Throwback Thursday Stories: Week 1

by jessicaturner on April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Stories

Welcome to the inaugural Throwback Thursday Stories. Each week you an invited to link-up and share an old photo + the story of the photo. Sometimes you might write the story of the photo itself, other times, you might chose to write how the photo makes you feel.

The goal is to share a little more about ourselves, our past and have fun while doing it.

Jessica Baby Badger

I decided to kick things off with one of my favorite baby photos of me.

To the average person going through my baby photo book, there is nothing particularly special about the photo, right? It just looks like a typical early 80s baby photo.

But to me, this photo makes my heart burst wide open.

I went to the University of Wisconsin and adore this photo mostly because of that Bucky Badger stuffed animal next to me (Bucky is the school’s mascot). My mom told me that my grandfather gave it to me. I (foolishly) sold it in a rummage sale for 50 cents when I was 9 and have regretted it ever since being accepted to UW in 1999. I even asked the Alumni Association while I was in school if they knew where I could find one. :)

It’s like I was destined to become a Badger.

I also love that I’m the same size as the Bucky Badger. The set-up reminds me a lot of the monthly photos people take today of their babies with stuffed animals (like I did with Adeline). Unfortunately, this is the only photo from my childhood that includes this stuffed animal.

And then there are all the knit toys. My Nana made them for me (her first grandchild) and now my kids have them all.

So while a baby in a playpen might seem like a boring photo, the story behind what is pictured makes it anything but boring.

A photo is always extraordinary because of the story beyond what is captured. 

I’d love for you to join me today (and every Thursday in the coming weeks) to share your Throwback Thursday Stories. Please use the linky below to link your post up. In your post, please link back to The Mom Creative. Feel free to use the graphic below in your post.

And if you share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and or Instagram, please use the hashtag #TBTstories.

Throwback Thursday Stories


Works for Me Wednesday: Fighting Allergies

by jessicaturner on April 16, 2014

SpringThe trees and tulips are in bloom and allergy season is in full-swing – especially in Nashville. Both Matthew and Adeline suffer from seasonal allergies and we are constantly looking for new ways to help ease their frustration.

They do it all to keep the allergies at bay – from bathing every evening to wash the day’s pollen off to eating local honey. It is not fun. I feel so sorry for them, especially sweet Adeline. Her nose is constantly running.

Needless to say, when I received this opportunity to do a sponsored post for Febreze Allergen Reducer Refresher, I totally said yes.

From Febreze:

This new product eliminates odors and reduces up to 95% of inanimate allergens from pollen, pet dander, and dust mite matter that cause discomfort when breathed in from the air.  Its Trap & Lock technology keeps allergens on soft fabrics, such as couches, curtains and carpets, from becoming airborne. 

When I got the product, I immediately sprayed it on our couches, pillows and curtains. The one I tried was odorless, but they also make several with light fragrances.


While I can’t say that our family’s allergies are better this year since trying Febreze Allergen Reducer Refresher, I do like that this product has allowed us to treat another area of our home that we have previously not treated. It certainly hasn’t hurt!

If you or someone you know is an allergy sufferer, I would recommend checking this product out and seeing if it helps with your allergy symptoms. It is available at all major retailers including Target (I always love an excuse to go to Target)! I saw it at the grocery store last night.

How do you treat seasonal allergies?


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