My hobby…painting my fingernails #31DayMarch

Here's a little piece of Jessi trivia, until this past year, I'd never had a hobby -- like, ever. There's just nothing that ever kept my attention for a long period of time. It wasn't for a lack of looking, I just never found anything that stuck outside of listening to music and watching a ridiculous number of bad B-movie horror flicks. Then, about eight months ago, I started painting my nails. It started out with quick home manicures, but quickly escalated to a full-on events. When I sit down to do my nails, it's a process that usually takes a couple hours from start to finish -- and … [Read more...]

Confession: I’m the last girl on the planet without one. #31DayMarch

It's true. I love music, but I have no iPod. I've never had one, and still gaze upon them longingly as I pass the Apple display case at the store. It's not that I don't want one, it's just that there have always been other things that I wanted or needed more. Plus, there are so many options available now, it's not totally necessary to have an iPod, or any other MP3 player for that matter. I'm a huge fan of both Spotify and Pandora, and use them frequently, both at home and on my phone. I still have my pick of huge galleries of music from all my favorite genres without shelling out the dough … [Read more...]

Hey, mom! I can read! #31DayMarch

I've read more books in the last four months than I have in my entire adult life. Sad, but true. When I was younger everything seemed so fast pace. We were always doing something and I didn't appreciate the relaxing breather that came with indulging in a great story. Then as the cherubs joined the family, time and peace were always in short supply. If there was a chance to sit still for an hour without having a baby on my lap, chances are sleep was a more appealing alternative to reading a couple chapters of a book that I'd probably never finish. Now, however, the boys are becoming more … [Read more...]

Living the dream unless a different dream job comes along… #31DayMarch

My dream has always been to have a family and be a stay at home mom. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity four years ago and have absolutely loved it since. After about a year, I did start working a bit from home because I enjoyed writing and making a financial contribution to our budget. But, at the end of the day, the hubz has been, and still is, the breadwinner in our family, and that's totally cool with me. I like making money, but I LOVE being a mom. Having the flexibility to walk away from my computer and concentrate on my three stooges is really important to … [Read more...]

Self Portrait and Five Random Facts About Moi #31DayMarch

A couple of my friends and I have decided we're going to encourage each other to rock some fun posts for all of you. We've got a lot planned, so we hope everyone enjoys it. One of our tools to stay creative is the 31 Day Challenge below. We're probably not going to be sticking to it every day, but it's a great guide to keep us moving. At the bottom of the post I'll link to Amanda and Jen's posts so you can check out their entries as well.  A Self Portrait and Five Random Facts About Me     1. I named my computer Penelope, and yell at her like she cares what I have … [Read more...]

Let the Zumba craziness resume…

During the summer, I started doing a daily Zumba workout to a video playlist I put together on YouTube. I fell off the workout wagon after some family stuff took priority, and I've been super slow to get back on. Today, I looked in the mirror and just didn't like what I saw. Not only have I gained back all the weight I'd lost, but I just wasn't anywhere near as happy with everything in my life as I was when I was working out and eating right. So, my first reaction was to grab some cheese sticks out of the freezer and snarf them down. Then, I immediately had the urge to kick myself in the … [Read more...]