Jessica Pope

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Hello! I'm Jessica. I grew up in Northern Indiana where I joined the Navy right out of high school. After 3 deployments and some amazing port calls I married a fellow sailor and began a family. We moved around a few times in search of a forever city. After a few visits to the Chattanooga area we fell in love and set in motion our move to the highly recommended Signal Mountain. I am slowly chipping away at my marketing degree while working part time at a local marketing agency. I am also a huge portrait photography lover and have a small studio up here on Signal Mountain where I shoot luxury portrait for children and women. You can check out my work at www.venyaportrait.com. We have 2 kiddos, Jazzy(6) who's larger than life and Joseph(3) who is taking his sweet time growing up. We have always planned to adopt as well and are currently awaiting a match for a big sister in need of a loving home. I also volunteer as a court advocate for abused and neglected children in the area. It's a great program and you can check out more at https://www.tncasa.org/. You can find me binging true crime podcasts and dark drama shows late at night. I'm a serial hobbyist, I'll never turn down an iced coffee, I actually try hard not to cuss like a sailor and I love meeting different kinds of people.

ASMR Saves The Day

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So, you know how, as moms, we're basically the superheroes of multitasking? In between chauffeuring the kids, working, and saving the day (or at least snack time), I've stumbled upon a secret weapon in...
Why You Should Be On The Walls: The Positive Power Of Hanging Photos Of You At Home

Why You Should Be On The Walls: The Positive Power Of Hanging Photos Of...

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Hey, there Chattanooga! It's Jessica, your local mom, and portrait photographer from Venya Portrait. I hope you all had a fabulous summer with your kiddos, filled with lots of sunshine and memories you'll cherish...
Raising Kids In The Gig City: A Chattanooga Mom's Perspective

Raising Kids In The Gig City: A Chattanooga Mom’s Perspective

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Being a mom in 'Gig City' comes with its own unique set of perks. The super-fast internet speeds, the thriving local culture, and the abundance of family-friendly activities make it a fantastic place to...
The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Memorable Family Vacation This Summer

The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Memorable Family Vacation This Summer

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Summer is here, and it's time to start planning family vacations. Whether you're shooting for a relaxing beach getaway or an adventurous road trip, planning a memorable family vacation takes time and effort, and...
Healthy Eating Tips For Busy Moms: Discover Easy And Healthy Meals

Healthy Eating Tips For Busy Moms: Discover Easy And Healthy Meals

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As a busy mom, it can be a challenge to maintain a healthy and balanced diet while juggling work, kids, and other responsibilities. But with a little bit of planning and some simple strategies,...

I’m A Mom Who Yells And I Can’t Stop

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I yell at the kids ALL. THE. TIME. It’s traumatic for me and I know it’s traumatic for the kids. I also know it stems from my own childhood filled with yelling, from unresolved emotional...

5 Family Friendly Chattanooga Walks for Non-Hikers

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I am a walker. I love to get out with a coffee, hot or iced, and explore the Scenic City. That’s actually one of the things that drew us to move here. We would...
Please Don't Comment On My Weight In Front Of The Kids -- They're Listening

Please Don’t Comment On My Weight In Front Of The Kids — They’re Listening

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I’ve been on a weight loss journey, and to be honest, it wasn’t completely intentional. Like most mothers in their mid-30s, I would frequently adjust my diet or activities trying to get a little...
10 Ways To Stay Safe During A Road Rage Incident

10 Ways To Stay Safe During A Road Rage Incident

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Last week, another road rage incident in Chattanooga, TN made national headlines. A driver and her son were confronted, threatened, and verbally assaulted by another driver.  Incidents like this can happen anywhere at any...
15 Things To Do This Summer In Chattanooga, TN

15 Things To Do This Summer In Chattanooga, TN

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Listen up Momma, I’ve got the list for you! We are fortunate enough to live in and around Chattanooga, TN. The Scenic City is known for its booming startups, outdoor activities, and family-friendly tourist...