About Me

A Little Bit About Me:

I’m a woman with a full-time career and a mom with a full-time job. The career pays better but the benefits of the job are far superior. 

I’m a tech writer with a background in education, journalism, communications, public relations, web design, writing, and retail operations.

My friends and my family mean the world to me and I’m very protective of them. You cross them, you’ve made an enemy for life. I’ve been lucky to have been gifted with the best friends anyone can ask for. They have remained with me even after I have relocated from NJ to FL.  I miss them more and more each day. I will always be a Jersey Girl. FL is so overrated for so many reasons.

Shopping has been a love of mine all of my life and I’m always excited to check out new products, especially when they are going to make life easier. I even have an idea for a new product but have no idea what to do with that idea so I’m afraid it will never see the light of day.

I love doing volunteer work (at school, at sports organizations, in the local community-If I could make a living at it I would).  I love to blog, decorate, go to the spa,  read (mostly chic lit- no vampires or complicated mysteries for me) and I stay busy with my PTA, HOA and soccer/football team mom duties, monthly BUNCO group. Life is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A Little Bit About My Family:

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Ryan Reynolds, (obviously, not his real name but if I give him a new name I might as well give him the whole package) since 2000. 

After many months of fertility treatments in 2003 we were blessed with a funny, smart son- Bruce (not his real name but, being from NJ, Bruce Springsteen is a given in our house and my son is a little rockstar) who is always a handful and already a catch with the ladies. 

After several cocktails and 3.5 months of thinking I was just getting fat and old we found out that some things don’t always work the way the doctors swear it will. Fusspot joined our family the day before Bruce’s 8th birthday. She’s perfect and beautiful – even an unbiased person would agree. Apparently, February is a very fertile month even when you aren’t suffering from blizzards and cold weather.

Bruce wanted a brother but he’s totally in love with his little sister. His first reaction upon hearing it was a girl – he and his hand told us and the doctor “I don’t even want to discuss it – it’s still a boy.” 

My mom is the reason we moved to FL. Our world was changed forever a few years ago when my mom was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s at the age of 55. It has impacted all of our lives more than anything else ever could. I will share this struggle here too.

A Little Bit About My Blog:

Being a Tech Writer for so long it seems I have lost my original voice. It will be nice for me to stretch a little and get back to some of the lighter stuff that requires me to bring my personal experiences and thoughts to the table again. 

Why the name? Well, I am a city girl and always will be. Not a nature lover and I refuse to catch my own dinner in the swamp. But here I am in Florida, where both of those traits are quite common. A fish out of water.  I like concrete under my feet and hi-rise buildings. The hustle and bustle of the crowded city. An abundance of malls.  The urgency in everything. So, I’ve been rather misplaced down here in the South.

You might not always agree with what I write (I might not even always agree with it). My goal here is not to convince you to think a certain way but rather to invoke your own passions and get people to discuss and share different ideas.

So PLEASE leave your comments and feel free to SHARE. It’s the only way I know you’re still with me out there!

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    Jon Vincent says:

    Hello!

    Jon Vincent here, from BlackFriday.info. I guess you could call me a Black Friday nerd because I love Black Friday so much… People started sending me leaked Black Friday ads and next thing I knew I got mentioned by the New York Times, CNN, TechCrunch and more :)

    In helping build some Black Friday Cheer this season I’d like to provide your readers with a $50 gift card to one of the following companies: iTunes, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy or Target. Which one would you like to give your readers?

    As far as the contest I’d love to do something around having folks submit their Black Friday shopping tips. Is this something you think your readers and followers would comment on? If we get enough tips we could even do a big round up on our blog and link back to your site.

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    PS: please let me know if you’d like to publish a list of predictions or Black Friday ad leaks on your blog! I will send them over as I get them in :)

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  • 13
    Debbie says:

    I think we are living parallel lives! I am also a jersey girl who relocated to Florida (the panhandle, even worse! :) ha) and I’m a content writer. Where in Florida do you live? Really like our posts and look forward to readin more!

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    Rizafe says:

    new follower here :)

  • 11
    Irene says:

    Hi! Jersey girl here! I’m living in PA now and hate every minute of it. Worse move we ever made! But always a Jersey girl (Union County then Morris County).

    Nice to meet you!

  • 10

    I found you on socialmoms.com and followed one of your tweets back to your blog! Good to see a fellow Jersey girl showing her pride…but I wish I was right along with you in Florida! Wishing you all the best.

    ~Rebecca

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    Linda Hawes says:

    Love that you gave your husband a new name! hehe

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    brenda says:

    I feel for you, my mom was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s .
    It does impact families lives more than most people realize.I understand.

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    Thanks for visiting my blog. The phrase Misplaced Jersey Girl got my attention and here I am. I love new Jersey too! I tried New Hampshire for almost two years and hated it and came back. It isn’t perfect but it’s as close to perfect as I’ve found – no earthquakes, no tsunamis, no crazy crazy heat like in the South, no crazy crazy blizzards (usually) like in the Northeast, few hurricanes, no tornados. What’s not to love about Jersey!?
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  • 6

    Hey, Denise!
    Try N.J. to A.L.! I followed my frog and met my prince:) I’ve been here a good bit longer then you, though. (Since ’93) So I am right at home here now….for the most part. When I first got down here…I kept saying…”we’re really in the same country?” I could not believe how different it was.
    And the mall situation is definitely an issue. We were recently in Jersey and my girls could not believe the size of the Freehold Mall:) Would love for you to stop by my blog. http://joyfulcreations2.blogspot.com/ Check out my page about my G.R.I.T.S.
    Take Care,
    Joyce

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    Richard T. says:

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    Lanae Bays says:

    I like your blog!! Will be back and look forward to more posts! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Denise, this is a fantastic blog! I agree that we would spend LOTS of $$ if we lived closer together, be careful what you wish for ;)

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      Denise says:

      thanks! I’m going to add you to my blog roll as soon as I get a chance and will keep up with your blog. I’m giving away a face and body mask right now so you might be interested in checking that out. You can get to it from my giveaways page.

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    kathy says:

    I am the Mom of the Cheeky Bride. I too live in Florida having moved hear from the Northern Midwest. I left my very best friend who has a sister that developed frontal lobe dementia starting around 45 years old. The thing I admire most of my friend is her compassion and how she got involved and involved her whole family and her sisters family and her sisters friends and also outside help. Her sister is still with them at 55 years old and I contribute it all to the wonderfrul care she gets.
    What a great gift you and your family have given your Mom. It tells a lot about a person.
    Wishing you the best!

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      Denise says:

      Thank you Kathy for your kind words!

      Yes, having a support system is so important and your friend is so lucky to have that. That is one of the biggest stresses with this. There are times when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Being responsible for the life of a child is one thing but for some reason having to be responsible for a parent in this situation seems so much more stressful.

      It took us a long time here in Fl to feel like things were under control but there are some great resources out there. It isn’t always easy to find them though.

      Enjoy the wedding and good luck with all the planning. I am enjoying reading your daughter’s blog and remembering that time of great hope and happiness in my life.

  • 1

    I’m a tech writer, too, and like you said, the blog is a great outlet for writing that’s not so structured. More interesting, too!

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