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Exploring Bartlett: 3 Not-To-Miss Places

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. As many of you know, I relocated to the Bloomingdale area several months ago. Even though I only moved 30 minutes away, and I love my new location, one of the main struggles I have is that I don’t KNOW where and … [Read More...]

DuPage Children's Museum at the Mall (

DuPage Children’s Museum at The Mall

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor Since their location at 301 N. Washington sustained significant water damage from a broken pipe on January 8th forced the museum to close for the immediate future, the ideas and offers to help have come pouring … [Read More...]

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Gaga, NPH, Selma, Patricia: an Oscar 2015 Recap

Nothing will snap me out of a blogging slump faster than an almost four-hour Oscar show.  I watched.  I tweeted.  And now here are my thoughts that take more than 140 characters to express, in no particular order. I missed Ellen I love Neil Patrick Harris.  I really do.  But last night, he was … [Read More...]

An unconventional Valentine's Day gift box from Target including K-Y® Love #LoveOurVDay #cbias #ad (

How to make an “unconventional” Valentine’s gift basket from Target and not break the bank #LoveOurVDay #CollectiveBias #ad

This shop has been sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #LoveOurVDay #CollectiveBias It’s February, the month that is typically thought of as the “romance” month. But in my house, romance is hard to come by, regardless of what month it is.   My … [Read More...]

3 tips for understanding health insurance and the affordable healthcare act (

3 Tips for Understanding Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

This post has been compensated by UnitedHealthcare and it's advertisers.  All opinions are my own. As the end of of 2013 approached, I was faced with a huge hurdle regarding my health insurance coverage.  My COBRA was ending and, being self-employed and single, I had no other means of obtaining … [Read More...]

The GPALOVEMATH Learning Coaches (

My kids are learning to love math with GPALOVEMATH™ – Review, Free Trial Offer & Giveaway! #IWantToBe

This post has been compensated by GPA LEARN™ and their advertisers.  All opinions are my own. When I first spoke to the owners and developers of GPA LEARN™'s program GPALOVEMATH™ at the Type A Parent Conference in Atlanta last year, I was immediately excited.  I felt like it was a match made in … [Read More...]

Fantastic options for Pennzoil at Walmart Automotive Care Centers #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

Walmart + Pennzoil = Multitasking Nirvana! #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias While I may be a fanatic about maintaining my car, my other half is not.  His hectic schedule of work plus his passion for coaching club volleyball leaves … [Read More...]

If I Fall, If I Die From Left to Write Book Club (

January Book Club – If I Fall, If I Die #FromLeftToWrite

My middle daughter. She and I are connected in a way that I can’t describe other than to say it’s magical.   It’s beyond the love I feel for all of my children, something deep I see in her eyes that connects me with her soul. It has been this way since she was born. Maybe it’s because of the … [Read More...]

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Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown shares family travel tips

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor Samantha Brown knows travel. After spending more than a decade at Travel Channel, living in airports, hotels and out of a suitcase, Brown now juggles her intense travel schedule with the demands of … [Read More...]

#MonkeyKingdom from DisneyNature openes in April 2015 (

#MonkeyKingdom – New Trailer Available

The new trailer and images for Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM is now available. Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is … [Read More...]

Strange Magic from Touchstone Pictures and Lucas Films opens in January 2015 (

New from Touchstone Pictures & LucasFilm: #StrangeMagic

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle … [Read More...]

My family loved the Turducken with Chicken Apple Stuffing from Echelon Foods (

Turkey-Schmurkey, let’s make Turducken instead!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that cooking is not my forte.  Sure, I can boil water for pasta, make mac and cheese, and even pull together a lasagna on a good day.  I usually can master a really BASIC recipe and it evens looks like it is supposed to the forth or fifth time … [Read More...]

Harley and her new BFF the Dyson D65 (

It’s all About the Dyson

Editor Note:  Me, Myself and Jen is growing and expanding, adding new and exciting features, content and contributors in 2015.  First to contribute is Kate Cash from Finally Alive After 25. She's a superstar on Facebook and Instagram, and has just started her first blog.  She recently reviewed the … [Read More...]

Canon EOS Rebel T51 from BEst Buy #CanonAtBestBuy #HintingSeason

Make it a Canon holiday from Best Buy! #HintingSeason #CanonAtBestBuy

As a blogger who makes a living from creating great content for brands, excellent photography is a big part of what makes posts attractive and successful to companies that I work with.  While smart phone cameras are good in a pinch, nothing can be the quality of a photographs and videos taken from a … [Read More...]

These women are my glue (


Today is my birthday.  I don't know if I feel older or wiser than I did yesterday - isn't that what you are supposed to feel on your birthday??? I know I feel tired, heavier and slower.  My body is certainly aging and I'm not doing a bang-up job of taking care of it.  Most days, my version of … [Read More...]