How To Make Easter More Special As A Single Parent

The Easter bunny is coming! Are you ready?

No matter what your traditions are, it’s safe to say Easter is one of the best Holidays when you have kids. It was always my second favorite Holiday growing up and I have tried to make it special for my son. As a single mom, it is hard to make things like Holidays really stand out and be something our kids will enjoy. It’s such a struggle to afford gift-filled Easter baskets, all the candy, new clothes etc. So I have pulled together some ways to help make all of this simpler, easier and more affordable! Sure ways to make this Easter one your kids will love!

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How To Make Easter More Special As A Single Parent

Crafts – Making a fun craft with your kids is absolutely an awesome way to spend some quality time together and make something cute, fun and almost free. Get your craft on with your kids this Easter! Here is a totes adorbs bunny mask craft.

Clothes – Making sure our littles look adorable on Easter is a sweet tradition for most families, whether you are going to Church, having a family BBQ or just taking photos. But finding the cutest new spring outfits for an affordable price is a struggle. So check out PatPat’s brand new spring collection! You will find sweet little bunny outfits and more starting at only $4.99! Shop here!


Personalized Easter Baskets –  Instead of dropping a large amount of money of those pre-made baskets that every store is selling, use your own basket, tub, or any other container, (get creative) and customize your child’s own little Easter basket! Put in their favorite sweet treat, an inexpensive toy, new movie, book, stuffed animal, anything that your child has been asking for or you know would really love! Follow these links for some awesome little gift ideas!

Activities –  Finding a fun activity to do with your kids on Easter shouldn’t be another thing to add to your crazy to-do list, so simplify by thinking ahead and finding a great little game or activity to do together. Something fun and easy like this Easter Egg Relay Race Game and don’t forget the classic Easter egg hunt! Whatever you do, make it fun and special!

Baking –  Lastly, spend some time with your kids by baking something together! Delicious cookies, or an Easter Sugar Cookie Pie!

I hope you enjoy this Easter with your kids, may it bring amazing memories and lots of joy! Please comment which of these things you liked the best and give this post a share, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Love, Jessxo



5 Things I Know You Are Fed Up With As A Single Mom

Hey mamas!

So, I’m just going to get straight into it today, because I know what it feels like to be a fed up single mom. So no wasting time here, I am ready to share my thoughts with you knowing that you can totally relate, so let’s dive right in.

5 Things I Know You Are Fed Up With As A Single Mom

Woman lying under a blanket - stressed out mom.

1. Getting flack and/or feeling guilty about child support.  Most single parents in this modern world are court ordered or otherwise to pay child support unless the other parent is not in the picture ( this is my case ) and I know it’s a complicated situation and can lead to getting tons of flack from the other parent, their family, your family, friends and mom shamers online. It’s no picnic to be a single mom, and when you are paying or receiving or attempting to receive child support it can feel like a lonely and vicious battle.

Sometimes you may feel guilty for needing it or wanting it from the “father” even if it was the court’s decision, not yours. If it was you who decided to go after the support you shouldn’t feel bad for it.  It is expensive to raise children, and the other person is responsible for helping so let them do what they should be doing and feel grateful for the help instead of guilty, shamed or simply ticked off for negative comments thrown your way.  Straighten your crown and take care of those babies!

2. Pressure to find a man and/or father figure. Ok, now this one really steams me up! Are you ever annoyed and pressured by friends and family for being a single mom? I know I certainly am. You get the lectures about how your kid/s need a more active male presence int heir life, someone to be a “father figure” or how you shouldn’t have to do everything on your own, and how you need a man and blah blah blah? Doesn’t it drive you mad?

To heck with that! You are a strong independent mama who doesn’t need a man. That’s right, you are solid, girl. It might be nice to have a dude around but just remember all the heartache and complications that come with breakups as a single mom and also the potential vulnerability and craziness of online dating.  Politely tell those friends or family members to buzz off and leave you alone about finding a man.  You got this!

3.  Being the only bad guy. Being a single mom is tough for countless reasons, one of them being that, most days anyway, you are the only disciplinary for your child/ren. When the kids act up and you have to dish out the mean voice and disciple it feels 100 times worse on your own, because you are always the bad guy to your kids.  There are no taking turns with the other parent, there are no times when you feel ok giving in and letting things slip. It’s all you, all the time.

This is necessary, however, no matter how much it sucks.  Even on the days when you feel overwhelmed, beaten and worn down by the little terrors in your life.  I know you’re fed up, but stay strong and get mean even if you hate it. One day, they will respect you more for it. Hopefully.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by your kid.

Raise your hand - mean girls

4.  Feeling lonely.  Loneliness comes with the territory of being a single mom.  The lack of a social life can get to you, especially on the harder days. I know it’s easy to feel isolated and left out when it seems like everyone else is out there living life, going to fun events, dinners, dates, traveling etc while you are stuck at home with kids every day.

For me, being a stay at home, homeschooling single mom, I am at home with my son all day every day. So let me tell ya, it can make you feel like you’re slowly losing your mind. Pretty soon you will start having full on conversations with the broom just to feel human again. But never fear, it does get easier. Doesn’t it?

5.  Never getting a break. Last on this list is the feeling that so often comes with parenthood that you just never get a break. Constant running here and there, dealing with this crisis, this crying kid, this ringing phone, this bill that somehow needs to get paid, the lack of sleep. It wears you down and wears you out. If you don’t get 5 minutes to yourself soon you are going to scream, right? I feel you. 

But listen, you are a mom! As tiring and hectic as it all is, it’s your job! Who else is going to do it? You do deserve a break, so figure out a way to make it happen, whether it’s staying up a bit later after the kids are asleep, or leaving them with grandparents for a day or a weekend. Make it happen and find some time to take for yourself, then you will feel refreshed and ready to get back at it! Put on your super mom pants and do what you gotta do, girl. Raise those babies, and know that you absolutely can do this and even when you are going insane, you are doing a good job and it’s all going to be alright!

So tell me, which one of these are you the most fed up with? Leave me a comment!

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Much love, Jessxo

Why You Should Be Using Reusable Diapers For Your Baby

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Hey there foxy mamas!

Do you have a little bitty one in diapers right now? If so then this post is specifically for you. I have thought a lot about the idea of reusable diapers and have come to a conclusion. Read on to learn more about this eco-friendly option!

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Why You Should Be Using Reusable Diapers For Your Baby

If my son was a baby again or if I were to miraculously be blessed with another little one, I would be all over reusable diapers . Why? Over the years I’ve looked into them out of curiosity as I’ve seen so many moms rave about them and heard about how much money they save and how much healthier they are for baby and the environment. But I was skeptical, I was thinking about how gross they must be to use and how inconvenient they must be, but after several years of research and time spent thinking about it (does that make me weird?) I have come to the conclusion that reusable diapers are 100% the way to go for most of the time use. Here are some reasons why…

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  • They cost much less than disposable diapers. Saving you tons of $ (how can that not be a good thing?)
  • They are far more comfortable for baby to wear. No tight, scratchy edges, just smooth, breathable, all natural cotton.
  • No need to continue buying diapers every week or even every month. You can wash and reuse these diapers over and over again.  This will save you hundreds! Plus they are so cute and adorable to see on baby. Cute patterns and colors for the win!
  • Reusable diapers and 100% eco-friendly, made with only non-toxic and natural fabric, unlike most disposable diapers which are actually made with toxins that are not healthy for baby! All natural is always best!
  • 50% off right now! Yes, that’s right. Recieve 50% off your order of reusable diapers  right now! (Yaass!)

Are you convinced yet? I sure hope so! Here’s to a healthier and happier baby! Dancing happy baby

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Love your girl, Jessxo

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

Hey there mamas, hope you’re having a fine day!

We as busy moms can sometimes lose sight of the small things, and forget how much the little touches we provide actually matter to our kids. So today let’s talk all about these important little touches. Read on!

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

For a lot of mothers who juggle with the difficulties of managing a business and the challenges of looking after a child, there is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your child complain about the lack of time you’ve got for them. Unfortunately, for a lot of mompreneurs, time is exactly what they struggle with on a daily basis. While every mother will tell you their child is their first priority and that they would always drop everything to look after a sick child, there are many situations where children may wrongly believe that your career is the priority. So it’s important to make sure that you’ve organized your life in such a way that your child knows he or she is what matters the most to you and that they are always in your heart. As a busy single mom, you need to be smart about how you show your affection, especially because your time is an essential part of your ability to generate the only income. With also being the only parent, your time is so much more important. 


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Their bedroom, their style

If you’ve been looking for an idea to treat your child, you can already forget about buying more toys or clothes. Indeed, you need to help them to create a space that is theirs at home, namely with a bedroom makeover. The bedroom can be a reflection of their personalities and tastes, and more importantly, it’s a way to show that you respect their choices. While you can surprise them with a fully planned project, it’s best to involve them from the early stages of the decor research until the selection of the furniture. As their mother, this will show them that you value their opinions. Read my post all about how to gift your kids with the best bedroom makeover ever! Click here!


Don’t let business trips come between you

Your career can sometimes take you out of town for a couple of days. If this is the case, and even though you know you can rely on a relative or a friend to look after your child, it’s important to plan something for each day. For instance, you could record your voice on a CD with professional sound mastering from a company such as Nationwide Disc for them to listen before going to bed. Or you could make a small DIY doll each time you have to spend a night away. Being apart from you is a big deal with a child, so you need to show that you still think of them. 

Record yourself reading their favorite story


Quality time every day

Finally, at the end of the day, you may just want to relax in peace. But you need to block in your busy schedule time to cultivate your bond with your child. Creating quality time doesn’t mean that you can’t work during the day. This is why working from home is always the best choice for moms, but it’s still important to remember that you just need to put aside your business and household duties every evening for one hour to dedicate this time entirely to your child. Your time together can become a routine. It doesn’t have to be long if you’re busy. But you need to maintain a bond through games, reading or simply a chat about your respective days.

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Bonding while busy with home business management is never easy. But you’ll find that showing your child that you value their opinions, maintain a connection even when you’re away and make a point of spending time together when you’re at home can go a long way. Finding the work/mom balance isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort, always. Give this post a like, or share and remember that on this crazy single mom journey, you are never alone! 🙂 

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Love, Jessxo


How To Keep Your Child’s Teeth As Healthy As They Can Be

How to keep your child's teeth as healthy as they can be! |

Hiya mamas, what’s skakin’ bacon?

Does your kid love to brush his or her teeth? Do they jump up and down squealing with excitement at the mention of flossing? No? I didn’t think so. Read on for the best ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy, your kid’s enthusiasm not guaranteed.

How To Keep Your Child’s Teeth As Healthy As They Can Be

Our teeth are important, there is no denying that. And, because our teeth are so important they need to be tended to and kept as healthy as they can be at all times. And, because your child is not yet in a position to either have the facilities to keep his or her teeth healthy or even have the desire to do so, the job of doing so falls to you.  For advice on how to keep your child’s teeth as healthy as can be,  let’s dive into some expert tips.

First of all, know when to start

You may think that you should only begin tending to your child’s teeth when their first tooth appears, but if you think this then you are wrong. No, you should start tending to your child’s teeth way before their first tooth appears in their mouth because, even as soon as they are born, your child will have 20 primary teeth, some of which are even fully developed, in their jaw.

To tend to these teeth that you cannot see, even before your baby begins teething, try running a damp (but very, very clean) washcloth over and around their gums — doing so will help to clear any bacteria that may prove to be harmful as teething occurs and teeth appear. And, once your child does get teeth make sure to begin brushing them with a specially designed infant toothbrush as delicately and as soon as possible, using clean water and a bit of non- fluoride toothpaste that measures no bigger than a grain of rice when you do so. 

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Second of all, know when to see a dentist

As important as it is to tend to your child’s teeth yourself, you will have to hand over the reins of doing so to a pediatric dentist at some point, and the time for doing so should come around the time of your child’s first birthday. You should do this because, first and foremost, it will provide you with all the help and information you need in regards to proper brushing and flossing techniques before it is too late and you become stuck in incorrect ways. Secondly, by making visits to the dentist as early in your child’s life as you can (once they have got teeth, that is) you will make it far more likely that any problems that may have arisen in your child’s mouth that you are not professionally trained to spot will be able to be diagnosed. Thirdly, making your child aware of the dentist and what happens when they are in the dentist’s chair as early in their life as possible will make them far more comfortable in regards to it as they grow, and this can be vital in instilling the importance of visits to the dentist in them as they mature.  I made the mistake of waiting too long to take my son to the dentist, I had not been myself in more years than I’d like to say and was just beginning to finally go get some much-needed work done so I decided to wait until all of my visits had been paid before I took him in which was too long of a wait and every month he now has to have visits, much for everyone’s dismay. So get your kid in now! 

Your child’s teeth are important, and it is down to you to tend to them. So, get tending to them, get them down to a dentist and get their teeth looking and feeling as healthy as they can be! Good luck!

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Much Love, JessXO

How To Be A Marvelous Role Model For Your Children

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Howdy mamas!

Once again I’m proud to bring you another awesome collaborative post on a topic that is very important. Being a better role model for our kids is something we all need to work on, so stay with me and feel free to jot these ideas down to better implement them going forward.

How To Be A Marvelous Role Model For Your Children 

As a single parent, you are the number one and sometimes only role model for your child. They, of course, think you are wonderful and idolize you (until they hit puberty that is!)  They will soak up your attitudes, behaviors and views like a sponge. And it’s for this reason we should be very aware of the kind of example we’re setting for our kids, they are observing and learning even the most subtle of our ways. Here are just a few of the ways we can be a good role model and help them to develop healthy and productive behaviors which will be useful to them later in life. 

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Eat Healthily

Kids are generally picky about food, that isn’t new information for anyone who has kids! However they might refuse things now but in time are likely to go on to mirror your behaviour and food habits. Seeing you filling up on healthy, delicious meals and making good choices will eventually become ingrained in them. Don’t make mealtimes feel stressful or chaotic, try them with new ingredients and if they refuse don’t make a huge deal of it. Try it again in a few weeks, kids tastes can change in a very short space of time and even their mood can determine how open they are to tasting new things. Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a good way to encourage healthy eating and if they’ve helped to make it they’re more likely to try it.


Be Financially Savvy

Having kids is expensive, and being a single mom does not make it any easier, so getting yourself into the best position financially is always worthwhile. You could look into how to consolidate debt, how to boost your savings and how to budget better to get yourself on track. When you have your money in order you’ll be far less stressed from scrimping and saving and trying to make ends meet. Teach children the value of money, instead of giving them pocket money let them earn it. Simple chores such as tidying their room, feeding a pet or loading the dishwasher will make them feel as though they’ve made an effort for it which can make them think more carefully before spending. It also teaches children the old adage ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’, when they ask for things they can appreciate that work has been put in to earn it.

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Read Books For Fun

Children reading books can improve language, develop empathy, enhance concentration, teaches them about a range of topics and can encourage a thirst for knowledge. It’s far more beneficial than playing computer games or watching tv, and so anything that gives them an interest in books and learning is a wonderful thing. Let them see how reading can be for fun and not just something they ‘have’ to do for school. Reading is great for adults too, it provides a fun escape, helps your memory and lots of other great psychological benefits. Read books for your own wellbeing, in doing so you show children that this is a great way to spend your free time. And of course, read with your children too.


Be Social

Haha, say what? Yeah, I know…but listen. There’s nothing wrong with being introverted, I am a very socially awkward introvert so this idea is terrifying. However, there are a lot of benefits that come from being confident and sociable. It makes it easier for children to develop friendships, express themselves and not be held back by insecurity. Take your children to groups and activities where you can both socialize with other children and adults. If they see you treating people respectfully and with manners, it’s a good way to encourage them to do the same. Introverted mamas unite! 

Are you ready to take on the world ahead as a more confident single mom? I sure hope so. Go be the best role model you can possibly be. Your kiddos will (hopefully) thank you later in life.  Give this post a like, comment & share!

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Much love, peace out.


Super Storage Tips For Moms

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Hey mamas!

How’s it going? Are you enjoying 2018 so far? With so many resolutions for the new year, de-cluttering your life is usually one of them. So today I am bringing you super storage tips! Read on for all the best tips to start your de-cluttering journey.

Super Storage Tips For Moms

January is many things. It’s the month of starting diets and detoxes. It’s the time you assess your finances and make some cutbacks. It’s when everything goes back to normal after all the planning and excitement of Christmas. And, it’s the month that mom’s  all over the world attempt to find storage space for all of those gifts that seemed like a good idea at the time. Without upsetting the kids by demanding they say goodbye to any of their old toys that they haven’t touched for years but suddenly can’t bear to be without. The trick is organization. With just a little planning and some brilliant storage tips, you can easily fit in all those new toys, without resorting to a huge clearance.

The Living Room

When we’ve got young kids that need constant supervision, a lot of their toys live in the living room. While this is essential for keeping the kids safe and happy, it can quickly lead to clutter and mess. Which in turn can cause broken toys or even bones, as well as stressful hours spent trying to find things when we need them.

Fortunately, there are some great ways to make the most of your living room storage space. You could try wall mounted shelves, to keep all of your grown-up possessions out of the kid’s way. Then, you could create a kid’s zone, separated from the rest of the room with a large piece of furniture (perhaps the back of your sofa). This area should be a safe space where the kids are free to make a mess. Other options include over door hangers and large, shallow storage boxes that easily slide under your sofa or chairs.

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Another fantastic option is toy rotation. Yes, their toys need to be played within the living room. But, they don’t play with everything at once. Keep a few of their favorite Christmas gifts out in the family room, and tidy the rest away in toy boxes in their rooms. Then, every few weeks, rotate the toys that you have out. When they are very young, this will be like getting new toys every few weeks as they’ll barely remember them.

The Bedroom

Kids bedrooms can be an absolute nightmare. When they are very young, their room can lose the personal touch as it starts to feel like little more than storage. Then, as they get older, you need to find a way to store toys where they can reach them, without it getting too messy. Check out my recent post all about decor ideas that double as storage for their bedrooms here.

The best way to handle kid-friendly storage is with large storage boxes that they can pull out and open themselves. Encourage them to keep things tidy and organized by having a fun clean-up session at the end of the day.


It can be tempting to keep all the outdoor toys inside, to keep them safe from both theft and weather. But, install a shed with Armstrong steel buildings bbb, and you won’t need to. Outdoor toys can be large and bulky. A shed is the perfect place to keep them and can be just as safe and secure as your home.

Are you ready to tackle the mess in your life? I know I am! Let’s do this! 😀

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Much Love, JessXO