About Jennifer

Hi everyone!  I am Jennifer, and I am excited that you are visiting my blog, Making Our Life Matter.  Take a few minutes and grab your favorite drink while I tell you about myself, my family, and my blog.

Our family photo from July 2013

Our family photo from July 2013

My family and I live in Eastern Pennsylvania, where my husband and I were both born and lived our entire lives. It is definitely home to us, as we are huge Philadelphia sports fans. As you can see, my oldest son and my husband are sporting their Philadelphia gear on a recent trip to Wisconsin.  Even when we are a long way from home, our heart is here in Pennsylvania.

But, before our family photo came about, let me share a little more about my husband and I.  We met in 1993 while we were in college.  For me, it was love at first sight or something really close to that.  We dated for a few years, and were married in May of 1997, a year after we graduated from college. My husband is an engineering technician, and I graduated with a nursing degree.  I put my degree on the shelf not too long after both my kids started school so that I could put them and their schedule first.  Good thing I did, because they are pretty busy. It has worked out really well, as my schedule is much more flexible now that I work PT in a local bookstore.

Two became one in May 1997.

Two became one in May 1997.

My husband is more than just my husband, he is my best friend too.  We have been through the ups-and-downs, ins-and-outs, and everything in between.  I love him more now than the day we were married.  He is the one that got me truly addicted to my favorite sport: hockey. In fact, that is where he took me on our first date.  We have been together ever since. And there is no one I’d rather spend my time with than him, with the exception of our two very busy boys.

Oldest made his appearance in 1998, just one week before Christmas.  After that, my youngest blessed us with his appearance in 2001.  I can’t imagine what my life would be like without my boys.

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My two guys. Just once I wish they would look at the camera at the same time.

As you can see, my family is a very important part of my life, and a very big part of my blogging inspiration. Spending our time together as a family is very important to us, and it is a cornerstone of Making Our Life Matter.

I started blogging back in 2007, just because everyone else was doing it, and it seemed like a lot of fun.  I started out on Xanga, drifted to Blogger, dabbled at free WordPress, and then in 2011, migrated to self-hosted WordPress.  Talk about a life learning experience.  Looking back, I would have hired someone to do the migration and design, but at the same time, I am extremely proud that what you see here is all my own work. Making Our Life Matter has evolved into a lifestyle blog that includes travel, sports, books reviews, and more.

I am starting to do product reviews and sponsored posts, and am open to inquiries regarding products centered around making family life better.  What I have to offer potential product inquiries is a blog that centers around family, and things that are important to all families, not just my own.  The items I talk about or refer to in my posts are things that I love, and that I believe my blog readers will love as well.

Some other things you need to know about me:

  • I love my coffee, espresso, and espresso in my coffee.  Ever since I got my Keurig in 2012, I have been completely hooked on anything coffee. I love bold roasts, brew-over-ice, and even a good hot chocolate. Do you have a new flavor you need reviewed?  Send me an email, and we can work out a plan.
  • Speaking of chocolate, it is one of my favorite foods. I am working on some great new recipes involving my favorite ingredient, although I still think the simple chocolate cake tops all.  I also like to share simple recipes that help to make a busy life a little bit easier.
  • I love reading.  If I am not out running my kids to their various activities or doing housework, you will find me glued to the sofa with my Nook in hand. And I love doing book reviews.  If you are interested in having me review your book, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will try to work with you.  I have a love of all genres, from kids books to the quintessential chick fiction novel.
  • I love to travel with my family, and have enjoyed doing reviews on my blog and Trip Advisor as well.  Check me out, I’d love to talk about the places I’ve been, or places I want to go.

Since I have started blogging, I have done posts in many categories.  Some of my favorites include dealing with the ironing, playing video games with children, traveling to Wildwood NJ, and being a baseball Mom.  It is part of who I am, and what matters most to me in our life. And I know you will enjoy reading about it.

I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse into all that Making Our Life Matter has to offer.  I look forward to hearing from you by contact form, Email, or leaving a comment.  You can also find me at my Facebook page, on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. I definitely want to connect with you there as well.

Look Mom!  We can look at the camera at the same time.

Look Mom! We can look at the camera at the same time.

So tell me, what can I do to help you make your life matter?