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About A Magical Mess

Welcome to A Magical Mess! My goal here is to make life a little more magical. When everything around you appears to be a mess, let’s try to find the magic!

Jennifer Soltys of A Magical Mess.



Owner and founder of A Magical Mess. I live in the Chicagoland area with my husband and three dogs.

Mike and I were married on June 25, 2011, on the Pirate Ship at the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas.

When I am not working feverishly on my blogs, you can find me reading, hiking, playing with our dogs, or just hanging with friends and family.

Favorite Blog Topics:

  • I mainly like to keep the blog light and fun with magically-themed recipes and easy-to-do crafts.
  • With three rescue dogs, I love to incorporate our cuties into blog posts whenever possible.
  • Upon exiting the womb I’ve been interested in business. I share my journey trying different online side hustles. <– Update: I love the topic so much, I started a new blog for it.
  • Being an overly-anxious person, I also know the importance of self-care. I like to share new ways to help us all relax and slow down a bit.
  • With an older home, we constantly have projects to do. I write about our experience with home improvements.
Franklin and Grump by the pond at Lake Katherine.

Running this blog has been quite an experience for me. When I started, I knew nothing about blogging.

This has been the most humbling and educational journey for me. I continue to eagerly and actively learn about all forms of social media.

What I am working with: iPhone Xs for photos/video, Canon Rebel T3i for food photography and hi-res images, Olympus Tough for underwater/boating pictures, Ring Light, and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for editing.

Jen and Shelley from A Magical Mess.


Jen’s sister who contributes to the blog.

My kids–ages 18 and 14, and rescue cat live in Bozeman, Montana.

Topics I Cover:

  • As a frequent migraine-sufferer, I document my results with the daith piercing for migraines.
  • With a degree in nutrition science, I frequently help with recipe development and topics on diet and fitness.
  • Bitten by the wanderlust bug, I share my photography from places around the globe.
  • As a single mom, getting our finances in order is an ongoing process I often share.
Shelley on the Green Sand Beach next to the ocean.

Some blogs posts include Royalty Free Images from Can Stock Photo.

Feel free to contact me today!

John Karlonis

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

After 45 years of cluster migraines I'm having a daith and tragus piercing today. I just stumbled upon your blog and other info lately on the web concerning migraine piercings. I figured "why not" I've seen many doctors over the years and spent more money on those doctors, tests and medications. I'll keep you posted.


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Oh, I so hope it works for you! "Why not?" is our motto, as well. Please do keep us posted. Fingers crossed for you!


Saturday 23rd of October 2021

I certainly like your attitude, I, too. like to put a light spin on everything and have fun. I am a very creative person, being creative is my happy place. Thanks, take care...


Monday 25th of October 2021

Hi Laura!! So happy to hear that and glad you found us! :)

Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Friday 22nd of April 2011

Hey Jen. Y'all look so cute in your pics. I just wanted to pop over and wish you a Happy Easter weekend!

I never realized how far apart our ages are until I read this page. You were born the year I graduated high school. UGHHHHH - say it ain't so. I feel too young to believe that. ha-ha.

Anyway hope you take a break and have a great weekend. Thanks for being such a good friend and providing so much help to me.

Hugs...Tracy :)


Friday 25th of February 2011

Thank you for the follow on twitter!! Do you do Social Sparks yet? I don't know if I e-mailed you about them yet... It's a great site and they pay you to do sponsored posts...

They are the highest paid ones that I have found, so I thought I would share! They are having a referral contest right now too - I am actually in the top 20! So, join and then join the fun :)

Take care, Tracy