Better with Jess

Why Beyoncé is the Best Workout Jamz
Should you ever see someone at the gym on the elliptical, rocking out to music and dancing and singing, more than likely it is me. You have just encountered me doing everything in my power to ignore the fact that I still have 15 minutes left, even though it feels like I have already...
Creative and Cheap DIY Halloween Costumes
September turned into October quickly, which means Halloween will be here before we know it! Unless you get super excited over Halloween and take months to plan the perfect costume (who even has time for that?!), costume planning generally doesn't occur until the beginning of October. Or maybe the week before Halloween. Or the...
Love Yourself. You Are Enough.

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Have you always wondered how life would have been had you have been able to tell your past self things your future/current self felt you needed to know? Ever heard the Brad Paisley song, “Letter to Me” and wondered the things...
Taste of Fall: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
While I enjoyed trying the M&Ms, it is almost guaranteed that there will be different flavored candies available at different seasons. This time, I decided to give something a try that people eat on a regular basis that went pumpkin. While at Target a couple of weeks ago, I came upon Pumpkin Spice cream...
The Taste of Fall: Pecan Pie M&Ms
So I have decided to do a series over the course of the fall season, where I take all of the things that have gone "fall-flavored" and give them a taste test and review. I love pumpkin, but there are some things where pumpkin just does not belong, and I have a feeling I...
Protein Powder and All Things Pumpkin
I bought my first canister of protein powder last night. Maybe I just bought a terrible kind or something, but I made a breakfast smoothie with it this morning and it did not taste so good. I even added PB2, a banana, some honey, and milk! That is usually how I used to make...
From the Outside Looking In: An Outsider’s Take on Downtown Shelby Days
Anyone who knows me knows that I love fall. Fall is my favorite season. There are so many good things that come with fall: football, boots, hoodies, falling leaves, crisp autumn wind, s’mores, bonfires, all things pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice…I could go on for days. For me, fall also means October, which in my life has...
Meal Prep Time!
I will go ahead and say this: working out and being at the gym is counterproductive if you are not going to eat right to fuel your body. (For those of you that can eat whatever you want while still going to the gym AND have a six-pack, you are excluded from this statement...
“The Notebook” Becomes a Television Series
Get yer boxes of Kleenex ready. Everyone's favorite love story is coming to primetime television. The CW Network is aiming to take Noah and Allie's romance and turn it into a weekly series. The series will follow Noah and Allie, memorably played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the movie, as their love grows...
I Can’t Feel My Legs…
Yesterday evening, I got back into the gym. It was time to get back in, and since I missed Zumba, I still had to make it back. My friend Jaclyn joined me to basically boss me around and tell me what to do. She's on her own personal journey and has already lost 70...