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

Actual shot of me at school pick-up. Not a clue until I got there.

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 […]



Unplanned Pregnancy Doesn’t Just Happen To Young Moms

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Sometimes I forget that unplanned pregnancy doesn’t just happen to young moms. Here is the story of Edie and Erin Schmidt, who remind us that those two tiny blue lines can change our lives at any age. Find more from Edie on her website here.  “Oh, look! Loooook!” I said, as I held up the […]



Boba Review + Giveaway!

Sara in our Boba Wrap.

As I was winding down to the days before my due date, I was on the hunt to find the final item on my  before-baby wish list: A new baby wrap. I had seen tons of adorable pictures on Instagram of moms wearing their babies and they just looked so cute and cozy, and of course, […]



Have You Ever…?

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Have you ever woke up in the morning and just thought, “I can’t do this today…”? Have you ever been forced to sit in the bathroom with your toddler while he takes an actual 20-minute dump and you envision a life that could have been spent doing anything but cleaning up poop constantly? Have you […]



Why Is It So Hard To Be Happy?

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Sometimes, like when I’m driving the kids home from school and we’re all singing Taylor Swift in the car together, or when I’m pushing the littles in the stroller down our road on a bright, sunny day and miraculously, no one is screaming or fighting, it hits me: I am happier than I have ever […]



Santa Claus Is Coming Back To The Farm!

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It’s that time of year again– Time for the annual “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” photo shoot down at the family farm!   Like last year, the “Farmer’s Daughters” of North Branch are honoring the memory of their late grandparents with the greatest legacy they left behind by hosting a gathering to celebrate family, fun, […]