Blog Posts Archive

Coolest Family on the Block blog posts archive.
This list will be updated monthly.

All posts are listed here in chronological order from my very first post down to the most recent. They are broken down by month. Clicking on the title of a particular month will take you to that month’s posts listed with the most recent at the top.

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JULY 2010 (Posts: 2) (Hits: 1)

*2010/07/30: Hello World
*2010/07/30: Share Your Birthday Traditions

AUGUST 2010 (Posts: 13) (Hits: 995)

*First Birthday Party Pics Coming Soon
*Adaline’s 1st Birthday Party: Pink and Green Polka Dots and Cupcakes
*What Does the Cool Family Have Planned Next?
*Wordless Wednesday: It’s My Party
*Storytime Traditions: Pajama Time By Sandra Boynton
*The Giant To Do List (a.k.a Large Marge)
*Do You “Like” Me on Facebook?
*Celebrating 30 Years in 30 Days
*Wordless Wednesday: Paci-Love
*Open House: Adaline’s Nursery
*A “Puzzling” Birthday Tradition
*Pointless Tutorials: How to Build a Jigsaw Puzzle
*Enter to win free groceries for a year

SEPTEMBER 2010 (Posts: 46) (Hits: 3,232)

*Jenn’s 1st Birthday 1980
*Large Marge Update 1
*Wordless Wednesday: What I Won’t Be Doing at 7pm
*Jenn’s 2nd Birthday 1981
*Open House: Master Bedroom
*Open House: Dominic’s Nursery
(My nephew, not in my house, but still a cute room!)
*The Anniversary of a Miracle: My sister’s car accident 2000
*Jenn’s 3rd Birthday 1982 (Wizard of Oz theme)
*Jenn’s 4th Birthday 1983 (Castle theme)
*Jenn’s 5th Birthday 1984 (Herself the Elf theme)
*Jenn’s 6th Birthday Party 1985 (Unicorn theme)
*Jenn’s 7th Birthday Party 1986 (Hoss’s, rainbows, and earrings)
*Large Marge Update 2
*Jenn’s 8th Birthday 1987 (Sleepovers!)
*Wordless Wednesday: Cousins
*Open House: Laundry
*Jenn’s 9th Birthday 1988
*Jenn’s 10th Birthday 1989 (Pink and Purple “J” Party)
*Jenn’s 11th Birthday 1990
(I cheat. This is actually my sister’s 2nd Birthday 1982, Sugar and Spice theme with a carousel cake.)
*Jenn’s 12th Birthday 1991
(I cheat again. Actually my sister’s 4th Birthday 1984, Mickey Mouse theme.)
*Jenn’s 13th Birthday 1992 (Sleepover!)
*Large Marge Update 3
*Jenn’s 14th Birthday 1993 (Surprise Party!)
*Wordless Wednesday: Ready for the Game!
*Jenn’s 15th Birthday 1994 (Fiddler on the Roof halftime show!)
*Jenn’s 16th Birthday 1995
*Open House: Family Room
*Open House: Storage
*Jenn’s 17th Birthday 1996
(Sleepover and a rant about Senior Pictures)
*Jenn’s 18th Birthday 1997
*Jenn’s 19th Birthday 1998
*Jenn’s 20th Birthday 1999
*Jenn’s 21st Birthday 2000 (Party at the hospital)
*Jenn’s 22nd Birthday 2001 (Fun times in FL)
*Wordless Wednesday: Daddy and Addy
*Jenn’s 23rd Birthday 2002 (Engagement photos)
*Jenn’s 24th Birthday 2003
*Jenn’s 25th Birthday 2004 (I got a dog!)
*Jenn’s 26th Birthday 2005
*Jenn 27th Birthday 2006 (Pumpkin triplets!)
*Don’t be cry…
*Jenn’s 28th Birthday 2007 (Princess Party)
*Wordless Wednesday: “Fall”ing in Love
*Jenn’s 29th Birthday 2008 (Crazy “Happy Birthday” song madness)
*Wordful Wednesday: Fall Family Fun 2009
*Jenn’s 30th Birthday 2009 (Totally Awesome 80s Party)

OCTOBER 2010 (Posts: 22) (Hits: 1,269)

*See You on Monday
*Jenn’s 31st Birthday 2010
*Wordless Wednesday: Fish Face
*Wordful Wednesday: The Flight of the Midnight Moth
*The Festival of Festivals 2010
(various Pittsburgh area pumpkin patches)
*Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Session 2 Group 2
*I’ve Gone Tribal: Meet the Geese (2010 SITS Girls Tribes)
*My Birth Story: I’m Always Late! (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*The Festival of Festivals: 10/02/2010 The Spring House
*My Dreams and Aspirations: The Long Road There
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Young Adult Years)
*Ages 3-5: Dancing in a Box (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*The Festival of Festivals! 10/09/2010 The Apple Castle and Volant
*Friends and Fellowship: Friends Don’t Get Friends Grounded (Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Young Adult Years)
*Age 6 1st Grade: There’s a Bra in my Lunchbox
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Changes…they are a-comin’
*It fixes anything… (Duct tape…)
*Don’t Worry, Be Happy
*My First Job (Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Young Adult Years)
*Because I like to let you know when I’m slacking off…
*Wordless Wednesday: Naughty Doggie
*Age 7 2nd Grade: Bossy Wheels and Shady Deals
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Ghosts of Halloween Past: My Childhood Halloweens

NOVEMBER 2010 (Posts: 18) (Hits: 1,218)

*How I Met Cool Daddy: Part 1
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Young Adult Years)
*Halloween Crafts: Kleenex Box Costume
*Wordless Wednesday: Storytime
*Halloween Parade: Fall Fashion (Adaline’s adorable fall wardrobe)
*Age 8 3rd Grade: I Will Not Talk in Class (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*How I Met Cool Daddy: Part 2
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Young Adult Years)
*Enter to Win by Helping my Mom!
*Vote Every Day
*Writing With Humor
*31DBBB Day 1: My Blog in 30 seconds or Less (Elevator Pitch)
*Age 9 4th Grade: I Didn’t Really Need Those Fingers Anyway (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Colonel Mustard on a rollercoaster with a plastic fork
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales: Young Adult Years)
*My Mama’s Kitchen
*Age 10 5th Grade: Nothing’s Scary in the Fifth Grade
(Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Movie Review: Homeless for the Holidays
*Happy Thanksgiving 2010
*100th Post: 101 Things in 1001 Days
(What can I accomplish before September 2013?)
*Tutu Excited!

DECEMBER 2010 (Posts: 27) (Hits: 3,724)

*Wordless Wednesday: First Snow Fall 2010
(…and a dying Jack O’ Lantern?)
*My Letter to Santa 1984
*Dear Santa Series: Part 1: Writing a Letter to Santa
*Deart Santa Series: Part 2: Mailing a Letter to Santa
*Guest Post: Traditions, Truces, and Cartoon Moments:
A guest post by Anne from Homeschooling 911
*Dear Santa Series: Part 3: Paper For Writing a Letter to Santa (Links to free printables)
*Guest Post: Food as Tradition: Norwegian Butter Cookies:
A guest post by Retha from Mommy Bee Wisdom
*Product Review: LifeDiscipler
*Dear Santa Series: Part 4: Emailing a Letter to Santa
*Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree Rules and Regulations
*SITStahs…stop here first!
(My totally screwed up SITS feature day!)
*10 Ways to Shake Up Your Christmas Pajamas Tradition
*Wordless Wednesday: The Santa Photo 2010
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 1 2001
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 2 2002
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 3 2003
*Phone Calls from Santa Claus
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 4 2004
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 5 2005
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 6 2006
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 7 2007
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 8 2008
*Wordless Wednesday: The Santa Photo 2010…the sequel (Adaline and Dominic)
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 9 2009
*10 Days of Christmas PJs: Day 10 2010 Part 1
*Merry Christmas 2010
*Uncle Ugly’s Christmas Sweater Jamboree 2010

JANUARY 2011 (Posts: 20) (Hits: 2,065)

*Tops 10 Posts of 2010
*I Have the Flu
*Vote for Adaline
*Age 11 6th Grade: Jenny Got Ran Over by Her Grandma (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Wordless Wednesday: 12 Months of Adaline
*Age 12 7th Grade: Youth Camp Stinks (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Age 13 8th Grade: “Talent” Show (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Age 14 9th Grade: (N)O Christmas Tree (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Age 15 10th Grade: The Newsboys Wouldn’t Ditch Their Friends (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Movie Review: Family Movie Night: Change of Plans
*Age 16 11th Grade: Acrophobia Get You the Good Seats (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Age 17 12th Grade: In School Suspension (Mommy’s Piggy Tales)
*Bottom 10 Posts of 2010
*Wordless Wednesday 2010 Recap
*Oh where, oh where has Cool Mama gone?
*But…(Part 1)
*But…(Part 2)
*But…(Part 3)
*But…(Part 4)
*Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop: I’m the Featured Blogger

FEBURARY 2011 (Posts: 16) (Hits: 2,239)

*Fun Ideas for Groundhog Day
*Adaline Milestones 18 Months Old
*Adaline’s Half Birthday 2011
*Superbowl Steelers vs Packers
*31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge
*15 Reasons Why My Hubby is Awesome
*31DBBB Day 2: Write a List Post
*Ham and Man Party
*Valentine’s Day 2011
*Valentine’s Day Link Love – Free Printables, Crafts, and More!
*The One That Got Away
*Wordless Wednesday: Little Sweetheart
*The Invasion of the Kangaroos
*Read Across America With Dr. Seuss
*Free Dr. Seuss Fonts (LINKS)
*10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks

MARCH 2011 (Posts: 22) (Hits: 3,435)

*Wordless Wednesday: Oscar Night
*A Splendiferous Dr. Seuss Breakfast
*Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target
*Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at the Library
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Muppet
*Wordless-ish Wednesday: Grrrrr
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Adaline Part 1:
(How Adaline got her name.)
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Adaline Part 2:
(The meaning of “Adaline” and why I spell it wrong.)
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Cool Daddy
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Jordan
*Celebrate Your Name Week: Jennifer
*Spring Ahead: Reflections on Miscarriage
*Celebrating Seuss
*Wordless Wednesday: Little Leprechaun
*Seuss Fails
*50+ Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables (LINKS)
*Why “Coolest Family on the Block”?
*Leprechaun Trickery is Afoot!
*And So It Begins… (Video)
*I Need a Blogcation
*Wordless Wednesday: Attack of the Giant Baby (Video)
*30+ April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids

APRIL 2011 (Posts: 24) (Hits: 4,840)

*Free April Fools Day Printable Pranks (Links)
*April Fools Day Family Traditions
*Welcome to the Party! (The 2011 Ultimate Blog Party)
*Announcing the 1st Annual No Housework Party
*My Least Favorite Chore
*Wordless Wednesday: Express Your Mess
*Grab Your “No Housework Party” Button
*No Housework Party Link Up
*Wordless Wednesday: Who’s the pretty girl in that mirror there?
*Easter Egg Hunts and Family Fun (Local) (2011)
*50+ Easter Egg Decorating Ideas (Links)
*Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs (Links)
*Wordful Wednesday: A (long) Trip Down Bunnylane
*Happy Earth Day
*National Infertility Awareness Week (2011)
*Trying to Conceive: Take 1
*Childless Mother
*My First Pregnancy
*Wordless Wednesday: Happy Easter
*My Miscarriage
*Trying to Conceive: Take 2
*Trying to Conceive: Take 3 (Secondary Infertility)
*Our Infertility Story: The Short Version
*Infertility Myth Busted: Just Relax!

MAY 2011 (Posts: 12) (Hits: 4,299)

*Wordless Wednesday: No Eat the Suds
*My Mother’s Day Gift
*Trying to Conceive Tuesday (Take 3 Continued)
*Wordless Wednesday: Happy Mother’s Day
*Wordless Wednesday: Chalks
*Changing it up!
*Funny Things Adaline Says (Videos)
*Welcome Voiceboks Visitors
*Okay, I’m ready to talk about it (LOST)
*Mommy Promotion
*Wordless Wednesday: Shameless Plug
*Guest Bloggers Needed

JUNE 2011 (Posts: 23) (Hits: 5,638)

*Wordless Wednesday: Two Lines
*Hot Air Balloon Crafts and Snacks (Links)
*Guest Post: Breakfast Basket
*Bye-Bye Betty Bride
*Guest Post: Laughter Really is the Best Medicine
*”Show Us Your Tow” Hop starts tonight!
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Guest Post: What Has Your Kid Done to Embarrass You Lately?
*When I Say I’m Busy
*Guest Post: Top 10 Things to do with Toddlers this Summer
*Living Treasures Animal Park: Moraine, PA
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Guest Post: Parent Club
*Our Wedding
*Early Ultrasound 7 Weeks 2 Days
*Wordless Wednesday: Happy Father’s Day
*Guest Post: Fun Summer Reads for Kids
*Hanks Frozen Custard: New Brighton, PA
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*How to Celebrated Leon Day! (6 months until Christmas!)
*Guest Post: Toilet Training for the Patient and Unwearied
*The Very Literal Stay at Home Mom
*Guest Post: ABC Photo Essay

JULY 2011 (Posts: 11) (Hits: 6,626)

*Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: Pittsburgh, PA
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Guest Post: Sustainable Living – It’s Not Just for Hippies Anymore
*Early Ultrasound 9 Weeks 2 Days
*Guest Post: Planting Flowers and Practicing Skills
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA
*10 Shows I’d Like to Make a Comeback
(80s and 90s awesomeness)
*Guest Post: Coolest Mud Pie Cake Ever! (Recipe)
*Wordful Wednesday: Oh, No He Didn’t!
(Cool Daddy painted the porch…)
*Guest Post: Making the Most Out of Every Day This Summer
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Guest Post: The Drama of Leaving Your 20s
*The Night I Got Arrested and Changed My Name to David (not really)
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Guest Post: Outer Banks – What a week!
*Wordless Wednesday: Party Junk
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Happy Blogoversary to Me!

AUGUST 2011 (Posts: 11) (Hits: 8,522)
*Ribbon Topiary Video Tutorial (Centerpiece)
*Birthday Tissue Number Sign Mini-Tutorial
*Wordless Wednesday: 12 Months of Adaline
*Happy 2nd Birthday, Adaline!
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*Birthday Girl 2 Years Old
*Ladybug Picnic 2nd Birthda
*Show Us Your Town (Hop)…Link Up!
*NT Ultrasound 12 Weeks
*Birthday Tradition: Professional Photos
*Is that an earthquake or is my cell phone on vibrate?

SEPTEMBER 2011 (Posts: 11) (Hits: 8,198)
*So…what happened there?
*Birthday Traditions: Cake Server and Knife
*Half Way There: 20 weeks
*It’s a…boy!
*Birthday Traditions: Personalized Birthday CD
*Wordless Wednesday: Tea Party with the Dog
*I Sold My Teacher What?!
*DIY No Sew Party Hat Tutorial
*Pray for Public Schools (SYATP)
*Free Ladybug Fonts (Links)
*Beaver County Fall Festivals October 2011

OCTOBER 2011 (Posts: 4) (Hits: 11,256)
*Pittsburgh Area Pumpkin Patches
*Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival
*Wordless Wednesday: Is That a Pumpkin Up Your Shirt?
*Awesome Halloween Light Shows

Links from November will be added in December. For now click the link above to access the archives from most recent back.

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Jenn Rian is a mom, blogger, actress, yoga instructor, and cosplayer. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of and (

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