Need a little inspiration? These motivated Portland-area bloggers are crafting, adventuring, renovating, conserving, meditating, and writing their way through motherhood. Whether you’re looking for creative ideas or simply a positive corner of the internet to connect with, follow these standout blogs in 2020. Read on to find one that’s right for you!

CRAFT: Posie Gets Cozy

Follow Alicia Paulson’s long-running blog for beautiful photographs documenting her creative life as a Portland-based maker and mother. There are no distracting ads or sponsored posts to clutter up her lovingly-crafted blog, but plenty of documentation of all the sewing, knitting, and crochet projects she concocts for herself and her daughter Amelia. After garnering a loyal fanbase over the first several years of her blogging adventure, Paulson nabbed two book deals. If you’re dying to get your hands on some of her patterns and kits (the Dovegray doll kits are beautiful!), you can check out her online store and professional website.

Online: rosylittlethings.typepad.com and aliciapaulson.com

OUTDOORS: Mom life in the PNW

This Vancouver-based blog infuses the screen with regular doses of adventure– family-style. In her light-hearted voice, mom and blogger Jenny Tate brings readers plenty of travel writing, plus ideas for nature-based play and projects with kids’ activities and more. Looking for the next great local spot to eat or get active with your family? Check out her Local Eats category, her section for PNW travel, and her guide for frugal family outings in Portland.

Online: momlifeinpnw.com

Photo courtesy of Sam Jennings, Little Green Lives

HOME: Create/Enjoy

A seamstress and author of a book on DIY wardrobe makeovers, Portland mom Suzannah Hartley now blogs about home makeovers. Create/Enjoy chronicles her family’s renovation of a 1937 Tudor revival-style home outside Portland—a block from the house she grew up in. If you love the satisfaction of a good HGTV makeover, you don’t want to miss her ambitious list for their 2020 house projects. Besides mothering her son Otto, born in 2018, Suzannah also co-hosts a fun podcast on DIY home decor.

Online: create-enjoy.com  and @YourHomeStoryPodcast

PARENTING: Megan Barella

Deep breaths and new insights abound on Megan Barella’s blog, centered on positive parenting. Mom to a ten-year-old son and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Megan holds courses in person and online to help parents create happy homes. On her blog, she shares short, simple insights into positive parenting skills, like using a problem-solving model to shift from consequences to solutions.

Online: meganbarella.com/blog

Photo courtesy of Little Green Lives

SUSTAINABILITY: Little Green Lives

From a homestead just outside Portland, former-midwife Sam Jennings now writes about cultivating a more eco-conscious life with her family of 6. Little Green Lives is a family lifestyle blog on low-waste living. From growing vegetables and throwing zero-waste birthday parties, to exploring the natural world and developing homeschool routines, Sam writes about it all with a refreshing down-to-earth style that brims with honesty and enthusiasm. Did we mention the pictures? You’ll find plenty of inspiring vignettes on the blog and Instagram.

Online: littlegreenlives.com

Photo: Wynter Kaiser, courtesy Made to Mother

STORYTELLING: The Made to Mother Project

Portland writer and mom of three Wynter Kaiser curates the collaborative blog Made to Mother, a collection of stories by real mothers sharing diverse stories of motherhood. Guests posts and stories feature reflections on a wide range of topics: making different choices than one’s own mother, “mothering” when you don’t have children, family counseling, trust, and adoption, just to name a few. PS: the Made to Mother book is due on April 1st this year.

Online: madetomother.com

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-Melissa Poulin

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