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Jennifer plays a whole lot of roles, but she’s learning to love them all. She is the housewife of a Union bricklayer, a friend to diverse and loving people both on and offline, the head chef of her kitchen, a writer, a unicorn hunter, and mom to some great kids (they’re around here somewhere).
Recently she and her husband of more than a decade opted to drastically change careers for the good of the whole family. These days, Jennifer is the family problem solver. She container gardens, makes her own shampoo, cooks every day and bakes most days, and does everything she can to live on nothing. Someday she wants to take her children on a vacation, but in the meantime gives them hugs and reads to them so she feels less guilty about not being able to provide a life she only sees on other people’s Facebook feeds. She does her best to measure her success in smiles from her family.
Jennifer uses her blog to showcase a family going through financial stress and career change. She is committed to sharing the hard stuff as it happens so readers can follow not just the highs of her family’s life but also the dark spaces in between the good things.
Jennifer isn’t afraid to admit she likes reality television, young adult novels, and searching YouTube for BBC4 documentaries. She is a backyard marshmallow roaster and a recovering overexplainer. She is a people watcher who loves learning why people think the way they do and how those thoughts create decisions that create a life. In decoding others, she sometimes finds insight into her own life. She hopes through this blog she can help others find insight into their lives.