Jenny grew up in South Dakota, right by Mt. Rushmore, but is now firmly rooted in Colorado Springs with her husband and their two going on twelve year old daughter. She works in water engineering/water law and helps to ensure Colorado Springs residents have water for the next fifty years. When she finds spare time she loves lingering over good food with family and friends, being over ambitious with creative pursuits, playing piano, and reading.
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Laundry Room Makeover

One of the things that sold me on our current home was the location of the laundry room. "Room" is generous – it's an over-sized closet conveniently located in the loft and by the...

Second Time Around: Infertility Doesn’t Get Easier

I have less desire to carve out time from my full-time job to go to countless appointments where I try, and fail, to modestly cover myself in a too-small paper drape in preparation for physically intrusive examinations. Where even though my doctor's office is filled with caring professionals I leave feeling more like a broken incubator than a person.

Yes, Virginia, you can have a beautiful yard in an arid climate!

This winter has had me dreaming about a big yard transformation this summer. My husband, who grew up in lush England, has his doubts about being able to support beautiful landscaping with the new...
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Children’s Books You Won’t Mind Reading Over and Over (and Over) Again

A preschool teacher once told me that reading the same children's books over and over again was really important to help little ones grasp meaning and learn to read. She did follow that up...

Why Old-Fashioned Crafting is Making a Comeback

Why buy when you can create? DIY is the trend. And that has spurred a resurgence in old-fashioned crafting like calligraphy and hand lettering, embroidery, painting, knitting and refurbishing furniture. Interestingly, the social media posts...
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Celebrate Holiday Birthdays!

In American family culture, the days between Thanksgiving and the New Year are a whirlwind. Decorating, concerts, end of year tests, holiday parties, family gatherings, shopping, wrapping, baking, showing appreciating for everyone from the...
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Jenny’s High-Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Living more than a mile high above sea level makes baking a special challenge. Cakes fall, cookies spread, baking times are So. Much. Longer. Each round with the mixer is a gamble. After baking at...
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Can You Prepare for Grief?

One of my favorite lines from fiction is “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Like Anne of Green Gables, I love Octobers. I love the soft light filtering...
Hearing Aids

I Can Hear You Now: My Journey to Hearing Aids!

Two months ago, I got hearing aids and I mostly LOVE them. I've wanted hearing assistance since I was 5 years old and first learned that my hearing was pretty bad. I was never...

Swim Safety: Why It’s Important for Kids AND Adults

My mom is terrified of water. She grew up on farm in the middle of the prairie and didn't really have the opportunity to learn to swim. Honestly, she didn't really need to learn....