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Girl Chat: Reintroductions

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I'm looking forward to joining a link-up with some fantastic bloggers today for Girl Chat. As you all know by now, one of the biggest draws of this space for me is connection, so when I heard about this particular conversation-style monthly link-up, I thought it would be a great way to connect with readers and new bloggers!

For the month of January, the topic is "reintroductions." Which is perfect. Because there have been some new faces around here (and Facebook) lately and I'd love to get acquainted. :) Here's a little bit about me:

me and my oldest daughter last summer

my sweet family of four (Layla girl not pictured!)

My family: I'm Jen, married to my first love (15 years together this year!), Steve. Together we have two daughters, Carrington and Hadley, and one pup (who is, admittedly, like my third daughter), a golden retriever named Layla.

What I do for work: I'm a publicist specializing in author/publisher/expert promotion. Besides a lot of writing, what that entails is working to gain media exposure for my clients (newspapers, magazines, online outlets, blogs, television, radio, podcasts, trade pubs) with the goal of building their presence, brand, media experience/clips, and sales. I feel extraordinarily fortunate because I have the opportunity to do meaningful work in my field while staying at home with my girls. So, for now, I bust my little behind and drink lots of coffee. ;)

How I started blogging: I actually started blogging almost eight years ago, but at that time I had just gotten married and started a blog under a different name. I'm not sure what it was focused on, to be honest. All I knew was that it was something I wanted to do -- but the timing and focus just wasn't quite right. I didn't really post for years, and then after feeling re-inspired following the birth of my kids (and a lot of planning), in July 2017 I relaunched as The Lucky Lifestyle. 

My favorite way to relax: I wish I could say something great like running or yoga, but honestly the thirty minutes during which my husband gives the girls their baths and gets them ready for bed might be one of the most relaxing times of my day. I usually make myself a hot drink and sit down with a catalog, magazine, or my phone until I hear the splashing stop and the nighttime routine begin. 

Favorite food: I mean... I love food. I'm not too picky. But I do love me some pasta and pretty much anything Mexican. On the lighter side, cereal and popcorn are right up there, too. I'm a major night snacker (working on it!).

Introverted or extroverted? Both. Extroverted because I'm fascinated by people and making connections (and I don't mind holding a conversation!), but introverted because I'm also a creature of comfort: I love my own home and crave the company of people who I know and love.

Pet peeve: When people are looking down, or to the side, or anywhere else but the road when they're driving. Look ahead of you! Drive! 

I couldn't live without: My family, a pen and paper.

Favorite place to vacation? We rent the same house for a week in a small NJ beach town every year. As far as vacations go, it's nothing exotic or over the top, but it is perfect for us and for this stage of life (and maybe forever!). The shore is my happy place.

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving!

Hope this helped give a bit more insight into me. If there's anything specific you want to know, ask away! Leave a comment, connect with me on Facebook, or shoot me an email at helloluckylifestyle@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you. :)


14 comments:

  1. Love. You sound authentic.
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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Regine! And that's the best compliment... I really try to be. Thanks, and have a great weekend. :)

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  2. Thank you so much for linking up with us, Jen! It was great to get to know more about you. You have a beautiful family! Your job sounds so interesting and I love that it provides you some work life balance. Our nightly relaxing sounds so similar! My husband also takes care of bath time and it's my little space carved out in the night to do a few things for me, which usually results in grabbing a cookie and reaching for my phone lol. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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    1. Thank you for hosting! Such a fun link up and I'll look forward to it each month. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds those few minutes of quiet time relaxing each night -- our routines sound very similar!

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  3. I love that you rent the same place each year for your vacation. We do the same thing for one of our vacations each year. I always look forward to it. I love getting to know you more. I didn't know you had a blog 8 years ago. I love pasta soooo much as well! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks so much Danielle! I didn't know you do something similar for your yearly vacation. There's something about it that's just so nice with the kids. Appreciate you hosting this!

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  4. Your job sounds amazing!!! So neat! And I love food, too. Pretty much every single thing you said in that section is a favorite of mine, as well. Growing up (and still now), my mom's side of the family would rent a cottage in Michigan, right by the lake and it's just the very best! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Hi Emily! The cottage by the lake sounds absolutely idyllic... I love it! Also love how we have the same taste in food. ;) Have a great weekend!

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  5. So glad to stumble upon your blog! I admire your motivation to blog while having a family and being a working mom. Yes, also, love the name Hadley. One of my favorite names!

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    1. I’m so glad to meet you! Thanks for your sweet words. :) I by no means have it down but I’ll keep trying nevertheless! And thank you — Hadley definitely fits her. She’s a spunky little sweetheart. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  6. Being near a lake or ocean is also my happy place! I don't even really like swimming all that much, but there's nothing like early mornings and a cup of something warm and going out to sit and look at the water. Your job sounds really fascinating!

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    1. I'm the same way! I rarely actually go IN the water but just being by it brings me so much peace. Thank you! I think it comes off sounding more glam than it actually is ;) but I do enjoy it. No two days are the same! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. Oh, I'm just so excited with the way everything's been for you guys. Perhaps you should carry the https://www.luxtime.su/wallet/louis-vuitton-wallet wallet in such excursions so that'll definitely help ease through.

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