Jackie Hennessey

Jackie Hennessey is a Rhode Island mom who honestly gets what other mothers go through. Having worked full-time, part-time, and been a stay-at-home mom too, she sees motherhood from a variety of angles. And thankfully, with a sense of humor. Jackie blogs about her take on motherhood and mid-life at ventingsessions.com and writes about it in her award-winning gift book, How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker. Jackie is a native Texan with some roots and relatives in Rhode Island. (She's a NASA kid and her Houston accent usually comes out when she's blasting Willie Nelson in the car.) She has more than two decades of experience in public relations and journalism and holds a BA in journalism from Texas A&M University, where she received the “Best Aggie-Life writer” award. (She still has the tacky maroon plaque in her home office to prove it.) Jackie was a cast member of the 2013 and 2017 Listen to Your Mother Shows, where she formed lasting bonds with the incredible women she shared the stage with in honor of Mother’s Day. Her writing has been featured in The Barrington Times, the book Mommy Diarist and blogs like Scary Mommy and BluntMoms. She has donated her PR expertise to many local non-profits from Arts Alive to Dress for Success since launching her professional pr consultancy in 2006. When she’s not writing, consulting, volunteering, ubering her kids around, vacuuming up dog hair or folding laundry while binge-watching Netflix, she likes to vent with dear friends over cheese dip. Jackie is married to her high school sweetheart and they live in Barrington, Rhode Island with their two teens and three fluffy and friendly Golden Retrievers.

Fall Fashion: What to Wear When the Weather Gets Weird

The calendar says it’s sweata weatha. It’s fall. But it was 75 degrees yesterday. The weather can be so unpredictable this time of year. So, what are we supposed to wear? I left my...
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Ready or Not, It’s Time For The Fall Decor

Although it may not feel like it, fall is here. The leaves are starting to change. Pumpkin spice latte is everywhere. If you’re in denial that it's sweata' weatha' because it’s still warm out,...

Does it Get Better? Parental Stress in Different Stages

A fellow mom recently asked, “Does it get better?” She asked this in reference to raising little ones. On this particular night, she was fixing dinner as she watched her toddler empty the contents of...

Serenity Now? How this suburban mom survives the holidays

  For the love of Thanksgiving, the holidays are here. Whether you’re a Pinterest-posting mom who crafts all the way through Christmas then almost snaps by Valentine's Day or one who cringes at the mere...

Why I Love Poshmark

Hi. I’m Jackie. And I think I may be a Poshmark addict. It's been four days since my last sale. If you’ve never heard of Poshmark, you might want to grab a chair and a...
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Tips About College Applications From a Parent of a High School Senior

I try to look away, but social media sometimes has its way. I see posts all over my feed of parents dropping off their 18-year-olds. Dorm rooms filled with duvet covers and daughters and...
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What’s In Style This Summer? It’s All About Trendy Accessories

Want to know what’s trending this summer? Accessories. Anything gingham, straw, tassels, and fringe. I admit it, I love to shop. (Especially for bargains.) You may have admired some of these accessories online or in...

Win A Book That Will Make You Giggle This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here. Ah, Mother’s Day, the day I used to look forward to receiving sweet hand-drawn cards and bouquets of flowers tied with string. Picked from the neighbor’s yard, of course. I'm not...
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Are You Secretly Obsessed with the Royal Family?

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/988463639811194880 I thought I was over the Royals. But I'm not. I'm actually obsessed. I’m talking about Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Harry, and his fiancée Megan. Not the Kardashians. (God save the Queen, not the...
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The Truth About Motherhood: Sometimes I Swear Like a Sailor

It could be because my kids are teenagers. Because my kids were both home for nine days straight for February break. Or that I’m admittedly not perfect and sometimes lose my patience. Whatever the...