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What You May Not Know About Jocie and The Better Half

What You May Not Know About Jocie and The Better Half

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | October 18, 2012 | 21 Comments »

Ever wonder what I did BEFORE blogging? My favorite colors? TV shows?

Did you know you can get free stuff just by visiting The Better Half?

We’re recently welcomed a lot of new followers and we’re so glad to have you, along with our old friends! Since you may not have heard the answers to a lot of these questions, and maybe you have more questions, I wanted to fill you in…

(Make sure you read to the bottom for some exciting news about perks!)

Get to Know Jocie

My real name is Jocelyn, but I have always gone by Jocie, pronounced “Jah-see.” Its kinda a weird name, and most people accidentally call me “Josie” like the pussycats. :) Once, when I was in high school, I worked as a hostess, and decided to try out the name Jocelyn. While I felt very grown up, I rarely responded to people when they called my name and mostly felt uncomfortable. haha So back to Jocie, for good. Unless you wanna call me “Oh Great One”…I’m open to that.

What She Loves

I have two beautiful, precious little girls – Izzie (3) and Lucy (21 months). I love being a mom and that often shows in the crafts I do and my posts on FB. I am super thankful and grateful that I am able to be home with the girls most of the time.

Ethan is the love of my life and we have been married 6 years. We have lived in Catonsville, MD since we got married and bought our townhouse.

That’s all to be expected, right? So here’s the little stuff that is really interesting….

I used to be co-captain of my high school cheerleading team. I also used to moonlight as the mascot. Any guesses on what the mascot was?

I am caught up in the vampire craze. I love the Sookie Stackhouse novels (but not True Blood), Twilight, and the Vampire Diaries.

I burp like a dude. Seriously.

I love to read. Nothing really of value, like history or self-help, just good old murder mysteries!

I love to play cards, especially Hand and Foot, but I am happy really playing any game.

I hate cleaning of any kind, but I really really hate cleaning the shower.

I love Jesus. Sounds cheesy, but its true.

I really enjoy a good mystery tv show. My current favorite is Castle, but historically was a big fan of Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder. No, I am not an eighty year old woman, I just like the same shows. I do also enjoy Parenthood and Grey’s Anatomy.

My favorite color is Kelly Green. I like to wear, decorate with it, bathe in it, dream about it. I could probably write a Dr. Seuss book about it too.

How They Met

Ethan and I met just after I graduated from grad school and we were both volunteering with our church’s youth group.  Our first couple dates were a series of blunders on my part. Our first date, I tripped and almost fell. Then on our second date, I fell again and swallowed a bug while walking around the lake. So much for looking sophisticated?! HA. I guess Ethan always knew what he was getting – goofy, a little crazy, and ready for a lot of laughs. But he asked me to marry him anyway, and now we’re living happily ever after.

What She Does

Before blogging, I was (still am) a clinical social worker. No, I am not an old, fat lady who comes and takes kids out of the home (like on tv). Most recently, I worked in a private practice providing individual and couples counseling. I really, really loved it, loved the people, and miss it a lot!

I have never really been into hard-core home improvement. So Ethan and Fred created The Better Half as a niche for my already crafty ventures. I have always loved crafting, growing up daughter to creative and spirited father, appreciating and celebrating art and DIY. I loved assisting him in making kaleidoscopes and wind chimes and going to craft fairs to sell them, along with his stained glass. While Dad sold his crafts and was very eclectic in his crafts, Mom has also been traditionally crafty – an amazing seamstress and cook. Both have greatly influenced and inspired me!

Here is my twin bro and me as babies. (I have an older sister, Erin but she wasn’t loved enough to be in the picture! haha j/k)

One Project Closer and The Better Half History

One Project Closer (OPC) was created almost 5 years ago, born from the vision of our best friends and forged with a lot of time, planning, and love. Fred and Kim, bffs and business partners live a half mile from us and now house the OPC workshop and office. Ethan went full-time on OPC last year and I went full-time on The Better Half last week!  haha

Besides my work on The Better Half, Ethan, Fred and Kim also work really hard to make OPC successful. Ethan spends his days following pro-contractors and then writes detailed DIY guides in the evenings. Fred does a lot of the behind the scenes work on the site and writes tool reviews. Kim, the other Better Half, works to keep our coupons up to date. And I mean up to date! She literally spends HOURS a week providing some of the best and most complete home improvement and tool coupons on the web.

Here we are all innocent and naive the year we started the blog, going out for our first official blog dinner!

Love Free Stuff?

OPC and The Better Half LOVE to give away free stuff. We often do giveaways on the site and on FB. But the easiest and surest way to get free stuff is by joining our rewards program. “What?” you say, “rewards program?”

Its pretty simple, really. You sign up for the program, creating a user name and password. Then every time you visit the site (as long as you are signed in), you get points. Every time you comment on a post on OPC or The Better Half, you get MORE points

Once you have saved up some points, you visit our rewards center and use your points to bid on cool stuff. Sometimes its tools or gift cards, sometimes its craft stuff. If there’s ever something you really want, we’re always open to ideas!

Check out the top left hand side of the website – that’s where you sign in. And the top right is where you can bid on items and check who’s leading the pack in points.

It’s that easy! No tricks. We won’t spam you with emails or solicitors. We won’t sell your email or info. We just appreciate you as readers and want you to come back!

Want Free Advertising?

If you haven’t been following along, we recently re-started our weekly link parties. Now called The Humble Brag, we offer the opportunity for fellow bloggers to link up your favorite projects every Friday.

The Humble Brag Link Party

To help kick-start things, for a limited time, we are offering FREE advertising for one lucky featured blogger per week who links up at the party. We will advertise your blog in our sidebar, and trust me, that’s pretty cool since we get thousands of hits every month! So tell your blogger friends and come link up.

For those of you who aren’t bloggers but are working on some cool stuff, email me a picture and I will feature you along with other featured links at Friday’s Humble Brag!


Just a quick side note, if you are following us on Facebook but notice that you aren’t seeing all our updates in your newsfeed, there’s a few things you can do to help that out:

  • Go to our One Project Closer FB page
  •  Click on the little wheel next to the “Liked” box
  • Select “Add To My Interest Lists”
For more information on how to do this, two twenty one wrote  great post with pix on how to do it!
Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Pinterest!

What do you think? What else are you dying to know? What free stuff do you want?

As Always, thanks for reading,


Where We Party
Sunday: Under the Table and Dreaming Homemaker on a Dime Monday: Craft-O-Maniac Setting for Four Skip to my Lou Southern Hospitality Alderberry Hill Tuesday: Mom 4 Real the diy dreamer Not Just a Housewife House on the Way Elizabeth & Co. Wednesday: We are that Family Savvy Southern Style Mom on Timeout DIY Showoff Thursday: Designed Decor House of Hepworths Bear Rabbit Bear Friday: Serenity Now Tatertots & Jello Shaken Together Design, Dining + Diapers Fox Hollow Cottage Create.Craft.Love. Saturday: Funky Junk Interiors Six Sisters' Stuff

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21 Responses to What You May Not Know About Jocie and The Better Half

  • Timothy responds...
    October 18th, 2012 9:41 am

    This is great Jocie! Love learning more about you and the rest of the OPC crew.


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Tim! Ethan is hopefully going to be running a more manly version of this on the OPC side too. :)


    jeff_williams Reply:

    Maybe he could explain how you guys and the Fauth’s know each other. I always thought y’all were next door neighbors or something.


    Jocie Reply:

    hahaha, its complicated because we have know each other forever and in several different ways. But basically, Fred went to school with my sister and Ethan’s brother, while Kim, Ethan, and me all grew up in the same church. But since we’re all different ages we didn’t really connect as bffs til after we got married. Now we live in the same neighborhood, a half a mile from them. :)

  • frazzled5 responds...
    October 18th, 2012 9:58 am

    Love the wedding pic- amazing!
    I can so see you as a cheerleader- super fun and outgoing:)


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Jen!


  • cbadaracco responds...
    October 18th, 2012 10:29 am

    I can see you as a cheerleader!! fun post, jocie!


    Jocie Reply:

    haha, thanks carol!


  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication responds...
    October 18th, 2012 4:01 pm

    Your wedding photo is absolutely breathtaking! It was great to read this and get to know you and The Better Half a little better. :)


    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Ashley!


  • trebor responds...
    October 18th, 2012 7:34 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know a little more about yourself! I really appreciate your openness…that’s why I like following your projects.

    Oh and this probably sounds really gay but I think your wedding picture looks amazing. Love the color contrast on it


    Jocie Reply:

    hahaha, i literally LAUGHED OUT LOUD when I read this! :) we love that you follow and comment!


  • paintergal responds...
    October 18th, 2012 9:01 pm

    Oh, fun! Love reading about the real you.


  • Naomi responds...
    October 18th, 2012 10:14 pm

    I did not know you were CO-CAPTAIN of your cheerleading team! Go Jocie!


  • MissFixIt responds...
    October 20th, 2012 1:18 am

    Nice to learn about you. You should have this as a link in an about you section if you don’t already.


    Jocie Reply:

    Thats a great idea. I”ll talk to ethan about making it happen! :)


  • poiboybf responds...
    October 21st, 2012 5:41 pm

    If you are into mystery TV you would like the show Revenge I think. It’s a pretty fun show to watch… you should give it a shot if you haven’t yet.


    Jocie Reply:

    I actually just started watching it on Netflix a few weeks ago and am enjoying it! :)


  • Chris Paulis responds...
    November 8th, 2012 4:43 pm

    No, she BELCHES BETTER than a dude! I should know!


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