Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a labor and delivery nurse turned writer and a young mom of three (soon to be 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.

Costco Members: Claim Your Free Huggies Diapers + Wipes!

Thanks to Mom Central Consulting for giving me Huggies Snug `n Dry Diapers and Natural Care Plus Wipes for free.

Over on my personal blog, I had the good fortune of being able to participate in a promotional campaign for the New Huggies Snug `n Dry Diapers and Natural Care Plus Wipes, both of which are now available at Costco.

And because diapers are pretty much my life right now, and will probably be so for the next, oh say, two or three years, I couldn’t help but share the deal that they are giving away right now:

FREE Huggies diapers and wipes!

9 Tips for Getting Out of the House Faster with Baby

Want to know what my biggest fear about having another baby is?

The fact that in a few short weeks, I will be responsible for getting four children out of the house.

Let’s face it: the moment you become a mother, getting out of the house at a decent time with everyone looking decently put together is one of life’s biggest challenges. And if one baby can add an hour to your getting-out-of-the-house routine, can you imagine what four will do?

*shudder*

Before the madness begins, let’s brush up on some easy tips to getting out of the house faster with baby, shall we?

A Summer Strawberry Jam Tradition

When I first visited my husband’s grandmother, she plopped me down at the kitchen table and introduced me to the most delicious jam I had ever tasted in my life.

Fresh, vibrant strawberry jam atop of a warm and yeasty roll and I knew that my taste buds would never be the same.

It took me to go through college, marriage, and the birth of my first daughter, but one rainy afternoon I finally made my way back to her kitchen, where she taught me the secret to making the world’s most delicious jam.

And I’ve never missed a year making it since.

My Parenting Lifesaver: The Disney Junior App (It's Free!)

When I first started looking forward to the beginning of the summer, envisioning tons of play dates, leisurely afternoons at the pool, and more popsicles than we could ever imagine, I was forgetting one crucial element:

Kids don’t always cooperate.

In fact, the word on the street is that our first week of summer went down as the worst in my parenting history when every single member of the family got hit with a vicious stomach flu and I broke down in tears of gratitude when my mother-in-law swooped in to rescue me when it finally hit me and I could barely lift my pregnant body out of bed. (Thank god for mother-in-laws, seriously.)

But if there’s anything that that terrible week taught me, it was this:

Sometimes, every mother needs a little help.

And in my case, that help might just come in the form of the free Disney Junior app.

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