• We walk by faith and not by sight
    #JSpotMomLife,  Love And Marriage

    Accessing God’s Promises Through Faith

    Faith can be defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing. Hebrews 11:1 defines it as “the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen”. That sounds kind of scary and just a little bit crazy, right? For my husband and I, it is a way of life. Every single victory we have won during our marriage can be accredited to our faith in God. For example, we have gone to a car lot with no money and driven off with a new vehicle. We have applied for jobs that we didn’t qualify for and gotten hired on the spot. Most recently we…

  • #JSpotMomLife

    Handling Difficult Toddlers

    Imagine getting a phone call from your child’s teacher saying that you have to pick her up early. As you listen to the teacher explain that your child has thrown a temper tatrum so epic that they had to clear the room for safety reasons, your stomach drops. You begin to cry tears of frustration and embarrassment. When you arrive, you see trash everywhere, chairs flipped over, papers ripped, and your child is sitting on the floor with her teacher, who still trying to calm her down. What is your reaction? I’ll tell you what my reaction was. I was mortified and confused! My angel, my sweet Cakey baby, what…

  • Long lasting marriages are still possible if you are willing to put in the work and continue to choose love.
    Love And Marriage

    11 Reasons Why We Are Still Married

    Long lasting marriages are not as common as they used to be several decades ago. Although the divorce rate has decreased in recent years, less couples are deciding to take those sacred vows. Marriage can appear to be quite scary. In my previous post, What I Wish I Knew Before Marriage I shared some of the things I felt would’ve helped us in our marriage if we had known upfront. But here we are! Through all of our trials and errors, ups and downs, our story that began at the ages of 19 & 20 years old, is still being written. 11 years later, I can honestly say that I…

  • #JSpotMomLife,  Kitchen Talk

    Dinner Tips And Tricks For Moms

    Being a cook by profession, most may think that I push out 3 course meals every day for the crew. The truth is, I DON’T! I am just like every other mom in the world who struggles with answering the question “what’s for dinner?” Can I just say, that question is sometimes extremely annoying………especially when I don’t have a clue what to cook. Because I have a such a large family, grabbing take out is not a go-to option for us. We may eat out 2-3 times a month. Most times it’s just grabbing a couple $5 hot & ready pizzas from Little Caesars or picking up some chicken and…

  • If you care suffering from mommy burnout, start practicing self-care daily with these 5 tips
    #JSpotMomLife,  Ladies, Let's Talk!

    The Importance of Self-Care

    In a recent post on a Facebook mommy group, I asked “are any of you ladies experiencing mommy burnout?”. The answer was a resounding “YES”! I can’t pretend like it shocked me. I too have been feeling the burn lately. Mommy burnout, as defined by author Sheryl Ziegler, is emotional and physical exhaustion that you feel from the chronic stress of parenting. Moms everywhere spend long days and nights caring for, working for, and looking after everyone and everything. Self-care is typically the last thing on our minds. In my previous article, What I Wish I Knew Before Marriage, I introduced this topic but let’s dig a little deeper into the “why”.…

  • Marriage tips for newlyweds and seasoned married moms
    Love And Marriage

    What I Wish I Knew Before Marriage

    When you think of marriage, one of the first things that usually comes to your mind is the wedding day. We see it all over tv, social media, movie screens- white dress, full wedding party, glitz, and glamour. Every girl wants her day! I know I did and I loved every second  of it. But I learned very quickly that fairy-tale weddings are completely different than real, every day married life. Over my 10 plus years of being married, I have had to work through so many things I was unfamiliar with prior to I-Do. Things like raising a bunch of kids and still taking care of myself, how to…

  • How moms can keep healthy family balance and have a successful business with time management skills.

    How to Balance like a Boss

    Some may think it is insane to be married with 5 children, work outside the home, and pursue entrepreneurship all at the same time. Honestly speaking, it can get pretty rough. Appointments forgotten, laundry goes undone, and there may be times when your kids will “get the opportunity” to cook dinner because you’re busy preparing for the coming week. That is my life. When I decided I wanted to be a “boss mom”, I did not know just how busy I would be. There is one thing that has helped me to keep everything in it’s right perspective- BALANCE  Whether you are a stay at home mom (which I deem…

  • Ladies, Let's Talk!

    Betting to Lose- My First Dietbet Experience

    In my previous post http://jspotmom.com/welcome-to-2019/, I shared with you all my weight loss goal for 2019. This is a pretty general goal for most women at the start of a new year. For a lot of us, because this is more of a superficial goal, we don’t get very far in our journey.  Our weight goes up and down, over and over. After a while, it gets to the point that we have very little motivation to get back up and try again. This perfectly describes how I felt in November of 2018. Let me tell you what happened……….. Better Together I was in a place where I knew I…

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    Welcome to 2019!

    For many, this is an exciting time. It means a fresh start, a new page, and another chance to make much needed improvements. People all across the world have great intentions on making lasting changes in their lives. Unfortunately, this fire is short lived for the vast majority. We go through year after year of setting goals and giving up before the first rain of the spring. So the big question is: how can we do things different this year?  “Bet On YOURSELF” What do I mean by that? It is so easy to set our goals based on what those around us are focusing on or on things other…