A Milwaukee native, Heather married her best friend 10 years ago, and has lived something of a nomadic lifestyle ever since. Schooling, family, disaster relief work, and a sense of adventure have moved them fourteen times (via 5 states) in 10 years. Regardless of her immediate location, Heather has continually heard Milwaukee calling her "home". Now raising a six year old, four year old, and two year old twins, and a newborn, she and her husband finally decided to plant roots, and are thrilled to be calling the Milwaukee area their (maybe) forever home. When she's not chasing around her growing brood or sweeping up cheerios, Heather can be found experimenting with recipes, failing at the Pinterest life, or finding new outlets for her singing and theatrical passions. Heather is currently working on her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a special interest in community development and adolescent issues.

Copycat Colectivo Baked Oatmeal Recipe :: Warm Eats for Cold Days

When my little family lived in North Carolina, one thing I ALWAYS looked forward to in our visits "home" to Milwaukee was a morning (or five) at Colectivo Coffee Roasters. I love everything about Colectivo:...

To the Mamas, In the Wake of Violence

We woke up this morning to the news of yet another act of horrific violence. Humanity on humanity; pointless, meaningless, hatred-turned-violence. News like this shakes me to the core. And as I sip my...

GO, SEE, EXPLORE: Lions Den Nature Preserve

If there's anything I've learned to appreciate about our great state in the last 18 months, it's how much our lakefront has to offer. This summer, my kids and I made a goal of...
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Witching Hour Survival Strategies

4:30 PM. The kids are home from school and/or up from their naps. Dinner isn't quite on the table. The husband isn't quite home. The house is a disaster. You're pretty much spent. And everyone will simultaneously...

The $3 Potty Training Secret Weapon

Potty Training. Oy. The very mention of the term sends my anxiety through the roof. If you get through the first two years of being a parent thinking, "okay, I've got this Mom Thing down," it's quite possible...

5 Reasons I “Lose It” With My Kids

I confess, I have an extremely short fuse.  I "lose it" on my family (specifically, my children) much more than I would care to admit. I explode. I express my frustrations. I yell. I know...

DIY Photo Canvas :: A Craft for the Craft-Challenged

  It's the digital age, and our phones are loaded with thousands of photos. While we may throw a filter over a select few and throw them up on our Instagram profile, the reality is...

Pregnancy after Loss: Choosing Fearless Motherhood

I’m not sure it’s the reaction the ultrasound tech was expecting from me: “You've GOT to be kidding. Don’t DO this to me!”  She blinked a few times, then responded, chuckling uncomfortably, “You’ll do great! Twins...

When Mama Hurts:: Chronic Pain in Motherhood

Dear Mama Wrestling with Chronic Pain or Chronic Illness, I see you. I see you struggling to open your eyes, much less get out of bed in the morning. I see you opening the medicine cabinet...

5 Unexpected Benefits of Having a Large Family

I'm not exactly sure when we crossed the line from an "average-sized" family to a "large" one, but I will tell you that when people see my family of six in public, we are...