Hi, my name is Julia. You could say that I am the main creative and writing force behind TheQuietGrove.com, a family travel and lifestyle site that was created for Families with the aim to provide Moms (& Dads) with quality tips, inspiration and more to help them embrace life to its fullest and to take joy in their journey.
A little about me. I have been told that I was a busy child. I was walking and talking by the time I was 6 months old. By the time I was 6 years old I had helped wash my dad’s brand new car with deodorant, stuck green jello jigglers to our kitchen’s vaulted ceiling, and tried to rescue our pet hamster by giving it mouth to mouth…with a bicycle pump.
I never fully gained an appreciation of my mother and all I put her through until I was grown and had three crazy awesome kids of my own. Being a mom isn’t easy. Especially in today’s world. However, it can be wonderful too.
Every day is a new adventure with my husband and kids as well as an opportunity. I believe in embracing life to its fullest and celebrating all life’s precious moments. If you aren’t having fun you aren’t doing right.
In early 2016 my husband and I decided to sell our home and almost all of our belongings to travel the world with our children. Bringing with us only what would fit into a handful of bags. We have embraced the life of the technomad. Working online as we travel the world. Exposing our children to the richness and beauty to be found in the history, art, food, and culture of whatever place we visit.
My children are all still young (aged 2,4 &6 ). As you can imagine, they can be quite the handful (especially the youngest) but that hasn’t stopped us from embracing full-time travel life. (Though we do plan on settling down again….someday with a new home of our own). In addition to traveling and experiencing the wonders of the modern world, some of some of our favorite things to do together are read books (we are big on books in our family), do creative crafts, enjoy fun activities, and experiment with science projects. My children are also big on going to parks, museums, and trying new things.
I believe that education opens the world to you and sets you free (Especially if you want to travel extensively as we do). However, the path of education is different for everyone. Though I homeschool my children and believe that anyone can successfully homeschool their children, I acknowledge that this path isn’t right for everyone.
I take my roles as a homemaker very seriously. Even though we don’t currently have a house of our own, I still try to create a home wherever we are at. One aspect of this important role is cooking. Thankfully I love to cook and bake for my friends and family. I feel as if it is an expression of my love for them. Cooking is both a science and an art that I am always working on development more. Whether it is experimenting with recipes that are old family favorites, trying out recipes I find on-line (which is how we find many new family favorites) or creating my own.
Thanks to the encouragement of my husband In addition to this blog, I also run a successful Etsy shop. At The Quiet Grove Designs Etsy shop, you can purchase party printables, digital art prints, announcements, invitations and more… that I have had so much fun creating. Check out my Store HERE!