Who We Are

We are the mamas of Milk & Mascara! What does Milk & Mascara mean, you ask? The name first struck me during the early infant phase of my son’s life, when I felt like I could leave the house and be (1) prepared, and (2) semi-human as long as I had milk for the baby and mascara on my eyes.  Then when I went back to work I would look in the passenger seat of my car every morning at my breast pump bag with my tube of mascara sticking out of the pocket. I had to wait to put my mascara on until I got to work because I would cry my face off during my drive. Once I parked I would “put my big girl panties on”, slap makeup on my face, grab my pump bag, and walk into the office…all the while marveling at the strength and balance required of motherhood.  So…from this experience stemmed the idea of celebrating the astonishing balancing act we perform by recognizing and writing to both the mother and the woman in us all!

Amy with Jackson (5) and Quinn (3)

I’m Amy and I enjoy this blessing called life by wearing as many hats as I can fit on my head (and in my day): first I’m mom and the rest of my rotating hat rack includes being: a work-from-home nonprofit Assistant Director, a yoga teacher, and a blogger! I love my day job, I am not complete if I’m not writing and reading, I am constantly amazed by the power of yoga, and I am humbled daily by the gifts God bestows upon me through my husband and children. I’m an optimist by nature but I really like to hash out the rough patches of life in a way that allows me to learn something, connect with someone through the journey, and make myself a better version than before I set out.

Jenelle with Ronen (1) and Auburn (4)

I’m Jenelle and I love the beauty and creativity in all things but I am also a nerd at heart. On my Pinterest profile you will find that I am obsessed with an effortless chic style; home decor that strikes that perfect balance between being both modern and rustic and that I can definitely appreciate a good font. I confess to being a pathological reader and “serial entrepreneur”. I have two trips in fashion and one in nursery decor stamped in my business-owner passport. I love to plan, create, research and crunch numbers (that’s the nerd in me). I love the sun (not so much when I was pregnant though) so being outdoors surrounded by family and friends while sharing good food, conversation and laughter is how I prefer to spend my days. Basically, I love to party outside!

I am trying to find my footing in my current season of life which includes raising two toddlers and figuring out who the new me is now that I am a mom. Having two young children can make you feel like you are in a perpetual state of “reaction” so I am trying to live more intentionally and more simply. Being a career oriented person it takes a while to understand that those ordinary, everyday tasks are the ones that really matter the most since it directly affects those you love the most. So through blogging I hope to find ways to focus on those things that matter and ways to do them well. That includes ways to create an environment for my husband and children that is nurturing, inspiring and beautiful.


Emily with Lucy and Eli

I’m Emily! Mom to Lucy and Eli and wife to Andrew. First things first….I use too many exclamation marks and ellipses because I write exactly as it sounds in my head…hopefully you’ll get used to it. I once scored an apartment in a very tight Seattle rental market because the landlord wanted to meet someone who used as many exclamation points as I did. True story.

Today you can find me in Beaverton, OR (just outside of Portland) exploring, adventuring and cooking for my family. I have been in the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years now. I love it here. I always have. I grew up in northern Arizona but my dad was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He passed his love of the Seattle sports scene on to me at a very early age and when I was ready to leave the nest….there was no question I would make my way to Seattle.

There are few things I love more than the Seattle Seahawks….my husband being one of them….which is how I ended up in Portland. He’s worth it. After 10 years of slinging in the real estate world, I am taking a break to be at home with my two kids. So far, so good. Everyone is still alive so I consider it a win thus far. I have taught myself to “cook” over the past 5-6 years (I use quotation marks because my skill set (while improving) is mediocre at best) and use Pinterest daily to keep my 2 kids busy….I mean….to teach them and enrich their lives through learning (that’s what I’m supposed to say….but it really is mostly to keep them happy and me sane).

I love wine. Like if my house were burning down, I would grab my kids and a bottle of wine kind of love. Other things I love? I love love….and happiness…and ellipses. I am passionate about providing a safe, loving and fun environment for my kids to learn in. I am all about “playful literacy” and will share my journey of what that means while trying to teach my tiny humans about life…and love.

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