Jessie Weaver

I am a stay-at-home mom to four kids (ages 14, 12, 10, and 6) - as well as a freelance writer and editor. We live on campus at Baylor School, where my husband teaches. After living in Ohio, Indiana, and Virginia, Tennessee is home and has been for 18+ years. After years of having babies and preschoolers at home, I sent my youngest to kindergarten this year, and now spend my time working part-time for an online entrepreneur ... and picking up sick kids from school.
Warner Park-Chattanooga Playgrounds

Chattanooga Playgrounds

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly trying to find some new playground areas for your kids. We have our standards – Vandergriff Park in Hixson and White Oak Park close to our home...

Surprises Of Having A Big Family

I didn’t grow up in a large family. My nuclear family was the "perfect" American family of four: mom, dad, me, my 2 ½-years younger sister, and a dog. The number of people vacation...

Where To Watch And Act In Theater In The Chattanooga Area

Thursday is the dress rehearsal for the first production I've EVER acted in, so theater is at the top of my mind. Over the past four years, I've become very familiar with the theater community...

You Won’t Remember How They Talked As Toddlers

It's one of our favorite topics of conversation: the cute things our kids say/used to say.  It came up yesterday as I was with a group of people whose kids range from three to...

I Love And Hate The Second Half Of October

When my oldest child was born two days before my husband's 27th birthday, I think he was delighted: never again would he have to consider celebrating his birthday. A quiet, Enneagram 5 through and...

My Favorite Foods To Make In The Fall

If you know me, you probably know these two things: I love to read and I love to bake. (And maybe that I also like to pack Bento-style lunchboxes for my kids.) I love to...

From MMMBop To Fanfiction, My Past Life As A Crazy Hanson Fan

There was a time when I was 16, maybe 17, that some days I really did think I was going to marry Taylor Hanson. Given that it’s what I thought about the majority of the...
Lunchbox Rotation Saving Your Sanity, One Lunch at a Time

Lunchbox Rotation: Saving Your Sanity, One Lunch at a Time

Before my oldest child (now entering fifth grade) even started kindergarten, I bought into the Bento box phenomenon. Why? There's little to no unwrapping, it reduces plastic waste, and the small compartments are just...

An Ode To The Chattanooga Library

I've seen a few news articles recently about how members of the city council feel like the library is not doing all it can do in our city. Frankly, that news stopped me dead...

Going Gentle Into The Good Night

It was maybe 10 years ago, when I was just 30 and had but a few silver strands shining through, that I asked on Facebook what other women thought about gray hair: Go gentle...