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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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...

Finding Myself Again in Motherhood

As I sit typing, I have a cold cup of coffee to my left, play-doh that's drying out to my right, and every other toy you can imagine in front of me. I managed...
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10 Children’s Books to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It began in 1962 as "National Negro Week" in hopes of raising awareness of black people's contributions to the world. The celebration later expanded to a full month in...
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7 Free Kid-Friendly Things to do in Des Moines this Winter

Winter in Des Moines can be brutal, especially with kids. Finding things to do that are worth the hassle of bundling everyone up and driving in the freezing cold can be a challenge. But...