Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Feather extensions and crackle nails – what’s next?

This fall my daughters started the school year with two things I wouldn’t have dreamed of this time last year…feather extensions in their hair and crackled polish on their nails.

The feather extensions—which seemed to me to come out of nowhere this summer—come in natural colors and dyed shades as well. If you see someone with a blue streak in her hair, it may actually be a feather. The hairdressers put them in and they last for six weeks or more. They can be washed, blow dried, or even curled.

My understanding is that a popular idea is to have them in school colors. I imagine that would be especially big during football season.

Maggie and Connie came home from the hair salon with their Dad with natural feathers in their hair. Maggie’s was wide and striped and looks pretty neat. Connie’s is really thin and almost invisible; you have to look closely to find it. Both girls were happy to have something new and different to start the school year with and I believe their Dad enjoyed being the one to give that to them.

The nail polish fun started for us last year. I have to admit that I love all the fun new colors and styles that have come out. My own style is pretty conservative, however, so I enjoy having my own little fashionistas to work on.

Maggie is the one who has really gotten into the crackle/shatter look. For those who aren’t familiar, you paint your nails with one color then layer a crackle-paint on top. The second layer cracks and lets the bottom color show through.

I should add that their father thinks this trend looks just awful—like messy chipped nails. The girls love it though and when it comes to hair and nails, it’s all just temporary. Why not have a little fun?

What fashion trends are your kids into? Are you a supporter or detractor?


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5 Comments on “Feather extensions and crackle nails – what’s next?”

  • Dana Sewell September 3rd, 2011 7:26 am

    I am all for the idea…as you said, hair and nails are all temporary. Kailie has had half her hair dyed pink and we both got feathers in our hair. I got sick of mine in about a week, but she left hers in until it fell out. Even piercings have never bothered me. You can take them out so what’s the big deal? My pastor told me that I should not do things that could possibly damage my ministry to others. In my opinion, the only damaging part of all these “temporary” embellishments, are the people judging the one who has them….just my thoughts!! Loved your article, thank you!

  • Dana Sewell September 3rd, 2011 7:28 am

    OH and I certainly wasn’t talking about your husband’s opinion!! Just wanted to add that. He is looking at it from a daddy’s perspecrive which is totally different than the judgement of strangers. Just wanted to clarify :-)

  • Jennifer Pearce September 3rd, 2011 8:28 am

    Thanks, Dana! That is an interesting perspective. Have you changed your fashion choices as a result?

  • Shana Broders September 3rd, 2011 9:30 am

    My teens (17 and 15) of course have the feathers ~ though they went quite colorful. I don’t ‘get’ the feathers, but they don’t bother me. I don’t mind hair accessorizing at all in fact, hair grows back in (its natural color) and can be cut, dyed etc… I think you definitely choose your battles and that is not one I choose to have. I have to say I will not allow any of my children to pierce themselves (other than ears) or tattoo themselves. Those are permanent, body altering decisions and until they are adults I will not be the one to mutilate their body. That is just my humble opinion, others are free to choose. I know many friends, once grown, that regretted a tattoo and quite a few who got infections from their piercings in odd parts of the body. I just want them to wait and do that on their own, not with my blessing ~ no way they will ever blame that on me as a grown up :)! btw I love reading your ‘justkiddin’ essays.

  • Jennifer Pearce September 4th, 2011 9:53 pm

    Thanks, Shana! I sure appreciate your reading them. My mother wouldn’t let me double pierce my ears which was quite the trend when I was in junior high. I think she subscribed to your mutilation theory. What I remember her saying was “It’s just a fad!” Hair coloring and extensions were not as common back then, as you know, but she did give me quite a few home perms so I could have big 80′s hair.

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