How I Trust and Protect My Family’s Gut Health

This post is sponsored by Probulin but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Ever since moving back home to Houston, and experiencing it’s yo-yo weather aka 70s one day, 40s the next – I feel like my family has been on a non-stop merry-go-round of antibiotics. I was so glad our pediatrician recommended we all start taking a probiotic to offset the good bacteria that gets depleted even from a one-time usage of antibiotics. Children are especially susceptible to this, since they have a less developed immune system, leaving them even more vulnerable to infection and sickness. You may remember I started Cha Cha on a probiotic when she was just a baby. After seeing the amazing difference it made, I realized quickly that I needed to find a probiotic supplement for the rest of us to help replenish the good bacteria to support not just healthy digestion but overall immune health. Enter our hero – Probulin! We love their new probiotic supplement Total Care Probiotic for Adults and My Little Bugs™ Total Care Probiotic for Kids. So I thought I’d share how my family is protecting our gut health, thanks to Probulin, and why it’s been the perfect choice for “my little bug” 🐞😊

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Best Sick Day Movies & Kid’s Activities For Some Mama R&R

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Abreva, Emergen-C, Lipton, Robitussin and Theraflu. All opinions are mine alone. #SickDayTips #CollectiveBias

Question: If you haven’t been covered in snot by a toddler, and had boogers wiped on you by a 5 year old – are you even a mom?

Truth is, we’ve all experienced cold and flu season, and yet, are we ever really prepared to get sick? I mean, it’s not like it’s a big mystery – cold and flu season hits the same time, give or take a few weeks every single year, and yet somehow we’re always caught off guard. Well not this year mamas! I’m sharing the steps I take to get my family feeling better, and includes a trip to Kroger – which is a destination for all of my flu needs. I’ve also rounded up my top movie picks for those dreaded sick days, along with a few tried & true activities for the kiddos to get you some much needed R&R 😉

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Why Choosing the Farmhouse Lifestyle is More Than Just Decor

This post is sponsored by Horizon but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

By now, everyone has seen what a huge, and I mean HUGE, trend anything having to do with the word “farmhouse” has become. I’m totally not ashamed to say that I jumped on that bandwagon years ago at the peak of my Joanna Gaines obsession, and mama’s never looked back. Then, a couple of years ago we bought our first house (you can read more about that here), and it was as if all of my “Fixer Upper” dreams came true all at once. I mean we had a total fixer upper on our hands y’all, and we couldn’t wait to transform our little Murray cottage into the kinda farmhouse the Gaines’ would be proud of.

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Raising Kind Kids For All MomKind

For the past several years, I couldn’t help but notice a mass movement around people wanting to raise kind kids. Who knows, maybe it was something that was always there, and I only noticed it because we’re in the thick of raising young children ourselves. But for what it’s worth – it’s given me new hope in humanity and what fellow mom and friend of mine, Stephanie Mooring, has dubbed as MomKind. In fact, she’s built an entire organization around the mission to “spread kindness in our community, one idea at a time.” 

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Mom Jean Confessions: How The Murrays “Do Sick Differently”

This post is sponsored by Theraflu but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We all know the drill. One kid gets sick, then one parent gets sick, then the other kid gets sick, aaaand the parent who thought they were in the clear – nope, sick as a dog. I’ve talked to so many mamas who’ve gone through this sick cycle (literally) year after year, and have just come to accept their fate. For some it’s the month of October (which was our family this year), and for others it’s January – but we all embark on the same “mama ritual” of loading up on all the meds in preparation for the sick days ahead. Well, this year our little Murray clan is “doing sick differently” with the help of Theraflu’s newest innovation: Theraflu PowerPods at Walmart! This “magic in a pod” as I like to call it, could not be any easier to use – just “Press. Sip. Relief.” In fact, it’s as if Theraflu came up with the idea of PowerPods specifically with parents in mind – they’re easy, effective and convenient. Now that’s a parent’s dream right there.

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Son, I Know Your Soul So Well And Here’s Why

It’s pretty common for people to say they see their mom, dad, grandma, etc. when they look at their own child. But with our son Garrett – it goes way beyond just a physical resemblance (although he definitely favors our Sicilian side 😉). When I say I see my dad when I look at him – I mean, I see his soul. I see past those warm and compassionate dark brown eyes right into the soul of a man stuck inside of a little man I call my son. The soul of a man who was also an old soul, and who left us all too soon.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Hosting for the Holidays with Kids

This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This Thanksgiving marks two years since we’ve been in our first house, aka our little fixer upper house baby 😊. Call me crazy, but I love hosting family for the holidays. Bring on the drama, food, and kids running all over tarnation – I love it. I really, truly love it. 😉 I think it all started when we lived in NYC. It was just the two of us and I was bound and determined to learn how to cook a real Thanksgiving meal – just like mama used to make. Fast forward, and I now have nearly a dozen Thanksgivings under my belt and still going strong. Except these days I’m catering more towards tiny humans with very particular taste buds, rather than cooking a gourmet meal for people who will actually take more than three bites of their food before declaring “I’m donnnnnne!!” So this “Mom Jean Confessions” is all about hosting for the holidays with kids, and surviving thanks to Red Baron pizza 😉

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CH2T Covets: Holiday Mocktails x Sparkling ICE

This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Crazy to think the holidays are already upon us. I swear it was just Halloween, and now I feel like I’m gonna blink and Christmas is tomorrow. So before the panic of the holiday season takes over, I’m enjoying some down time with a couple mocktails I was inspired to create using my favorite Sparkling ICE flavors – Black Raspberry and Ginger Lime.

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Ghostbusters Halloween-Themed Birthday Party

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Glow in the Dark Acrylic Paint for Slime

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man DIY | Slimer Cake DIY | Monster Crown Craft Kit

Striped Paper Straws | Popcorn Boxes & Paper Bowls | Decorative Ghost Plate

Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1 | Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse | Playmobil Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Boys’ Ghostbusters T-Shirt | Ghostbusters Jumpsuit (thrifted by my mom – similar here)

To say I’ve had the Ghostbusters theme song stuck in my head for a solid month is not an exaggeration. I’ll also be so bold as to say that Garrett’s Ghostbusters bday party may not ever be topped. I can still remember the first time the hubs and I (total ’80s kids btw) showed Garrett the original Ghostbusters movie. We could literally see his mind being blown and ever since he’s been completely obsessed. So much so that we bought him the entire Playmobil Ghostbusters set with the firehouse, Ecto-1, and all the Ghostbusters. p.s. can I just tell you how stinkin’ adorable it is to hear a little boy voice pronounce “Eeegawn Spaaangler” and “Doctol Venkman” 😂 So when he asked for his party this year to be Ghostbusters themed, I knew we were gonna have some fun with it – and that’s what it’s all about right? 😁

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4 Ways to Pretend It’s Fall in the South

This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s no lie y’all – if fall were a joke, the South would be the butt of it. Especially here in Texas where you get one, maybe two, solid months of “fall-like weather.” Texas – where every person and their mom rushes to the pumpkin patch the minute the calendar hits October 1st. Where the first sound of a leaf dropping, is actually your cue to layer every fall piece of apparel you own for fear that you’ll have to wait 10 more months before you can wear your coveted Uggs again. I don’t know why (yes I do), but I get the feeling that all the other states are just laughing at us on social media 🤔 Well have no fear, if you or someone you love happens to reside in the unfortunate “fall-barren” territory of the South – here are some tried & true ways to at least pretend to enjoy the holiday everyone else actually gets to experience for more than 2 days. OH, and did I mention it involves tea? Lots and lots of tea 😬

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