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Hi! I’m Brenda, owner and CEO of Paper Heart Family.

I’m a mom of two girls and a teacher and live with my husband and two children in Pennsylvania. I teach middle school Spanish and K-12 English Learners. I have a Master’s degree in Spanish Language Education from Nova Southeastern University.

I started my website because I found that I NEEDED a creative outlet after having kids and because I love sharing my motherhood experience and kid activities.

I breastfed my babies for a total of 55 months (wow!), even though both had a milk protein intolerance. It was so hard for me to find the information that I needed to navigate dealing with this, so I started writing about my experience.

I also find the Internet to sometimes get overzealous with elaborate activities for kids. I was inspired to make simple, easy-to-implement activities for busy, tired moms.

When I’m not spending time with my kids or working, I enjoy reading, listening to true crime podcasts, woodworking and singing.

I’m so glad you’re here!


Hi! I’m Allie Groen, writer for Paper Heart Family.

I am in the thick of raising kids with a 5 year old, 3 year old and 4 month old. My husband and I currently live in Arizona where he is attending dental school.

I almost completed my elementary education undergrad at Brigham Young University before having my first daughter. When she arrived I realized I couldn’t student teach and be the mom I wanted to be. I quickly switched majors to human development: family science and finished my degree mostly online. I’m grateful for the background knowledge I have from both majors! The information has helped me so much in my mothering journey.

WhenI’m not running around “momming”, I love to do calligraphy and watercolor. If I have more spare time, you can find me playing the piano or singing.

I hope as I share my thoughts in these articles, you will also find meaningful ideas and they will be a source of hope for you in your parenting journey as well! I love to write (especially about motherhood) and I’m so happy to be a part of Paper Heart Family!


Hello! I’m Nakia Pullen, contributing writer for Paper Heart Family. I am happy to call myself the wife of a wonderful husband and mom to an amazing boy! I have been homeschooling my son since kindergarten and feel grateful for the opportunity to see him grow and flourish.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Oregon State University.

As a subscriber and reader of the Paper Heart Family website, I always appreciate that reading these articles feels like chatting with a fellow parent friend. As a contributor, I hope to uphold that same standard and be able to reach parents and share some compassion, ideas and laughs!

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music of almost any genre and podcasts about the 90’s, reading, and taking walks with my family. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Hi! I’m Ashley Olsen, contributing writer for Paper Heart Family.

I’m a mom to one funny little boy and spend my days as a Literacy Coach in an amazing K-5 Elementary school in Oregon.

I have my Master’s degree in Education with an endorsement in reading instruction.

I feel so lucky to be able to write for this amazing community of mamas and love being able to share my ideas and experiences on this crazy journey we call motherhood.

Along with teaching and writing, I love reading, good food, hiking, kayaking and being outside.

I’m so glad to be here!

P.S. If you would like to contact me, please email me at [email protected].

You can also follow me on Pinterest.

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