Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day weekend! In my book, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of summer. Woo hoo! Today, as usual, I am sharing my favorites of the week and I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

Garage Organization & a Bit of a Mishap

This past weekend, we got our garage organized as part of the Clear the Clutter challenge! I am SO glad to get this project off of our to-do list.

For this Clear the Clutter Challenge, I focused on getting rid of stuff! I wanted to spend as little money as possible on this project. Fortunately I was able to find some great deals at Aldi on large storage buckets and the Dollar Store on smaller bins.

For all my before and after photos,  head over here!

If you need more motivation to get to some of the de-cluttering tasks around your house, join our Clear the Clutter Facebook group!

So I mentioned there was a garage organization mishap🙂 A few days after our garage clean up, I was pulling into our garage and managed to run into some paint cans! EEKS! These cans were set outside on the driveway near our trashcan and I somehow managed to cut our corner too short and smash into one. PAINT EVERYWHERE! Since it was warm outside, the paint immediately dried on the driveway….so I think it is there for good. Did I mention the paint was dark blue?!

Clear the Clutter Garage Organization

My husband and I had a good laugh out of this—because what else can you do by find humor in the situation. I’m glad I took my blog pictures before this happened!!

Beautiful Tote Bag

Another favorite of the week, is winning this gorgeous tote bag from Ebatotes! I can’t tell you the last time I won anything so this was a very fun treat!!

Vegan, Eco Friendly and Made in USA tote bag

Ebatotes are vegan, made in the U.S.A. and made using high quality, sustainable materials. My bag is the the Indigo print. It is so big–I plan to use for our road trip! It can store my laptop, water bottle, magazines, wallet and still has plenty of room. This tote will be a perfect carry on for my next trip on an airplane!

Goldfish Swim School Giveaway Winner

I was so excited to announce the winner of the Goldfish Swim Clinics giveaway over on my Instagram and Facebook! Our big winner was: Katie W. of Chicago!! Have fun using your swim clinic certificate!!

Girls Afternoon

Yesterday, I picked up my daughter a little early from school and headed downtown to see Aladdin! My daughter deserved a little treat after all her hard work lately…why does it seem like all the school projects are saved for the last few weeks of school?!

Aladdin was a GREAT show —impressive choreography, singing and costumes! My daughter and I are already scheming on what our next Broadway show will be!

Memorial Day Fun

This weekend we are headed out of town to visit family friends. We have an 8 hour each way road trip ahead of us! Ugh! But the fun that will be had is worth the journey:)

Even though we won’t be celebrating Memorial Day at home, I made a few patriotic updates around the house. When I say a few, I basically mean I added some little flags to a couple of places! It doesn’t take much work to add a few seasonal touches around the home!

Festive Americana Porch

Similar Arrow Sign  \\ Similar Hello Mat \\ Black and White Diamond Rug

Memorial Day Lightbox Fun

Of course our bar cart is already adorned in red, white and blue:) We can’t wait to start our summer dining!

Patriotic Bar Cart Style

Bar Cart \\ Retro Beverage Cooler \\ Letterboard


The countdown to summer break is on…only 7 days to go! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday! See you back here next Tuesday.



  1. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on May 25, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your friends! LOVE your patriotic touches and WHERE did you get that starfish???

    • Jaclyn on May 25, 2018 at 6:54 am

      I got from Home Goods! I did a little online searching–it looks like there are some similar ones! Happy Memorial Day weekend!!

  2. Dara on May 25, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Oh gosh about the paint in the driveway! Glad you could laugh about it. Love the bag you won! So fun that you saw Aladdin too!

    • Jaclyn on May 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      It stinks about the paint but nothing I can do now:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend Dara!

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on May 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Glad you were able to laugh about the paint, those things happen sometimes! Enjoy your getaway!

    • Jaclyn on May 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you Emily! Have a great holiday weekend too!

  4. Michelle on May 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Such a cute blog you have! Where did you get your gingham plates on your bar cart? They are what I am looking for!!! 🙂

    • Jaclyn on May 27, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Michelle! I got mine from Homegoods but someone just told me they saw some at Big Lots!! Hope you can find them!!

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