Jenny

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Jenny is a 40-something, married mother of two (Anna, 2007 and Jack, 2009), who migrated to the Hill Country after doing a 14 year stint in Houston. When Jenny isn’t walking her slightly neurotic (and completely beloved) rescued Weimaraner, she enjoys writing, making to-do lists, and folding laundry (and sarcasm). Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi, and completed graduate coursework in Guidance and Counseling. She is a freelance writer who writes a weekly pet column for a Houston newspaper, and is a contributor at Dog Friendly San Antonio, New Braunfels Monthly and San Antonio Woman, as well as assorted other publications. You can also find her on Instagram (introvertsguidetosobriety). Favorite Restaurant: Bohanan's Favorite Landmark: The Alamo (duh) Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Wurstfest (not technically SAT, but closer to Jenny's stomping grounds).

10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Teens

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Oh, Valentine’s Day. You either love it or hate it, but you can’t help but admit that it is a little fun to have a dedicated day to remind those closest to you how...

10 Texts To Send To Your Friends This Week

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed it or not, but we are a nation divided. The past year has been rough; the past few months and weeks have been confusing, and it feels like...

How To Have a Sober Holiday Season

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I stopped drinking about ten years ago. Recently, I’ve had several people reach out to me who are newly sober, asking for advice on how to handle the holidays when you’re not drinking. Some...

I Hate LEGO

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  I Hate LEGO There. I said it.  Before you come at me saying, “But, Jenny. They’re such magnificent manipulatives and help develop fine motor skills, logical thinking, and even STEM education!”  Hogwash.  LEGO is stupid. I hate LEGO...

7 ‘Eye-Roll Resistant’ San Antonio Area Fall Activities for Teens

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Remember those days of dressing up the family in (temperature inappropriate) outfits, consisting of coordinating shades of orange and brown corduroy and flannel, then carefully planning around nap times and feedings to visit the...

Mamas: Find Something Just for Yourself

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I did a very bittersweet thing this week. I resigned from my very first writing job. I have been writing for a small, neighborhood newspaper in Houston since 2012. That job came into my life...

The Death of a Pet

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Our cat, Tino, passed away in October. His was a slow, gradual decline and he was in his late teens when his health finally failed him, so his death didn’t come as a surprise...
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A Love Letter To Our First Family Home on Closing Day

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  We moved from our old house in Houston to New Braunfels six years ago and I wrote this “love letter” to the house on our final days in Houston. Over the past seven years...

No “Quarantini” For Me: Life As a Sober Mom During the COVID-19 Crisis

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I see you there, on day (whatever this is) of quarantine/sheltering-in-place/staying home/social distancing/limiting interactions. You haven’t washed your hair in days (weeks?). Your kids are making you insane. Now that virtual learning is over,...

What a Global Pandemic Has Taught Me About Motherhood

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  May is the month to honor mothers; however, this May looks a little different. Over the past couple months, we have experienced a global pandemic, school closures, job loss, and quarantine measures. I think...

4 Tips for Raising Introverted Kids

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Chances are, if you’ve learned nothing else from our recent time spent “social distancing” and quarantining over the past month, you can now probably classify yourself and your family members as introverts or extroverts...
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Spring Break in New Braunfels: The Top 10 Best Kid Activities

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Spring Break is upon us! If you’ve dropped the ball on planning a big family vacation, or maybe you’re looking to stay close to home this year, New Braunfels is about 30 minutes away...

I’m That Lady

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It happened today. I was at the supermarket, replenishing and repairing the damage that my ravenous teenager and pre-teen did to my pantry and fridge over the weekend. Suddenly, I heard the gasps, squeals,...

I’m the Mom Who Doesn’t Drink and Here’s Why

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The reasons I don’t drink alcohol are more complicated than a quick five-item list, but perhaps not drinking is something you’ve considered for your own life. Or maybe, with the start of a fresh,...