Wonderful Winter Crafts For The Coziest Time Of Year

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Happy Winter Mamas!

Wintertime tends to be very focused on Christmas, but the festive period has come and gone right before winter has really kicked in. January and February are by far the coldest and most wintery months, and so if you like to embrace the season there’s still lots you can do when Christmas is done that doesn’t involve sitting around waiting until spring! People can see the start of the year as quite a drab and dull but really it’s a great opportunity to get cozy, snuggle up and enjoy any snow that falls. On a wet or cold weekend, here are some crafts that you can do with or without your little ones to celebrate winter. Here are some wonderful winter crafts! 

 

Candle Holders

There are a few different ways you could go about creating candle holders that will look wonderful with your winter decor. The first would be to find a suitably sized log, and saw off the bottom so it lays flat. Then drill holes into it even distances apart to put candles into. Finish it off with sprigs of holly or glue on pine cones, you can buy cordless glue guns from just about any hobby shop and they are useful for any crafter to have in their stash. Finish with some other wintery foliage for a pretty centerpiece to any table.

 

Winter Wreath

Wreaths don’t just have to be for Christmas, they make a stunning addition to the front door or even indoors any time of the year. Once your Christmas wreath has died off, why not get to work on a general winter one? It could be made of twigs, foliage, pine cones and other bits and pieces you can find in the garden or in the woods. It could be made out of wood, twine, flowers, anything that can withstand the winter weather. If you’re making a wreath for indoors you could use fabric or paper too as there’s no worry of it getting wet. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest! 😉 

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Pot Pourri

A bowl of homemade potpourri will make your home smell nice, and there are lots of lovely Christmassy bits and pieces you can include in it. Acorns, pine cones, dried flowers and twigs can be mix with things like cinnamon sticks, cloves, whole nuts with dried berries and orange slices. Add a few drops of your favorite wintery essential oil (cinnamon, ginger and warming vanilla work well) and display in a big bowl. A beautiful and scent-tastic bit of additional wintry splendor. 

 

Snowflake Cookies

Home baked treats with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, – could anything be nicer on a cold winter’s day? Snowflake cookies look perfect for the winter and are easy to make- a simple shortbread recipe, a snowflake cutter, and some icing is all you need. It’s something kids can get involved in, and they make a fantastic treat if you have guests coming round or just for yourself! Not too Christmassy looking once the festivities are over, but still wonderfully wintery. If you wanted to go all out you could even add some edible glitter spray to the icing!

Are you excited to go and create some wonderful things this winter? I know I am! Enjoy these craft ideas and may your winter season be warm with love! Be sure to comment & share!

JessXO

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What Could Go Wrong This Christmas?

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Happy Christmas mamas!

That sounded very British, didn’t it?

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It’s getting closer and closer to the holidays. The decorations are up; presents are exchanged. There is good cheer all around you. People are making the most of the holiday season and basking in the occasion; people are having fun. So it begs the question, what could go wrong this Christmas? As single moms, this time of year can be especially challenging and I bet these scenarios sound at least somewhat familiar… 

 

As with every big celebration throughout the year, there is always the danger of things going awry. These problems can range from the small to the calamitous, and it’s up to you to know how to deal with them should any of them arise. And, knowing the Universe, they probably will. #FAIL 

 

THE TRAGEDY OF THE TURKEY

 

A Christmas dinner of turkey and all the trimmings is a staple of any household’s yearly celebration. But, for all of the preparation you might painstakingly pour over in the upcoming weeks, there is no accounting for a potential disaster.

 

The turkey could end up burned; the oven could break, your uncle’s new wife could reveal that she is, actually, vegan and is wondering why you haven’t made accommodations for her needs. To avoid any of these problems, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan, should things turn out the opposite of intended. This doesn’t mean buying two of everything; there are recipes all over the internet to give you something to fall back on, should disaster strike. 

 

COPING WITH CRIME

 

It’s a shame that this has to be mentioned, but with holiday cheer also comes holiday tears. It would be nice for everyone to go through Christmas without having to deal with damage from outside influence but that is not always the case. It would be devastating to lose the gifts that I know as a single mom you did not come easily by. 

 

Crime at Christmas can be considered anything from drunk driving to personal damage. The spirit of the season seems to stop people thinking entirely sensibly. It can be devastating for families all over the world to find themselves the victims of criminal problems. Powers McCartan offers a nice little bit of advice on dealing with all types of crime that you might fall victim to, giving you a little peace of mind should anything go wrong.

 

ARGUMENTS WITH AUNTY ANNIE

 

Not just Aunty Annie, obviously. For some, the holiday season means nothing but disagreements, shouting matches, and an all around sour mood. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Being single moms, it’s, unfortunately, the norm to receive some kind of criticism from family during the holiday season, but be strong and hold your own! 

 

As much as some may try, the family still manages to get under each other’s skin over Christmas. It can be challenging to spend a whole day with a host of people that you a) don’t really know, and b) have next to nothing in common with or c) simply don’t agree with or understand your single mom lifestyle.  Disagreements are bound to arise at some point. To avoid this, there are ways to avoid confrontation, but should this fail; you can turn these negatives into positives.

 

The best way to approach Christmas is to assume the worst. If you are prepared for everything that can and will go wrong, you can at least have an idea of ways to solve it. Just try not to let the fear of disaster reign over all your Christmas cheer. I hope I have helped you to bravely face this wonderful time of year. I know how difficult it can be for us living the single mom life and I pray you all feel nothing but pure joy this Christmas. 

Be Merry & Bright

Jess XO

In collaboration  🙂

Christmas cards in one click with PhotoMania

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Hey mamas! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Holiday season! This week I wanted to bring to you all the classic joy and memories of Christmas cards  and the easiest and best way to create this  years   Christmas cards  in one click with PhotoMania!

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As single moms, we don’t always have the time to do things such as send out cards, whether they be via snail mail or online. Also, the cost of having professional pictures taken to cards created is just too much for our tiny single mom wallets. Well, this will all change for you! I am excited to show you how amazing your Christmas cards will look using a simple click! With PhotoMania , you get to choose the effects, backgrounds, and fun editing of your own photos! Just choose your favorite photo of your little ones or whatever you think will make the best card and upload the photo to their site. It’s fast, easy, fun and FREE! 

To make it even better, PhotoMania has an app and a Chrome extension so you can add some personality to your favorite photos any time you want! Once you’ve created your Christmas card masterpiece, just save it to your phone or computer and send it out to all your friends and family! Booyah! 

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So what are you waiting for? Go right on over to PhotoMania  right now and start creating!  Have fun! Don’t forget to share and subscribe to my single mom tribe!

May your Holidays be wonderful!

Love, Jess XO

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The Ultimate Kids Gift Guide

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Ho Ho Ho!

It’s nearing that special time of year when we moms shop for the perfect gifts for our kids and I am here to make this year a heck of a lot easier! I am gifting you with the ultimate kid’s gift guide! Merry Christmas mamas!

My guide has everything from babies to teens, toys, clothes, games, books and more! Just shop on through the post, everything is below! Some things will be in shoppable guides directly from the shops or links to specific items will be included as well. Ready? Let’s dive right in!

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Toy Guide 

Here is one of the best places to shop for toys this year! Shop their site to find deals on the best of this year’s hottest toys!

Hasbro Toys

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Clothes

If you’re looking for the cutest, & trendiest clothes that are great quality for amazing prices then you need to shop Pat-Pat! Right now that are having sales up sales upon sales! Check out their clearance section for up to 90% off and more fabulous deals! Take an extra 15% off your order when you use code XMASPAT  at checkout! Shop all the latest kids fashions here!

They also are offering up to  65% off matching Christmas outfits for the family! Shop the looks here!

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Creative Gifts

If you’re looking for something more on the creative, unique and original side,  check out these eco-friendly subscriptions boxes that your kids are sure to love! Each box comes with fun science or art crafts that use only eco-friendly ingredients.  Gift your kid’s something extra special this year with a gift that will keep on giving! Green Kid Crafts

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For more ideas on creative and original gifts shop books, educational games and so much more with the gift guide from Educents!

Some of my favorite items are this adorable scented cupcake pillow!

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And this learn to code with Minecraft game!

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The Best From Highlights

Do you remember Highlights? I used to love the scented stickers and fun activity books that would come in the mail when I was a kid. Well, they are still around and better than ever! This year, gift your little ones with the fun, adventure, and learning that comes from one of the best and most loved kids subscription! Right now try Highlights club FREE through 12/16! click here!

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You can also shop their stocking stuffers and other gifts under $10! Shop here!

Personal Picks!

Here is my list of personal picks that I think your kids would love! Scroll through to find the best that I have personally chosen just for you!

 

This Lego Space Shuttle Explorer is a hot buy for the young boy in your life! Find it here!

Zoomer- Interactive show pony is the perfect gift for any girl! A must buy! Grab her here!

Who doesn’t love dancing baby Groot? Get Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy dancing Groot at a great price here!

This adorable LeapFrog stack & tumble elephant is perfect for the littlest of your wee ones!

And if you are a Target lover, you will be ecstatic to know that when you shop online you will get free shipping returns now through 12/23! Shop the best deals at Target here!

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Well, that’s my guide! I hope you have found the perfect gifts for your kids and saved some $!

If you need more gift options then please check out my last minuete gifts post from last year for more super awesome gifts that are sure to go over big! Click here to check it out!

Also, don’t forget to comment, share and subscribe!

May all you mamas have a beautiful bright and very merry Christmas!

Love, Jess XO

 

Single Mom Instagram Accounts You Need To Be Following

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Hey mamas!

So this week on the blog I wanted to give shoutouts to my top single mom Instagram accounts that I think you need to be following! These ladies are rockstars and as my main goal for my blog is to bring you all support, advice, and fun  I thought this would be a great way to share some of the places I find this for myself. So without further ado…

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@daisharenee_blogs

This chick is a pretty awesome single mama who blogs and rocks it as a mompreneur. I love the simplicity and everyday aspect of her content, there is just something so refreshing about her account. Plus she has a really amazing blog! Give her a follow by clicking here

@single.mom.life

Ok now, this is probably one of the best single mom-centered online accounts I have yet to come across! There is no lack of realism, support or faith to be found on single.mom.life. I absolutely love the content shared here and a huge bonus is the mama behind it has her own radio show! You will fall in love with this account, to follow go here 

@esilejoy

This beautiful mama has a really fun account and I love her content! She’s a gamer and single mom who co-hosts her own gaming show and shares some really great stuff! I only just discovered her and am super impressed! she’s a must follow for sure! Find her here

@peacefulangstymama

This single mom has an anxiety and personal strength centered account which I adore! This mom of 2 motivates and inspires others who may be struggling in areas of anxiousness and her content is just so fantastic! I highly suggest giving her a follow! Follow along with Jennifer here

@angelathomasphoto

Last but certainly not least is Angela, who is her own words is an “all around badass” She is a photographer, single mom and more and she totally rocks it! I have loved looking through her content and am thrilled to see such an incredible single mom thriving! Her young, fun and hip account is sure to brighten up your day! Give this mama a follow here

Oh, but wait! Don’t forget me!

@JesseJaneVA10

If you are not already following me on Instagram, then what are you waiting for? Give me a follow and show your support to me and all these other totally tubular mamas! You can find me here

Thank you so much, I hope you love all the new content in your Instagram feed!

Until next time,

Love Jess, XO

 

Why Do I Feel So Empty? – Signs Of Depression & Mental Illness

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Hey there mamas,

So today on the blog I am sharing a fantastic article written by my friends at  http://www.betterhelp.com about the signs and symptoms of depression. Mental health is a topic that I think is very important and as a mom who struggles with depression and other mental health issues, I feel the need to share some info with you all as it seriously impacts us as moms and women.  I have written about mental health before since it’s such an important topic to me, so  I was very thankful for this article to share. Continue on to read how to better understand how you may be feeling. – Jess XO

 

Why Do I Feel So Empty?

Feeling empty is one of the loneliest feelings there is and it is so difficult to explain to people too. How do you tell someone what feeling empty is like? It is sort of like knowing there is something missing but not knowing what it is. It is a helpless and sad feeling that changes your whole outlook on life. If you cannot figure out what it is that is making you feel that way, that feeling may not go away. You may think it is because you are broke or because you had a fight with your best friend. However, these external things do not usually last. You may be sad for a while due to external issues like this but it does not continue day after day. That is about your inner perspective and what your expectations are. Figuring out what is causing this feeling is not easy.

What Does Feeling Empty Feel Like?

You may be feeling tired and rundown or you may feel numbness. These feelings are usually a sign that there is something going on with your mental health. You may be stressed out or anxious about something or you may be depressed. Figuring out why you are feeling this way is important so you can get back to your normal life. Has anything happened to you recently that is affecting your mental health like losing your job or the loss of a family member? These things can trigger an episode of emptiness that may not go away until you address it. Maybe you are suffering from a physical illness that you cannot get rid of or you may be having trouble sleeping. These feelings you are having can affect your life, your work, and your relationships as well.

Getting Some Help

It may be time to talk to someone about these feelings so you can get your life back on track. This does not mean that you need to run out and find a psychiatrist or psychologist. Your first step should be talking to your regular doctor. Get a physical checkup and tell the doctor how you are feeling. He may find something simple that is wrong such as a hormone imbalance or vitamin deficiency. If that is the case, a prescription may be able to fix your emptiness feeling. If not, he may suggest you talk to a therapist.

Therapy Online

If you do not want to make an appointment and see a therapist, there are other options that can make it easier. Online mental health resources such as BetterHelp.com can help you find someone to talk to and you do not even need to leave the house or make an appointment. In fact, you can try a chat room at first to see how you like that. A chat room is a good place to talk to others anonymously about your feelings and get advice from others who have similar issues. If that is not for you, there are over 2,000 licensed professionals available to talk to you online anytime on your smartphone or other electronic devices. Give it a try and you could be feeling better today!

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Alternative Halloween Activities

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Hey there mamas!

So it’s October, and for most families, that means getting excited about Halloween. But not all families celebrate Halloween or at least are not as into it as others.  In light of this, I will be sharing with you some awesome alternative Halloween activities that will leave you and your kinds just as happy and sugar induced as any ‘traditional” Halloween activity.

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My family and I have never really celebrated Halloween.  It’s something we feel as Christians is not appropriate.  Halloween has become way too commercialized and way too scary in very real ways.  People don’t seem to realize that dressing up as a gruesome monster or a devil, is not cute or innocent.  I have never been comfortable with the idea of Halloween, there’s just something wrong about the whole thing and I have never understood why people are so into it and act like it’s such a fun thing. I do not see the appeal of putting up ugly, scary looking decorations, having blood on things, chopped up body parts, and ghosts etc. These things are all too real in our world and the influences are just too much.  But since it is such a huge holiday and we can’t keep our little ones from being exposed to the ideas of it, finding other ways to celebrate the season and have some fun with snacks and costumes or other exciting things is a great way to go. Here is my list of the best alternative activities to do instead of a traditional Halloween.

  • Harvest Party. – This is my personal favorite, as you can invite your friends and family, have some good food, delicious desserts and decorate with pretty fall flowers and enjoy the crisp weather together. You can always do costumes too if you want! Make them more fun, and less spooky and gruesome.  When I was growing up, our community had a Hoe Down at a friends family ranch, we had warm apple cider, a bonfire, and great food and fellowship. It was a great way to spend an October evening. Some of the little kids would come in costume, usually Bible characters or simple things like a cowgirl, or a fireman. We had music and sometimes games like bobbing for apples, or pumpkin bowling.  You can get super creative and have lots of fun with something like a Harvest party. If you’re not up to hosting, take a look in your community and see if there is one you can attend!
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest –  This is a fun idea if your kids love carving pumpkins! Last year was our first year ever carving a pumpkin and it didn’t turn out very well, but hey, we tried! Turn it into an event by inviting your favorite people, having some coffee, cider, and pie having everyone carve their own pumpkins and holding a contest! It’s sure to be a blast!
  • Corn Maze & Hay Rides – One of the best things about fall are the simple things that bring joy to both us moms and kids. Going on a nice hayride or getting lost in a corn maze are classic fall activities that you can enjoy anytime in October or November. Places like pumpkin patches offer such adventures or you could really go all out and create ones yourself in your own backyard! That’s bound to impress your peeps!
  • Church Events – most churches usually offer some type of alternative Halloween event for local families.  Whether it be Trunk or Treats, or a harvest dinner, there is usually something fun to go do at your local church. Check it out and see what they will be up to this year!
  • DIY Escape Room – Have you ever heard of or been to an escape room? Do you or your kids enjoy thrills, puzzles and being tested on the clock? Then this might be the perfect activity for you! It may take some time and materials to put together, but with a little hard work and creativity you will end up with a really fun original way to get scared on Halloween that doesn’t involve anything creepy or dead! My friends and I are actually putting one together for the youth group! So exciting! If you don’t know what you need or know where to begin when tackling a project like this, Pinterest becomes your new bff! There are kits you can buy and put together, or you can start from scratch with a few sheets, maybe a wood board or two, props, lights and your own imagination.
  • Just For The Kids – If you’re a tired mama and not really feeling like getting too involved then just keeping things simply might be best. Letting your kids have a small sleepover where you let them eat lots of sugar, letting their imaginations go wild by having them build their own candy pizza, watch a fun movie and do fall-related arts and crafts! Take a walk outside and collect pinecones, leaves, twigs and whatever else they fancy and just let them have fun.  Make a wreath for the front door or let them come up with some ideas. Just have a simple fun night at home with some friends having some good old-fashioned fall fun.

If you are on the lookout for costumes because your little ones just can’t do this time of year without them, then you have got to check out this site! Click here

Inspired yet? I hope so! Now go have yourself a fun and fabulous fall!

Oh, and before you go, if you scroll through my blog you will see I have been awarded one of the top 50 mom blog spots from http://www.feedspot.com! I’m so honored and excited! Check out the site and support us mama bloggers!

Love, Jess XO