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.

My $10 Kitchen Remodel

My $10 Kitchen Remodel

I’ve heard it said that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  That is absolutely the truth in our home.  It’s the room where children and puppies beg for treats, where my hubby and I sneak kisses and chocolate, and where food simmers and heirloom cookbooks come alive. When we purchased our house, the downstairs had been […]

My son is a robot.

I. Am. A. Robot.

For over a week now my son has been obsessed. He hasn’t stopped talking about it. He clearly hasn’t stopped thinking about it. Some children have imaginary friends. Most children like to play “pretend”. My son is convinced that he is a robot. Not long ago he was a “real live ninja“. Before that he […]

I wish people would stop using the “P” word.

The "P" Word

At every age and every stage, this word finds a way to creep in. It has the same effects on us – whether we are learning how to draw, ride a bike, picking out our wedding dress, holding our first child, or juggling the craziness that is parenthood or a thriving career. Perfect.  It all […]

A 2015 Resolution in One Word

One Word | Bless

It’s January 2 and I haven’t written about what my New Year’s Resolution is.  This should come as no surprise to those that know me… Procrastinate less as a resolution?  That is so 1996. Be more organized? I tried this before I had kids.  I did OK in some areas, not so good in others.  Now […]

Fa, La, La, La, La (Whose child is that??)

When your kid is THAT kid.

Ahh Christmas.  The season of wonder.  Of beauty.  Of hope. Of joy. Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit more than the special services held at our church in December. The season of Advent, the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, is a holy time in the church and truly sets […]

Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Cole as "Crackle"

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you’ve been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt […]

I’ve changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Cole the Elf

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together. Fast forward to parenthood. The pressure is […]