In A Nutshell…


I’ve made more than one major life decision based on a whim. It’s the only way I can make a decision, really; I’m horribly indecisive. One such decision was moving from California to NYC. I figured I was in a place in my life where such a move would be “now or never.” What I suspected would be an awesome challenge and opportunity professionally, ended up being really tough personally. I moved away from family and friends for a great unknown. Add to that the fact that I’m not a super extroverted person, and New Yorkers aren’t famous for being friendly.

About a year and a half into living in NYC, I met my husband, Rick. Less than a year after we started dating, we were married. (OK, one day short of a year, but still). Next thing I know, he had convinced me to move back to his home (Vermont, obviously), and we found ourselves pregnant.

Fast forward to having an awesome, rambunctious toddler, Logan, who is the center of my life. I’m lucky enough to stay home with him and we spend our days playing and discovering.

I think Logan entertains me more than I entertain him
I think Logan entertains me more than I entertain him

Being a mother feels like it defines me more than anything else at this point in my life. Maybe that comes with being a stay at home, first time mom. But I do have outside interests. I enjoy reading, crafts of all sorts, being outdoors, exploring Vermont, and planning out the honeymoon that we will someday be able to take.

I’m also a deal hunter. Not to the extent of an extreme coupon-er, but I admit, I’ve been tempted to learn how. I enter contests obsessively, but that equates to having really good luck winning things. The most obscure thing I’ve won is a surfboard.

My sister and her family live in Jersey. I desperately want them to move to Vermont. I miss having family around; even my husband’s family have all moved away. I came up with a list of over 100 reasons for them to move to Vermont; why Vermont is better than Jersey. Good reasons, too. Although it was an unsuccessful campaign, my sister continues to be impressed by the list. I’m slowly wearing her down. One day.

I’m super excited to have this opportunity to write for this awesome blog, and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you!


  1. Hey Jessica! If you can’t get someone to move out of jersey for Vermont, I don’t think they will ever leave! Kidding, we spent 6 years in jersey and loved it. But still, its Vermont. I love the picture of Logan!

  2. That’s too funny because I send my family members lists all the time too! We love it here though and despite not having family nearby, we’re making a great group of friends here!

  3. I’d love to see your list of awesome reasons to be in VT. We just transplanted here last summer from San Francisco and to be honest we are missing it bad!!! We love it here but we moved here to try a new lifestyle that we want to embrace, but we loved our old lifestyle too so it hasn’t been easy leaving all the friends and community we knew and loved. Reading your list would be great for my soul!!! Thanks for writing!

  4. Nice to meet you Jess! Looking forward to reading more! BTW, my whole family is in Jersey as well and what I wouldn’t do to ship them all here….


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