Friday Favorites: Hello August, Jewelry Making and Front Porch Update

Happy Friday! Hello (almost) August! Can you believe it is the last day of July? I can not even believe how quickly this month flew by. Next weekend we leave for a week long family vacation. As with all things this year, you do not believe it will materialize until it actually happens. But we are sure looking forward to a change of scenery. Anyway, as usual I am popping on this Friday to share favorites in home, style and family!

One // Boys Shared Desk Update

Is anyone else going a little crazy with the back to school plans? It is definitely not a favorite topic of mine this week(:

I’m trying to be realistic about the whole thing and accept the things that can not be changed! It seems inevitable that the kids will be home learning (maybe sooner than later). So, we are moving forward with our boys’ shared desk set up.

Last Friday, I shared our plans to create a homework/desk station for the boys. I ended up ordering the Ikea drawer units which will not arrive for a few weeks.

Gumball Machine // Navy Blue File Cabinets // Brown Faux Leather Computer Chairs // Black Metal Lamp // Black Lidded Glass Jar

Brown World Globe // Galvanized Wall Organizer // Hanging Wall Tapestry//

Honestly, working on a fun homework zone for my kids is a really nice focus. If you are really looking for a very cheerful school at home set up, check out these adorable room from Grace, Giggles & Naptime.

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Last week I shared a quick peak of our at-home learning space and I’m happy to say it is now officially ready for my little students! 📝 If you caught my stories then you likely know that we have decided on our school’s hybrid schedule to start the year. This means my kids will have 2 days of face-to-face learning each week and the other 3 days will be spent at home doing a mix of independent + virtual learning. Thus the reason why I decided to create a designated “classroom” space at home 🏠 I had a lot of fun pulling this space together and am really excited to put it to good use! We are lucky to have built-in desks in our loft area, which made for a great start to the space. But up until now the kids mostly just used it as a dumping ground for their toys and a place to occasionally sit down & color. With so much uncertainty surrounding the school year, I really just wanted to create something special for the kids to try and make learning at home as enjoyable as possible for them. It may look colorful & organized, but I promise it’s nothing fancy or overly complicated. I found most of what you see here at @target and @michaelsstores and spent less than $100 on everything (minus the desk & chairs). If you’d like a close-up look at the space or are curious about certain details, be sure to check out my stories for more! What will school look like for your family this year? 🍎✏️📚 #MakeItWithMichaels

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The cutest set up especially if you have younger kids!

Two // New Family Activity

One of our favorites this summer has been taking up a new hobby: Pickleball! I had heard of Pickleball but never knew exactly what it was until this summer. Now, my family is hooked! The game has some similarities to tennis.  There are these paddles instead of rackets.  You can play the game on a tennis court but is is a shorter playing field and a shorter net. Luckily, at the court we play at, the pickleball lines are drawn on the court.

What we like about Pickleball, even more than tennis, is that it is a really playable game for all ages. While tennis can be tough to get good at, Pickleball is a game that everyone can catch on to rather quickly. The rules are pretty straightforward and the games moves fast.

family pickle ball game

We are always looking for activities for the family that everyone can enjoy and Pickleball has become of those things. Have you ever played Pickleball?

Three // Colorful Jewelry Project

I’ve been seeing these cute disc bracelets every where these days. I love that they are so unique and colorful.

While they are not very expensive to purchase and I love supporting small businesses, I bought the materials to make our own. My daughter has been making jewelry this summer, so I thought it’d be a fun project to work on together.

I just bought this big bag of colorful bead discs  and we have been having fun making our own bracelet creations.

Disc Bracelets Personalized

There are days I feel like we have run out of all the usual summer things we like to do. But, it is nice when we can come up with a new activity, like crafting or working on a project.

Four // Front Porch Update

Earlier this week, I shared a small front porch update. I’ve been wanting to swap out our small address sign for metal numbers for a while. Finally, I purchased the numbers and we completed the project!

Black Metal House Numbers

We are so happy with how the new numbers look on our porch. Such a small change that made a big impact to our front door step.

Well, that wraps another Friday Favorites! 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! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  1. July 31, 2020 / 6:48 am

    Yes- school is consuming my thoughts and elevating stress all around here- we are preparing for in person and then perhaps pulling back and going all remote BUT if too many people choose in person then we have to go hybrid- pure nightmare Jaclyn- love your creativity with desk set ups though- genius! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Jaclyn
      July 31, 2020 / 7:40 am

      The back and forth with school is pure insanity! I hope we can look back a year from now from a much calmer and normal back to school season.

  2. July 31, 2020 / 7:29 am

    Love all your desk zone finds! You have such great style! Also, those DIY bracelets are SO cute! Have an amazing weekend Jaclyn!

    • Jaclyn
      July 31, 2020 / 7:39 am

      Thank you Lisa! The boys are so excited about how the desk is coming together. Have a great weekend too!

    • Jaclyn
      August 3, 2020 / 7:38 am

      Thank you Lisa. I can’t wait for the desk zone to come together.

  3. July 31, 2020 / 7:45 am

    Beautiful front porch! I hope you have a fabulous vacation.

    • Jaclyn
      August 3, 2020 / 7:37 am

      Thank you so much Joanne. Hope you had a great weekend!

  4. July 31, 2020 / 8:30 am

    I’m so with you about school. I love the bracelets! I may have to order some beads! My dad plays pickleball, it looks like fun!

    • Jaclyn
      August 3, 2020 / 7:36 am

      We are having so much fun making jewelry–def recommend trying out these beads.

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