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
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  • 🌞 I’m trying H A R D to be present and enjoy these last few days of summer break. .
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I keep looking at my kids and imagining that they’re 5 or 10 years older. My youngest will probably tower above his sisters, and I bet they won’t want to just go on the slide a million times, and cover themselves in sand. .
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Being with these kids 24/7 can take its toll (#soloparenting up in here for a bit), but I’ve found myself telling them “yes” more than “no” lately, and it’s bringing more joy and less fighting/yelling during our days. Go figure. .
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Let them be little is what I keep telling myself. Because these babies certainly don’t keep. .
#letthembelittle #julesgrace #maddieroo #loganjohns
  • I saw, touched, hugged, kissed, and said goodbye to my dad for the very last time two years ago today. He died three days later while I was in the middle of Arizona, trying to get back to him.
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I didn’t post much on Instagram during that time...not because it was a private thing (it was, obviously), but more because I didn’t want to ruin your feeds with death and sadness. Talk about bringing down the mood. But I actually regret not sharing more. Death is part of life, and sharing and writing about it helps me #grieve
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I actually have a video of our very last moments together. I mean, wow! How lucky am I to have that short little clip in my possession? #pancreaticcancer took his life way, way, way too fast, but I spent an entire week with him before he passed away, and I treasure that time.
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I had this necklace made earlier this year in his handwriting after scouring through and piecing together bits of phrases that he wrote on old birthday cards to me. I love it, and feel like his memory is alive when I wear it.
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It may not be fun, but I plan on sharing some more pictures in the next few days from two years ago. They’re powerful and deserve to be in MY highlight reel. Also, #fuckcancer (sorry, not sorry for the language.)
  • With school starting next week, the days of sleeping in are coming to an end, and I’m pretty sad about that. .
My girls share a room, and last night I woke up in the middle of the night and didn’t see #maddieroo in her bed through the monitor. I freaked out a little bit, then I tiptoed into their room and found out why...she wanted to snuggle with her sister, #julesgrace. 💕 They slept together all night long until I had to wake them up this morning . .
I’m happy we had them start rooming together at an early age; they fight, of course, but they really are best friends 👭. I know that will probably change as they get older, and more people come into their lives, so I’m cherishing it now. .
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#thatsdarling #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #liveauthentic #momblogger #lifestyleblogger #sandiegoblogger #sdblogger  #travelblogger #familyblogger  #californiablogger #caliblogger #socalblogger #motherhoodunplugged #mytinymoments #motherhoodrising #mombie #honestmotherhood #letthembelittle #joyfulmamas #momlife #dailyparenting #stopdropandmom #backtoschool #sisters
  • Exactly how I feel about @traderjoes’ samples: they’re good to the very last drop. 🤷🏻‍♀️ If you could only get THREE things at TJ’s, what would you get? I’m sharing my three current favorites in my stories today. 
Also, check out this boy’s farmer’s tan and how he rocks his pony tail; #loganjohns needs a haircut sooner than later.
  • 🍉Summertime, and the livin’ is...hot 🔥. It’s just too hot, y’all.

As much as I love the sunshine 🌞, I’m very, very, very eager for fall to arrive. I’m just a happier person when I’m not sweating every two seconds.

Are you team summer ☀️ or team fall 🍂?
  • Once a year I get to see some of my favorite people in person at our @pamperedchef national conference. .
Being surrounded by so many empowering men and women; not to mention all the laughter, knowledge, dancing, and fun, just makes me feel so thankful and blessed that I’m part of such an amazing team and company! More pictures to come....
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#howipamperedchef #jessicalynncooks #pcnc18 #mompreneur #getitgirl #momboss #momlife #bossmom #sahm #wahm #wahmlife
  • ❤️ Double tap if the thought of getting your kids dressed, fed, and out the door on time for school is already stressing you out. #ad ❤️
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🙋🏻‍♀️Enter these Mini Waffle Breakfast Sliders! There the perfect size for little hands; my kids can eat them as I’m yelling at them to put their shoes on for the hundredth time. 👍Bonus: They’re easy to make, and you can feel good about them eating several minis since you know what’s in them. #winning
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Check out my post (link in profile) for this recipe and to see how you can snag a free book 📖 so you and your family can start #ReadingWithEggo!
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  • 😲 This is basically me while watching Avengers: Infinity War later tonight. It’s out on digital today, and I’ve been dying to see it again, because.....AAAAAHHHHH!
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