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Host a Coloring Party

I host a cookie swap every December that everyone swears is their favorite, but I am cognizant of the fact that they could be just being nice! I’d like to say that it is my charming hostess skills and/or my goodies, but I really think that the women in my life enjoy the opportunity to connect. In our crazy busy world it’s easy to get swept up into the minutia and put aside our own connections for those of our family and/or children. When was the last time you scheduled a playdate for yourself? With the cookie swap as a

The Other F Word

How many times have you said to others (children and spouses in particular), “If you had just sat down and did it, you would have been done already?!!?!”  Or “Just focus and get it done!” Yet, if you are like me, you are guilty of the same lack of focus on a regular basis.  I will let tidiness go…emails pile up…posts linger in my head and never get them down on paper (or screen as it were).  And why?  Because some stuff isn’t that fun to do.  And everything requires some amount of effort.  And to be honest, some days,

Routine is NOT a Dirty Word

When you hear “routine” does it make your skin crawl? Or does it give you a warm cozy? When I was a new mom, I was a bit overzealous at best when it came to setting a schedule for Zain. Nap time was sacred and at times kept me from being able to socialize with other moms. Where some bucked the whole concept of nap schedules claiming their kids “weren’t sleepers” or didn’t need a lot of sleep, I needed Zain’s nap times just as much as he did (if not more). During his naps, is when I did my

2016 Monthly Challenges

Have you made your resolutions yet? Have you already stumbled?  I have! Every January a bjillion people (rough numbers) sit down and make all sorts of resolutions to get more organized, be healthier, lose weight, take better care of themselves, etc.  All are so admirable and great in concept, but where folks fall down (me included) is that we try to change the world at once–going from 0-60 in three days. As my Grandma Schuler says, “too much of a good thing, isn’t so good.”  So we need to make incremental changes and pace ourselves.  We also need to be

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

Just Jennessa Junior

Recently I posted this photo on Instagram after asking the boys to collect their library books.  While they did in fact do just that, it looks more like library book Jenga and only lasted as a stack for a few minutes.  A day later a friend of mine posted a similar picture of her son’s bookshelf after asking him to put his books away and some were upside down, some were in backwards, etc. and again–he had done what she asked, but not “correctly”.  It was that week that the idea of Just Jennessa Jr. was born!  Our regular monthly challenge videos

Systems

Here is the debut series in my Just Jennessa webisodes. Not sure the correct thing to call these…shows, podcasts, webisodes, hot messes? In any case, each month I will do a new series of webisodes that center around one topic. This month the theme is “It’s Time for a System”. In January, my video challenge was A Pile a Day–challenging everyone to spend 15 minutes a day tackling one pile, drawer, tub, bin, cabinet, etc. to decrease clutter in the new year. One question that came up was, “How can I prevent the piles from returning?” For me, that is

2015 Monthly Challenges

If you have followed me at all, you will know that I’m obsessed with my timer.  And with the fact that you can get a lot done in 15 minutes.  In there was born the idea of my monthly challenges for this year.  Take 15 minutes a day to focus on a theme for the month.  At the beginning of each month I post a video with the challenge and then update you on Facebook of my progress.  And I LOVE it when folks share their progress as well.  See below each of the challenges for 2015!  Love one of