks Stefanie! The chalkboard is so fun to have in our kitchen:)

  9. May 11, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    May is usually a pretty busy month, but lots of fun things too. Aw, I love seeing baby birds!!
    I hope you have a great Mother’s Day weekend.


    • Jaclyn
      May 12, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Such a busy month…but at least the reward is a fun summer!!

  10. May 12, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’m with you sister…splurge on the flowers! It will make you smile all week! I’m also familiar with the stall tactics at bedtime (sigh). Love the summer home decor touch ups! So glad summer is almost here!

    • Jaclyn
      May 17, 2018 / 6:44 am

      The struggle is real with bedtime! Some day we will miss it right?!

  11. May 15, 2018 / 11:01 am

    I love that you put your summer bucket list on the chalkboard!! So cute!!

    • Jaclyn
      May 17, 2018 / 6:43 am

      It’s a good visual reminder for us to accomplish our favorite summer activities!

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