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This morning we are talking with Jen at A Ginger's Guide to Parenting and Design.
Good morning, Jen! What are you drinking this morning?
Coke regular with caffeine and sugar. I stopped drinking soda during
the week but on the weekends, it's the first thing I grab. I even do
So, tell are readers who you are.
I'm Jen, feisty redhead, mama to Sullivan, married to super talented
designer Mac, and writer and shopper of A Ginger's Guide to Parenting
& Design. I also get to play with radioactive isotopes during the week
so I've got that going for me.
Radioactive isotopes? Hmm . . . wonder how that compares to two year old twins?
Can you tell us a little bit about how you came up with the name for your blog? Why did you pick A Ginger's Guide to Parenting and Design?
My blog was originally called "Caved In: When Parenting Collapses
Around You" and was mostly me trying to figure out my son. I posted
some pictures of him following me around while I was vacuuming and my
readers got to see our house for the first time. I received tons of
questions about how we did stuff, where we found our accessories,
where to shop and I decided to add the design aspect to my blog. I'm
also a proud redhead and the term "ginger" is not an insult to me so
it was just a natural thing to change my blog to "A Ginger's Guide to
Parenting & Design".
Do you have a post that you would like our reader to read?
Since I have two parts to my blog, I have two favorite posts.
I think my favorite parenting posts is the third post I ever wrote. It
has to do with Sullivan being "diagnosed" with colic and my refusal to
accept that answer
The pediatrician we saw barely listened to us and just kept saying
colic when I knew it wasn't that. We did our research and found a
solution that worked for us. I think it's very important as a parent
to be your child's voice. If something isn't right, it's my job to do
the talking (or yelling, depending on what the situation calls for).
My favorite design post is about our dining room
It is the perfect example of our style and my husband did such an
amazing job hand painting the entire area. I think it's great to help
people open their eyes to different ideas. Walls don't have to be just
one color and inspiration can come from anywhere, even a cross section
So, right now we see your blog as a place to read about your family,
adorable son and some really fun design tips! Is this how you
envisioned your blog being when you started? Where do you see your
blog going and growing to in the future?
Oh goodness, no! I started my blog as sort of a journal to keep my out
of state family up to date on the kiddo and as a place for me to vent
sometimes. It didn't really sink in that people were actually reading
it until I started getting comments. The design part of my blog came
in about a year after I started and I plan to continue with it. My
goal is to be a place that people come to get great design tips and to
know that they're not alone with parenting problems. I would love to
be able to do reviews of furniture, green home products, and other
Finally, tell us what makes you "More than a Mommy"
I love love love to read! It is a lifelong passion of mine and I'm so
excited to pass that along to Sullivan. He has a huge collection of
books and we read constantly. I also love to cook Italian food, Zumba,
and travel the world (my list of must-go places is so incredibly
long). Date night with Mac is super important to our relationship. A
strong marriage takes work and effort and being a wife is just as
important to me as being a mom.
Thanks so much for hanging out with us this morning, Jen!
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