Life in the Real World

Real life experiences after college

24 days & counting… October 27, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Family,Fun stuff,pregnancy — jenncollins @ 12:17 pm

Hello blog world, I know it’s been a while. I have been busy with birthday parties, weddings and baby showers non-stop for the entire month of October! It’s been a lot of fun.

We’re 24 days away from the predicted due date! I can’t believe how fast the pregnancy has been. I can’t believe she will be here in just 3 weeks or so! Here’s some pics to enjoy from October.


“Where have I been” Wednesday October 1, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Christmas,Fun stuff,pregnancy — jenncollins @ 3:26 pm

Yes, I know I’ve been AWOL lately. I’m not gonna apologize because, well, this is my blog and I usually just update it whenever I’m inspired or have something to say! Here’s what’s been happening w/ me since we last spoke :):

  • I’m 33 weeks pregnant now!
  • The hubby and I went to an all-day childbirth training class last weekend at the hospital. It consisted of lots of breathing, relaxing, watching a birth of not only a baby but the placenta as well (!), a tour of the maternity ward, looking at beautiful babies just minutes old, and way more. It was a great experience. I hope I remember everything when the moment comes!
  • I got to be in a TV commercial! My OB/GYN’s office called me at the last minute and needed me to be in a commercial for their office to play their “maternity patient”. I was super excited! While I waited for my big debut, I was in the waiting room for about an hour sitting around 5 doctors and listening them to talk about…medical stuff. I felt kinda dumb sitting around all of these professionals and it also felt a little surreal to listen to my own doctor talk like a normal person. I know this makes me sound even dumber but all he and I talk about are pregnancy-related things: is the baby moving? any pain? To hear him talk to his colleagues was just weird. Whatever. Back to the commercial. All I did was pretend to talk to one of the doctors in his office and rub my belly! It was really cool. If you live in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines or Miramar, keep a look out for me and record it if you can!!
  • Along those lines, Sadie may have another opportunity to be in the spotlight. There’s a very small chance that she could play baby Jesus in a very large Christmas pageant in this area (I’ll let you all take your guesses as to what pageant that is!). We’ll see!
  • Ok so the biggest news is that we went to my doctor and got a 4D ultrasound of our baby girl! You can see it below. Isn’t she precious? Every time I look at this picture, reality sinks in that we’re actually having a baby. It is the strangest feeling but amazing at the same time. I can’t wait to actually see her!
  • I have a very big birthday coming up next week on Oct 9. Anyone care to take a guess what age I will be? I’m not happy about it!!!


When to throw out last week’s casserole… September 3, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Food,Fun stuff — jenncollins @ 3:47 pm


I love Real Simple Magazine. I don’t subscribe or anything, I just like to buy one every now and then when I have a few extra bucks. I was so happy today when I found out that Real Simple blogs! I subscribed to all of them and I am so excited to get little tidbits of advice, tips and common sense answers to my unorganization.

I was reading the “food” blog earlier and found a link to a great chart that tells you how long you can keep food in your fridge and your freezer. This is priceless to me because I never know what is right (hence, the bugs in my potatoes a few weeks back!). I’m always calling my Mom and asking “If I bought this ground turkey on Monday, is it OK to eat it today (Thursday)?” The answer is no.

I usually find myself bending down in my fridge with the garbage can next to me throwing food (and $$) away because of my carelessness. I hate it about myself, but maybe the chart will help me! I want to print out a copy and stick on my fridge so I always know what is safe to eat.

Do you have any horror stories of leftover food in your fridge? Tell me about it!


What’s up with me July 21, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Family,Food,Life,pregnancy,Random — jenncollins @ 9:47 am

It’s been a while since I posted so I though I’d do a list of stuff that’s happening with me to catch you all up!

  • I’m 22 weeks preggo now (5 1/2 months!!) and Sadie is kicking much harder and more frequently now. Anyone can feel her kick now!!
  • We painted our nursery (pics to come…don’t have a camera right now) mint green and light pink. It’s super cute!
  • I’m showing a little more (again, pics to come).
  • My brother and his wife are moving in 2 weeks to GA where my bro will get his doctorate at UGA. I’m gonna miss them…like, A LOT.
  • My Mom’s turning 50 this week!
  • Joel surprised me on Friday with new maternity jeans and a pink maternity tank top that says “Kicking 24/7”. It was so sweet of him…my pants are beginning to feel tight around my waistline now!
  • I’ve been finding 2 for $5 Coldstone coupons in the paper recently. We’ve been twice already and it’s a great little date! The baby LOVES ice cream…especially Coldstone…she told me.
  • I forget everything now…EVERYTHING. It seems to be accurate that pregnant woman are more clumsy and forgetful than their former non-preggo selves.
  • I ordered this book on last night. I want to buy this, this and this, but I’ve gotta wait for the $$$.
  • We are getting FREE furniture for Sadie’s room from our dear friends…words can’t even express our gratitude!! Along with their generoisty, many other family and friends have given us clothes, bottles, socks! and much more. My cup runneth over (I’ve never said that in my life but that’s how I feel!).

Later in the week I’m going to post my family’s secret spaghetti sauce recipe with Chicken Parmigiana. Consider yourselves lucky…very lucky.


Everything’s changing May 5, 2008

Filed under: 1,Blogging,Family,Life,pregnancy — jenncollins @ 3:51 pm

I used to have another blog when I was in college. I’m not giving the link because it was pretty embarassing. Anyway, I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and saw this post I wrote a couple of weeks before my wedding (june 2005). I talked about how my life had rapidly changed from college life to graduation to single life to about-to-get-married life! Here’s an excerpt:

My life these days has rapidly shifted from waking up, going to class, lunch in the Caf with my wonderful friends, homework, constant access to internet, dinners out to Moe’s and Panera, study sessions at Barnes and Noble, my messy roommate and best friend, buying Pizza Hut at 10 p.m., people jumping on pogo sticks, reading on the quad, dreading convo, weird Alabama weather, being completely independent, getting away with almost anything, Blue Monkey, Dave’s, talking about swimming in the fountain, Chili’s, Friday’s, 2nd West girls, Suite H girls, Southern hospitality, the simple life, writing papers, working on the newspaper, mooching off my grandparents, scraping for quarters to do my laundry…to….

back home in my paradise, waking up when I want to, being my Mom’s slave, constantly running errands and working on wedding stuff, writing thank you notes, missing Joel with every fiber of my being, reading for pleasure (I almost forgot what that was like!) spending time with my amazing family, cooking, playing with my dog, shopping, spending time with my childhood friends, wondering what I will do with my life, taking in the life I used to live and how much things have changed, wondering how much more life will change…this is what I do day to day.

I decided I don’t like such rapid change. And I miss Joel.

When I reread that, I had to laugh at myself. Wow, I had it so great! However, I know I’m at the right place at the right time in my life right now. I also think of how things are on the brink of changing ALL OVER AGAIN for me. Three years ago I would’ve laughed if you told me I would be pregnant right now. I always said I’d wait five years after I got married. It’s funny how my outlook has changed. I know God has changed my heart and I’m excited to see where He’ll take me from here and how He’ll take me through all the changes. The best is yet to come!


So, I have some news… April 16, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Family,Fun stuff,Life — jenncollins @ 2:01 pm

I know it has been FOREVER since I posted a blog and it’s kind of weird to say “sorry” so I won’t say that. I guess I will just say that I’ve missed it! But I have been a little busy.

You may remember my New Years’ post with my resolutions. Well one of them (among some others) has been met. Look at #3 specifically! Then come back.

OK, yes it’s true! I’M PREGNANT! I wish that my last name was still Rizzo so I could say “Rizzo’s got a bun in the oven” (from Grease) but I had to go and get married and change my incredibly cool last name to something as common as Collins. Anyway, I digress.

I never thought the day would come. Not that I was waiting for the day…it’s just that being pregnant is so surreal to me. I was never the girl growing up that always wanted to be a Mother. Of course I had dolls and would play “house” but I was just never that girl whose goal in life was to have kids & be a Mom. If that is you, please don’t take offense! It’s just not me. I knew I would have kids someday and now it’s here. It’s still crazy to think about. Just a warning: a lot of my posts these days will probably have to do a lot with being pregnant/being a Mom, etc so be prepared! I have a lot to say!

Ok, so details. I am 9 weeks pregnant tomorrow (Thurs). My due date is Nov 20. I am going to find out the sex of the baby. I’ve had 3 ultrasounds, I have 3 pictures and I’ve heard the heartbeat twice! I have been sick for 3 weeks. Not throwing up, just severely nauseous, which is almost worse, I think. I’ve lost 10 pounds which isn’t great but it’s normal and also nice to start off small because I know I will be gaining more!

I’ll post more later, but welcome me back to the blogworld…I have returned!! 🙂


I’ve been tagged… March 20, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Fun stuff,Random — jenncollins @ 1:50 pm

Wow! I’ve never been tagged before! Thanks Jen!

  1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
  2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
  3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

What I was doing 10 years ago:

  • I was 14 and in 8th grade and dying to be in high school! 
  • Dating Andrew Strickland (and we are incredible friends now!)
  • Ignoring the boys in our Sunday school class (I only wanted to go out with the older guys)
  • I got a puppy! Our little Toby is still with us today!
  • Surviving middle school

Five things on my to-do list today:

  • Finish work (as you can tell, I am VERY busy today) 😉
  • Blog about something interesting
  • Eat at my parents’ for dinner
  • Do laundry
  • Clean the dishes/kitchen – wow all of those sound very intriguing…don’t you want to be me??

Snacks I enjoy:

  • 100 calorie snack packs…I’m loving the Cheetos kind, but I’ll eat any of them.
  • Chips and salsa from Chili’s – me too Jen! My fave
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  • Sell our condo and buy a house
  • Pay off my husband’s school loans
  • Pay off debt
  • Give to church & Sheridan House
  • Quit work and travel

Five of my bad habits:

  • Biting my nails
  • Forgetfulness
  • Procrastinating doing the laundry
  • Eating more when I’m already full
  • Um I can’t think of another one

Five places I have lived:

  • North Miami Beach, FL (where I was born)
  • Davie, FL (where I currently live)
  • Birmingham, AL (for college)
  • Lexington, KY (that was a short blip after we got married)
  • Back in Davie, FL

Five jobs I’ve had:

  • Pizza Hut (cashier & hostess…hated it)
  • Dillard’s Department Store (I folded clothes all day and goofed off with all my friends who worked there)
  • Center for Reclaiming America (internship in college, organization no longer exists)
  • Hands On Originals (boring job but had a ton of fun!)
  • Oasis Church (my current “real life” job that I love!)

Five (six, actually) people I want to know more about (a nice way of saying TAG):

  • Laura (asia & chocolate)
  • Beca
  • Erin Dunne
  • Amber Cox