Meet Susan and Liz

Susan and Liz

Meet my mom, Susan.

She is a blast with a contagious laugh, never-ending ideas of new fun things to discover/do and overflowing with self-confidence.

What I admire most about her is…

With a background in political campaigns, she is uniquely skilled at identifying employee strengths and putting these to their most efficient use. With this skill and her ability to motivate, three years ago she launched Jacobson Strategic Communications, a woman-owned, Philadelphia-based public relations firm, and it is now the fourth largest grossing public relations firm in the mid-Atlantic, with clients like PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

My favorite thing to do with my mother is…

Find hole-in-the-wall restaurants and laugh at ourselves.

Ways we are most similar…

We are both up for anything and can laugh at ourselves.

Ways we are most different…

She can be more extroverted than me and I like learning more than she does.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

It is one of full support, understanding and love.

Meet my daughter, Liz.

Liz is smart, savvy, giving, ambitious and beautiful. She is a true leader. She is a gifted public speaker and charming. She treats everyone she meets with respect. Her endearing quirk is that she tends to lose things.

What I admire most about her…

She is warm and always up for fun. She has that rare combination of having an exceptionally high IQ and EQ.

My favorite thing to do with her…

Talk about our business and also look for new adventures and experiences.

Ways we are most similar …

Our ambition and ability to understand people and what makes them tick. And we love to laugh.

Ways we are most different…

She’s a lot smarter than her mother!

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

Every time I think of Liz, I am overcome with pride and happiness at the remarkable woman she has become. I can share anything with her.


Replaying Our Argument

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  It was a phone call right before Jenna boarded a plane to India – there was anger, hurt feelings and an abrupt goodbye.  This week we examine the conversation to learn how to avoid similar arguments in the future. REPLAY… Jenna:  Hi Mom.  I’m about to board the plane and I wanted to say good-bye.  Sorry I haven’t had a chance to call earlier, but things have been really … [Continue reading...]


This year we have chosen 12 character traits that we’d like to work on to become better mothers, daughters and women. Each month, we’ll introduce a different trait and blog about our personal goals and experiences.  For January, we’ve chosen GENEROSITY because we want to be more giving in our relationships and more proactive about helping others in need. Ellen… Of all the people in my life, … [Continue reading...]

Raising the Bar in 2015

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Dear Friends and Followers, In 2015, we’re going to do things differently on My Mother, My Daughter, My Friend.  We’ve decided to raise the bar, dig deeper, and focus on personal development to improve our relationship with each other, with others, and with ourselves. Finding inspiration from The Happiness Project, The Positive Psychlopedia and Everyday Holiness, The Jewish Spiritual Path of … [Continue reading...]

In the Rearview Mirror

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  December is a good time to stop, reflect on the past year, and think about ways we can improve.  In this post, we look in the rear view mirror at our mother-daughter relationship to celebrate how far we have come and brainstorm ways to strengthen our bond in 2015. We encourage you to take inventory with your mother or daughter and do the same! Ellen… From my view, this was a … [Continue reading...]

Reminders from the Past

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With the holidays, many of us are thinking of the perfect presents for our mothers and daughters. But how about those treasured gifts from back in the day? You might find old cards and hand-made presents cleaning out boxes in your basement or tidying up the drawers of your nightstand – often when you least expect it! They give us glimpses of our past selves and our relationship through the years. … [Continue reading...]

Meet Deborah and Eleanor

Deborah and Eleanor

Meet my mom, Deborah. My mom is amazing! She is an extraordinarily talented cook and baker. Her work out schedule would make Bruce Lee look like an amateur. She has this funny way of expressing her ideas; she will use her hands and arms to make gestures but she won't say anything and I will know exactly what she is talking about, even after we have had a whole conversation a few minutes earlier … [Continue reading...]

Franklin Down: A Mother-Daughter Business Venture


Cheryl and Sarah are a mother & daughter team who recently started a business together called Franklin Down.  Their passion is creating down throw pillows in designer fabrics, at affordable prices.  We were inspired by their story and thought you would be too! What is Franklin Down? Why & how did you start it? Sarah: Franklin Down is an online-based store for our handmade down throw … [Continue reading...]

Meet Madeleine and Katie

Madeline and Katie

  Meet my mom, Madeleine. My mom is the most amazing person I know. We all call her wonder woman or Momma Bear because she literally does it all and still finds time to be the ultimate mom. In spite of being a high ranking executive at large multinational companies most of our lives, my brother and I have always known that if we needed her, she would be there (even jumping on the first … [Continue reading...]

Jenna’s Blog from Thailand!

We posted a lot in the early summer about Jenna's trip to Southeast Asia and our efforts to stay connected. Jenna was a diligent little blogger and finished up all her writing before she left, but she treated us to a special blog from Thailand. This particular post hit an all-time high in readership - we were all anxious to hear about her deeply personal experiences and faraway … [Continue reading...]