Do you ever wonder other moms secrets? Like actual real beautiful day to day hard working moms? So often I see a darling one at the park and think wow, she looks so great! I wonder what she is doing so well. With that in mind I thought I’d begin a new series on ALFS – Everyday Moms. These are moms I know, moms that have been recommended to me, moms that inspire and are beautiful inside and out. Let’s peak into their lives just a bit, shall we?
Location: North Barrington, IL
Job: Stay at home mom
Kids: Here we go…Hudson (10), Duke (8), Scout (6), Boone (3), and Quincy (1). (Coolest names ever, right?)
You’re in your closet – what do you reach for first? Baseball hat, I never have time to get a haircut so most days I grab a hat to cover the hot mess on my head.
Hands down the one beauty product you can’t live without. Only one! Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. A few drops of this with my lotion and it evens out my skin tone, masks my dark circles and blemishes plus helps with my blah winter complexion .
Your daily moisturizer. Are you happy with it? First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair, yes, love it.
Your nightly moisturizer. Are you happy with it? Coconut oil, I guess, I am still looking old so I should probably continue my search for a miracle cream.
Something in your shopping cart online right now that you want to buy – budget is no limit. A bigger van! I am so sick of cramming 5 kids in the mini and I sized myself out of carpooling. I am pretty sure I am the only person ever to ogle a church van.
How do you feel your beauty routine changed when you became a mom? The biggest change is I chopped my hair thinking it would be easier to look put together, unfortunately I just end up in a baseball hat everyday.
Biggest indulgence you allow yourself. Zillow and open houses. I am in love with all the amazing houses in our area so I check zillow everyday to get an inside peak. I am every realtors worse nightmare, when one of the homes I have been eyeing hosts an open house I will show up with all 5 kids.
Tell us about your kid(s). I’m obsessed if I was younger I would have 5 more😍. Hud (10) amazing little man, he always seemed older than his years. He is a great student, very competitive and a sports fanatic. Duke (8) is hilarious and always our goofball yet he is super sensitive and very protective of his friends and family. Scout (6) is the coolest chick ever. She is tougher than any boy, she loves her rip stick and dirt bike but she is the most nurturing and helpful child in our crew. Boone (3) is awesome, we call him our mascot. He can charm the socks off anyone, he totally covers for his socially awkward mom. Quincy (1) is the funniest baby. She looks like a cartoon and is completely entertaining, we are all madly in love with her.
What is your biggest struggle as a mom day to day? Keeping screen time in check. It is really important to Jason and I that our kids be raised as outdoor kids. It is crazy hard, especially with the little ones, to not just give them a device and then go tackle the laundry that is piled to the ceiling.
What is your biggest happiness as a mom day to day? Watching my kids from a distance. I love seeing them interact with each other, their friends or teammates. I love being able to witness them grow and mature everyday.
Snap your fingers – you could have a magic fairy help you with one thing around the home every day. What is it? Food! I hate everything to do with meal time. I would love for the fairies to do my shopping, meal prep, convince my kids to eat and then clean up.
Because you are oh so pretty, tell us about your favorite feature! I am proud of my legs. Varicose veins run in my family, I always assumed I would need vein surgery. I survived 5 pregnancies and no veins👍🏼
Thank you Jen, oh so much, for your time and sharing your darling family with us. As a mutual North Barrington mom and friend, I have to say you are a complete love to be around. I will never forget you at the baseball field 24 hours after giving birth to Quincy. Supermom all the way and oh so inspiring to watch. Keep up the great work, your kids are awesome! (Even as Sox fans ;))