hi, i'm jess!

I'm a work-at-home mama, an Air Force wife, a woman consumed with wanderlust, a foodie who loves cooking up something scrumptious, and a morning person driven by that first cup of coffee. I'm so happy you're here! Learn More
  • ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Anyone else dreaming of a vacation today? Where would you jet off to if you could go anywhere right now?
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Iโ€™m now convinced that nothing beats a #pamperedvacay, especially when that trip is to Hawaii.
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๐Ÿ– I spent our entire last day lounging at the beach without a care in the world, and it was simply perfect ๐Ÿ™Œ
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But now Iโ€™m back to reality and trying to not let real life get the best of me ๐Ÿ‘
  • Have you ever been kayaking? ๐Ÿ›ถ
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Kayaking around north shore with @sbshawaii was another highlight from our Hawaii trip.
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We saw sea turtles ๐Ÿข pop their heads out of water and let waves ๐ŸŒŠ push us along the water.
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It was relaxing, fun, gorgeous, and a great way to spend a Hawaiian morning.
  • Fun fact: My husband promised to buy me a Vespa ๐Ÿ›ต when we lived in Italy, but we had our first baby instead ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.
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Still, the dream of owningโ€”or at the very least, ridingโ€”one has been on my mind for YEARS.
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Thanks to the @go_city_pass for Oahu, I checked yet another thing off my bucket list.
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We rented our scooters from @hawaiianstylerentals, and our whole experience was a dream!
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We scooted our way to #ManoaFalls, hiked our way up to the waterfall, enjoyed the rainforest minutes away from the city in all its glory, and then made our way back.
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It was such a fun way to spend a morning here.
  • Living our best life ๐ŸŒด
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We spent the morning at the beach, some time sipping drinks at the pool, and now weโ€™re relaxing before heading out to dinner with friends.
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I canโ€™t tell you how good this trip is for the soul. Just exactly what we needed ๐Ÿ™
  • ๐Ÿคฉ Someone pinch me! My husband and I are currently kid free, ๐Ÿ‘ซ and in Hawaii...for FREE ๐Ÿ™Œ!
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This trip represents a year of hard work ๐Ÿ’ช. A year of setting goals and crushing them. A year of balancing motherhood while working from home at the same time; having friends and family members support and encourage me, and it represents meeting some of the coolest customers and team members who are now close friends.
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โœ… Mahalo, @pamperedchef, Hawaii is officially checked off my bucket list!!
  • Grown up lunchables for the win ๐Ÿ™Œ What are your go-to snacks when youโ€™re on the go?
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The best part about this portable charcuterie โ€œboardโ€ is that I didnโ€™t have to share it with my kids ๐Ÿคฃ (double win, am I right?)
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My husband wanted to pack our cheese and sausage in sandwich bags for a snack during our gondola ride (see last IG post), but I nixed that idea and pulled out my @pamperedchef mini Cool & Serve instead, which was the best idea ever.
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It kept it cool for hours, everything was contained, and it fit in my backpack! Win/win/win ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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It also comes in a larger version, perfect for all your ๐ŸŒฎ#TacoTuesday  fixins ๐Ÿ‘
  • โœ… Best date in San Diego EVER! Have you ever ridden on a gondola? Would you if you had the chance?! [hosted] .
Fun fact: we lived about an hour from Venice, Italy, and somehow never made it on a gondola ride ๐Ÿ˜ฒ. Crazy, right?!
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So when I heard that @thegondolacompany has authentic Venetian gondolas that glide around the canals in Coronado, I knew we HAD to do it before we left.
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Talk about a hidden gem! It was so fun, so relaxing, and so unique. Plus, โ€œGiovanni,โ€ our gondolier, was perfecto ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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AND! If youโ€™re a ๐Ÿ“š teacher, ๐Ÿ”ฅ firefighter, or ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ in the military, you can score a ride for only $59 until May 31!! Jump on this deal!
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  • I feel ya, buddy. The first day back in real life after an awesome vacation is rough!
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Also, a #DisneyCruise may be magical, but itโ€™s unfortunately not a cure for tantrums ๐Ÿคฃ
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Anyone else feel like throwing a fit when they get back home after a vacation ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ? Why canโ€™t they last forever?
  • Mickey waffles and Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ #vacationlife