Jen is one half of the super team behind Blush Paper Company, she is also super mama to two year old twins Harper and Cara.
How has your style changed since becoming a mom?
I’ve simplified my style drastically! My go to in the morning is ; jeans, a t shirt and my trusty superegas – I love a good shoe! Ive recently embarked of a more simplified, functional, quality driven wardrobe. Less is most definitely more in my mind and that way i can focus on other things.
Best gift you have received for your girls?
Their wooden push cart with blocks which they play with all the time. They especially love to push their beloved Bunny & Hippo around in it all day long along with a few other treats they pick up along the way. It has been a saving grace in our family and watching their little faces chasing each other up and down is too adorable for words.
Favourite book to read to your girls?
They have a library of books but one that stands out is this book that was actually my younger brothers when he was a toddler called the Oxford Childrens Picture Dictionary. And its so great ,each picture is different and you can basically make the story up as you go along but they’ve got to guess what each object/ colour/ activity is happening in the picture. Its so colourful and vibrant – my girls love paging through and showing me what they can see.
Where is your favourite place to go hang with your children?
This would have to be Nanna and Papa’s garden. They love it here and know it so so well. They even have their regular hiding places and go to spots and of course where the cookie jar is kept!
Favourite meal to give your girls?
The girls love a Spaghetti Bolognese and I have a small heart attack when I see the state of the kitchen post meal time. But as long as they eating its all part of the process.
What is the biggest surprise to you about having twins?
How much joy they bring to my life every single day. Not a day goes by that i don’t feel truly blessed and fulfilled. Watching these two girls grow up with such strong district personalities along side each other has been such a wonderful experience.
What do you love most about your husband being a dad?
Seeing my girls faces light up when they see their daddy in the morning when they wake up or when he plays with them in the evening and they both collapse in a fit of laughter. He truly is one the best dads in the world. They are pretty darn lucky …. as am I.
You have a successful business. Any advice on balancing motherhood and work?
Well we have just started so its early days yet but thank you. Im truly grateful for all that we have achieved thus far. I would say my biggest advice would be when you are a working mama balance is key. The question of whether one can have it all is so personal to that specific individual. in my mind each day comes with its own challenges and you have to remain focused on what you want to do but also realistic that the important stuff like family will have to come first no matter what. Its a balancing act for sure each and every single day.
What one thing do you want to teach your children?
To be kind to all human beings no matter their race, class or beliefs. We are all equal and deserve the same respect. Life is a gift and we should cherish it no matter what.
Best piece of advice you could give moms of twins.
Surround yourself with a good support system. Don’t be afraid to ask for help even when you think you can manage a task alone. And most importantly give yourself some me time and have that glass of champaign even if its a Tuesday evening. You deserve it girl friend!
Images by Campbell Photography.