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My name is Julie and I am a writer and blogger and soon to be published YA author. I love to write both non-fiction and fiction. I’m a wife, a mom to 3 boys, a vegetarian, and an animal lover. I am a Christian.
I always have food, travel, and being a mom on my brain–thinking always about making family life better and enjoying life more, and then sharing my ideas with you:)
Watch in 2020 for my debut novel Hungry Hearts coming out with Swoon Romance.
Eat well and enjoy life!
On my blog, I often write about motherhood and family topics. I enjoy writing humor pieces about kids and motherhood as well.
I also love to play in the kitchen and create new recipes, specializing in vegetarian food, plus hybrid vegetarian & meat recipes for split table homes like my own (we are a family of meat-lovers and vegetarians). I’m passionate about food so I often post new recipes on my blog that I have developed. Plus, I am a cookbook author🙂 I’m a massive foodie…all day every day, I never get sick of it!
On my blog, I also include posts about family travel tips and family travel experiences. I love learning about a place from someone else before I visit it, so I share my tips from my family’s trips to help other families. Travel is so fun, it’s ideal for family bonding and educational for kids. My family has been fortunate to go on many vacations to Mexico, Florida, California, the east coast, the Outerbanks, the Bahamas (on a few cruises), and to Arizona.
I also review products that I love on my blog. I only include reviews of products that I have used and find helpful for families and mothers.
Please contact me at email@example.com for any and all collaborations.
I also am a DIY lover because creating things brings me immense joy. I love expressing my creativity via writing, making things, DIY projects, and of course, cooking.
My Education and Work History:
I sometimes write blog posts about youth sports and health including my Children’s Healthcare Series . This is largely because I have a history working as a pediatric RN, including caring for general med/surg, oncology patients, and mental health patients in a children’s hospital. I also worked in Bone Marrow Transplant as an RN. I worked at the University of Minnesota as Junior Scientist and in Bone Marrow Transplant clinical trial research.
As for my education, in addition to my nursing degree, I have a B.S. degree, with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in Writing.
I loved working with kids as an RN, but quit when my third son was born to be a SAHM. I have never regretted that decision. Being a SAHM was hard work, but very rewarding and I’ve loved being able to be home for my kids. While I was home with my kids, I volunteered heavily as president of my local Mom’s Club, serving as a PTA fundraiser chair, and volunteering at school in the classroom and also as the PTA Treasurer.
I hope you stick around and read my posts. I would love it if you signed up to join me (you can sign up on the top menu bar). I typically send emails about every 3 weeks or so, and I publish posts about two to three times a week.
I chose an affinity symbol for my logo because I plan to keep writing and creating and I never plan to stop. Like ever. So, this image inspires me because it reflects my mantra of going and going, and not stopping. I love writing so much, I plan to write until I can no longer do it because of old age or illness. In addition to continuing to write on my blog and for other websites, I write YA novels. Young Adult novels are my passion. I am in the midst of negotiating a publishing contract with a publisher for my YA Contemporary Romance novel…I’m so very excited!! More info to come soon!
I have several children’s books I’ve written, but getting published as a YA author is definitely my top goal. I also have an interest in writing Middle Grade books and women’s fiction.
More Personal Info about Me:
I love nature and animals. I love swimming in our backyard swimming pool, spending time with family, eating good food, and enjoying delicious wine. Dark chocolate is a favorite treat of mine. The treadmill is my go-to for exercise, plus I love taking our two rescue dogs on walks. We also have two sweet guinea pigs as pets, named Butterscotch (aka Scotchy) and Twix.
As I mentioned above, I became a SAHM when our third son was born. Now I am writing for this blog and for other websites as a freelance writer. Scroll down for the link to my writing resume list of sites I’ve written for in my writing career.
I love children of all ages.
What Else I Love:
I love color, and taking pictures. I am an amateur photographer so I love using my own photos on my blog. It’s a match made in heaven.
I also love to create recipes. I am a vegetarian (yep, the veggie in my house is me!) who respects that everyone makes their own lifestyle choices. I still cook meat for my family, my husband loves to grill meat. I just love to cook. I really love to cook. Baking is also a love of mine because I love sweets. My kids often come home from school to find me on my computer or taking pictures of banana bread, or my latest recipe concoction on my deck. I love it!
I love animals, pets, nature, flowers, the beach and the ocean, and traveling.
I enjoy hanging out with my family, our two pet dogs who we adopted from rescue groups, and our two guinea pigs.
In the summer, we love to swim in our pool and in the winter we love to ski. I spend many hours watching my boys’ sports games and I truly love it! I’m an avid fan of my boys!
I also love to grow fruits and vegetables in my garden.
I am a Christian and I love Jesus (Jesus is first). I love my church because it is actually relevant to today and interesting. I learn so much from our pastors. They are truly amazing speakers so I learn a ton listening to them. There are online recordings of services, just search Eaglebrook Church. If you watch, you won’t be disappointed.
I love people, though I can be shy and introverted at times. I need my alone time;)
I’m terrible about going to sleep; I just want to keep working all the time on this blog and on writing. Writing is truly my passion. There is always so much to write about and read! My ideas are bigger than the time I have to work on them, my mind is constantly swimming with new ideas to write about. But, this is great because it means I can keep going and going writing for this blog and writing books:)
When I read and write books, it’s like there is no passage of time at all. I write fast, furious, and I am manic when I write. I truly get obsessed in the current book I’m writing and time just flies.
In addition to my articles published here, I have been published on Huffington Post (honored to have been featured three times too), Her View From Home, Red Tricycle, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Motherly, The Mighty, Manifest Station, The Good Mother Project, Perfection Pending, Raising World Children, & Scary Mommy and more. I have also written guest posts for other websites as well. Check out the links to these posts on this page my writing resume.
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Thanks for visiting!
p.s. I took this photo below of the sunflower in my garden. I couldn’t believe I actually captured the bee!
We are All an Original
Who you are makes a difference, in all that you do. It’s not that what we say is ever original, but who we are when we say it, that is what makes it original. Circumstances and personal character make situations new; circumstances and personal character make conversations new and important. It doesn’t matter if someone said the same thing as you five hundred times, it’s still different because it comes from a unique place inside of you. We are all an original. We all have a voice.
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