Love, Joleen

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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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Young Living Essential Oils Business Builder Income Opportunity

This is one of the most important blog posts I have ever written, and frankly, the scariest. We're going to talk about money, honey! You can bet I've got Valor on my wrists and over my heart right now, for courage! In the four-plus years I've been an Independent Distributor of Young Living, I've never openly discussed the business opportunity in this platform. I haven't wanted to turn people off of the products because they think I'm only trying to make a buck off of them or to pressure them into "selling". But you know what? I think I'm selling you short by not sharing this with you from the very beginning. Young Living essential oils and products truly speak for themselves, so I'm not going to spend a lot of time in this post writing about them. I want to take this time to give you an honest look at MY reason for doing this as a business, as well as tell you how to make money selling Young Living essential oils and products yourself!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Benjamin's 'Uptown Funk' Video Bruno Mars Halloween Costume

We love Halloween. It's our favorite time of year to enjoy gorgeous weather and spend time with friends at various fall festivals. We tend to go to a lot of events the weekend of Halloween, which provides for lots of fun dressing up opportunities. Benjamin is still super into playing dress up and pretend! Nearly every day he's an astronaut or a police officer or Black Panther or Captain America or Dr. Pete... you get the idea. But for Halloween up until now, he still allows me to pick one of his costumes and go to town. Last year, he was Bruno Mars from the Uptown Funk video, and I never posted the photos here! He loves Bruno Mars and people would tell us he looks like him (ha!) so it was a natural choice. As we're starting to plan for and put together his costume for this year, I thought I'd share this look back at Benjamin as Bruno. Take a look at his other past Halloween costumes

Monday, September 10, 2018

Our Charlotte Mason Inspired Morning Time Homeschool Routine

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We call the first hour [or so] of homeschooling each day, Morning Time, which we start after breakfast and morning chores, around 9 or 10 a.m. I started hearing and seeing the term a lot, from the Charlotte Mason homeschool moms and podcasts I follow and listen to. I love seeing how people plan and layout their homeschool days, and feel there can never be too many examples out there. You never know what style is going to resonate the most with you! For this reason, I wanted to share our Morning Time schedule for this year with you. We're currently in our 4th week of our Charlotte Mason-inspired Kindergarten