Jess Wygle

Jess Wygle
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Jess is a born and raised Iowan who has lived in Vinton for the past 10 years. She has two children, 10-year-old Landon and 4-year-old Fynnlee. Jess attended Kirkwood and UNI and now operates an in-home daycare. She considers herself an independent author and has self-published a few eBooks. She enjoys attending Landon’s sporting events, spending time with her family, as well as writing and reading in her free time.
Christmas in November

Yes, My Christmas Decorations are Up Already: Christmas in November

At 27 weeks pregnant, I was looking down the barrel of the third trimester. So, when midnight struck on November 1st, I knew it was now or never to get my Christmas decorating done. I...

Streaming Guilt-Free Shows For Kids of All Ages

Winter. Is. Coming. Our days of carefree outdoor time with our little ones are numbered. Sure, some autumn and winter days will allow for us to shoo our kids outside to play. Those days will,...

I Almost Lost Someone I Love to Suicide

I’ve lived a fairly charmed life. It's not filled with extravagance, mind you. My family never went on exotic vacations. We didn’t drive the newest, most luxurious cars, or wear name brand clothes. Rather,...
Falling in Love with My Town

Cedar Rapids Moms Neighborhood Series: Why We Love Life in Vinton

It’s been almost 15 years since I moved away from Cedar Rapids to put roots down in Vinton. As a born-and-raised Cedar Rapidian, I wasn’t sure how I’d do moving to a smaller town...

Happy Mother’s Day to my Beautiful Children

Yes, you heard me right. I want to wish my kids a Happy Mother’s Day. I know it is traditionally a day for mothers. We’re meant to be showered with love, relaxation, and, if we’re...

My Journey Through Surrogacy: The Step-by-Step Process

It’s been over a year now since I’ve decided to become a gestational carrier (or GC). And after writing an initial post about this topic, I’ve heard from a lot of women who were...

My Connected Kids: Rising Above the Dangers of Technology

I know you’re all tired of seeing that nightmarish face with the inhumanly stretched grin and large, unblinking eyes. I can’t even open Facebook without seeing Momo staring directly into my soul. As a...

It Started With a Slumber Party: Creating New Routines After Divorce

I am new to the single-mom, family-of-divorce thing: new, but getting into the swing of managing. At first, it was a huge adjustment. Finding out what works and what doesn’t was a long uphill battle. ...

It’s True What They Say: I Know I Will Miss This

There will come a day when I will miss this. In reality those days are far away, yet I feel them pulling me in. I feel the moments of simple joys, innocence, and wonder slipping...

Why I Decided To Become a Surrogate

I had big news that I was finally ready to tell. I sat my kids down and I told them the news. “I’m hoping to have a baby.” My four-year-old daughter’s jaw dropped. My 9-year-old son’s...