“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

– Jill Churchill, author

Hi there, I’m Jen! I have always enjoyed visual communications and writing ever since my school spelling bee days. With a background in both English and graphic arts, I am passionate about both the written word and good design.

When I’m not blogging, playing wife, mom (to my daughters Pumpkin + Peanut), international politics aficionado, or wannabe fashionista, I can be found soaking in the natural beauty of the outdoors on walks as an avid nature lover. And yes, talkingβ€”a lot.

Some of my articles have appeared in various online magazines—check them out here.

The idea for this blog had been marinating in my mind for some time—a blog for fellow moms who were, like me, trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing.

I realized I had much to say, and a lot more questions than answers. The topics on The Haute Mommy Handbook are varied, as is the life of a mother. She is first and foremost a mommy, but also a partner, a woman, and a student of life, with an intelligent mind blazing with creativity.

The Haute Mommy Handbook covers a range of topics: motherhood, style, food, travel, home, and wellness.  My writing style is by turns informal, friendly, and passionate, much the way I am while sharing coffee and conversation with a good friend. I write about what I would want to read about, and I hope you feel the same.

The term Haute Mommy can be described as a woman who—though she may feel she should maintain the eternal juggling act of wife and mom, all while cooking gourmet meals, keeping an immaculate home, and looking like a supermodel—knows that she’s not perfect, loves and accepts herself anyway, and strives to better than she was yesterday.

The Haute Mommy Handbook is a community for sharing ideas which help all of us moms in achieving Haute Mommyhood, or at least a Haute Mommier version of ourselves!

This space is warm, welcoming, and free of judgment…so let’s hear your take on all facets of motherhood!

Get started with some of my favorite posts:

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my village! I look forward to hearing your feedback and sharing in your ideas and experiences. Thank you for being here.

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121 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. You have such a great blog here. I started up by reading one article ended up reading 5. Kudos. ;D

  2. Good morning Jen πŸ™‚ I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Please do not feel obligated to participate. If you would like to participate, the link is on my homepage.

  3. Hi Jen!

    Thank you so much for dropping by and liking my photography blog, “thingsunderstood.wordpress.com”. Great to see you! I hope you will visit again soon and see what is new – I really appreciate your support and interest! πŸ™‚


  4. Hello Jen

    Thank you for following my blog. Since we spoke last time, I have been religiously following your advice, and I am able to see the results. They cannot be called remarkable, but they are definitely noticeable changes. Received lot of good response off late. Thanks, once again…

  5. Jen,
    You have an amazing blog and you write so well too. I love to design too and found your DIY section of the blog very fascinating too..

  6. wow Jen !…I am so impressed…You have such an awesome blog !! And there is so much to check out for people like me πŸ˜‰ Will definitely keep checking on your blog….All the best with your future endeavours πŸ™‚

  7. Hi I just found your blog. I really like the way you talk about motherhood and it made me really laugh sometimes! I’ll be checking in again. Cheers

  8. Hello Jen! Thanks for following my blog. You really have such a gorgeous “About” page, with these photos, sunflowers, nice visual collage, etc.! Never seen anything like it before. Really cool! – Iana

  9. What a fun “about” section! I very much enjoy reading all about you and your Peanut and Pumpkin and look forward to many more posts to come! πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Jen, thanks for passing by on my blog and congratulations on yours. I love the design and laughed so much at some of your posts!
    As for myself, becoming a mummy has actually thought be to take off the high heels and be bare foot on mother earth. I peel the onion and you play the haute – it’s nice!! Have fun and let’s stay in touch.
    Much love, S

    1. Thanks for the comment, Sahar πŸ™‚ Actually I like to see my blog as a tongue-in-cheek “roadmap” of how to be the best, most loving mother to our children, without sacrificing our identity or womanhood πŸ˜‰ Let’s see what happens!!

      Congrats on your lovely blog and thanks for visiting!

  11. Hi Jen, thanks for liking a post in my blog, it led me to your nice blog here. Lovely topic, I must say, and I’ll explore the posts, I’m sure there is lots of valuable information that I will learn from. Looking forward to future posts…

  12. Hi Jen! Thanks for the “like” on my salmon recipe. You blog looks fun and similar to what I’m trying to accomplish. Thanks for coming by my blog. Can’t wait to read more from you!

  13. Hi Jen,
    thanks for the like on my post and writing this wonderful piece. When my kids were little I juggled the balls high at times and even now I am trying to work out how to be a location independent person, yet providing a home for my young adult children. Not something I’ve yet worked out!

  14. Hi Jen, thanks for liking my CNY post and following my blog. Although I’m not a Mum, I like reading your blog coz it’s so engaging πŸ™‚ Looking forward to read more…

  15. Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by my site (fivedownunder.com). You have a great site here… I am enjoying looking around!

  16. Jen, I LOVE your blog!! I see many similarities (wife, mom – my kids are Frick and Frack, writer, etc.) Thanks for reading one of my post on 2gettingthere.com (that’s my personal blog). I definitely will be following this blog! Take a look at my other one, http://thenakedbar.wordpress.com (if you can squeeze the time).

  17. what a wonderful intro/about section. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my Chinese New year post. I’ll be sure to follow you. Take care!


  18. Hi There
    Thank you so much for folllowing my blog. I really appreciate it. I think I can learn much from you to being a good mom and wife πŸ™‚ Blessing!
    Warm regards,

  19. Hey there! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I love your about page. You’ve got a fun engaging writing style. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you and I look forward to more of your posts. Celeste πŸ™‚


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