Meet Jen! I’m bringing it back home with this lifestyle and motherhood blogger here in St. Louis. I connected with and began following Jen’s blog(s) several years ago, and I feel like I know Jen so well. After leaving her full-time career with MasterCard, Jen decided to stay home to raise her (adorable!) little one, Hattie, and now Jen runs the lifestyle and motherhood blog – And Hattie Makes Three. Jen and Hattie are always out and about town, exploring all there is to do in this city, and sharing every step of the way. This mother/daughter duo is so much fun to follow (heck, the whole family is so dang cute!). Jen is real, and the honesty and vulnerability that she shares are admirable. I love the way that she loves to share stories too. Enjoy reading more about Jen and her story below!
Name: Jen Cowan
Blog: And Hattie Makes Three
Title: Lifestyle + Motherhood Blogger
Currently Located: St. Louis
Photos by Megh Christine Photography
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Bright, Loud, Optimistic
Describe your personal brand and what you do:
I have a lifestyle and motherhood blog focused on food, fashion, family and St. Louis fun.
How did you start to build your own brand?
I left my dream job working at MasterCard as the internship program manager when my daughter was born in 2014. I knew with my line of work I would start traveling a lot more to attract the best IT talent across the country and knew travel and a baby wouldn’t jive. I decided to stay home and found myself really lonely and needing to connect with the outside world. I had previously had a coupon blog (when that was trendy) and I decided to pick up where I left off and started sharing my story as a mom.
Did you know that this was something you always wanted to do?
I had been blogging since college (remember Xanga?) and I always loved sharing photos and telling stories, it just became a part of my life and how I documented it. I had no idea that others would become interested in what I had to say or the places we went or the things we love. It’s been a blessing to be able to share our story, and I only hope that it could help someone out there make their situation easier. I did know I wanted to be a mom, and I can’t sit idle, so when we could get out of the house we ran! I have always enjoyed being a mom who plans activities, looks for free fun (St. Louis has so much to offer) and share our nuggets of wisdom with other moms too!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to be able to continue blogging full time once my daughter goes to Kindergarten next year. Blogging has been such a blessing for me as a creative outlet while I’ve stayed home. We only intended for me to stay home 2 years, so 4 has been amazing. I hope to be able to continue to grow my brand, be an involved parent and my husband thinks I should run for PTO President. We’ll see about that one. Our family of three is complete, we hope to potentially do a lot more traveling to see the world. I would love to get back into some type of consulting role with social media or HR again.
What has been a dream job that you have had since you were a little girl?
I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher when I was a child. I went to school for elementary education and 2 years in switched schools and switched degrees to marketing. Honestly, I feel like all the steps of my life have used my degree and grateful I switched.
In what ways do you see yourself inspiring other women?
I think we can look at Instagram and “Influencers” and feel like there is level of attainment that we’ll never achieve. We won’t have the super big houses, closets full of clothes, the perfect body. I am constantly told that I am real and authentic and they love seeing what I have to say. My goal is to encourage moms that living in the grey and the mess is A-OK. Sharing my struggles with my readers lets them know that I certainly don’t live in a super tidy house and cook gourmet dinners. From sharing life hacks, my struggles with weight and anxiety to my amazing end cap Target finds, those are the things I love connecting to the most. I also love that through blogging and using my voice, I was able to help co-found Moms Together STL and connect moms all over the city with play dates. We’ve had an outpouring of support from moms who are just like me and want to find somewhere to belong. Being a mom is hard work, let’s make it easy on ourselves.
Who has been the biggest inspiration to you?
My Dad. He had ALS for 18 years and waited to meet his granddaughter and to tell my husband he knew his girls would be taken care of. He wasn’t the perfect parent, but he gave me nuggets of wisdom I can still hear in my head on a daily basis. It’s been 4 years and I miss him every day.
If you could have coffee/tea/lunch/happy hour with one of your life role models, who would it be and where?
Can I pick 2? Oprah and Reese Witherspoon. I find these ladies to champion women, lift others up and cheer from the sidelines. Great women I’d love to meet and get to know.
What are 3 of your current favorite things (books, podcasts, music, beauty products, etc.)?
I’m loading up my recipe arsenal now and have been loving Dessert for Two‘s easy and portion controlled recipes.
Reading the entire Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy. I know I’m late to the game, but I’m catching up!
Here are all of the platforms where you can find Jen and the great content she is sharing in and around St. Louis and beyond:
I hope you had fun getting to know Jen and the exciting content she’s sharing with her blog! Be sure to give her a follow. She’s got great inspiration for the little ones and for us grownups too. 😉