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

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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Blogging Questions: Can you really make money blogging, how to get readers to engage, and where to find music for videos
Blogging

Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money Blogging

Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money BloggingDo you know how much I LOVE reading your questions about blogging?! You guys, they're so good, and they're real, straightforward questions. I so enjoying reading them and answering them. If you haven't submitted yours yet (or have more to submit) you can do that HERE! If you missed the first video where I answered your blogging questions, you can see that one HERE!Blogging Q&A #2 So in today's video I'm tackling 3 questions that were submitted, and um... I kind of go...

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Relaxing by the pond on a summer day - a day of relaxing for self improvement
Real Life, 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, Real Life

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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Blogging questions answered: q&a affiliates, time to blog, and how to grow and get followers
Blogging

Blogging Q&A Video: Affiliates + Gaining Followers + Finding Time To Blog

Blogging Q&A Video: Affiliates + Gaining Followers + Finding Time To Blog — I'm answering a few of the questions you've asked, in a REAL way. Keep the questions coming!Hey blogging (or soon to be blogging) friends! I could NOT be more excited to answer some of your blogging questions today. You all, there are SO many good ones!!! For real. I couldn't answer them all in one video, so there will have to be multiple videos to answer all of them.But for today, I've answered 3 for you! You'll see that in the video below, but in light 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
Real Life, 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, Real Life

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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Summer On-the-Go Bag Essentials: Items that I keep in a bag by the door for spur of the moment summer outings!
House + Home, Organization, Parenting, Review

Summer Bag Essentials

This is a compensated endorsement written by me on behalf of Coppertone®. The opinions and text are all mine.Summer Bag Essentials To help streamline things in my daily life as a momma of two little boys, I designate a bag for summer which I leave in the mudroom area of my home, and keep it filled with items that I may need while out and about.Summer Bag Essentials:Coppertone Kids - While at Target the other day, (shocker that I was at Target, I know) we headed down the sun care isle and my boys saw and had to have, the...

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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!
Real Life, Review, 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?
Marriage, Real Life

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, Organization, Real Life, Review, 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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Mobile Office Day Bag Organization for blogger, mom running errands, handbag workbag!
Blogging, House + Home, Organization, Real Life

Mobile Office Day Bag Organization & Must Haves

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Special K. All opinions are 100% mine.Mobile Office Day Bag Organization & Must Haves. When out and about running errands, heading to appointments, or for an office-on-the-go, my day bag is ready!Mobile Office Day Bag Organization & Must Haves After taking the role of "work at home mom" for the last 5 years or so, I've nailed my day bag organization down to a science and I can't WAIT to show you how I keep my sanity when I'm out and about. Whether it's my mobile office, a day as a mom...

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

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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Family + Friends, Real Life

Cattle Workin’ Day

You know, I call this blog a "Life+Style," blog, and perhaps it's so I can write just about anything that I want. One day it may be recipes, fashion, or ahem... a quick story about a random Sunday of working on my parents farm.Now when I sit down to write a blog post like this, there is a large part of me that says Jessica, they don't give a rip about pictures of your family working cattle on the farm. And then lo and behold I'll do a reader survey and you all will tell me that you love the personal...

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How to make a bed like a hotel! So easy!
Marriage, Real Life

At Home Date Night Ideas & Budget Friendly Too!

At Home Date Night Ideas: Date night ideas at home that are easy, romantic & budget friendly. The perfect list of ideas for when a date night is needed, but you don't want to leave the house!My husband and I try to have a date night at least once a week.But sometimes life gets in the way and we can't squeeze a date night in. BUT... for the times that we can, and when we prefer to stay at home... creating a "theme," to the night, can add a little spark to the evening. Plus, keeping things at home,...

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marriage q&a creating your happy episode 4
Marriage, Real Life

Creating Your Happy: Episode 4 – Marriage Q&A

Creating Your Happy: Episode 4 - Marriage Q&A with Matt and Jessica Burgess. Date nights, intimacy, and dealing with infidelity.It has always been a dream of mine, to bring my husband in on something here in Fantabulosity-land, and my dream has finally come true. Although he's made small guest appearances through Facebook "live's," and having input on marriage related posts,  this has put the cherry on top. I'm so happy to officially introduce you to my other-half, Matt. The guy who I've been hanging around for the last 18 years. (Yes, we were babies.)  So why bring him in...

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What to do When Your Husband Doesn't Come Home
Marriage, Real Life

What to do When Your Husband Doesn’t Come Home

What to do when your husband doesn't come home: Ways to wrap your mind around what's going on, and the action steps that can help during a tough situation!What to do When Your Husband Doesn't Come Home After writing my post 5 Simple Ways to Make Your Husband Want to Come Home, I've found so many readers stumbling upon it, looking for ways to encourage their husbands to come back home when they've left... after an argument.Now, since that post is really geared towards ways to show your husband "love," to make them excited to come back home at the end...

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My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging
Blogging

My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging, Vlogging & YouTube

My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging: The camera, lenses, lights/light, microphones, and equipment that I use to create videos for my blog.My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging, Vlogging + YouTube I have loved being on camera since my parents took the plunge and bought one of those 1980 CamCorders, that you put on your shoulder. You know the ones... they were so heavy your shoulder would start hurting after 5 minutes of filming a kid opening up his presents on Christmas morning?When I'd see my mom yank that sucker out of the cabinet, I would nonchalantly walk in front of...

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Awww, how cute and easy are these! Easter Dessert Idea: "Bunny in the Hole" Donuts
Desserts, Easter, Food + Drink, Holiday, Parenting

Easy Easter Dessert Idea: “Bunny in the Hole” Cake Donuts

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SweeterEaster #CollectiveBiasEasy Easter Dessert Idea: "Bunny in the Hole" Cake Donuts - Such a cute and creative recipe idea to make instead of the cupcakes and cookies!Spring is my Jam: When I was out and about doing my weekly grocery shopping at Walmart the other day, I couldn't help but head in to the seasonal isle and shop for colored candies and treats for Easter. The minute I see that isle decked out, I know Spring is coming, and I go completely...

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