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Hi Friends! I’m back linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for another edition of Friday Favorites! I can’t believe it, but we only have three Fridays left to go in 2017! Today I’m recapping my week which included hot cocoa, gingerbread houses and holiday traditions!

After School Hot Cocoa Station

This week I surprised the kids with an after school hot cocoa station! It was a total hit and I’ve already had requests to recreate again! I am all about doing little things for the kids that make a big impact. This hot cocoa station was so easy to create and I was able to use all things I had at home. If an after school treat is not possible, this would be a great activity on a cold weekend afternoon when the kids have been playing outside!

Buffalo check blanket | White Cake Pedestal | Similar Appetizer Plates

Read here about how I made this station and also find out how to make a yummy treat to go with the hot cocoa that looks festive and fancy!

Gingerbread Houses

On another afternoon this week, the kids made their gingerbread houses. This activity is a favorite yearly tradition! This year we opted for individual small houses. I will admit that we decided we liked making bigger houses better. It was hard to get the candy pieces on these tiny houses! Either way, we had fun!

** Mom Tip: Build the houses and let them set before the kids get home from school or the night before you are making them! It’s important for the houses to set for a few hours before you start decorating!



Sad Side Note: This little guy loved making his house so much. However, he decided to carry it around with him after he was done making it. Well, he left it unattended for a few minutes and our DOG ate it! #EPICFAIL I’ll let you imagine how he was feeling after that happened!! Not a favorite moment of the week!

In addition to making gingerbread houses, we also went to see gingerbread houses at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens as part of the Glow exhibit. It is a magical place to be in the winter! There are hundreds of gingerbread houses, both novice and professionally made. Usually we go to this exhibit and see the gingerbread houses before we make our own to get some inspiration for our houses.

Holiday Traditions & a Bingo Game

We are checking things off of our Christmas activity to do list this week!

Another tradition on our list is driving around to see Christmas lights. We get the kids in pajamas and make some popcorn to bring along for the drive.  I print out a Christmas lights bingo for the drive to make things a little more fun! This version from My Frugal Home is great for older kids and this version from I Can Teach My Child is great for the little ones! I usually print out a bunch of copies of these cards and then throw into my Christmas bins so that I don’t have to find new ones the following year!

Holiday Outfits

Lastly, I talked earlier in the week about coordinating kids’ Christmas outfits. You may or may not agree, but I enjoy the challenge of finding outfits that color coordinate but not necessarily match! It can be a big challenge to coordinate one girl and two boys!

My daughter and I spotted this adorable velvet jumpsuit at Target so I think the color scheme is going to be based around her outfit. We did also get this traditional plaid skirt from J Crew Factory. It will be a tough decision!

I typically don’t attempt to match my husband and I with the kids, but once it a while it just happens.  I shared this picture of my boys and  on Instagram.

Plaid Pajamas | Plaid Woman’s Top


This time of year will is a mix of busy but magical! I will be sad to see it come to an end so I’m trying to soak it up while I can. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and see you back here next week!


  1. Diane on December 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

    That hot chocolate station is so cute! What a great idea! We love going to Glow every year too. Have a great weekend!

  2. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on December 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Okay so many things I am loving in this post! LOVE the idea of the cocoa station- will need to try that. I LOVE your plaid top- you look beautiful AND I am inspired. We do the Jammie Christmas/night out to look at Christmas lights in our PJ’s so we definitely need to try the bingo game- thanks for sharing!

  3. Mary Carol Klemenc on December 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Love reading about you and the pictures are great!!!

  4. Bee on December 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    These are some pretty great ideas! Looks like your home is the place to be around the holidays!

  5. Katie on December 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Awww, all so cute! More great ideas! Those 3 are so lucky to have a fun mom with cool things like these to make the holidays even more special. You are nailing it!

    • Jaclyn on December 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      You are TOO kind my friend!

  6. Rachel on December 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these traditions! We build a gingerbread house every year. It’s a disaster, but I love it.

  7. Merichelle on December 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I love that plaid top!!! And good tip on the gingerbread houses, we’re making some this week I’ll be sure to let it set ahead of time!

    • Jaclyn on December 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Have fun making the houses Merichelle! It’s a festive holiday tradition!

  8. Eryka on December 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

    This is why I love the holidays! so many fun family things to do!

    • Jaclyn on December 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      TOO many fun things to do!

  9. Stephanie on December 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

    That cocoa and those Holiday outfits are perfect! So festive!

    • Jaclyn on December 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Stephanie!

  10. Sophie on December 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Oh my god these houses are so pretty!! Whenever I used to make gingerbread houses they would never come out looking that good haha!

    • Jaclyn on December 24, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Ha! Right? Gotta love pre-made houses!

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