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My crazy weekend: A Chicago mom learns to improvise

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor.  My kids have NOT enjoyed the home selling process at all. First, I packed up the majority of their prized possessions they had strategically used to decorate their room when they were away for the weekend as … [Read More...]

A complete list of DuPage County schools that offer full day kindergarten (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Full Day Kindergarten in DuPage County: a comprehensive list of where it is available

Once I made the decision to move from my current home of eleven years, it was time to decide where we were going.  I love the town that we currently lived but there were not a lot of options to downsize in to a townhouse, which is what I am looking for.  There are a lot of things to consider when … [Read More...]

A Chicago Mom's adventures in home selling (www.memyselfandjen.com)

A Chicago mom’s adventure in home selling

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor.  I've recently made the decision to sell my home and downsize to a townhouse - something that is much more manageable for a single mom with two small daughters at home. I have an amazing realtor that I have … [Read More...]

Meltowns and Mittens - Moms can have a meltdown too! (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Morning meltdowns: They aren’t just for kids

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor.  As I've talked about before, I'm a single parent with two small daughters at home, ages eight and five. And while their dad is involved in their lives, I am the primary parent. This means that I'm responsible … [Read More...]

Snapchat and Your Kids:  What parents need to Know (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Snapchat and Your Kids: What Parents Need to Know

This article originally appeared on the MommyNearest mobile app where I am an “Expert Mom” and weekly contributor.  To read great daily content and find the best places to hang out with your kids in the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas, download the app HERE for free. I've already given … [Read More...]

Aaron Sorkin is my all-time favorite writer!  (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Kicking It Old School: The Questions

My friend Melisa over at Suburban Scrawl wrote a post yesterday about bringing old school blogging back.  In it, she answered a bunch of questions about herself that I thought were fun and interesting.  At her urging, I am attempting to embrace the "old school" way of blogging (even tho I've only … [Read More...]

Avoid tipping, anchor your furinture (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Avoid an Accident, Anchor your Furniture

This article originally appeared on the MommyNearest mobile app where I am an “Expert Mom” and weekly contributor.  To read great daily content and find the best places to hang out with your kids in the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas, download the app HERE for free. In the wake of a … [Read More...]

DIsney Muppets Most Wanted

Disney’s MUPPETS MOST WANTED: More Activity Sheets!

We are so excited that the day has finally come! Disney's "MUPPETS MOST WANTED" opens in theaters!!!!  *throws confetti My girls and I are headed to an early show this afternoon (the perks of not having school today because of parent-teacher conference).  Disney's has released a bunch of new … [Read More...]

Is Instagram ok for kids 2 (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Instagram for Kids? What Parents Should Know

This article originally appeared on the MommyNearest mobile app where I am an “Expert Mom” and weekly contributor.  To read great daily content and find the best places to hang out with your kids in the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas, download the app HERE for free. In the first and … [Read More...]

This is what it looked like when we bought it eleven years ago - clearly not a recent picture!

It’s Time to Move On

My house goes up for sale this morning. It's a voluntary choice - one that I made with a lot of tears and soul searching.  This is the only home that's ever had my name on it.  The only home my two small daughters have called ours.  It's the place where I built a life together with their dad.  … [Read More...]

A parenting dilemma - are sleepovers a good thing (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Parenting Dilemma: Are Sleepovers a Good Thing?

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor.  Recently I received an email from the mother of one of my second-grade daughters classmates.  In it, she talked about the upcoming birthday of her child, how she was hosting a sleepover party, and would my … [Read More...]

7 Things Parents Shold Know about Twitter (www.memyselfandjen.com)

7 Things All Parents Should Know About Twitter

This article originally appeared on the MommyNearest mobile app where I am an “Expert Mom” and weekly contributor.  To read great daily content and find the best places to hang out with your kids in the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas, download the app HERE for free. Recently, I wrote … [Read More...]

Oprahs Life Class - The Single Moms Club or The Mommy Mean Girls?  You Decide (www.memyselfandjen.com)

The Single Moms Club? It’s more like the Mommy Mean Girls

As I shared with you several weeks ago, I submitted a piece for the 2014 Chicago Listen to Your Mother show.  And while I was going to wait until closer to Mother's Day to share it with you, a recent episode of Oprah's "Lifeclass" and the release of Tyler Perry's new movie, "The Single Moms Club" … [Read More...]

My view from the Starbucks Drive-Thru to the grocery store parking lot, where Engine 2 is usually parked.

Engine 2

Every day for the last month while sitting in the Starbucks drive-thru, I looked across the street to the grocery store parking lot and saw the fire truck from Naperville Fire Department Engine 2.  My home, the Starbucks, and Engine 2 are all within a mile of each other so you would think that I … [Read More...]

Teresa and Joe Giudice - photo courtesy of Bravo (www.memyselfandjen.com)

Teresa Giudice Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

This morning in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice plead guilty to four counts of fraud. I have followed and blogged about RHONJ for several years now, and I have been critical of the choices that Teresa has made on the popular Bravo … [Read More...]