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Happy Coffee Day


As much as I love an excuse to celebrate, I don't normally pay attention to all those "official" National Day of (insert random thing here).  I just let them fly on by me without much notice or planning, but when Jihane at OnyxJ suggested we collaborate on a post for National Coffee Day, how could I, as coffee obsessed as I am, refuse?

We met up at my favorite local coffee shop, The Doshi House, to talk all things coffee and to sample some of their more unique coffee offerings.  Check out the video we filmed highlighting some of the coffees we tried and make sure to pop on over to read Jihane's full post here.  Happy National Coffee Day!!!

Fall Capsule Wardrobe - Leopard Print

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I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe.  Having a small closet's worth of wardrobe basics to mix and match in almost endless possibilities is easy and convenient while presenting a fun challenge of creating unique looks with what's on hand.  Capsule wardrobes are simple, efficient, and can save a ton of time (and closet space).  But, there's just one problem with capsule wardrobes (for me, anyway) - as beautiful as all the capsule wardrobes that keep popping up in my Pinterest feed are, they all seem a little too boring for my personal taste.  Do capsule wardrobes have to be boring?  No, not at all!  So I set out to create a capsule wardrobe for fall that's a little more funky and edgy than what's out there now.

Weekend Snapshots 39



Welcome to Weekend Snapshots 39 Link-Up with yours truly and Ariana at 3twentysix.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Dennis and Jack being all sweet and lovey after an afternoon at the park on Sunday.  This weekend was pretty busy even though most of our plans on Sunday got rained out - but that's okay because I really did overbook us - I WANT TO DO IT ALL.  #fomo

Saturday:  Dennis and Jack headed up to the renaissance festival grounds to start the cleanup process before opening weekend in a few weeks.  I enjoyed having the morning and afternoon to myself - I used the time to clean out my storage area for my business which was long overdue (I really should've gotten before and after pics) and then I saw a client.  I also picked up my participant shirt and bib for the 5K race on Sunday.  My MIL came over to spend the night and watch Jack so Dennis could attend closing night of my performance and our cast party.

Momaboard Mombassador for Houston



Ya'll, I'm super excited to announce that I've been chosen to be the MomAboard Mombassador for Houston!  MomAboard is an online family trip planner that provides personalized travel itineraries for families with over 50 destinations available around the world. Each itinerary is custom made by the Mombassador from your destination city - that way you know you're getting the best insider tips on how to navigate the city, the best kid friendly things to do, the best places to eat, where to stay, and so much more.

How MomAboard Works

Planning a family vacation can be stressful and time consuming.  Finding the time to sit down and research family friendly activities, restaurants, transportation, and lodging for a place you've never been can take hours of time that aren't easy to come by when you've got a kiddo (or kiddos).  And just because you spent hours of precious time to figure out what you want to do on your trip doesn't mean that restaurant you picked is actually kid friendly or that you planned the best way to navigate the city.  That's where MomAboard comes in.  MomAboard takes the stress out of planning a family vacation by providing a custom itinerary complete with lodging options, transportation hacks, kid friendly restaurants, and the best things to see and do with your kids (and more).  You'll insider get tips about your destination directly from a Mom who lives in the city taking the stress out of planning your vacation.

All you have to do is fill out a simple form that covers the basics of your family vacation needs - who's going on the trip, what kinds of activities you're interested in doing, and how jam packed (or not) you want your schedule - and let the Mombassador do all the nitty-gritty work for you.  With just a few minutes of your time you get a vacation plan custom tailored to your family's needs!  MomAboard offers personalized itineraries up to 14 days as well as custom restaurant or activity lists. Make sure to use the code JESSICA when planning your trip (to any destination) to receive a discount and let them know I sent you!  Check out a sample itinerary here.

More Than Just Vacation Planning

But wait, there's more!  MomAboard does more than just vacation planning.  MomAboard also offers comprehensive relocation services.  Moving to a new city is daunting whether or not you have a family.  Researching where to live, which schools are best, how to commute to work, where to shop for groceries,and all the details of daily life in a new city using just the internet is sketchy at best, not to mention how much time it takes.  Whether you're moving to a new city for work or personal reasons, a local MomAboard Mombassador can compile a tailor-made profile of the city including family friendly neighborhoods, schools, available doctors, babysitters, extracurricular activities, and all the other intimate details that make a new city feel like home.

Again, all you have to do is fill out a simple form and then your local Mombassador does the rest, saving you time and maintaining your sanity.  As an added bonus, you can choose to meet personally with your local Mombassador once you move so you don't feel quite so alone in a new city.  Check out a sample city profile here and also use the code JESSICA for a discount.

Plan your vacation or move with MomAboard.  Save time, eliminate stress, and rest easy knowing you're getting the personal touch and insider info from a local Mombassador.  Click here to get started and fully enjoy your next family trip.

Sunday Confessions 39

The United States of Becky


I confess:  We just got back from the Dollar Store and we bought over $50 of stuff we don't really need - but it was really fun digging through everything.  Jack really enjoyed getting to pick things out for himself and I managed to get him some workbooks with Pre-K materials so we can start doing some school-ish stuff at home after his birthday.  At least we managed to leave there with some things that actually have substance.

I confess:  I auditioned for and got cast in another play - this one is an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit and geared towards a young audience.  I've done children's theatre before, but it's always been with a cast of all adults - this time around, there are going to be a few adults and a few children in the cast - as glad as I am to be in another play, I'm kinda not thrilled about being in a production with kids.  I mean, I'm not really good with kids, and I'm concerned about the possibility of having hovering stage moms there, and I'm sure acting with kids is going to be.....challenging.  At least I'll be able to bring Jack to rehearsals if necessary and it's a show he can see me in - also the director seems like she'll be great to work with and I'm going to be working with another actress that was involved in the last theatre project that just finished up, so it won't be all bad.....

I confess:  Part of me has always wanted to live in an idyllic small town - kinda like the one in Doc Hollywood, or Pawnee, IN, but then I realize that 1) these places don't actually exist, and 2) I would be completely miserable in a place that small where everybody knows everybody (unless everybody was like the cast of Parks and Rec).

Linking up with United States of Becky
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