About Mama

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I am a mom in my 30s who has taken on the adventure of being a stay at home mom to my incredible son, born in June 2010, and my sweet girl, born in May 2012. I’m a driven, task oriented, former business world professional… and more recently special education teacher… who was laid off at the end of my pregnancy. Though it seemed frightening at the time, getting laid off has illuminated itself as a major blessing in disguise as I am now finding my way through what has turned out to be the ultimate career for me: mothering and writing.

Mom and baby in strawberry patch

mom and daughter

I’m dedicating this blog to examining the experience of being a full time mom, my attempts to incorporate natural parenting, and a green and healthy lifestyle into our days, and to exploring this stay at home world with my son and daughter… a world that I thought I knew and understood, but now realize is a layered, fascinating, and blurred experience which I wade through in this new life of mine.

mom and baby by pool

toddler and baby reading

If you would like to learn even more about me, feel free to check out Featured Blogger: Charise Rohm Nulsen on Natural Parents Network or this interview from when I was featured as Instinctual Mamas’ 1st Instinctual Mama Blogger of the Month in March 2011 or this feature where Julia of A Little Bit of All of It wrote about me in her Reader Spotlight.


My family = my greatest accomplishment!

family at first birthday party

mama kiss

You can also find me featured elsewhere such as Natural Parents Network where I am a regularly contributing author and linked up with Healthy Child, Healthy World as I share what I learn about green living.

mom holds drooling baby

Please contact me anytime with comments, feedback, or questions by using the “Contact Me” button on the left of your screen. You can also email me directly at ithoughtiknewmama (at) gmail (dot) com. The I Thought I Knew Mama Media Kit is available upon request.

snowshoeing with baby

I love being active outdoors!

Baby on a blog

The Star of Mommy's Blog welcomes you!


I enjoy hiking and babywearing.


I'm a breastfeeding mama!

Cloth Diapers

My little model shows you that we're a cloth diapering family.

Husband and baby

I have the best husband in the world!

baby holds healthy child healthy world book

Green and healthy living is very important to us.

baby bath

This guy just melts my heart.

baby hugs mom on beach

I think there is nothing more heavenly than getting big hugs from Baby!

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1 Mary February 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

Hi there, I found your blog through our LinkedIn group. I am a fan already. Great writing and as a Mom of two boys I totally get how these little creatures crawl into your heart and change you forever. :-) Look forward to reading more and following you as well. Also, your blog layout and features are awesome. I am still learning how to get my blog noticed so it helps to meet new bloggers. Have a great weekend.
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2 I Thought I Knew Mama February 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Thank you so much for all of the sweet compliments, Mary! I really appreciate it! I’m going to have to explore our LinkedIn group some more. It seems like a great resource. Have a wonderful weekend!


3 Momma Jorje April 25, 2011 at 2:21 am

I love the bib!

I’m working on my May Carnival of Natural Parenting submission tonight and will be linking you for all of your awesome outdoor photos with your son! I had to dig through a few NPN WW links to find you again. I need to subscribe! :-)
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4 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama April 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Thank you, Jorje! As you might guess, I’m really looking forward to May’s carnival topic :-) Can’t wait to read your carnival post! <3


5 Zack Stieber November 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm


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6 career November 29, 2011 at 1:49 am

Awesome looking website. I recently built mine and I was looking for some ideas for my site and you gave me a few. May I ask you whether you developed the website by yourself?


7 Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama November 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

Thank you. Yes, I did.


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