‘Afternoons With Joy’ Category Archive

The Parenting Advice You’ve Never Heard That Will Set You Free

Parenting is hard and there is so much advice out there. Most of it comes across the same. Do more. Do less. Get it right. Most parenting advice leaves you feeling like a failure. This is why I as SO drawn to the advice from author Scarlet Hiltibidal that says failure is actually good when you use it to teach your kids about the gospel.   Don’t miss the full conversation about conquering fear in… … Continue reading

Could This Be the Perfect 4th of July Treat?

With the crazy heat wave we’ve all been experiencing, an icy treat may be one of the best ways to enjoy this 4th of July weekend. Sonic has a new Red, White, and Blue Slush Float! We tried it on Taste Test Tuesday and share if it’s delicious fireworks or a dud.   … Continue reading

3 Reasons Justin Bieber’s New Song Made Me Cry

Crying at a Justin Bieber song? Really? I’m as surprised as you are. This new collaboration he did with Tori Kelly and Chandler Moore called “Where Do I Fit In” paints the exact picture of Jesus that I need right now and maybe you do too. For these 3 reasons I needed to hear this song and it brought me to tears. 1. I forget how tender God can be. So much of the world… … Continue reading

Your Summer Must Have Items!

Joy here and life is hard so you’ve got to find the things that bring you joy! These are a few of the things I’ve found for this summer that I LOVE and I simply had to share them with you! Comment below and share your must have items from this summer too. Sunscreen You know you should wear sunscreen, but it’s often too thick or smells like coconut so it’s easy to skip in… … Continue reading

How to Add True Fun Back Into Your Life with Annie F. Downs

After being stuck inside and missing out on so much for a year, we are feeling ready for some FUN! New York Time’s best selling author, Annie F. Downs, joins me for a conversation on her latest book “That Sounds Fun!”  Annie covers how to know if what you are doing is truly fun or just escapism. We also discuss how to hold joy and grief at the same time. You are in for a… … Continue reading

The Newest Trendy Snack is Taco Pickles?

Spicy pickles can be delicious, but taco pickles? The new trend is to put a whole packet of taco seasoning into a jar of dill pickles. Let them sit overnight and by the next day you should have delicious spicy pickles. We created our own batch and try them to let you know if this trend is a hit or a miss!     … Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Taking a Sabbath Will Transform Your Weekend

I threw myself down on the couch exhausted again. How do the weekends always fly by filled with scheduled events and house work? It feels like I blink and suddenly it’s Sunday night and I’m dreading another busy week. I was in a vicious cycle as a working mom with no breaks and no end in sight. It began to feel completely overwhelming! Then I stumbled upon a social media post from Annie F. Downs.… … Continue reading

How a 4 Year Old Made Me Think Differently About My Insecurity

“What’s up with your skin?” I’ve heard this question my whole life. As someone whose skin looks different than everyone else’s because of an auto immune disorder, you’d think I could handle the questions. However, it’s still hard when someone points out something about me that I wish wasn’t noticeable. The questions remind me that I’m different and that my skin does not look like most people’s. To answer the questions I typically respond with… … Continue reading

Can MercyMe Beat Joy in this Minute To Win It Game?

MercyMe are incredible musicians, but can they impress us with their Minute To Win It game skills? MercyMe recently released their latest album called “inhale (exhale)”, so Joy designed a competitive game where you need to blow a ping pong ball from one soda can to the other! The band members go head to head to see who will be the champions. Which team will win: Diet Coke or Sprite???   … Continue reading