Love, Joleen

Friday, June 15, 2018

We're Headed Back to California and Here's What's On Our Vacation Bucket List

This post is sponsored by Discover Boating but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

It's official! Benjamin and I are headed to California in July for two weeks of fun in the sun! Last month I shared in our summer bucket list post, that we weren't going to be able to, but plans have changed and we are thrilled! In addition to all the things we hope to accomplish on that list, we're looking forward to spending time with our family and friends across the country. We'll probably hit up at least a few of the destinations we included in our 48-hour guide to free and cheap fun for kids in Orange County and Los Angeles, but we've got our eye on a few new experiences as well. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2 | FREE Family-Fun Activity Printables

Who else is giddy with excitement over the new Incredibles movie?! Incredibles 2 opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, June 15. We purchased our tickets a month ago and eagerly anticipated our showing, which was this evening. WE LOVED IT!!! Several times Benjamin turned to me and said, "I wish we could rewind it!" so that he could see a scene again. We talked about it until we got home and continued talking about it until he literally fell asleep. The characters, the action, the storyit's all incredible, and I highly recommend it! 
Here we are in February with Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl on Pixar Night at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Creating A Big Boy Room

This is a sponsored post

Going from a baby or toddler room to a big kid room can definitely be a mix of feelings. I remember the day very clearly. While I was so happy to have a happy and healthy boy that is ready to start growing up, I was also a bit sad because it seems like it was yesterday when I was bringing him home to his baby nook. Time really does fly when you are having fun! 
Photo by Daria Shevtsova

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I've Been Thinking A Lot About Kate Spade

On Tuesday, like so many of you, I was rocked by the news of Kate Spade's death. In quick succession I learned that she had committed suicide, which triggered so much heartache in me. I am heartbroken for her, for her husband, daughter, family, friends, and colleagues. I shared my own tribute to her on Instagram:

I've been thinking a lot about Kate Spade. Her death has opened up old wounds in me and so many others, and has sparked a much-needed conversation about depression and mental health. This is something I feel so passionately about, and I will never stop talking about it.

In 2010 I tried to kill myself.