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

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 #CollectiveBias Easy 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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So fun, the kids can use snacks like Goldfish Crackers as daubers! Football game for kids: Football Bingo free printables! (6 different sheets to use!)
Lifestyle, Parenting, Printables

Football Bingo for Kids – Free Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayGoldfish #CollectiveBias Football Bingo for Kids - Free Printable for parties, watching the big game, or football loving kiddos! Print and keep them entertained, using snacks as the daubers. Oh my goodness. I had so much fun designing this Football Bingo for kids!  When trying to think of something to keep the kiddos entertained while others watch the BIG GAME that's coming up, BINGO came to mind immediately.  A fun and easy game kiddos always seem to love! I wanted to make them feel included...

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How my faith is necessary with social media
Lifestyle, Parenting

8:00

I've hesitated sharing this old journal entry, due to all of the "room," for someone to bash me, put me down, and tell me what they think of me.  But really, I share this, because when I shared it with a few of my closest friends, they responded with feedback of "I'm so thankful I'm not alone." That was the moment that I realized there may be others that would love to hear that they're not alone.  Life can be hard, no matter what society classifies you as having.  But no matter how "good," you have it, life can be...

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Toddler Snack Ideas - Healthy quick options
Parenting, Recipes

Snack Ideas for Toddlers

Snack Ideas for Toddlers: Quick and easy snacks to kill the craving between meals for the kiddos, plus a free printable to keep handy for the store list!  In this crazy, busy house with two little boys, I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy snack ideas for toddlers.  "Quick," because when they're hungry, they're HUNGRY! "Easy," because I save my creative recipes for entertaining. So to keep things quick and easy, I always make sure to have the staple items in our refrigerator and...

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Baby Checklist: Travel Edition Free Printable Download
Lifestyle, Parenting, Printables, Travel

Baby Travel Checklist – Free Printable: What to Pack for Babies

Baby Travel Checklist: This baby traveling checklist free printable can be your lifesaver! Free download, just print and check off! Traveling with a baby, can be super stressful at times.  But honestly, that never kept us from planning a last minute trip with the baby, to get outta dodge. So if you're notorious for planning last-minute trips, or you're the "planner," type... my free baby travel checklist  can be a HUGE life saver for you. Baby Travel Checklist - Free Printable Download A couple of weeks ago, I shared my updated "Toddler Packing List."  After updating that free printable, I knew the Baby...

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Toddler Packing Checklist Free Printable for when we travel! fantabulosity.com
House + Home, Lifestyle, Organization, Parenting, Printables, Travel

Free Toddler Travel Packing List

Free Toddler Packing List: This checklist has saved my sanity a TON! No frantic, last minute things to worry about forgetting. Our family loves to travel, and about 90% of the time, it's last minute.  So I've learned to save my sanity, by always having my toddler travel packing list, for our toddler's items to pack his bags super quick. {This is a snapshot of me and my little guy, when we visited Gulf Shores Alabama, when he was just an itty bitty guy.  I was also horribly sick with morning sickness, at 3 months along with baby #2, so excuse the pale skin color.... Toddler...

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Love these lunch ideas for toddlers! Toddler Lunch Ideas, toddler dinner ideas, toddler meal ideas, meal ideas for toddlers, toddler meals, healthy toddler recipes. fantabulosity.com
Lifestyle, Parenting

Toddler Lunch Ideas

Toddler Lunch Ideas: A fun collection of foods that I have found that work well for my toddler.  Healthy, quick, and FUN! I have had the PICKIEST eater in the world!  Trust me, I could TOTALLY put him in a contest for pickiest eater, and win... hands down.  His favorite diet consisted of pb&j's, grilled cheeses, green beans and carrots. Repeat. After a recent medical scare with him, it was time to change my sons eating habits.  One day soon, I'll be sure to share with you the tactics I used to add variety to his favorite food choices. But for now... I'm...

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I'm a Mom, and I Forgot. fantabulosity.com
Lifestyle, Parenting, Review

I’m a Mom, and I Forgot.

“This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.” Pardon me, while I get a little personal here.  Perhaps it's because my counselor says it's best for me to "write," it out.  (Which, by the way... making a monthly visit to a counselor or therapist does wonders for me, and I highly encourage it for anyone.) Or because I'll often read posts by others, sending encouraging thoughts to one another, and I'm hoping by sharing my story, it could help encourage someone else today. I'm a Mom,...

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On the Farm Free Printable Kids Activities Sheets fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Printables

On the Farm – Free Printable Kids Activity Sheets

Free "On the Farm" printable kids activity sheets: A great way to entertain and teach kiddos the basics of writing and learning with fun graphics! My kiddo LOVES working in his activity books.  But if you're like me, and you're SUPER tired of spending an arm and a leg on those workbooks in the store, FREE printable kids activity sheets like these, can come in VERY handy. It's so easy.  Just download, print, and let the kiddos get to work! On the Farm: Free Printable Kids Activity Sheets Here are 3 of the pages that are included in the SEVEN activity sheets!  They can...

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The SMART way to pack your Baby or Toddler for Vacation
Organization, Parenting

The Smart Way to Pack for Baby or Toddler

Ever since creating the baby & toddler packing list for you {ahem, years ago...}, I've wanted to fill you in on the SMARTEST way that I know how to pack my little guys. I'm certain that this one little life-changing tip, will CHANGE the way you pack for your baby or toddler. The SMART Way to Pack a Baby or Toddler: 1. Start by sorting the clothes that you plan to take with you. I do this by pulling articles of clothing out in categories. For instance: I start with onesies & shirts.  I pull them out of the closet, and place them in a...

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Halloween Activities for Kids
Halloween, Holiday, Parenting

Halloween Activity for Kids: Candy Apple Decorating

If you're like me, I'm always looking for activities for my kids to do, especially around the holidays. Granted, you can make candy apples any time of the year, but there's just something special about whipping them up in the Fall. Get ready to get sticky... Halloween Activity for Kids: Candy Apple Decorating  Let's face it.  Creating candy apples isn't rocket science.  However, giving you the idea is what I'm here for. :) Items Needed: • Apples {we used small apples, for our little kiddos, but huge apples can be FUN} • Caramel candies • Baking Candies, Sprinkles, Candy • Water for melting caramel • Wooden skewers or lollipop sticks •...

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These belts are sooo cute, and my kids can actually fasten them, themselves! Myself Belts https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Review

“I Can Do It Myself!” — Myself Belts

So have you seen the show, "Shark Tank?" My hubby and I watch it all.the.time. Watching it one night, I saw a lady walk on "stage," with an invention that made me think: Now why didn't I think of that? When I see something that could potentially make my life easier as a mom, I'm hooked. If you read my post, "Monday Night Football," you probably saw the photos of my little guys.  My youngest, was wearing a pair of jeans, with a onesie tucked in them.  My dad even asked, Jessica, where is his little belt?  He needs something. He was right.  He needed a...

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Restaurant Kit - Toddler Busy Bag Ideas! https://fantabulosity.com
Organization, Parenting, Review

Restaurant Kit: Toddler Busy Bag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, promise! #MARVELSnackBar #CollectiveBias When I was a child, my parents took us out to eat MAYBE once a week.  Usually on a Friday.  It was a treat, for sure! Now... with my own little family... we eat out A LOT.  It's either because of a social event, or the day/evening got away from us, and eating out just seems like the easy idea.  Don't get me wrong, I wish we would eat at home more.  I'm sure it's more affordable that way... But sometimes, I wonder...

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DIY Moss Covered Arrangement Tutorial! https://fantabulosity.com
DIY & Crafts, Parenting

Lunchbox Love Notes

It is so good to be back today. If we haven’t met before, my name is Bethany and I hang out at Southern Couture blog. It is my pleasure to be back with y’all again today and share something fun. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Pretty much by now everyone is back to school and getting in the routine again. Hopefully you had a relaxing summer with your kiddos and made lots of memories. All that fun can make it hard not only for the little ones but also for you Moms to see them go back...

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Lifestyle, Parenting

The SAHM’s Guide to Staying Active

I'm a Stay at Home Mom {SAHM} ... well... Kind of.  I guess you could call me a, "Work at Home Mom," {WAHM} too.  I'd say it's a healthy mix of both.  Lucky you, I don't hide A THING, and show you a reality video clip of my typical mornings, below. No matter what abbreviation you are...if you're a mom, who is in her home most of the time, you may find it a challenge to stay active.  Trust me when I say, I HEAR you.  Loud and clear. A few days a week, I have someone come to my house and watch...

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A Story of Parents who were told they couldn't have children. What a miracle. https://fantabulosity.com
Lifestyle, Parenting

“I’m Sorry, But You May Not be Able to Have Children”

I'm getting COMPLETELY personal with you today.  But I've struggled for so long wanting to share our story with you, because it means so much to me. I told you back in June, during my post "An Afternoon of Bonding," that I would share with you one day how my husband and I were told that we would more than likely not be able to have children. Today is that day. My husband and I had been dating for 10 years, and we finally tied the knot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  It was absolutely the best way we could have gotten married.  Our...

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Back to School, Summer Fun. Get outside! https://fantabulosity.com
Lifestyle, Parenting, Review

A Day Outside, A Day in my Shoes

School will be starting soon, and we've been fortunate enough that the last of our Summer days haven't been unbearably hot.  {At least here in Missouri} If you've been hanging around here long, you've probably seen that I have boys.  Little boys.  You know, the kind that can't sit still, and are constantly on the go? Some days are dedicated to just heading out of the door as soon as they wake up.  Let 'em roam, and wear themselves O-U-T! I'm not gonna lie.  I take my phone with...

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Lifestyle, Parenting, Travel

Missing Mom and Dad: Preparing your Child for when you Travel

My husband and I travel a lot.  It may be for either business, or pleasure...and sometimes we have to leave our kids at home. I'd take them on every trip if I could, but as you probably know, sometimes there's not an option, and they have to stay home. We are blessed to have family that will stay with them, and care for them while we are gone, and we have wonderful caregivers that help us out too. But although we have fabulous people to stay with them, our kiddos still miss us. Preparing Your Child when you Travel & They Miss You   We know...

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