Author Archive | Jessica

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Using Home Exchange to Travel

Since opening our business two years ago, our travel budget has plummeted. We are fortunate to have wonderful family and friends who have welcomed us into their homes so that we have been able to visit other cities. However, we have been itching to get to some other areas, but the cost of lodging has […]

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Managing Holiday Meals with Picky Eaters

I am a healthy adult who was a picky eater as a child. I wanted things to be plain, separate, and definitely not mushy. At every holiday meal, my grandma used to remind me that my grandfather survived on potatoes for months as a POW.  I still remember her saying, “Oh Jessica, they are delicious… […]

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Why I Started Getting My Booty to the Gym

Truthfully, I have never enjoyed working out. My mom is a retired PE teacher, nevertheless I remember trying to get out of running in high school. Sports and dance have always been enjoyable, but I was never really an athlete or a fan of the gym. I tried a few workout regiments back in my […]

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Adjusting to Kindergarten…For Moms

There is a lot of talk about kids adjusting to kindergarten and it’s all very important. It is a big adjustment. But what about preparing for the changes a mom goes through when her child goes off to kindergarten? From packing lunches to field trips, communicating with teachers to PTA meetings, and before and after-school […]

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6 Packing Essentials for the Beach

Looking back to my childhood trips to the beach, I have visions of my mom carrying tons of gear to and from the beach all summer long. I remember her wise words: “If you bring it, you must carry it.” There were boogie boards, toys, coolers, towels, chairs, umbrellas, and who knows what else. It […]

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Staycation Fun in Oregon City

I sort of despise the term staycation. To me it means staying at home trying to keep two little ones entertained while everyone else is on an island drinking margaritas at a swim-up bar. Obviously, I realize the last part isn’t really true, but sometimes it seems that way. Staycations isn’t always sexy or fun […]

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Teaching Little Ones to “Check In”

My sister mentioned to me she has started to teach her daughter to “check in.” She learned this strategy from the way I parent my kids. It got me thinking about why I taught them to check in when something goes awry with another child or adult. It’s because I want them to be empathetic […]

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Staying Sane When Flying With Children

Does the idea of flying with your little one conjure images of calming a screaming child while all the other passengers sip wine? While prepping for a trip to Europe with our four-month-old a few years ago, my mom gave me this advice, “The plane will eventually land, you will eventually get off the plane, […]

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