‘‘Twas One Week Before Christmas…”

If you thought I was going to write my own version of “Twas the night before Christmas” book, I’m sorry that this is not it and I hope you won’t be disappointed LOL. But here we are just one week before Christmas already! I think I’m ready? Who knows, I probably forget something! In Carter’s […]

Raising Kind Boxes

I just recently discovered that you can follow hashtags on Instagram. I assume it’s been around for a while but I never really got into it! On my blog Instagram account @nextplaywithmrs.j, I recently started following #michiganmama. It’s actually been really neat! I’ve been able to connect with other moms all over the country, but […]

Thanksgiving Feels Different

Here we are. Just one day before Thanksgiving, yet it doesn’t really feel like it. Last year around this time I was making my last minute grocery list, having wine with my immediate and extended family, prepping food, and enjoying the feeling of company. I remember we planned to spend the whole day at my […]

No Time For Feelings

I always try to take the time to write in a journal or blog when I’m feeling something. I find that by having this blog as one of my outlets, I am able to really just unload (or unleash lol) all of my feelings. While I’m not always the best at expressing my feelings speaking […]

Sense of Calm

Do you ever have those mornings where you’re rushing around trying to get everyone where they need to be on time, make sure everyone is fed (including pets), and everything in between! I look at this photo above and it honestly looks like we have it all together, but if I look closer, we had […]

I Was That Mom Today..

Well Happy Wednesday. What was supposed to be a little trip to the city with the kids, to make some returns and search for some house things, ended up turning into, well; just keep reading. We started the day with our usual breakfast at home. I packed a bag while the kids ate. Then we […]

ALYSE Boutique

There is something about finding clothing stores with unique items that you won’t really see anywhere else! If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time now, you know I love to share a good small shop. I love being able to use my blog to share and promote my favorite places when I […]

QuaranTotally Losing It?!

It’s been a while since I’ve taken to the time to actually sit down and write, other than some recipe and craft posts. I love writing and sharing those, but when I can sit down and write from my soul about real feelings and what’s been on my heart, it feels so refreshing. I will […]

Potty Training: 101

I swear, this was probably the most challenging part of motherhood to date LOL. I think I expected it to be a little easier than I thought so maybe that didn’t help me. I also felt like it was more emotionally draining than I thought it would be as well. But when I look back […]

The Best Version of Myself

Throughout my blog I’ve touched on some pretty deep emotions, but I haven’t shared too much on my postpartum journey when it comes to health and wellness. When I had Carter it took me a very long time to not only be comfortable again in my own skin, but also to feel good about my […]