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Month: May 2017

Collectin’ Hats

Collectin’ Hats

Things have been busy in my world over here! I’ve been wearing many hats lately but I wouldn’t change it for the world, in fact… bring it on! I love the ever-busy lifestyle.

I’ve obviously been spending the majority of my day momming (24 hours a day since mom’s always sleep with one eye open) & during my none-“sleeping” hours I’ve also added in the business of wife, traveler, Realtor, & owner of Wake Denim.

Real estate is just an absolute blast for me to do which I don’t usually talk much about on Instagram. This August, I’ll have my license for 2 years. I’m currently working with my first ever client, Austin, on finding him a permanent residence in Nashville as our first closing together was on a vacation home property here. I love how some things come full circle.

Nashville is the fastest growing market in the country & there is predicted to be growth here through 2028! So there is always action in what is a notorious seller’s market. Looking for listings & visiting open houses are so inspiring to me for our own home. We are going to hold on to the property we currently own for a while as it’s value is just going up up up but I am always on the lookout for a potential new home as our tastes & need for more space is ever growing and changing.

If you or someone you know is moving to Middle Tennessee, let me know! I’d love to help them. Also, if you  or anyone you know is moving ANYWHERE for that matter (I’m talking in the world) let me know! I have connections to a broad list of exceptional agents that I can connect them with to help make their move much easier & comfortable. My real estate e-mail is jperduehomes@gmail.com 🙂

Wake Denim started out of pure enjoyment for me as I just love to recreate clothes & I found that I was really enjoying doing this for Wakey Boy. We love to dress our little man like well, a little man, so if we can’t find it in the market place, we may as well do it ourself. My little Etsy store has had some nice action lately & I have already done several custom pieces for people all over the country (including twins!)

Wake & I are heading to Florida next weekend to visit my family & celebrate my sister’s engagement! OMG I am so excited for them! Dallas, her fiancee, has already been in the family for over 5 years but he decided to make it official last week & I could NOT be happier! I love having him as an official Uncle for Wake & an official Big Brother for me! Woop!!!

Next week is CMA Fest here in Nashville. John will be downtown a bunch playing gigs & events. Tuesday night he is opening the new FGL House downtown off of 3rd Ave S. His party starts at 10pm & goes until close so if you can come out, come party! Before that, during the day, Wake & I will join him at 2:30 at Craig Cambell’s Celebrity Cornhole Challenge to help raise money to fight colorectal cancer. If you’re downtown & in the area, come say hi & support a great cause!

– Jenna

Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.

Doing Mommy Things

Doing Mommy Things

When I think about Wake being 8 months old already, my most basic inner white girl comes out & I literally can’t. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN. He’s like a grown 18 year old about to leave for college who doesn’t need me anymore already. (Yes, it makes me that emotional.)

As dramatic as I sound, I will say, having an 8 month old is actually extremely refreshing. We’re totally communicating. We have a schedule. He’s got several different whines which tell me exactly what he needs or wants. He’s laughing & fake coughing & just a freaking awesome kid. I miss my teeny tiny baby but I’m loving the chunk nugget that he has become.

Now that he’s older, I feel better about doing some mommy-things again. Leaving him with Daddy while I go to the gym. Having a glass or 3 of wine at night comfortably knowing he’s sleeping in his crib, safe, sound, & getting the rest he needs. And tapping back into the modeling world for fun (which used to be a huge part of my life; I was a regular model on the Home Shopping Network for years along with many other modeling gigs while I lived in Florida.)

I popped down to 12South with my girlfriend, Aspen, from Mingo Photography & another model, Shannon, & we took these fun shots for a J. Crew inspired shoot. We shot in front of the blue & white striped wall at Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s little boutique down there (which is the same alley as the “I Believe in Nashville” sign that many tourists seek out.)

It felt good to be in the front of the camera again. It’s always like a little high where you kinda get out of your head for a while & go somewhere else.

My whole thing, as a mom, is taking moments like these to remember who YOU are. Momming is a very selfless thing. You spent literally 24 hours a day worrying about someone else. It’s refreshing to be able to sit back for an hour & remember who you are, where you came from, whatever that may be, even if it’s just for fun.

What did you do before you had kids that you would like to get back into? Did you hike, jog, do yoga, box, do photography, sew, model, paint? What was YOUR thing, not your kids thing? Take 30 minutes this week & go do that. Not only will you be refreshed & thankful but your kids will probably appreciate that little pep they have recently noticed in your momming step 😉

  

-Jenna

Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.