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My name is Julie and I am a writer and blogger. A wife. A mama to 3 boys. A vegetarian. An animal lover.
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:) 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 love to write both non-fiction and fiction (books for kids is my passion, but I would love to someday write books for adults too).
I also love to play and create recipes in my kitchen, specializing in vegetarian food, plus hybrid vegetarian & meat recipes for split table homes like my own. 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, never sick of it!
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.
I also write posts about youth sports and health including my Children’s Healthcare Series . I have a history working as a pediatric RN, including caring for general med/surg, oncology, and mental health patients in a children’s hospital. 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. As for my education, I also have a B.S. degree, double major in Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in Writing.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any and all collaborations.
For my education, I have a Bachelor’s degree, as I mentioned above, with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science with a minor in English (because I have always loved to write). I obtained my Associate degree to become a nurse after earning my B.S. degree. I also took about 30 credits of Pre-veterinary at the U of M. I applied twice to veterinary school (I adore animals), but I was denied entrance which prompted me to go to nursing school. It’s extremely difficult to get into veterinary school, I had straight A’s and I was rejected.
I hope you stick around and read some of 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, 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 hope one day to be published as a children’s author, Young Adult novels are my passion. Someday I hope to publish my YA Contemporary novel. I’m also working on a YA romance novel. I have several children’s books I’ve written also, but getting published as a YA author is definitely my top goal.
More Personal Info about Me:
I am a wife and a mother to three boys.
For my work history, I have a science and medical background. I worked as a pediatric nurse at a children’s hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in a Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the University of Minnesota. Before working as an RN, I worked as a Junior Scientist at the U of M working with cancer cell studies, and as a Data-manager at the U of M in Bone Marrow Transplant.
I also have experience working as a veterinary assistant/receptionist. At one point in my life, I applied to veterinary school (as I already mentioned above) while I was working at the U of M. After being rejected, I didn’t give up. I wanted to be a mom more than I wanted to be a vet. So, my life took a turn as I gave up that goal for what was more important to me. After that, I became an RN. I still maintain my license because I love to learn through CEU’s and who knows, I may need to use my license again someday. I earned it, so I don’t want to lose it.
As I mentioned above, I became a SAHM when our third son was born. Now I am writing for this blog and 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.
During my six-year stint as a SAHM, I volunteered in classrooms up at my kids’ schools. I also worked in a few volunteer positions including three years as Treasurer for the PTA and fundraiser chair for several fundraisers. I also served two years as Mom’s Club president to my local chapter. I love children of all ages.
What 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. I 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, 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’m terrible about going to sleep; I just want to keep working all the time on this blog and on writing. There is always so much to write about and read! My ideas are bigger than the time I have to work on them. But, this is great because it means I can keep going and going writing for this blog and writing books:)
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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p.s. I took this photo 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.