Category Archives: Thanks

True Toddler Fashion: “TTF Part II”

There are a couple of posts I want to make sure I write for, or about, both of my kiddos. This is one of those and it falls on the lighter side of things. Brace yourself for a repeat venture of a project I shared with you all back in 2015. (Yeah…2015…my dear goodness! TWO years ago?! Anyway…) Enter “True Toddler Fashion” where I explore the true, self-created style of a toddler!

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MALIA MEI: A Courageous Birth – Part I

When we got our hands on the birth story of a very special little lady as seen through the eyes of her father, we couldn’t put it down. We don’t often have the opportunity to experience the challenges of bringing babies into this world through the perspective of their dads. Michael Moline, a college instructor, loving husband and devoted father, has graciously agreed to let us launch a series using his writing on this very topic. He titled his memoir “Malia Mei: A Courageous Birth” and we will be sharing it in multiple parts on a bi-weekly basis right here on the blog. We couldn’t be more honored that he is allowing us to share his beautiful work and we think you will love it as much as we do. Please include your questions and thoughts in the comments and we will make sure Michael has the opportunity to address them.

MALIA MEI: A Courageous Birth

by Michael Moline

A father’s recollection of the joy, fear, and hardships leading up to and following the unexpected premature birth of his daughter. The story of Malia Mei’s courageous journey following her birth. 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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Dear 20 Something Self: A Letter To That Early 20’s Gal

20161022_101636I hit a big birthday over the weekend, friends. That celebration and some priceless time with a college bestie have zapped me back through the roller coaster of my early twenties. If I could score a DeLorean, I would place the following note in the mailbox of my college apartment…

Dear 20 Something Self,

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

This is a special week at Jelly Bean Journals. Two of our series are meeting up! For the month of September, we are sharing a special series in collaboration with Prairie Wife in Heels and The Tall Mom. We have been writing for each other on a topic relevant to our regular content. Here’s what you can find during the month of September:

Here at Jelly Bean Journals, being a mom means honoring 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 40 awesome moms!

We took a lighthearted approach in creating our Mommy Juice series. Along with loving the term, we hope this group of posts will help fellow moms to sit back, unwind, and enjoy a cocktail. We have a deep love for mocktails, as well, so this series is sure to have something for everyone. After all, we absolutely love enjoying a favorite drink with a great friend. So, here’s to you, girl! Cheers!

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Dear Village

I truly agree with the sentiment, “It takes a village to raise a child.” While Seano and I are the primary caregivers, we have so much love and support surrounding us and participating in N’s rearing. I say “thank you” on a regular basis, but I’m not sure if these people really know how grateful we are. So, I wrote an open letter to my village. (I’m sure I did not cover every single person that love and support us in this note, but you’ll get the gist.)

Dear Village,

Sweet, loving, understanding village of mine, thank you for all that you consciously and unconsciously do to make our life so blessed. You are the reason I can claim any form of sanity at any time. Continue reading

A Letter from Leo the Gerbil

Before school let out for summer, Daddy D agreed to bring Leo the Gerbil home from Kiddo A’s class. Kiddo A and his buddies have loved caring for this furry critter. We also think Leo has adapted to his new surroundings nicely. Leo recently asked if he could let the other children from Mrs. Hyde’s class know how he is doing. Naturally, I obliged, and have turned the keyboard over to our temporary pet gerbil so that he can give his own update…

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From the Mouths of Mommas – #6

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! 

If your children learn only one thing from you, what would you want it to be and why?

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WINNER of the Corrie L. Photography Give-away

We won’t even tease you!! A HUGE congratulations to mariepuryear@gmail.com!! You are the official winner of our Corrie L. Photography Give-away: FREE SESSION! We will be in touch soon with the details you will need to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who liked, shared, and subscribed!

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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!