Jennifer was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to the Sunshine State to attend Miami (Go Canes!). After graduation, she began a decade-long career in Sports & Event Management in South Florida, but moved to St. Augustine to become a SAHM when she and her husband, Keith, were expecting their son. She and Keith are enjoying the crazy and rewarding adventure of parenthood with their middle-school-aged son, a grumble of pugs and a hedgehog. Jennifer holds leadership roles with both the PTA and BSA and believes in the power of community involvement and volunteerism. The family can be found traveling (both locally and worldwide), trying new restaurants, and toeing the start line of road races, near and far. Jennifer owns the blog Runs With Pugs and is a freelance writer and social media consultant.
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How To Host The Perfect White Elephant Party

'Tis the season for giving gifts. And giving gifts. And giving more and more and more gifts. And while I love giving (and receiving!), it would be nice to have a way to still...
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5 Tips to Planning and Celebrating a Socially-Distanced Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, the question on everyone's minds is most likely how we are going to make the most of these socially distanced holidays? No matter your personal thoughts on the pandemic,...
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Making The Family Teamwork Dream Work With Age-Appropriate Chores

I always say that our family unit is a team, and in order to be successful, we all have to pull our weight to make the dream work. A lot of time, that comes...

Redefining Your Summer Vacation Expectations

As Florida continues opening in the wake of the COVID-19 situation, we find ourselves face-to-face with a somewhat undefined summer vacation. We are a family that loves travel, adventure, and exploration, and though we...

Finding Emotional Balance In Times of Crisis

Balance is my happy place. While I do enjoy some spontaneity from time to time, I also thrive on routine and being in control of my days. My empty calendar makes me anxious, and...
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The Five Mom Battles I Will ALWAYS Fight

Before I became a mom, I had some pretty solid ideas about the expectations I would hold for my child. In my (inexperienced) mind, I thought I knew all the mom battles to come...

Feeding Students During the Extended School Break

The encompassing rash of unexpected, extended school closures have many people wondering one thing: will our community's students still get fed? There are many local students who are dependent on our schools for lunch...

Online Resources for Kids + Families

Social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine are difficult concepts for adults, but even more so when you're trying to manage of family of children. With schools in Florida closed, activities shut down and advisement against...

Lessons In Learning How To Surrender Mom Control

In the last month, I found myself having to surrender "Mom Control." On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I broke my leg. I wish I had a dramatic story with which to dazzle you, but it...

Gift Giving Ideas: Twelve Gifts That Give Back

'Tis the season of giving, and what can be better than giving gifts that give back? Through the years, brands and companies have stepped up in the arenas of donation, community, and impact. Purchasing certain...