Archives for holidays

Stop Swimming Upstream

Every time we are walking through an airport trying to find the baggage claim while maneuvering against all of the travelers rushing towards their gates, I make the joke that I feel like a salmon–swimming upstream.  The same goes when I’m trying to get off the subway as everyone is trying to fight their way in.  While it seems amusing in those moments, there are many times in life I find myself swimming upstream when it’s way more overwhelming than amusing. As an event designer, my work life is cyclical.  The New Year is always quiet and then it builds

Self…Meet Ego

Two years ago, Zain was in his first full length play at his elementary school–a hyena in The Lion King.  The drama program at our school is amazing and they go all out in their productions.  So when they called upon the volunteers to help, I couldn’t wait to sign up.  The choices ranged from costumes to t-shirt sales to concessions and everything in between to accommodate all the parents’ skills.  So I signed up for set painting and make up.  I had visions of bringing the Serengeti to the stage and even practiced my face painting skills on Mir

My Lesson From Dr. Phil

This year, I had the best Mother’s Day ever! Yes my boys showered me with homemade gifts and kept their fighting to a minimum. But that wasn’t what made it awesome. It’s because I asked for what I wanted. I didn’t leave it to chance. Years ago, when watching Dr. Phil, he gave me one of my favorite lessons—you cannot get upset about something that you did not ask for—your loved ones are not mind readers. Are you… Waiting for days for your husband to realize that the trash is about to fully decompose in the kitchen and take it

Top 10 Posts of 2015

I love retrospectives.  If you haven’t checked out our video retrospective, chock full of bloopers, from 2015.  You must! Looking back at the year lets you see how much you did accomplish.  Because even if you felt like you came up short–believe you me, my list of potential posts is WAY longer than what actually got posted, you can see that you actually rocked it all things considered!  So I did a bit of analytics sleuthing to see what you enjoyed most at Just Jennessa in 2015.  And here it goes…working backwards! 10. The Container Queen Sharing all of my

4 Strategies for Surviving the Holidays

As a corporate event planner, the time between Halloween and just before Christmas is my busiest time of year.  It flies by, somewhat painfully, but always in an instant and it takes every part of my being not to be swept up into it.  So here are a few of my strategies for making the most of the holiday season and as always, the goal is more about thriving than surviving! I also truly believe that the following strategies apply to any month of the year, not just December.  Let me know if you agree! 1. Take a Tool from

Oreo Bon Bons

Need a go to item for the holidays that take under an hour and no baking?  That’s what I thought. Every year I host a cookie swap (click on the link to read all of my secrets) in December and these are the most sought after item that I serve.  I rarely put them into the swap because everyone wants to eat them on the spot!  They are far more assembly than baking, so they are great ones for in a pinch.  The hardest part is the dipping, which is more confidence than skill.  Plus, once you put on the contrasting drizzle,