Soup’s On!

As the temperatures drop below freezing, we both like to warm up our insides with delicious soups. They’re easy to make, healthy, and if you make a big pot and freeze it in small containers, it can last a long time.  Ellen loves to make soup and the fridge is always stocked with Jenna’s favorites [...]

By |December 18th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on Soup’s On!

5 Myths about Daughters that Moms Should Know

A few weeks ago, Ellen wrote "5 Myths about Mothers that Daughters Should Know." Now it's Jenna's turn to weigh in with her perspective on common misperceptions mothers have about their daughters. Daughters don’t appreciate their mothers. The Truth: It is so easy to treat the people we love the most…the worst. Unfortunately, moms get [...]

By |December 4th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|1 Comment

5 Myths about Motherhood Daughters Should Know

After studying mother-daughter relationships for nearly three years, we noticed that there are  many underlying assumptions that we make about our mothers and daughters. This week, Ellen tackles some of these myths by sharing her own perspective on common misconceptions daughters have about their moms.  1. Mothering a daughter is natural and instinctive. The Truth: Wouldn’t [...]

By |November 10th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on 5 Myths about Motherhood Daughters Should Know

A Tribute to My Mom, Elaine

We want to offer women whose mothers have passed an opportunity to celebrate their mom’s legacies with the MDF community. We applaud MDF follower Karen for this first tribute to her mother Elaine, who passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2014 at age 86. During the interview, Karen spoke about her mom with candor (no [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|2016, Blog posts, Tributes|Comments Off on A Tribute to My Mom, Elaine

We’re Nuts about Coconuts

Jenna became a lover of coconuts a few years ago during her travels and Ellen followed, becoming a coconut convert after hearing about its nutritional and healing benefits. In this week’s post, we share our coconut stories, recipes and uses.   Ellen… Two years ago, I went to Philadelphia to take Jenna out to lunch [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|2016, Blog posts, Things We Love|Comments Off on We’re Nuts about Coconuts

New Year, New Beginnings

For many years, Ellen started a tradition of traveling to Jenna’s for Rosh Hashanah to celebrate with her friends. This year, Jenna had a business trip to New York that coincided perfectly with the Jewish calendar so she spent the holiday at home in New Jersey. In this post, we both reflect on new traditions [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on New Year, New Beginnings

Frugal Fashionistas

Time after time, we hear from mothers and daughters that shopping and sharing fashion tips are their favorite way to bond. We must admit: we are definitely not trendsetters, but we do share similar styles! This week, we take a closer look at how our personal styles are impacted by our mother-daughter-grand-daughter relationships. Ellen… Last [...]

By |August 25th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|1 Comment

What I Would Have Done Differently

Child-rearing is tough, and we moms try to do our best. But of course we make mistakes, as our parents did. As our daughters transform into adult women, they flow through various phases that spark new behaviors, mindsets and moods. This week, we both reflect on decisions where we wish we could turn back time [...]

By |August 19th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|2 Comments

20 Questions

Moms are expert at playing “20 Questions” and they sometimes bring up topics that their daughters don’t want to talk about. In this week’s post, we ruminate about mother-daughter conversations, "switching the subject” and more. Ellen… When I was visiting Jenna a few weeks ago, we were chatting over breakfast and I asked her something [...]

By |August 10th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on 20 Questions

A Day in the Life

It’s always exciting when a mom gets a glimpse inside her daughter’s world! Ellen recently visited Jenna in her new hometown, Atlanta, where she got to see Jenna’s apartment, office and neighborhood. In this week’s post, she shares the importance of understanding a daughter’s day to day life: I’ve always loved visiting Jenna on her [...]

By |July 29th, 2016|2016, Blog posts|Comments Off on A Day in the Life