Jill Berry seizes family time whenever she can. Dinner as a family? Check. Movie night? Check. Marathon game sessions? Check. You name it…she wants to do it. Now finding a time when everyone is free is another story. With three kids in a myriad of sports, activities, and school clubs, and a school administrator husband who works long hours, it’s a challenge. But Jill is up for the challenge.
We caught up with her to find out more about her life and here is what we found out, in her own words.
I started blogging in...July, 2008.
I live in….Woodbine, Maryland.
My niche is…Parenting/family/reviews/entertainment/travel.
I write when…..I am not driving carpool. Note: I am ALWAYS driving carpool!
How has blogging changed my life: I can share my point of view with the “world.” I have had fabulous opportunities to review products, see shows, go on blogging trips, and travel with my family.
Brands I have loved working with: Hasbro, Activision/Skylanders, Disney.
How I see the future of blogging/social media: I see more and more and more people connecting through social media. I see more online work opportunities. I would like to see blogs go back to the basics...more fleshed out posts, better writing, more blog commenting, etc.
Where I work: I work at Musings from Me Media.
I am connected…. With so many people! The reach of social media is truly awe inspiring. After growing up in England and moving to the US as a college student, I never thought I would ever hear from my English friends again. I’m not the best letter writer, but with Facebook I am now connected with high school, college, and even elementary school friends.
When I’m stressed, I…..Read a book...take time for myself...take a very hot shower.
My favorite gadget is….My desktop computer with the large monitor...I would be absolutely lost without it. I love my mobile devices but for blog posts and social media work I prefer using my desktop.
My favorite travel destination is….Italy, France, and Switzerland. I would love to take my family to these countries that I visited as a child.
My favorite clothing brand is… Whatever clothing brand is on sale! If an item of clothing is not on sale and I can’t find a discount code, I am not buying it.
I do all my shopping….Online. I have amazon prime. I never have to brave the crowds at the mall. I can shop in my jammies.
My favorite TV shows: Scandal, House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Dr. Phil, reality TV shows but not dating or competition shows...I prefer Couples Therapy, Hoarders, Intervention. I was an early adopter of reality TV….I watched Real World: New York back in 1992 when NO ONE was watching reality shows.
My favorite movie: Do I have to name just one? I can’t. I have TOO many favorite movies...Love Actually, Peter’s Friends, JFK, Tootsie, Memento, Casino Royale, and Mission Impossible.
Coffee or tea: Coffee...Though as a Brit I still enjoy a cuppa every now and then...with milk and sugar of course.
I love….Spending time with my husband and three children.
I dream about….Taking a cruise or spending a vacation at an all-inclusive resort and doing nothing for a couple of days.
What else I do: Carpool driver/chauffeur, parent volunteer at two schools, member of two school PTAs, church volunteer, scouting volunteer, book club member.
My latest She Speaks post: http://www.musingsfromme.com/following-not-leading-your-childs-journeytocollege/#sthash.T5bBRXsH.dpbs
Causes I've worked with and made a difference via blogging about: With a tween and two teens who are connected 24/7 (or so it seems) online, I am passionate about online safety. I have championed safe kids’ online sites, online safety apps for teens, and online safety education for parents to help their kids. I spoke at the 2013 Digital Family Summit on healthy digital behavior.