Tips for Finding Gorgeous Girls’ Dresses on thredUP

by jessicaturner on October 24, 2016

With Christmas just two months away, I am already in the thick of holiday prep. Because I am having major surgery December 2, advance planning is especially important this year! For the past two years, I have found Adeline’s Christmas dress on thredUP. If you are unfamiliar with it, thredUP is a site that sells new […]


20 Pirate Activities for Kids

by jessicaturner on September 19, 2016

My kids, especially Elias, have always loved pirates. There’s something awfully interesting about those scallywag pirates, probably thanks to Jake & The Neverland Pirates. Living on the open sea, going on treasure hunts, getting crazy body modifications like peg legs and hand hooks – pirates are the kind of nautical adventurers kids love. Whether your […]

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Perfect Kids Craft: DIY Itty Bittys from Hallmark

by jessicaturner on September 2, 2016

One of my kids’ favorite things to collect are Hallmark Itty Bittys. We simply adore the petite plush that range from Disney Princesses to Star Wars characters. Since they are so small and affordable, I often have some in my gift stash to have on hand for little gifts to surprise the kids. Needless to […]


Elias & Adeline’s First Day of School

by jessicaturner on August 4, 2016

Elias and Adeline had their first day of school yesterday. I can’t believe I have a second grader and a kindergartener. We always take pictures on our deck on the first day and last day of the school year. I was amazed how smooth the morning went and that the kids didn’t fuss at all […]


9 Ideas for Encouraging Your Kids to be Generous

by jessicaturner on July 29, 2016

A generous spirit is a quality I believe most parents long to see their children to possess. Kids who experience life through a generous lens are not only more apt to become generous adults but they’re also more inclined to volunteer, to support important causes, and to become more intentional stewards of their time, finances, […]


Tips for Parenting Picky Eaters at the Holidays

by jessicaturner on November 23, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NABISCO Cookies and Crackers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My kids are not the most adventurous eaters. {Tell me I am not alone in this.} Eating at other people’s homes can sometimes be challenging because of their picky habits. This has been […]

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How to Gift Shop with Your Toddler

by jessicaturner on May 14, 2014

My love language is probably gift giving. I LOVE to give gifts. As Elias and Adeline have been getting older, I have been looking for ways to involve them in gift giving. Hallmark recently sent me a gift card, so I decided to take the kids’ shopping to buy some gifts. Adeline shopped for her […]


With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, I have been scouring Pinterest for some fun Thanksgiving and turkey crafts to do with the kids. It turns out that the folks from the new movie Free Birds (released November 1) were also thinking turkey crafts when they emailed me about this new spin on a handprint turkey.  […]


Parenting Tips Wanted: Shopping with Toddlers

by jessicaturner on September 25, 2013

Y’all, I need your tips. Shopping with Adeline these days is a nightmare. She is like the Tazmanian Devil everywhere I take her. She wants to run from rack to rack, destroying everything in her path. I’ll try to convince her to ride in the cart, and sometimes it works (usually at the start of […]


I must admit, I have been SO excited for William and Kate since the announcement that they were expecting. One of the things I have learned since becoming a mother is that the tribe of motherhood is strong, and we love to share our advice with one another. So I thought it would be fun […]