Health + Fitness, Lifestyle

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

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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Texting a girlfriend for an afternoon pick me up in a slump
Lifestyle, Printables, 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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Running errands and saving time
Lifestyle, Organization, Review

Busy Mom Sanity! From Running Errands to Managing Your Finances

A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post. Running errands, cashing checks, paying bills….and the list goes on. Yuck, right? There are SO many other things that I'd rather be doing, but when you're a busy mom like me with an ever-growing list of "don't forget to pick-ups", (or maybe the one who does most of the errands in your house), daily chores are just not at the top of my list of favorite activities. Anything I can do to get organized and make life easier is important to me, which is why I’m excited to be...

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Finding Your Tribe of gal pals and friends
Lifestyle, Self Improvement

Finding Your Tribe of Gal Pals

Finding Your Tribe of Gal Pals: Sometimes it takes a tough time in life to discover your true friends, but who says you can't look for them ahead of time? Here are tips for how to explore and build those friendships! If you're a Fantabulous Insider, then you know that I share some of my deepest thoughts and real life-behind the scenes stories with you in those weekly love notes. In a recent email, I shared with you about how a few people in my life stepped forward during a really hard time, and how much that meant to me. ...

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Cool Mom - Jessica and Boys
Lifestyle, Parenting

“You’re a Cool Mom If…”

"You're a Cool Mom If" - From the Eyes of a 4 and 6 year old. "You're a Cool Mom If..." So I asked my boys, What makes me a "cool mom"? I mean, I've read a ton of articles about how it's important to be a parent, and not a friend... and I've even watched videos on how it's cool, to not be "cool". But have you ever participated in one of those Facebook questionaries where you ask your kids the list of random questions, just to see what they say? They're a ton of fun, and their answers can be a hoot! So...

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Faith and social media
Blogging, Lifestyle, Self Improvement

How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media

How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media: If you allow it, the online world can diminish your thoughts on self worth and value in minutes. Let's get in to your faith toolkit, and help you overcome these tough roadblocks in today's world. How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media Have you ever fallen victim to a social media “crap-storm”? I can tell you from experience that being on the receiving end is not fun, but maybe not for the reasons you might guess. Now, before you go thinking that this is a rant about how unfair the world...

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Husband and Wife: affection in marriage
Lifestyle, Self Improvement

Finding Your Purpose in Life – “Something Is Missing”

Finding Your Purpose in Life - Have you ever felt like something is "missing" in life, even if you feel like you shouldn't? The guilt of feeling like something is missing, yet having so much to be thankful for, is a real struggle with so many women! I love today's topic so much.  As women, sometimes we feel like there has to be "more," but we have a mental conflict of guilt. You may find yourself saying... "Why should there be more? I have a great marriage, wonderful kids, and a great life.  But why do I feel like something is...

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How to Respect Husband - In marriage
Lifestyle, Marriage

How to Respect Your Husband & How it May Save a Marriage

How to respect your husband and How it May Save Your Marriage - Respecting our husband is HARD at times, but it could be what saves our relationships. How to Respect Your Husband & How it May Save a Marriage Respecting my husband. I'm awful at it. Can I get real with you for a minute? Our 9 year wedding anniversary (but 19 years together) is coming up this week. For all of those years, I THOUGHT I respected my husband. I'd even argue the fact when we would get in to quarrels.   I mean, in my head I did respect him...

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Home Finance: Routines + Tools for the Bookkeeper at Home
Finance, Lifestyle

Home Finance: Routines + Tools for the Bookkeeper at Home

Home Finance: Routines + Tools for the Bookkeeper at Home. Easy tactics and streamline procedures to reduce the dreaded taboo topic! First Finance Tip: Prayer — Ha! Only kidding. Sort of. You guys, when you own your own business, I swear some people think that you're swimming in gold coins like the cartoon Duck Tales. Please tell me this was someone's favorite childhood cartoon too!?   Alright, but for real... money has been a stressful situation here in our household before, and no matter what you do for a living, whether you work for someone or own your own business... know you're not...

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I Took YouTube Away for a Week, and This is What Happened
Lifestyle, Parenting

I Took YouTube Away from my Kids, and This is What Happened

I Took YouTube Away from my Kids for a Week, and This is What Happened. This isn't another post on limiting screen time, or I'm a Better Than You Post... In the event that this post gets shared on social media, I want to be completely up front with those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time. I write from passion, heart, and experience. I'm not a perfect mom. I'm not a perfect writer, and I'm sure as heck not a child psychologist. But I do speak from the heart, and adore sharing what I love...

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Relaxing by the pond on a summer day - a day of relaxing for self improvement
Lifestyle, Review, Self Improvement

Time with Friends + “Check Out” for a Day of Rest

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine. Check Out for a Day of Rest: Usually once a week, I'll "check out" and get off the map with my husband and kiddos for some mandatory distraction-free time. "Check Out" for a Day of Rest I've mentioned quite a bit lately on Facebook that we've spent an abundant amount of time on my parents farm. It's funny—when I was a little girl, I didn't appreciate the serenity of the country and farm life. I thought it was SO awful that I missed out on...

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Creating Your Happy Marriage advice and support! Topics like affairs, cheating and infidelity can be tough topics.
Marriage

If Your Husband Cheats and How to Make it Through

It's Episode 11 of the Creating Your Happy series, answering the question: "What to do when your husband (or wife) cheats, how you move on, and how to make it through."  I'm flying solo on this marriage Q&A today for a couple of reasons! One, my hubby was out enjoying some "me time" (which I totally encourage in this video), and because someone submitted a question directed towards me to answer specifically! "What to do when your husband cheats, and how you move on, and how to make it through."  Whew... It's a question relating to a topic that so many have...

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10 must see attractions in New York City
Review, Travel

NYC Bucket List: A Quick Guide to Must See Attractions

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hertz. All opinions are 100% mine. NYC Bucket List: A Quick Guide to Must See Attractions: If in New York City for only a short time, then THESE are the 10 must-see visits on your trip. New York City has been on my bucket list for some time.  My husband and I LOVE to travel, and the Big Apple has been a destination that we've eyed for a while. Plus, the chances of New York City ending up on our future boarding passes, are incredibly high considering our lines of...

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Having problems is not the problem. It's the Creating Your Happy Episode 10 Plus, A Review of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a "F" Book by Mark Manson
Lifestyle, Self Improvement

CYH Ep. 10 — Problems & the Meanings We Put Behind Them

CYH Ep. 10 — Problems & the Meanings We Put Behind Them: Plus a review on the book: "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life" Mom... don't read this. You know it's going to be a truth-speaking blog post when I start out with the "Mom, don't read this" lead off! I don't want my mom to read this because it has a cuss word in it. Well... sort of. Let me explain, and then you can totally see why in the video I recorded below too. You see, I grew up knowing early...

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Health + Fitness, Lifestyle

The “Booty Shaper” Workout at Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine. The "Booty Shaper" Workout at Home: A workout for your booty that only requires a chair for some of the steps! It's great for those that stay at home and need something quick! Oh friends, it's time. It's time I get my booty in gear and do some toning and exercising. I've resisted for a while, and even laugh it off when I add another stick of butter to those slightly homemade recipes that I love to whip up. But when my clothes...

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5 Ways to relieve stress at home. Having an oasis at home so it's a quick and easy spot to get to, to relax!
Lifestyle, Self Improvement

5 Ways to Relieve Stress at Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine. 5 Ways to Relieve Stress at Home: Simple and easy ways to kick that stress after a tough day or when emotional havoc enters your life. Lately I've become really in tune with what makes me "tick" as a gal who's a wife, a momma, a business owner and someone who's always on the go. When life has us super busy, stress can tend to run in line with it. Through trial and error, and guidance through my professional therapy, I've nailed down...

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How to make my husband/wife want me, and show me affection again?
Lifestyle, Marriage

Affection in Marriage: “My Husband/Wife Isn’t Affectionate Anymore”

Affection in a Marriage: My Husband/Wife Isn't Affectionate Anymore. "How do I make my husband want me?" It's something we're asked about SO often! Oh friend, first and foremost, I am FAR from a therapist or marriage counselor, but rather a potential friend that cares and wants to share what we've learned along the way in our marriage counseling, in hopes that it could help with something you may be struggling with. One of my all-time favorite things is receiving a Facebook message/email from someone (man or woman — yes, men will reach out with a thank you, or "I totally...

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Quick workout at home ideas - the booty shaper
House + Home, Lifestyle, Organization, Self Improvement

Morning Routine for a Mentally + Physically Productive Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine. Morning Routine for a Mentally + Physically Productive Day. A few steps that I try to do each morning before the kids wake up for a great start to the day. Morning Routine for a Mentally + Physically Productive Day Do you ever have those mornings where it's a mad rush from the get-go? Going through the day, feeling like you've forgotten something, overwhelmed with a to-do list, and running low on energy? I can TOTALLY relate, and after years of frustration, I realized...

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Marriage q&a creating your happy series jessica burgess stl blogger missouri husband and wife team
Lifestyle, Marriage

Marriage Q&A: Ep. 7 – Creating Your Happy

It's episode 7 of the Creating Your Happy series, and it also just so happens to be the second marriage Q&A where my husband and I answer the questions that you anonymously submit! After 18 years, and practically growing up together, we've been through a lot; times that we remember because they were full of joy, and times of struggle and pure grief.  We're Not Perfect... Quite the Opposite When it comes to marriage, we have a relationship that may look pretty familiar to your marriage.  We argue, we have tough conversations, and then a few weeks later we may be posting...

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Parenting, Review

It’s the Little Things… and How They Grow

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott's®. All opinions are mine alone. It's the Little Things... and How They Grow: A fun and simple activity for mommas (and daddys) to do with their kids that can be cherished and remembered. Parenting.  It can come with so many cherishable moments in life.  Some that are "big," moments like vacations, the first day of school, and those first birthdays.  But then there are the small, sometimes unexpected and unpredictable moments that are cherishable beyond measure. It's the Little Things... and How They Grow During story time with my boys the...

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