Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week! We are trying to stay cool over here. Today, it is supposed to be 96 degrees! Anyway, it has been a fun week and now I am wrapping things up with Friday Favorites. Sharing favorites in home, style and family!


Amazon Prime Day

Did you grab anything during Amazon Prime Days? We were anxiously waiting for a few Amazon deliveries to show up on our porch.

Decorating a small patio or porch #ideas #inspiration #diy #inexpensive

We got the Ring Alarm Security System to replace our current, monthly security service. It will be great to save almost $50 per month!

Besides the Ring System,  my 10 year old used his own money to buy an Amazon Dot. It arrived within a day and we have been having fun with the Dot ever since! We are a little late to party on this device as it seems like everyone we know has one. But, I have to admit that the Dot is a lot of fun.

Some things the Dot can do include:

Set Alarms (wake up, timers, reminders, etc.)

Stay Organized (Alexa, add bananas to my shopping list.)

Weather Data

Play Music (from Amazon Prime)

Tell Jokes

Tell a Bedtime Story and Play Bedtime Music

Answer Questions (Alexa, tell me who the 15th President was.., How many ounces in a cup?)

Play Games

You can “drop in” on Alexa from your phone. (Tell your kids it’s time for dinner or time to get off their video games:0)

There are even more things the Dot and Alexa can do –we are just getting started. I ended up ordering another one as a gift for my daughter. She will like all of the reminder and music features.


Target Dollar Spot Finds

My kids don’t even want me to mention the word SCHOOL, but it seems like the stores are already thinking back-to-school! We still have about 5 weeks of summer break to go! However, my daughter and I were at Target the other day and we spotted the cutest SCHOOL DECOR items.

We snagged a few items for our annual Back-to-School family dinner! I like to add a few little decor touches around the house for the 1st Day of School.

This $3 sign was too cute to pass up. It will be a great reminder as we send off the kids on their first day!

Target back to school decor #onespot #dollarbins #teacher

There was a lot of rainbow colored items and I also bought this pack of inspirational pencils! Love all the positive messages on each of the pencils.

Target back to school decor #onespot #dollarbins #teacher

This rainbow clothes pin sign was too cute! If I had a spot for it, I would sure have brought it home.

Target back to school decor #onespot #dollarbins #teacher

I did get these school subject clips. I have a few ideas to use them for our back-to-school dinner.

Back to School Decor at Target #dollarspot #fall #kids #teacher

This beach blue mail holder is so cute!! It would be perfect for a family command center (see our command center HERE) or a mail station! You can not beat the price!

Family Organization Tools at Target #commandcenter #mailcenter #backtoschool


OREO Cookie Taste Test

Yesterday, we had our 2nd annual Oreo cookie taste test. I stock up on different flavors of Oreos for a few weeks. So then, when we have a rainy (or too hot) day, we have a cookie taste test. All the details on our taste test including a PRINTABLE BALLOT you can use are over HERE.

It is a fun activity that even the older kids really seem to enjoy!

Oreo cookie taste test #ballot #summeractivities

You do not have to use Oreos…it can be any food including chips, ice cream, soda…you name it! It is a lot of fun and my kids appreciate the extra cookies remaining after the taste test:) Download the ballot over in this POST!

This Week on Blog

In case you missed it, earlier this week, I shared my latest Stitch Fix Box! This box was one of my favorites and I had a hard time choosing what to keep. You can read about my entire Stitch Fix Box over HERE!

Stitch Fix Summer Box #review #style #tops #jeans #moms

Also, I’ve shared another fun post on a travel destination, Put-in-Bay, Ohio!  It is the perfect place to take your family for a day! There are SO MANY kid friendly attractions on Put-in-Bay. Check out my review of the TOP TEN places to take your family on Put-in-Bay!


Don’t miss the GIVEAWAY for a four pack of tickets on the Miller Ferry (the most popular way to get to the Island!)

Review of Put-in-Bay Ohio

That wraps up this week’s Friday Favorites! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will be packing up my ten year old son for his week long summer camp. This is is first time at summer camp…send tissues…for me at least!


  1. Andrea Nine on July 19, 2019 at 5:39 am

    We love our Ring system. Your porch looks so great. Oh my goodness, I have not been to Put n Bay in years, how fun!

    • Jaclyn on July 19, 2019 at 5:45 am

      Thanks Andrea! I am sure your family would love PIB!

  2. Patty on July 19, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Love the idea of the Oreo tasting party! Have a Good weekend lady!


  3. Mother of 3 on July 19, 2019 at 7:27 am

    We haven’t done any Oreo taste testing in a while.. and I love the idea of making a little ballot to go along with them! So cute.

  4. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on July 19, 2019 at 7:55 am

    We got the Ring too! Setting it up this weekend- can’t wait to try it out! Have a wonderful weekend Jaclyn 🙂

  5. Mica on July 21, 2019 at 2:20 am

    We’ve been looking into getting a ring system too, I hear such great things about them!

    The taste testing sounds like such a fun activity too, I’ll need to try that when my boys are bigger! Thanks for sharing!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂


  6. Dara on July 22, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I would do an Oreo taste test but some of my kids don’t like the chocolate Oreos! Maybe they’d like the vanilla type!

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