One Mom and a Blog

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About

Hi! My name's Laurie. I'm a Child of God, wife, mother of 4, wellness advocate and writer. This blog is a journal of my days, a collection of my recipes and crafts, and hopefully, a platform for all families to share their ideas, encouragement, inspiration and advice! I'm striving to "bloom where I am planted". Don't wait until things are "perfect" to begin sharing your gifts. We are all part of one giant puzzle—don't be a missing piece!

Recent Posts

Lucas David: A Birth Story

Lucas David: A Birth Story

Mar 23, 2017 | 4 Comments

Monday was the first day of spring and the 9th anniversary of the first time I became a mom. My first baby and only son was born right at 37 weeks—a little jaundiced, but otherwise perfectly healthy. My husband and I were 25 years old and still living somewhat of a fairy tale, just 2.5 years […]

Olivia Grace: A Birth Story

Olivia Grace: A Birth Story

Mar 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

One of my goals this year was to write my children’s birth stories as their birthday’s approached and this month I’ll be writing two! I have four children all of whom have a unique story—each delivery was different! I hope you’re encouraged and empowered as a mom by these stories that I hold close to […]

Books to Read: Free Printable!

Books to Read: Free Printable!

Mar 13, 2017 | 12 Comments

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more. Lately I’ve been piling books in my Amazon cart and using it as a checklist. I’ve also resolved to visit the library more, so I’ve been reserving books there and deleting them from my cart as I go. I wanted to share my list here […]

Bible Journaling for Beginners

Bible Journaling for Beginners

Mar 9, 2017 | 12 Comments

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend Allison! Lately she’s been posting these amazing photos of her new Bible journal and I just HAD to ask her how she got started. Thankfully, she agreed to share with the world! I hope you are blessed by her artwork and inspired to engage with God’s Word in […]

A Piece of Forgiveness

A Piece of Forgiveness

Mar 6, 2017 | 10 Comments

When Harper was approximately 1 month old, a nurse cut off her right earlobe with a pair of scissors. It was an accident of course, but the injustice of it all still rings loudly in my two ears—lobes and all. This was the first hurdle in a series of long hard months that took place […]

When You Meet Your Future Husband at a Bar

When You Meet Your Future Husband at a Bar

Feb 22, 2017 | 7 Comments

Today is my wonderful husband David’s 35th birthday. I’ve been trying to think of the best way to wish him a happy birthday on the blog, but I’m having trouble because I feel like I’ve never really talked about him here before. One Mom and a Blog has become *surprise* mostly about motherhood and mom-stuff, […]

How to Tell if You’re a Gossip

How to Tell if You’re a Gossip

Feb 20, 2017 | 8 Comments

The other day I was at Panera doing some freelance work while I ate soup and sat in a booth lit by warm sun. I had found a quiet corner and my introvert-self was pleased and content when suddenly a group of 5 women decided to occupy my territory. While I hated sharing, I will […]

Mess-Free Cookie Decorating With Kids!

Mess-Free Cookie Decorating With Kids!

Feb 11, 2017 | No Comments

I’m not a baker. But I love baked goods and the kids love making a mess! So naturally, decorating sugar cookies is much-loved seasonal tradition. We love making sugar cookies for several holidays including, Valentine’s Day! I’m a sucker for red and pink Valentine’s Day crafts, decorations and cards. I get drawn into every store […]

DIY Skincare With Essential Oils

DIY Skincare With Essential Oils

Nov 15, 2015 | One Comment

Essential oils can make incredible changes to your skin. Their potent, regenerative, properties help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, normalize oil, balance PH, and renew dull complexions depending on what essential oils you use. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive bridal event at The Carrs Photography called, Teas & Timelines. The Carrs gave […]