Mom Jean Confessions: Dear Younger Self, Be Grateful

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine shared a meme in her Facebook group & it’s stuck with me ever since.

I scrolled past it at first, until literally the next post on my feed was an article shared by my sister-in-law. All I had to do was read the title “Neuroscience Reveals How Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to Be Happier.” I went right back and commented on my friend’s post – “Be Grateful.” It seems so simple, and as I read through the dozens of other comments, “Have Faith, Don’t Stress, Slow Down,” I couldn’t help but wonder – why does it take us so long to realize these simple life lessons?

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10 Ways I Met My Goal of “10K by May” on Instagram

I don’t know about you, but when I have a goal I want to hit, I always give it a catch phrase. Maybe it’s the marketer in me, but I just can’t help myself 😋 Which is how my slogan “10k by May” was born. About 6 months ago, right around the holidays, I was looking at my Instagram and realized I was so close to hitting 5k followers and thought it would be fun to set a goal to hit it by the end of the year. I ended up hitting it before Christmas, and it gave me the boost I needed to start setting goals for myself in the new year. The one goal that I’d always felt unattainable – was hitting that magic number “10k” on Instagram. Since I’ve never been one to give up easily, I started doing the math in my head and decided based on my exponential growth up to this point – that it was totally doable to hit “10k by May.” So here’s how I did it…

10 Ways to hit 10k followers on Instagram

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CH2T Styling: Day to Night Easter Spring Outfits for Moms

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using the links in this post. I received complimentary products from PinkBlush in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Is it just me, or is Easter like the sneakiest holiday ever? For Christmas, we start planning two and half years in advance. For Easter, it’s like, “Hey, I’m back! Hope you remembered to buy all the random things for your kid’s Easter party at school” (which the answer is of course, “No” 🤦‍♀️). However the one thing that seems to never slip my mind (must be the stylist in me), is shopping for the perfect Easter outfit for the kids and myself. Luckily, Cha Cha was easy cuz all her clothes are hand-me-downs, and really freaken cute ones too 😉 Garrett’s also pretty easy since he takes matters into his own hands, and already picked out the perfect spring plaid button-down that he’s been holding onto for over a month saying “I’m saving that one for Easter, mom.” 😂 So that just leaves me, and as luck would have it – I was able to partner with PinkBlush to style what I’m calling “Day to Night Easter Spring Outfits for Moms.” 😊

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Mom Jean Confessions: Top 10 Work-At-Home Myths Busted By Real Moms

So I realized the other day, it’s been exactly three years since I made the freakin scariest decision ever to leave my “stable” full-time job in digital marketing. I say “stable” – because shortly after I left the magazine I worked for, it was sold and several of my friends and colleagues were blind-sided by a slew of lay-offs. But as life would have it, we’ve all since gone on to pursue careers that fulfilled us in ways we never would have imagined possible had we stayed in our comfort zones. For me personally, it meant fully transitioning to working from home primarily on my blog, as well as getting my first real taste of the freelance world. I learned very quickly that trying to juggle a career from home, while being a mom to two little ones, and keeping up with my first house after living in a 1 bedroom – was challenging to say the least. Any preconceived notion I had about the work-at-home mom life went completely out the window and into the gutter.

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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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Mom Jean Confessions: Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler

This past weekend we celebrated “Family Gras” with the kids, which is the more family-centric Mardi Gras aka minus all the booze and boobs 😉 My mom now lives in Galveston, right off the seawall, where all the Mardi Gras parades kick off. So I took Garrett and Charlotte down there on Friday, where we ended up having an impromptu beach day. The fog was so thick it made it hard to even see the water, but I knew it would make for some pretty amazing photos – almost magical.

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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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