A Letter from Leo the Gerbil

Before school let out for summer, Daddy D agreed to bring Leo the Gerbil home from Kiddo A’s class. Kiddo A and his buddies have loved caring for this furry critter. We also think Leo has adapted to his new surroundings nicely. Leo recently asked if he could let the other children from Mrs. Hyde’s class know how he is doing. Naturally, I obliged, and have turned the keyboard over to our temporary pet gerbil so that he can give his own update…

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Mommy Juice: Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers

In the summer, I’m always looking for refreshing, delicious drinks. I have a few favorite summer cocktails but this summer, being pregnant, I’ve been determined to find a few mocktails that make the season feel just as good. I am a huge fan of flavored lemonade and spritzers. So, I figured why not combine them and find the very best strawberry lemonade spritzer to add to my summer drink list. And, what a perfect drink to add to our Mommy Juice Series!  Here’s a little reminder about this series:

We took a lighthearted approach in creating our Mommy Juice series. Along with loving the term, we hope this group of posts will help fellow moms to sit back, unwind, and enjoy a cocktail. We have a deep love for mocktails, as well, so this series is sure to have something for everyone. After all, we absolutely love enjoying a favorite drink with a great friend. So, here’s to you, girl! Cheers! Continue reading

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I Hit Your Mailbox: Thanks for the Reminder

So, we had a pretty epic snowstorm here in Wyoming about 4 months ago. (I know, I know, you’re shocked! *Insert sarcasm here.) Even with a lifetime of snow driving experience, I still managed to back into the mailbox of Continue reading

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Morning Sickness Tales & Tips

This post isn’t for the faint of heart. Or rather, faint of stomach.  I’m going to get real about morning sickness, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. I know this is not a glamorous subject. But, according to the American Pregnancy Association,  it affects more than 50% of women during pregnancy. So, it’s worth having a visit about.
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Mommy Juice: Casper’s Bloody Mary Drinks Tour #2

As promised, we have officially launched our third series, “Mommy Juice!” Our very first series, “Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars!” was followed by “From the Mouths of Mommas” and both were a huge hit here on Jelly Bean Journals!

We took a lighthearted approach in creating our Mommy Juice series. Along with loving the term, we hope this group of posts will help fellow moms to sit back, unwind, and enjoy a cocktail. We have a deep love for mocktails, as well, so this series is sure to have something for everyone. After all, we absolutely love enjoying a favorite drink with a great friend. So, here’s to you, girl! Cheers! Continue reading

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6 Pinterest Wins You Should Try

I know it can be intimidating but I promise you, there are Pinterest pins that are absolutely worth a try. The six projects I’m sharing today are tried and true. That’s right, your’s truly has been able to celebrate Pinterest wins! I am a real person with a normal life and I have successfully executed Continue reading

Jelly Bean Journals Coffee Talk: Potty Training Vlog

Well, friends, it’s official. We have put out our very first vlog. You will notice that Chelse is pregnant in this project and that is because this little clip was filmed a year ago! It has taken some courage, processing, and plenty of editing time to prepare this video. Writing and posting pictures is one thing, but the act of looking at and listening to ourselves has pushed our boundaries. We weren’t even sure that this vlog would ever make it to you, but we decided to practice what we preach and live in the moment. Hey, there’s no place to go but up from here! (This is where we ask for your love and acceptance of our amateur vlogging skills!) If nothing else, we hope you can share in our friendship and giggle a little with us.

Picking the subject of our first vlog was much easier than pressing the “share with everybody” button. We struggled through the process of potty training Kiddo A and N around the same time and our stories are intertwined. We decided to tell those tales together and share some ideas for other parents working on potty training. We didn’t want to be another of those self proclaimed “potty training miracle” videos, so we intentionally shared the things we each tried in a conversation style clip. We hope that providing a little encouragement and maybe a new idea or two with others working to get their toddler to do their business without soiled undies will be just the ticket. Enjoy and be sure to share your tips and tricks with others in the comments.

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Cheesy Egg Bake with Biscuits

Friends, I’m pretty excited to share this ridiculously easy and delicious Cheesy Egg Bake recipe with you today. I made it on a whim and it was such a hit with Continue reading