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Stream of Consciousness – Week 1 – #soc #freewriting #SOCSunday

I'm trying my hand at the Stream of Consciousness link-up from Love Jaime. You're asked to set the timer for 5-7 minutes and JUST WRITE. Other than that, there are no rules. Since I am sitting 5 feet from Jaime, and I love the idea of this, today seems like the best time to jump in. I'm … [Read More...]

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It’s time for Soups On! Come Join Us! #SoupsOn14

On Sunday, October 19th, the Rotary Club of Naperville will be hosting “Soup’s On!”, a fun, family focused fundraiser featuring great entertainment and plenty of delicious food.   Benefitting Hesed House, DuPage PADS, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and the Rotary Club of Naperville Charities, the … [Read More...]

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#TransformationTuesday – Week Two update and Week Three Goals #JenGetsFit

It's the end of the second week on the #JenGetsFit program and I've done ok.  Not great.  I've discovered that the beginning of the week is usually when I do my best - getting to the gym, hitting my steps, tracking my food, and eating clean.  By the weekend, work and life has taken priority and it … [Read More...]

Lets talk about Life Insurance for Life Insurance awareness month in September (

Do YOU have Life Insurance?

This post has been compensated by SBLI.  All opinions are my own. Talking about life insurance isn't always an easy conversation.  I get it.  It's thinking about what going to happen when you aren't around and who wants to voluntary spend time on that?  But answer this question - What would … [Read More...]

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Elmhurst is great fun for kids and adults (

Getting our jump on at Sky Zone Elmhurst

Recently, my family and I were invited to spend some time getting our jump on at Sky Zone in Elmhurst, Il (northwest suburbs of Chicago).  Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park with great features for kids AND adults. Prior to us heading over to Sky Zone, we jumped on to their website and filled … [Read More...]

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I’ll always love New York

Today and every day, I'll take time to remember those lives that were lost and forever changed on that September morning so many years ago.  For as long as I can remember, the city of New York and its people have held a place in my heart and soul.  Even before I lived there, I loved the energy and … [Read More...]

I am a survivor of domestic violence #WhyILeft (

I am a domestic violence survivor

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. Confession: I was in a relationship with a man that punched me in the face. I was a nineteen-year-old girl when he proposed to me. My knight in shining armor. He was sweet and romantic and everything I … [Read More...]

#MyMarianos Back to School Twitter Party on September 15th #CollectiveBias #shop (

Join Us for #MyMarianos Back to School Twitter Party on September 15th

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Join us for the #MyMarianos Twitter party! Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about back to school shopping! On September 15, 2014 at 8:00pm CT, please join us for the … [Read More...]

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#TransformationTuesday – Week One Update and Week Two Goals #JenGetsFit

First off, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who left me a wonderful comment either here on the blog or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. last week when I shared my struggled.  There were a lot of you that called me brave.  I'm not sure if I'm brave but I know that I was TIRED.  TIRED of … [Read More...]

Keeping family traditions alive with Hallmark #KidsCards #ValueCards from WalMart #collectivebias #shop (

Staying connected with Hallmark Value Cards at WalMart (#CollectiveBias #shop)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I love sending and receiving mail - and so do my daughters.  Passing on family traditions is important to me, and sending greetings cards is one of those traditions.  Hallmark and Walmart have … [Read More...]

Garth Brooks announces the launch of #GarthGoesGhost (

Garth Brooks talks Chicago, family, a world tour kickoff, and jumping in to the digital music scene

Thanks to, which arranged for my attendance at this awesome event! Thursday, September 4th in Rosemont, Illinois (just outside of Chicago), country music mega-superstar Garth Brooks held a press conference to kick off his 2014 World Tour.  The room was packed full of local, … [Read More...]

#GetAShot Give a shot to protect against seasonal flu at your participating Walgreens locations #CollectiveBias #shop (

Tackle seasonal flu and give back with Walgreens #GiveAShot program #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetAShot #CollectiveBias It's that time of year already.  The kids are all back to school, the local coffee shop has their pumpkin spice coffee drinks on hand, and the Halloween decorations … [Read More...]

#TransformationTuesday It's time now #JenGetsFit

#TransformationTuesday – It’s time to turn it around or accept being fat

This is one of the hardest posts I've ever written. If you are a hater, turn around and get the hell out right now.  Not this post.  Not today.  You aren't welcome here. Still here?  Good.  Then I'm assuming that you are someone who can relate to finding yourself in a place in life and … [Read More...]

An adorable and easy DIY project to spice up a boring canvas bag for Kindergarten (

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(

Water in my basement?? YIKES!

This article recently appeared on 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...]