Welcome!! I’m Jo-Lynne, and this is my blog. I’m a 40-year-old wife, mother, blogger, brand advocate, community manager and social media manager living outside of Philadelphia with three lively children (ages 7, 10 and 13), an easy-going husband and a terribly spoiled shih ztu named Savannah.
Musings of a Housewife is a personal memoir and lifestyle blog where I write about faith, food, fitness, fashion, family travel, and anything else that strikes my fancy. (I’m also a fan of aliteration, can you tell?)
I absolutely adore the smart, encouraging community of women who gather here to read about my most recent antics or my latest obsession. Blogging would be meaningless without them.
My idea of the perfect day is an early morning run, then a few hours of aimless wandering through the mall sipping on a mocha latte (whole milk, no whip please), with a relaxing pedicure before I head home to hug my littles and make a homemade dinner. I get one of those days approximately once a year, but one can always hope!
Let’s see, what should you know about me!?
I am a born again believer in Jesus, and I claim his grace alone for my salvation and sanctification.
I am passionate about eating real food, although I admit that some boxes and bags sneak into my pantry. I’m currently living gluten free. We buy fresh and local as much as possible living in the tundra of Pennsylvania, although I’m not giving up bananas any time soon. My recipes and meal plans are among my most popular posts.
I’m a bit of a mall rat, or I was before I discovered how addictive social media can be. Now I do most of my shopping from the comfort of home. I share many of my outfits in a weekly column I call Daily Mom Style.
I also co-host the popular Fashion Friday linky on . . . you guessed it! Fridays!
I recently took up running, and I love to hit the pavement first thing in the morning with my iPod turned up and the wind at my back.
We love to travel as a family, and I record our adventures in my Travel section.
Blogging has opened up many exciting doors of opportunity. One of my greatest honors was being named one of the 50 most powerful and influential women in social media by Nielsen Online in 2009. I’ve made appearances for Hebrew National, Huggies, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales and traveled to the corporate headquarters of TJMaxx, iRobot, Chick-Fil-A, Target and even Disney World.
I am a regular contributor to The Skinny for Therapon Skin Health and the Kid Pointz blog. I occasionally write for major companies such as this series of articles for Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, and I’ve been a brand ambassador for Kidworth, YouGiveGoods, ASTRA, InStyle Magazine and the Tanger Outlets. I’m currently a Community Leader for Udi’s Gluten Free Living Community and Social Media Manager for Rose Romano’s Italian Gourmet Toppings. AND I’m a member of the Target Inner Circle social influencer program!
My biggest claim to fame, however, is my advertorial for Olay in the October 2012 edition of Cosmopolitan Magazine! I am still pretty stoked about that!
In the local sphere, I facilitate the vibrant networking group, Philly Social Media Moms.
Clearly I like the busy! When I’m not online, which is an increasingly rare occurrence, I like to cook, read, shop, jog, and photograph my kids. And I’ll never turn down a pedicure.
My monthly email newsletter is another great way to stay in touch. And be sure to follow me on Twitter — I’m JoLynneS. I’d also love it if you’d follow my Facebook Page. We have a lot of great conversations over there. Finally, you can find me on Pinterest where I curate the best of food and fashion from around the web.
I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.