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.
I recently narrowed my focus to wearable fashion for women ages 35-55 because that’s what seems to resonate most with my visitors. 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! By sharing my daily outfits and practical fashion solutions for moms, I keep you updated on the latest trends and show you how to wear them in a way that’s stylish and age appropriate.
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In addition to fashion topics, I occasionally write about fitness, family travel, beauty products, marriage, and motherhood.
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!) 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. We’ve lived here for over 20 years, which is longer than I ever lived in Virginia, so I guess I’m officially a Pennsylvanian.
I was a 3rd grade teacher for several years before I “retired” to stay home with our kids. We have three children and a very spoiled fluffy white dog. Here’s the gang. This photo was taken in Castine, Maine this past summer after we hiked a small mountain in 85-degree heat, so that’s why we look a bit sloppy.
I’m obsessed with running, and I’ve spent untold months in PT recovering from foot injuries so I can get back to doing what I love most. I love to read but rarely make time for it. I used to like to cook, but now I would rather grab a bite at my favorite restaurant and keep the kitchen clean. I’m a horrible housekeeper, and I’ve been known to leave Christmas decorations up until August. I am not, however, a packrat. I regularly declutter and move stuff out to make room for the new stuff. As a blogger, there is new stuff coming in all the time, so if I wasn’t committed to purging regularly, we would be living in a hovel.
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 love a good jean jacket, I have way too many handbags, and I’m a sucker for a pair of designer jeans. Oh, and boots. I have a love-hate relationship with scarves. I feel like they look cute on everyone but me.
I have no problem mixing high quality fashion with disposable 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. This is a typical outfit for me.
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 140# on a good day, and I usually wear size 8 or medium (I’m a 29 in jeans.) Yes, I actually get asked these questions often! If you ever have a question about how a featured item is sized, don’t hesitate to ask.
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.
Why I Blog
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. One of my greatest honors was being named one of the 50 most powerful and influential women in social media by Nielsen Online in 2009.
I’ve made appearances for Hebrew National, Huggies, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales and I’ve traveled as press for CAbi, TJMaxx, iRobot, Chick-Fil-A, Krusteaz, Target, CVS, Bosch, Disney World, and more.
I’ve worked as a brand ambassador and/or spokesperson for brands such as Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, Krusteaz, Tanger Outlets, InStyle Magazine, Shout Laundry, Payless ShoeSource, Ross Dress For Less, Rack Room Shoes, Hallmark, CVS Pharmacy, and CAbi Clothing; and my writing has been featured on Mothering.com, BlogHer.com, and various local publications.
My recipes have been featured in Southern Living magazine as well as Redbookmag.com, Elle.com, Cosmopolitan.com, CountryLiving.com, Relish.com, and DoctorOz.com. I also authored The Everything Gluten-Free Breakfast and Brunch Cookbook with Adams Media.
Blog Monetization & Disclosure
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 like them. Many products never make the cut.
I make money on this blog through ads, sponsored posts, and affiliate links. Ads appearing in my sidebar and at the top and bottom of my blog may be in exchange for monetary compensation. I often use affiliate links in my posts, which means that I get a small commission when you purchase through my links. You are not charged extra when you shop through my affiliate links. Some of my posts are sponsored, meaning that a brand or PR firm pays me to write a post on a particular topic. I write these posts 100% myself, and when a post is sponsored, I will always tell you the brand I’m partnering with.
I only work with brands that 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 pay the bills, yo! It is costly to run this site, so I appreciate your support.
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