Friday Favorites: Summer Fun List, Getting Organized and New Healthy Snack

Cheers to Friday! Although doesn’t every day feel like Friday in the summer?! Today, as usual, I am sharing my favorites of the week and I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

Finding Our Summer Groove

My family and I really jumped right into summer mode! We have been busy checking things off of our summer fun list.

Summer Fun List

Seriously though, as much as I have vowed to have a low-key summer, we have been pretty busy! It kind of just is how summer is…some days on the go and some days very carefree and relaxing.

In the last week, we went strawberry picking…

Summer Fun LIst: Strawberry PIcking

Summer Fun List: Strawberry Picking FarmAlso, we made our annual trip to Cedar Point..

Summer Fun at Cedar Point

I’ll admit that we have enjoyed ice cream a few times..

Our Summer Fun List


Not to mention, we also visited the pool and started summer swim team, spent a day of service at a refugee community center and snuggled some animals at our local APL. Phew, we are tired!


Yesterday, I shared our daily summer schedule and the things that we do to have some structure to our days. As I mentioned, this is a very flexible schedule and there are some days that we don’t get to everything on the list. But, the summer schedule at least provides us with some ideas to how we approach our days.

Create a simple and easy summer schedule for the family #summer #kids #parenting

We have been good about our new chore system! It is so simple and basic but that is why I think it is working. Each day the kids all pick a popscicle stick out of the chore jar. When they are done with the chore they put the stick in the other mason jar.

Kids Pick One Popsicle Stick Chore for 15 minutes of screen time

Completing one chore is just a family responsibility and not tied to any incentive. However, screen time can be earned for extra chores! So far no one has taken me up on the extra chores. But honestly that is okay because the less screen time they get, the better!

Getting Organized

While our overall daily flow is going well, I will admit that I am still working on finding my groove. Can anyone relate?? I am off of my laundry and grocery shopping game! True story, the other day one of the kids yelled from their room that they didn’t have any shorts to wear–oops! Good thing I had actually done a small load that had one pair of shorts cleaned!!

Even with not making it the grocery store during the week, we have gotten back to our weekly dinner themes! This is the schedule we followed throughout the school year. Now that it is summer, we do a lot more grilling and not much in the crockpot.

Simple dinner themes that make meal planning easy! #mealplanning #dinnerthemes #dinnerideas

On Wednesday, we had our usual breakfast for dinner. I made these Cinnamon Rolls from Money Saving Mom. So yummy!! I had to dust off my bread machine and now I’m planning on using it a lot more this summer.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Clear the Clutter Challenge

On Monday, we picked back up with the Clear the Clutter Challenge by sharing our ideas for School Paperwork Organization!  I shared my absolute favorite way to store school papers for each of the kids.This extra-large file folder stores all of the kids favorite papers and art from the school year!

Keri and I are working behind the scenes on some exciting updates to the Challenge! This month, we created a printable checklist for e-mail subscribers that breaks down the monthly challenge into easy steps! If you haven’t grabbed your copy, be sure to sign up as a subscriber (and then check out my free printables tab under Additional Resources!).

New Healthy Snack

I know I am not alone in this but my kids want to eat all day long in the summer! I’ve even found that I’ve been snacking more too! Recently we were sent Quinn Snacks Popcorn to try. I love this microwave popcorn because it is non-gmo, no preservatives and no hydrogenated oils. The microwave bag is even compostable!!

Healthy Summer Snack Idea

The best part about these snacks it is a healthy option that my kids can make on their own!! We are working on some independence this summer on meal and snack preparations!

We all have our favorites! I love the Rosemary and Sea Salt flavor and the Truffle Butter is a VERY close second favorite! The kids love the Real Butter Movie Style, Cheddar and Sea Salt and Just Sea Salt.

Quinn Popcorn Snacks #nongmo #healthysnack

Thank you so much to Quinn Snacks for providing us with this healthy snack!

Bedtime Yoga

Another favorite of the week is discovering that my 5 year old loves yoga! The bedtime struggle is real at our house especially since it is light out when he goes to bed! (Sometimes it’s light out when I go to bed–ha ha!)

So we’ve been watching some videos on YouTube right before bed and it has been working wonders on our bed time routine! He actually asks to head up to bed so we can do our videos! I let him pick out a couple as most are only 3-4 minutes long.

Go Noodle Kids Yoga for Bedtime Wind down
Our favorite meditation app is Go Noodle!

Even though it adds one more thing to our bedtime routine, it actually has helped make the process smoother and quicker. We’ve gotten less requests for extra stories and less resistance in going to bed. WIN!


That about sums up our week. Our daughter leaves for sleepaway camp on Sunday–boohoo for us but yay for her! Happy Father’s Day to my hubby, my dad, my stepdad & father-in-law! Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the dads in your life!




  1. candy
    June 15, 2018 / 9:08 am

    We just picked strawberries this morning while it was cool out. Watermelon and cantalope is all cut up and cooling as well. Always like to have healthy snacks all year long and summer makes it really easy.

  2. June 15, 2018 / 9:36 am

    I love the meal theme idea! I have to try that. I am jealous of the strawberries you got. Ours were so puny!

  3. June 15, 2018 / 9:55 am

    This is a great blog post. Those strawberries and ice cream look delicious

  4. June 15, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I love the idea of a weekly meal schedule. I think I will start that with the new school year. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jaclyn
      June 15, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      The start of a school year is always a great time to start a routine!

  5. June 15, 2018 / 10:58 am

    What an awesome and helpful post. You have so many great ideas packed in one. I love the popsicle stick chore idea…genius. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jaclyn
      June 15, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Thanks Cayla! I always look for easy & achievable ideas!

  6. June 15, 2018 / 11:37 am

    I really love how organized you are! And I also love the idea of a summer schedule; however, I’m really jealous of those strawberries you picked! Ours in NC don’t look near that hearty!

    • Jaclyn
      June 15, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you Kristi! I’m organized in some areas and not great in others:)

  7. Julie
    June 15, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    I like the chore stick idea. We might have to start something like that. Also, we love Cedar Point!

    • Jaclyn
      June 15, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks Julie! Cedar Point is so fun!!

  8. June 15, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    The stick idea is super cute. May need to look into it. Love bedtime yoga, how fun.

  9. June 15, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    Sounds like you are having a great start to your summer. I love your chore system, reminds me of some of the systems I had with my students to help around the classroom. We those cinnamon rolls delicious? They look great!

  10. June 15, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Happy summer! Your annual trip to Cedar Point sounds so fun! I love going there. I, too, have been enjoying lots of ice cream.

  11. June 16, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a great kick-off to the summer! Summer is definitely a mix of busy, busy,busy, and then more relaxing, carefree days. I like that though.

    Love your meal theme idea. How fun! And that popcorn looks so yummy.


  12. June 16, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    I love this so much! So many great ideas on how to stay organized! As a teacher I love my summers so much and I love the perspective your post has provided!

  13. June 18, 2018 / 5:59 am

    So much fun already! We have one more week of school here- crawling to the finish line! Can’t wait to start our summer list and get going on all sorts of fun- have a great week Jaclyn! 🙂

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