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Interview with Jenica Parcell from A Slice of Style

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Jenica Parcell is a blogger over at A Slice of Stylewhere she shares killer deals & also has been open with her struggle with infertility. After 3 IUI's and 3 rounds of IVF Jenica and her husband were able to have twins!

 Jenica is an incredible example of a mother-- someone who didn't give up despite challenges to start a family. She has been extremely open and candid with her infertility, but her positive attitude is completely contagious despite any setbacks she experienced. Her story is extremely encouraging and powerful for all women!

 How many kids do you have? What are their ages?

    • Twins, Harris and Goldie who are a boy and a girl. They are 8 months old.
    If you and your children could get out of the house right now and do one fun thing in your KJ swimmers, what would you do and where would you go?
      • We want to go to the Provo Rec Center! They have an amazing pool and the twins LOVE the water so my husband and I want to bring them there.
      What aspect of motherhood brings you the greatest joy?
        • Oh, my! Seeing them grow and develop and learn new things. Seeing them laugh and smile and enjoy their life. It's all so beautiful and rewarding. I feel like I get to experience all of the firsts of my childhood all over again and it's magical.
        What is a challenge you are facing right now in motherhood? What are you doing to stay positive and/or find a solution during this challenge?
          • Going to sleep at a decent hour at night! It's nice in the evening after the twins go to bed to spend some "me" time without interruption. I need to start focusing on getting more sleep! It makes my days go super smooth when I'm well rested. I'm setting an alarm on my phone. When it goes off, I HAVE to get ready for bed! 
          What is one thing you said you would NEVER do as a parent, and now you do all the time?
            • Nothing yet, honestly! My twins are still small, and I don't think I ever said I wouldn't do anything as a parent when they were little. It's more when they're older. I said I would never buy them a brand new car when they're 16, and you better believe I'll stick to it! They need to work for it!
            If you had to teach your kids just ONE thing that stuck with them forever, what would it be & why?
              • Self confidence. You're perfect just the way you are. When kids have self confidence, it enables them to look outside of themselves and help others.
              You’re a first-time mom. What are some surprises (good or bad) that you didn’t expect to happen when you became a mother?
                • I had no idea how much absolutely and pure JOY these babies would bring me! I don't think I ever felt true joy until them. It's hard work, but it's the most beautiful and rewarding work I'll ever do.
                If you had to give one word of advice to a first -time mom, what would it be?
                  • Just breathe and relax. The amount of time your children are babies is incredibly short. You'll wish you had these days back, so just enjoy it and don't get overly upset at the small things.
                  A woman’s body changes a lot going in and out of pregnancies, breastfeeding and the daily demands of being a mom. You give so much of yourself to your little ones. How do you keep yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually healthy?
                    • I go to the gym at least 4 times each week which takes care of the physical part as well as mental. It clears your head. I like to get outside and go on walks with the babies. I pray for help and read my scriptures because having a close relationship with God makes the biggest difference. I make sure to get out of the house by myself and treat myself to a manicure or just walking around Target. I think it's really important to be well yourself so that you can take care of others.
                    At times in your life when you haven’t felt comfortable in your own skin, what did you do to gain more confidence in yourself?
                      • I remember that God made me just how He wants me. I don't need to impress anyone but Him. I'm doing my best and that's all that I can do!
                      You run a successful blog AND are a full-time mom. How do you balance the two?
                        • A really good schedule with the twins, and lots of help! I hired someone to help me each day with laundry and dishes around the house, and I hired my cousin to help me with certain things on my blog. You can't do it alone and hiring them has enabled me to spend lots of quality time with my twins while also running my blog that I really enjoy.

                         Be sure to check our Jenica on Instagram!

                        xoxo KJ Team

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