Hey you!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I am Jill and I live just outside of Denver, Colorado where I have raised my three boys as a single mother for over 10 years. Originally from San Diego, I have called Colorado my home for 20 years and don’t see that changing until I can buy a house on the beach. And that’s gonna take just a few more years. Like 25 or so.
I have a full time job, own a house, spend way too much time at the gym, write a blog, have one cat and one dog, and because that isn’t enough I am currently in school pursuing my degree three hair-pulling, midnight-oil-burning classes at a time.
There are times where I could find it easy to curse my situation and the ugly reality of the single parent struggle, but it has shaped me into the woman I am today and I have grown to love her and all of her flaws and greatness. For that, I am so very grateful for all of the struggle.
I am a firm believer in accountability and karma. I believe in doing good and helping others. Random acts of kindness and paying it forward should be a way of life; not a single act. If I could meet one person I would choose Oprah Winfrey, she is so true and so generous that I can only hope to touch one person the way she has touched millions.
The Bloggity Blog
I started blogging in June 2010 at Single Mom on a Budget. It began as an outlet and a way to empower and to help other single mothers just trying to survive day to day. And to share how to manage raising kids on a shoestring budget, but it has since grown to be so much more.
It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. – Oprah Winfrey
I am now in control. *Insert touchdown emoji here*
Please watch the video of my story below and you’ll know it all. My boys are 22, 20 and 13. I have an amazing relationship with all three of them and they have amazing relationships with each other.
My oldest is out on his own and pursuing a career as a chef. There was a time I wasn’t sure he was even going to make it out of high school in one piece, or that I would survive raising him, so I am beyond proud of the amazing kind, thoughtful man he is today. His girlfriend of a few years is an amazing pastry chef and I’m so glad to have her in our lives.
My middle son is currently in college on a baseball scholarship with hopes of making it to the MLB someday. I might be biased, but I believe there will be a day where I get to watch him from a major leagues stadium. His girlfriend is a nanny to the cutest little toddler in the world and is currently in school to become a pediatric nurse. I’m so glad to have her in our lives too.
My youngest gives me a run for my money. He can be the life of the party with his fancy trick of being able to tell you how many letters are in a word, any word, before you are done counting the letters on your fingers. I have no idea how he does it. He is a soccer player and has dreams of playing on an MLS soccer field. I’d tell you about his “girlfriend”, but it will probably change by the time I post this so…. let’s just move on.
Brands & Advertising
I love to work with brands and am PR friendly. I believe that my readers look to me for honest and real feedback about brands so I pick and choose the brands that I work with very carefully. Please contact me for more information and my rates; I would be happy to brainstorm and come up with a mutually beneficial way that we can work together.
I am proud to have worked with Coca-Cola, eBay Parent Panel, Hallmark, Colorado Egg Producers, Carmex, Sears Hometown Stores, History Colorado Center, Taste of Colorado, Credit Karma, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Safeway, Famous Footwear, Gillette, Sunrun, and many more.
Comments are welcome!! Please note that I do monitor all comments and will moderate any comments that are not helpful to the conversation or are mean and/or nasty.
Here are some of my favorite/most popular posts:
- Follow with the college financing journey here.
- 4,745 Days
- Being a Great Mom
- Tales of a Single Parent: Setting Your Dreams Aside
- Support. Teach. Provide
- Bretzel Roll (Pretzel Bread) Recipe
- Moist Zucchini Bread Recipe
- Peanut Butter Chex Mix
- I’m kind of known for my homemade mexican food recipes
- Homemade Rice Pudding