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
  • Hotel living at its finest 🙌
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I’m thankful for the space provided at our hotel to cook (shout out to @residenceinn and the in-room kitchens they provide 👊).
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We’ve had so many take-out and fast food meals recently that I’ve been craving homemade food.
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I kept some of our last freezer meals before we moved out, and they’re coming in handy now...even if we have to eat them on the floor! (There is a table, but the floor is just easier and less messy for the kids. Keeping it casual and low key over here!)
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🤔 Do you cook while traveling, eat out, or do a little of both?
  • Boxes, boxes, and more boxes 📦. We needed SO many boxes for this move! Ironically, we got our favorite boxes for free from my friends at @chickfiladelsur—they saved their 🍟 boxes for us!
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This was the first time we’ve done a DITY move (do it yourself as opposed to having the military move us), and whew—it was exhausting!
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Bright side: All of our stuff is already in our new home, and I’m pretty happy I have a month to recover (staying in San Diego until my oldest gets out of school) before I have to open all the boxes and unpack 😬.
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🚚 What’s your least favorite part of the moving process: packing or unpacking?
  • 🏄‍♀️ I’m having some major Hawaii withdrawals today 🏝.⁣
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✈ If you could jet off to any place in the world right this very second, where would you go?⁣
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In case you’re wondering, 🌊 #haleiwa is 2,620 miles away from me right now, and it feels like I was there a lifetime ago.
  • 🧹Time to clean up the aftermath.
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This home was SO good to us for the past three years 🏡. We grew as a family (literally), and enjoyed the neighborhood to its fullest.
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But now it’s time to clean it up and let a new family make memories, while we set off on new adventures.
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First up: hotel living for a little while! (AKA: free breakfast and someone who will pick up after us 🙌)
  • When mama needs to wash your sheets because the movers are coming, you have a slumber party with your sister!
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👭I love that these girls have shared a room since pretty much the beginning.
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They may fight sometimes, but they also play together and I know are each other’s best friend...at least for now ❤️
  • Hashtag military life 🇺🇸⁣
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Moving boxes scattered around our house while they FaceTime with their dad. Classic #militarykid life right here.⁣
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I am SHOCKED at how the kids are handling things. Their dad deployed last week, we move out of our home 🏡 tomorrow, and then we move to New Mexico in a month 😲⁣
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I think there’s enough excitement around this move—and life in general right now—keeping is all from losing our minds or being overly sad.⁣
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Whatever it is, I’ll take it. And I’m thankful for their current flexibility.
  • {SWIPE to see inside my “Muther’s Day Only” box 📦}
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I didn’t sleep in today, I didn’t get breakfast in bed, and we had leftovers for dinner. But despite the man of the house being away, my kids totally stepped up to the plate,m.
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They’ve been working on special “mama’s day” gifts all week, and were SO excited that I could finally open their top-secret box today.
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I’m now the proud owner of a paper purse 👛, a lovely note, a wooden art project, and few trinkets! It was a perfect day. #mothersday2019
  • ❤️Here’s to the four who made me a mama.
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And yes, my husband is included, because without him I sure as heck wouldn’t have my three kids 🤣
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📸: @chrissywphoto
  • ...Off you go, into the wild blue yonder ✈️.
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Today we cry, (and maybe tomorrow, too), but then we pull up our big girl panties—and big boy undies—and we work on thriving and being awesome for the next year (with a few more tears here and there mixed in for good measure).
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Don’t you worry, we’ll miss you every day, but we’ve got this 💪
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It’s never goodbye, but always, “See ya later.”