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Tell us about you, your children and where you live
My name is Jen. My husband and I have 2 goofy giggly girls aged 2 and 4 that keep us laughing. We live in Sherwood Park.
What do you do?
I just started a home based business in February, so I could be home with my girls. It is called Just 4 Me Songs where I create Personalized CDs for children (Elmo, Disney etc). I adore doing it because I know how happy kids will be when they hear their CD. Before I had my girls, I taught grade 6 for ten years in Edmonton.
Do you have help? (incl childcare, housework, personal assistant)
I don’t have any hired help… just a loving supportive family. Our house may not be the tidiest, but it is a happy house!
I LOVE travelling because of the adventure and having new fun experiences!! At home, I really enjoy gardening. It sounds crazy, but sometimes picking weeds out of the garden is a very peaceful mindless thing to de-stress from the days activities
Extracurricular activities for you?
I honestly don’t have time except to go out for supper with a friend or hubby once every few months. I volunteer with the Canadian Guide Dogs Association as well as running my business and raising our girls.
Extracurricular activities for your babe/children?
Both our girls take swimming lessons because I think it is such an important life skill.
What does a typical family day look like to you (Saturday/Sunday)?
LOL…the same as any other day.. except for every Saturday morning the girls go with their Dad to bring back Tim Hortons for breakfast for all of us (how Canadian are we!) We also try to pick one day to do a family activity all together whether it is swimming or going for a walk to the playground.
Who cooks dinner?
In my dreams, I have a wonderful personal chef called Curtis Stone who cooks very wonderful creative meals (LOL). In real life, I cook. I think my husband would prefer a personal chef with what I make.
How does the grocery shopping get done, by whom, with the kids, and do you use coupons?
I do 80% of our grocery shopping with our girls. They are very good helpers.. one puts the food on the conveyor belt and the other holds the credit card and tries to put it in the interact machine. We use coupons occasionally, mostly for air miles towards our next trip.
How often do you buy something for yourself?
Hardly ever! I find it more fun shopping for the kids. Girls clothes are so cute these days!
Do you exercise and if so, how/when do you fit the time in to do that?
I try to walk 4 times a week after supper when my husband can watch the girls. I would love to have more time to exercise but honestly, there is only a short period of time when the kids are young and want to spend lots of time with you. When they are older and want to be more independent, I will have more opportunity to have a more dedicated exercise program then.
I do love my Disney movies as I am young at heart and love happy endings. I also really like comedies like Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Favourite nookie song?
Haha.. who has time for that!
Favourite beverage special coffee, cocktail?
I developed a love for Aussie wines when we were down there ..so I would say a nice Merlot or Shiraz. On a daily basis, gotta have my Diet Coke.
Favourite pair of shoes?
I have a pair of Merrel hikers that I really like because they are so comfy.
‘Cannot leave home without it’ item?
My kids!! It is so rare to go out anywhere without them it feels like I am missing something when I do.
Thank you for sharing with all of us Jen! Thanks for being an Urban Infant reader!