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An adorable and easy DIY project to spice up a boring canvas bag for Kindergarten (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Decorating a plain Kindergarten canvas bag

Is your Kindergarten student now the owner of a bland and boring looking canvas bag for school? Instead of the beautiful Pottery Barn backpack and matching lunchbox that I bought at the beginning of summer for the upcoming school year, we have a canvas bag.  It's a school regulation that all … [Read More...]

Water of any kind in your basement is no fun! Here are the steps you need to take to remedy the situation(www.memyselfandjen.com)

Water in my basement?? YIKES!

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor. I enjoy a good rainstorm. Maybe even the kind that brings some thunder and lightning. I love to just relax and listen to the rain on the windows. Even last Thursday night, when the sky turned a strange color, … [Read More...]

Shopping is a fun way to earn Walgreens #BalanceRewards points #CollectiveBias #shop (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Making healthy choices with Walgreens #BalanceRewards #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias With the kids heading back to school, it's now time to focus on me - and specifically my wellness.  Getting my heath back in order is my #1 priority, and I'm … [Read More...]

Crystal Light and Miranda Lambert make a winning combination #PlatinumPoints #CollectiveBias #shop (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Summer nights with Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light #PlatinumPoints #Shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I love beautiful summer nights and live music.  So when I got the chance to go see Miranda Lambert at one of my favorite open-air concert venues, the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre outside of … [Read More...]

Back to School #WordlessWednesday (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Where does the time go? #WordlessWednesday

3rd Grade already . . . . it seems like yesterday when I brought her home from the hospital. #WordlessWednesday … [Read More...]

Top 5 Reasons to attend Type-A Parent Conference (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Top 5 reasons to attend Type-A Parent: PLUS Discount Code Included

In less than a month, I will be jetting off to fabulous Atlanta to attend the Type-A Parent Conference.  Not familiar with Type-A Parent?  Here's the official description of this awesome conference: Type-A Parent Conference, in its sixth year, is the world’s largest conference for parent bloggers. … [Read More...]

Rooster on the Window Ledge (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Yes, that’s really a rooster

Something completely ridiculous happened that I can't quite believe myself. Since we've moved in to our new townhome, I've been using the hashtag #HookersAndChickens across social media when I am waxing poetically about our interesting neighbors in the areas surrounding our townhouse community.  … [Read More...]

Get a Shot #GiveAShot with Walgreens and Shot@Life #cbias #shop (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Walgreens will Give A Shot® when you get one! #cbias #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. It's back to school time and that means not only stocking up on school supplies, but getting those physicals (and immunizations) taken care of.  Walgreens has got you covered for it all AND … [Read More...]

The Quiet Times - stories of my daughter (www.memyselfandjen.com)

The Quiet Times

When you have a child with anxiety and sensory processing issues coupled with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, the noise is never-ending.  Princess K is on what I call a three-minute loop - every three minutes she needs to have a conversation with me, see my face and talk to me in some way. All … [Read More...]

Just say NO to Facebook Messenger (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Why I won’t be installing Facebook Messenger

There has been an increase in chatter over the last few weeks regarding the forced implementation of Facebook Messenger.  No longer were you going to be able to use the "email" or "personal message" function in Facebook on your mobile device without installing Messenger - a separate application that … [Read More...]

How to Network with Brands Post Conference

How to Network with Brands: Post Conference

You're home from BlogHer14 with a stack of business card that are sitting on your desk / kitchen counter / still in your suitcase.  What should you do with them?  Odds are, there were brands that you meshed with more than others.  Should you continue to network with all of them? YES! All … [Read More...]

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10 Unconventional Take-Aways from #BlogHer14

Yes, I'm home.  Along with 1800+ women (and a few men) that are going through the process of re-entry (#ReEntrySucks) in to their every day lives.  For me, I'm struggling.  Struggling to write something profound and heartfelt regarding my experience at #BlogHer14.  All I have left in me is … [Read More...]

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Reflections on Time Away – #BlogHer14

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor. It’s been a few days since I returned from almost a week away from my family to attend #BlogHer14 in San Jose, CA. I’m still getting used to being home again; the routine of conference life quickly became my … [Read More...]

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Pathfinder Day: The Path to Business Owner #BlogHer14

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a Pathfinder Day at the 10th Anniversary of BlogHer's annual conference. Along with Erica Diamond from Women On The Fence, we covered an entire day on "The Path to Business Owner".  The primary purpose of the presentation was to create a conversation … [Read More...]

Not a typical getting ready for BlogHer14 post (www.memyselfandjen.com)

#BlogHer14: An unconventional getting ready list

DISCLAIMER:  if you are looking for a "Are you ready for BlogHer?" post that talks about things that you should do to your website, how many business cards to order, and what types of shoes to pack for the maximum amount of comfort during the conference, this isn't it. I repeat, THIS IS NOT YOUR … [Read More...]