A Peek Into This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly post giving you a peek into this past week and what’s happening at our house.

Kierstyn turned 3 last week!! And she brings so much joy to our lives!

It was a big year for Kierstyn: she became a big sister to Micah, she officially became a big sister to David at his adoption, she finished preschool and started PreK, she passed a few levels in swimming lessons, she got potty-trained, she got to go on a trip to PA with just Micah and Mom & Dad, and she learned how to start the laundry.

Sweet girl, you are such a gift to our lives. Your antics keep us laughing, your smiles and little voice bring so much delight to us, and the way you always want to work with me and watch out for your little brothers is such a help!

Your first three years have had many unexpected twists and turns — from saying goodbye to C, welcoming David, and then becoming a big sister to Micah. And you’ve shown so much character at such a young age. Your compassionate spirit for those who are vulnerable is fierce and I can’t help but wonder what God is preparing you for in the future with the story He is writing in your young life.

You bring incredible joy to our lives and to all the teens and adults and other kids who know you. You call everyone your “best friend” or “sister” or “brother” and I hope you never lose that big heart… and that ultimately the love you have for others comes from knowing how lavishly you are loved by your Heavenly Father.

We love you, Kierstyn Michaela Paine!

Jesse gave her a fitness set for her birthday. See her demonstrating it here.

I got to interview Laura Tremaine for an upcoming podcast episode on friendship. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

I flew to FamilyLife in Orlando to record interviews for an upcoming radio show.

It was my first time using a Mamava pod at the airport and I’m a huge fan now. (Check out their free app if you are a nursing or breastfeeding mom!)

Kierstyn and I are loving our almost-daily tea time and preschool time!

Kathrynne and I went to a fundraiser for the local nonprofit that I’m currently the board chair of.

It was such a beautiful evening and beautiful event!

And then we went camping on Friday night and Saturday night with some families from our community group. We rented an RV instead of sleeping in tents and that made it such a fun experience!

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10 Tasty Potluck Ideas And Recipes For Your Next Party

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Best Potluck Recipes

Are you hosting a dinner and looking for potluck ideas and recipes?

Potlucks are when everyone who is invited brings a dish to share, and you can host a potluck breakfast, brunch, dinner and more.

Sometimes there is a theme for the potluck, or you can bring whatever you want. The idea of ​​a potluck is for everyone to get involved in the cooking and planning part of the meal.

I love potlucks – they are such a fun way to get together and eat with friends and family. One of my favorite things about them is that you can try delicious recipes that you may not have tried. Then you can even share the recipes with your guests.

Another great thing is that potlucks make it much easier on the host. You don’t have to spend the entire day in the kitchen cooking, and you save money because you haven’t bought all of the food.

Potlucks are great any time of the year too. It’s an easy way to host a holiday party, picnic, graduation party, BBQ, birthday party, board game night, and so on.

Or, you can always host a potluck simply because you want to get together with your friends and family.

No matter the reason, there are so many delicious and easy potluck ideas and recipes, and I’m excited to share some with you today.

Here are some of the potluck recipes I’m most excited to try:

  • Pull-Apart Sliders – This recipe has a buttery, garlicky topping, and you can easily make these vegetarian sliders. These would be great for a birthday party or game night.
  • Three Cheese Pasta Salad – If you are looking for an easy recipe that’s great for BBQs, block parties, picnics, this pasta salad looks great. It’s very simple, and you can put the recipe together in less than 20 minutes.
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip – Because I love spicy food, this is one of my favorite dips to eat. This recipe calls for canned chicken, which makes this recipe take less than 10 minutes to put together before you bake. And it only takes five ingredients.
  • Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad – If you are looking for a potluck dessert that everyone will love, this strawberry shortcake fluff salad is it, and it definitely isn’t a salad – haha! This salad has marshmallows, pound cake, whipped topping, and fresh strawberries.

Because we split our time between a sailboat and a tiny house, we don’t often host potlucks, but I love being invited to them.

With this list of potluck ideas and recipes you will be ready the next time you’re invited to one!

Today’s article contains ten of the tastiest, crowd-pleasing potluck ideas and recipes. Enjoy!

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How To Become A Medical Writer And Make $100,000 Each Year

Looking to learn how to become a medical writer? Here’s how you can find freelance medical writing jobs and work from home.

Today, I have a great interview about how to become a medical writer with Austin Ulrich.How To Become A Medical Writer

Austin started his freelance medical writing business in 2019 and grew it on the side for over 3 years. He eventually quit his job as a pharmacist and now works full-time as a medical writer.

He currently earns around $200,000 each year as a freelance medical writer.

Austin is also a blogger. On his blog austinulrich.com, he writes about creating freedom and time by earning and keeping more income. 

Today’s interview answers questions such as:

  • What is medical writing?
  • What is a freelance medical writer?
  • Who hires medical writers?
  • How much can you earn as a medical writer?
  • Do I need a medical degree to become a medical writer?

Today’s interview will help you get started and perhaps even introduce you to a new way to make money from home.

Related content on how to become a medical writer:

How To Become A Medical Writer


1. Please give us a little background on yourself and what led you to become a medical writer.

If you had told me 5 years ago that I’d be running my own business as a professional writer, I never would have believed you. I was busy finishing up pharmacy school and focusing on what would come next for me – 2 years of residency and a lifelong career as a pharmacist. 

But through a series of life events and experiences, I got into freelance medical writing and last year made about double the income I would make working as a full-time pharmacist.

I had no idea that medical writing existed until early 2019 when I was looking up ways to make more money online. I tried lots of different things, from online tutoring to transcription services and even teaching piano lessons, but nothing stuck.

But when I learned about medical writing, I knew that it was something I could go for and have a good chance of success. I’ve always been sort of a grammar nerd, and as I look back, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback throughout my years of school that my writing was pretty good.

After learning a lot about the profession, I set up a simple website (screenshot below) and launched my freelance medical writing business, Ulrich Medical Writing, LLC in July 2019.

Next came the hard part – finding clients and building a steady stream of income. And I was the primary breadwinner for our family of 4 (at the time, now it’s 6 – wife + 4 kids!), so I couldn’t take as much risk as if I were going solo. It had to be built steadily over time.

It took several years to build up my side hustle (with many 60+ hour weeks) until I had a solid history of consistent income.

I quit my job as a

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