Liz Murray

Liz is passionate about fostering honest, heartfelt connections with other moms through the written word. A lifelong writer and mom of two toddlers, she works full time as a content strategist crafting legal websites, blogs and social media ads. Liz enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. She’s also an avid book-lover, coffee addict (aren’t all writers?), local music fan and seasonal crocheter. Originally from Duluth, Liz lives in Stillwater with her husband Jonathan, 3-year-old Elliott, 2-year-old Ophelia and cat Daphne.

Book Club Picks: Themes on Motherhood

  Since becoming a mother, I’ve shelved a lot of hobbies that used to consume vast stretches of my pre-kid time: dabbling in oil painting, hitting the tennis courts after work, playing in a community...

Balancing the Firsts, Lasts and In-Betweens

As soon as I became a mother, I also became a juggler. A juggler in the tangible sense: infant car seat in one hand; keys, coffee, cellphone in the other; a diaper bag slung over...

Changing Daycares: How to Make It Suck Less

For every working mom with a new baby or preschooler, one parenting decision looms large: Daycare. Where can you safely entrust your child during the 40-plus hour work week? Where will your precious baby...

When It’s Not Just Worry

Worry. It comes with the motherhood territory. At least, that’s what we’re told, and it’s true to some extent. But sometimes, it’s more than just worry. Intense, chronic anxiety can turn your life into...

The Weight of a Name

I’ve always been fascinated with names. Growing up, as an avid short-story writer, I spent many a rainy day compiling lists of monikers for potential characters. Other kids collected polished rocks or foreign coins....
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Thank You, Kind Strangers

It was one of those days. An unwelcome visitor had kicked us in the face all night, so sleep was in short supply. Our 2-and-a-half-year-old decided it was time to get up for the day...

How to Know When You’re Ready for Kids

Motherhood springs on us in different ways. For some, it’s a logical, analytical decision, thought out months or years in advance, perfectly timed and executed. For others, it’s a yearning that becomes a gaping...

Decision Overload

Making decisions has never been my forte. Ask me what my favorite color is, and I’ll probably waffle my way through the entire rainbow without ever arriving at a definitive answer. Or, as my...

Dear Expectant Mama

As your first pregnancy finally approaches that hallowed 40-week mark, and time seems to grind to a halt, you’re likely contemplating the changes ahead. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably feeling a confusing...

Learning To Say “No”

  As the parent of two toddlers, ages 2 ½ and 13 months, I frequently find myself saying “no.” It’s probably one of my top ten words. The contexts vary, from “No, buddy, don’t take...

Appreciating the Great Outdoors in Minnesota

After a long, tortuous winter, summer is finally upon us. And for Minnesotans, that means one thing: getting outside. June is National Great Outdoors month. I doubt any of us Minnesotans need to be reminded...

Surviving Those Last Agonizing Weeks of Pregnancy

You’ve got the nursery all set up. The newborn clothes are washed, sorted and tucked neatly in the dresser. The diaper-changing station is ready to go and the car seat installed. There’s nothing left...

Let’s Get Real About Screen Time

Technology is an inescapable part of our kids’ world. Unless you live off the grid in a log shack in the woods, Swiss Family Robinson-style, there’s no way to shield your kids from the...

Welcome To The Parenthood Club

It sounds cliche, but it’s true: Before you become a parent, you really have no idea what you’re in for. No amount of research can prepare you for the real thing. Even if you...