Simply Fall!

It’s Fall. Pumpkin spice, family photos in comfy sweaters, harvest festivals, Halloween costumes and more. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, starting with my birthday in September all the way through Thanksgiving.

As a mom, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of making every Fall moment picture-perfect, but this year, I’m embracing the beauty of simplicity. This year I am trying something new. Instead of chasing after elaborate plans and coordinated outfits, I’m savoring the small, everyday joys of the season with my family. No big plans. No must dos.


This year we will watch the leaves fall off our trees in our own backyard. We will enjoy the colors and smells of the season as we walk around our neighborhood hunting for squirrels and listening to the bird’s chirp. We will use our weekly Farmers Market haul to create comforting dishes and bake with Fall fruits. This year I am making the conscious decision to let go of the pressure I place on myself and watch my kids grow while finding moments of relaxation in the crisp autumn air.

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The decision to simplify our Fall might seem like a departure from the excitement of pumpkin spice season, but for me it’s an opportunity to create lasting memories. One of the most beautiful aspects of a low-key Fall that I look forward to is the chance our family will have to connect, simply, at home. I look forward to a Saturday baking a pie as my children discover the art of mixing, measuring, and the sheer joy of licking the batter off the spoon or a lazy Sunday in pajamas playing tag in the yard.

Magic in Simplicity

This year, I’m rediscovering the magic in simplicity, understanding that it’s about the moments that unfold naturally. As the leaves turn and the air grows crisper, I’m looking forward to embracing the serenity and togetherness that comes with a simple Fall season. So, here’s to cozy blankets, warm mugs of cider, a slice of pie and making memories that will warm our hearts long after the Fall leaves have all fallen.

family outside enjoying autumn

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Jessica moved to Ventura less than three years ago from San Diego, where she lived for the past 20 years. Married in 2004 she began a fertility journey to start the family she always dreamed of. In 2007 she lost her husband to a chronic illness. For the next 8 years, now single, she focused on her career and the hope of being a mother someday. Six months before her 40th birthday she decided to manifest her own destiny and she became a Foster parent. Her son Luke (now 7) was placed with her at 14 months old and adopted when he was 4. Once in Ventura Jessica met her partner James, a retired Dermatologist. They dated and quickly became a blended family with James' two adult children Christa and Harrison. In October of 2021 the family received a surprise, Luke had a full biological sister who was 3 days old and she needed a home. Five days later they picked up a sweet tiny girl Ella (22 months) who will, hopefully, be adopted very soon. Jessica has a full-time career as a fundraising events planner, helping nonprofits fulfill their missions with the vital funds needed. She is a singer, and former musical theatre director, but only performs lullabies these days. Her family can be found most Saturdays at the Downtown Farmers Market, lunching at Peirano’s or at the Harbor feeding the birds and having ice cream on a hot day...or any day really.


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