Love, Joleen

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Photo by Ella Jardin via Unsplash
Do you remember when blogs were used to write about your day   what you had going on, how you were feeling, what you were inspired by or loving, etc.? I remember just writing for the sake of writing. The best thing about it was that people actually spent the time to read and comment. It wasn't fancy, and it was real. I miss that. I can't tell you how much I miss that. I started blogging in November 2004. I really can't believe I'll have been blogging for 15 years this year! I have been seeing a lot of "OG" bloggers talk about this lately, and it's been on my heart as well. When I think about what I want out of this blog, and what I have to offer, I keep coming back to where it all started. This was an outlet for me to share my endeavors (creative and otherwise) with friends and loved ones. I met so many people back then that I'm still friends with today, and I want that again. 

You may have noticed that it's been crickets on Love, Joleen for the past couple of months. So much life has been lived in this time that I really can't believe that's all it's been. Lots of ups and downs. I'll be honest, it hasn't been an easy time. Several times I wanted to just hop on here and write but something was holding me back. However, I have been spending time thinking about this space, and what I'd like to see here moving forward. I plan to do more of this. I was thinking I might even challenge myself to write every day for a week or two. Just like photography or any skill really, you need practice. I feel like this is the type of exercise that would help me find my voice again. 

For Christmas Ben gave me a new laptop. It was so sorely needed as my last one was barely hanging in there and rather painful to use. Haha. This is the first time I've owned a MacBook, having used a PC my entire life, and there is definitely a learning curve. I am still trying to figure out all of the shortcuts, and haven't even changed my Adobe account over yet. I'll get there! Even though I was off to a rocky start, I am looking forward to seeing how 2019 develops. This year I chose "transformation" as my word/theme. I am equal parts excited and terrified to see how these transformations come about. Something tells me they might come by fire, but I'm ready.  
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Layer with These Fall Favorites for Plus Size Women

This post is sponsored by Cuddl Duds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When I tell you that Cuddl Duds from Kohls are my favorite, I mean my they're my FAVORITE! I love adding new layering pieces to my wardrobe each year, and have been waiting (and waiting) for the weather to cool this year so I could start wearing what I have. The entire Cuddl Duds line is simple, versatile, and cute! They're staples and can be mixed and matched for work, relaxing at home, playing with your kids, or out making memories with your family. These get me through fall, winter, and even the early parts of spring. I say these are fall favorites for plus size women, but they're also great for ANYONE! There are options for men, women, and children. The women's sizes run from XS to 2X. It's a great, inclusive clothing line! Let me show you what I got this year. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Fall Family Fun with Frank's RedHot Wings

This post is sponsored by Frank's Red Hot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Who else thinks about the yummy food they're going to eat at the next friends and family get together? Part of the fun in planning a party, no matter how big or small, is planning the menu! I like to keep things super simple, with lots of fun finger foods and options. Frank's RedHot Wings are perfect for bringing the "tailgate" party home. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

HUGE Announcement!!

It is with gratitude in my heart that I announce that I am retiring Joleen Pete Photography at the end of this year. I am excited to share that I have chosen to pursue my Young Living business full time! It has been the most incredible 11 years since my first paid photo session. I have photographed engagements, weddings, expecting mothers, newborn babies, first birthdays, holidays, parties, events, and more. I have loved watching so many of your families grow over the years! 

If you have been a client of mine at any point during this time, I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Words can’t express what a blessing this business has been to me and my family. It has been my absolute pleasure and honor to capture and document so many of your milestones.

Please note, I still have several fall family mini sessions and dates for full sessions available! If you are interesting in booking one of my last time slots, please send me an email at 

I would love to stay connected either through my blog, Love, Joleen, or through my simply wild + well community. You can follow me on Instagram at @lovejoleen and @simplywildandwell

So much love to you, 

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