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One Quick Take

April 11, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

One Quick Take

February 18, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

T2 woke up from her nap needing a diaper and outfit changes. When T1 saw the red stripes that she was dressed in, he insisted that he match her with red stripes of his own.

Do You Skimm?

January 15, 2014 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

Today is National Skimm Day (as declared by the ladies behind theSkimm) and I think their service is so fab that I’m writing a post so you guys will Skimm* with me. Give them your email address and each morning you will wake up with a daily news summary in your inbox. It’s a medley of politics, world news, business, celebrity tidbits, and sports. The language and descriptions are witty and sassy and it’s the best way I’ve found to keep up with what’s going on. I used to get all of my news from The Daily Show and Colbert Report, but the Skimm ladies have won my heart. Every Saturday I turn over in bed, grab my phone, and feel a little sad that I’ll have to wait until Monday to Skimm again.

This is not hyperbole. I really love the email that much.

Sign up here. That’s the link they gave me, although they didn’t offer me anything to share it with you. (Editor’s note: Oh wait, my email this morning said they are giving away prizes for people who refer lots of friends! Hopefully that will be me.) I want you to sign up because I think the women behind theSkimm are making the world a better place** and I hope they become rich and successful while doing it. I’m inspired by them.


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*Using that as a verb is quite fun. I’d like to verbify something I create.

**Smaltzy, I know. But they’re educating people, specifically women, on world events in an engaging way unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And  they’re doing it in a non-partisan way, which I admire. 

Talking About Service

December 22, 2013 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized


I’m sitting in the chair Mr. Clause will eventually be perched on, waiting for Santa to start his shift so I can kick my photo station into gear. Today I’m volunteering with Alternative Family Services, at the holiday party they throw each year for foster kids on the area. My equipment is all set up and ready to go, and the time spent waiting has given me the chance to write out something I’ve has on my mind a lot the past year.

What are the appropriate ways to talk publicly about service and volunteering?

If your job revolves around making life better for other people (particularly if it’s with a non-profit organization), I think it is socially acceptable to talk about your efforts. But what about the individual, like me, who wants to talk about service without sounding like a humble-braggart?

I think talking about service with those around us is important. I think it can be inspiring to hear what other people are doing, particularly when those people are in similar places in life. I think hearing about what others give reinforces gratitude for my blessings and reawakens my desire to give more and be happy with less. I like hearing about service opportunities I might not have considered previously.

I can’t figure out how to talk about the (rare) instances when I give of my time and talents to make the world a better place for others. Is it inappropriate to talk about that? Should I be avoiding such talk altogether and keep my service to myself?

No matter what you say I should do, I still like hearing about what others are doing. How do you make the world a better place for other people? What areas of your life make this difficult and how do you overcome those complications? (Kids, career, health, finances, location, etc)

One Quick Take

December 02, 2013 By: Jenna Category: Uncategorized

This tower has me convinced that he’s going to be an engineer. Or an architect! It’s amazing to see what he creates, what he says, how he processes the world.


      I'm a farm-raised almost-crunchy stroller-pushing picture-taking lifestyle-blog-writing gastronomy-obsessed divine-seeking thrift-store-combing cheese-inhaling pavement-pounding laughter-sprinkling lover of individuality and taking chances.
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