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 […]

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

Why not add one more Thanksgiving baking session in this week! Carter loves to help in the kitchen. And sometimes, when things are getting crazy around here, if I offer to bake or cook something? It works every time. It’s probably the best thing to redirect to when he’s feeling big feelings. These cookies are […]

Pumpkin Oat Cookies

We’re kicking off our first week of November with some easy pumpkin oat cookies. We enjoy having these as a little treat after dinner sometimes! Both Carter and Payton love them too. Just five ingredients and you’re good to go! Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup organic pumpkin puree 3 tbsp agave 1 tsp […]

Darling Little Ruffles Boutique

If you have been following my blog for a little while now, you know that I have loved to share different shops, boutiques, or places that are small businesses! I have shared a few different small shops that I have purchased items for Carter’s wardrobe, and now I have one to share on Payton’s behalf! […]

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

My crock pot game has been ON POINT lately. You know you have a good recipe when your husband has seconds and thirds on helpings! I’ve been using it several times a week for our dinners. This fall just feels different. Payton is way more mobile and loves to play all day now that she’s […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Rolls

Looking for an easy fall dessert to whip up?! This is it! You could easily make these rolls this morning and have them ready for your afternoon fall gathering today! I love pumpkin spice flavors around this time. We love cinnamon rolls too, but I decided to make them pumpkin rolls instead! We hope you […]

Bursting Blueberry Muffins

This recipe takes your normal blueberry muffins over the edge! When we went blueberry picking, I knew I mainly wanted to use them to help amp up my recipes. This was one of them! These muffins actually have a fall taste to them too (I add a little spice in mine), so even if you […]

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 […]