Love, Joleen

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All The Hard Things: PCOS, Depression, and The Heartbreak of Infertility

It's really interesting and amazing to me, how God will sometimes use other people to encourage you without them even knowing it. I've been working on this blog post, off and on, since September. It's been in my drafts waiting for me to finish it and take the plunge to hit publish. The thing is, as much as I've written about depression, anxiety, miscarriage, and infertility, in the past... it never gets any easier. It puts me in a vulnerable position, but I honestly feel that God calls me to share these things, so that I can connect and encourage other women. My friend, Katie, shared her mental health journey  on her blog and Brittany has been discussing her own journey on Instagram and in her IG Stories. So brave, these women. All this to say, that I've been inspired twice over this week to share an update on things.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

10 Fun Stocking Stuffers Under $10 for Young Kids Ages 4 to 6 Years Old

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Christmas is my jam and I love EVERYTHING about it. Church, with my family, to celebrate the birth of Christ. Volunteering together. Traveling to see loved ones. Donating my time and resources to those in need. Decking the halls – decorating our tree and mantle. Gift giving (and getting, let's be real.) There are few things I love more than playing "Santa"! I make my list and I check it twice. Finding the perfect stocking stuffers is one of my favorite holiday tasks. I put together this list of 10 of the best (and cheap) stockings stuffers for kids, ages 4 through 6. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8 Essentials You Need to Host Thanksgiving

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Are you hosting your very own Thanksgiving for the first time this year? Hosting and cooking this great American meal is a big milestone for any cook, but it also can be a moment of some anxiety and nerves! Well you’re in luckI've put together my best tips to help ease your nerves, stay organized and enjoy Thanksgiving Day with your closest friends and family. 
"Look for small moments of gratitude in a busy, loud but delicious holiday."

Here are 8 essentials you need to host Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Santa's Toy Factory at North Point Mall

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas & North Point Mall to share these free family events with my readers, and am being compensated for this partnership. All opinions expressed are my own.
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North Point Mall has partnered with Mattel to introduce a new holiday adventure that will be memorable for the entire family. Santa’s Toy Factory will open on November 11 in the center court area of the shopping center. I am SO excited to check it out with my own family Saturday morning!
Santa's Mailroom Christmas Photo Session with Erin's Attic Photography
North Point Mall is located north of Atlanta, in Alpharetta, and has been one of our favorite local malls since before Benjamin was a crawling. They have a great indoor play space, and we used to meet friends there for playdates. We also went for a few mommy/stroller workout classes that were a ton of fun. They offer excellent programming in addition to the awesome shopping, like this Santa's Toy Factory! We are so excited for this opportunity to see Santa in a fun, new way! Plus, what kid doesn't absolutely LOVE Mattel?! I know I'm pretty excited to see the Barbie® set, but Benjamin is going to flip when he sees the Hot Wheels®!! 

Here's a bit more about Santa's Toy Factory: