Jessie Todd

Jessie Todd
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Jessie is a talkative storyteller who enjoys making new friends. She is married to a Colorado native and together they have four beautiful children: Leela, Cora, Lincoln, and Theodore. Her oldest son is a pediatric-cancer survivor and caring for him has earned her the title of momcologist. A teacher by trade, Jessie loves to collaborate with others. In her free time Jessie enjoys movies and popcorn with her family, browsing the aisles at Target, and trying to find an excuse to eat out.
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Why I Never Miss Festival of Trees and Lights + a Giveaway

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Blank Children's Hospital's Festival of Trees and Lights will always hold a special place in my family's heart. A few days ago my youngest daughter turned eleven. Thanks to the memories feature on Facebook,...

Tips and Tricks for Busy Moms

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Find a great water bottle. Buy a few and keep one in your car at all times. The long-term benefits of hydration are scientifically sound whereas the rest of my advice comes only from...

The Parallels between Pediatric Cancer and Pandemics

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It’s no secret this year has been tough on all of us. I know I’m not alone in saying I’ve been feeling stressed out and anxious. Really stressed and really anxious. I recently realized...

It’s Time to Go to the Doctor, Momma

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I schedule no fewer than eight thousand doctor’s appointments in any given year. Collectively my four kids see an oncologist, a dermatologist, an endocrinologist, a dentist, an orthodontist, an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, a mental...

Paint Free Ways to Dress Up your Walls

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I’ve been spending a lot of time at home. I bet you have been too. When I have extra time on my hands I like to decorate.  Two years ago our family moved into a...

You Are the Teacher Your Child Needs Right Now, I Promise!

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I miss my kids' teachers. A few days ago I had to take my children to their respective schools to pick up their personal belongings because school is closed for the rest of the year....

Because This is my First Pandemic

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Because this is my first pandemic, I’m not sure I’m doing everything right.  I failed miserably trying to get my kids to make stained glass mosaics using sidewalk chalk and blue painters tape, a social-distancing,...

How to Plan a Virtual Event

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Early last week, I knew I was going to have to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day party I had been planning with a few of my close friends and their children. I knew this...

Dinner Confessions from a Mom who Hates to Cook

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Sometimes we eat popcorn for dinner. With M&M’s if we’re feeling fancy.   Sometimes we eat Totino's Party Pizzas for dinner. Occasionally I bake chicken nuggets on the same pan and I feel pretty productive.   Other times...

5 Reasons to Skip Disney With the Entire Family

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My family and I love all things Disney. We love the movies, we love the characters, we love Disney Plus, and we love the parks.   When our oldest son was sick, we took a much-needed...