Category Archives: Chirstmas

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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

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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

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“Faithful friends who are dear to us,

Gather near to us once more.

Through the years we all will be together,

If the Fates allow.

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough,

And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS
From Our Hearts to Yours

Love,
Chelse  & Kerstin

*Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 
by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
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I Talked to Cheeky C about Coping with Child Suicide During the Holidays

Ian was 18 when he died by suicide. Cheeky C is one of my closest friends and Ian’s mom. I remember receiving her call four years ago that he was gone; and I’ve not witnessed a girlfriend survive a more devastating loss. I have come to notice that the winter holidays seem to be the worst for Cheeky C. Although she is a warrior and a survivor, this season hits her hard. My spunky, outspoken, and cheeky pal becomes withdrawn and more downcast. The truth is, I will never have my original Cheeky C back. Losing her son was a traumatic turning point and I know she is changed forever, but this time of year seems to be especially heart-rending.

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Holiday Snowflake Fingerprint Ornaments

With the Thanksgiving holiday wrapping up, we are plummeting directly toward Christmas. As I’ve mentioned probably a thousand times a year, I love this time of year. But, man is it a busy time. It seems like there are a thousand things to do to keep traditions alive and prepare for the holiday and our impending travel. Each year I like to make sure, in addition to purchased presents, our families receive a special gift from our kiddos. Life with a newborn and four-year-old is still as busy as can be, so this year especially, I needed something super easy and time friendly. This project Continue reading

Meet Me at the Teddy Bear Tea: A Casper, WY Event Review

We have started a family tradition by attending the annual Teddy Bear Tea in Casper, WY. I was clueless about this event until I became a parent. When I did learn of it, I was a little intimidated to take my small children to an occasion so proper sounding. I was hooked after our first Teddy Bear Tea and we have regularly attended over the past 4 years.

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The Teddy Bear Tea takes place on the Sunday after Continue reading

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Russian Sage Bundle for Rustic Fall or Winter Decorating

Each autumn we trim our Russian Sage, or Perovskia Atriplicifolia, nearly to the ground. We do this to keep our plants healthy and thriving. Let me tell you, it works like a charm and these beauties bloom a gorgeous purple all through the following summer. Their aroma reminds me of hearty sage and they are loved by bumble bees. On hot afternoons our fence sounds like a buzzing electric line because of the busy pollinators working from one tiny flower to the next. Continue reading

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Wrapping Up the Holiday with Memes

We survived. Christmas is over. Fun was had by all and stress was shared by some. Love for our children has prevailed, yet I need some “Meme Therapy” to laugh off the hustle and bustle of this holiday season. I don’t know how you feel about memes or if you’re even interested in them. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Jelly Bean Journals

Merry Christmas to all of our Jelly Bean Journals friends! During this season we are reflecting on the people who made our year and lives a bit brighter and merrier. This community is a huge part of that. So, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your continual engagement and support.

Probably like many of you, we are taking the week off to enjoy time with our family and friends. Spending time with people who make this whole journey of life worth it, is what the holidays are all about. We want to honor them by being completely present and available. We will be back next week with a great New Years craft!

Until then, we hope you and your families have the most blessed and beautiful Christmas and holiday season. We wish presence, peace, and love for you all. Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Traditions, Old and New

As we head into the holiday season, I’ve been thinking about our family traditions surrounding Christmas. Some of my most vivid and favorite memories from childhood surround the holidays. After spending some time diving into these memories, I think it wasn’t so much the activity but what the activity represented that makes them my favorite. It was feelings of togetherness, lightheartedness, excitement, anticipation and love that stand out. Continue reading