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No Time To Can

I have no time to can these days. With a busy life, new baby, and just a general sense of crazy that surrounds my life I am a little short on time. However when I saw these amazing strawberries on sale I had to grab them up. Of course I had high hopes of turning them into a fabulous batch of jelly for my family to enjoy, then like a brick to the head reality set in and I realized I had no time to do so.

Since I had already purchased the berries (where was that reality reminder in the produce isle) I was simply going to have to find a way to save them for later.

july-029I decided to freeze them!

I am only making Jam so they don’t have to hold their shape or anything so I did a basic water freeze to save for a later date. I usually pack my frozen fruit in juice for eating a baking but I am turning these into jam so I didn’t want any extra sugar to start the process of the berry’s letting their natural juices out in defrost. I wanted to save that for later.

So all you have to do is simply wash, chop, add a bit of h2o and freeze flat in a freezer zip lock.

Ok so there  are a few pics that are not related above! They include our beautiful son sharing the best thing to do with the left overs! And my favorite apron because it rocks!

If you have any questions please let me know!



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Top 3 Things I Wish I Knew About Being A Mom

Mom Time, Things I wish I'd known - Jenna - July 30, 2012

1. You Never Get Enough Sleep

Of course we hear all about how little sleep you get and in our glowing pregnancy days some of us even romanticize spending wonderful times up with our babies watching I love Lucy marathons at 2am. I actually remember that warm fantasy all back lit with warm light and snuggly soft. Fast forward three kids two jobs, a side gig , laundry, house work, a husband that didn’t get less needy and well you get reality!

Image credit parenting.com

That warm fuzzy fantasy all but fades into a buzz of chaos filled days and nights where the mere sound of your baby waking is fallowed by a groan from you. You stumble out of bed, down the hall  half eyed and half effort try to get them back to sleep. Knowing each minute you are awake is another ounce of caffeine you will have to ingest tomorrow.

Of course there are those naps that you get to “sneak in” aka you accidentally fall asleep at 10am while getting your toddler to sit still long enough to watch a full episode of Elmo. Hey it counts!

2. Things Will Never Be Clean Again

No NEVER get use to it or go CRAZY! In my early parenting days I kept my house immaculate and just couldn’t seem to understand how other mothers couldn’t do it. Imagine my shock and dismay when  I realized I only had one child, no out of the home work, and a small house of course I could get it all done. I wasn’t super mom I just didn’t really have all that much to do.

It was a hard lesson to learn that sometimes the snuggles and mess are just more important than the dishes. Of Course this all sounds good on paper but I have to admit every time I invited anyone over and they saw my fingerprinted walls and messy toys I cringed. I felt like I wasn’t a good mom or wife. They must be thinking eww every time they come over.

I won’t pretend that I am OK with all the destruction that boys and dogs can do, but my daily prayer is “please Lord let me be ok with the mess, don’t let it over take me.” You see recently I have started to notice that I get so wrapped up in trying to make things the way I WANT them that I end up a crouchy old hag. I yell out at one of my boys every time I see a big mess they have made and very quickly moved on from. I feel like in our home I have the tendency to take the fun out of just about everything trying to be perfect for other people. But who is more important to be perfect for than your family?


This is Wyatt after he DESTROYED the back yard with mud!

So the #2 biggest thing that I am STILL learning is that it’s ok to be messy and things will never be clean again EVER. That is ok and you just have to live with it, or at least find a happy medium with it. If they are able to run and play and be messy with out a care in the world you are doing a good job mom!

3 They Wont Be Little Forever

These words can bring you feelings of great saddness and great joy. Or in my case a little of both. For me this means that they won’t be gross forever, they wont wine forever, they wont pee on the floor forever. But it also means that they wont need me forever, they wont want to snuggle forever, I wont be their favorite girl forever.


They have all outgrown the outfits they were wearing in this picture taken five months ago. They have all reached new milestones since this photo was taken and they are all at least 1″ taller. Man that happens fast!

So take it all in. Hold on to the great stuff because it is fleeting and it wont last. let go of the hard stuff knowing it wont last.

Mothering is hard, it’s messy, it’s not pretty at times. It is also the greatest reward and most fulfilling job you can ever have. So carry on moms carry on!

~Juggling Mama

One more point ….

It almost never goes how you planned it!

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Dove Celebrate Canadian Mom’s Contest

Mom Time - Jenna - July 19, 2012

Of course I am a fan of moms and now that I am a mom of a girl I realize how important a strong Mom role model is to a young girl. Naturally when I heard of this contest to celebrate mentoring moms I shouted for joy, and nominated all the wonderful moms I know.

Only 9% of Canadian girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word “beautiful” to describe themselves. However, when girls feel they have a role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back.Dove is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential. That’s why we want you to nominate amazing women who deserve to be celebrated.

Four inspiring Role Models from across Canada* will win $2,500 for herself and $2,500 will be donated to the charity of her choice.

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Teacher Name Tag Holder Gift

It’s that time of year again! Schools almost out!

No more school, no more books, no more teachers dirty looks! Well at least that is what I use to scream going down the hall pig tails flapping. Now it’s more like……….

No more school, No more missing books, No more lunch money, No more pleeeease honey’s!

Ahh yes how things change!

The end of the year for this mama means home made treats, parties, & teacher gifts. All as one last super mom effort before I am off the hook for summer!

Here is what I came up with for this years teach gifts. A Teacher Name Tag Holder for all those badges & keys our teachers have to tote around on those less than chic lanyards.

I actually got the idea after seeing something similar &  using a few ideas  to put together my own theme! I hope you enjoy….

Here’s what you need!


Scrap Fabric for flowers I found at Wise Craft ! Also there is a template there you need to print ! I printed it about a year ago and have used it a ton. I used this tut to make mine so all the flower credit goes to Blair at wise craft! I just added pics of mine so you could see the colors I used and such.

1/2 yard to 2/3 yard lanyard fabric

Button for flower

Lanyard tags if making badge

Lanyard hooks or key chain

Scrap paper if making name badge ( I made badges for my pre-k teachers but you could just make the lanyard if your teachers have school badges )

Glitter glue for name badges or teacher poem

One cute assistant! I got mine at Conover baby .com but she is a one of a kind so you will have to manufacture your own!

spring-2012-326Of course you will need the usual sewing subjects like scissors, thread, pins, machine, needle ect. I thought of that after the fact but if you are at this tut you probably figured out you need those things!  If not I am sorry ! Did I mention I have three kids and have to make 5 of these and it’s two days before I have to have them done?

spring-2012-338First decide what colors you want & stack em up ! Cut out two of the large & four of the small. I used different colors & added to my small to make it more fluffy! But you can follow the directions at www.wisecraft.com also and get it done just the same.

spring-2012-341Now we just fold & sew like so….

spring-2012-342Fold each pedal wrong sides together & lay on top of the two big pedals alternating, and stacking like this. Keep going until you have two left. Then fold the two you have left in quarters and place in the middle. Sorry no pic of the last two but you will see what I mean.

spring-2012-344When your flower looks like a flower sew it together with a button in the center. Taking care to grab a bit of each piece as you stitch. I also  left a long tail to sew to the lanyard when I was done.

spring-2012-348Now we will make our Lanyard. I realized when I was putting this together that I didn’t get very good pics. This was about the time my cute assistant got hungry & I lost her to a milk induced comma…so I found this tut on fabric lanyard if you need some extra help. She does it the same as I do but with better instructions!

spring-2012-366Now take your flower from before & use the long tail to sew it onto the lanyard! I put mine on, and measured about half way down on one side as a good spot to place the flower.

spring-2012-367 If you made a name badge you can stick it on and call in done! I have also put coffee cards on the end, or key chain gift cards work nice if you want to really spoil your teacher.

I hope yours turn out cute, you survive the last few weeks of school, and you have a wonderful summer break!

xoxo Jenna

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Changing my style one Utube Video at a time

Mom Time - Jenna - May 6, 2012

By now you know I am a busy mom! Even though I have accepted my 15 extra lbs & my not so high fashion wardrobe. I still want to look like I haven’ t totally given up.  Every girl knows that a good hair day can rock your world, even if you are wearing jeans & a sweatshirt, if your hair looks good you feel like a million bucks!

Unlucky for me I have thick naturally curly mid length hair with = pain in the but to do anything quickly. I also never really learned how to properly work with my hair. My mom was clueless & I am the older sister, so let me now apologize to my little sis who only has me to look up t0. Well worry no more little sis! We have been saved by utube & a wonderful stylist that has changed my hair forever!

Kate or K8 as she is better known. Is an amazing girl that is bringing her talents to our living rooms via Utube & her blog http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/ where she breaks down step by step how to tame your locks, rock your nails, & just look pretty. She also has a sweet sister personality about her, that is like having the sister you should of had to show you the way to cute hair even on a Tuesday. This girl truly is changing my style one utube video at a time.

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In my dreams

Mom Time - Jenna - March 26, 2012

This is simply a dream of mine…….


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Spring Nail Design

Mom Time - Jenna - March 20, 2012

Spring has sprung so I was looking for a cute new look for a spring nail design. I found these super cute polka dot nails on www.pinterest.com and just had to share them with my mommies. Basically you start with a base color and polka dot another on top with a tooth pick! Let dry and apply a clear top coat.



I hope you all have a wonderful spring day & enjoy your mom time today….Even if it is only 10 minutes! May you all have enough time to do your nails and gt them dry before someone needs something!

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New iced coffee afternoon pick me up

I mixed this up yesterday when I was feeling that mid afternoon sleepy feeling. It was kind of just what I had on hand but I am now in love with it!  It is easy, and much cheaper than a Starbucks run!


Cup of ice

1/4 way full of 1/2 and 1/2

Rest of the way with cold coffee left over from pot

A few teaspoons of iced coffee mix or flavoring

MMMMMM and a good pick me up!

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The power of a Praying Parent/ wife

Kids & Family, Mom Time - Jenna - February 24, 2012

 So I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I love love love love it! Then since my birthday was two weeks later I got an amazon gift card! So of course I have been going book crazy! I downloaded several, among them were two Stormie Omartian books I have been wanting to read for some time now. The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Parent.

I purchased them back in January & they have been on my Kindle bookshelf for about a month. I finally opened them up last week. Don’t get me wrong I was excited to read them but the issue of Glamour I downloaded looked like a lot more fun each time I powered up my e reader. Any way I  started them because I ran out of other good material for the most part.

Man was I wasting my time with that issue of Glamour! These books have transformed my life and offered a sweet quick way to connect with my heavenly father regarding the most important people in my life. The simple prayers touch areas of my heart in regards to my kids and husband that I have wanted to say but find it hard to express.  I am not very far in & normally wouldn’t recommend a book until I had devoured every last page. However this is a little different.

I don’t want any wife or parent to miss out like I did. Even if you have a wonderful marriage and have the parenting thing on lock down, I would still recommend these books as a way to connect and release the power of God on behalf of the most important people & relationships in your life.

So check them out, they are pretty cheap. I think I paid $5 for the kindle versions, and worth every penny. They are short. I have a new baby and a ton on my plate , So I get not having time to even shower let alone read. I purpose to only read one entry from each, each day. I just read one it takes about 3 minutes. Then I let that prayer roll around in my heart all day and by the next day I am hungry for another.  Trust me you can & should do this!


Juggling mama

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Bringing Sexy Back!

Mom Time - Jenna - August 28, 2011


5 Ways to Make Time for Mom’s Sex Life

By , About.com Guide

Moms’ sex life may seem like an oxymoron – who has time for romance and intimacy amid dirty diapers, school homework and children’s activities? But a fulfilling sex life is one of the important ways moms can rejuvenate enough to make it through the daily grind. It’s also the glue that will keep your marriage strong and happy. Here are 5 ideas for making time and energy for mom’s sex life.

1. Wake Up Early

mothers sex life

Most parents of young children collapse into bed at the end of the night without a thought of any activity between the sheets aside from sleep. But setting your alarm clock for a half hour before your usual wakeup time can jump start mom’s sex life  and dad’s.

Feel free to slip into a sexy teddy. Make sure you lock the bedroom door. You might also want to quickly brush your teeth before jumping into each other’s arms!

2. Date Your Husband

It can be hard to get in the mood for hot sex after a long day of work, child care and household chores. I’m a huge fan of parents having a regular date night. It gives you a chance to talk without interruption, for one.

Most importantly, date night brings you back to those days not so long ago  when you’d primp to look your best for your man. A little anticipation before an evening out can add to the fire when you’re finally home together again.

3. Afternoon Delight

It’s more than a 1970’s song by the Starland Vocal Band. (Bet you didn’t have that name on the tip of your tongue!) As cheesy as it sounds, afternoon lovemaking can be a delightful pick-me-up for a tired pair of parents. You often have more energy at 2 p.m. than at the end of the day.

Whether your kids are at a yearbook meeting, gymnastics class or asleep for their daily nap, Saturday afternoon can be your chance to set those sky rockets into flight.

4. An Overnight Trip

Sneaking around behind the kids’ back can only take you so far. A wonderful boost to a mom’s sex life can be a weekend or even overnight trip — in a hotel you don’t have to worry about making too much noise. Hopefully you have grandparents nearby who can babysit or neighbors willing to make a child care swap.

You don’t even have to travel a long distance or spend a ton of money. Check out the hotel deals within an hour or two drive of your home. You may find a sale that includes a breakfast buffet the next morning. Now that’s luxury.

5. Take a Day Off Work

I know your days off are precious, if you’re even lucky enough to get paid time off work. You’re probably hoarding them to use if your kid gets sick or to visit family over the holidays.

Just this once, think about taking a day off along with your husband  and spending the morning in bed together. It may cost you when it comes vacation time, but you’ll save a fortune in marriage therapy!

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