Hey! I’m Bonnie and I live in the sweltering desert of Arizona, where I raise my 9 kids alongside my ridiculously patient husband, Luke.
I’m glad you’re here!
I’m really passionate about inspiring women to find beauty and joy in life…this post about why you’re a GREAT mom pretty much sums up why this blog is here and why this little space is called “Bonnie & Blithe”.
“Bonnie” is another word for beautiful (thanks, Mom!) and “blithe” means joyous, two words that I really hope describe our lives, in one way or another. (Coincidentally, blithe also means “showing a casual and cheerful indifference” which often describes my personal brand of motherhood- sarcasm intended).
I also believe that as women, we are inherently creators and that we are the happiest when we’re making something! I purposely make room in my poopy-diaper-filled life to create things that fill me with joy. You can check out some of my sewing inspiration posts here. I’m a sucker for DIY women’s fashion!
If you’re also into fashion but of the store-bought variety, check out these posts for tips on a wearable, budget-friendly wardrobe.
In 2019, I also opened Novalie, a colorfully bold brand of women’s clothes that aims to inspire women to live life with confidence and joy.
I also co-host a podcast with Audrey, another mom of 9 children (yes, I’m not alone in my insanity!) called Outnumbered the Podcast. We explore all sorts of parenting topics as we aim to help other moms learn to parent with intention (and humor).
Some other fun tidbits about me and our family:
1. We homeschool all our kids and have since our oldest was little. It simultaneously brings me so much joy and so much insanity every. single. day. Read about our daily homeschooling schedule here.
2. I’ve experienced a variety of adventurous birth experiences, including an emergency c-section, vaginal twin birth, home waterbirth, induced medicated birth, placental abruption, you name it! You can read some of my tips and experiences in this series on birth.
3. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My faith is the basis of how I live my life, so thanks for letting me sometimes blog about inspiring things. Read my post on what you need to know about our religion here!
Thanks for reading!
I’d love to answer any other questions or take ideas for blog posts… shoot me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org