Jellibean Journals

I'm a wife, crafting mama, ex-pat, baker, and Jesus follower. Follow me and discover creative kiddy projects, tasty desserts, cloth diapering tips,  and purposeful parenting wisdom.

Double the Chips Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Woof!” a scruffy blonde mutt scrambles out the front door to jump on me welcome me over, tongue hanging out, eyes sparkling with glee. We’ve met before. We live next door ....more

5 Family-Friendly Breakfast Ideas to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

Abandoned your 2017 healthy resolutions? It’s never too late to get back on track and start off the year re-committing to a healthy lifestyle of fitness and nutritious meals. Creating healthy breakfast habits will make you feel energized and empowered to keep making healthy food choices all day long ....more

5 Books for Moms to Read in January

Ah, the start of a new year. New challenges, resolutions to write, fresh opportunity. For me, I love getting the year started with a good read and a piping hot peppermint mocha ....more

15 Kids Gifts You Can Pack in a Suitcase

Traveling over the holidays can be stressful, I know. We’re currently packing bags for our family of 5 to fly to South America over the holidays for a 3 week stay. As if cancelled flights, delays on the tarmac and long lines for airport bathrooms weren’t bad enough, you might be tempted to throw in the towel on traveling with Christmas gifts this year ....more

Lemon Custard Cake

Somedays you just need comfort food. And fast. Lemon custard cake is a zingy zesty cake full of bold lemon flavor with the quaint homey feel of creamy custard-meets-soufflé ....more

Fragrant Fall Playdough Recipes

She waited eagerly underfoot sporting her favorite reversible kiddo apron. The one with the heart pocket lovingly stitched onto the front. Hopping excitedly from one foot to the other she chimed little girl songs about afternoons spent forming playdough masterpieces ....more

Birthday Cake Pancakes Cake Recipe

If you need a birthday cake in a pinch that’s vibrant, scrumptious, and encourages guests to build their own “slice” with colorful toppings of their choice, then you’ll hit the jackpot with a birthday cake pancakes cake made from my favorite homemade pancake recipe!My youngest turned one this month, and we celebrated with a playful birthday cake pancakes cake: fluffy diner-style pancakes exploding with bright, colorful jimmies and stacked high. The topmost pancake was “frosted” in cream cheese and speckled with even more sprinkles to suit the cheerful occasion. She and all the wee attendees were delighted! ...more

Baby Wardrobe Staples for Elimination Communication

A few months ago I shared about our experience using the elimination communication method with our baby. She’s nearly a year old now, and still going strong. In fact, we’re right in the middle of potty training this week and you can learn how to potty train early here.If you’re just starting elimination communication with your child, know that you don’t really need to go out and buy anything you don’t already have on hand ....more

Chocolate Energy Balls

For many of us, school is back in full-swing! Chocolate energy balls are the perfect snack to pop into our kids...more

Brilliant Quick Fix Teacher Gift Anyone Can Do

Creating a tidy and germ-free classroom is at the top of every teacher’s back to school t0-do list. Help your child’s teacher keep her schoolroom clean and students healthy by giving her a simple cleaning caddy stocked with her favorite cleaning supplies!This easy teacher gift idea is a super fast way to show appreciation to the teachers in your life. Just pick up a few key items at the local supermarket, arrange them in a sturdy, colorful caddy, and let your child present them to his or her teacher on the first day of school....more