When I was a little girl, Pappy Dute would “threaten” to send me to the mountain if I wanted to continue to pout about something. As if on cue, this little threat would always make me crack a smile and I would immediately forget what I was pouting about. Now that I’m an adult, I wish someone would please send me to the mountain!!!
Five Tips for Surviving the First Trimester
Pregnancy is different for every single woman. Some women love being pregnant, others don't enjoy their pregnancy at all. Some women are sick throughout the entire pregnancy, others have little to no morning sickness at all. Most of us fall somewhere in between. With nausea and sore breasts and exhaustion like you've never felt before, I want to share with you a few tips and tricks I used to survive the first trimester.
Rainbows & Babies
Growing up as an only child, I would dream of a day when my house would be filled with babies. There was nothing I wanted more than to be a mom. It turns out, a house full of babies wouldn't be in the cards for me, BUT maybe one more!
From Michigan to Wisconsin
As 2018 came to a close, The Hubs and I found ourselves taking stock of our life. Most people take this time to make resolutions, but in our family we like to evaluate where we are in our lives, where we want to be, and what steps we need to make to get there.
Back After A Break
What a winter! I've been absent for the last few months because...well...life.
Advice To My Younger Self (Part 2)
Advice To My Younger Self (Part 2) I am still grateful that most of my youthful mistakes were made before the invention of the over-sharing world of social media.
A Little Nagging Feeling Called Mom Guilt
Let's talk a minute about something y'all call "Mom Guilt". There's a potential for guilt with every single parenting choice we make, from the very beginning. Breast feeding, bottle feeding, sleep training, co-sleeping, screen time, bed times, disposable diapers, junk food, the overflowing sink full of dishes, yelling at your kids when it feels like… Continue reading A Little Nagging Feeling Called Mom Guilt
Facing the Fear of New Beginnings
"Everything you've ever wanted, is on the other side of fear." ~G. Addair Today, I am thinking of our children. The new school year has started for most children. Our boys are no different. One is starting a brand new chapter of his life as a Freshman at West Virginia University, and the other is… Continue reading Facing the Fear of New Beginnings
Hey y'all! I'm baaaack! I've been a busy bee this summer, and by busy bee, I mean I've been busy living in the moment! As some of you may know already know, we are a blended family, and our children chose to remain in Pennsylvania when we relocated a few years ago. So that means,… Continue reading Summer Lovin’
Advice To My Younger Self (Part 1)
The other day I was looking at my Facebook memories and it made me cringe! Oh how I wish I could go back to twenty-eight year old Jess and grab her by the shoulders and take the phone out of her hand before sharing the dirty laundry from her failing marriage!! Which got me thinking, after thirty-seven years on the earth, surely I have some advice that I could give my former/younger/dumber/more naive self!