Weekend Recap: Michigan Getaway

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’m currently writing this while looking out a big picture window in the woods with little bits of snow lightly falling. It’s been a nice weekend away for our little family.

Friday

I worked from home until 1 on Friday before Ben and I left for Michigan. We got here, played with Cora a bit outside and then went over to the Salty Dog for dinner.

Weekend Recap: Michigan GetawayBen and I split a salad and nachos, which were both SUPER good. Once we got back, we spent a little time reading before watching the British Baking Show. Unfortunately I don’t sleep very well in new places sometimes, so I barely slept (and barely slept on Thursday night because Ben was sick) so it called for an exhausted Saturday.

Saturday

Once we were up, we ended up having chili for breakfast because we didn’t have any cooking oil to make our eggs and hashbrowns we brought with (whoops.) Ben and I got a little work done before talking about my brand and how I’d like to make some changes.

Weekend Recap: Michigan GetawayAround lunch time, we joined Ben’s friend (he owns this house and stays in another house on the property every weekend) for brunch at the Swedish Bakery. I had chilaquiles which were pretty good, but the stunner was a gluten free brownie we took home with us. OMG IT WAS SO GOOD.

After lunch, we read and chatted about the 30 Day Brigthen program that I’ll be starting in about a week and a half after I get my Mirena taken out.  After that we went with a long walk with Cora through the woods and she was POOPED afterwards (okay, so was I.)

Weekend Recap: Michigan Getaway Weekend Recap: Michigan GetawayWe were pretty hungry and we didn’t bring as much food as we thought (whoops) so we headed to another quick restaurant nearby for dinner. It wasn’t very good and we both wish we wouldn’t have had to eat there. We stopped at a quick convenience store (there’s literally NO grocery stores in the area) to pick up some coconut oil so we could make breakfast on Sunday morning. We spent the rest of the night reading, playing Scrabble (I lost terribly) and then watched another episode of the British Baking Show before heading off to bed.

Sunday

On Sunday morning it was snowing a little bit when we woke up. Ben made breakfast and we started some work for the day. He did some yoga while I started this blog and did some other work.

Weekend Recap: Michigan GetawayWe played with Cora outside, made lunch, read for awhile and then packed up and left around 2 pm. I was so sad to go back to the city that I was in a weird funk the rest of the night! Ben and I looked at some apartments and then got ready for the week.

How was your weekend? Where do you go on fun little getaways that don’t break the bank?

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 10 – My Mirena IUD Story

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 10 – My Mirena IUD StoryHello friends! Today’s episode is a little background into my journey with hormonal birth control over the last 15 years and why I decided it was time to stop. I chat about all things Mirena IUD, the book Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten and some of the symptoms I’m hoping to relieve by getting off birth control!


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Ep. 10: Why I’m Getting My Mirena IUD Out

Hello friends! Today’s episode is a little background into my journey with hormonal birth control over the last 15 years and why I decided it was time to stop. I chat about all things Mirena IUD, the book Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten and some of the symptoms I’m hoping to relieve by getting off birth control!

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In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • Why I went on the Mirena IUD
  • My total birth control background
  • How it is messing with my health
  • What I’m planning to do

Links and things …

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My Debt Journey: The Beginning with Dave Ramsey’s System

Happy Wednesday! How’s your week been going? Today I want to chat to you a bit about how we’ve decided to take our finances into our control (because they were a little out of control before that) and what we’re doing in 2019.

My Debt Journey: The Beginning with Dave Ramsey's SystemAfter having a troublesome year last year between health and finances, we’ve had to make A LOT of changes in our lives the last few months and moving forward. One of the biggest ones was getting our debt under control. We received The Total Money Makeover book for a Christmas gift from Ben’s boss and immediately dialed into it. I also started going hardcore into YouTube videos about budgeting, the debt snowball and how we could make Dave Ramsey’s program work best for us (because personally, I don’t think every program is a one size fits all.)

In January we spent the time reading the book together and setting up our budgets. This is when I spent the most time understanding how I already spend my money, how much debt do I even have (more on that in a second) and getting to know some of my favorite channels and bloggers (since that’s how I best digest info) into my queue. I’m not kidding – I have read and watched SO MANY THINGS.

So now – let’s get started.

February was the start to both of us budgeting. To start out with, Ben and I are keeping our budgets separate to truly understand what is necessary in our budgets and what we could do differently. In a few months (around when we get married) we may change that to combing but for now – keeping it separate. I made a big spreadsheet budget with my actual numbers I’m spending, how much I’m budgeting for each month and how much debt I have to put into my debt snowball. I’ve also started using cash envelopes for things like restaurants, groceries, Cora, etc. I’ve also stopped any spending whatsoever on my credit card

In Dave Ramsey’s plan, he has you first getting your $1000 in savings as Baby Step 1. We’re swaying from that a bit and are going to try to continue saving a bit each month since $1k in Chicago isn’t that good of a buffer, but it’s a great starting place! From there, I will be going after my smallest debt to pay that off as quickly as possible. I currently have five debts:

  • Personal Loan
  • Credit Card
  • Car Loan
  • Great Lakes Student Loan
  • Sofi/Mohela Student Loan

If you’re interested in seeing more of my debt journey INCLUDING real, real, realllly real numbers, let me know! I plan to do a segment on my YouTube channel, but I’d be happy to do that here on the blog as well if it’d be helpful. Let me know!

So far, I’m feeling inspired AF. I’m loving it (although I keep forgetting my cash envelopes at home 🤦🏼‍♀️) But we’re working on it and I can’t wait to see how much money we’re able to pay off this year.

Weekend Recap: Visitors & The ‘Burbs

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Anything fun? (Let me know in the comments!)

My weekend was pretty great so I thought it’d be fun to chat about it.

Friday

On Friday, it ended up being another brutally cold day, so thankfully I was able to work from home (which we all know is my favorite.) I signed out of work around 3 pm because my mom and sister came to visit! We hung out chatting for the afternoon before heading to dinner at Quartino.

I was really pumped because Quartino has a pretty hefty gluten free menu, but the last time I ate there off the menu, I still go extremely sick. Unfortunately it happened again, but thankfully not to the same extent. I still got extremely bloated, so I don’t think I’ll be going there anymore – boo!

The rest of the night we watched Ghost Adventures (LOL) and playing a board game before heading off to bed.

Weekend Recap: Visitors & The 'BurbsSaturday

My  mom and sister decided not to stay the whole weekend due to a snowstorm coming in, so we ordered brunch from Whisk (a favorite of mine) and waiting for Ben to get done with work. We then headed off to The Shedd Aquarium because my sister’s always wanted to go there.

Weekend Recap: Visitors & The 'BurbsOnce we got home, everyone ate quickly before they headed off to the train. Ben and I all of a sudden had part of our weekend open, so we spent the evening reading and watching Orange is the New Black.

Sunday

On Sunday Ben, Cora and I headed out to the suburbs to let Cora run and for us to get some errands out of the way. Ben hasn’t tried on wedding bands yet, so we wanted to get an idea of what he wanted.

Weekend Recap: Visitors & The 'Burbs

Then we ate a quick lunch at Qdoba before heading to a Starbucks (we left Cora at Ben’s parents house) to get some work done for the week while it snowed outside.

Weekend Recap: Visitors & The 'Burbs

We headed back over to Ben’s parents house and hung out with them for the rest of the evening before heading back to the city! Thankfully not many people were out and about, so it was MUCH quicker getting home than it normally is. We got a few bits of work done (like this post!) and called it a night.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun or relaxing?

Why I Chose Beautycounter

Happy Friday, friends! Today I want to chat with you a bit about Beautycounter. I know, I know … I talk about it a lot… but I do that because I love it so much (and Ben does, too!) If you’re looking to get into a skincare system, I’d ask you to really look into Beautycounter’s products (here’s my three faves) and how we’re putting safe products into the hands of everyone. It’s seriously scary what can be in some products (check out my non-toxic podcast for more, too!)

So, without further adieu …

Why I Chose Beautycounter

  • Non-toxic products were a game-changer for me
  • We’re changing all of our products to non-toxic
  • I’m 31 and need some damn good skincare 😉
  • I trust the company 
  • We deserve safe products and knowing what’s in our products/what they could be doing to us

Those are just a few reasons I love Beautycounter and while I’ll continue using their products for a long, long time. Using Beautycounter was my first step in my non-toxic lifestyle and my skin can’t thank me enough. I hope you’ll check out the company (even if you don’t buy – just really look into what’s in your makeup and skincare) and let me know if you have any questions!

What are you up to this weekend?

Weekend Day in the Life

Happy Wednesday, friends! So happy we’re already halfway through the week.

Today I wanted to remind y’all that I have a YouTube channel 😉 by showing you my weekend DITL from this past Saturday chilling out at home. I hope you enjoy!

Weekend Day in the Life | Saturday Fun

Hi friends! Today’s video is a day in the life from this past weekend when I was hanging out at home with Ben and Cora! I hope you enjoy. Blog: www.justjessieblog.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessiedeschane

What are you up to this weekend?

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 9 – Our Non-Toxic Journey with Benjamin Fritz

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 6 – Mercury Toxicity & Adrenal Fatigue with Benjamin Fritz

On this episode of the Chronically Healing Podcast, Ben and I take you through our journey toward a less toxic life – with products, lifestyle and friends/family. I hope you’ll tune in!

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Ep. 9: Our Non-Toxic Journey with Benjamin Fritz

On today’s episode my fiance (Ben) and I take you through our journey toward a less toxic life – with products, lifestyle and friends/family. I hope you’ll tune in! Blog: www.justjessieblog.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/jessiedeschane Jessie’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/jessiedeschane  Ben’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/benfritzcoaching 

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In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • Which products we’ve switched over to non-toxic
  • Beautycounter products and why we use them
  • What we think are the most important non-toxic products to start with
  • How to live a non-toxic lifestyle – including relationships with friends and family

Links and things …

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31st Birthday Week Recap | Polar Vortex 2019

Happy Friday, friends! I feel like this has been a long week, but in a good way! Besides today, I’ve worked from home every single day (apart from Wednesday – my actual birthday – when I took off) and it was GLORIOUS. I love working from home so much. The only bad part is the reason we were working from home is because the weather was NASTY in Chicago – think -50 degree windchills.

So anyway, this week has been a good one. On Monday I worked from home because the snow storm had been so bad that the buses were running incredibly late/full, so I waited 30 minutes for a bus before walking back home. Tuesday I took over the Instagram stories of my friends over at Glowout while working from home, which made it a lot easier. And then Wednesday was my actual birthday!

We had all these ideas of going to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch since it’s Chicago Restaurant Week, but honestly with those windchills most places closed down in Chicago + we just weren’t leaving the house, so we made the best of it.

I woke up to a fun birthday sign and card from Ben before he made me coffee and breakfast. Ben had a tiny bit of work to get done, so he finished that while I played on my phone. Around lunch time, we started our Orange is the New Black Netflix marathon and ordered in Qdoba via Door Dash.

31st Birthday Week Recap | Polar Vortex 2019The rest of the afternoon was literally spent watching OITNB together and not doing a thing. We did quickly run across the street to Starbucks for my free drink (where the barista was super rude, actually) which was TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT in the freezing cold. We spent the rest of the night hanging out, making dinner together and reading a couple of books.

And that was my quick and fun birthday week! I wish we could’ve gotten out to do something fun on my birthday, but that’s the problem with January birthdays. 😉 We’re hoping to get in a nice lunch somewhere this weekend when it warms up a bit. How has your week been?

31 Things I’m Excited for in my 31st Year

Happy Wednesday friends, and HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY TO ME! 🎉It’s officially negative a bazillion degrees outside today, so I’m staying bundled up inside cuddling with Cora and Ben.

Last week I told you all about the 30 things I’m grateful for in my 30th year so today I thought I’d tell you about some of my hopes and dreams for my 31st year. Some of those can be found in Monday’s post on my vision board, but I thought it’d be fun to list out some of the fun things coming about this year that I’m pumped about!

31 Things I'm Excited for in my 31st Year

  1. Living in the most beautiful apartment with my little family for the time that we can.
  2. Continuing to decrease my phone and social media time.
  3. Getting my hormonal IUD out and working on my hormones.
  4. Meeting my best friend’s baby girl. ❤️
  5. Spending time planning the rest of our wedding and enjoying it.
  6. Saving money and paying off debt to provide us with the best future possible.
  7. MARRYING MY BEST FRIEND!
  8. Seeing Ben’s grandparents again (they live in Florida for half of the year) – we didn’t get to see them much in 2018. They’re two of my favorite people on Earth and I can’t wait until they’re back up here for the summer.
  9. Spending more time with my family – they’re coming to visit me in February!
  10. Going on a small honeymoon.
  11. Getting my nails done when I can.
  12. Walking to work when the weather warms up.
  13. Working toward symptom-less Hashimoto’s.
  14. Expressing gratitude for every day and everything happening in my life the way it’s supposed to.
  15. Hopefully getting in some traveling here and there!
  16. Manifesting some money $$$!
  17. Finding out how to incorporate fitness back into my life.
  18. Exploring passions that I have outside of social media – like reading, my podcast, etc.
  19. Drinking warm coffee or tea in the mornings with Cora.
  20. Spending quality time with Ben and continuing to grow our love and partnership.
  21. Seeing Ben with a wedding ring. 😍
  22. Making new friends and growing old friendships.
  23. Nourishing my body with health, loving foods that make me feel great and healing my unhealthy relationship with food.
  24. Starting my business!
  25. Celebrating Ben’s 31st birthday in the summer.
  26. Reading tons of books and continuing to learn so many cool things.
  27. Seeing the My Favorite Murder podcast live show!
  28. Seeing Iliza Shlesinger live with Ben!
  29. Learning to love myself in every moment of life.
  30. Growing my blog and YouTube side hustles.
  31. Dreaming about the future while still being present in my everyday life.

Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog a few times a week and supporting me over here! I’m grateful for all of you and can’t wait to see what my 31st year has to hold! ❤️

How to Make a Vision Board in Canva

And just like that, it’s Monday! This past weekend was filled with a quick little birthday party for Ben’s younger brother and then tons of cleaning and getting work done on Sunday. Overall, it was a pretty great weekend!

Today I wanted to take you through how to make a quick and easy vision board in Canva. I’ve always wanted to do a vision board, but honestly … I don’t own magazines anymore so I can’t easily clip out words and things that have meaning to me! My therapist tasked me with doing a vision board to help me with some of my goals, but when I sat down to try, I wasn’t sure where to start. I went to Pinterest and Google for pretty pictures to print out and then I was like, “WAIT – I have an easier way to do this!”

How to Make a Vision Board in Canva
Enter my favorite website – Canva! Seriously, I get so much done – personally and professionally – with Canva. So instead of printing off a bunch of pictures and sticking it on to something (because, oh yeah, I forgot to buy something for that, too) I decided to put it all together in Canva and print it once it was complete!

First, I went up to “Custom Dimensions” and entered 11 x 8.5 (because I wanted to hang my finished vision board horizontally.) From there, I went to Google and Pinterest to find pictures and quotes that I thought were fitting for my 2019 goals.

How to Make a Vision Board in Canva
And honestly, that’s it! If you’d like, Canva has already made grids that will help all of your photos be even in the right places with no overlap. I kinda wanted to wing it on my own (more like I would have if I was doing it by hand) so I just played around with spacing and what photos looked good together. Here’s what I ended up with!

How to Make a Vision Board in CanvaI love it! There’s so much good stuff on there and I love looking at it – which, of course, is the whole point.

Ben printed it out on resume paper that we had laying around, so it was a little bit thicker and I stuck it to our white board in our office. One cool thing with Canva, is you can easily resize something OR instead of downloading it as a PDF, I also downloaded it as a PNG and put it as the background to my laptop so I see it all the time now!

So, easy peasy. Have you made a vision board yet this year? How did you make yours?