All posts by Jennifer Collins (GracefulMess)

Jennifer Collins (GracefulMess)

About Jennifer Collins (GracefulMess)

Jennifer is a mom with a day job and she likes to write about her victories and messes along the way. She is living an adventurous life as a Georgia transplant learning to thrive in Maine, with a strong Southern accent that screams that she is "from away" and a new-found love for lobster rolls and timely snow plows. Jennifer's writing has been featured on BlogHer, iVillage Australia, Daddy Doin' Work, and Mamapedia.

Breastfeeding is not sexy.

Breastfeeding is not sexy.

There.  I have your attention.  I used the words “breast” and “sexy” in my title, which led you here. I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I’ve thought about sharing this before but I usually shy away from stirring things up on sensitive topics.  Well, nothing is more sensitive to a mother […]

A back-to-school list to live by.

Back-to-School List

I started seeing them back in June.  School supplies officially hit the stores. I began to feel the uneasiness and anxiety that is back-to-school for a parent. School had literally just ended and our summer had yet to begin.  I hadn’t even bought bathing suits for the kids. My daughter didn’t skip a beat.  She immediately started […]

An open letter to the other parents at my daughter’s ball game:

Sam the Springer Spaniel

This week something utterly embarrassing happened to us, forcing me to write this letter. I’ll be  handing out copies of it at my daughter’s next ball game, should the incident repeat itself. Backstory: We have a new family member.  He is a fun-loving, face-licking, ball-chasing Springer Spaniel puppy named Sam.  We like to take him […]

I’m trying to survive puberty again. This time as a parent.

Surviving puberty the second time.

It all began on a mundane weeknight. She had just played in her first ballgame of the season. Supper was over and she had settled in at the dining room table for a game of chess with her daddy. I was in another room entertaining a puppy and a boy when I heard the drama […]

“Am I a Yankee?” Thoughts from a Georgia girl growing up in Maine

Home

If you’ve been following me, you know that I moved to Maine from Georgia a little over 4 years ago.  2 months after the birth of our son.  Our oldest was about to turn 4.  This spring, she turned 8. Our daughter has now lived half of her life in Maine and struggles occasional with location […]

Finding beauty in the weeds… and a little parenting insight, too.

Beauty in the Weeds

This is what happens when you go on vacation and leave your yard unattended for a couple of weeks: Weeds.  Not just a few little dandelions popping up here and there.  Giant, thick, deep-rooted weeds.  Spiky, nasty weeds.  Weeds that are too prickly to pull with your bare hands.  Painful weeds. Looks like I’ll be […]

Play-Less Summer

Play-Less Summer

I am so excited to share this guest post from Samantha Richardson who writes a fantastic blog: Goodnyou?  I hope you enjoy her words as much as I do! Play-Less Summer By, Samantha Richardson – Goodnyou? So far our summer has kept with the end of school craze. I’ve been telling myself “after the 4th” is […]