I’m Jessica! Married to my best friend and mother to some pretty wonderful little people. My family makes this life pretty exciting and I strive to do my best to make this world better for them. I grew up in rural Colorado but decided to trade it all in for a life changing move to the Caribbean islands. After 3.5 years of world traveling and beach bumming, I decided to plant roots in Kansas City. We now call the charming city of Lee’s Summit home and couldn’t be happier with this amazing community. I am the owner of Lee's Summit PLAY and work hard to promote learning and adventure in youth. I love to shop small and support all of our wonderful local business owners. My favorite parts of this area of Missouri are the fantastic local breweries, beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, and the passion behind all of the welcoming people. You can usually find me sipping a local brew, working on a community project to spread love and kindness, and experiencing all the Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City area have to offer.

Outdoor Staycation in the Eastern Jackson County

Adventure is calling....right here in Kansas City! All of our travel adventures are still mostly on the back burner as we begin 2021. But our wanderlust is still strong. As we look forward to the...
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Locally-Sourced Stocking Stuffers

The tree is glowing, the cookies are out, and the stockings are hung with care. The anticipation of the gifts carefully tucked into the stockings was (and is!) one of my most cherished holiday...

So, You Went Apple Picking…

The weather is starting to cool. The leaves are beginning to fall. Everything is now pumpkin spice. Autumn has arrived here in Kansas City. With no shortage of fall adventures, our schedule has been...

Creativity Found: Kansas City Inspiration

Mesh panties, cracked nipples, potty training, first days of school and every moment in between. The trenches of motherhood can be deep and daunting, leaving little mental or physical energy to dedicate to yourself....

Six Things To Know Before Homeschooling

Intimidated. Overwhelmed. Indecisive. The first year of homeschooling was all over the place. A big beautiful mess of transition. I had this dreamy idea of how I wanted our days to go, how I...
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10 Ways to Create Summer Adventures

Summer days are winding down and routines are ramping back up. Back to school, all the fall, y’all, and the holiday rush are beginning to fill our minds and planners. Summer adventures are some...
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Baseball Stadium Bucket List

In every stage of my life, baseball has always been there. Growing up, I was a regular at Coors Field, a Dante Bichette superfan collecting every Blake Street Bomber card I could. In high school...
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Camping with Kids

Ditching daily conveniences and comforts for my tent and sleeping bag is a no brainer. I'll happily set up camp with all my kids in tow whenever possible. It's such a gratifying adventure. As...
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A Life After Tidying Up

I'm sitting in a clean living room, a basket of folded laundry pushed aside, cutting up an old sweater I've been planning on upcycling since I put it in a storage bin about 5...

A Real Mother’s Guide to Solo Travel

There are those really long days, when I’m questioning my sanity and needing to remember pieces of myself. Days that can get dark and twisty my wanderlust starts to take over, hypothetical trips are...

Homeschooling in Kansas City

Before I was a parent, I always knew that I wanted to home school. After a year of public school, my husband and I made the decision to make the transition. This has been...

Choosing Your Planner

Through all the chapters of my life, some a bit more irresponsible than others, I've always kept some sort of notebook or planner. They have changed in style and layout as my schedule needs...

A Harry Potter Holiday

I had my third baby early on Christmas morning. Moments after 12:30 a.m., I placed the final touches on stockings and arranged carefully chosen gifts. I was done. I stopped feeling the pressure of the...

Thrifting: Shopping With a Purpose

One of my favorite ways to shop and treat myself or others is through thrifting. I have found gorgeous home decor pieces, brand new high end clothing, favorite toys, and nostalgic gifts. Like most...

Best Places for a Kansas City Photo

It’s no secret that the Kansas City and surrounding areas offer some of the best historical architecture, impressive monuments and museums, stadiums, parks, and sites to see. From our skylines to our open fields,...
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