Five on Friday

It has been a while since I did a Friday post and today I am linking up with some fabulous mamas for Five on Friday!  Summer is quickly dwindling to an end and I cannot say I will miss this sweltering heat - bye Felicia. I am having mixed feelings though since Olivia starts preschool in less than two weeks. We are doing all that we can to soak up this last bit of summer. Starting with a fun FriYAY breakfast, because who doesn't love bacon?? 

one. A lot of schools in our area have already started back so that means that local attractions aren't as crowded any more.  We had the best time at the splash pad with some friends yesterday and I hope we can squeeze in a couple more visits soon. My kids were pumped when we pulled up and the ice cream truck was just sitting there parked by the fence.  I see what you're doing there Mr. Ice Cream Man, well played sir.

two.  Olivia attended her first ever vacation bible school this week and she had the best time.  The theme was Walk This Way and they taught the children about how to have a closer walk with Jesus.  I know Olivia is only three, but I love that little seeds are being planted in her heart now.  They raised money for an organization that really touched my heart.  It is called Happy Feet Missions.  They go into villages where men, women and children need shoes, wash their feet and provide them with a pair of shoes all while sharing the gospel of Jesus with them.  At the end of the last night's service everyone was urged to donate the shoes off of their feet and Olivia begrudgingly  gave up a pair of Minnie shoes that she loves.  I hope they make another little girl very happy :)  I am guilty of wanting more, more, more and I want to always remember to teach my children the importance of giving to others.  You can click the link above to check this charity out for yourself.
three.  Speaking of shoes, is there anything more fun than shoe twinning with your babe??  Olivia thought it was so cool that we got to match.  I love these Jessica Simpson flats, not only are they cute but super comfortable as well.  Olivia's are from Gap last year (I bought a size up for this fall and hoarded them).  You can matching ones for your mini here.  
four.  I ordered a Gathre mat at the begging of summer and we use it all the time, at the beach, at the splash pad, in the back yard, at the park.  They come in lots of sizes, shapes and colors.  They fold up pretty compact and they are super easy to clean.  I wipe it down with a wet cloth and we have had everything from pizza to watermelon juice come right off.  I also left it out in a torrential rain pour and it didn't affect it one bit ;)  If you have kids and don't have one, you need one!
five.  We have played with side walk chalk since Olivia was old enough to not eat it, but we have never had any side walk paint until recently.  It is so cool!  I love that you can mix the colors and create your own and all kids love to make a mess with paints.  Olivia got this set for her birthday and it has been a big hit.  The roller brush is her favorite part.  Clearly mommy needs a few art classes, but little miss thought I did a great job, that's all that matters!
I hope you all have the happiest Friday and don't forget to click here to check out the other Five on Friday post :)


  1. Stopping by from the link up. Your blog and pictures are beautiful. I really do need to start some chalk paint with my kiddos!!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by :). Yes, you need some chalk paint! I think I had as much (or more) fun with it that Olivia did haha!