My Name Is "Jennifer." All Eight Letters, Please.

“Do you go by Jennifer or Jen?” asked a fellow blogger also named Jennifer. I felt immediate relief and kinship with this woman I had just met. After all, only another Jennifer would understand how loaded and important this simple question could be. ...more
My husband is a notorious name changer....If he meets someone, he immediately comes up with a ... more

Outside the Fence: I Don't Like the Other Moms at School

When Little Guy was five, we lucked out with admission to a full time Pre-K program at a school outside of our zone. It was a year of tardies (I say without pride that I was notorious for those) thanks to our mile long walk that was not alleviated by the public transit system. But despite the daily trek, our first venture in school was great. Little Guy loved being at school. I loved picking him up afterwards... and it wasn't just because we couldn't be marked tardy heading back home. It was because I always looked forward to the afternoon chats with the other moms....more
The funny thing is I used to be friends with the moms at school until my husband began being the ... more

Supporting Your Partner's Passion - A Win-Win

I married a surfer.  I like it.  He doesn't watch a lot of sports (thank God for that) but he loves surfing and follows surfing regularly.  It's his thing.  I like that it's his thing.  I like that I can sit on the beach while my man does his thing.  It's a win-win....more
I, too, married a surfer and totally agree that it is important to support the others passion. ... more

Downsizing -- A Thousand Square Feet Per Person, A New American Standard

Let's face it, the Great Recession has not been a plus for the green movement overall. Most ordinary Americans are still sympathetic to the cause, but their willingness to spend even a penny extra for environmentally friendly products has been dampened by four dollar gas, five dollar cereal and loss of equity in their homes....more

that 1000 square feet per person would be downsiszing. We were just visiting friends in Hawaii ... more

How Running a Marathon Is a Lot Like Being a Small Blogger

Recently I had a magical weekend in New Orleans where I attended the Mom 2.0 Summit. Everyone told me that Mom 2.0 would be my type of conference, and it turns out that everyone was right. I loved it. I loved that it was small, I loved that it was focused, I loved the openness and honesty of the attendees. Turns out that the reasons I loved Mom 2.0 are the very reasons I should be proud of my blog. ...more

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As a blog with a small audience and a marathon runner, I totally agree ... more

Week 1: Explore BlogHer.com and Win a BlogHer ’11 Conference Pass

In September, we introduced you to the new BlogHer.com design. We are thrilled by the enthusiastic feedback we've received. Since then, we've continued to make improvements (with more to come in 2011). We'd love for you to dig in to BlogHer.com and tell us what you think. And since it is the season to give, we also want to offer you a chance to win some great prizes after you've taken a twirl around the site. Each week until the end of the year, we’ll be offering a chance at a fabulous prize for your feedback! ...more

I don't really know what the other site looked like since I have only recently been coming ... more