Posts By Jess

JessI am a 27 year old stay at home mom to Jonah, born in August of '08. Before having my son, I worked as a preschool teacher for eight years. I graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's in psychology and philosophy. My studies there focused on human cognition, and early childhood cognition focusing on language acquisition and memory. I am hoping to return to school soon to work on my master’s degree in either speech pathology or experimental psychology. Hobbies that I enjoy are ballroom dancing, amateur astronomy, art, and scrapbooking.

Test Kitchen Tuesday: From Ground to Table

This year, I decided to hold no expectations from our little garden. Last year’s garden did not go well at all. So while I tried to learn from that experience and carry over the knowledge obtained to this year’s garden, I maintained that I was going to put the plants in the dirt, water them,…
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Long Weekend Fun

This holiday weekend is hot, hot, hot! And for the first time in my life, I am living with no AC of any kind. I have lived with central air, I have lived with window units in just a couple of rooms, and I have lived with a unit in just one room, but I…
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Fired From Oscar Meyer- No Weaners Here!

I can sit here and tell you that the global average age for weaning is 4 years old. I can tell you that naturally, mammals typically nurse until they get their first permanent molars- around age six for humans. I can say that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding children until the age of two…
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Hat Counting Felt Board

Felt boards are often items that parents see in preschool classrooms and say, “That would be neat to have at home!” It seems as though these fun learn-and-play items are only available to teachers or day cares. I want to show you how anyone can make a felt board for their playroom, and it only…
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Moments of Beauty

When I was young, the church that my family attended would have a time for congregation members to share “joys and concerns” for which they would like to have a prayer. Every week, one particular elderly woman who was known to be quite eccentric, would stand and share her “moments of beauty” with the church….
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Happy Birthday to an Icon

One of my heroes while growing up was, and always will be, Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was, of course, better known by his children’s book pen names Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg. On Friday, March 2nd, it would have been the late children’s author’s 108th birthday. This date has also been reserved as “National Read…
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"Chocolate-Covered Strawberry" Oatmeal Pancakes

Valentine’s Day occurred in our house a few days late because of our vacation to Arizona. It crossed my mind to pack everything up and take it with us to create a fun day for the kids, but we decided to pack very lightly, and all of our pink, red, and heart shaped items were…
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Swim!

In an attempt to keep the kids active during the winter, we signed them up for parent-child swim lessons. We are very fortunate that the area we moved to has a wonderful recreational department, and we plan to fully take advantage of it! Swimming started last week, twice a week for forty minutes per session….
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Turkey Noodle Soup

Home made soup is the perfect dinner for a day like today! Last week, I roasted one of the turkeys that I got on sale after Thanksgiving. The turkey has provided us with meals for a week, and it only cost $13. Today, I had just enough turkey left for this soup, and I had…
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Snowed In Fun: Indoor Snowball Fight

Jonah has been asking since October to have a snowball fight. He wants to go sledding, build a snowman, go ice skating, and above all: have a snowball fight. The problem is, we haven’t had much snow this year. In November, we were able to go outside and enjoy a light dusting; other than that,…
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