things you don’t know about me

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Sharing my life on the blog gives you a pretty interesting glimpse into my life. You can see some of my best (and worst) vacation photos, career highlights, birth control rage fests, and you know a lot of things I used to be afraid to tell you.

However, strange, quirky, or mundane stuff about my life gets left out of those intentional posts.

So today I’d like to share a few things about me which are not necessarily super intentional, but are simply a part of my life and personality.

(And don’t worry, there is a very funny and insightful video at the end to make sure you get some intentional food for thought this morning as well.)


Though you may know that I started my jewelry business, Jess LC, when I was fifteen-years-old, you may not know that I took a year off from the business as a college freshman.

I was so sick of being “the jewelry girl” after high school I decided to leave my pliers at home and join the Men’s Crew Team at the University of Michigan. In fact, I actually trained with the guys during the winter myself and was entered as a lightweight woman’s rower for an indoor erg competition.

It was an amazing experience to be a coxswain for the team.  However, come sophomore year I quit the team and brought those pliers to Ann Arbor. And the rest is Jess LC history.


I happen to have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time. I’m sorry I’ve been holding out on you. My mom’s pudding cookie recipe is insane.

And rather than just taunt you with my cookie secret, I’m going to share the wealth.

Linda’s Pudding Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
1 package vanilla pudding (dry, still in powder form)
2 eggs
2 1/4 C flower
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C sugar
6 oz chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350*.

Mix wet ingredients and gradually add flour and baking soda. Stir in chips. Place drops of dough on cookie sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

Try them. Seriously. (You can thank me later.)


When it comes to my weekday lunches, I have some pretty strange obsessions. Every few months I become hooked on one particular thing. And I eat it almost everyday for weeks at a time. 

Here’s a few of the recent favorites:

  • Popcorn dipped in chipotle mayo (this one my Jess LC assistants knew as “Lunch of Champions”)
  • Trader Joes Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese
  • Trader Joes Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip with Pretzel Thins (current favorite)


Though you may know him as Franklin (named after my history crush, Ben Franklin), I call him Puppa Cakes most of the time. Somehow Puppa Cakes is a shortened version of Peanut Butter Puppa Cup…

He also answers to Scruff McGruff, Scruffy McGruffy, Scruff Meister, and Don’t Chew The Computer Cord!

In a blogging world of ladies who prefer the finer things in life, I sometimes feel a bit on the fringe when it comes to drinks. Sure, I love my wine (white with ice, please), but I also have a passion for beer.

And by beer, I mean IPAs almost exclusively. The hoppier the better.

My current favorites are all local: Gumball Head (Three Floyds, not a IPA, but amazing), Zombie Dust (Three Floyds), Iron Fist (Revolution), Gossamer (Half Acre), Daisy Cutter (Half Acre), and Cathy’s home brew.


And last but not least, it seems that my love for Louis CK has not been mentioned in past posts. Which is a shame because I love watching his stand-up and show.

Though his topics can be a bit rough, the video below is a great blend of his humor and insight on our collective attitudes towards inconvenience  I highly recommend watching it for a laugh and intentional inspiration.



So there you have it! Five things you didn’t know about me. I hope that these little peeks into other areas of my life help you get to know me a bit better, improve your cookie jar, inspire a pint order, and give you something to think about the next time you are on a plane and the internet doesn’t work.*



* Watch the video to understand the last one.

Louis CK photo via


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  1. Janette@The 2 Seasons

    After blogging for two years, we (my daughter/blog partner) and I decided to share some behind the scenes info about ourselves this week, too. I like knowing more about the person behind the blogs that I read. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Emily Harden

    I LOVE that Louis CK interview, I always appreciate a comedian that can be serious sometimes.

    The clip reminded me a lot of an article I read a while back:

    The tag line for the article is: “Rolled my eyes at a woman skipping happily across the street then I realized that I’m the asshole.” The article and this clip both remind me of how important it is to not only be happy with what you have, but to allow other people to be happy as well. No need to suck the fun out of everyone else’s lives, or your own!

    A couple facts most people don’t know about me? My first car was a carolina blue 1966 Mustang, and I have a black belt in karate (this is much more amusing if you know me).

  3. I’m a beer girl, too! I used to try to drink other, more “ladylike” things (think drinks that come in glasses with stems) but I’m all beer now. My husband brews – I share my office with many brews in different phases of completion. However, I really hate hoppy beers! Ha.

  4. It’s great to get to know you! Just started following your blog and I love it so far.

    I also adore Louis C.K. I’ve seen him live three times, which is more than I can say for anyone else, comedian or musician. Always been my favorite.

  5. Alexis

    Hi Jess, I love your blog, thanks for being so open to share things with your readers. I love hearing about what people nickname their pets. I have a jack russell named Igby. We call him Igby-Bear, Bigby, Bigby Bear, Biggles, Biggie Bear.

  6. Kate

    I love that you have more than 1 nickname for your dog. We have a multitude of nicknames for both our cats. Even french versions. <—we aren't french nor do we speak french. . .but it just seemed right. 🙂

  7. I too love beer over cocktails and have nick-named my dog Oliver, Oli Bear. Enjoyed Business in the City last night too, it’s always a great way to get ideas flowing! THANKS!

  8. I too have a very large love for Louis CK. I think he is an insanely funny man. I especially love quoting things from “Louis”…. particularly the episode when they are driving to visit his Aunt and his daughter is in the backseat going “I’m BORED, I’m BORED” but can’t say her R’s. Yeah, I say that way too often. Thanks for sharing some stuff about yourself Jess!

  9. Kelly

    Loved your list. My husband is a Three Floyd’s enthusiast, too. We have 3 cases of Zombie Dust in our basement. I am more of wine girl, but every once in a while I enjoy a good microbrew!

  10. Melanie

    Those cookie sound delish!! Do you make the pudding per the instructions on the box and add it to the batter???

    1. Jess Lively

      You add the dry pudding mix to the batter. : )

      1. Melanie

        Perfect!! Thanks!! I have all the ingredients on hand. Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

        1. Melanie

          Ps, that spinach kale dip from TJ’s is my current obsession as well!!!

  11. I put pudding mix in my chocolate chip cookies! I was experimenting and stumbled upon the yummiest cookies ever. So cool that your mom does that too! 🙂

  12. Angela Giaco

    I love the way you shared your facts! The pictures really added to the information and you had so many funny and interesting things to share! I love it!

  13. Tabrena Karish

    I am a hoppy microbrew lovin girl myself and hate how beer drinking ladies get such a bad rap, like is it not ladylike or sophisticated to be seen enjoying a good beer. I live in Vermont and there are tons of great microbrewerys. My faves are Hillfarmstead and Lawson’s.

    1. Jess Lively

      Never heard of H or L before, I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I see them on a menu!

  14. Meredith Martin

    That photo of Franklin is just adorable!! We consistently call our Rigby such strange things, the weirdest being “Mr. Peanut Butter Pants” (me) and “Punky Brewster” (my husband). Where does this stuff come from???

  15. Fun list. 🙂 I also enjoy beer. Usually I’m all about the red wine but recently I’ve favored beer. But I take it a step even “lower” with the classiness because I usually don’t pick the local micro-brew fancy stuff. My favorite is Corona. With a lime please. I don’t care if it’s ubiquitous, I love it! 🙂 And I think everybody has nicknames for their pets like that. My cats name is Milo but I call him all sorts of things. “My sweet boy” seems to be a common one. And Miro. Which is like… maybe how someone with an Asian accent would say Milo? Hahaha, I don’t know.

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