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About Me

Hi, there! Thanks for stopping by and checking out Love Jennifer.

I’m Jennifer, the woman behind Love Jennifer! I’m a 30-something New Jersey travel and lifestyle blogger. I have lived in the State of New Jersey for ten years and prior to that I lived in Philadelphia, better known as the City of Brotherly Love. New Jersey is a great place to live and explore, because there’s so much to see and do … from our wineries, state parks, eateries, and beaches … you can’t help but love it here! I married my husband, Sterling, in September of 2010, and we have two daughters, ages 12 and 14.

The topics you will find me blogging about are food, travel, beauty, style, and my everyday life as a wife and mother.

My full time job is providing services to the state’s most vulnerable, while blogging is my part time job and also my escape from the monotony of my day to day tasks.

When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my family, searching the web for upcoming online auctions and estate sales, cleaning and decorating our home, reading, binge watching on a show I couldn’t find the time to watch, and usually enjoying a nice glass of wine from one of the local wineries. You’re more likely to be find me at home with my husband and girls during the week, but on the weekends we’re out exploring!

I am known to clean my home while watching/listening to YouTube’s “clean with me” videos and since I’m trying to learn Spanish, I’ve changed the language settings to help me along the way!

About the Blog

I started this blog in the spring of 2018. I currently follow a few nifty blogs that cover an array of topics and figured, ”why not start my own?” “Like really, how hard can it be? I have a lot to talk about and share.” So, this is the end result! Don’t be surprised if you see my blog changing — because as I grow and learn more about blogging, my blog will be updated to reflect that growth. Blogging is truly an art, so I hope you enjoy my blog and the content that I create.

Also, If you ever have any questions or concerns about my blog, please feel free to reach out to me via the contact section of my blog! I would love to hear and communicate with you, so leave me comments about what you thought about my posts!

Enjoy!

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Greetings, everyone!

I have great and exciting news to share! This morning, I woke up to a nomination from fellow blogger Fritzie at Life Travel Soul for the Mystery Blogger Award. I have to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure about the award, so I had to do my homework and find out a little bit more about the Mystery Blogger Award.

I learned today that the Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma at Okoto Enigmas Blog. Enigma created the award, “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Again, I am excited about my nomination and if you aren’t too familiar with Fritzie and her blog, Life Travel Soul, be sure to check it out! Fritzie’s blog tackles life, travel, and everything in between with captivating writing and pictures to match!

So, here are the rules for the Mystery Blogger Award:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link, as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m obsessed with clean, organization, and scents that put me in a relaxing mood.
  2. I like to clean my home while listening/watching YouTube “Clean With Me” videos.
  3. I enjoy long car rides to new and exciting places!

Life Travel and Soul’s Questions for Me:

  1. What are your dream vacation destinations?
    I actually have quite a few dream vacation destinations — Bora Bora, Islamorada (Florida), Maldives, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Hawaii. There are more, but I don’t want to get ridiculous, lol — just know, that I love to have fun in the sun!
  2. What is your all-time favorite quote?
    My all-time favorite quote is “it’s just a chapter in your life … turn the page and move on!” There’s so much truth in this quote — It basically means don’t dwell on an issue/problem, take it for what it is, and move on!
  3. What helps you relieve stress?
    The easiest way for me to relieve stress is to take a nice walk. If I can’t do that, then binge watching The Golden Girls, always brightens my day!
  4. If a magical genie will grant you one wish – what would that be?
    To win one of those huge Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots!
  5. If you’re given a chance to portray a character in a movie, who would that be? What’s the title of the film?
    If I was given a change to portray a character in a movie, I would want to be Baby from Dirty Dancing!

My nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award are …

My Musings

OnlineChild

My Love, My Life, My Thoughts … 

Catching Up With Shania

Red Lips and Rose

M A R I A

Wandering & Wondering

Becoming Proactive

Mamaboo

themindmakeup.com

My Questions:

  1. What are three things can’t you live without?
  2. What decision in your life would you like to go back and change?
  3. Who is your favorite superhero and why?
  4. What would you name your boat, if you had one?
  5. What’s the worst commercial you’ve ever seen? And, why was it so bad?

Here’s a link to my best post!

A Quick Guide to Online Auctions

Before I end, I would just like to share that I am a fairly new blogger. After much thought and consideration, I started my blogging journey in April of 2018. I am very excited to share and grow, because as I’ve learned thus far … bloggin’ ain’t easy, but it is quite rewarding in many aspects!

52 Cheap or Free Date Ideas

52 Cheap or Free Date Ideas

  1. Go bowling
  2. Play pool
  3. Play miniature golf
  4. Race Go-Karts
  5. Go hatchet throwing
  6. Go to the shooting range
  7. Do an escape room
  8. Go to an amusement park
  9. Go to a carnival
  10. Go to a circus
  11. Go to see a play/concert
  12. Play karaoke
  13. Visit a museum
  14. Visit the zoo
  15. Visit the aquarium
  16. Act like a tourist in your own town and document your day in photos
  17. Take a cooking/baking class
  18. Participate in a couples’s painting with wine class
  19. Participate in a ceramics class
  20. Learn how to salsa
  21. Learn how to line dance
  22. Go for a hike
  23. Go apple/pumpkin picking, followed by a hayride
  24. Bake an apple pie
  25. Have a pumpkin carving contest
  26. Go bike riding
  27. Go ice skating
  28. Go roller skating
  29. Go to the beach and walk the boardwalk
  30. Attend an outdoor festival
  31. Do dinner and a movie
  32. Go out for ice cream and go topping crazy
  33. Go out for sushi
  34. Go to a wine tasting event
  35. Go to a beer tasting event
  36. Attend a mixology class at a distillery and learn how to make a cocktail
  37. Go to a sporting event
  38. Go tailgating
  39. Go horseback riding
  40. Sit by the fire pit and roast marshmallows
  41. Do a couples massage
  42. Do a couples mani/pedi
  43. Explore a new town
  44. Explore a new restaurant or bar
  45. Binge watch a top rated TV show
  46. Have a game night
  47. Have a video game challenge
  48. Find a scenic place and have a picnic
  49. Go out for coffee at a cool cafe
  50. Do brunch
  51. Do volunteer work in your community
  52. Rent a dog from your local shelter and take he/she out on your next adventure (not all shelters do this, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!)

My Neverending Travel Bucket List

My Neverending Travel Bucket List is a list of all of the things, I would like to do before I’m not in the position to do them anymore. Therefore, as I visit and do the things I’ve listed, I will strikethrough the item and if I blog about it, I will attach a hyperlink to that post. Also, this list will be updated from time to time, as I learn about more fun and exciting places worth visiting!

  1. Bring in the New Year in Times Square, New York City!
  2. Tour the White House in Washington, DC
  3. Go white water rafting
  4. Go kayaking
  5. Go tubing down the Delaware River
  6. Go indoor skydiving
  7. Go whale watching
  8. Go swimming with the dolphins
  9. Go glamping
  10. Go horseback riding along the beaches of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  11. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
  12. Attend the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana
  13. FLY FIRST CLASS!
  14. Ride in a hot air balloon
  15. Attend a Cherry Blossoms Festival
  16. Go hiking along Buttermilk Falls Trails in Walpack Township, New Jersey
  17. Visit Central Park and Zoo in New York City
  18. Visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York City
  19. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  20. Spend the weekend at a luxury spa
  21. Spend the weekend in a penthouse suite with spectacular views
  22. Visit Iron Plow Vineyards in Columbus, New Jersey
  23. Visit Coda Rossa Winery in Franklinville, New Jersey
  24. Visit Working Dog Winery in Robbinsville, New Jersey
  25. Visit Sharrott Winery in Hammonton, New Jersey
  26. Visit White Horse Winery in Hammonton, New Jersey
  27. Family road trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  28. Visit Niagara Falls on either the US or Canadian side
  29. Visit San Diego, California
  30. Visit the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  31. Visit the US Virgin Islands
  32. Visit Puerto Rico
  33. Attend the New Jersey Renaissance Faire in Bordentown, New Jersey
  34. Go skiing

Personal + Blogging Goals for 2018

Pretty soon we’ll be entering the 5th month of the year, but these are my personal and blogging goals for 2018!

My personal goals for the remainder of 2018 are:

  • To continue to explore and introduce my girls to all the world has to offer them
    • Through travel, dining, conferences designed for girls and/or young adults, etc.
  • To get more organized when it comes to preparing meals and dinner at home
    • I don’t know what it is, but every day I draw a blank, as to what I’m going to have for dinner. I usually don’t get home until evening and I’m pretty much drained from work and the travel time it takes to get home.
    • So, the goal is to find recipes that require less than five ingredients and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
  • To work on my fitness goals
    • I have a long list of fitness goals, but I’m convinced once I get my meals under control … I’ll be halfway there!
  • To continue to improve on my Spanish
    • I started learning Spanish when I was in high school, but that was like 20 years ago … Two years ago, I enrolled myself in the community college’s personal enrichment course for beginner and intermediate Spanish, just to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to have a full conversation with anyone, but it did inspire me to want to explore the language more. So, when I can, I use the Duolingo app and I also listen/watch YouTube videos on my breaks and in the car.
  • To create a financial budget that works and be able to stick to it
  • To try something new each month or do something that I love to do and haven’t done in awhile
    • For example, this month I went horseback riding for the first time in 9 years … and it brought back so many memories from my childhood and when my husband and I went horseback riding in Cancun, Mexico. The feeling was great, but I paid for it later, though – my muscles ached for a week! It was a group riding lesson that will be offered monthly at a nearby stable, so that gives me something to look forward to each month when I need to woosah!
  • To participate in more social events and meet new people
    • About six months ago, I joined a really cool social group on Facebook for women of all ages in my area. Every month they meet for Happy Hour, which gives the members a chance to meet up and form a connection. I figure, as the weather gets better, there will definitely be more to do in and around the area.

My blogging goals for the remainder of 2018 are:

  • To post new content weekly
    • I would like to post at least twice a week, let’s say Sunday and Wednesday .. but, if I can’t my secondary goal is to make sure I post new content on Sundays!
  • To work on all social media platforms attached to my blog
    • Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram
  • To follow my blog post planner and update, as needed
  • To take quality photos and videos
    • The video portion will come later, of course … but, it is a goal of mines!
  • To participate in blogging seminars and such, to improve my blog and blogging skills.
  • To grow my blog’s content and readership