Jessica is an amazing lady from Minnesota. We are in an Instagram Mom group together, which is where we met. Jessica married her high school sweetheart, has four beautiful kids- a daughter, twin boys, and another son. I love watching her on Instagram @life.with.twins.plus.2. She is such a fun mama. For Halloween this year, she dressed up with her kids as characters from Starwars; and she made a perfect princess Leia. She is so much fun to follow. She is always-sharing ideas from entertaining her kids to healthy eating habits. I’m happy to introduce you to Jessica.
Tell us a little about yourself Jessica.
Thanks for that sweet intro, Katie. I am 32 years old. A born and raised Minnesota girl, although I would like to say I love living here, I really do not. The winters can be brutal, and I miss the warmth and sunshine! I am married to my best friend, who I did meet in high school, and have been with ever since. My kids are my life, and keep my days busy! I have enjoyed watching them grow up over the years. I am obsessed with crafting & DIY projects! Being a Pisces, I have always had a strong artistic side of me. I am also a huge shopholic and love spending my money at Target, TJ Maxx, or Marshall’s.
How to do you keep your family-life balanced with work-life?
I only just recently began to work again. It’s been seven years since I decided to become a stay at home mom. I will never regret my time that I took off, for raising my children instead. However, I have been itching to find something for me to do. My work is able to be done at home, so I can still be here for my kids. I try my best to get what I can do at night before bed. Of course, I still have work to do throughout the day. I won’t lie, it has been a challenge and has left me feeling quite guilty most days. It’s a change and new adjustment for us all. So, I am still working on the balance part of it all.
How do you take care of yourself?
This is something I really am not very good at. I think like a lot of moms, I tend to put myself last or not at all. Not because I don’t think I am deserving or want it, but because there are so many other needs ahead of myself. When I do get the few rare moments to take care of myself, I enjoy relaxing watching one of my favorite shows, getting out of the house to shop, going to craft sales with my mom, or just spending the day with her.
Self-care is so important, especially during the craziness of the holidays. How do you balance all the holiday family duties and the self-care?
Over the years I have become wiser, I guess that’s the one plus side to aging! I am a person with a very type-A personality, and gets extremely overwhelmed and anxious easily. Managing my stress level is a very important part in taking care of myself. When it comes to the chaos of the holidays, I make sure to start planning things out way ahead of time. It might sound a little strange, but it honestly has made such a difference in my life. Taking things one day at a time, and knowing what you want to tackle that day, really helps cut down on packing too much into a short amount of time.
How do you prepare for the holidays?
As I mentioned above, I like to plan everything out when it comes to the holidays. Starting ahead of time helps give me enough time to get everything done. I start Christmas shopping in October and try to make sure to be completely done by November. That way I can focus on the more important parts of December.
What are your family traditions?
Some of our favorite holiday family traditions are; going to our towns annual light holiday parade, decorating the house & putting up the Christmas tree, decorating cookies, visiting Santa Clause, and going to different fun holiday festivities!