My Husband’s a Better Story Teller Than I Am

Well, maybe only sometimes. But man, my hubs can tell a story! Maybe it’s just me but his charming wit, passion behind the words he’s sharing, and his slight exaggerating nature makes for a good, good story. Facebook confirms this with the number of likes and comments he gets when he shares stories or reminisces about the activities of our son. Since many of our Jelly Bean Journals readers don’t get to see these lovely little anecdotes on my husband’s Facebook page, I thought I’d share a few of them in my post today. Continue reading


There’s a Hack for That: Bottle & Breastfeeding

Kerstin’s post last week about her choice to work and raise a family was a powerful one. Although there are tough parts, we both take pride in our thriving families and careers. She and I often talk about the blessings and trials of being working mommies. For me, one of the challenges is nursing my babies. Continue reading


9 Things I Hope My Grown Son Can Say About His Working Mom

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had several well-intentioned people in my life say something to me that I have found quite hurtful. Their comments were not in reference to me but, being a working momma myself, I couldn’t help but feel stung by their words. Continue reading

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Small Diaper Cake: Easy and Glue Free

Our beautiful friend, Mama T, is expecting her second bundle of joy. We celebrated this precious boy at a great baby sprinkle over the weekend. Because this is kiddo number two, her party hostesses requested that guests bring frozen meals to stock the deep freeze of her growing family. This was one of the most helpful things for Daddy D and me when Baby B was born, so I was more than happy to prepare an entrée. In addition, I wanted to do a little something extra for Baby J. I decided to create  a delicious, glue free diaper cake! Continue reading

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2-Ingredient Crockpot Chicken 2 Ways

As a working momma, the crock-pot is a regular lifesaver in our home! We use it at least weekly and have all sorts of go-to recipes for our weeknight dinner time meals. Today, I’m sharing one recipe for two-ingredient chicken and two ways to use it. Continue reading

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Golden Peach Monkey Bread

By now you already know my food preparation style: quick and convenient. Healthy also makes me happy, but there are times when I like to indulge in a sweet treat. I have added a new peach twist to the already familiar “Monkey Bread Ring” and my family LOVES it! Supplies are minimal, prep is a breeze, and the end result is absolutely scrumptious. Take a few minutes to give this one a try and don’t worry about thanking me later.

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A Dad’s Dilemma: Why is this Kid Crying?

Over the past few years, Kerstin has approached me several times about doing a guest blog for Jelly Bean Journals. I love her like a sister; she and her family are an extension of my own. But I always seem to fall short when it comes to a topic, and it makes me feel as though I’m letting her down. FINALLY, this evening as I was getting my oldest son ready for bed, the topic for this blog struck me like a lightning bolt. Continue reading

Kerstin’s 2015 Winter & Spring Photo Recap

Wow! I am way past due on my recaps. I thought I had the timing under control when I consistently published my Summer 2014 and Fall 2014. But, then somehow we ended up here, well past the middle of 2015, and I still hadn’t written a recap. Luckily, throughout the last six months, I wrote about a few things happening in our lives so I’ve just included links with some other shares below. Continue reading


True Toddler Fashion: “TTF Part I”

I've come up with a FUN project that I would love to do with all of you! Help me complete the True Toddler Fashion Part II project! Make sure your little person picks their own attire, snap a photo, and then submit it to us here at Jelly Bean Journals by emailing contact@jellybeanjournals.com or posting in the comments below. Now, read on for the rest of the story...

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Between a Baby and a Boy

Technically, I have a toddler. He will turn three this fall. That is smack in the middle of toddlerhood by most people’s standards. And, in many ways by my own as well. But, there are still moments I look at him or hold him and I still know he is a baby.

I frequently fear that the next time I look at him I will fully have a little boy and any traces of my sweet baby that exist today will be gone. Continue reading