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Courtney G

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Courtney moved to Birmingham seven years ago with the dream of becoming a nurse. She left behind her five wild brothers but brought along her high school sweetheart, David. David and Courtney got married after their freshman year at UAB at the ripe age of nineteen. They thrived on cans of soup while pursuing their education and working odd jobs. Courtney graduated and landed her dream job in the Neonatal ICU. One year later, her husband also graduated and began working as an Engineer. They now live in Trussville with their two-year-old son, Noah and are expecting baby number two. Courtney’s hobbies include eating, being outdoors, traveling with her family, and making wooden toys which she shares about on instagram (amindfulmom). She is passionate about mission work and has been privileged to serve on trips to Tanzania, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

First Day of School For Mom

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Last week, I was busy preparing my two-year-old and three-month-old to go back to school. I carefully packed their backpacks, labeled all of their items and cut my son’s sandwich into a star. I...

Time-Saving Mom Hacks

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I’m about to enter a very busy season of my life. I have a newborn, a toddler, I work outside the home, and I'm starting graduate school. It’s imperative that I simplify my life...

Mom Shaming :: Are You Doing It?

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Mom shaming comes in many subtle forms that can be hard to identify at first. Here's a theoretical example from a mom group online: "I’m looking for advice on sunscreen. Here’s a picture of...

Rainy Day Activities in Birmingham

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Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the promise of warmer weather, planting flowers, and watching them grow. However, spring is also full of stormy days when you may want to stay...

What Your Kids Want You to Do With Sentimental Items

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As a millennial, I understand how our desire for simplified homes can come across as not valuing family mementos. However, I think part of the problem is that these sentimental items are often passed...

Why I’m Team Green This Pregnancy

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What is "Team Green," anyways? Team Green means that you forgo finding out the gender of a baby prior to delivery. With our first, we did a gender reveal party and it was amazing. Our...

Christmas Bucket List :: Things to Do This Christmas Season

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The magic of Christmas extends far beyond the few minutes spent opening presents on Christmas morning. In fact, my favorite part of Christmas is all the festivities that happen beforehand and help add to...

Hobbies We Have Explored in Quarantine

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My husband and I have lived without a t.v. since we got married over six years ago. It has never really bothered us because we've always had plenty of things to keep us busy....

What Are Open Ended Toys?

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Have you seen a child beg for a bright flashing toy, only to play with it momentarily before tossing it aside? This is frustrating for parents who feel their home is covered in toys...

How We Montessori at Home

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After reading The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies, I was inspired to make several changes in our home. One of the many topics discussed in this book is how to set up Montessori-style spaces....
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