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Jessica M

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Jessica was born and raised along the white sands and teal waters of Destin, FL right in the heart of the Emerald Coast. Even though she's from "paradise," she wouldn't trade her life in Birmingham for anything. She and her husband, Jason, daughter, Brighten (1), six pound morkie, Swanson live in the Crestwood North neighborhood of Birmingham. Coincidentally, Jessica and Jason are both Floridians and were brought to Birmingham by Samford University. Once they met, began dating, and got married, they decided to make this wonderful city their home. Jessica graduated from Samford with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's always loved to write and has spent the last several years working for several local nonprofits doing fundraising and marketing. When her daughter was a few months old, Jessica decided to leave the nonprofit she was working for and start a business of her own consulting with nonprofits and small businesses in the community. She is now the proud owner of The Storie Co. and co-owner of A Morales Production, she and Jason’s videography company. Jessica loves that she gets to continue doing things she's passionate about while also spending time at home with her baby girl. Jessica is an adoptive mom and loves writing and talking about her family's journey through their almost four year adoption process over at her personal blog, mrsblogbacktome.com. She is a serve team leader at her church, Immanuel, which serves the downtown area. Jessica is the epitome of an oldest child, which is appropriate since she has two younger sisters who are also both Samford grads and have both settled in Birmingham. Jessica loves coffee more than almost anything, takes frequent trips home to Destin, and relaxes by watching videos of adorable puppies.

Two Paths to Motherhood :: My Experience as an Adoptive and Biological Mom

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I was determined to not be caught off guard. And truthfully, I wasn’t. Of the ways both of my kids came into this world, I was probably the least surprised when the doctor came...

Beach Vacay the Right Way :: 5 Tips from a Former Local

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We have arrived. Summer is in full swing, the temperatures are consistently in the 90s, and that means beach vacations are imminent (or if you’ve already been there and done that for this summer,...

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage . . . Then You Wait {Infertility Awareness}

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In recognition of National Infertility Awareness Week, we are seeking to raise awareness about this struggle by sharing stories from local moms and a dad who have been in this difficult place, as well...

When Adulting is Hard

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I'm one of those people who has never been able to sit still in life. I'm always looking for the next thing, the next adventure, or the next project to tackle. It's exhausting, it's...

Dear Diet, We’re Breaking Up

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Dear Diet, Sorry, I know you would rather be called by your proper name, Lifestyle Change; but alas, it’s January -- again -- and I'm not really in the mood for proper names. But either...

My Big Fat Mafia Christmas :: Tips for Hosting During the Holidays

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That title got your attention, didn’t it? Good, glad my attention-grabbing tactic worked! And to clarify, I don’t actually spend Christmas with the mafia; however, my husband used to! You see, his late grandfather...

Where You Should Be With Your Family :: Birmingham and Beyond Fall Festivities

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Growing up in a small, southern community, Halloween usually consisted of the Fall Festival at church and maybe some trick-or-treating when we got a little older. Now that we live in the "big city,"...

Three Ways to Fall into New Habits

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Like many, I’m terrible at New Year's resolutions. I’m great for a day, a week, and sometimes even two weeks, but then life gets busy and everything I’ve resolved to do just falls by...

Birmingham Moms Blog :: Introducing Jessica

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Birmingham As a native of Destin, Florida, many people say I grew up in paradise. As an adult, I'd definitely agree, but as a naive 18 year old, all I wanted was to move away...