Welcome to Life Love and Holmes

Monday, February 28, 2022

Hey Friends! Welcome to my blog!

I'm Jen. I'm a working Mama with 2 boys living in Central Ohio.

When I'm not working, or being a Mama, I love binging on Netflix and YouTube videos, working on my photography skills, reading (listening to) books, listening to podcasts, and decorating our home. I love all things organization and party planning. I'm addicted to Instagram (let's be friends!) and coffee, and enjoy dark chocolate and a really good red wine.

I started this blog as a fun way to document our adventures, as well as capture the things that bring us joy -- traveling, exploring our town, things we can't live without, recipes and more. 

I also plan to share Mama and lifestyle topics, home decor, holiday and party decorations, working Mama tips and advice, and so much more! I hope this blog empowers others, shares fun information, allows me to connect with other Mamas, and unleashes some of my creativity. 

Since this is my first post, I also wanted to share a few things to help get to know me better:

1. I've worked in advertising for over 15 years. I've worked on many accounts including health care, pet care, baby food, and I'm currently working in Shopper Markieting for a few pediatric nutritional drink brands. I have a love/hate relationship with working. I LOVE what I do, and I really enjoy working on marketing plans, giving presentations and interacting with my clients and co-workers. But I HATE leaving my babies, feeling overwhelmed with a full workload and a full home life, and feeling like I can't do it all and do it perfectly. But that's just Mom life and I know we all have our struggles.

2. I am obsessed with llamas. My family knows all about my obsession and every birthday or Christmas gift includes some sort of llama item and I love them all! I've been begging my in-laws to get a llama for their farm for 5 years, and I'm not giving up! I have actually visited about 5 llama farms here in Ohio. One of them was a llama/flower farm and another was a winery with llamas. I should probably write a post about all of my llama adventures. Comment below if that is something you might be interested in hearing more about.

3. I'm probably going to get weirdo status for saying this, but I don't really care for candy, I'm not a huge fan of pie, and I could totally forgo cake. But my weakness is dark chocolate and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. My absolute favorite is the Kitchen Sink Cookie from Panera. It's like a $4 cookie and probably has 2,000 calories, but it has large chocolate chunks, caramel pieces, pretzels and is topped with flaked salt. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...yum!

4. I love to decorate for every holiday, plan parties and celebrate all of life's little moments with my boys. The last 2 years have been tough (on many of us), so this year. I decided that my "Word of the Year" was going to be "Joy" and that my goal for the year was to find the joy in the everyday things -- both big and small -- and not just the big holidays. So this year we are celebrating the everyday things and also ALL of the holidays. We recently just celebrated Valentines Day and I posted a Day in the Life Reel over on Instagram if you want to see how we celebrated. I also shared our Valentines Home Tour. My goal is to share via my blog not only how we are celebrating, but my tips for planning for the holidays as a busy Mama. I woud love to know, what is your family celebrating this year? Do you celebrate all the holidays or just the big ones?

5. I'm an Enneagram Six - I am loyal, trustworthy and a great troubleshooter, but I am anxious and cautious. I am the classic helicopter Mom and my husband thinks it's hillarious that we have such a dare devil little boys. I swear they are going to give me a heart attack some days. But I'm working on trying to be a cool Mom someday that lets them both just be boys. I think I am a Wing 5, which I've read means I want to have everything figured out as a way of defending myself from threats. So basically I am a chronic worrier that has Plans A, B, C through Z figured out...ha! 

I'm still working out my posting schedule, but plan to post 2-3 times a week and I want to feature some Working Mom Wednesday tips. So lots of fun content coming soon!

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