Creative Life

This sub-blog is all about living a creative life. Topics include art, planners, home, life, interior design, and family.

Post-Birth: Retained Placenta and an Ambulance Ride

April 19, 2020, 10:47 p.m.


If you're just starting here, stop and go read my birth story! This blog post details the post-birth experience of my second child.


For anyone who is unfamiliar with labor, birth doesn't really end after the baby is born. You need to birth the placenta as well. The placenta is a large temporary organ that grows with the baby and manages the baby's nutrition and hormones. If the placenta isn't delivered shortly after birth, the uterus is not able to contract back down to size, leaving a massive wound which can cause hemorrhaging, a very serious ...

Birth Story: Unmedicated Delivery at a Birthing Center

April 18, 2020, 6:46 p.m.


If you are at all familiar with my life story, you'll know that the birth of my firstborn son completely broke me. It was a difficult pregnancy, followed by a traumatic labor, and I was ultimately awarded with a fussy and completely restless baby. I honestly felt like I lost a year of my life between postpartum depression and all the major life changes happening at the time. I would love to revisit that story now that I have some perspective and feel like myself again, however that is unlikely to happen anytime soon, so feel free to check ...

The Missing Introduction Post: Who is N. Elizabeth?

Sept. 22, 2019, 10:39 a.m.



It's a pleasure to finally meet you!

When I started my blog back in 2016, I spent a lot of time wondering what to write for my first post. For a lot of bloggers, the first post is an introduction, letting readers know who they are, a little about themselves, and the type of content to expect. I found this way too intimidating, not to mention unnecessary, so I decided to skip it all together and simply began posting helpful content.

Almost 4 years later, 6000+ subscribers to my YouTube channel, and 100+ unique users per day on ...

The NEW Best Free Photoshop Alternative for Beginners

July 22, 2019, 12:56 p.m.


Adobe Photoshop is arguably one of the best programs for artists, designers, and photographers to have in their collection. The capabilities of the program are mind-boggling; it has features for everything from digital painting, to template creation, to photo manipulation. Although there is a bit of a learning curve for beginners, once familiar the program becomes intuitive to use.

I have been using Photoshop regularly since the middle of highschool, around 10 years ago. (Anyone starting to feel old?) ...and while I don't consider myself an *expert*, I do consider myself highly experienced in the software and qualified in ...

6 of the Best Websites for Planner Sticker Clipart

July 9, 2019, 6:42 a.m.


Most of my subscribers on this website and YouTube channel are interested in learning how to make planner stickers to sell on Etsy. I covered the topic in great detail in my previous blog series; however one of the main questions I still receive is where exactly shop owners should go to find clipart and graphics for sticker kits.

In a previous article, I explained the different types of places that you can go to get images for your designs. However, in this article, I am going to share 6 websites that I find to be excellent resources for finding ...

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My name is Nicole and I am a software developer, artist, and mother. I create things to help you get organized and stay inspired.

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