Friday Favorites: Rae Dunn Summer, Outdoor Dining & the Big Debate


Happy Friday!  It’s been another “manic” May week and I’m starting to realize this is the norm for May! I have to say it sure is flying by! Today, as usual, I am sharing my favorites of the week and I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

Mother’s Day

I was looking back at my week while writing this post and almost forgot that just last Sunday was Mother’s Day!

It was a fun day and the kids spoiled me with some sweet gifts. One of my favorite handmade gifts was ones my mom helped to put together. The kids each gave me a Rae Dunn bud vase filled with paper flowers. Two of my favorite things–flowers and Rae Dunn:)

Rae Dunn Bud Vases

Thankful for my mom and all that she does for our family! 

Organize a Bar Cart for Easy Summer Dining I was hoping for a picture with ALL of my kids but a silly selfie with the boys was about all that I got!

Friday Favorites May link up

Rae Dunn Summer Finds

Speaking of Rae Dunn, I stopped into my local Marshalls this week and stumbled upon so many new Rae Dunn summer finds! I wanted to scoop it all up, but I’m trying to keep my Rae Dunn collection under control:)

These plates were adorable! Each one of the set of 4 had a different graphic!

Set of 4 Summer Rae Dunn Plates

I love these bowls and just might have to go back and grab them! So perfect for summer entertaining!

Too many Rae Dunn finds in one spot!

Rae Dunn Summer Wine Glasses

Summer Bar Cart

Earlier in the week, I shared my ideas for a Summer Dining Bar Cart. Having a designated station for outdoor dining necessities has made it so much easier for eating outdoors!

Must Haves for Easy Summer Entertaining


Our bar cart is right next to our patio, so it makes it so quick and easy to grab the things we need and head outside. We are just about finished getting our patio all set up…I’ll be sure to share with you soon!

I spotted so many fun RED, WHITE & BLUE decor at Target yesterday!! All of these items would be perfect for stocking a summer bar cart!Red, White & Blue Target Finds

I love all the patriotic decor because it fits in with all of the summer holidays!

4th of July Decor at Target

May Challenge Update

Back at the beginning of the month, I shared our May challenge that entailed some health, food and financial goals! We are still going strong on these areas. Even though I have stopped at several of my favorite stores, I managed to not buy any clothes or home decor! It has taken some serious self control! Why do stores look more appealing when you don’t want to spend any money?!

Speaking of saving money, one of the very first bloggers I ever started following (almost 10 years ago) is the Money Saving Mom. Back at that time, I used to be a lot better about finding deals and using coupons! She has always had so many great tips. Anyway, this month, she is challenging herself to spend only $70 a week on groceries for her family of 5!! It seems impossible, but it is certainly motivating! You can read all about her menu plans and exactly what she has been buying here. What are your thoughts on this kind of weekly grocery budget? Does it seem achievable?

The Biggest Debate of the Week

Finally, I’ve got to know, are you Team Yanny or Team Laurel? The first time I listened to the clip I heard Yanny. But, when I listened to the audio again, I heard Laurel! Now all I hear is Laurel! The rest of my house is divided! Leave it to something as silly as an audio clip to cause an Internet frenzy:)


This about wraps up my Friday Favorites! I’ll be announcing the winner for the Goldfish Swim School Giveaway this weekend! You still have time to enter, until tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST!! I can’t wait for a lucky reader to win this awesome package! Hope you all have a great weekend!



  1. candy
    May 18, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Keeping the bar cart next to the patio just makes sense. Love to eat outdoors.

  2. May 18, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Happy Friday! Love all that Rae Dunn!!! I am finding it WAY more now that I live in the Midwest and not in CA!!!! 🙂

  3. May 18, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Sounds like a great mothers day you had. I love all the items above, super cute!

  4. May 18, 2018 / 10:31 am

    So cute. God bless you.

  5. May 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Beautiful cutlery. I really love these.

  6. May 18, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Okay- I am making a trip to Target today! Love everything for Memorial Day! Where did you get the sign on your bar cart? It is so cute- I need one 🙂

  7. Diana
    May 18, 2018 / 11:06 am

    What a great Mother’s Day! I love the bar cart- what a good, functional idea!

  8. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups
    May 18, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Those vases are too cute! I love them. Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. May 18, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Aw, that’s such a sweet Mother’s Day Gift. How amazing of your mom to work with the kids on that. I don’t have anything Rae Dunn but I’ve seen some of the stuff and I think I need a few pieces for the summer. lol


  10. Bri
    May 18, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    I LOVE all that Rae Dunn stuff!!!! Happy belated Mother’s Day. 🙂

  11. yasmina
    May 18, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Sounded like a beautiful day!!! The vases are just so cute and beautiful! Great ideas

    • Jaclyn
      May 23, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you–the vases are such a great keepsake!

  12. April
    May 21, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    I loved your Friday Faves post! I’ve never heard of Rae Dunn before but HOLY CUTENESS! I would have bought it allllllllllll! Haha 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      May 23, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Rae Dunn is very addicting–ha ha!! It’s a fun thing to look for at the discount stores!

  13. May 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

    I saw a ton of Rae Dunn summer plate sets, they said sunshine, relax, etc. I didn’t get them though!

    • Jaclyn
      May 23, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      I’ve been trying to be strong on RD too!!

  14. Megan
    February 22, 2019 / 11:39 am

    Marshals always have the best and cutest plates and bowls.

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