About Me

My name is Amy. I am a mother to two beautiful girls, and married to an incredibly hard working farmer. 

Aside from the title ‘Mommy’ I also am known as a Psychiatric Nurse, daughter, sister, niece, and friend. 

I have always loved helping people, and SHARING neat things, or something I had learned. Naturally I decided to give blogging a try, as a way to be able to share as much as I wanted to with anyone who wanted to hear.

The things I love

Getting creative

How I want to help you

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Home Life

I want to help YOU by sharing decorating and organization ideas, tips, and inspiration

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DIY & crafts

Crafting is one of my hobbies. DIY is my way of creating something I love for less. I want to share my ideas and projects for these things to inspire YOU as well to take time as a busy mom to make something beautiful.

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Mom Life

I want to help YOU by sharing how I make my journey with a baby and toddler easier. With knowledge, tips & tricks, and encouragement for when it gets tough

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Kitchen & Recipes

I want to help YOU by sharing my favorite kitchen tools, grocery shopping resources, recipes I love, and kitchen time saving tips/tricks.

Fun Facts: Get to know me

  1.  I am a Christian, and seek to serve God above all else. I am FAR from perfect, but am thankful to be saved by Grace
  2.  I am SO grateful for the life I have. I know I am blessed to live each day in safety with plenty of food and a roof over my head
  3.  I live in Alberta, Canada. On a farm. Farm life is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything
  4.  I am a nurse, but LOVE being able to stay home and raise my babies. 

5. HUGE Disney fan. All time favorite movies are Toy Story, & The Lion King.

6. Being at home is my favorite place.

7. We have a pup named Milo.

8. Going on 7 years with Celiac and follow a Gluten-Free Diet.

9. I LOVE organization, and will constantly be looking for ways to make something better.

10. Also EXTREMELY scatter brained, and extremely forgetful.

11. Planners, spreadsheets, calendars, pretty lists..all make me SO happy. I have SO MANY lists.

12. I am not very funny to others, but I think I can be quite hilarious 🙂

My story

big event #1

Completed Psychiatric Nursing education

Worked for a bit, then discovered we were going to be parents! I was put on bed rest early and therefore had LOTS of time to research all things Baby.

baby #1

Welcomed our 1st Daughter

Welcomed our first beautiful daughter right at the height of Harvest time on our farm. I quickly realized just HOW MUCH I still didn’t know about being a MOM despite all my research. 

The idea spark

Began to research blogging

I began to research what actually went on behind the scenes of all the mommy blogs I read when I was on bed rest. It was so intriguing to me, that these ladies had a way to share and HELP other mom’s from their own homes. I also found myself giving my friends a lot of unsolicited advice on baby products, etc as they became pregnant also. I shared ALOT. Maybe too much. But I also LOVED what sharing those things felt like. I felt helpful and inspired.

The Name

“The Briar Patch”

It came to me late one night when I was up nursing Baby Girl #1. Disney movies –> Sleeping Beauty –> Briar Rose –> Briar Patch. I looked it up and discovered it meant “a plant having a thorny stem (like a Rose), typically seen in a large mass or patch. I thought ‘hey, being a mom is beautiful (Like a rose) but also super messy and tangled. The name “The Briar Patch” to me means: A messy tangled beautiful mess     

2018

Messy Motherhood

My journey as a mom had been just getting messier and more tangled. We discovered we were expecting again in summer 2018. Before our daughter’s first birthday. I was overjoyed, but a little nervous! One baby was proving hard enough for me. Our second daughter entered our lives 3 weeks early, beautiful and tiny. Life was REALLY busy for a bit with a toddler and teeny baby.  

2019

Where I am now

Talking to my Dad one day, resulted in him bringing up blogging, someone he knew who did it, and encouraging me to give it a try. He didn’t know I had actually thought about it LOTS before. He told me he thought I would be great at it, and helped me connect with someone to help me get started. I took his encouragement and ran with it. Bringing me here to this day. The start of “The Briar Patch” inspired by my desire to help other moms make their lives beautiful despite how messy motherhood can be.

I hope that by sharing what I have learned, experienced, and created I can help YOU see the ROSES among the BRIARS

My Logo Explained

If you look closely, you will see I intentionally included Thorns in the stems. Motherhood can sometimes hurt a bit. Sometimes ALOT. But it leads to something beautiful. You can’t have a ROSE without the THORNS

Get in Touch With Me!

IKEA DUKTIG Play Kitchen Makeover Tutorial

IKEA DUKTIG Play Kitchen Makeover Tutorial

Chances are you have stumbled across a play kitchen makeover on Pinterest or Instagram featuring the ever popular DUKTIG set from IKEA. The IKEA Duktig play kitchen is such a cute little kitchen, even right out of the box. The best part about it is just how...

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Hey There!

I’m Amy, the mom behind the scenes. I’m glad you are here!

The Briar Patch is a place for Moms; to help them navigate the tangled messes of Motherhood. With inspiration and tips on cooking, home life, organization, hobbies, and all things mom and child related.

Thanks for stopping by,

Briar Patch: meaning

A Briar Patch is a dense, tangled patch of thorny flowering plants. Or in other words: the perfect analogy for Motherhood. Sometimes it seems like you will never make it out of the tangles and hurdles of it unscathed. But when you pause and look back on it. You see the beauty; the flowers, that were there all along.

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