Category Archives: Holiday

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from Jelly Bean Journals!

We will be spending the holiday making food and memories with our extended families.

Chelse’s tribe will be honoring a family tradition of making homemade, from scratch, 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: Hot Pumpkin Tom and Jerry

Today’s Mommy Juice Pick: Hot Pumpkin Tom and Jerry

Why I Picked This Mix: I’m still not sure why white girls get a black eye for liking fall and all things pumpkin. Nor do I fully understand what being basic means, but I will readily admit that my favorite season, since forever, is fall. In turn, this may be why I fit the stereotype…but, let me tell you why I don’t care. Continue reading

Little Brother N’s 1st Birthday Letter

If you have followed along with our blog since the beginning, you know writing Big Brother N a birthday letter each year is a special tradition I started when he turned 1. I plan to continue this tradition with Little Brother N, too. You also probably know my boys look quite a bit alike. Some pieces of their personality are very similar too, but in others they are so, so different. It was so fun reminiscing and reflecting on Little Brother N the last year and my continual evolution as a mother. Hope you enjoy and share in some of my sentiments! Continue reading

She’s At The Lake

Since losing my dad a decade ago, my mom has been rolling solo. Watching my mom lose her very best friend was almost worse than holding my dad’s hand for the last time. Part of me wanted her to find another companion. She certainly never planned to say goodbye to such a young husband and as each year rolled by without him, she was reminded of the plans they made but would never enjoy together. I watched this wear her down. She started to believe she would live the entire second half of her life alone. My fun loving and vivacious mother was turning Continue reading

Mother’s Day Fingerprint Ring Tray

Happy Mother’s Day (a few days early) to all of you amazing moms who are part of our Jelly Bean Journals community. No one knows how much you give, how deep you love, or the things that fill your brain space more than another mom. And we are in your boat, on your team, supporting you and cheering you on as loud as we can.  We hope your upcoming Mother’s Day is a time for you to pause, relax and be spoiled by the little ones in your life  who are so grateful for you but really have no idea that you are far more grateful for them. 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

Baby’s 1st Easter Basket

I know I’m not shocking any of you when I say that we are big holiday people. Well, more accurately, I am a big holiday person. I always go overboard and have been working on scaling back to a more reasonable level. I will always have special treats and traditions for my family around the holiday, but maybe, just maybe they don’t need quite so many. Continue reading

Scared to Death Over Peanuts: Finding Sensitivity

It’s official. I’m that mom…the helicopter mom. I just spent the holiday season hovering over my 4-year-old hounding him about Continue reading

Mommy Juice: Irish Hot Chocolate Buzz

Today’s Mommy Juice Pick: Irish Hot Chocolate Buzz

Why I Picked This Mix: Friends, we are in the dead of winter. Our sun blazes through clear skies on most days, which is why getting a skiing sunburn in Wyoming is a real thing, but our bone chilling temps are difficult to ignore! When freezing time hits our town, I feel the need for some warmth and comfort. Continue reading