Be My Guest (Blogger) in January!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared 70 things I enjoyed or endured in 2014. I admitted that I was not quite sure how I kept the blog going so consistently during such a crazy year. But I did it, and I’m happy with the posts I put out into the blogosphere.

While #59 seemed to be the most popular item on my year in review list, I’ve got #4 on my mind right now. In fact, it’s probably going to consume me completely this month. That means that I need to concentrate my writing on pages that are not on the internet. Because, like most writers, I am writing until the very last minute of the drop deadline.

With that said, I know I have some really amazingly smart, witty, humorous readers and friends, many of whom write words on a regular basis that I read, comment on and enjoy. So I’ve decided to open the blog up for guest posters in January, and maybe in February if I get some good posts.

Want to be my guest here on this month? Here are a few basic guidelines for guest posts. Of course, your article will need to fit with my blog. Posts on parenting, an experience that gave you a different perspective on life, how you or someone you know incorporates giving into everyday life, relationships, life after divorce, writing, creativity, being an entrepreneur, and anything related to social good and bacon are all fair game here. I’m also open to photography submissions and /or vlogs since I always post a Wordless Wednesday.

Contact me here or message me on Facebook with your idea or post so we can figure out logistics. And, no, you do not need to have your own blog to be my guest. You just need to be able to string words together in a manner that makes sense to the readers here (and will be subject to light editing by me).

Will you submit a guest post for another jennifer?

Another Jennifer Top Posts, Photos and Video from 2014 (according to me!)

As I reflected last week, 2014 was quite the year for me. While certainly full of extreme ups and downs, I managed to keep this blog going and wrote through some exhilarating and debilitating times.

I went through my posts, photos and videos for the year and pulled out the ones that stood out most for me. As you’ll see below, some months were heavier than others. What will you find in these posts? Emotion, adventure, inspiration, perspective and plenty of love, to name a few things. If you’re new here or missed a few posts, I hope you will take some time to click around and read. Happy New Year!

January 2014


Wordless Wednesday (1.15.14): Snow Bank Fun

Six Lessons I Learned While Pledging to Donate Every Month ~ This article was published on GOOD, one of my favorite do-gooder communities.

February 2014

snowy usa

Wordless Wednesday (2.19.14): Snowy United States of America

5 Vlogging Tips for Beginners (Video) ~ I’m a big dork in this video, but hopefully the tips are helpful!

March 2014

dusty road

Wordless Wednesday (3.19.14): Dusty road in Truslaya, Nicaragua.

#WaterAidNica Video Diary: Day 1 in Bilwi, Nicaragua ~ A video diary I recorded after my first day in Nicaragua with WaterAid America.


Exelia, a Miskitu girl, is 7 years old.

Philanthropy Friday: Generosity Has No Language Barrier ~ I will never forget Exilia, a little girl I met in Nicaragua who showed me the meaning of pana pana (or mutual support).

Transportation in Nicaragua: Planes, Push-Cars and Pickup Trucks ~ Traveling to, from and within Nicaragua was quite the adventure and showed me how lucky we are to have something as simple as paved roads in our life.

The video below shares some of the sights and sounds I recorded in Nicaragua and just might end with a pig scratching its butt on the post of a house.

April 2014

Wordless Wednesday (4.30.14): Calm After the Storm

Wordless Wednesday (4.30.14): Calm After the Storm

On Blood Moons, Divorce, and Ultimate Happiness ~ Where I talk about filing for divorce and you make me cry with your comments.

May 2014

lacrosse collage

Wordless Wednesday (5.7.14): First Lacrosse Game

Zooming ~ A post about a one mile “fun run” in the pouring rain with my boys and how it reminded me that sometimes all the zooming we do makes us slow down and appreciate the things we zoom for.

June 2014

Wordless Wednesday (6.4.14): Pathways by Jennifer Iacovelli Barbour

Wordless Wednesday (6.4.14): Pathways

My Q&A with everdayhero + Perspective from a Cabbie ~ I answered questions about my experience with nonprofits on the everydayhero blog and shared some perspective I received from a cabbie in Washington DC.

I may be biased, but the following video (from Biz’s preschool graduation) is the best version of “Let it Go” I’ve heard yet.

July 2014

Wordless Wednesday (7.23.14): Ladies Toilet

Wordless Wednesday (7.23.14): Ladies Toilet

I was in the summer issue of Impact with Simplicity and Savings ezine talking about my monthly giving.

Taking the jump ~ How my son’s friend made me think about how our fears can control our thoughts and actions (or inaction) in life.

Packing Up ~ A post in the midst of packing up my big old house and navigating my divorce, realizing there is happiness all around me, despite all the chaos.

August 2014

Wordless Wednesday (8.27.14): Land's End Sunset

Wordless Wednesday (8.27.14): Land’s End Sunset

A Good Attitude ~ I’m lucky to have one smart 9-year-old to remind me that a good attitude is key and a dude in a dress to tell me I’m pretty.

I wrote GEEKING OUT ON GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: Five surprises from a day with PSI for the PSI Impact blog after spending an amazing day in Washington DC with the nonprofit organization.

Split ~ The post where I wrote about the emotional roller coaster that is making a divorce final (and you make me cry again with your comments – comments I have yet to even respond to because of the emotion).

Stopping for Fun and Gratitude ~ Because there is always time for fun and gratitude is good for the soul.

The Other Side ~ The selling of my big old house signified my official move to The Other Side, where I could begin reclaiming my life.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs, Bacon Vinaigrette…must be International Bacon Day ~ How could I not re-visit a post with such great bacon recipes?

September 2014


Celebrating kindergarten and hard, but successful transitions.

Killing Kindergarten ~ It was a rough transition, but Biz finally walked into kindergarten and killed it.

Philanthropy Friday: More Than Volunteering ~ When giving your time also nourishes your soul and helps you heal.

Maine’s Big F**king Indian (Vlog) ~ Ever hear of the Big F**king Indian? I vlogged about it.

Bathroom Humor ~ Because taking your 5-year-old boy into the women’s restroom is always an adventure.

The Storylines of Our Life ~ Have you ever stopped to think about the purpose of those people that are around you at the most difficult times of your life? They are there for a reason. But you have to be open-minded and vulnerable enough to notice and understand.

October 2014

aya summit collage

Wordless Wednesday (10.29.14): #AYASummit Pictorial

The Juxtaposition of Dapple ~ A short, but sweet post inspired by a photo shoot with Tamara (Like Camera) that involved traipsing around a state park, finding the right light in the right sky, granola, gorgeous foliage, and a very nice man named Mike. And dapple, of course.

Words ~ Oh, how powerful they can be.

November 2014 


Wordless Wednesday (11.26.14): Thankful

SOCIALGOOD: Reflecting on the #AYASummit ~ My first post as a contributor to World Moms Blog, reflecting on the amazing #AYASummit in Washington DC.

Bacon, Selflessness and an Open Air Workout ~ Yes, they are all related.

Philanthropy Friday: Shop With a Conscience Today ~ Published on Black Friday, this post includes my continually updated Gifts That Give Back list (also found on this page) so you can shop more consciously.

December 2014

Wordless Wednesday (12.10.14): Ice Ice Baby

Wordless Wednesday (12.10.14): Ice Ice Baby

The Long Night: The Harsh Truth About Sex Trafficking in the US ~ A post I wrote as part of the Global Team of 200 on a documentary I highly recommend watching, as it will leave you wanting to do more to fight human trafficking in our backyard (and, yes, it is in our backyard).

2014 in Review: A Journey Back to Me ~ It’s been quite the year, and I shared 70 things I’ve enjoyed or endured in 2014.

What were the highlights of your year?

Philanthropy Friday: Top 10 Most Engaging Philanthropy Posts of 2013

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

Since this is the last Philanthropy Friday of the year, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the top philanthropy-related posts on this blog in 2013. When I searched for the posts with the most comments, it wasn’t surprising that some of my good friends and most favorite nonprofits came up. If you missed a few of these, I hope you will go back and read. They are some of my favorite posts as well!

top philanthropy posts

Following are the top 10 most engaging philanthropy posts on in 2013 (with #1 being the most engaging of all):

  1. Flush for Good: Celebrating World Toilet Day with Awareness and a Giveaway! Clean water for drinking and bathing is a very limited resource that we need to protect. I partnered with American Standard to celebrate World Toilet Day and gave away a $200 Lowe’s giftcard while American Standard donated 20 sanitary toilet pans to a community in need via BRAC USA and WaterAid.
  2. Saying Goodbye Saying goodbye to my first dog, Kona, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My October Giving Pledge donation was to the shelter from which we adopted him.
  3. Philanthropy Friday: Fresh Air: Open Your Heart and Your Home As my guest blogger for the day, Michelle from A Dish of Daily Life noted, “In the end, Fresh Air is so much more than a summer experience. If our Fresh Air child is ‘lucky’ for having this opportunity, then we are ‘lucky’ too.”
  4. Philanthropy Friday: Hello…Goodbye: Fostering Shelter Dogs Ilene from The Fierce Diva Guide to Life gives back through fostering dogs. “We are the bridge between the shelter and the permanent home for a dog, most of them narrowly escaping being euthanized at high kill facilities.”
  5. Philanthropy Friday: Harnessing the Power of Social Good Moms Founded by the amazing Jennifer James, Mom Bloggers for Social Good and the Global Team of 200 is an all volunteer effort, and its voices are being heard all around the world. (And I’m proud to be a member of both.)
  6. Wordless Wednesday: A Child’s Perspective Sometimes a photo is all you need to tell the story. This one is from View Finder, an organization created to help disadvantaged children discover self-expression, self-confidence and self-worth through photography. (You can read my post about View Finder on
  7. Philanthropy Friday: World Moms Blog World Moms Blog is a collaborative website that writes from over 20 countries on 6 continents about motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Plus Jen Burden is pretty awesome.
  8. Philanthropy Friday: Empowered By You Empowered By You is a new luxury lingerie brand created by the Seven Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower women throughout the globe via microfinance. This is also the first Philanthropy Friday post that made me blush.
  9. The Power of Dance I’d hate to live in a world where music, dance, art and creativity isn’t a regular part of my life. For my Giving Pledge in June, I tried to give a little back to this community.
  10. Philanthropy Friday: Feeding Our Kids 7 Day a Week Feeding America’s BackPack Program helps children get nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to keep them fed on the weekends. G and I have a great time volunteering for our local backpack program.

As a bonus, I wanted to share two of my best pieces from 2013 not on this website:

Thanks for being along for the ride in 2013!

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