Have your friendships changed after you had kids? Have you had less time for friends and a loss of friendships over the years? I hear so many friends comment on how hard it is to maintain or make new...
My kids have never been the athletic ones. They've never mastered a cool sports move just from watching the professionals play; they aren't the kids that score the winning run or get picked first at recess basketball. And that...
It was last December… “What do you want for Christmas?” I asked my 10-year-old. Her answer? “Six dollars.” I laughed and said, “Not even seven??” Spoiler alert: She got more than that. But this anecdote illuminates the mentality my kiddos have come to adopt: No...

I Quit Teaching

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As with every beginning of the school year, I sit and reflect on my time as a teacher. For the longest time, I wanted to be a high school English teacher, and maybe even a college professor one day....
It’s that time of year again, and if you are one of “those people”, you 100% already know what I’m going to say. Pumpkin spice is back. I’ll wait for all of you to stop cheering, high-fiving, and playfully jumping...
Picture this: You attempt to quietly plod into a silent room with huge glass windows and tall ceilings, shushing the little monkeys (whose monkeys are these anyway?) that never seem to realize the circus is closed for business, all...
Thirty years ago, I met a plucky, inquisitive redhead and decided she was my soulmate. She loved collecting weird things and bucking the status quo, and longed to see a world outside of what she knew. She even had...
Hi, I'm Jessie and I'm a hypocrite. Mainly when it comes to my kid. Ever since my child entered the world of toddlerhood, I made sure to set schedules and routines that would mold her into the well-adjusted adult...
On my way to work this morning, on my very favorite morning radio show, I heard a term completely foreign to me: geriatric millennial. Apparently, it refers to those of us born between 1980 and 1985.  Listen, I've been called...
The end of summer is upon us and fall is almost here. For all the pumpkin spice, cashmere sweater candle lovers and pumpkin decorators, your time is about to shine. Hit pause and keep reading. The weather is about to...
I knew at some point while raising our boys that we just needed a dog. A boy without a dog just didn’t seem right. What I wasn’t prepared for was how much work and how expensive dogs are. I...
Fun fact: We’re all born knowing when to stop eating. Our bodies are wonderfully made with the ability to feel satiated when we’ve eaten enough. It’s so simple: When we eat the right amount of food, we feel full....

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