Robin Zimmern

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Robin Zimmern is originally from Boston, MA arriving in Pensacola in 2008 via Nashville and Birmingham. Since moving to the south, Robin has embraced her inner "y’all," learned to wear pearls, eat grits, and knows the words to every Garth Brooks’ song. Robin is a proud girl mom to two precocious, creative and sassy girls: Emma (9) and Charlotte (6). They keep her on her toes in their never-ending desire to become YouTube stars, survive on a diet of pizza and chicken nuggets, and always trying to have the last word. Robin received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University, and her specialist degree from the University of West Florida. Robin serves as the director of development at the University of West Florida. In Robin’s spare time (is that a thing?), she is a passionate community volunteer. Robin sits on several local boards, including the Pensacola Little Theatre, Manna, Junior League of Pensacola, Fiesta Pensacola, Valerie's House and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Glass Half Full?

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  My second-grade daughter had a spelling test recently. I asked her how it went, and she replied (very confidently), “Mom, the important thing is that I got more right than I got wrong.” I asked...

My (Re) Starter House

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Shortly after getting married, my now ex-husband and I enthusiastically purchased our first home. Like many other young newlyweds, we bought what we referred to as our “starter” house. It was just the right...

Excellent Used Condition: My Brief Stint in the Buy/Sell/Trade World

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When I was on maternity leave with my first daughter, I quickly realized I needed a project to keep me sane. Luckily my family had recently purchased a rental property that needed an overhaul....

The Question

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Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a woman named Barbara.Barbara had it all: success in her career, two amazing children, a loving husband, supportive extended family, and more...
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My New Friend, Insomnia

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I live a very busy life (I know you can all relate). I have a full-time job. I am raising two young girls. I am involved in the community. I like to stay busy....

Budgeting Our Time

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  Me: There is not enough time in the day!Charlotte (age 7): You can just go buy some more. Me: Oh yeah, where can I buy time?Charlotte: Target, duh. And I would buy the large...

You Are What You Watch!?!

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My kids love to watch YouTube videos of other kids playing with toys… Me: What are you watching? Charlotte (age 6): A video of a boy building a Lego castle Me: Why don’t you actually play...
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Emergency Contact

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I never realized a simple line on a form could stop me in my tracks and bring me to tears. As I sat in the waiting room of the doctor's office two years ago...

Making My List, Checking it Twice: Why Doesn’t Santa Come to Our House?

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“Why doesn’t Santa come to our House? Was I naughty?” asked my daughter when she was four years old.  The answer is simple, “We are Jewish.” But to a 4-year-old, that explanation does not fit...

Nonprofit Spotlight: Manna

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November is a time we are all reminded of how thankful we are. How lucky we are for the life that we have. How fortunate we are to have our family, a safe place...