Jaclyn Strawn

Jackie is living and journeying through life with her husband, Andy, and 5 year old special needs son, Easton. Jackie has a passion on navigating life and learning as much as she can about learning differences to provide her son with as many opportunities in life as possible. She has a true heart for connecting with other moms and experiencing life together. Jackie's perfect day would include: waking up to a good cup of coffee with her husband, followed by testing a new recipe out in the kitchen, dinner with friends and capping the night off with a game night with her family.
teal pumpkin

Teal Pumpkin Project + Healthy Halloween Snacks

Help drive allergy awareness this Halloween with the Teal Pumpkin Project The Teal Pumpkin Project is a nationwide cause created by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization to provide a safe and fun...
NOT Home For The Holidays -How Our Family Established A Healthy Boundary While Staying Joy-filled During The Season

NOT Home For The Holidays: Setting Healthy Boundaries

If you are the type that loves to be busy and constantly on the go and the holiday season does not put a strain on your heart and mind, then maybe this post isn’t...
Prematurity Awareness

Prematurity Awareness: How Two Became One Miracle

I will never forget the look on my husband’s face when we were in the doctor’s office for our first appointment after we found out I was pregnant with our first baby(ies). There was silence...
Why every child needs a timer

Why Every Child Needs a Timer

I firmly believe every child needs a timer (or 4 if you are my son). During the early years, timers were a life saver for our family and helped us in parenting in many...
Pancake breakfast

Back to School Breakfast- Healthy Pancakes to Grab and Go

Pancakes, who does not love them??? They have been the life saver for our family while we embarked on feeding a kiddo with multiple allergies who is super picky. Over the years I have experimented...
Self Care For Moms

It’s Time To Choose Self Care, You Are Worth It

Dear Moms, As a mom, your needs often come last. It's easy to believe you don't have time for self care. Instead, it’s always kids first, then your hubby, friends, pets, errands, and if anytime...
Losing Identity to Motherhood

Losing Myself to Motherhood, and Finding My Identity Beyond Mom

This year I sent my baby, my one and only little boy, to Kindergarten. I wondered how I lost my identity to motherhood along the 6 year journey. I wrestled with so many emotions, but specifically...
Ankeny Iowa neighborhood guide

We Love Ankeny: A Guide to Des Moines Area Neighborhoods

Ankeny is a small-town community with the amenities of a larger city, making it one of the top 10 towns for families, according to Family Circle Magazine.

The Other Piece of the Puzzle: Ways to Support Families With a Child On...

April is National Autism Awareness month. Even if you don't have a child who is on the autism spectrum, you probably know someone who does. I hope to encourage mamas who have a friend...
Turkey Chili Quinoa

Protein-Packed Turkey Chili with Quinoa

I am always on the look out for a great recipe that is low fat, gluten free, packed with protein, and that my whole family will eat. This protein-packed turkey chili fits the bill!  The...