Jenni Murray was born into a military family and moved around a good bit before settling on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which she now considers “home.” She is a social worker turned stay-at-home mom and lives in Pascagoula with her husband and their 4 rambunctious and wonderful boys, ages 11, 8, 6, and 2. When she’s not doing laundry or refereeing little boys, she hides away to write for therapy. She loves God, her family, Diet Coke, and Disney World, in that order.

7 Ways to Create Fall Memories With Your Family

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Truly. It’s a quote from “Anne of Green Gables,” and you’ll see it adorning every farmhouse sign at Hobby Lobby, but I think...

What Life is Like for an 11-year-old Boy

My firstborn baby boy is officially a tween…and it turns out so am I. The hardest part for me personally is finding the fine line between letting him be little while letting him grow up...
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How to Survive (and maybe enjoy) a Road Trip

I do my best not to write how-to’s in the parenting world. I’ve been a mom long enough to know better than to give parenting advice just to watch my kids work to prove...

10 New Traditions to Start This Christmas

I sent my husband a text messages trying to sell him on my grand idea: a room at the Roosevelt in New Orleans, an outdoor dinner, and a carriage ride around the city looking...
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Learning to Be Still in a Lean In World

Lean in, Jenni.  Just lean in. People expect you to be strong, to have answers, and to keep all the balls in the air. Don’t cry. Repeat that you’re ok until you’re ok again. Make more lists....

It’s Ok…You Can Tone Down the Magic

There I was, sitting next to another mom in yet another school party planning session.  We were talking about the upcoming party (honestly, I can’t even remember which party it was…Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter,...
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Learning How to Ask for Help

Every one needs help. Every one. Except me. I’m a perfectionist stay-at-home mom with a master’s degree in social work so I am exempt from needing help. I’m actually trained to be the helper, fixer, advice...
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Learning to Live in the New Normal

Originally published August 2020 I laid on the floor of the playroom in total defeat. It can’t get worse than this, I thought. I just need to get through another week and then the kids...
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Finding Simple Beauty in a “Keeping Up With The Joneses” World

Whether we like it or not, we live in a Keeping Up With the Joneses kind of world. HGTV helps us see all the flaws in our homes. Instagram helps us see all the...

Learning to Embrace Play

We have all read that children learn best through play.  Articles are constantly telling us that young kids retain information better with play-based curriculums and that older kids are healthier with less structured activities...