A Shared Love

This is a special holiday week at Jelly Bean Journals. Instead of our regular posting schedule, we will be sharing an image with you everyday until Friday. Each picture is precious to us for a particular reason and we are excited to reminisce with you.

Girls 5-1

To start the week, I picked this picture from our shoot with Corrie L Photography. She captured some wonderful images that day and this particular shot conjures so many thoughts for me. Because of our silhouettes, this picture is universal and could represent any set of moms and their little people, much in the way we hope that our blog is ubiquitous. When I look at it, I am reminded of the magical love shared between mothers and their kiddos. I appreciate the way that our children are ever so splendid in our own eyes. I reflect on the way Kerstin loves N and that I admire her as a fellow mommy. Then, I become surprised at how very much I also love N because he is not mine yet I would do anything for him. I know that we will adore this picture even more when our boys are taller than us and we have to stand on our tiptoes for a kiss instead of bending at the waste. Better yet, we will probably be the ones receiving a forehead kiss! While the thought of losing these seconds as they pass saddens me, I’m also excited to see what the future holds for these precious young boys. This is an image of shared love I will always cherish.


Santa Brush: A Fun Christmas Craft


Santa Brush

This is such a cute and simple craft! You are going to want to try this DIY and you probably already have most of the items you will need in your own home. Depending on the size of paintbrush you purchase these can be used as door hangers, tree ornaments, or gift tags. It is also easy to write on the back for keepsake memories.

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Pesto Drizzle & Tortellini Skewers: A Perfect Holiday Appetizer

Friends, you have got to give this pretty, quick, delicious and mostly healthy appetizer a try! It’s perfectly festive to serve or share at your upcoming holiday gathering. I have modified Continue reading

Kerstin’s 2014 Fall Recap

Our family had a busy and wonderful fall. (Check out past recaps here and here.) I’ve been thinking and processing the term “busy” lately. I have finally been able to accept that life is just going to be busy. For a long time, I seemed to say things like, “when things slow down” or “when things get back to normal.”  Well, for us, normal is busy. We are the kind of family that relishes togetherness and lives by experience. So, I’m embracing it instead of fighting it. And, I love fall in Wyoming so that makes being busy even easier to embrace! I am always up for taking advantage of any nice weather the season still has left in it. This year, we were blessed with many beautiful fall days.  With N’s birthday and the start of the holidays, fall also brings a season of togetherness for our families which is something I always enjoy! Anyway, on to our Fall 2014 Recap.

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Frustrating Parent Lessons

It’s major confession time. If you aren’t prepared to share in the frustration of raising a toddler, today’s post probably isn’t for you. If you are still reading, please remember that I love my son just like any mother loves their child. As I partly shared in Loving Life with a Toddler: The Things I Most Appreciate Today there are countless Continue reading


6 Tools in My “Mommy Management” Toolbox

When I became a mom it seemed like lessons and learning opportunities came flying at me much faster than I could understand them or figure out the best course of action. Part of what threw me in the early months was having to reevaluate all things about life and the pressure I felt to make the right choices for my son. It still happens but knock on wood, they seem to be coming at a slower pace. These days, most of the time, I actually get to process what is happening and consciously make a choice. Reflecting on this, I want to share some of the tools I use in my every day “Mommy Management” toolbox. I use these tools to manage life, expectations, and choices.

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Guilty Pleasures of a Traveling Mommy

I’m a working mommy and about 20% of my career responsibilities include spending time on the road or away from home. During Baby A’s first year of life it felt like my heart was being ripped out each time I left him and before he was born I had a very difficult time saying goodbye to my husband. I just miss them both when I have to be away.

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Advice to Myself the Day Before My 1st Baby Was Born

N was three days overdue. It is hysterical to me now, that at the time, these three days felt like months. Beginning a week before he was due, I started pouting and moping around like having to wait for my baby was the biggest inconvenience in the world! Partly due to this attitude but also because I was so uncomfortable, I decided to begin my maternity leave immediately after my due date, baby or no baby. I was due on a Friday. On Sunday evening, realizing I had a bad attitude and that this moping wasn’t doing anyone any good, I decided to take advantage of the free time I would have before the baby came. I made a list of all of the things I was going to due on Monday – chores, errands, and more baby prep. I felt relieved and refreshed after I made this commitment. The only problem: I was too late. I went into labor at 3 am on Monday morning. In hindsight, here’s what I would tell my pouting self to do the day before I had my baby.

Take a Breath and be Patient
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Coping with Toddler Tantrums

One of our good girlfriends recently asked me about tantrums. Her toddler is close in age to Baby A and this prompted me to consider the process we use when he is acting out. Although all toddlers are different and there are many philosophies, ideas, tactics and tricks to working through tantrums, I want to share the revolving process that has worked well for us. Continue reading


N’s Picture Project

On Tuesday, I shared A Letter to My Son on His 2nd Birthday. These annual letters have become an important tradition to me. Another tradition we started from the week N was born included taking his photo on a different piece of fabric each week (it turned into each month when he turned 1). I hang them up every year at N’s birthday party. Our guests love looking at how he’s changed over the year.

Here are the photos from the last year (scroll down to see photos from last year).

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