Street Safety

Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. Lately, my concern over my children’s safety in and near automobiles has […]

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Bedtime Routines that Help Everyone Settle Down

Kids awake when you want them to sleep? Consider these strategies for happy bedtimes. Last week I recommended that me and all moms try to get a little more sleep. My weekend sleep goals didn’t quite go as planned as several children were up during the night due to snuffly noses and too warm weather. […]

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Ways for Moms to Get More Sleep Without Drugs

One of the biggest things that can affect my success and failure as a mom is the amount of sleep I am getting. I can’t function at my best if I am exhausted. I am slow to respond, lackadaisical, grouchy, and plain ol’ ineffective. Lately, I’ve been burning the candle on both ends: getting up […]

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Presenting the Indiana Jones Birthday Cake…

Well folks, to make your own Indiana Jones cake start with this: Do a little mixing, baking, cooling, crushing, frosting, sprinkling and placing, and get this: This cake really was one of the easier ones to make. You can do this, too! Here’s a quick how-to for all you Indiana Jones fans. You will need: […]

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Counting It Joy

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. — James 1:2-4 Four years ago today I was meditating on these words as […]

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Bake Your Cake and Eat It Too

This is not difficult. Repeat after me. This is not difficult. Trust me. It really isn’t too hard to make a cool looking cake. The basics that you need include a boxed cake mix, a couple cans of frosting, some candy, and some toys. You can get more elaborate with some paste food coloring to […]

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Climbin’ on the Birthday Express

May heralds the beginning of the celebratory season at our house. As if Mother’s Day and our anniversary weren’t enough, my husband gets hit with a FishMama Trifecta with the arrival of my birthday near Memorial Day. Poor guy has three major holidays to cover. But, in addition to the FishMama festivals we also have […]

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To Be Joyful and To Do Good as Long as I Live

I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his children. And lo and behold, here’s what I found: I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He […]

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