How to say no
Real Life, Self Improvement

How Saying “Yes” to the Wrong Things Could Be Stealing Hours from Your Day

Are you Saying "Yes" to the Wrong Things? How to say "no" with emotion and "yes" with a plan instead of the opposite when planning your days.Busy mama or busy gal, I want to talk about a little something called "time management".Woah. Did your stomach just turn a little? I've been listening, and I get it... "Jessica, I just don't have enough time to spend with my family.""There aren't enough hours in the day. I'm working, running the kids to all of their events, cooking dinner, doing the laundry and the list goes on! I can't manage it all!""I'm...

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Purse Organizer - DIY Purse Organization and how to organize the inside
House + Home, Organization, Real Life, Review

Purse Organization: How to Organize the Inside of your Handbag

This post was sponsored by Playtex® Simply Gentle Glide™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Purse Organization: How to Organize the Inside of your Handbag - Keeping related items in one spot, in a designated pouch can help you say "goodbye" to purse digging!Purse Organization Oh how excited I am to finally be sharing with you, my purse organization strategy.As you know, when it comes to organizing, I owe all of my natural organizing "skillz" to my momma. She is a genius when it comes to making sure that everything has a "home," and growing up seeing that... I've...

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Open when letters - ideas and free printable
DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas, Marriage, Printables

Open When Letters – Ideas for Boyfriend, Best Friend + More!

Open When Letters - Ideas for boyfriend, best friend, husband... to know what to put in them and free printable cards to make it easy!Open When Letters Have you seen the cutest little idea floating around on Pinterest, "Open When" letters? When my husband was heading out for a hunting trip, I was trying to think of something that would be good to send with him or do for him while he was gone, and I thought these would be PERFECT. As you know, we don't have a perfect marriage, but who does, (you can read all about that in my...

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How to stay motivated as a stay at home mom
Real Life, Review, Self Improvement

7 Ways I Get Motivated on the Daily

This is a sponsored post. But of course all thoughts and opinions are my own, as always!7 Ways I Get Motivated - As a stay-at-home mom, and a work-at-home mom, it's so easy to stay in yoga pants and let the couch be your best friend. Here are a few ways to motivate you to get up and tackle the day!Alright, let's just get right to my number 1 and favorite way that I stay motivated, to get.things.done. Shall we? 7 Ways I Get Motivated on the Daily 1. Coffee. For Real. It's literally what I think about to help me roll...

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What is a lifestyle blog
Blogging, Real Life

What is a Lifestyle Blog?

What is a lifestyle blog? Breaking down the difference in a niche blog and lifestyle blogs. What topics lifestyle blogs can include and ideas of what to post.What is a Lifestyle Blog? When I first started blogging in 2011, I started a blog about party planning. Boy did I screw up. I mean, I LOVED styling parties for my friends and family, so starting a blog about parties just makes sense, right?Wrong. I felt so suffocated blogging strictly about parties, and quickly became burned out and found myself wanting to share more and more about things other than airplane birthday parties or the...

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Lesson's I've learned as a mom
Parenting, Real Life, Self Improvement

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Mom

A while back, I reached out and asked if there were any specific blog posts that you'd like to see. When someone suggested: "Can you share some of the lessons you've learned as a mom?" I grabbed it and ran with it. As you know, I love to share any realness that I can with you all, in hopes that you see that life's not always perfect online, no matter what is perceived on social media. (In case you missed me sharing the raw details about my own life, you can read that HERE.) Lessons I've Learned as a MomWhen it comes...

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School lunch ideas - pb&j
Breakfast, Desserts, Food + Drink, Main Dishes, Parenting, Real Life, Review

Our School Lunch Routine: Packing Lunches

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.Our school lunch routine is full of easy lunch ideas that are fun and that make fixing a school lunch a breeze and something my kiddo actually looks forward to!Our School Lunch Routine I will always remember the nostalgia feels of taking a Jif® Peanut Butter and Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam sandwich in my lunchbox as a kid. So, as a mom, as we parents tend to do... I love sharing parts of my childhood with my own kids, and...

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self retreat airbnb trip
Real Life, Self Improvement

“Self Retreat” Highlight Video: What It Is + Why You Need One

Self Retreat: What Is It + Why You Need It: Time away, a little or a lot, can be just what we need as busy gals, to feel recharged and ready to tackle the areas in life that we love and care about.Oh friends, as you saw on Facebook and Instagram a couple of months ago, I took a "self-retreat".Self Retreat - What Is It Exactly? Well, it's a term I decided to use to describe some time away for myself. Time where I'm alone (hello introvert heaven) and where I can catch up on the things that I love...

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phone hacks and tricks
Real Life, Review, Self Improvement

My Sanity Saving Phone Hacks + My Life Saving Walgreens App

My Sanity Saving Phone Hacks + My Life Saving Walgreens AppThis post is sponsored by Walgreens and SheKnows Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Phone tricks and hacks are life and sanity savers as a busy mom on the go, especially when it comes to filling prescriptions for my family, getting the necessities, and capturing memories in the process.What in the world did we do without our smart phones years ago?I'll never forget when I unwrapped my first cell phone on Christmas morning, about 15 years ago. You should have seen this thing - it was huge and...

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Stitch Fix Kids July 2018 Review
Family + Friends, Kids, Real Life, Stitch Fix, Style

Stitch Fix for Kids Unboxing – July 2018 Review: 1st Box for my Boys

Stitch Fix for Kids Unboxing - July 2018 Review: 1st Box for my Boys... So I thought they'd like this, but it turns out that they love it! My little guys are always game for creating videos for YouTube!Stitch Fix for Kids Well who knew when I posted my very first Stitch Fix review, that I'd be doing one for my boys a few years later.They are killing me with their antics and typical boy behavior in their first Stitch Fix Kids unboxing video review.So on July 11th, (just yesterday... or at least at the time of writing this post)...

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favorite dresses for the summer months
Real Life, Self Improvement

Removing the Mask – The Hypocrisy

If you've followed my blog for a while, then you know that occasionally I'll share a personal story, rather than a quick and easy recipe, a new room makeover, or the cute little dress that I just scored at Target.Sometimes it's because other's request it or because I think my story may help others through a hard time.Today, I'm sharing a personal side of things because JESUS told me to. "I See You Lookin' At Me" Yesterday at church, my pastor gave a message that was absolutely incredible.Watch the message from my pastor, Bryan Mills, HERE if you have 20 minutes. You...

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Food + Drink, Travel

Beach Picnic Food Ideas – Healthy and Easy

Beach Picnic Food Ideas - Spending a day at the beach or pool means there will be hungry bellies. Here's a list of light and healthy options for your picnic basket! Hey there! Kelly from Trial and Eater here, sharing beach picnic food ideas that I think you love!Summer beach days – is there anything better? As long as I pack enough food and drink to keep me full and hydrated during the day, there is nothing like soaking up the sun all day long by the ocean.Getting together at the beach with friends over good food and great conversation...

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How to start a blog - answering blogging questions
Blogging

Blogging Q+A – #6 Answering Your Blogging Questions

Blogging Q+A – #6 Answering Your Blogging Questions: Tips to get noticed by brands, besides Wordpress what blogging websites do you recommend, and what tools do you use? I'm answering all of these for you today!Hey blogging friends! If you've been around here for a while, you know that I love to occasionally answer YOUR blogging related questions. Remember that I'm always leaving the submission form open, in case you think of new questions to ask, so feel free to do that anytime, HERE!Today, I've selected three of the questions from the submissions bank, and I'm hoping they can...

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Health + Fitness, Real Life

3 Mom Workouts You Can Do at Home

3 Mom Workouts You Can Do at Home: As a busy mom, being able to leave the house to go to the gym may be as rare as going on vacation. Here are 3 workouts that are PERFECT to do at home, with little to no equipment and in 25 minutes or less! As a stay-at-home mom, I know exactly what it's like trying to find even a LITTLE bit of time to take a shower. So trying to find time to head to the gym can be even harder.When I chatted with my friend Lian, with WorkGrindFly™, I asked if...

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Does a blog cost a lot of money
Blogging, Review

Is a Blog A Good Business to Start with Little Money?

A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post.I'm often asked,“Jessica, does it cost a lot of money to start a blog?”So I knew it was something I needed to share with you, to help clear up any uncertainties or questions you have, by dropping a little realness with a side of "behind the blog" details, to answer this more in depth for you. And since this post touches on one of the most POPULAR topics around on the internet today... MONEY... I knew it was the perfect fit to work with Regions Bank on this post!Who...

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Pick me ups for the afternoon slump!
Blogging

Working with Brands: How Much to Charge for Blog Posts

How Much to Charge for Blog Posts: When you're not sure what to charge, how to charge, and where to even begin, when it comes to writing a sponsored blog post for a business or company. What started out as one blog post, quickly turned in to two. (Possibly even three, maybe four. The more I tell you, the more I think there's just ONE more thing that you should know, when it comes to blogging and working with brands.) So if you missed my first blog post, "What you Need to Know About Working with Brands", I recommend...

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How to work with brands
Blogging

What You Need to Know About Working with Brands

What You Need to Know About Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger | Influencer: From free products, to being paid for items you already use and love, I'm giving you a roadmap of what to say to brands from the get-go! What You Need to Know About Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger | Influencer It has been on my heart to share a certain couple of blogging related items with you lately, and over on Facebook, I polled you asking which one you'd like to see first. You all were so kind to contribute, and... "Tips for Working with...

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A day in my life of blogging - current work load, target shipment and sneak peeks!
Blogging, Real Life

VIDEO: Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger

VIDEO: Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger - Target Shipment, Current Open Tabs on my Laptop + Airbnb Photoshoot Sneak Peek for upcoming photoshoot! Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger Ok, so now THIS was fun. While "working" the other day, I decided to have you join in to get a behind the scenes look at what it is that I actually do during the day while I'm working at home as a blogger/mom.I've had people ask me recently, Ok... so WHAT is it, that you actually do? It makes me chuckle when someone asks that, because I totally...

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Blogging

Blogging Q+A – #5 Answering Your Blogging Questions

Blogging Q+A - #5 Answering Your Blogging Questions: In today's laid back, informal video, I'm answering more of your questions that will hopefully help take your blog to the next level! Today's questions: How do you tag the business in your blog? I use Wordpress. What is a meta? How do you gain followers and subscribers?Hey you! I'm tickled to be back with another blogging q+a video, answering YOUR blogging questions! If you've watched the previous 4 blogging q+a's, then you know that I adore sharing tips and tricks for blogging, whether it's for those of you that are thinking...

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Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Blogging

Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - The reasons why I love blogging so much, the reasons that make me want to pull my hair out, and the flat out "ugly" side of blogging.Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Although blogging is by FAR my favorite hobby AND business, there are things associated with it that aren't my favorite, and some things that flat-out get the "ugly" label. So I wanted to share all of this with you in case you've found yourself asking, "Is blogging right for me?" "Should I start a blog, and would I even like it?" or...

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Texting a girlfriend for an afternoon pick me up in a slump
Printables, Real Life, Review, Self Improvement

Tips to Avoid the Afternoon Slump + Gratitude Worksheet

This post has been sponsored by Coffee-mate® Creamer. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Tips to Avoid the Afternoon Slump: Whether you're at home with the kids, or in the office and need an afternoon pick-me-up, here are a few tips to help you overcome that dreaded slump and a free gratitude worksheet download!Growing up, I always heard my mom and dad talk about "the slump" that they'd feel right in the middle of their afternoon. Then it wasn't long after I reached my early 30's, that I knew EXACTLY what they were talking about. I get sleepy, unmotivated,...

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