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'!


Keeping the Car Clean

How do I keep the car clean when I feel like I run a taxi service? :)

For my birthday, my Dad surprised me by taking my car and cleaning it out for me.  Believe me, this really needed to be done.  With the girls involved in so many activities and having the baby it seems like my car is always messy and we have stuff everywhere.  It was so nice to get in the car and not have clothes, coats, toys, and various other items everywhere.

I have been trying to keep it that way and asking that the girls take back into the house or throw away anything that they bring into the car.  So far, so good but I just have a feeling it won’t stay that way.  I feel like we are always in the car and on the road and it honestly becomes really difficult to always keep the car cleaned, for me anyways.  I do have friends that have kids who are just as busy as mine who are able to keep their cars spotless and I often wonder how they do it.

Well, I am hopeful that this time we can at least minimize the mess and clutter.  Maybe I’ll start telling them if it is left in the car it is going to be thrown away, although I don’t really think I could throw that $200 Nintendo DS away that I bought!

How do you keep your car clean with kiddos?

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