Dear Target, I Love You, But We’re Breaking Up.

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  Dear Target, We've had a beautiful relationship. What has it been, now? Ten years, I guess, since I first met you! A whole decade of love. But we both know the most meaningful season has been the last seven years. You know, since the kids. You, sweet Target, are a mother's dream. It's like you're inside my head, thinking my Design Thoughts before I do. Anticipating the ... Keep Reading

The Holiday Your Family’s Missing Out On

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~ note from Jessica: My lifelong friend, Kate, does the coolest thing with her family, and I just knew she had to share it! Thank you to Kate and Graham - for putting words to it, and for being a tangible example of creative, purposeful parenting! Have You Celebrated Your Family? Think of all of the celebrations in our lives: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays: Christmas, New Year’s, ... Keep Reading

What It’s Like Bringing Kids To Church

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Do any of you remember going to church as a Non-Mom? I do. Since I am a huge nerd, going to church as a Single Woman was actually one of the big highlights in my former life. I looked incredibly put-together and well-rested. As I should, because I slept in past the absolutely luxurious hour of 7:45. I'd take a liesurely shower, with plenteous time to shave each leg (imagine!). It was ... Keep Reading

I Figured Out Why My Neighbor’s House Looks So Clean…

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. I always tell my neighbor, Page, that her house gives me "house envy." I love her style and try to emulate it in my own home (aka, I copied exactly her paint color...for my entire downstairs!) And what always gets me is how stinking CLEAN her house looks. I'll say, "Oh, it's so clean in here!" ... Keep Reading

Three Unsexy Reasons Why The Modern Mom Is So Tired

Every few months, the following conversation takes place between me and my mom, husband or another victim friend. Me: {deep sigh} Something is wrong with me. I am so, so tired! It's so weird! I felt fine (fill in the blank amount of time) ago, but now! It's like I want to take like five naps every day.  Other Person: Hmm. (feigning interest) Me: What could it be? I mean, is that normal? ... Keep Reading

What Your Marriage Really Needs? A TV In The Bedroom

When Todd and I were in pre-marital counseling, we read all the marriage books. Since I'd already had one broken engagement, I was working overtime to make sure WE DID EVERYTHING RIGHT!! AND TOOK ALL THE TESTS!! AND TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING! I was such an excellent fiance. Right, Todd? Well, several of the books made it very clear that married couples should avoid putting a television in ... Keep Reading

My Second Hero Besides Joanna Gaines

this post may contain affiliate links~ Today I want to introduce you to my second celebrity hero. Y'all know about my thing for Joanna Gaines. The other *celebrity* in my wannabe list is Crystal Paine. I feel like Crystal and I are friends. Or would be friends. She's the founder of Money Saving Mom, which is one of the most successful blogs today - period - and also a Christian, a speaker, ... Keep Reading

This Is Why All Those Weird Moms Homeschool

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Dear Homeschooling, I've been dissing you a lot lately, and I'm sorry about that. We had a rocky start, you and I. Honestly, I thought we'd get along easier. You know, with me being a teacher and all. You were shockingly difficult at times. Homeschooling, you stretch me. Not in a spa-room, Yoga-kind-of-stretch. More like a ... Keep Reading

How To Survive Your Kids Being Home All Summer (4 Things Homeschool Moms Dol)

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Have you been wondering how you're going to survive the summer with your kids home? Check out these tips from a homeschool mom! The other day I was at a party and overheard a few friends chatting. "Girl, we need to get together in the summer. C. has camp for two weeks, and soccer for one week, and then I DON'T KNOW WHAT IN THE WORLD I'M GOING TO DO FOR THE REST." "GIRL. Me neither! I mean ... Keep Reading

What To Do When Your Homeschool Curriculum Needs Extra Activities: Dover Books Review

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Disclosure: I was compensated with free product, and for my time, but the opinions below are 100% my own. Homeschoolers: are you looking for some fun, quality resources to supplement your elementary curriculum? Check out Dover Books! Recently I reviewed our curriculum choices for this year. Although I was largely pleased with our choice, my one complaint was that it was lacking in some of the ... Keep Reading

How To Explain The Difference Between Republicans And Democrats To A Child

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Jessica's Note: Do you ever get confused trying to explain the difference between Republicans and Democrats to your children? I took my boys (ages 6 and 5) with me to vote in our primaries. It seemed like a good idea, and plus, everyone on Instagram was doing it. :) They were perfectly behaved until the shade-in-the-ballot part, when they had a rather loud fight discussion over who got to ... Keep Reading

6 Successful Habits Of Joanna Gaines

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  Share this post on Facebook! Isn't it funny where the odd places where Life teaches you lessons? I can read 57 marriage blogs and it all drips off me like rain on an umbrella. And then I plop down innoculously to waste a mindless hour of television, and for weeks can't get the example I saw out of my head. And yes, I mean the habits and lessons I've learned from Chip and Joanna ... Keep Reading