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.

Instant Chai Mix

When I was working in nursery school, I would often get sweet little tokens of appreciation from the kids and families that I cared for, especially around the holidays. It always touched me to see how much thought parents put into these typically home made gifts. They always had a personal flare on them from…
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Red Cabbage

In my family, we have a rather odd traditional Thanksgiving dish. My parents meshed dishes from each of their family’s heritage to come up with our typical turkey day menu. From my dad’s German roots, we get pickled red cabbage. It is somewhat like sauerkraut, but sightly sweeter and more flavorful. While others might crinkle…
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Elimination Communication Round 2: Evie’s Review

When I was pregnant with Eve, a question I got often (and found odd) was whether or not I’d do anything differently with my second baby than I had done with my first. Obviously, I had known that this baby growing inside of me would be a different child, a different personality- a different parenting…
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Mission Completion!

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been in “re-coup” mode. Aside from giving birth, running 13.1 miles and the journey it took to get to the start line was most likely the hardest thing I’ve physically had to do. Not only was my body tired, but I had a lot of catching up to do….
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A Lesson In Manners

One thing that I absolutely do not want to have is rude kids. I have tried to make manners a priority in things that I teach my children – table manners in particular. Every day, three times a day, my three year old learns how to properly use a napkin, how to ask politely for…
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Under the Sea Literature

I found a lot of books with an under the sea or ocean theme that I was able to tie into other activities. I love it when I am able to do this, because it really gets Jonah excited about a book and a theme. Here are the “Under the Sea” books that we enjoyed!…
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Under the Sea Art

One of the things that I enjoyed about this theme is that it is so easy to get creative with art projects. It was hard to pick just a few ideas, but the projects I chose gave us a chance to practice skills and concepts that I would like to work on with Jonah. Sea…
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What Do We See, Under the Sea?

The last couple of weeks, we have been exploring ocean life. I got the idea to do this “unit” because Jonah really had a lot of fun at a recent trip to the aquarium. He sat at each exhibit, wide eyed and taking in all of the colors and combination of shapes and textures, as…
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Feel Your Boobies!

Yes, you read that title right. But you can go ahead and read it again if you’re a little confused. In fact, read it over and over until the message sinks in. Feel your boobies! Ladies, AND MEN, the best defense we have against breast cancer is early detection. A self breast exam takes only…
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