Category Archives: 2017

Goodbye Jelly Bean Journals: That’s a Wrap!

Today we are sharing the last post that will appear on Jelly Bean Journals. While it is challenging to say goodbye to this beloved community, the blog has served it’s purpose and we are moving on to our next chapters. We have loved sharing our parenting stories, wins, struggles and experiences just as much as we have loved hearing yours. You have brought us so much joy, laughter, peace, and comfort. We only hope we have offered a small piece of the same to you. Thank you to our family, friends, readers, partners, and guest bloggers, for coming on this journey with us. We will forever be grateful for your support, encouragement, and friendship. We take you with us, and you will always be in our hearts. Here are some words from each of us: Continue reading

My Thanks for a Captured Authentic Moment

To this day, this picture is one of my favs. Beautiful L posted it on social media for our group of friends four years ago and Kerstin recently shared it, again, as one of her favorites.

This photo of friends is posed, but it’s not formal or professional. This is a true image. It captured a group of people living in an authentic moment. Continue reading

Mommy Juice: Momscow Mule Tour!

Moms! We are offering another Mommy Juice Tour!

Join us in downtown Casper for a night of drinks featuring Moscow Mules and Moscow Mule inspired drinks. Our “Momscow Mule” Tour will feature sips and eats from some of our favorite local places including Raccas Pizzeria NapolentanaGaslight Social, and Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom. Registration is required.

                       

As always, transportation from Casper Executive Car and Limo will be provided for drop offs in Casper, Mills and Evansville. It’s the perfect way to spend time with old and new friends after the hustle and bustle of Halloween. (If you have a college sports fan in your life, have them catch the University of Wyoming vs Colorado State game at Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom at 5:00PM and let them know you will join them close to halftime! They can have a ride home at the end of the night, too, for an extra $8.) We call this a Mommy Juice Tour in honor of our series, but you don’t have to be a mommy to participate!

                                            

Your night will include great company, Moscow Mules and mule inspired drinks; dinner featuring pizza, bread, and salad; a ranking card to provide feedback on your drinks; entry to a copper cup prize drawing; and transportation (within the Casper, Mills and Evansville area)! Have your ride drop you off at Raccas Pizzeria Napolentana (430 S Ash St, Casper, WY 82601). We will take you home at the end of the night. You must be 21 years old to join us.

We had an awesome turnout and an amazing time on our Mommy Juice Margarita Tour and our Mommy Juice: Hang at the Hangar with Mystic Mountain Tour. Like last time, spaces are limited and your spot is not confirmed until your registration form is complete and payment arrangements have been made. No group registrations will be accepted.

Mommy Juice Tour Agenda:

4:00 pm     Arrive at Raccas Pizzeria Napolentana (430 S Ash St, Casper, WY 82601) to Meet Up & Dive into Your Moscow Mule Flight

4:45 pm     Enjoy Raccas Pizzeria Napolentana’s Yummy Eats for Dinner

5:25 pm     Head Out to Gaslight Social for Moscow Mule Stop #2

6:30 pm     Head Out to Frontier Brewing for Moscow Mule Inspired Sips

7:00 pm     Enjoy Sweet & Savory Eats for Dessert & Snacks

7:30 pm     Door Prize Drawing: Moscow Mule Copper Cup Set

8:00 pm     Partners, Friends & Spouses Meet Up at Frontier Brewing Co.

Remember, the University of Wyoming game is playing at 5:00PM at Frontier Brewing Co. Send your plus one to their taproom and let them know you’ll be in around half time!

9:00 pm     Catch the White Bus for East Side Rides Home

OR

10:00 pm  Catch the White Bus for West Side Rides Home

Cost:

Prepay $55

Pay at the Event $65

This price includes great company, drinks, food, a ranking card, door prize entry, transportation, and a hoot of a time.

CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER, only. Payment for prepay must be postmarked by Friday, October 27, 2017. Make checks out to Jelly Bean Journals.

To Register:

Register using the form below, mail your payment, and mark your calendar for Saturday, November 4th @ 4:00PM!

Our Sponsors

To Sponsor

If you’d like to sponsor our tour, contact us at contact@jellybeanjournals.com.

Past Mommy Juice Tour Info

Mommy Juice: Ranking Recap of “Hang at the Hangar with Mystic Mountain Tour!”

Mommy Juice: Casper’s Margarita Tour & What Does Being a Mom Mean to You?

Mommy Juice: Join Us on a Margarita Tour

Mommy Juice: Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers

Mommy Juice: Irish Hot Chocolate Buzz

Mommy Juice: Casper’s Bloody Mary Drinks

Mommy Juice: Casper’s Bloody Mary Drinks Tour #2

Mommy Juice: 3 Classic Margarita Mocktails

Thank You Casper Executive Car & Limo!

BLESSED.

I’m not sure if I’ve shared this picture before. It’s probably my all time favorite…ever. Of all the photos in my life (and you know there are millions between my mom and I), this moment is my all time favorite. It was taken the moment our boys met, and within a couple hours of Little Brother N’s birth. It is a moment I will forever be thankful and grateful I got to Continue reading

Talking Tragedy: How Do I Explain This?

by Drew Cotton

As we are all well aware, yesterday was the 16th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States. (Do you remember what the world was like pre-9/11? You might remember going to an airport and greeting passengers arriving from a flight directly at the gate, or going to a major-league baseball game without passing through a metal detector.) That day forever changed the American landscape and way of life. The last 16 years have seen a lot of anger, hate and fear. If you’re like me, you were a teenager that day, likely without a care in the world. Now we’re in our thirties, with children of our own. Continue reading

The Love & Joy of Raising Our Toddler Daughter

As I shared in “Loving Life with a Toddler: The Things I Most Appreciate Today” I was extremely surprised by how deeply I loved being the mom of a toddler. I must say that I have a completely different relationship with our little girl, Baby B, than with our little boy, Kiddo A, but I’m just as fond of her toddler stage. She regularly leaves me missing the two-year-old version of the boy who made me a mom and I delight in watching her explore, develop, and acquire knowledge.

Baby B is quick to  Continue reading

Mommy Juice: Hang at the Hangar with Mystic Mountain Tour!

We are offering another Mommy Juice Tour!

Join us at The Hangar for a night of drinks featuring Moonshine from Mystic Mountain Distillery, live music from Ten Ton Cadillac, and transportation from Casper Executive Car and Limo! It’s the perfect way to spend time with old and new friends. We call this a Mommy Juice Tour in honor of our series, but you don’t have to be a mommy to participate!

Your night will include great company, five drinks, pizza, salad, live music, a ranking card to provide feedback on your drinks, entry to a prize drawing, and transportation! Have your ride drop you off at the East or West Side WalMart in Casper, WY. We will take you home at the end of the night. You must be 21 years old to join us.

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We had an awesome turnout and an amazing time on our Mommy Juice Margarita Tour. Like last time, spaces are limited and your spot is not confirmed until your registration form is complete and payment arrangements have been made. No group registrations will be accepted.

Mommy Juice Tour Agenda:

4:00 pm                 East Side WalMart Drop Off (4400 E 2nd St)

OR

4:40 pm                 West Side WalMart Drop Off (4255 CY Ave)

5:00 pm                 Drink Tour Time at The Hangar with Mystic Mountain Distillery Spirits

6:00 pm                 Pizza and Salad

7:00 pm                 Prize Drawings

8:00 pm                 Ten Ton Cadillac Live Music

10:00 pm               East Side Rides Home

OR

11:00 pm               West Side Rides Home

Cost:

Prepay $55

Pay at the Event $65

This price includes great company, five drinks, pizza, salad, live music, a ranking card, door prize entry, transportation, and a hoot of a time.

CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER, only. Payment for prepay must be postmarked by Monday, February 27, 2017. Make checks out to Jelly Bean Journals.

To Register

Register using the form below, mail your payment, and mark your calendar for Friday, March 4th. Registration form must be completed by Monday, February 27, 2017.

Our Sponsors

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To Sponsor

If you’d like to sponsor our tour, contact us at contact@jellybeanjournals.com.

Past Mommy Juice Tour Info

Mommy Juice: Casper’s Margarita Tour & What Does Being a Mom Mean to You?

Mommy Juice: Join Us on a Margarita Tour

Mommy Juice: Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers

Mommy Juice: Irish Hot Chocolate Buzz

Mommy Juice: Casper’s Bloody Mary Drinks

Mommy Juice: Casper’s Bloody Mary Drinks Tour #2

Mommy Juice: 3 Classic Margarita Mocktails

Thank You Casper Executive Car & Limo!

A Challenge: The Perfect 1-Hour Date…With Yourself

I, like Chelse, am not really a resolution person. I talked about it a little bit in this post. In hindsight, closing out and looking at progress from the last year while feeling I have a fresh, clean slate heading into a new year, does always get my brain churning. What did I accomplish? What do I still need to work on? What is most important to me? What do I need most right now? The answer: to take care of myself; because I want the best for myself and so I can offer my children and husband the nicest, fullest, most loving version of me. Continue reading

I Talked to Fierce Women about Health Hacks and it was Awesome!

Happy 2017, Jelly Bean Journals Community! I hope you are off to a wonderful new year.

You already know that I’m not a traditional “new year resolution” type of gal. I try to engage in serious self reflection often enough to establish necessary goals for staying on track or changing my course through each year. However, at the risk of sounding cliche and in the spirit of heading into the new 2017, I reached out to some of the most impressive Casper ladies I am lucky enough to know. I asked them to share their best health hacks for women and moms, requesting that they provide real life advice which they actually utilize themselves.

These gals absolutely delivered and gave awesome health hacks in differing areas including emotional well being, physical fitness, and mental sharpness. Cheers to a new year and honoring resolutions using the advice of fierce women who reach their own goals on the regular!

Advice from Kristen Zook: Listen to Your Body & Don’t Stress

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Don’t stress yourself out trying to follow ALL the health suggestions. That leads to anxiety, insanity, and likely the opposite results you were aiming for. There are a lot of “gurus” out there giving nutrition, exercise, and health advice. Your body is the best expert and is always telling you what it needs. The trick is figuring out how to speak its language. Some days it will want a workout and vegetables, other days it will want a nap and cookies. There is a time and a place for all of it.
Advice from Tara L: Find Your Support System & Work Out

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Now that we have our daughter {L}, I realize time is incredibly valuable; time with her and time to myself. My family makes health and fitness a priority not for vanity reasons but because it feels good to be active and strong. It’s also important for us to raise our daughter around like minded individuals who lift each other up instead of tearing each other down, which is why I’m proud to be a part of CrossFit307. At CrossFit307, we’re surrounded by friends who have become family. They were there when our daughter was born and are there for support when we need parenting advice. I know your readers have heard it before, but it’s worth saying again, having a village to lean on is the key to making it out alive at the end the day.

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Advice from Jenn: Share Your Passion & Read with Your Kiddos

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Find something you are passionate about and share it with your kids; for me that is reading. My firm belief is a home with books creates a home of readers. The more books and more choices, the more likely you are to raise a reader. Our house is covered in books, stacked in every room, including all our bathrooms, kitchen table, and in toy baskets, backpacks, diaper bags, purses and even in the car. Some we buy, some are borrowed from the library, some are gifts; books to fulfill the growing interests of our kids, books to solve our latest parenting conundrum, some just to escape into. My kids know that books are usually the one thing mom won’t say no to at the store and reading could get them five more minutes awake at night, ease a long car trip, or make us late for school in the morning. Reading doesn’t have to be limited to physical books as it could be blogs, newspapers, magazines, eBooks, listening to an audiobooks, and it can happen anywhere, anytime. I read as much for fun as I have time for to balance the mental load of learning, working, and parenting.

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Advice from Beautiful L: Stay Focused & Mind Your Eating Habits

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I generally eat six smaller meals/snacks throughout the day and ensure that I have some source of protein in each meal, if possible. I try to focus on consuming healthy fats like avocados and nuts and good carbs like whole grains, oatmeal, fruits and veggies. Proteins are typically eggs, cottage cheese, lean meats and chicken. I aim for a small meal made of protein and carbs about an hour before I train and a healthy quick protein snack right after. This provides fuel for a workout, keeps me satisfied while training, and then provides my muscles with nutrients for recovery. I also try to drink at least half my body weight in water (or more) to help prevent dehydration and breakouts.

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I cannot thank these four ladies enough for sharing their real life health hacks. They are valuable gems and each a different approach to daily health. My favorite part is that their words can be instantly applied! Be good to yourself, find a support system, spend time with your loved ones and be mindful of how you fuel your mind, body and spirit. Perfect advice from stunning women to carry us into the new year!

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