• Style

    Amazon & Target Favs–April Edition

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). This month, we are loading up our Target runs & Amazon hauls with postpartum must-haves, newborn necessities, and of course, our toddlers’ favorites of-the-moment. All the things that make mom-life go ’round! AND signing up for a Target Redcard gets you free shipping and 5% off EVERYTHING. So, it’s like Amazon Prime, but with a permanent discount. Gotta love that, right? 1) L. Organic Chlorine-Free Pads. Target carries this fantastic clean option to regular menstrual pads. Becca used these to make Jessy some padsicles in…

  • Organization,  Style

    March’s Amazon & Target Favs

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Target & Amazon over here at Jess & Becca. I mean, you don’t give away a 50$ giftcard to Target if you aren’t a big fan. There’s just nothing like cruising the dollar section, iced latte in hand, and finding some adorable item you didn’t know your life was missing. And Amazon is just every mom of littles’ bread and butter. Can you even Mom without Amazon? PLUS, if you sign up for a Target Redcard, you…

  • Food

    Recipe: Old Settler’s Beans

    This dish is an old standby I’ve been cooking since college. Fun story: my friends and I used to get together at our church’s college campus building and cook each week. It started as a way to educate one friend in the group on how to cook (“Is the beef supposed to turn brown??”), and only ended as we graduated and moved on from our college town. This recipe was one of the first we started with, and was a particular winter favorite! One memorable snow day we all gathered on campus, played in the snow, and enjoyed a delicious bowl of Old Settler’s Beans. Now, it’s a staple in…

  • Family,  Organization

    Organizing a Tiny Kitchen

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). When I moved from a house to an apartment, I knew I was downsizing to a smaller kitchen. I don’t think it really hit me how creative I was going to need to be with storage and organization though, until moving day. After everything had been stacked and stuffed in, I took a deep breath. I couldn’t fathom that it would all fit. But, miracle of miracles, it all did. It did take some creative solutions though. If you’re like me, and you’re trying to…

  • Food

    Recipe: Healthy(ish) No-Bake Cookies

    Growing up, my mom made the best no-bake cookies in the world. We all loved them! They were my dad’s favorite. When I grew older and moved into my first apartment, this was one of the first recipes I requested. It quickly became clear that this was a temperamental recipe. Sometimes, they’d turn out dry and crumbly, while other times they’d never harden at all and have to be eaten with a spoon! My mother always struggled with this as well. Even just the kind of stove you’re cooking with changes how they cook! This being said, we both began to push for healthier diets in recent years, but I…

  • Family,  Organization

    Rotate Your Toys: Less Stress & More Play.

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). Faced with moving into a much smaller apartment after living for 3 years in an 1800 sq. ft. house (with a huge basement for storage), this January I decided to start the year with a Toy Rotation system. All this means is that I wanted to keep most of his toys packed up and stored away somewhere accessible, and only allow him access to some of his toys at a time. The goal is to periodically rotate out which toys he has access to. Why?…

  • Organization,  Style

    February’s Amazon & Target Favs!

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). Well, we haven’t been able to get our favorite products to you weekly. That might have been a little ambitious. But who knows? If you guys are loving it, we’ll make these more frequent! For now, look for our favorite things to come to you monthly. This month, we did a mix of things from both Target & Amazon that made our lives so much easier. AND, if you sign up for a Target Redcard, you get free shipping and 5% off EVERYTHING. So, it’s…

  • Organization,  Style

    January’s Amazon Favs!

    Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something we’ve linked here (at no cost to you). In an effort to hopefully sprinkle some helpful tips into your life, we’ve decided to start a weekly tradition of listing out the things that really helped make this week easier. Who knows? It might help one of you guys, too! This week has been a doozy. Between Becca moving and Jessy being down with a broken foot, there’ve been a few things that have just been life-savers this week. And, even better, you can get them all from Amazon! Check them out below! 1)…

  • Business,  VIPKID

    Getting Started with VIPKID

    Once you’ve decided you want to work at home with VIPKID, the next step, if you’re like me, is to research the process. What all does applying and getting hired by VIPKID entail? How much of a commitment is this going to take? Is there a hidden cost or catch that will disqualify me or make me wish I’d been more cautious? If this is you, then look no further. If you are still trying to decide if VIPKID is for you, then check out my previous post. I go over what my experience was like getting into VIPKID, and what I wish I had known (or was glad I…

  • Family,  Food

    How to Cope with a Picky Eater

    When Bash hit 6 months old, we decided it was time to introduce him to solid foods. He’s always been exclusively breastfed, but for a good month he had been swiping food off our plates, watching intently while we ate, and sitting unassisted. Any article you look up will say those are signs your baby is ready for first foods. So, like any good millennial mom, I spent a few hours on Pinterest and Google to see how we should proceed. What if I mess this up and he spends the next 10 years living off of fish sticks and chicken nuggets? Oh, the horror. After doing my research, we…

  • Food,  Organization

    Seven Tips For Surviving Your First Round of Whole30

    Several months back, I did my very first round of Whole30. It took me about two read-throughs of the book, a lot of research, and five months of countless excuses “but ____ holiday is coming up”, “my birthday is happening and we’re going somewhere special to eat”, “we’re going on vacation and I don’t want to be restricted” , I’m too busy/tired/bad at cooking, etc”. I could probably fill a book with all of the excuses I had in my head that tried to keep me from setting a start day. Disclaimer: This post uses some affiliate links. They may pay us a commission if you buy something using our…

  • Family

    3 Ways to Have an Intentional Marriage

    Before I say anything, I want to start by saying that this subject applies to more than just married people. It applies to all committed relationships. There are few relationships that wouldn’t benefit from some intentional pursuing of closeness. Kyle and I have been married for 7 years now. During this time, we’ve been through graduate school, job changes, moving, moving out-of-state, children, and a million, less dramatic life events. During our time together, probably the most important aspect we can address in our marriage (and really any relationship) is us being intentional about nurturing each other. The hardest periods of our marriage have been when we let other things…

  • Organization,  Style

    The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Capsule Wardrobe

    In real life, (you know, outside the internet) when I say ‘capsule wardrobe’, the reaction I usually get is a furrowing of the brows, maybe a nose crinkle, and “A what?”. Except when I talk to Jessy. Because we just get each other. So, I figured a post about how Kyle and I finally started our own capsule wardrobes this past weekend would need to start with a little explanation. A capsule wardrobe refers to a small wardrobe composed of versatile pieces. The idea comes from minimalism, where less is more. It’s a way to only own a few key pieces that you just adore and mix and match together…

  • Family

    Arwen’s Birth Story

    There’s nothing quite like the nervous anticipation that leads up to your first birth; the longing to finally hold that baby, your baby, is unlike anything else (it could almost be compared to that Christmas Eve as a child when you just knew that Santa was bringing what you’d asked for, except way, way more exciting – and terrifying). I had read countless natural childbirth books and blogs and everything else I could get my hands on for the past nine months and now, all there really was left to do was wait for… something to happen. I’d also read that usually first time mothers go past due and that,…

  • Family

    Bash’s Birth Story

    Bash was due in the late spring, right on the cusp of summer. As a teacher, I was pretty pumped that the timing was so perfect. I’d planned on using the whole summer as my maternity leave, since I didn’t have any paid maternity leave at the private school I taught at. His due date was May 26, 2017. I knew from our Bradley Method classes that he would probably be late; first babies often are. The average woman goes into labor at 41 weeks and 1 day, and the due date is usually marked at 40 weeks. So it wasn’t a surprise when May 26 came and went with…

  • Food,  Organization

    4 Secrets to Making Meal Planning Work

    Pretty much any time you start a healthy eating plan or resolve to cut back on eating out, one of the first things you’ll have to conquer is meal planning. So you look around on Pinterest, find 7,000 posts about planning your meals, cooking, and shopping, (just download this free printable! It’ll cut your planning down to 5 minutes! And you’ll lose 20 lbs. And cut your grocery bill in half. Just by downloading it!). Then, you dive in using whatever system you’ve found that looks good. Two weeks pass by, maybe a month, and it really just isn’t working anymore. Meal planning can honestly be such a chore, and it’s…

  • Business,  VIPKID

    3 Things to Know Before Trying VIPKID

    After Bash was born, I began to search in earnest for a way to move my work from outside the home, to inside the home. Sound like something you’d like to know about? I did it by transitioning from teaching in a brick-and-mortar school to teaching online. And I teach online through the company VIPKID. There are basically 2 big requirements to teaching for VIPKID: have a Bachelor’s Degree and teaching experience. And before you balk at having teaching experience, this doesn’t mean classroom experience necessarily. Did you ever teach Sunday School? Homeschool? Train other employees? Tutor? There are SO MANY things that can be parlayed into the teaching experience requirement.…

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