Friday Favorites: Next Right Thing, Summer Traditions and Book Suggestions

Hi Friends! What a few weeks (and months) it has been in our country. While I always try to keep it light on here, I am struggling with staying super upbeat this week with everything going on in our world around us. Everyone is sad, upset, worried and an array of every other emotion. As usual, I wanted to continue with my weekly tradition of Friday Favorites in home, style and family. I’ll keep it short and sweet for you this week.

Having Hope

While the world seems heavy right now, it is important to cling on to hope. I saw this quote on Instagram and it hit home for me. Lately, I’ve been saying that we need a re-do to 2020. But, I am realizing perhaps that this is the exact year we are supposed to be having right now.

Certainly, I know that good comes out of bad and there will be so many lessons that we learn this year. 2020 will be a year that is a part of the history books! If you are struggling on what you “should” be doing, just keep in mind that doing the “next right thing” is good enough right now!

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As I wonder what I “should’ be doing right now, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Michael J. Fox “Do the right thing and then do the next right thing, and that will lead you to the next right thing after that.” In a time when we are wondering if we are doing enough or we are being told we aren’t doing enough, remember that all of us are trying to do the next right thing in their own way. ❤️🧡💛🤎🖤#spreadlove #bekind . . . #dotherightthing #dothenextrightthing #bekindalways #everyonehasastory #peaceandlove #growthmindset #geteducated #bethevoice #learnandgrow #alwayslearning #moveforward #makechangehappen #motherhoodintheraw #raisingkids #bethechangeyouwanttosee #bethelight #lovealwayswins #quotestoliveby

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As a parent, have you ever watched your child try to grasp a concept or new skill and wanted to help them so bad? You might think if they could “just do this one thing a certain way they would get it?” Or maybe you are hoping they would catch on just a little faster? 😔But yet, your kids tell you they are working as hard as they can. LIFE PARALLEL. These days, many of us are working and growing and even though it might not be at the speed we want, change is happening. You might not see growth in an instant but be patient and you will see the long term growth ❤️❤️❤️ . . . #bekindalways #patientlywaiting #learningtobikeride #bikeriding #thisisseven#parentinglife #thisismotherhood #motherhoodisloveandpatience #learnandgrow #growthmindset #seethegood #bethechange #focusonthegood #smallsteps #babysteps #developmentalmilestones #loveispatient #motherhoodintheraw #thisisparenthood #heartwork #homeiswheretheartis

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YA Books on Diversity

Earlier this week, I shared some of our favorite Young Adult Books on Diversity for Tweens and Teens. Have you joined our Summer Reading Bingo Challenge  yet? You can even have your teen join the challenge!

Young Adult Books on Diversity for Teens and Tweens #middleschool #bookrecommendations #YA

This weekend, the kids and I get to pick up their Summer Reading Program packets at the library (drive through since our Library is not officially open). One of our favorite traditions is going to the library the first week of summer break. The kids sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and we come home with stacks of books. I am glad our library is still doing the program even if it is virtual.

Since the library has not been open, I have been ordering more books from Amazon for the kids. My 11 year old just read through this entire series in a matter of weeks.

We owned a few books in the series but I ended up ordering several of the books. My son typically reads graphic novels, so it was nice to see him grasp on to an entirely different genre.

Summer Traditions

Speaking of summer traditions, on Wednesday, the kids and I kicked off a new weekly tradition. Last summer, we started a weekly ice cream date and we went to a different spot each week. This year, we decided to incorporate a little bit of exercise with our ice cream. So now, Wednesdays are ice cream and a hike day!

Catching tadpoles

We came home with a few new outdoor friends, specifically a bunch of very tiny tidpoles! Eeeks. This is definitely out of my comfort zone:)

Honestly, I am very excited for this laid back summer. We will still be able to do our usual Summer Family Traditions. Plus, we will have a lot of time to just do nothing! I think this article How to Give Our Kids an 80’s Summer is spot on.

Trendsend Order

Lastly, this week, I shared my latest Trendsend box. It was packed with summer clothing options. Now, more than ever, I love receiving clothing subscription boxes. Since we do not have the luxury of casually mall shopping, it is a treat to shop from the comfort of home.

 

That wraps up this week’s Friday Favorites. Sending you peace and love. Hope you have a great weekend with your family!

I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for this Friday Favorites post, so be sure to head over to their blogs as well!

 

Other Posts You Might Like:

Last Day of School Traditions (When You’ve Been Online Learning)

Why I am Letting My Kids Be Bored This Summer

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10 Comments

  1. June 5, 2020 / 5:39 am

    Oh I love that Michael J Fox quote. I keep saying that I am trying to understand, to learn and to teach. And when all else fails, pray and vote.

    Have a Good weekend,
    Patty
    GoodBetterBestFood.blogspot.com

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      June 5, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Yes to all of that! Have a great weekend!

  2. June 5, 2020 / 7:17 am

    That first meme is everything- so inspirational and may just be so true- have a great weekend Jaclyn XO

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      June 5, 2020 / 8:34 am

      It hasn’t been an easy year–and some have definitely had it harder than others. But I am trying to find the light.

  3. June 5, 2020 / 7:34 am

    I need to look into those trendsend boxes!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      June 5, 2020 / 8:33 am

      I love Trendsend…definitely my favorite clothing service.

  4. June 5, 2020 / 7:58 am

    Love the idea of combining treats and hikes. Love the quote about doing the next right thing as well.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      June 5, 2020 / 8:33 am

      It’s all about balance right? We eat too much ice cream all summer to not try to work it off a little!

  5. June 5, 2020 / 3:44 pm

    We don’t typically plan it that way but our hikes often end with ice cream or some other treat!

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