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
  • Saturday morning vibes. It may not be the perfect Instagram picture, but it’s perfect in my eyes.
  • The fact that we can wake up and decide to spend the day at Sea World “just because” is not lost on me. Our time in this gorgeous city (San Diego) is fleeting; this time next year we’ll be in the middle of our fifth #pcs (no idea where we’re headed yet). .
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I’m trying not to think of leaving even though it’s already the only thing on my mind some days. These girls are going to experience their first goodbyes that they can comprehend, and my heart will break for them.
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So in the meantime, we’ll soak up the sun, fun, all the child-like laughter the kids can muster, and cherish the friendships we’ve made.
  • 🎮Do/did you play video games with your family? 🎮 .
#ad Some of my fondest memories growing up are playing @nintendo games with my brother. We’d sit there on the floor together, and we’d get so into them! I honestly haven’t picked up a controller 🎮 in decades, but when I was asked to check out the #NintendoSwitchTogether family event in the eve of #ComicCon, I couldn’t say no!
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Seeing how Nintendo has evolved all these years is amazing. Their new Nintendo Labo is is like a DIY game that you build, and the games out there now are unlike any other!
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Also, for the record, playing classics like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Kart again was a blast from the past, and we are totally considering getting a switch now. .
What were your favorite #nintendo games growing up?
  • Today we went on a Nature Scavenger Hunt, but before you think this is an awesome activity, and I’m super mom, it was really because we had to get out of the house before I went crazy.
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I’ve discovered that I’m not a good summer mom. It’s too hot (inside and out), the hours during the day with all the kids is far too much for me to handle, and I feel like all I do is yell at them. Today was no exception. The middle child pressed all my buttons before it was even 9 am, and I just about lost my mind. Throw in ants in the house and oatmeal and spilled milk on the floor, and I knew we needed a change of scenery.
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I quickly printed out these scavenger hunt checklists, (and then waited another 30 minutes for the kids to get ready…because #kidstakeforever), and we were finally on our way. .
The time outside did the trick, thank goodness, because we were all in a better mood by the time we got to the park. Plus, we crossed something off our summer bucket list (link in profile with more ideas), so win/win.
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  • Flaws, flaws, flaws. That’s all I saw at first glance with these pictures. Why are we so hard on ourselves? I carried and gave birth to THREE beautiful kids, and I should (and am) darn proud of that. Plus do you know what my kids saw when I put on my swimsuit? Not their mama worried about her thighs rubbing together; not their mama worried about sucking in her tummy, and not their mama fretting over covering up in the glorious sunshine. Nope. They saw their mama out there playing with them at the beach. .
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But honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was take my shorts or top off...I mean, HELLO, flaws! But I saw my kids laughing and running around, and I saw my husband out there playing with them, and I HAD to ditch my insecurities and #justwearthesuit.
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I’m raising three humans—two girls and a boy—and despite how their mom looks or what society says, I want them to see that they can be proud of who they are. I want them to always feel empowered and strong in their own skin...and that starts by being their example.
  • 📚 Honestly, going to the library stresses me out. I’m worried the kids will be too loud and crazy, and that we’ll loose whatever books we take home, or worse...one of the kids will tear a page out. Anyone else feel this way? 📚 .
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Then again, I love the library, because new free books to read are awesome, story time rocks, and reading is 👌. Plus, we have our magical new book bag that I try to keep our borrowed books all so we don’t loose them (wishful thinking).
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✨ Want this #DisneyLife bag from @mamasbestiesvinyl for yourself? Enter to win one on my blog! May the odds be ever in your favor 😉
  • Another 🐮#cowappreciationday at @chickfila is in the bag! .
We took our homemade cow spots 🐄 and enjoyed free food 🍗, free play 😎, and free crafts ✂️. Does it get any better than that 🙌?
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#chickfila is totally one of my happy places as a mom. .
👉Did you hit up CFA with your (cow) bells and whistles on today?
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  • 💕Double tap if you wish you were lounging poolside right now with a drink in your hand and not a care in the world 🙋🏻‍♀️.💕 .
I carried this #DisneyLife bag all around on our #DisneyCruise, and now I’m teaming up with @mamasbestiesvinyl, and we’re giving one away! .
Check the blog (link in profile) for all the details. 🙌 Not only is it super cute, but it’s functional, and the perfect size. You totally need this in your life!
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  • It was so 🔥 H O T 🔥 here today. Good thing we could whip up some popsicles in only 8 minutes (not a typo)!
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How do you stay cool when the heat is on? Leave your tips below and check out my post (link in the blog) with even more ideas!
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