Heartbeat, Intl. Fundraising Efforts Update

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A few months ago, I shared a pretty lofty goal to donate 1,000 copies of my book, Tiny Blue Lines, to the annual Heartbeat, Intl. conference this spring. (You can read more about the project here.)  Although I thought it would be lovely, I never really expected to raise enough to send that many copies […]



6 Things I Need To Be A Happier Mom

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I am as guilty as any other mother to falling prey to the, “No, I’m fine,” martyr mode of motherhood. How many of us have done it? Scoffed, protested, pushed away offered help, declaring that we were fine, just fine, with our duties as mothers? This is the life we have chosen, especially those of us who […]



Your Lines: The XX Mama and Student Pregnancy

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Unlike the name may suggest, there’s nothing racy on this post, I assure you.  Instead, there’s just a lot of raw honesty + inspiration from young mom Emily Urbanski, a student mother to an eight-month-old daughter. Emily blogs at XX Mama, where she says that she believes that “young mamas should be proud of themselves.” I […]



Your Lines: Katie of Millennial Mama

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Since sharing her story of her “two tiny blue lines,” Katie has also welcomed a beautiful little girl into their family. Follow Katie, a millennial mama of three, on Facebook.  It all began when I peed on a stick. In less than a minute, the word “pregnant” flashed up on the little window, and my […]



Before Baby Project: Bathroom Makeovers

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Did you catch that little “before baby” title? And did you catch that our baby just turned five months and our bathrooms are still missing doors? Such is life with four children. Jim Gaffigan understands. So, yeah, gutting our bathroom was our “before baby” project that got a little extended due to life and work […]



DIY Sharpie Coffee Mugs–They Actually Work

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Who would have thunk that I would finally pull of  Pinterest project that worked? Ok, I lie. I failed miserably with my first attempt. Like the professional writer I am, I totally messed up my grand plan to create some beautiful Sharpie coffee mugs with the kids for Christmas presents. I won’t even tell you […]



A Very Special Scholarship Fund: In Memory of Isaiah David Rae

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10 This weekend, our family enjoyed heading over to hang out with Santa down at the farm for a very special cause–the annual j&j brusie photography Farmer’s […]



A Day In The Life of a Stay-At-Home Mom

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There are some days in my mothering career when, at long last, the day seems to be drawing to a close (but you never really know if it’s really ending, do you?) and I look around and think,  Wth? What did I do all day? And why do I feel like I’ve been run over […]



She Experienced–And She Inspires!

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I love finding new blogs to follow and amazing women to inspire, so I’m pretty excited to introduce you guys to Sherelle Gilbert, the founder + editor of She Experienced.  Sherelle is a Michigan girl at heart, like me, who grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and started She Experienced to share her passion […]



The Guilt Of Being A Pregnant Bride

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So, yeah. My wedding was a lot of things I never imagined it would be. And one of the biggest surprises was how much guilt I felt in getting pregnant and ruining the “most magical” day of my life by being a big fatty. (And of course, now that I’ve been pregnant four times, I […]