Jennifer, Colbie, & Avery — Ball of Energy
Jennifer is from Upstate New York and attended a small Christian school called Houghton College, where she earned her BA in communications. After graduation, she broke free from her small town, moving to Virginia to become a live-in nanny. This experience was not the best, she only stayed for 6 months before moving to Maryland to nanny for a new family. She fell in love with them, yet found the funds too low, even though she was working retail at night. During this time, she met her future husband online and they had been talking for 3 months. Jennifer moved back to Virginia, where she obtained a job as an Executive Admin for a small business. She and Joel met in person and began dating. They have been married now for 6 years. Joel got a job in Charlotte 4 years ago, so they moved here and love this family friendly atmosphere. Jennifer began blogging a few years ago, starting out with a family blog, instead of scrapbooking. Now, she runs two very successful sites. The first is mommybknowsbest.com. This site features product reviews, giveaways, and parenting tips. The second is thecharlottemoms.com. On this site, 5 local moms explore and write about Charlotte, covering food & beverage, healthy living, family, shopping & deals, and activities & events. Check them out and get the 411 on family activities and date night with the hubby. Speaking of date nights, Jenn and Joel created Technology Free Fridays. They turn off all technology to enjoy a night free of distractions. When Jennifer is not busy with her husband, girls, or blogging, she tunes out with reality television. “Reality shows are my guilty pleasure. Mommy time is spent not having to think about a single thing.”
Avery is 4 years old and goes by Little Miss A. She is a ballerina, tapper, and gymnast. Little Miss A is wild, doing cartwheels and rolls around the house. She decided she wants to be a Little Gym Instructor when she grows up. Avery is very intuitive, playing games on computers and reading books. This big girl starts preschool in the fall, attending 3 days. To get her ready, mom put her in Little Gym summer camp and she had so much fun she didn’t want to leave. Colbie is 16 months old and known as Baby C. She likes coloring and playing in water. Colbie takes after her big sis, loving music and dancing, which comes to no surprise since Avery is her favorite person. Colbie has almost all of her teeth now, which is wonderful since teething was a nightmare for her. She is a big eater as well, eating anything placed in front of her and lots of it.
The hardest thing about being a Tot Mom is finding a balance between being a wife, a mom, and working. “I have to remember, mommy first, blogger second.” The best thing is getting paid in hugs and kisses. “I love being a mommy. I’m very blessed.”