Friday Favorites: Craft Day, Around Town and Christmas in July

Happy Friday Everyone! It’s been another fun filled summer week! I will admit that we are starting to think about back to school as we made some clothing and supplies purchases this week! But, we are going to continue to get every last bit of summer out that we can! Per the usual, I  am linking up for for Friday Favorites with  Erika, Narci and Andrea. I’ll share what we’ve been up to this week including a few fun things to do with kids in Cleveland!

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Summer Fun Crafts

This week, my mom had my middle son over to her house for a few nights (as part of a summer tradition with each of the kids). So, my daughter and my youngest son  asked (convinced me) to hit up the craft store. As for the usual, when my daughter gets me to the craft store, we left with A LOT of projects to work on.

The first project we worked on was some sand art in bottles. I honestly was so impressed with how these turned out. Each of the kids filled two jars initially, but we have since filled more mason jars with sand.

Fill glass jars with colored sand for a fun project

We got 4 bags of sand and 4 containers for less than $15 at the craft store!


Next, we worked on our fairy garden (finally)! Normally, this is a project we finish in the spring. So I wasn’t even sure we would get around to making a garden this year. But all of the fairy garden accessories at the stores were marked down by 75%, so we were feeling inspired.

All the  details on our new fairy garden HERE!

Our last project that we bought materials for is TIE-DYING! I’ll share our finished products next week!


Little Italy & Lakeview Cemetery

After spending a few days at home earlier in the week, we decided to take a little adventure to Little Italy and the Lakeview Cemetery. Both of these spots were on our summer fun list! In Little Italy, we ate our way through the morning. Our first stop was Presti’s for pizzas, coffee and cookies!

Presti's in Little Italy

Family Fun in Little Italy Cleveland

Then, because YOLO, we went to another Little Italy Bakery, Corbo’s, for more treats!

Things to do with Kids in Cleveland

We picked a great day to go because parking was easy and the streets were not crowded. The kids loved the vibe and people watching!

Next, we went up the hill to Lakeview Cemetery. This is our second visit here and we really love this place. It is a GORGEOUS setting…I can only imagine how pretty this would be in the Spring or Fall! This cemetery is a resting place for many Cleveland notables including the Rockefellers, former President James A. Garfield and Elliot Ness.

On our last visit, we didn’t get to see the James A. Garfield Memorial, so that was a priority for this visit. This monument did not disappoint. Wow!! We found out this is the most elaborate burial site for a former president.

Taking Kids to Lakeview Cemetery

Garfield Memorial at Lakeview

James A. Garfield Memorial

We took the guide’s advice and went to the top of the monument to see the spectacular views of the city.

Taking your kids to see the Garfield Memorial


Local friends, if you have not been here, I can not recommend Lakeview Cemetery enough–it is a must see attraction in Cleveland! It was such a fun visit and my daughter and I are already planning our next visit this Fall!

What to do at Lakeview Cemetery
Outside the Garfield Memorial

Trips to other destinations are fun, but there are so many fun things to do with kids in Cleveland! My kids are just as excited going to a new place in our own town as they are when we go to a whole other city!

Christmas in July

This week, over on Instagram, I jumped on the Christmas in July bandwagon by sharing one of my favorite Christmas decor pictures from last year. I asked the question whether anyone had started Christmas shopping and I couldn’t believe how many of you had already started! I have bought one gift and that was completely by chance!

Modern Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen #fixerupperstyle #budget #diy

How about you…have you bought any Christmas gifts yet??

Kids Shoe Shopping at Nordstrom

We ended up at the mall one day and we did a little back to school shopping. I always like to get the kids’ feet measured at Nordstrom. Is it just me or is it impossible to decide what size shoe your kids really need? I found out that my 5 year old was in a pair of shoes 1 1/2 sizes too small. #momfail

We ended up spending a little more money on these shoes for him (than I normally spend). But I was convinced by the saleswoman that these shoes are great for little kids! These shoes are specially engineered to follow the natural contour of a child’s foot.  They actually make shoes for adults too–so I’ll need to take a look at those!

I normally buy Nikes for the kids play shoes, but I think these shoes will provide so much more support and comfort for my little guy’s growing feet!


Back to School Shopping at Nordstrom

Despite his goofy smile, he was so PROUD to get a new pair of shoes for Kindergarten!

P.S. Did you know that Nordstrom offers shoe tying class for little ones?? I am so tempted to sign up my kindergartner…although he doesn’t own a pair of lace shoes yet:)


That about wraps up my week! I am headed out of town with some girlfriends for a belated birthday getaway. Then next week, my husband and I are headed to Florida with friends. It will be a busy next few weeks. I hope you have a great weekend!



  1. July 27, 2018 / 9:56 am

    OMG Jaclyn that cemetery is just beautiful and the day looked perfect. Love your Christmas In July pic and I am one of the ones who can’t even think about that shopping- eek!

  2. July 27, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Sounds like your summer is filled with lots of fun! Those colorful sand jars brought me right back to my childhood. That was such a popular craft for birthday parties and whatnot when I was growing up. And they’re so cute!

    • Jaclyn
      July 30, 2018 / 6:58 am

      Katie–You are right–def a craft I remember from when I was younger. It really is a fun activity!

  3. Jenna
    July 27, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I loved all the Christmas in July posts. What a fun roundup of crafts for the week. I remember making sand jars. My kids love fairy gardens. I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Jaclyn
      July 30, 2018 / 6:57 am

      Thanks Jenna! Hope you had a great weekend too.

  4. July 30, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I always LOVED making sand jars! What a fun craft idea, I completely forgot about them! Looks like your summer is filled with a lot of fun!

  5. July 30, 2018 / 9:02 am

    It sounds funny to say a cemetery is a must see location! But it does sound like a cool place to visit! That is so cool that Nordstrom has shoe tying classes. My kids need that. And the sand art came out great!

  6. July 30, 2018 / 9:50 am

    How fun you are! And I adore the name of your blog. Keep soaking up all that Summer you can! 🙂

  7. July 30, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    We love to build fairy garden too, it is one of my little one’s favorite for gardening thing. The craft jar is so cute, and it is never too early for the Christmas related post!

  8. July 30, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Looks like you had a perfect week…I’m jealous! I love the sand art craft…I remember making them as a kid!

  9. Elizabeth
    July 30, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    I remember making the sand jars as a kid, I’ll need to try that with mine. Ahh summer is going fast, sounds like you’re having fun. I love having this time with kids.

  10. August 2, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    I loved the sand art – it looked like so much fun! I hope you’ve had safe and fun travels this week!

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