Laurie

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An educator and freelance writer, Laurie has a love of connecting with people through her words. She has a degree from UConn in History and Native American and Indigenous Studies and had the plan of working in a museum, but ended up teaching for nearly a decade instead! In addition, Laurie was a barn rat growing up, and has fifteen years of experience riding and training horses. While Central Florida has been her home for ten years (and loves it - hello, Disney!), she proudly identifies as a New Englander and will forever root for the Patriots and Red Sox. She’s a wife of a lawyer, mom of an almost kindergartener, stepmom of a high schooler, and dog mom to a quirky Shepherd mix named Eleanor. Connect with her on Instagram @laurieannwriter
Meat District

My Family Tried Meat District. This is What They Had to Said.

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I'll admit, I'm not a very good foodie. I tend to just grab my go-to products from my local grocery store and call it a day. Got some ground beef? Check. Steak? Yup. Some...

30 Years in the Making: the Journey and Stories of a Self-Published Author

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"There are so many people and stories that I will never forget...I have been touched by both births working in labor and delivery, and death and dying from ICU/CCU and NICU. The emotions I...
Back to School Shopping Cart

5 Back-to-School Items Your Child Needs (+ 5 They Don’t) From an Elementary Teacher’s...

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With back-to-school signage being hung far and wide at your local stores and emails from your kids’ school reaching your inbox once more, it’s the perfect time to discuss your BTS shopping list! Most...

Disney Update: What’s It’s Like to Have a Disney Day Now

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I've got a Disney update for everyone wondering what's it's like to have a Disney day now. If you've been curious as to what it's like to take a stroll through Disney now with the...

4 Ways to Florida-ify Your Hair Routine

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For this story, let’s go back several years to the night I was meeting up for the first time with my now-husband. I took my normal approach to getting ready to go out in...

From Inside the Book Club: Messaging and Motherhood

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Three weeks ago, the Orlando Mom Collective Book Club got to chat with the author of the book we’re currently reading, Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First. Laura Tremaine, writer and podcaster, joined us...

My Mom Was My Valentine

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As we navigate motherhood, it’s impossible not to reflect on our own mothers. It’s impossible to not have a suddenly new understanding of the love she has always held for you. And it’s impossible...

Introducing the OMC Book Club!

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I’m so thrilled to announce the launch of the OMC Book Club, an online community where moms connect through reading, sharing, and growing — together. Our community members will be guided through reading a...

How Messenger Kids is Saving the Holidays!

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If you’re worried about what the upcoming holidays will look like, you’re not alone. As moms, we want the holidays to be full of special memories with our loved ones. But...how do we do...
Pen Pals

Let’s Be Pen Pals: Reviving the Art of Letter Writing

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One of the biggest hardships we’ve all likely felt this year is not being able to see many of our loved ones. As an adult, I can understand the reasoning behind being socially distant,...

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Mornings Better

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So, I got a little lenient on some things during quarantine. When the world started its journey of flipping upside down and we all collectively entered into the Twilight Zone, I started feeling overwhelmed...

The Day My Son Told Me I Didn’t Love Him

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A couple of years ago, my son told me that he loved me more than all the blades of grass in the world. I was initially struck at the odd unit of measure, but...

Am I the Only Female Who Doesn’t Like Holding Babies?

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Am I the only female who doesn’t like holding babies? No? Oh, good. Because for the longest time, I thought I was. It’s been an insecurity of mine since before I became a mom. Any time...

A Simple Guide to Reading a Novel with Your Upper Elementary Kid

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No matter what your family’s plans are for this school year, we can all agree that developing a love of reading is an important - albeit challenging - skill for our children to continue...

My Kid is Starting Kindergarten in the Middle of A Pandemic

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My son is starting kindergarten in just a few weeks. My feelings on this matter are complicated, to say the least. It wasn’t so complicated just a few months ago, though. It was just really,...