Hi, I’m Jo-Lynne. Welcome to my li’l home on the Internet! I’m so glad you dropped by.
About The Blog
I started Musings of a Housewife over 10 years ago to share our family stories and my “musings” about life, but over the years my site became more of a lifestyle blog focused on topics related to fashion, food, travel, and fitness. I retired “Musings of a Housewife” in 2014 and rebranded under my own name, and soon after that, I narrowed my focus to style and fashion because that’s what seems to resonate most with my visitors.
I share practical fashion solutions and wearable outfits for women along with sale alerts and product roundups. Occasionally I share beauty or travel related content. Most of us want to maintain our sense of style but don’t have a lot of time to devote to it, so that’s where I come in! I’m the girlfriend who keeps you in the know with the best sales and the latest trends and how to wear them in a way that’s stylish and age appropriate.
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I’m a 44-year-old wife and mom of three. I’ve been a follower of Christ since I was a child. I grew up in Southwestern Virginia in the age of Aqua Net and scrunchies. (My style has come a long way since then, thank goodness!) I met the love of my life while I was at Gordon College, and we settled near his childhood home in the suburbs of Philadelphia over 20 years ago, where we remain to this day. We have three tween/teenage children and one very spoiled white shihtzu named Savannah.
My husband says I have two speeds — stop and go. I like to say I’m the most outgoing introvert you’ll ever meet. I love a good party, but I’m just as happy to stay home with my Kindle and a glass of wine.
I’ll call my style “casual chic.” I’m a sucker for a pair of designer jeans and a fabulous handbag, but I have no problem mixing high end fashion with more affordable clothing, and I believe that a simple outfit can be made fabulous by adding a few well-placed accessories. I’m not afraid to try a new trend here and there, but my goal is to be stylish, not trendy.
I try to feature products that fit a variety of budgets. Want to see my list of must-have wardrobe essentials? I put this page together with some of my favorite products for your fashion inspiration and shopping convenience. It is updated regularly.
Who takes your outfit photos?
My husband takes my pictures. It’s been fun to see him grow in his photography skills, and I love that he’s not only supportive of my job, but also involved in it.
What camera do you use to take pictures for your blog?
What do you do with all of your old clothes?
As a fashion blogger, I feature way more clothing than I can actually keep. I try to keep my personal wardrobe pared down because my closet is not huge, and I get overwhelmed with too many choices. I take large donations to a local thrift store on a regular basis, I give some things away to friends, and some I sell on @shopjolynnescloset.
What sizes do you wear? (Yes, I actually get asked that question a lot!)
I’m 5’5″ and 135# and I usually wear size 6 or 8. (I’m a 28 or 29 in jeans.) If you ever have a question about how a featured item is sized, don’t hesitate to ask.
What is your fitness routine?
I run 10-15 miles a week, and I lift weights 2x a week. Regular exercise is key to my sanity. Just ask my husband! I often say that I run for my mental health and I work out for my physical health. Running is my outlet, my me-time, and my only regular hobby. I occasionally run in local races, and I love the camaraderie I find there since running is a solo sport. I was injured for a while and couldn’t run, and I thought I was going to climb the walls. I don’t enjoy the weight lifting as much, but I do like the results, and I’m also trying to avoid bone density issues down the road. Okay, that’s probably more than you wanted to know about that!
What do you eat?
I try to eat clean as much as possible without being legalistic about it. I went gluten-free a few years ago, and I recently started eating more of a Paleo diet, but I do make some exceptions (like wine and cheese!) I eat a lot of meat and veggies, and I buy local and organic as much as possible. I have a history of gastrointestinal issues, and when I’m not eating clean, it affects me in various ways that aren’t appropriate to discuss in polite conversation. Suffice it to say, I feel much better eating this way! It also makes it much easier to maintain my ideal weight.
What do you do for fun?
I love good food and wine, so when my husband and I want a date night, we usually go out to eat at a local BYOB. We prefer locally sourced foods and farm-to-table types of restaurants. I’m really quite a homebody, so cozying up on the couch with a good book on my Kindle is pretty much my favorite way to relax. Running and participating in local races is fun, especially when I can meet up with friends. I love to travel, but with three kids, I don’t get to do as much of that as I’d like. Honestly, I have more fun with blogging than I do with any of my hobbies. I absolutely love what I do, and I admit that my blog takes up most of my time outside of friend and family commitments.
What advice do you have for new bloggers?
Blogging takes a tremendous amount of time and patience and determination. When you start out, I think you have to have realistic expectations. I always tell people to be consistent, be yourself, and be patient. I wrote a post on how to start a blog, which you might find helpful if you’re thinking of starting a blog. It’s hard work, but I love it.
How did you get started blogging and why do you blog?
It was completely spontaneous and without any strategy whatsoever. I just thought blogging might be a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover a supportive, encouraging community out there in the blogosphere. Eventually opportunities started coming along to work with brands and make a little extra spending money, and gradually my fun side gig became a full-time job with a full-time income and some great perks.
Besides the fact that I have no unspoken thoughts and the incessant need to over-share, blogging gives me the flexibility of a work-at-home mom, and it has opened up many exciting doors of opportunity. I’ve been able to work with some fabulous brands, I’ve traveled to places I never imagined I would get to go, and I’ve even been featured in a magazine or two! But most of all, I just love the community of women I’ve cultivated here, and I’d be lost without them. Whether you’re new here or you’ve been reading for years, I appreciate your support more than you know!
Monetization & Disclosure
I make money on this blog through ads, sponsored posts, and affiliate links, and I purchase all of my clothes and accessories unless otherwise noted. Any items marked ‘c/o’ were gifted to me, but I only feature them if I truly love them. Many products never make the cut. You can read all about how that works in this post: how do you make money on your blog?
Please know that I only work with brands I can wholeheartedly endorse, and I only promote products that I use and love. Sponsored posts, reviews, and affiliate links help me bring you the latest in fashion, beauty products, tech, home and food for free. Plus, they help me pay the bills, yo! It is costly to run this site, so I appreciate your support.
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