Jen is a Type A introvert who is continually learning {in large part as a result of motherhood} that she can’t control it all and that everything is better with chocolate. After spending most of her life in Minnesota, she made Portland home a couple of years ago along with her New York native husband, Phil, and their lovely littles, Connor (November 2010) and Brielle (April 2013). Jen quickly fell in love with Oregon and, along with her family, is determined to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. At their current stage of family life, she and her hubby give every adventure a 50/50 shot of succeeding without a child {or parent} meltdown.

Top 10 Posts from 2016

Who doesn't love a good top ten list to finish out the year?! Here are Portland Moms Blog's most read blog posts published in 2016. PLUS: We'll be taking a break from publishing new content...

The Crunchy Mom’s Guide to Fighting Colds and Flu

We're coming upon November in Portland, and that means cold and flu season. Plan A in my family is all about prevention: I have my household washing hands till they are raw, coughing/sneezing into...

Superior Hydration for the Whole Family with BodyArmor

{This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR SuperDrink™--a premium sports drink that provides superior hydration and is loaded with potassium-packed electrolytes, vitamins, coconut water and contains nothing artificial.} As my kids grow, we become more and more...

Guide to Portland Photographers {2016-2017}

Find the ideal photographer for whatever moments and life stage you need to capture next. Whether it’s maternity, birth, newborn, or annual photos of your children and family–simplify your search with this handy guide!

Finding My Extra Hour with ClickList and Fred Meyer

Are you busy? Well of course you are; it's how we do motherhood in this culture, right? My own busyness (and resulting craziness) has had me on a quest this year to find some time savers...

Four Ways CVS Pharmacy Made My Day and Trip to Target Better

Been to the pharmacy in recent months? What mom hasn't. Recently, I was in my mommy happy place (otherwise known as Target) and saw that the in-store pharmacy changed. {This post is sponsored by our partners...

What’s Up Doc? Expert Answers About Summer Health and Safety

I love summer. The outdoors, the camps, the sun, the water, the heat, the bugs... Okay, so the bugs and heat aren't my favorite. Nevertheless, there are plenty of opportunities for fun, but also...

There’s a Better (and Safer) Way to Buy and Sell Your Second-Hand Stuff

Some of you are awesome at buying and selling second-hand stuff. You’re comfortable with navigating various websites or apps, social media buying/selling groups and consignment racks to find good deals or to sell the...

Mom’s Weekend Out Deep in the Heart of Texas {Omni Hotel Review + Giveaway}

Just when I was about to lose my ever loving mind last fall in the sea of a corporate job, kids, owning a business, church, kids, husband, work, family, and more, I had the...

Portland Moms Blog Turns One: Top 10 Posts from our First Year

As the founder of Portland Moms Blog, I can tell you that this site and community has, in many ways, become my third child (anyone who has ever started a business will understand). "Birthing" and...