Category Archives: Documenting


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


Our Family Yearbook

We have lots of intentional and accidental traditions in our house. Seano and I both seem to be creatures of habit. Not that we aren’t up for spontaneity, but we seem to function best in routine. One tradition that  started accidentally  but has become Continue reading


A Birthday Letter Tradition: Happy 4th Birthday N!

N Turned 4 in October! Keeping with tradition, I wrote N his annual birthday letter like I did at one yeartwo years and three years. I wrote it a few weeks before his birthday and before the arrival of his little brother. I hope you enjoy this year’s letter!

Happy 4th Birthday N!

Just like that another year has passed and you are another year older. When I ask you to stop growing, you say, “Mom, I can’t. I just do.” You look more and more like a boy and less and less like a baby. Continue reading


Family Maternity Photos

We have been blessed to have some awesome photographers in our lives over the years! A dear friend of ours, Corrie of Corrie L. Photography, has done numerous family sessions for us. So, when it came time to get a few maternity photos with my two best guys, she was an easy choice. Continue reading


Corrie L. Photography Give-away: FREE SESSION

I can barely sit in my seat as I write this post! Jelly Bean Journals has teamed up with an incredible photographer to create one of the sweetest give-aways we could imagine:



Watch Me Grow: Month by Month Baby Picture Idea

Friends, my Baby B turned 6 months old over the weekend. We all already know how quickly babyhood time slips by, even though there are moments that can feel eternally long as a parent. I have to admit, I’m overly shocked at the lightning speed of this last half of a year. There are a couple of things that contribute to this, I suppose, Continue reading


A Birthday Letter Tradition: N Turns 3

My baby turned 3 last week! I know I sound like a broken record (try hearing it inside my head…it’s even worse!), but this time is going so, SO fast. We had several great birthday celebrations (maybe I will remember to post about them this year!) and, like we always do, Seano and I took his birthday off to spend time and celebrate with him. Also keeping with tradition, I wrote N his annual birthday letter like I did here and here Continue reading


We Love You Already: 2nd Pregnancy Maternity Photo Shoot

I am absolutely bursting with excitement! It has been terribly hard to wait for this maternity photo shoot reveal! As usual, our beloved Sommer with BOKA Images has given us photos that we not only adore but will cherish for a lifetime. Her idea to Continue reading


Santa Claus Came to Town!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to spend it with those you love most. Not surprising, Santa was able to find us in Iowa! Phew! We must have been good boys and girls this year, because he was really, really good to us! Some circumstances out of our control put a kink in our plans and we only made it to Iowa on Christmas Eve day instead of the Sunday before as expected. While it was disappointing that plans changed and we didn’t get as much time with our family ahead of Christmas, it was a good reminder to be thankful we were able to celebrate together. Enjoy your weekend and safe travels (if you’re traveling)!


Merry Gentlemen

This time of year always causes reflection for me. As I was browsing through images to share this week, I came across this gem and my chest instantly tightened. Not long after, tears began to flow and in the middle of this physical reaction I felt a mix of sadness and joy. You will remember that my family lost this wonderful man, my Grandpa John, this past fall. We celebrated many Christmases with him and this will be our first without him. Even though this picture is two years old, it allowed me to remember the amazing grandpa I was blessed to know and the type of man I hope my son becomes. Baby A was almost 6 months old his first Christmas and I remember being delighted over this image of Grandpa John with a spiked eggnog and our tiny boy with his favorite sock monkey. They looked like such merry gentlemen sitting together on the couch and gazing at the tree while the rest of us frenzied around to get dinner on the table. Christmas is sure to be a total delight this year with a toddler who now understands the spirit of giving and the excitement of the season. Even if he doesn’t remember my grandpa, I hope for him to always understand his loving spirit through our memories and actions.


We will miss you this Christmas and always, Grandpa John.