About Jill

I’m a freelance writer and digital creator based near San Antonio. I write about travel, lifestyle, parenting, and adoption. 

I’ve been to 29 countries and 36 of the 50 U.S. states. I believe seeing the world beyond our neighborhood makes us better humans and I 1000% believe in experiences over possessions. 

If you’d like to work with me, please check out my Media Kit. If you like what you see, get in touch and we’ll talk from there. I do not accept guest posts or link insertions. 

I’m slightly salty and more than a little awkward. If this weren’t the internet, I’d be smiling awkwardly and answering simple questions like “How are you today” with gems like “I like pockets” and “Great but I forgot my deodorant.”

Pockets are pretty awesome, though. 

More about me, just in case you’re curious

My husband and I are both Air Force veterans and we’re both very proud of our service. We met while pouring draft beer for a fundraising activity at Busch Stadium.  

My beer pouring skills impressed him so much that he asked me out and quickly decided to marry me. He might not remember things exactly like that but I recommend you go with my version of events.

I’m a mom of three. My daughter is 29 and my two sons are 11. One of the questions we are most often asked is are my boys twins. They’re not biologically related and they’re four months apart. 

Also, I know there’s a big gap between my kids, even though most people’s instinct seems to be to point that out when I tell them how old my kids are. We went from being empty nesters in 2012 to a household of five in 2013. Yes, that was really as crazy as it sounds. 

Thanks for checking out my site and getting to know us a little better. Shoot me an email or connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter . You can also subscribe to my newsletter for updates. 

OTHER WRITING AND PRESS:

My writing has also appeared in The Washington PostScary MommyBabble, Woman’s Day, Good HousekeepingRavishlyYour Tango, SheKnows, The Huffington PostMamalodeWhat the FlickaBlunt MomsThe Good Men ProjectMamapediaxo JaneMamamiaCollective BiasRed Tricycle and Role Reboot.

I have essays in three anthologies: Mothering Through the DarknessMartinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF, and Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees: The Crazy, Wonderful Lessons We Learned From Our Mothers.

Locally, my writing has appeared on Alamo City Moms BlogThe Rivard Report and in San Antonio Woman Magazine. I’ve also been honored as one of Healthline Magazine’s Adoption Blog of the Year for five years running, although my blog isn’t very focused on adoption anymore.

In spite of that whole awkward at parties thing, I’m an experienced speaker and can talk to groups about parenting, adoption, social media and how much I love a dress with pockets.

I’m a three time producer of Listen to Your Mother in San Antonio and an alum of the 2015 Austin cast. Helping other women tell their stories of motherhood is a huge labor of love for me. 

I was a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2015, which goes down as one of THE coolest experiences ever:

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