Peoria Mama Interview: Meet Jade!

This month we are pleased to meet Jade, her husband Andy + sweet baby Remington. So, Jade....where were you born + raised?

I was born + raised in Tremont, IL + stayed there until I graduated from high school.

Tell us a little bit about your work experience? How long have you owned Belle Mie?

> Belle Mie> was a lifelong dream that was fulfilled when we opened on August 3, 2006. It has been 8 fun-filled years!

I hear you are recently married!

I married my high school sweetheart on May 3, 2013. We had dated since we were 13 years old -- Meant to be? :)

.... + also a new mom!!

Being a mother is truly the best gift on earth! What an incredible miracle. Juggling owning a business, which requires long hours + being a Mom is challenging to say the least. Things that used to be important aren't so much anymore. That 17th load of laundry can wait!

Sharing traditions with each other warms our hearts (in the hearing + the telling!). What are some of your favorite childhood Christmas traditions?

Every Christmas Eve we have a gift exchange with my Father's side of the family + then a family dinner afterwards. My sister + I used to sleep on the couch Christmas Eve to watch the twinkling lights on the tree + wait for morning. I hope to start some of these traditions with Remington + keep them going for years to come!

What new traditions are you + your little family beginning?

Andy + I started our own tradition of playing Monopoly on Christmas night as a family. Remi won't appreciate it now, but will hopefully grow to love board games as much as we do.

Jade, it has been a pleasure to get to know you a little better. Thanks so much for sharing some of your joy with us! Keep snuggling that precious little guy + enjoying living your dream!