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Jill Berry
Woodbine, MD
Writer/Blogger/Mom Rep for http://www.Yoursphere.com?coupon=YSMD-BERR
Interests: Finding free activities for my family to do, reading, photography
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The Philippe Petit doc was fascinating. I have moments where I feverishly rearrange a sock drawer, or the basement storage area, or the deck furniture while the dishes/laundry/toys pile up. I need to accomplish something.
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vhmprincess...Good to hear about another younger kid playing tackle. My son is thrilled to be able to play. I will be on the sidelines wringing my hands. Thanks for the info about the league. We're in Howard County, MD.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2010 on Holding Firm...or Not at DC Metro Moms
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My husband and I do not see eye to eye on all parenting issues. Sometimes I am the heavy in the argument. The one who pushes my agenda down his throat. Occasionally he is the one who is insistent on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
I was confused by the names. But then was like right! Caroline = Sharon Osbourne. Mom = Jacqueline? PuffyChucky = Teresa. PW = Danielle. Great recap. You cannot write this RH stuff...well maybe you can. It is scripted reality, right?
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I have iphone envy, too. My first smartphone was a step up from my simple Razr nonmedia phone. I was thrilled to use it until I was given a Palm Pre Plus to review. The Palm can do SO much more than my smartphone. But, I still want an iphone. I find the screen on the Palm too small and well, it's not an iphone. Do you iphone need reviewers? No, I didn't think so!
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Why did they pick her in the first place? Why have 4 members of one family and one crazy lady? RHoNJ does not work as a show. And tell me one other ting. Why are all the ladies rocking pink eye shadow? A red head, a couple of brunettes, a blond, and one with black hair all suit pink eye shadow? Oh and I am so waiting for the Toddlers & Tiaras crossover episode with Gia and her "I'm not a stage mom" mom. Bring on the bouffant hair and the flippers!
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Dude! Kathy Griffin deserves an Emmy nomination and a WIN!! Her specials are hilarious.
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The Mini Cooper? Makes me think of Austin Powers and chuckle. Also reminds me of when I was a kid visiting my grandparents in England. I was shocked at the size of the Mini compared to our Dodge Coronet. Believe it or not there was a car smaller than the Mini!
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O.K., perhaps that title is an exaggeration. I know that my 21st birthday was probably the worst as I had two finals and a paper due that day. You know that I celebrated in a huge way after my finals.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
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As a young mom, I measured the passing of the day by signs. The arrival of the elementary school bus would signal that the world was awake and ready to get down to business. Now, my little ones may have... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at DC Metro Moms
I'm a Do-Lot, but my level of participation varies by year. Currently, I volunteer twice a month in 1st grade, chair the summer workbook committee, and send in snacks as needed. In years past I have done more and done less. My rule of thumb is that I have to LOVE the activity that I am volunteering for. Case in point...I love volunteering for the Kindergarten and 1st grade Read-to-Me program, but hate with a passion 2nd and 3rd grade "Let's cut out 90 reindeer ears, hooves, and noses" volunteer assignments.
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I HATE mailing packages to bloggers. I'm a blogger, so I love to give out prizes and receive prizes when I win. I received a pitch from a PR person about sampling a candy product plus doing a giveaway. I responded yes, with my stipulation that the giveaway item be mailed out. I mentioned that mailing costs are costly as I blog as a hobby. The PR person said that they don't pay shipping costs, but that the samples were lightweight so wouldn't cost much to ship. So, if the samples are so insignificant in size, why aren't PR paying to ship??? Anyone??
Toggle Commented May 19, 2010 on The Thing About Product Reviews at DC Metro Moms
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Whaaaaatttt??? This article is heresy! We love Costco! I have been a member of a warehouse club since 1989...BEFORE we got married! Do you remember when Costco was Price Costco and before that Price Club? Yep...we were members then. Actually, we were members of Pace Membership Warehouse which became Sam's Club. In all seriousness though, we hated shopping at the Gaithersburg, MD, Costco. I agree with every point in your article. Once we moved out of Montgomery County we discovered the oasis of tranquility that is the Frederick, MD, Costco. Few huge lines. Not crowded even on a Saturday. Enthusiastic workers who go the extra mile. Kindly sample ladies. And the parking is NEVER full. Are you in driving distance of a Costco in a less crowded area? Check it out. It might be worth it, so that you can stock up.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2010 on I'm Quitting Costco at DC Metro Moms
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My Mother's Day was a bust. Like Suzie I spent part of the day at day #2 of a two-day volleyball tournament. I did get to sleep in when I begged my husband at 8 a.m. to "PLEASE, take 3 kids instead of 2 kids to the tournament." No breakfast in bed for me. In the afternoon I watched my teen and her teen win the gold medal in their division. The organizers provided carnations to all the moms, but why oh why schedule a tournament on Mother's Day? Loved watching my teen play. Hated that I felt cheated out of my day. From the tournament we trekked to dinner with my family. I was not enthusiastic as we had just had lunch with my family on Saturday while at National Train Day. I tried to extricate us from the dinner, but my mother was insistent that she see all of us. On Saturday evening we had dinner with my in laws. The weekend was one obligation after another. I need a do-over!
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Amy -- I could write this article 3 seasons a year. We are the poster family for overscheduled. What started as a need to fill in a couple of mornings for my nonnapping 18-month-old, continues today. I'll sound like a broken record, but...we have two kids who play travel volleyball with 2-3 practices per week and all-day tournaments every other weekend. At times we have one kid playing in Jessup and one in Germantown. The oldest needs to play as she wants to try out for her high school team next year. I feel sorry for my youngest as volleyball tournaments are so boring for him. I try to have the grandparents babysit him so that I can go for a few hours to watch the girls. Many tournaments I stay at home as my husband assistant coaches both girls. As if that schedule wasn't crazy enough, my middle who plays travel volleyball also swims twice a week. Swimming is after school and volleyball is at 6 p.m. She has developed good time management skills with her homework. We were headed to an easy spring as my youngest expressed zero interest in playing a spring sport. I was relieved...more than I should have been. Of course, after hearing a couple of 1st graders chat about baseball or lacrosse. He wanted to play. I am at my best when faced with a challenge, so I worked on getting him off the waitlist for 2 teams and on to at least one of the teams. He's now playing lacrosse. He loves it. Throw in Sunday School for 3, homework, and possible tutoring for one of them as we are busy. On the bright side, we could be busier. How so? My girls were in Girl Scouts through 5th grade. I am not mentioning Cub Scouts to my son. Nope, lips sealed. Cub Scouts is very time-consuming -- so I hear -- with weekly meetings and outings. Our 4th season is a breeze. All 3 kids home. Husband home for part of it as he is an 11-month employee. We do swim team which means everyone swims 1 hour per day with swim meets on the weekend. It's a family affair. My husband times races while I take photographs and run the swim team blog. Amy -- My only piece of advice...listen to your kids. I dragged...literally...two kids to ballet and tap when they were 4. We did not register for the next semester. Both girls wanted to float around like butterflies NOT learn ballet steps. My oldest was sick of piano by 5th grade. I let her quit -- she channeled her creativity in to drawing and writing. None of the kids like basketball. It is the rare day when I have to drag anyone to practice or a game! This comment is so long I am turning it in to a blogpost!
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Apr 26, 2010
Tough decisions. Your son is lucky to have you in his corner.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2010 on Pinch Me! at Chicago Moms Blog
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Jerseygirl891 -- Feel free to send to family members who don't get it!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on Mommy, Do You Have a Job? at DC Metro Moms
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Mar 31, 2010
I had never thought about seniors moving out of homes in to assisted living until I saw a news story one night. I cannot imagine what you have to do to help someone move to a small apartment. Your clients must be so glad that they have you to guide them. Great interview!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2010 on Time Is of the Essence at Take Root and Write
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Our county has already extended the school year by 4 days. One day might be added to the school year. Two days have been taken back from the school calendar: both were professional days. School on Saturday would not work in my area as SO many kids play sports. There would be a huge fallout from parents on missed games and practices. Sad, but true.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2010 on The Calamity of Calamity Days at Ohio Moms Blog
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As moms we need to decide how we will reward our kids. I love the Book It program. My oldest got her first coupon in 1999. My 6-year-old is now coming home with his coupons. I live in a semi-rural area. Our town has five restaurant options: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, a fried chicken restaurant, a Chinese takeout, and a BBQ restaurant in a gas station. Pizza Hut is the best option for a quick dinner. I always order salads with our meals.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2010 on Book It can Suck It at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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I was at Mom 2.0, too. I never met you and we write for the same site! Maybe next time? I multitask too much. Sometimes I will write then check out twitter. BY the time I get back to my post time has passed. I can get lost in the tweets of others.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on Must. Stop. Multitasking. at DC Metro Moms
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Love it! I kinda wonder how I missed the roundup for that show. I could so win the Worst Cook in America...my child and husband would attest to that.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2010 on Reality TV Meets Real Life at DC Metro Moms
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