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
  • I can’t stop watching this video. He woke up and was just playing by himself, so he didn’t hear me come in. But that look on his face when he sees me? Priceless. #loganjohns
  • Painting pumpkins to pass the time while papa played at Pendleton. 🎃👩🏻‍🎨Gotta love alliteration...also, two gold stars for me for not going crazy during this craft time🌟🌟, especially since most of the paint ended up on #maddieroo🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
  • Papa worked late tonight, so I let the girls pick our evening adventure: a movie night with a picnic on the floor. So Little Mermaid and frozen personal pizzas it was! 📺🍕I just about died when I caught the little man glance over at me with the biggest grin on his face. 😁Too bad he only made it for the first two minutes before he became a party pooper and went to bed early. 😴 #loganjohns #julesgrace #maddieroo
  • I have to miss out on all the fun tonight @sandiegomomsblog’s Mummie’s Night Out—because mom-duty calls—but these fun little monsters (I mean cookie cutters) will be there in my place in some lucky swag bags! 👻💀🎃🦉#jessicalynncooks #sandiegomomsblog
  • Mess-free PB&J for the win! 🤔 Honesty time: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are up there as one of my least favorite things about being a parent. I know, I know…they’re so easy to make, and cheap, but ugh. They are SO messy. And yet, my kids want them all the time. We went to the Safari Park yesterday, and every time we go I swear I’ll take lunch so we’re not starving after. Well, I call this homemade uncrustable a parenting win, because: NO MESS!!! I don’t know why I’ve never made it for our outings before. Shoot, I even nursed and ate lunch at the same time 🙌. Holler if you need a Cut-n-Seal in your life so you can survive lunchtime from now on, too.  #jessicalynncooks
  • Snack time overlooking the African “Sahara.” Oh, how we love the San Diego Safari Park! @sdzsafaripark
  • I’ve been trying to spend more quality time with the (now) middle child, so we went to a play date at a pumpkin patch today! 🎃 Also, side note: Dear, San Diego, it is HOT, and I really miss fall 🍂. If you could cool things off a bit so we can all stop sweating, that’d be great. #maddieroo
  • Happy fall (in sunny and hot San Diego), y’all. This was right around sunset on our walk to get some froyo after dinner. #webribedmaddie #shepoopedinthepotty #icecreamforeveryone #maddieroo #julesgrace
  • Sweet potatoes. At first he was like, “Hey, this is pretty good .” Then he was like, “Yeah, man; give me ALL the sweet potatoes.” But then he was all, “Nah, bro. Nooooooo!” Then we were like, “Dude, ya got something on your head.” #loganjohns