“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, talking—a lot.

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

I’m also the author and illustrator of my very first book for children, titled Norah Doesn’t Eat THAT! which is available on Amazon, BooksAMillion, IndieBound, and Alibris.

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, recipes, travel, 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.

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

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.


  1. Rebecca Canalis says

    What a lovely introduction to your site! It was nice getting to know you!

  2. CrazyCravings says

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

  3. Nancy says

    I really like your articles. They make me laugh out loud! Glad to have met you.

  4. Good morning Jen 🙂 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.

  5. 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! 🙂


  6. maisie says

    your blog so cute and relatable. it’s fun to read about your “mom adventures”!

  7. Hi,
    Find our blog just like that, your blog is something different than others, very well written. Stop by mine in your precious time.

  8. 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…

    • I’m glad things are working out favorably for you. It was the same for me…only little by little, things improved, but as with anything, putting in hard work pays off in the end. Happy blogging!

  9. Thanks for stopping by and liking my writing. I really like, and somewhat relate to a lot of your stuff even though I have no kids. You’ve not lost your hauteness.

  10. Sandhya says

    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..

  11. Maggie says

    Hey! Found your blog quite by accident though I thoroughly enjoyed my time getting lost here. Cheers! Maggie

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

  13. MacKenzie says

    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

  14. sandy says

    I like the new look and feel of the blog! Great combo of lavender and blue.

  15. Iana Roy says

    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

  16. Sasha says

    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! 🙂

  17. 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

    • Thanks for the comment, Sahar 🙂 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 😉 Let’s see what happens!!

      Congrats on your lovely blog and thanks for visiting!

  18. Hey there! I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for checking out my blog! Yours looks great, and I look forward to reading more 🙂

  19. 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…

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. katpegimana says

    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 🙂 Looking forward to read more…

    • Hi Kat, wow, that is so nice of you!

      One reason I blog is to keep my writing muscle strong (one which unfortunately has become quite flabby in recent years!) and I’m glad you’re enjoying your time here. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  23. julesdownunder says

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

  24. 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).

    • Awww…you are too kind! I blog to help myself (and hopefully others) navigate these sometimes choppy waters, and I’m so glad you and others can relate.
      Your soaps are beautiful…cheers to living green!

      Thanks for the follow!

  25. Cathleen Hues says

    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!


  26. 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 🙂 Blessing!
    Warm regards,

  27. 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 🙂


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