Juanita is a native Texan who calls the Byron, MN countryside her home. She, her husband of 14 years, and 3 children enjoy life on a hobby farm and outdoor activities. While not an expert farmer, nor a green thumb, she has fun involving her kids and learning new things. A passion of hers is supporting families through their childbirth and breastfeeding journeys. She is a doula, Lamaze instructor and lactation counselor. You can learn more about her work at Nurtured Momma. She loves motherhood, its sacredness and its life-lessons. Most days, she loves the challenge of creating meals from whatever ingredients are left in the kitchen (or garden). She often joins her husband on DIY projects around the house and farm. Other things she likes are warm beverages, yoga, thrift shopping and fun with family and friends.

Rochester MN Taco Truck Roundup

As the Rochester culinary scene has grown in the last several years, we're happy to see so many local food trucks pop up. The taco truck in particular is a local favorite.

Safety is Best! :: A Child Passenger Safety Tech’s Guide to Car Seats

There’s no best and safest car seat. The most important criteria is that the seat fits your child properly, is easy for you to use, and fits your vehicle correctly.  

My Life’s Purpose (It’s Beyond Motherhood)

The truth is, purpose is not found in a career or even a title. While many of us do have fulfilling, even honorable careers, purpose is found beyond that.
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On Missing the Baby Years

As much as I miss the baby years, they give way to some pretty cool stuff that comes with growing up. Those moments and stages are also irreplaceable. 
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Love Follows: Raising a Family Far From Family

Being far from family, neighbors, and town took a while to get used to. The winters were especially isolating since it was hard to leave home sometimes.

Safety Tips to Know Before Bringing Baby Home

One of my simplest safety tips: you don't have to babyproof everything early on, but getting it done before baby gets mobile is ideal. 
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Mom Was Right: 8 Truths Our Parents Nagged Us About

I really do understand now. Our immature and invincible youth just doesn't see that there is a purpose to what our parents want from us.

Motherhood and the Love Hormone

Oxytocin affects people differently and levels of it vary from person to person. We do know that loving, positive actions and feelings can help increase it.
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From Doulas to Padsicles: Modern Mom Birth Basics

Times have changed since our mothers gave birth. Even my second birth was dramatically different from my first six years before.
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Cold Lunch: Beyond the Sandwich

My kids aren't very picky eaters, but that sandwich in the Ziploc bag with the soggy bread...I wouldn't want that in my cold lunch either.