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Jenny Isenman
Jenny Isenman is a humorist and lifestyle expert. She's known as Jenny from the Blog at her award winning blog: The Suburban Jungle Good Housekeeping, calls The Suburban Jungle - the best suburban blog out there. Jenny claims that reading it will make you smarter, tanner and reduces cellulite, but at the very least it’ll keep you literate.

She's also the first Jen X’Pert (Gen-X lifestyle expert). She gives advice on family, marriage, anti-aging, and fashion for people who remember the making of the Thriller video. She’s contributed segments nationally and has reoccurring segments locally on NBC, CBS, and FOX. She's the humor columnist for South Florida Parenting Magazine and writes for multiple national sites.

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Entries by Jenny Isenman

8 Reasons Parents Really Hate Sending Their Kids Back To School

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:48 PM

Look, I was as excited to send the kiddos back to school as the rest of the parents out there who had a 12-week hiatus from normal daily life. I just wish we could remove a couple irritating back to school elements from the equation (listen to me using words...

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25 Ways to Keep the Summer Camp Dream Alive for Your Kids This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:29 PM

After spending a summer at Camp Lenox with my kids, I thought I'd discuss back-homesickness. Yes, I coined that word, so I'll expect royalties if you use it. Basically, it's the feeling campers have when they return home and it feels weird to be normal.


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I Almost Forgot What It's Like to Be Young

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Call me insane, but I'm spending the summer at a sleepaway camp in the Berkshires. It started with me doing a humor series called Jenny From the Bunk -- I Followed My Kids to Camp, Now What? I thought it would be interesting to see if I could...

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You Know You Went to Sleepaway Camp in the '80s If...

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Every summer, many of my Gen X cohorts and I were carted off in droves to sleepaway camps across the country. We packed our hard-sided trunks and headed off for two to eight weeks of rewording pop songs, crushing on counselors with accents, and dressing up as Bon Jovi and...

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4 Ways Family Road Trips Have Changed Since Gen Xers Were Kids

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 2:56 PM

You guys know how I often compare our lives growing up as Gen Xers to the lives of our kids and marvel? It's truly fascinating how things were so different in the "olden days." Take the common road trip... Sure, there are similarities -- we elbowed our siblings,...

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11 Secrets Our Kids Have Shared That Will Make You Cringe

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:52 PM

I recently wrote a piece about how embarrassing we become as our kids get older (even though we're clearly awesome) and it dawned on me that our kids sometimes embarrass us even more. My children, over the years, have blurted out some very personal secrets to teachers, doctors,...

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What Kids Today Can Learn From Gen-Xers About Sick Days

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Let's be honest, we Gen Xers were skilled at playing sick, were we not? Our generation had to work hard for a sick day. Many of our parents worked and would have to take a sick day themselves, and let's not forget, our parents were raised by some...

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I Miss the Smell of Snow -- a Florida Transplant Gets a Bit Nostalgic

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:57 AM

I think we're all aware that life in South Florida has its perks. Our kids can play outdoors all year-round. We could do Bikram yoga outdoors, 10 months of the year. Plus, you can't deny the joy you get upon mentioning the weather to your northern friends, for the sole...

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Did You Suffer From Theme Park Dementia This Winter Break?

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:25 AM

My family and about 2 billion other families had this brilliant idea to spend winter vacation at Walt Disney World. Sure, we could've done something more relaxing -- like sky diving -- but we chose this destination because we like lines. Love lines. Love the way that by simply roping...

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Can a Nice Jewish Mommy Kiss Santa Claus Without Being a Ho Ho Ho?

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:18 PM

This is what my house sounds like around the holidays (oh, and the rest of the year, but I say "around the holidays" to make myself look like a better parent): "Mommy can I have that?" "Will you buy me that?" "Mommy, my friend's neighbor's cousin has that." "I want...

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25 Things I Shouldn't Admit I'm Thankful For -- But I Am

(9) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:52 AM

I was recently sent a group Facebook question asking me to name one thing I'm thankful for that isn't cliché or traditional. Other people were coming back with beautiful sentiments about new friendships, the help of strangers, and averting disasters, which in my opinion wasn't really following the rules at...

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Lice -- Breaking Down the Sanity of Our Society, One Mom at a Time

(15) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:32 AM

Last weekend was my first time dealing with lice. I say first time not because I'm expecting more, but to justify the level of manic lunacy that ensued. Look, I'm not proud of the series of events that unfolded or how I handled them, but I bet I'm not the...

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Why You Should Totally Get to Second Base With Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 6:16 PM

After a lump scare in my late-20s, I learned that all lumps are not the C-word and it's totally okay to get to second base with yourself!

After finding a pea-sized lump and getting a needle biopsy, I was told that, like the several million other young women with fibrous...

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40 Indicators That You're Most Definitely a Parent

(15) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 5:03 PM

After writing about the secret language of moms, it dawned on me that there are so many unique qualities that we share as parents -- and they literally set us apart from every other life force on Earth.

So, here you have 'em -- the 40 signs...

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25 Parenting Phrases We Swore We'd Never Say

(17) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:42 AM

In my recent post about decoding Momisms (what we say and what we REALLY mean), I realized that at some point along the way, I had become my parents. There was a certain language they spoke, that cliché "parentese," that I swore would never pass my lips.

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18 Totally Random Things I Only Know Because I'm a Gen Xer

(339) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 4:21 PM

About a week ago, I turned 40 ...

I was telling a friend that I'd totally trade in my Gen X status for that of a 30-year-old hipster who wears black-rimmed glasses for statement, not vision, purposes. That way, I wouldn't have to admit that I spent most Saturday...

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How to Deal With Tweens 101: Play it Cool and Avoid Miley Cyrus

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Recently, my 11-year-old son made me watch Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" video. He felt that I had to see it to believe it. If you haven't seen the video, let's just say it's a lot of twerking and writhing and what we use to call "freaking" and "dry humping"...

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30 Reasons Moms Are Late

(150) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 3:22 PM

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I was always a punctual person, but becoming a parent has put a whole new spin on my excuses for being late to meetings, lunch dates, parties and appointments. As made apparent in my "20 Momisms Translated" post,...

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20 Things Moms Say And What They REALLY Mean

(35) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 10:21 AM

Ah, "Momisms," those phrases we turn to for a short reprieve, to conceal criticism and maintain our sanity or simply because we have no clue what our child just said. We've all used them, so I thought I'd give you a handy decoder to translate what we say into what...

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You Know You're The Mom of a Girl If...

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 4:39 PM


1. You do more pretend cooking in a miniature kitchen than you do actual cooking in the full-sized one (and frankly, you're not sure which meals taste better).

2. You secretly wish there was some mommy competition involving your child's trendy crafts because you're...

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