Jennifer

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Jennifer is the lucky mother of three boys, Dean (3) and Dante (2) (yup, back to back), and Diego (2 months). So life normally resembles either a crazed, juice-fueled dance party, or a giggle powered wrestling match. When she is not prowling around the house like a t-rex she teaches high school AP Social Studies, coaches UIL and is a self proclaimed "fit-ish mom" (translation: food is heaven, but the gym is therapy.) She grew up in Edinburg, and is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Political Science and Theater. After college, she bounced to Los Angeles where she began acting, print modeling, and worked for a high profile mortuary. After about 5 years she came back to her roots in the RGV, met her incredibly sweet husband, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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From one Teacher to Another: You are the Phoenix

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Exhaustive. Unsustainable. Often defeating. We smile on camera as the Google Classroom we carefully constructed seems to burn all around us, our bitmoji mocks us with its posed perfection that resists execution of commands...
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A Necessary Discussion: Mommy, Why Are You Crying?

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Earlier this month, I had to speak with my babies about running away from gunfire. I know I'm not the only momma that had to do that recently. It feels as if there is...
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A Mother’s Love – Do you see it?

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Now is the time Embrace every moment Very soon Everything will be different. Remember these days.   Even though you feel weary, fret not - Nothing you do is worthless. Daughters and sons learn from you - Soon they will see that this...
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A Mother’s Love: Everything Has Changed

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Our RGVMB contributor Jenn shares some great poetry with us for National Poetry Month, inspired by her motherhood journey! An image on a sonogram — tears leave your vision blurred, With its beating heart and open...
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From Mine to Ours: Before Kids vs. After Kids

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Cooking and working out were always my go-to activities. It was "me time." These were the things in the world of crazy kids, demanding work schedules, and ever-encroaching deadlines that I felt I could...
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Slow Cooker Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Late night? Got a slow cooker? Don't want to have to worry about lunch or dinner tomorrow? Try my super easy (super cheesy!) Chicken Enchilada Soup. January is National Slow Cooker Month, after all! Be forewarned...
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Song for a Newborn Mama

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You are my sunshine I am so tired. He has been the easiest newborn we've had, but boy - I forgot how exhausting the first few weeks can be.  He eats pretty much every hour,...
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Baby Got Me Walking from Side to Side: 3rd Trimester, 3rd Baby, 3rd REAL...

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Dear Arianna Grande, please excuse me for (loosely) interpreting some of your song lyrics to fit my current state of affairs...But girl — during the third trimester of any pregnancy, women everywhere know what...
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Mom Confession: I’m not perfect, and I’m not sorry.

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My three-year-old's honest confession: "I'm mad at you. I don't want to be happy ... but I love you."  His scowl as he spat these words at me was so fierce it took me aback. My...
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Parenthood: The (Roller Coaster) Ride of a Lifetime

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Attention ladies and gentlemen, thank you for choosing to ride the Ultimate Thrill Coaster - PARENTHOOD! Please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. The ride can get a bit...