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  • Parental Alienation: The Dirty Little Secret of Divorce

    When I was fourteen and a Freshman in high school, I decided to go live with my Dad.  My parents had been divorced for several years and while I had been living with my mothers since the break up, it was my Dad I missed.  My Dad was the “other side” in the phrase, “the… [Continue Reading]

    Parental Alienation: The Dirty Little Secret of Divorce
  • 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 daughter be able to attend on such-and-such… [Continue Reading]

    Parenting Dilemma:  Are Sleepovers a Good Thing?
  • It’s okay to talk about #BlackLivesMatter if you’re White

    Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me. “Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main… [Continue Reading]

    It’s okay to talk about #BlackLivesMatter if you’re White
  • Halloween Decorations – Door Wreath

    I’ve been looking for a Halloween specific wreath for my front door and everything was just so fussy or not what I was looking for.  So I decided to make my own!  Without a clear vision in mind, but somewhat of an idea, I picked up the following things from my local craft store: orange,… [Continue Reading]

    Halloween Decorations – Door Wreath
  • How to Washi Tape your Laptop

    I have recently stumbled upon washi tape.  I’m not sure how I’ve lived fourty-COUGH-something years without knowing that this has existed, but I know that I’m in SERIOUS trouble now that I am aware. After wandering through the craft store, and consulting with my friends via text, I decided that I needed to washi tape… [Continue Reading]

    How to Washi Tape your Laptop
  • 5 Things Parents Should Know About Facebook

    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. As a social media professional, it concerns… [Continue Reading]

    5 Things Parents Should Know About Facebook
  • 10 Things You Need To Know About Car Seat Safety #carsdotcom #carsdotcomsafety

    Car seats and car seat safety has been something extremely important to me for quite a long time.  Given that my girls are almost 12 and 9 (and we are just on the very tail end of needing safety seats) I considered myself a pro on the subject when I met with the good people… [Continue Reading]

    10 Things You Need To Know About Car Seat Safety #carsdotcom #carsdotcomsafety
  • Fences, walls and dreams

    The family we are visiting lives eleven miles from the border between the United States and Mexico.  Eleven.  There is a whole world in these eleven miles that I didn’t know existed.  I thought I was well-informed and well-educated when it came to the topic of immigration between Mexico and the US.  But what I… [Continue Reading]

    Fences, walls and dreams
  • Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole #vegan #vegetarian

    It’s been six weeks since #whengallbladdersattack and I’ve lost about 25 pounds.  More important to me is that I am really working hard at embracing the whole food, plant-based protein lifestyle.  I’m not counting calories, carbs, grams of fat, points or servings of anything.  I eat as much of the food that is in my… [Continue Reading]

    Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole #vegan #vegetarian
  • Is There Poison in your Drinking Water?

    Recently a disturbing report about our local drinking water popped across my Facebook timeline.  The post shared how cancer-causing Chromium-6 is in 140 Chicago area water systems and posed the question, “Is Yours One?” If you saw the movie Erin Brockovich, you might remember the horrors of Chromium-6.  Liver damage, reproductive problems and developmental damage… [Continue Reading]

    Is There Poison in your Drinking Water?
  • Why white people need to get on board with #TakeAKnee

    Since last Friday night’s “rally” in Alabama when President Cheeto (h/t Luvvie) decided to ignite another shit-storm and make himself the center of all things by calling Colin Kaepernick a “son of a bitch” and suggesting that NFL owners (9 of which made sizeable donations) should fire anyone who takes a knee during the National… [Continue Reading]

    Why white people need to get on board with #TakeAKnee
  • How To Do a Tween Bedroom Makeover and Not Go Broke

    Since we moved in to the new house two years ago, both girls have been living in the decorating shadows of the former owners.  Their bedrooms were nowhere near their preferred colors. When I gave them a choice for the holidays to either have a ton of presents under the tree of have their room… [Continue Reading]

    How To Do a Tween Bedroom Makeover and Not Go Broke
  • My 2017 Word Of The Year

    So I’ve never declared a “word of the year” before.  I’ve also never been forty-six and felt so blah about so many things in my life.  Don’t get me wrong – there are an abundance of things in my corner of the world that are fantastic.  MORE THAN FANTASTIC.  However, I feel like there are… [Continue Reading]

    My 2017 Word Of The Year
  • #WhenGallbladdersAttack: The Aftermath

    It’s been thirty days since my gallbladder attacked me. I can’t believe how much my life has changed in those thirty days. I was quietly minding my own business, watching television after putting my kids to bed and preparing to leave on a twenty-four hour road trip to Texas the next morning.  Our of nowhere,… [Continue Reading]

    #WhenGallbladdersAttack: The Aftermath
  • Spaghetti for the Win – Squash Style! #vegan #vegetarian

    For those of you that know me in real life, you’ll know that pasta is my favorite food group.  I *may* have been Italian in a previous life I love pasta so much.  All shapes, sizes and varieties.  From the expensive stuff all the way to the beloved macaroni and cheese from a box that… [Continue Reading]

    Spaghetti for the Win – Squash Style! #vegan #vegetarian
  • 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 second parts of… [Continue Reading]

    Instagram for Kids?  What Parents Should Know
  • 6 Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Home

    I know it’s been “officially” fall for a little while now, but I can’t pull the fall decorations out of my bright orange tubs in the basement until the calendar officially says October.  And while my effort in the decorating arena runs on a sliding scale from year to year, I always do SOMETHING to… [Continue Reading]

    6 Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Home
  • 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 you the ins and… [Continue Reading]

    Snapchat and Your Kids:  What Parents Need to Know
  • Printables and Activity Sheets for Disney’s FROZEN

    Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped… [Continue Reading]

    Printables and Activity Sheets for Disney’s FROZEN
  • Learning to Love the Amish & their Non Toxic Ways

    Let me say right off the top that this is not a sponsored post, and I’m not getting paid one cent to brag about anything.  You won’t find an affiliate link, and there is no multi-level marketing scheme at play.  This is me, just Jen, sharing something with you that I have FALLEN. IN. LOVE.… [Continue Reading]

    Learning to Love the Amish & their Non Toxic Ways
  • 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 about the 5 things… [Continue Reading]

    7 Things All Parents Should Know About Twitter