Category Archives: Play

“Bee” Day Party: Bumble Bee Birthday Party for Our 1-Year-Old

I love decorating for my kids’ birthday parties and I go all-out, especially for their first birthdays. I suspect that this is something that will change as my kiddos get older because they will call the shots for their special days and probably end my party decorating craze era.

 

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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

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

Here at Jelly Bean Journals, we honor our very purpose as a blog by celebrating all things sweet and sour about mommyhood. We openly and honestly talk about the good, bad, beautiful, and challenging things we have experienced being mommies. Being a mom also means finding other moms to lean on for support, sisterhood, and fun! Thus, enter our ongoing Mommy Juice Series and a recent night out with 39 awesome friends! Scroll down to check out details about this event and the drinks we tried. At the very end of this post you will find out what our participants had to say. Continue reading

From the Mouths of Mommas – #3

In this series we ask multiple mommas one question. The answers show the love, joy and struggles we experience each day, week, month, year or lifetime. Although the answers may vary, it’s clear we are working toward the same results: healthy, happy and loved children! 

What has been the hardest part of parenting for you, so far, and why?

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Christmas Eve Box: Share the Magic & Start a Tradition

December has arrived and we invite you to join us in starting a new Christmas tradition! Give a Christmas Eve Box as a magical gift to open. It contains the fun needed to keep little minds and hands busy before resting their heads to dream of sugarplum fairies. A Christmas Eve Box can contain anything your heart desires from personalized ornaments to favorite toys or treats. This special gift gives children the chance to open a present in anticipation of Christmas day and provides a family activity that can make a wonderful annual tradition.

We have created a few different and adorable Christmas Eve Boxes to save you time during this busy holiday season! Some of our favorite things have been included such as best loved stories, a letter from Santa, hot cocoa and popcorn. Check out our offers below and order your box by December 16th, 2015. Continue reading

From the Mouths of Mommas – #1

In this series we ask multiple mommas one question. The answers show the love, joy and struggles we experience each day, week, month, year or lifetime. Although the answers may vary, it’s clear we are working toward the same results: healthy, happy and loved children! 

When do you feel most fulfilled as a mom and why?

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My Husband’s a Better Story Teller Than I Am

Well, maybe only sometimes. But man, my hubs can tell a story! Maybe it’s just me but his charming wit, passion behind the words he’s sharing, and his slight exaggerating nature makes for a good, good story. Facebook confirms this with the number of likes and comments he gets when he shares stories or reminisces about the activities of our son. Since many of our Jelly Bean Journals readers don’t get to see these lovely little anecdotes on my husband’s Facebook page, I thought I’d share a few of them in my post today. Continue reading

Kerstin’s 2015 Winter & Spring Photo Recap

Wow! I am way past due on my recaps. I thought I had the timing under control when I consistently published my Summer 2014 and Fall 2014. But, then somehow we ended up here, well past the middle of 2015, and I still hadn’t written a recap. Luckily, throughout the last six months, I wrote about a few things happening in our lives so I’ve just included links with some other shares below. Continue reading

True Toddler Fashion: “TTF Part I”

I've come up with a FUN project that I would love to do with all of you! Help me complete the True Toddler Fashion Part II project! Make sure your little person picks their own attire, snap a photo, and then submit it to us here at Jelly Bean Journals by emailing contact@jellybeanjournals.com or posting in the comments below. Now, read on for the rest of the story...

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How to Teach a 2-Year-Old to Ski

Seano and I both grew up skiing. But, in very different ways. Seano was practically skiing before he was walking and during the winter skied at least weekly. He now serves on our volunteer ski patrol and, at the least, skis every other Sunday during the season. When he found out we were pregnant, Seano was immediately excited to someday teach our child to ski. On the other hand, my family took a week long ski trip to Utah once a year until I was about 14. After that, I didn’t ski much for about eight years. When Seano and I started dating, it became something we could do together and I got back into it.

We decided to get N on skis this year and just see how it went. Continue reading