New Contributor: Introducing Rennai Hoefer!

I am SO excited (as I am every time) to add another new, brilliant, talented contributor to the list of amazing women who write for Stellar Day!

Rennai Hoefer, Ten 22 Studio

Rennai Hoefer is a great friend of mine, and after going on the Nine Retreat with her and chatting alllll week, it was apparent that she would be an amazing fit for this team. She has a huge heart for women, art, and beauty. She and I met about a year ago when she hired Jay & I to photograph…

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Creamy Chicken Soup

We returned home from out of town and I had ZERO plans for dinner. We usually grab out in situations like that, but we are super penny pinching right now so we didn’t want to do that. So I tore apart Pinterest looking for a recipe of items that I had on hand, that I could quickly make, and that wasn’t loaded up with cheese.

I’m trying not to eat cheese at ALL- please don’t remind me. I’ve broken up with my love affair with cheese. It’s actually a good thing and I feel WAY better. But break…

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Building Authentic Community

I’ve struggled hardcore with community this year. Why? I’m not entirely sure. I’m surrounded by SO MANY amazing people. Like, SOOOO many incredible people who would do anything to help me and my family if I needed it. But somewhere in the midst of it all, I’ve still felt lonely. I’m not sure what it is. Or why.

But the struggle is there and the struggle is real.

I wrote about loneliness in Stellar Day Magazine’s October Issue, and I’ve come a long…

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Mommas, Throw Your Hands in the Air

Mommas, if you were to blast your favorite songs with the windows down when you pick up your kids from school, what songs would we hear?

For me, it’s a mish-mosh… Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Def Leppard, Blur, U2, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, and Christian music. My kids have always been exposed to our love for music but like most parents who have the best in mind for their children, we try hard not to expose them to inappropriate songs. So if my favorite songs don’t have implied or outright elicit lyrics, I crank up my music at school, in…

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New Contributors!

I am constantly being humbled by all the talented women who WANT to write for me. It never fails to disappoint me and I have lately been in awe of how God is growing this little blog and turning it into a place where women from ALL walks of life can share their heart and have their voice heard. It’s pretty awesome!! I’m excited today to announce that I have TWO new contributors to add to the SDB regular team of women who write for me!

Meet Robyn and Esther!

SDB Contributors

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Stellar Day Magazine.

I am SO happy this day is here.

A few weeks ago, I started a little newsletter. I thought it would be a fun way to bless my readers and to take something I’m passionate about and go one step further. So I launched it and got a great response. So I started working on October’s newsletter and before I knew it, I had 20 pages being designed and worked on! I knew that I couldn’t send out a newsletter that is 20 pages long. There’s just no way! So, in normal “Jess fashion”, I took it a giant step…

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Saying No So You Can Say Yes.

Saying No So You Can Say Yes

Someone recently told me that they don’t know how I do it. When I asked what she meant, she said, “You say yes to everything! I just don’t know how you do it and keep it all together!” I totally and completely understand how it can look like that, for sure. But let me let you in on a little secret:

I actually say no to a LOT more than I say yes to.

How is that possible?

I know that I say yes to a lot of…

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Fall Craft Night Recap.

I am so lucky and thankful that I have crafty friends. Christine put together and pulled off (flawlessly, I might add) the most fun craft night at her home! 15 or so ladies responded to her invite on Facebook and all came together to make the most adorable fall pumpkins! What a fun way to kick off the season!Fall Craft Night RecapShe charged an entry fee but then she provided everything we needed. The wood, paints, brushes, glue- ALL of it. So we showed up to snacks, drinks, the craft…

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Giveaway | Purposed Life Art

Purposed Life Art has been one of my favorite online shops since it existed. I met Meghan when she was just pregnant with her third and she was just considering starting Purposed Life. I knew she was a brilliant artist and photographer, and was excited to learn that she loved to design clothes.

She is truly an artist!

She launched her business and I’ve been able to watch it grow- which is truly a passion of mine! There’s nothing I love more than seeing someone else’s success happen in business! I’ve purchased her clothes, I’ve…

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First Day of School and Other Motherhood Ramblings.


First Day of School

Cruz started school today! We are so excited for this new chapter. We have an amazing school and a lot of incredible things ahead of us I think! I snapped this photo of him this morning and it wasn’t until after I dropped him off that I really, REALLY looked at it. I had several friends text me today too to ask me how my mama heart was after I dropped him off (amazing friends!!) and to be honest? I was totally good- MOSTLY. I’m good because…

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Nine Retreat.

Strong Women

Isn’t this so true? I admire women who take the time to encourage, uplift and who are life giving to be around. Not because of their energy, or their beauty, or who they know or who they know. But because they just continuously point to the good in others. They don’t gossip, they aren’t negative or heavy in their spirit. The words that slip off their tongue are that of peace, encouragement, inspiration and goodness.

I am going to NINE retreat next month, and let me tell you….

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It’s Not The Stork.

We all have the same dreaded fear. That our kids would ask us about sex at the worst possible time ever. OR that we wouldn’t know what to say when they ask. OR that we would say the wrong things and stammer over the facts, making them unclear or seem weird, or scary or just incorrect.


Talking about sex with your kid is totally not easy. Cruz asked me about sex a few months ago and do you know what I did when he asked?


His little eyeballs staring up at me.

“Mom? Mom?”


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The Drip Drop Shop Giveaway

I have another FUN GIVEAWAY for you today!! Have y’all heard of The Drip Drop Shop?? If you’re an essential oil user, you’re gonna wanna listen up!

Janae and Joy, friends and owners of The Drip Drop Shop saw a need and teamed up to make it happen! They have designed and created fabulous and beautiful labels and roller bottles for your essential oils, to help assist and inspire you. Instead of sloppy labels or unorganized oil bottles, they have designed a product and way to help YOU, dear essential oil user, to stay organized and for…

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Are You My Mentor? | Thoughts About Mentorship

This is a rhetorical question, really. But one I think we are ALL asking on some level. Who doesn’t want someone ahead of them in life, to do life with, for the LONG HAUL?

Can we just stop for a second and recognize that my title makes me feel like we are reading this children’s book:

Are You My Mother?

Have I been in ‘Mom Land’ for too long?


I have prayed for a consistent mentor in my life since I was in high school. I have prayed and prayed and prayed…

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