Cassy Fiano-Chesser

Cassy Fiano-Chesser
Cassy Fiano-Chesser is a Jacksonville native and mom to six kids. Her husband is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She works from home as a blogger and a freelance writer, and they currently live in the Argyle area of Jacksonville. Benjamin is their oldest, born in 2011, and he loves being a big brother. Wyatt was born in 2012, and he has Down syndrome. Ivy came next, in 2013, followed by Clara, born in 2015, who is a diva-with-a-capital-D. Rounding out the brood is Felicity, born in 2017, and Lilly, born in 2007. They love discovering things to do on the First Coast and going on family adventures, as well as cheering on the Jumbo Shrimp and the Icemen.
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American Girl’s New Historical Doll is Going to Make You Feel Really, Really Old

If you're a Xennial like me — that's someone born right on the cusp of Gen X and Millennials — then you probably have a lot of fond memories of American Girl. Back in...
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Everyone Needs to Calm Down About Gender Reveals

Right now, California is burning. The El Dorado Fire has burned over 12,000 acres near the San Bernardino National Forest, with an estimated 21,000 people forced to evacuate. And, ridiculously, it's all because of...

Chadwick Boseman: Helping Kids Cope With Grief

I've long admitted to being a self-professed nerd, and that has meant raising my kids on a steady diet of all things Star Wars, DC, and Marvel. One of our favorite comic book superheroes...

On the Lookout: Keeping Children Safe From Predators

Parents on the First Coast have good reason to be on edge lately. Thomas Hazouri, Jr., son of former Mayor and president of the City Council Tommy Hazouri, was recently arrested on charges of...

Actually, Rachel Hollis, We ALL Saw That Coming

This week, everyone's (least?) favorite author and influencer announced that she has a new book being released next month. And, as only Rachel Hollis can do, she managed to make a genuinely emotional, traumatic...

A New Alzheimer’s Breakthrough is Giving Hope to the Hopeless

I knew before he was born that my son would have Down syndrome. But it wasn't until a few years later that I learned something terrifying: People with Down syndrome are at a much,...
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That’s It! I’m Filing for a Sleep Divorce

Y'all, raise your hands if you feel me. It is impossible to sleep in a bed with another person and get a good night's sleep, especially if that other human being is a man....

The Heartbreaking Reminder to Take COVID-19 Seriously (and Never Take Anything for Granted)

Earlier this year, everything was normal — relatively speaking, anyway. Now, we live in a COVID world, where everyone is wearing masks and social distancing. It's hard on everyone, to say the least. But...
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The New Normal? What to Expect When School Reopens

We've all been tearing our hair out for the past few months. It's no understatement to say that having distance learning foisted upon us with no warning whatsoever was not easy. Even for those...
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I Have to Nag My Husband to See the Doctor

What is it with men and avoiding the doctor? Ladies, tell me if this sounds at all familiar. A few months ago, I spotted a mole on my husband's back that I am sure is...

Do Better, White Women: We Must Stop Using Race as a Weapon

Memorial Day ended with a bang yesterday, as millions of Americans were confronted with the reality that racism is still alive and well in the United States. For many of us, especially for those...

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List: Free & Cheap Things to Do in Jacksonville

There's no denying that summer looks a little different this year. Things like park hops, visits to see the latest big movie, fun festivals, trips to theme parks — the things we normally love...