Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a labor and delivery nurse turned writer and a young mom of four. She is the author of Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy, and loves encouraging mothers to pursue their dreams while raising little ones at home. Find her on her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

My Son's Not Potty Trained at Night - And I'm Ok with That

Not too long ago, my son made the move into his official “big boy” bed. 

We’ve been working on transitioning the baby out of our room and into sharing a room with her brother (a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old? Wish me luck…) and making the switch has just showed me how old he is getting.

But there’s one area that my son hasn’t fully grown into–and that’s potty training at night.

5 Tips for Simplifying Your Diaper Bag

Even though I have four kids, I have a major confession to make:

I hate dragging a diaper bag everywhere. 

In fact today I threw caution to the wind and took my 2-year-old and 4-month-old to the doctor for their check-ups and didn’t even bring a diaper bag with me. I know! I’m so crazy! I was one bad blowout away from disaster, but sometimes I just need a break from the ol’ ball and chain of the diaper bag. So when I have to take the diaper bag with me (you know, most every day), I use a few tricks to keep things streamlined.

DIY Sharpie Coffee Mugs: Easy + Creative Holiday Gift

If your family is anything like mine, they love giving presents for the holiday season–but with many family members and years of presents under the tree, the gift-giving season can start to lose some of its sparkle and fun.

Gift giving can start to feel more stressful than joyful and I know on more than one occasion I’ve wondered why anyone needs more “stuff.”

So this year I decided to turn the kids lose on a handmade Christmas present for the adults in their lives that would be so much more meaningful and fun for all of us.

10 Confessions of an Imperfect Mom

Every now and then, I stand at my kitchen counter, bouncing a fussy (yet still adorable) baby, do the long-arm mom reach so I can take a careful sip of my coffee without spilling it all over her head, survey the mess that is my house and wonder–

Is motherhood really this hard or am I just really, really bad at it?

The truth is, I see a lot of other moms who seriously look like they have it all together–and I’m not saying that in a cliched way, but in an honest-to-goodness way–there really seem to be moms who juggle having kids, working, and looking fit and fashionable all.the.time.

But the truth is, that is definitely not me–and here a few of my deepest, darkest “mom confessions” to prove it.

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