Jess Wygle

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.
Taking Pride in Pride

Taking Pride in PRIDE: Educational Resources for the Whole Family

June is Pride Month. These days, it’s hard not to be personally connected to the LGBTQ+ community, either directly or indirectly. The community is far-reaching and a part of mainstream society in 2021. And not...
Safety first

Safety First: Tips for Home and Personal Protection

I’ve been single for over three years now--living alone, half the time with two young children. The true-crime fan in me has made me a bit of a worse-case-scenario type of person. I’m always...

Teaching Children Resilience Through Daily Affirmations

It all started when my son got into trouble. And trouble is a harsh word to use. But my son being in trouble isn’t a common occurrence for us. He’s a great kid, and I’m...
TikTok made me do it

TikTok Made Me Do It

I’m not (fully) ashamed to admit I jumped on the TikTok bandwagon during quarantine. It was a bright spot in the midst of a pretty dark time. If I was having a particularly rough...
dating game

The Dating Game: Connecting Through Apps

Dating. Cue collective groan.  It's both thrilling and daunting. Exciting and terrifying. We strive to find a balance between those conflicting feelings. And with that comes finding the proper outlet to begin or re-enter the...
Holiday projects

Holiday Projects: Why Do I Do This To Myself?!

I am crazy. I am crazy. I am crazy.  My advent calendar has sat unattended for a few years now. It’s one of those adorable wooden ones with the tiny drawers. I got it on...

“You Ruined My Childhood”: Having the Santa Talk

He’s 11. For 11 years he went on whole-heartedly believing in Santa. It happened for my son out of the blue on an October day. It wasn’t even the Christmas holiday season, but for some...
My Parent’s Keeper

My Parent’s Keeper: Reversing Roles as Their Adult Child

 My parents both suffer from a number of health ailments.  My mother struggles with her balance, walks with the assistance of a cane, and cannot drive. She depends on my dad for a lot more...
Routine is Key

Routine is Key: The Bright Side of the School Year

Even though the back to school season has been one of mixed emotions, I can say it brings me a certain amount of excitement. You see, I thrive on routine. Now that school is back...
Losing my baby to kindergarten

I’m Losing my Baby to Kindergarten

Someone asked me today how I felt about my daughter starting kindergarten.  My first response was a chuckle, a hearty chuckle. I scoffed and I said I was going to be just fine. I said...