Jessica is a stay-at-home mama to an energetic and non-stop talking four year old little girl named Ava and the sweetest yet ornery little one year boy named Eli. She runs on espresso shots and cold coffee and feels like she's on a vacation when she gets a solo trip to Target. She's been married to her husband PJ for almost 8 years. They have lived everywhere from Minneapolis to Houston but ultimately ended up in the heart of Des Moines where she is enjoying her busy, chaotic and beautiful life.
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I Found My Tribe

In February 2018, I wrote my first blog post for the Des Moines Mom about not having a "tribe." I didn't have a group of friends to confide in, to talk "motherhood" with, to...

My Kids Are Becoming Best Friends

I can vividly remember sitting on the couch one night going through old pictures on my phone of my daughter and bawling my eyes out. I was 7 months pregnant with her little brother...
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Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Day Cookies

After the mess that was 2020, I'm looking for a reason to celebrate any and every holiday in 2021. And what better way to celebrate the holiday of love than with Valentine's Day cookies? Baking...
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Holiday Gifts for Busy Moms

The holiday season is here! If you're anything like me, I've already put my tree up before Thanksgiving because let's face it; we could all use a little more joy in 2020. As moms,...

What’s on my “Thankful for” List

This year has been tough for all of us in one way or another. On some of my hardest days, I try to focus on the things I am thankful for and the things...
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Is This a Midlife Crisis?

Is it possible to be thirty years old and be going through a midlife crisis? Is it normal to still not know "what I want to be when I grow up?" Will I always feel like...
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8 New Places to Check Out in Des Moines

2020 has undeniably been hard for the majority of us. That's a whole other post for another day. The good news is Des Moines continues to shine by giving us new places to go...
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4 Ways to Stay in Touch

I'm not even sure I know what month it is anymore. While I'm extremely thankful this pandemic hasn't caused any huge issues in my family's life, I'd be lying if I said it hasn't...
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10) is going to look a heck of a lot different for everyone this year. We may not be out at brunches or parks this year. We very well may still...
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5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day which is always on April 22nd may look slightly different this year given everything going on in the world, but that doesn't mean we can't still find fun ways to celebrate. Earth Day...