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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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...
mothers day

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...
earth day

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...
black history month books

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...
winter in des Moines

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...
holiday stress

5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress and Burnout

Do you have holiday stress?   Many people love the idea of shopping for others, decorating their homes, putting up Christmas trees and having company. For others, the holidays can cause stress and anxiety. Even...

Apologizing to our Kids

I did something the other day that I believe changed my three year old daughter and my relationship for the better instantly. I apologized. Yes. I said "I'm sorry" to a three year old. The...

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

I'm a huge pumpkin fan. I'm obsessed with pumpkin pie. Pumpkin coffee drinks are delicious, and I love pumpkin muffins. But I do not like carving pumpkins. It's extremely messy, it's difficult to do with little...
mom life

What I’m Loving as a New Mama of Two

Whew, I have to remember to breathe these days! Going from one to two kids has been unexpectedly harder than I thought! My little guy is now in his 4th month so I feel...