As many of you saw yesterday on Facebook, my good friend and RIGHT ARM officially left Apricot Lane after 7 years! 7 amazing, faithful, loyal years you guys!! As we approach our 7 year anniversary Saturday, it hits a little harder because she was the very last “original crew” member standing. She cared about us so much to the point where she knew in her heart she was ready for change because of an amazing opportunity that fell in her lap (that enabled her to spend more time with her family), but cared about my family and I too much to leave me! Yesterday ended an amazing era as a dynamic duo and partnership that many don’t get to experience at work. When you work for yourself as a small business owner, and are essentially “the boss”, it gets lonely because people come, and people go. I’d be lying to you if I said that it doesn’t hurt to see employees go, GOOD employees that become family!! I know retail is hard, and you only live this life once and deserve to spend as much of it with your loved ones! That is why I’ve always, always, always supported direct sales.

I’m sure many of you know that Ashley Drissi is selling Monat. I’m sorry, let me rephrase, SLAYING the Monat game! Her journey started a year ago when she decided to give it a try as she had been using the product and wanted some extra income. What do you do in direct sales, well DUH, you sell to your friends and family. So of course I ordered the product, fell in love with it like many, and I’ve been using it ever since. Month over month, I sat back and watched Ashley thrive in this business. She never once worked “less” at her day job, but would stay up for hours on end at night working her Monat business hustling. Side note: the girl can hustle!!

I guess my point to this so far is that Monat changes hair, but it also changes lives. I’ve witnessed this first hand with one of my best friends. She had a freaking Bruce Jenner mullet and now has amazing hair you guys! She is driving a cadillac that she EARNED with Monat and her team just did 1 million dollars in sales in a month! IN A MONTH!!! She is able to stay home with her kids and enjoy every little piece of them because of Monat!

So here I sit, day after day asking myself why not me? I mean, I’ll never be staying at home with my kids because truth be told I have the greatest gig of all time as a small business owner doing what I am PASSIONATE about: selling clothes and helping women feel beautiful. BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about my family, my kids future, their college funds, or giving them the moon and the stars!!! OF COURSE I would do any and everything for them!!! So why on Earth, month after month do I fight Ashley/ Emily/ etc on selling this amazing product that I use? I’ll tell you why! Because people suck, and I know people will talk smack and I guess a little part of me cares. I’m worried what others might think, worried that I’ll fail, and even worried that relationships I’ve made through direct sales might be mad at me! This might sound harsh for a moment but I’m pouring my heart ….. If I had the opportunity to change the future for my children, do I really even care for a second what “people on social media think of me”. The answer is no! When I really sit down to digest it, I realize that my faith is much larger than my fear. I feel as if I have this amazing opportunity staring me in the face, and I continue to fight it. I’ve read the statistics and the growth of this company is off the charts … and remember I’ve been using the product for a year … I’m a residual month after month customer so I can see WHY this company is exploding.

Well, without further ado, I am happy/excited/nervous to announce that I am going to start selling this magic in a bottle. I’ve “technically” been a market partner since January for the discount (gotta save money on shampoo’ing all these heads) but I needed the time to feel right to jump in. I don’t know what it is about tonight, but it just feels “right”.

I am super excited to continue my working relationship with a friend that I truly admire! Thank you for believing in me Ash! To all you nay-sayers and people talking smack after this post … I added the quote for you¬†¬†OH and the braid pic signifies ass & underwear joining forces yet again with amazing hair!

If you don’t already use the product I can promise you that you are missing out. Here is my Facebook group I just started¬†https://www.facebook.com/groups/1932523900401328/¬†I hope that if you wish to learn more about the product or how it can change your life, that you’ll join!

 

Heres to leaving my comfort zone and the new journey with great hair!

 

xoxo,

Jena

 

It might be 90 degrees out right now, but with the first day of fall officially here we are now in prime DENIM SEASON! If you haven’t noticed from my blog/Instagram posts lately, this pair of Good American¬†denim from¬†Nordstrom¬†can be found on repeat because they are my absolute favorites! From the fit, to the wash, to the uneven hem, the overall style of this denim is amazing! What you might not know if you haven’t tried this brand, is that the fit is made to enhance all body types. In fact, the size range of this denim is quite amazing as it ranges from sizes 0-24! Another amazing feature is that they are a high-rise fit and “gap proof” meaning, if you have a booty have no fear – no gaps in your future! I recently just purchased myself a second pair, and let me tell you, they do not disappoint! You will love the way they mold to your body, and you too will be obsessed with the fabric itself (super stretchy). I continue to be impressed with the amazing quality of designer denim that I find at¬†Nordstrom. For sizing reference I am 5’11 and typically wear a size 27 and I purchased a size 4 in these jeans.

Shop my above outfit

 

Shop Good American Denim from Nordstrom

 

Here are a few of my most recent posts wearing this denim

Shop these looks by clicking the picture below

 

xoxo,

Jena

When your baby turns 3 you….

  • Set up balloons in the house and have that “birthday girl” tiara waiting because this is the first year she actually¬†understands¬†that this is her special day!
  • Wonder how did we get here? How did these 3 years go by in the blink of an eye?! It feels like just yesterday that we brought home this precious baby girl with a beautiful head of dark hair!

  • Once again mourn the newborn baby phase. With each year that passes you get further away from “what was” and it’s sad. You slowly start to forget all of those things you promised yourself you would remember.

  • Thank God for the blessing of this child. You thank him for her health, for all of the hugs, and kisses, but you also thank him for the gentle reminders to slow down and enjoy the moments even now. You thank him for creating her, and all that IS her. She is the sweetest and most strong willed little girl I’ve ever known, but she melts my heart and I wouldn’t trade her for the world – even when she refuses to wear a life jacket on the boat!

  • Question how much longer you should hold on to the last of the baby items!? That question begins to surface, “are we really done”. It seems so hard to start over with a newborn, but then so devastating to think we are closing that chapter of our lives. The move from 2 years old to 3 years old is very monumental!¬†
  • Can actually start to have full on conversations and understand what she is saying! Sure, she butchers her words and I giggle at her use of context, but WE are having conversations. It is no longer the beauty of baby jabber.
  • Relish that phrase “Mommy hold chu” much more than ever! It won’t be too much longer that I can comfortably hold her, and rock her. Someday she will stop asking, and just like that I’ll never hear that sweet phrase ever again.

  • Begin to love the simplicity of having young children this age. With a 3 year old and an almost 6 year old, life gets easier in many ways but now we are faced with new challenges as they learn and grow. We may get more sleep than we did in the newborn phase, but we are teaching and developing little people who we want to go out in the world with respect and kindness! You remember the parenting mistakes and hope that she doesn’t remember them! We are learning and growing as parents too.
  • Prepare for a day filled with friends at her favorite spot MONKEY JOES! It just isn’t a birthday party at the Green house without a trip to MJ’s!

Wishing this sweet girl a wonderful year of “3”. The year of the “Three-nager”. Pray for me dear friends!

 

xo,

Jena

On a very hot day 9 years ago, I married my best friend. The AC was broken in our church as we packed in nearly 300 people, but we didn’t care because we became one! We were two young ducks, let me tell you! We got married BP (before Pinterest), and all of my proofs were handed to me in a box, not an instant download file. That just makes me chuckle, I had to scan them to a computer like the stone ages. Now-a-days, all of you brides have these amazing instant videos 2 hours after your wedding! Perhaps I need to contact our photographer and see if they still have our pictures so I can get them in a file online, because these things are grainy as all get out! Regardless of the quality I am getting ready to show you, it is fun to look back!

¬†At our wedding, we had chair covers with brown sashes just in case you were wondering, and THAT was the “hot” thing. Our dance floor was packed the entire time, with the greatest friends and family ever! Being young helped with that I’m sure, as we were fresh out of college so we all still knew how to get down ūüôā My dress was ball gown style, very Cinderella like. I seriously sometimes feel like I am looking at my moms wedding photos when I look at these (no offense mom). We danced our first dance to Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us”. It still gives me butterflies when I hear it on the radio, and it always plays at the perfect time!

Random fun fact: Did you know that my flower girl Grace, was also our website model and worked in our warehouse recently! She is now grown and OH SO beautiful! Look how tiny she is here! 

(This makes me feel old you guys)

As many of you may know, marriage is work! I think sometimes I see so many couples rushing into marriage because of PINTEREST – they just want the wedding! Everything is focused on the details of getting married, and the glamour of the wedding, and not actually focused on the marriage itself. I am here to tell you, 9 years in, marriage is freaking hard WORK! Then once you add in kids, businesses, and bills, there can be a lot of added stress! You have to wake up every single day wanting to love the person you married (even when they leave the toliet seat up or have their long hair all over the bathroom floor). I can’t sit here and tell you that all 9 years have been the most perfect fairy tale love story you’ve ever heard. But I can sit here and tell you that we have fought for our marriage every single day, and it has been so very worth it!

Ross, today and everyday, I thank you for putting up with me! I am no easy task, and I know this. My coffee tastes better because of you, my Mt. Dew has the perfect amount of crushed ice because of you, and I actually have somewhat of a healthy diet because you cook for me! You help with the dishes, do laundry, help with the kids, and never complain! You support my 900 jobs and are always in my corner as my biggest cheerleader! I am so very lucky to have you as a partner in this life! I spent the last 3 days without you and I was LOST!! I am excited to spend many more years to come as your wife, and excited to see that head of hair on you turn gray (love me some salt and pepper). I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as I’ll love you tomorrow <3

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

 

 

xoxo,

Jena

Sound the alarms, it’s an awesome sale y’all! About 90% of my attire these days happens to be¬†Free People¬†which can be rather pricey! The good thing is, if you watch closely this stuff always goes on sale! First Macy’s¬†and now¬†Nordstrom ¬†is price matching!!¬†I am tagging the items you’ve seen me wearing on Instagram below, and then I am also adding a round up at the end of items I think you need! Happy Shopping – make sure to enter code VIP at check out on the Macy’s site sale ends there 9/25! They are having a sale on a LOT of designer pieces too so check it out¬†here!

Snag it here or here

I sized down to an XS

Snag this striped sweater here or here

I did my normal size small

Seriously my FAVE tee Рshop it here or here

True to size, I did a size small

This thermal is life, shop it here or here

Runs true to size, I am wearing a small

Shop the bralette (not on sale) here

Loveee this off the shoulder top Рshop it here or here

I’m wearing a size small

Click picture below for the rest of my outfit

This plaid studded jacket is on sale grab it here or here

Also true to size, I am wearing a size small

Free People jeans are on sale, wearing a 27 Рsnag them at Nordstrom here

This top is a good one, I am wearing a small Рon sale here

Love this top and looks great with a bralette, I’m wearing a small – snag it¬†here

Here are some other sale items you should seriously snag!! Just click the pic to shop!