Friday Favorites

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful Mommies out there!

We all know that motherhood is HARD. It is draining. It tests you in ways you never imagined. But wonderful and fulfilling. Being a mother has made my overall confidence in myself skyrocket and plummet more times than a rollercoaster. I love my children fiercely. Being their mother has been my greatest joy in life and I hope that everyone reading gets to experience a love so strong sometime in their life.

If you are just tuning in you can check out my other posts from the week:

I talked about Summer Vacations. Where we are going and what we are packing. 
 We went down Memory Lane together.
And, like every week, you can check out my Weekend Recap.

You can also follow along on Instagram.

Here are a few of my favorites this week:

Mother’s Day Tea


This is Hank’s first year in preschool and my kids never went to daycare so Hank and I are experiencing a lot of firsts together. Yesterday I had my very first Mother’s Day Tea at Hank school. You guys…For the record, I am NOT a cryer. It takes a lot to get my tears going but I was a wreck. As soon as we walked in and they had the music playing and the room all decorated I lost it. They teachers separated the tables so that you were on a little date with your child. They performed some Mommy songs and showed us all of their Mommy crafts (We got 6 crafts. It blows my mind how much his teacher is able to accomplish in a day.) We had cookies, donuts and tea. The whole time Hank was telling me how much he loved me and appreciated me and kept asking for more kisses. Big shout out to Miss Elaine and Miss Julie for making this Mama’s heart swell.


Look familiar? We saw this little guy’s picture hanging in our county library when we were picking out our books this week. What a cutie pie!

Mother’s Day Crafts

I host a Mother’s Day brunch each year and I wanted the boys to make a little something for the women who will be there. I scoured Pinterest to find a little craft that the boys could do but they all just seemed cliche or overdone. I took the boys to Hobby Lobby hoping that inspiration would strike us. The boys decided that they wanted to make something with beads and something with Jesus’s cross (how sweet is that?) so we thought we would make some mini rosaries. We are taking them to our priest to have them blessed before we wrap them. Mom, if you’re reading this, act surprised!

Beatriz Williams

She does it again! I love love love this author. I am currently reading The Secret Life of Violet Grant and can’t put it down. Williams has such a knack for historical fiction. If you haven’t read her books yet, please go pick a few up today.

Park Party

Our town fair was last weekend and the boys are still talking about how much fun they had at the “Park Party”. The fair was held at the park right at the end of our block so we were up there from sunrise (literally, we were up there in our pajamas watching them set up) to sunset. Our town’s recreation department does so many fun activities all year round. We may be stuck paying New Jersey’s high property taxes (it’s insane) but at least we know our town is giving it back to the kids.

Track Season

Boo, track season is over! I love track season. I love watching my boys’ little legs scurry across the fields. This season Hank was a top finisher and got his first ever trophy. Reid completed his first season and if there was a “cutest runner” award he would have nabbed it for sure. We are so proud of both our little racers.

While you’re here check out a few of my wonderful blog friends.

Friday Favorites with ErikaAndrea, and Narci

High Five for Friday with Bright on a BudgetCup of Tea, and Della Devoted

5 on Friday with Smidge of ThisCarolina Charm, and hello! happiness


  • Reply Andrea Nine May 12, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Oh my love Hank and Reid with their medals..keeping them fit early too, I love it!! And I love what an amazing mama you are….so sweet with those boys and you do all kinds of fun things with them. So precious and wishing you the BEST Mother’s Day!!

  • Reply Holly Breton at Pink Lady May 12, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I LOVE those crosses- how sweet! I also love your idea of hosting the Moms in your life-what a great idea-have an awesome weekend Tara!

  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Family May 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    What an adorable Mother’s Day Tea!! That’s one event that neither of my kids’ preschools or daycares hosted. The Secret Life of Violet Grant has been on my to read list for a while! Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Reply Tanya May 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Those little rosaries are the sweetest gift. So creative! I love the preschool pictures of the Mother’s Day Tea. It sure brings back lots of memories for me! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply Erika May 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Yes! I walked into the Mothers Day Tea at my son’s preschool today and almost burst into tears. I managed NOT to, but wow I had to hold it back. It was just so VERY sweet and precious.

  • Reply Amanda May 13, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Good morning, gorgeous! Yes to Beatriz Williams! I love her books too. Well I have only read A Hundred Summers but…I LOVED it! I cannot wait to read another this just may be the one! Honey, I cry at the preschool events too! We had one this week and I saw the little frame he made me and I melted. I also still cry on the last day of school for my big kid. I think it is the realization that another year is behind us and another bit of my “little” is gone too. Motherhood is rough! But you are rocking it so well. Those rosaries are simply beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply Allie @ May 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Those mini rosaries are gorgeous- you did a great job! I’m so jealous of all of the moms posting about their Mother’s Day teas at their kids’ schools! None of our schools have ever offered that 🙁 I hope your boys spoil you rotten today- Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Reply Erin Port May 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I am adding this author to my list and what fun to have a Mother’s Day tea and track season too – what a busy, fun week!!!! Xoxo Erin

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