I’m Shelly, mom to two girls, The Mermaid (9/3/04) and The Guppy (9/6/06), and The Tadpole (5/23/10).
I started blogging when The Mermaid was about six months old, mostly as a creative outlet, as staying home with a baby meant I was out of practice from using words longer than two syllables. What started out as a simple update of my everyday life quickly turned into a passion, as I’ve always loved writing and blogging became a great step up from my beat up notebook journals and scribbled short stories.
Between changing diapers and cleaning crayon off the wall, I’m also a birth and postpartum doula, on the board of directors for a local non-profit organization, a freelance writer, and I am currently studying to be certified as a childbirth educator. Oh, and before the world of parenting, I also received a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Government and International Studies, with a minor in German. Because that’s useful as a SAHM.
I also write at:
Attachment Parenting International – contributor
Associated Content – random articles that I’ve written
More about me:
Meet the family
First, there’s me. Mother, friend, doula, knitter. I’m a single mother who is homeschooling my children while I build my business. I’m a romantic at heart but my perfectionism gets in my way a lot. I’m basically a small town girl with BIG dreams for financial peace, a stable family, and a secure future. I started this blog when I began to feel a little judged about my attachment parenting lifestyle. I’m big on natural living, treading small, and raising my kids to love themselves, their family, and the Earth. If you want to know more about me, view my interview at 5 Minutes for Mom.
Next we have my oldest daughter, the Mermaid. She was born on September 3rd, 2004: a medicated vaginal birth in a hospital. Feisty as they come, she keeps us laughing at all hours with her antics. She loves learning, playing outside, hopscotch, dancing and painting. She also completely adores her sister and is absolutely fearless. Don’t let her cuteness fool you there: she does have quite the temper and is fiercely independent!