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He brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh for $5000, and that was only the beginning. I had the pleasure of reading a book for review this week that I definitely would have read anyway! Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones… Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter Hard Days […]

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  • I am so excited to read this book! Sounds like so much insight into the business many only know from the “entertainment” side. Thanks for sharing, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • I don’t know how I missed your stop on Pat’s tour, Jen! This is a great review and the book is exactly like that – you want to tell everybody what you just read. It’s quite a tale and I also love the success story, maybe more than anything else.
    Thanks for sharing your review!ReplyCancel

Cabin fever was definitely taking its toll on us. Every conversation was somehow escalating into an argument. Every interaction with Isaiah seemed more like a list of what he was doing wrong, not what he was doing right. School work was a struggle, bedtime was a struggle, forget picking up his toys. I watched it […]

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  • I think this, in one way or another, happens to us all. I know there are times where frustration has gotten the best of me with my kids and like you, something reminds me of what I have. Thank you for sharing this, Jen.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      It’s true, and isn’t it amazing how something always does happen? The mother in us wakes up and sees our children brand new!ReplyCancel

  • I think this happens far FAR more often than not only people don’t talk about it because you’re right – you feel ashamed about it. Moms shouldn’t think that way, act that way, be that way *insert every other way that we are not supposed to be according to the bible written by people who know what’s best for YOU* A parent child relationship will go through many changes but the love never subsides.
    I don’t think it’s wrong of you to feel that your moment came when he was ill (poor thing those pictures broke my heart in a bazillion pieces)…sometimes that is what it takes. No, relationships won’t be perfect, but you work on it and as long as you love, you can always work on it. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kathy Radigan

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I think each time we moms let each other know what it is really like we shine a little more light for others. I have had similar experiences and am always so grateful for the “do-over” that life can throw me. Thanks again for your beautiful post!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie

    I am so glad you did share Jen and seriously trust me been there myself at times and just so thankful that I have gotten do-overs when I have, too.ReplyCancel

  • My dearest friend, I needed to read this. This was beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I think that this was one of the most touching things I’ve ever read by you, but also it resonated with me personally. I’m feeling like I’m falling into that dark place with my child. At almost 6 and in comparison to his 2-year-old brother he often feels like a big, defiant boy. Him and Isaiah had always reminded me of each other with their endless intelligence and energy. And their strong will. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I’m at the stage where I need some targeted parenting book reading. I’m sorry that your game changer came in the form of hospitalization. I love you and so glad you wrote this!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Smith Sprenger

    Thank you for sharing so honestly, Jen. You’re definitely not alone either, and although few of us have experienced those exact circumstances, I bet your words struck a chord with so many, because a lot of us can relate to the emotions behind them, the complicated feelings and guilt. I’m so glad you got a do-over; it’s not strange at all to say it that way. Life works in mysterious ways…ReplyCancel

  • So sweet, Jen. The cabin fever thing is getting the best of most of us this winter. There isn’t a house big enough in all the world to keep a three-year-old happy. But I love that you reconnected and looked at baby pictures (such a cute one up there!!! how sweet is his little face?!). Shit, when you realize that they know how much you love them (or think they know?), that’s a special moment. Glad to have you back writing. xoReplyCancel

  • First, holy crap I get the hospital and all that entails. Know I am thinking of how difficult that was for your heart.

    I adore your honesty. We ALL feel that way, when we are in the battle and sometimes sadly it takes the hospital to hit the reset button.


  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    This is so so beautiful and honest and real. I feel honored to have read it tonight and I feel like a better parent because of reading it.ReplyCancel

I am pretty sure if Isaiah and Bridget ever met, they would be amazing friends. I’ve been watching Bridget grow up for a while now. I met her mom, Kerri, through my good friend, Kristi, because we were all moms of kids with Special Needs, and we all had the same sense of humor. That […]

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  • This is awesome. I absolutely support and love this mama and her precious girl as much as you do!!! I shared and will join you in this mission to help Kerri and Bridget as best I can!!

    Those links seemed to not work for me, when I clicked on them! They say “Server not found”… maybe it’s my laptop? Just wanted you to know… :)

    I love the sisterhood of the motherhood. THIS is how it should be.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri Ames

    Thank you So very much!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    LOVE this, Jen. Love Kerri Ames. Love Bridget.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Uzelac De Luca

    What a blessing to help others in need, Jen. What a blessing to raise voices in unison. What a blessing to be a friend.

    Thank you for this post.

    With thanksgiving,

  • Mo Nika

    I’m the grandma from the only german boy with PACS1. Your lines make me cry! Thank you so much! MonikaReplyCancel

  Last night I came into my bedroom and was immediately informed that “it” was none of my beeswax. I did not know what “it” was, but was pretty sure that “it” wasn’t good. However I am a huge fan of natural consequences and so I walked away. 15 minutes later the boy was screaming […]

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  • hysterical. I would have been tempted to reply I’m minding my own beeswax see you in the morningReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Dude. I so should have done that. I am a sucker for crocodile tears!ReplyCancel

It has been three years since we have had a family picture on our Christmas card. It’s cool, no one minds because the kid is quite amazing. But the reality is I can’t stand to see myself in a photograph. Luckily you’re not one of my friends I’m having coffee with because I really don’t […]

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  • I love the expression on Isiah’s face. Perfectly captured Christmas photo. Good luck on your 2015 journey, matching the inside to the outside ;)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Kerri! It’s definitely been to long since his face has graced this blog ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Clark Scottroger

    hey! Jen Kehl!! …just out making the rounds of the The Wakefield Doctrine blogroll…. to wish Happy New Year and such… you guys have the best of years for this next 12 month period!

    (for whatever reason I’ve been listening to the following a lot lately… not sure why, seeing how it’s a fairly faithful rendition, but Tesla’s version is the only one)

  • You’re gonna rock this sweet friend. Totally and completely TTTx10ReplyCancel

  • I am so happy for you. I well understand that concept of when the outside doesn’t match the inside. As we age it’s amazing how the weight creeps on even though you’re doing and eating the same things. Best of luck with your new program! I’m pulling for you here on Canada’s west coast.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you Kelly! I am sorry I didn’t see this comment…hmm… but now I have and I’m still keeping on keeping on! (or off for that matter!)ReplyCancel

​I have heard a lot of bands and songs that I wasn’t aware of thanks to Jen hosting Twisted Mix Tape. It isn’t because I’m stuck on one genre. I have a great love for all music that speaks to me, and a deep appreciation of the effect music has on moods and memory. The […]

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  • Thank you Jen! This is the first guest post I have ever done, so I appreciate you working with on this. I would love for Tuesday’s Mixtapes to come back.ReplyCancel

  • Hey Jen! I posted some Happy New Year music goodness on my blog middleagemonologues.blogspot.com and thought you might enjoy them! Have A Happy New Year! :)ReplyCancel

  This is a re-release of last year’s Christmas mix-tapes, lots of great music for everyone!!! Take some time and check them out, maybe hit play on YouTube while you get your wrapping done. Merry Christmas!   I am a Christmas person. Really. My house looks like a Technicolor elf the size of a an elephant […]

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  • Merry Christmas and I truly love Christmas. Seriously, this is one of my favorite times of the year minus the cold weather. But still and you totally picked some great tunes here. I am so think I may need to share a few of my own. I am feeling inspired and need to get to work to possibly link up in the morning :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Uh oh Janine… now I have to hold you to it!ReplyCancel

  • Such a wonderfully classic mix. Love it. You cannot go wrong with The Carpenters and yes indeed to some Harry Connick Jr. always. Your video was terrific! Great job.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Linda! It was a labor of love, that’s for sure!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE The Carpenters. I have one of their Christmas cd’s. I also like that Johnny Mathis song. I need to make a compilation of Xmas songs to play in my house – I haven’t done that yet. I’m planning to participate in the twisted mix-tape on the 17th. I already have some of my sons picked for the theme I’ve created. ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Kate – I really wanted to make this whole list The Carpenters! But I figured I needed to throw in a little variety ;-) Excited that we’ll have you back in a few weeks!ReplyCancel

  • […] pal Jen loves Christmas music too, and that just adds to the pile of reasons I love that chick! She is […]ReplyCancel

  • […] week, for Twisted Mix Tape 36, Jen asked everyone (you too, so get thinking) to put together a Christmas Song Mix.  Honestly, […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Jen Kehl put the call out for Christmas music for this week’s Twisted MixTape, I immediately thought of those old albums. For your holiday listening pleasure, I present my […]ReplyCancel

  • […] So, without further ado, here is Ave Maria and hoping you enjoy my Christmas music picks, which I am also linking up today over with Jen Kehl over at Twisted Mixtape here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Oh, that Karen Carpenter…I love her so much! She was mentioned in my post for today, as well! Oh, and Harry Connick Jr…whatta voice, whatta man!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Great minds Amy! Great minds!ReplyCancel


    I’m a gusher (as if you didn’t know that) but honestly every time I think , she’s so cool…you just get COOLER. I love learning about you through music because I think it’s the best way to really know someone, to see how music inspires or touches them.

    and then you throw in Harry, the Carpenters, and tell me you love BROADWAY. I am using the theme of MAME in a blog post tomorrow. Honestly. SO I am gushing, because I truly enjoy you.

    also? See FROZEN. Now! Yes, go and leave work and GO. LOL. The music is going to blow you away and when it comes to BROADWAY promise we’ll try to see it together. :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      My son saw Frozen with my mom and I was so pissed. I wanted to take him, but I couldn’t say no to my mom. So now what?! I’ll have to read your Mame post! We are kismet :-)ReplyCancel

  • I like the one you made the video for the best! It is very peppy!ReplyCancel

  • good mix

    You and my wife are in the same mindset Christmas song wise. she plays these.

    Merry Christmas for the first of many times I will tell youReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Lance! Merry Christmas to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, Ella’s version is great! It’s my first time to hear it. I also have the same song on my mixtape (Carpenters’ version though). Love the video you made (the illustrations you used are adorable) and of course, the guitar-playing on the song is really wicked.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Katherine! It was a labor of love. And if I could have, my whole list would have been Carpenters!ReplyCancel

  • […] week’s theme is Christmas. Very tough. Our family will no longer celebrate nor participate in this tradition starting this […]ReplyCancel

  • […] So, to lighten the mood and bring some totally UNpolitically correct music to our holiday music shelf here is my December 2013, Happy Holi-craze, Mix Tape. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] It is officially OK to be listening to Christmas Music now! Bring it on! Maybe we’ll find some new… […]ReplyCancel

  • […] theme for this week’s MixTape is Christmas […]ReplyCancel

  • Yay! So excited to add my link to this hop! I’ve been wanting to, but am lame. The holidays definitely inspired me! Thanks, Jen! :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      So excited you finally played Rachel!ReplyCancel

  • […] the twisted mix tape blog here to play […]ReplyCancel

  • Wait!!! You made that video??? I have huge respect again for you!!! Thats one of my favorites, too!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Yes I did Kristi. I couldn’t live without it! Maybe I’ll get famous now!ReplyCancel

  • Moo Cow is back with a vengeance. Here is my mix: 1) Happy Christmas (War is Over) ~ John Lennon; 2) All I Want for Christmas Is You ~ Mariah Carey (sorry, I’m still obsessed with it after all these years); 3) Baby, It’s Cold Outside ~ Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell version from Elf!; 4) Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart ~ George Michael (old school!!); and 5) Elf’s Lament ~ Barenaked Ladies (love that whole album in place of xmas music when I get sick of it!)ReplyCancel

  • […] This week the theme is Christmas. You are lucky because I just happened to have a few Christmas songs that immediately jumped into my mind when she announced the theme. And because it’s ME, you know they’re going to be geeky. So here you go: […]ReplyCancel

  • […] it is called “Twisted Christmas” and is looking for a mix of Christmas songs.  I am generally one of those sorts of people who get […]ReplyCancel

  • I loved this theme, had never heard #5 on your list so thank you! Ella is on my “bigger” list too. Love her. And you had your work cut out for you, I clicked on 24 of the “linkers” and still haven’t gotten through them! That’s a lot of work! Lots of fun and great new music!ReplyCancel

  • […] ’80s, but fun!).  Maybe I’m suddenly jonesing from missing this week’s Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday, but the quality looking back tonight surprised me – given it was soundtrack to a […]ReplyCancel

  • […] hoped that Jen Kehl would let us indulge in a little Christmas magic for her Twisted Mix Tape fun this holiday season. […]ReplyCancel

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