LIFE LESSONS

Over the years, I’ve blogged about marketing, homeschooling, education, and parenting. Of course, you know I’ve also shared some opinion – around politics, climate and more. Consider this the browsing section of my site.

You might find something interesting or inspiring!  

 
Jennifer Carole Twitter Tips for Beginners
Marketing

How To For Beginners: Curate Twitter to Help You Stay Woke

ICYMI (in case you missed it), Twitter is the new water cooler: the best place to learn things you might otherwise miss in the chaos that is 2017. So for
Financial Engines
Marketing

Oh Yeah – You’re Looking at a Retirement Savings Expert Right Here

In the spring of 2012, I joined a rag tag group of people at Financial Engines to kick off their social media efforts. Because it's heavily regulated - finance and
Infographics brought to life - interactive, fun, useful.
Marketing

Turning Infographics into Real Time Dynamic Marketing Tools is a Win for Business

As a content provider - I think I must spend at least thirty percent of my life creating content for clients - I have become pretty good at using content
Financial Engines retirement planner.
Marketing

Financial Engines Delivers a Social Security Planner Everyone Can Use

I've been working with Financial Engines for a couple years now and one of the bigger projects has been their Social Security Planner. Typically their products are only available to
Hoover Institutions website was a touch project.
Marketing

Hoover Institution Debuts New Website and It’s Very Cool

It's been a year since I've blogged which is a bad testament to a good year! It's been busy with lots of great projects that I have neglected to share
Marketing

Funkafied Technology Or How the User Experience Dictates Function

I realized the other day, I have no idea where our iPad is. It’s first generation (damned early adopters) and when we got it, we could barely put it down.
Teen driving - what do they really know?
Parenting

Teen Driving: How We Shot Ourselves in the Head in California

At some point - and I could go figure out when this happened but it pretty much doesn't matter - we took Driver's Education out of our schools. Stupidest move
Midlife means saying goodbye to Goldie.
Parenting

The Joys of Midlife: A Kid that Can Drive and Three Things…

Katie is finally a junior and this summer she got her license. That means I don’t have to drive her around anymore. That means I am free. The result, I’m
The xanax is to help me calm down.
Parenting

Someone Get Me a Xanax, It’s Finals Time

Look closely at that photo: On Friday she was barfing her guts out with the 24 hour flu; the bucket's still there but now it appears papers are what's been
Not sure she'd survive Times Square
Parenting

Just Got Off the Bus in Times Square

You can't have her, she's alllll mine.... A good friend of mine remembers his adolescence amazingly well. As I described to him the changes going on with my 14 year
Parenting

LTS is the YOLO for the Over Forty Crowd

I think his nickname is OJ...just sayin'...If you have been living under a rock or simply been too busy working or listening to the kids squabble, you could have missed
Parenting

Every Body Eats! Unleashing Katie’s Passion for Learning

Yeah, it sounds nuts. What the heck am I talking about?When I learned a long time ago that neuron connections are vital for a rich, healthy brain, it became my
The xanax is to help me calm down.
Education

Someone Get Me a Xanax, It’s Finals Time

Look closely at that photo: On Friday she was barfing her guts out with the 24 hour flu; the bucket's still there but now it appears papers are what's been
Education

Middle School is Almost Over – We Made It Through the Wilderness

First Day of Middle School I'm so lucky. I have a fairly uncomplicated kid.    Now that middle school is finally coming to an end, I realized what we really
Education

Every Body Eats! Unleashing Katie’s Passion for Learning

Yeah, it sounds nuts. What the heck am I talking about?When I learned a long time ago that neuron connections are vital for a rich, healthy brain, it became my
Education

It’s Grassroots Baby – One Otter at a Time! Join the campaign!

Um, yeah. Katie pretending to be a fish. Don't ask.I am a fan of Kickstarter.If you don't know about this organization yet, you owe it to yourself to learn more.
Education

Blog Action Day 2012 – The Power of We is the Key to Successful Parenting

There is nothing that rings more true for a single mom. I chose to be a single mom. When I wasn't married at 34 - and there were no prospects
Education

Perspectives on a Memorial: Take Back Santa Cruz for Shannon Collins

I just got back from the Take Back Santa Cruz walk to honor the memory of Shannon Collins. The sound of the bagpipes called us to the corner where she died
Teen driving - what do they really know?
Opinion

Teen Driving: How We Shot Ourselves in the Head in California

At some point - and I could go figure out when this happened but it pretty much doesn't matter - we took Driver's Education out of our schools. Stupidest move
Opinion

Funkafied Technology Or How the User Experience Dictates Function

I realized the other day, I have no idea where our iPad is. It’s first generation (damned early adopters) and when we got it, we could barely put it down.
Opinion

Blog Action Day 2012 – The Power of We is the Key to Successful Parenting

There is nothing that rings more true for a single mom. I chose to be a single mom. When I wasn't married at 34 - and there were no prospects