Jessie Todd

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.

Why We Vaccinated Our Children Against COVID-19

My youngest daughter turned twelve on the same day the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination became approved for use in kids ages 5-11. This means she and my nine-year-old son can finally get vaccinated. The news...

Plus-Size Appreciation Day

Today is National Plus Size Appreciation Day. I’m a sucker for a made-up holiday, and this one makes a lot of sense in my life right now. I tend to experience fairly significant weight fluctuations....

Your Child Should Try Cross Country

I’m not a competitive person. I didn’t do many sports in high school, and I haven’t encouraged my children to be overly involved in sports. It’s a world I know little about and, frankly,...
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7 Tips for Back to School Savings

Confession? Back-to-school is my favorite time of year. I’m a mom and I’m a teacher. I equally love preparing for the students I will teach as much as I enjoy preparing my own children...

A Tale of Two Photos

It’s not every day I get ready in the morning and think, “I look good.” It may be more accurate to say this never happens.  A few days ago I got ready using some new...
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I’m Done with Diapers…Now What?

I have been alive for 43 years. For the better part of 16 of those years, I have been diapering one or more of my children.   My youngest will be four soon and while he...
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May Day: A Midwest Tradition

I grew up in a tiny town in Southeast Nebraska. It wasn’t even big enough to have a stoplight, but what we lacked in size, we made up for in community. Our town was...

Adventures in Aging: My First Colonoscopy

As if this year hasn’t been crappy enough, I decided to get my first colonoscopy - seven years before the recommended screening age.  Why though?  My mother had some troubling results with her last colonoscopy and...

If You Give a Tween a Phone

If you give a tween a phone, she’ll eagerly agree to your pre-determined parental first.   When you enforce the bedtime restriction, she’ll beg for “a few more minutes” before surrendering her phone for the...

What to Expect When Donating Blood

A lot of things have changed in our world over the last year, but the need for blood donors has remained the same. Whether we are living through unprecedented times or just trying to...