Cheers to Friday! The kids are off of school today and the weather for most of the weekend looks beautiful. I can not complain! My kids are wrapping up the first grading period of the school year. Where did this quarter go?! Anyway, there is not much we can do about how fast time goes by, so we have got to enjoy it right? As usual, I am wrapping up the week with a few favorites including our new Flying Bats Wall Decor, a new book and some upcoming (fun) things!

ONE| DIY Flying Bats Wall Decor

Yesterday I finished up an easy Halloween DIY decor project. I’ve had flying bats  on the wall the last few years for Halloween.

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This year, when I went through our Halloween decorations, I realized I was down a few bats. So I need to make a few new ones. We decided to put the bats in a new spot this year. It’s fun to change things up for a whole new look.

Flying Bats Wall Decor DIYHow to Make Flying Bats for the Wall

Flying bats for the wall is so easy and very popular these days. I wanted to share a little DIY bat decor tutorial so you can make them!

First, you need to find a free bat template. You can do a quick search on “free template for flying bats on the wall”. I found a free bat template over at Craft Passion HERE.

Next, you can either use black card stock or a poster board. I ended up using a poster board this time. You can grab poster boards 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree. 

Then, you cut out the bat templates you are using. It is nice to use different size bat templates for a fun look. 

Trace around the bat templates onto the black paper. I used white chalk but a white paint marker would have been even easier (less messy).

how to make paper bats for halloween

DIY Halloween Bats for Wall Decor

Once you have traced and then cut out all the bats, start decorating!

I was able to use tape to adhere the bats to our cabinets. Be careful using tape if you are attaching to walls.

How to adhere flying wall bats for Halloween

Lift up the sides of the bats to give them a “flying” look.

How to make flying bats for Halloween

Once you get started with these bats you won’t want to stop. I ran out of paper or I would have even added more to the display!


TWO| Target Run + New Book

This past week I found myself with a little time at Target, so I checked out the book section. Normally, I get books from the library (either a hard copy or digital). But sometimes, it is nice to pick up a new book. I looked through the best sellers at Target and checked on my phone to order the digital copies from the library. Some of the newer ones have a long wait time until the book will be free.

So I decided to treat myself to a new book. I am always drawn to WWII books, even though I find them intense and tough to read sometimes. This book, Cilka’s Journey, is by the same author as The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I’m about half way through and it is so good, but very hard to read. Does anyone else have to put a book down for a bit when you get to a really raw part in the book?

I may have also grabbed a bag of Bark Thins. This treat was way TOO GOOD!  I snagged a few minutes of downtime before I picked my little one up for school. When I have an actual (hard copy) book that I am reading, I find that I am more likely to read it and not get distracted then a book that is on my phone. Do you prefer to have an actual book in hand or do you like your e-reader??


This upcoming Monday, my mom and I head out for our annual Mother Daughter shopping trip. A tradition that was started when I was in high school has continued for 20+ years!

You can read about our past trips HERE (2018) and HERE (2017). Follow along on Instagram stories and I will try to share some fun shopping finds along the way!


This last week was a busy one and I was a little under the weather earlier in the week. So there was just one other post this week but a good one–Fall Favorites! I rounded up all the best fall posts from the blog.

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I hope you have a fun weekend! 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!


  1. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on October 11, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Can’t wait to read all about your shopping day with your mom- you both look so cute in your camo! Love those adorable bats too- have a great weekend Jaclyn!

  2. Kristin on October 11, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I definitely prefer an actual book but I end up reading on my tablet more…something about that instant gratification of downloading a book immediately I guess….

  3. Amanda on October 11, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Love the bats! Next year I will use that theme for my trunk or treat. Your home is so cute for the holiday!

  4. Dara on October 11, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Cilka’s Journey is all over the place on Instagram. Target had a buy one get one book sale last week and I ordered a few! I used to use the library mostly but now I have a growing book collection as well. I hope you have a great fall weekend!

  5. Tanya on October 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    That is so cool that you and your mom have that shopping tradition. I can’t wait to see what you find.

    • Jaclyn on October 12, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Tanya! I am glad we have continued the tradition all these years.

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