Blogger Profile: Nina Spears, The Baby Chick, takes us from pre-motherhood, through birth and postpartum, to parenting, asking the questions all parents ask, and getting the answers to help make the family-growing journey smoother and easier to enjoy, while offering fun advice and classic imagery of lifestyle designs for décor, DIY crafting, parties, recipes and personal style.
Fun fact: Nina’s inspiration comes from six years of experience as a family baby planner, and personally assisting over 200 mothers throughout their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.
Blogger Profile: Whitney Moss and Heather Flett, experienced moms and published authors, offer their expertise to new moms and moms-to-be, starting from birth and going through preschool, with inspiring and informative articles on everything from activities that can be done with a child under two, to throwing post-pregnancy parties.
Fun fact: In 2008, Whitney and Heather co-authored their first book, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook: 250 Activities to Do with (and Without!) Your Baby, sold on Amazon.
The Military Wife and Mom
Blogger Profile: Military wife and mom, Lauren, has created a comprehensive collection of resources for both parents and military wives alike, with tools to help create a peaceful home, have connected relationships with kids, conquer deployment, build a rock-solid military marriage, and anything needed to help parents or military spouses achieve their family goals.
Fun fact: Lauren currently lives overseas with her active-duty, Marine husband and their two kids, ages 2 and 4, in Okinawa, Japan.
Family Focus Blog
Blogger Profile: Scarlet, an Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology major, now stay-at-home-mom of two, is creating a place where parents can find any possible parenting resource they are looking for, with valuable contributions from an impressive community of stay-at-home parents, not just moms, who have varying backgrounds and interests from which they share their knowledge.
Fun fact: Scarlet’s blog currently has over 160,000 fans across all major social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.
Blogger Profile: Lisa Bedford, original survival mom and homeschooling mother of two, draws from her former experience in classroom teaching, event planning, sales and training, to help moms worry less and enjoy their homes and families more, sharing vital information she is learning on her journey to becoming more prepared to handle everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios.
Fun fact: As a super-newbie blogger, Lisa launched her blog in 2009, and it is now helping and entertaining more than 220,000 visitors each month.
Blogger Profile: The MomsRising Team, hailing from all 50 states, is unified by a mission of increasing family economic security, decreasing discrimination, and building a nation where both businesses and families can thrive, inviting mom supporters to take action and be heard on campaigns promoting everything from maternal justice, to healthy kids, gun safety, workplace justice, and more.
Fun fact: MomsRising started as a handful of women, and through word of mouth, became hundreds, then thousands, and now is more than a million members strong and growing.
No parent should have to worry that if they tend to their child’s health needs, they won’t be able to afford groceries that week.
Blogger Profile: Elisa and Tanya are not only cousins, but traveling companions. This duo travels the world and documents their adventure along the way. They also write personal and honest reviews from the places they have traveled making sure to include reviews of vegan/vegetarian and all restaurants and popular tourist attractions they visit.
Fun fact: Through their many journeys, Elisa and Tanya have compiled a growing list of hundreds of “Vegan Approved” and “Travelin’ Cousins’ Favorites” for which they give their seal of approval, which can be seen displayed more and more on storefront establishments and websites worldwide.
Blogger Profile: Scary Mommy is a community of millions of parents from all over the world, who have been brought together by a common theme: that parenting doesn’t have to be perfect, offering carefully selected, helpful community content to answer popular questions on subjects such as pregnancy, kids, better living, and trending social issues related to parenthood.
Fun fact: Scary Mommy was started by Jill Smokler as an innocent online baby book to chronicle her stay-at-home-mom experience, and was acquired and enhanced by Vinit Bharara of the media company, Some Spider.
Blogger Profile: Leah Segedie, food activist, social media consultant, and mom, shares her post-pregnancy story of losing over 100 pounds through exercise and healthy eating, creating a community of mom contributors who have helped Mamavation members lose over 3500 pounds combined, by giving proven advice on food, and health, and sharing actions anyone can take to inspire a healthier food industry.
Fun fact: Leah has been referenced and awarded in hundreds of blogs and publications, and she was given the title of “Mom of the Year” by Shape Magazine for sharing her accomplishments.
There’s something about being a mother that boosts that womanly intuition we all have. That mama-bear protective mode that we go into when we are worried about the health and safety of our children.
Blogger Profile: Linda’s NICU journey began in September 2001, when her son Collin was born. She created this blog not only to share the challenges she and her family faces, but also to provide a resource for other NICU moms.
Fun fact: Linda is happily married and is a stay at home mom. She enjoys sharing poetry and articles that speak to her regarding the NICU and having a special needs child.
Typically, the severity of the prematurity has a great impact on the medical and developmental complications premature babies face. While some early births result in perfectly developed infants with few or no complications, many premature babies are challenged with numerous health concerns due to the lack of time in the womb.
Another Ordinary Day
Blogger Profile: Amie currently resides in Texas with her husband and son, JJ. She created a blog to document motherhood, her faith, and content related to family lifestyle.
Fun fact: Amie is a Youth Pastor and a Scout Mom. Her favorite pastimes include; baking, photography, and traveling. Amie is a self-proclaimed master artist at doodling.
I am thankful for my faith. If I wasn’t as strong in my faith as I am, I would probably have turned my back on God. Hours and hours of praying and seemingly getting nowhere. If I wasn’t in my church (which I’ve only been there about 3 years), I wouldn’t have Godly people in my life to help me process.
Verena’s schöne Welt
Blogger Profile: Verena, a Cosmetologist and Makeup Artist, founded her blog in February 2010. On her blog you will read about her passion for cosmetology as well as about traveling, recipes, and lifestyle.
Fun fact: Verena resides with her husband and three kids in Germany. She has a strong passion for photography and baking in the kitchen. When not busy at home, you can find her traveling the world with her family.
Apply Foundation on the eyelid and spread it evenly. Then put some loose powder on it. Now, it´s easier to apply a powder eyeshadow and it will last longer! If you use a powder after applying the Foundation. I recommend you a Transparent loose powder. The powder in conjunction with the Make up looks even and natural.
Blogger Profile: Chaton is a lawyer embracing motherhood with her family in Pittsburgh. Very passionate about writing, Chaton created her blog to share her writing with the world and uses it to share her views on current events to how she handles the trials of motherhood.
Fun fact: Chaton is originally from Rochester, New York, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Some noteworthy achievements include auditioning for “The Apprentice” and running successful campaigns for the Dial Corporation.
The other baby calming tip that I swear by is swaddling. Swaddling our daughter whenever she was supposed to sleep made her sleep four hours at a time fairly early. If you were used to getting eight hours asleep before you gave birth four hour might sound meager.
The Attic Girl
Blogger Profile: Shelly is a former third grade teacher and is now a stay at home mom. She is a self-proclaimed book junkie who created this blog to feed her book habit, but has transformed it into a lifestyle blog.
Fun fact: Shelly currently resides in Pennsylvania and thrives on sharing her life with others. She a Disney fan, a movie geek, and is addicted to all things Jane Austen.
Her first birthday was bittersweet. Not only were we celebrating this beautiful rainbow baby’s first year of life, but I was also remembering my little angel who we lost two years ago. My angel would be 18 months old. I can’t put to words exactly how this milestone felt; a mix of joy and unbelievable waves of sadness all at once.
The Glam Mom
Blogger Profile: Michelle is a mom of three currently residing in Chicago. She made the decision to create The Glam Mom as an outlet for four of her main passions: family, makeup, hair, and clothes. The blog also serves as a platform to review her latest beauty product finds.
Fun fact: Michelle has been a YouTuber since 2008 and includes these videos throughout her blog. She is also now building up her photography portfolio.
He is a really empathetic child, and when he heard that there are sick kids who look for gowns like the ones he was modeling as a little bit of happiness for them during their hospital stay, he straightened out. He’s really the best kid.
Views and More
Blogger Profile: Cynthia Nicoletti calls Staten Island, New York home. As a lifestyle blogger, Cynthia enjoys writing about topics from family, to pets, to food. Her blog also features a Product & Company Reviewer section, where she features businesses located in Staten Island.
Fun fact: Views and More has a vast number of resources for freebies and giveaways. Readers can also learn tips and tricks about blogging, as well as DIY’s to transform their home into a cozy and comfortable space.
Writing down appointments helps you remember them better, gives you an opportunity to step away from screens, lends itself to big-picture planning and organizing, and offers a myriad of personalization options. Moreover, putting pen to paper may help you stay calmer and more focused.
Blogger Profile: Lisa Ehrman created this blog as an outlet from the stresses of chronic illnesses that run through her family. This outlet for Lisa has allowed her to bring resources to moms of all ages, review products mothers will love, and to offer giveaways for said products.
Fun fact: Lisa is a retired music teacher and homeschool mom. She is also a Top 50 Blogger on GET BLOGGED for August 2018.
I think the most important step in planning a trip is to consider the budget. Moms and Dads should definitely decide together the budget allowed for a family trip. Be realistic and don’t do more than you can afford. Vacations shouldn’t add more stress to your life.
Toronto Teacher Mom
Blogger Profile: Diana is a French teacher, wife, and mother of two. She launched her blog in 2006 as a way to document her family’s adventures around the Greater Toronto Area and to review the latest and greatest in family-friendly products.
Fun fact: When not found teaching or blogging about her adventures, you can find Diana practicing yoga, Latin dancing, or indulging in chocolate. A lover of DIY and technology, Diana loves to create homemade greeting cards.
As much as I am so excited about going back to work and starting off a fresh new year, I am typically plagued with first day of school nightmares, the ones where I show up to work in my pyjamas or end up forgetting my schedule completely and showing up to class late. It’s amazing, though, how simply focusing on the breath, and “breathing into” those parts of my body that become tense due to stress, can really help.
Quirky Bohemian Mama
Blogger Profile: Hollie Black-Ramsey currently resides in Texas with her husband and two children. She is a self-proclaimed hedonistic cheapskate and wanted to bring her bohemian lifestyle to the masses, which brought her to creating this blog.
Fun fact: Hollie plays the character of Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen at the Texarkana Renaissance and she also enjoys thrift shopping, indulging in absurd art and humor, and munching on good eats.
Bohemians LOVE shopping at yard sales, flea markets, and charity shops because not only are the prices low, but vintage clothing and antiques are timeless and often times better quality than modern goods and hellooo- $0.25 paperbacks? Yes, please!
Happily Ever Rushed
Blogger Profile: Stephanie is a full time working mom of two adorable daughters. Her passion for her daughters and family moved her to create this blog to share life’s adventures and to share ideas to make mommy life easier for others.
Fun fact: Stephanie features giveaways and articles written by guest bloggers. Her blog has earned a spot on the “Top Mommy Approved Blogs” list.
We all get cranky in the summer heat. It’s human nature when we’re uncomfortable and feel like no reprieve is coming. Kids are only human, and so of course they experience all the same symptoms. But unlike us, they haven’t had a lifetime to cope and acclimatize.
Chatty Patty’s Place
Blogger Profile: Patricia currently resides in the NY metro area and created this blog as a way to share stories, recipes, mommy tips and more. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 28 years and is a mother to an adult son.
Fun fact: Patricia’s writings have been featured in several publications, including: Parade, Gooseberry Patch, and Great Poets of Our Time. Her blog features reviews and giveaways of the latest mom products.
Many mommies know that breast milk is best for baby. However, sometimes mommies cannot produce breast milk, or may not be available to feed their baby. Other mommies may prefer to bottle feed. Whichever is your situation, is your business. Some of the baby formulas on the market are filled with chemicals and toxins and ingredients that mommies do not want to give to baby. Luckily, there are alternatives that are available
3 Lil Ladies n Me
Blogger Profile: Tiffani is a full-time mama to three daughters. She is a strong advocate for Autism and works as a part-time Dermatology nurse. With the uniqueness of her family, love for crafts, and experiencing the trials of autism, Tiffani documents her journey and brings it to the masses.
Fun fact: Tiffani is passionate about photography and it shows throughout her blog. A mantra she likes to live by is “life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
Recently one of my 8 year olds lost a tooth and couldn’t wait for the tooth fairy. Needless to say this time she didn’t forget #momfail and left some sparkly money!! (sprayed with glitter… hint hint, wink wink). After seeing all this girly happiness my 4-year-old wanted to “be a big girl too”, she then got a visit from our tooth fairy and received a sparkly toothbrush!
Kids Creative Chaos
Blogger Profile: Lora Langston is an influencer who created her blog to bring resources to moms to take the chaos out of their everyday life with school aged kids. She also enjoys sharing life hacks with the world, making mom life a little bit easier.
Fun fact: KCC is a collaboration of moms sharing crafts, recipes, and musings on life. Free printables of activities, recipes, and homeschooling lessons are made available to readers. Lora has publications featured on Amazon.
We decided to get in on the Minecraft crafting fun with Marshmallows! These days marshmallows come in all different sizes and colors. We used the giant ones to build houses and walls. We painted “glued them together” with a dab of water and colored them with markers and paint. We have recipes for edible paint if you’d like to keep your Minecraft characters edible for toddlers.
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Blogger Profile: Fawnda (a resident of Minnesota) and Jeannine (a resident of Northern Indiana) are not only blog creators but have been best friends since childhood. They created this blog to share their insight on mommyhood and how to make life just a little bit easier.
Fun fact: Fawnda and Jeannine once pranked a friend by mailing him Fawnda’s dead fish, a secret they still keep sacred to this day. They went to the same college, but were never roommates for the sake of their friendship!
When redoing your outdoor space, make it work better for you and your family. I’ve talked about the importance of spending time in nature with your kids, and this is the perfect way to spend quality time as a family in the outdoors–without leaving your backyard. Create a kid-friendly space with easy, inexpensive outdoor activities for those hot summer months.
Mommy’s Block Party
Blogger Profile: Ondria Witt founded this blog in 2011 after becoming a mom. A coffee addict who enjoys pilates and a wide range of music, Ondria created this blog as a resource for moms to find honest reviews on products, family friendly recipes, and all things that make for a happy home life.
Fun fact: Several contributors from moms, educators, business owners and travelers make up the blog. Mommy’s Block Party hosts giveaways on the latest products that create for a fulfilling home life.
Conversation Pieces offers absolutely chic pieces at affordable prices. Seriously- I could shop CPcs on a regular basis and not go broke, if I can control myself! Every piece available on their website is gorgeous, comfy, and on trend. Trust me- you’re not going to wind up purchasing something that you’ll find on the local store’s racks, here!
Blogger Profile: Shay spends her days taking care of the home and teaching her kiddos. She is a mother to seven beautiful children. In her blog, Shay shares her views on large family living, homeschooling, and her family adventures.
Fun fact: Shay is a proud geek and is passionate about all things sci-fi/fantasy and dabbles in D&D when her adventuring group can get together. Wonderfully Chaotic has been featured in the Top 300 Mom Blogs by Test Facts.
My dear overwhelmed mom, you are not alone. This season of motherhood is just that – a season – and we’ve ALL been there at one time or another. Be it a newborn baby, a difficult age, a trying time in your relationship, or a phase that’s just not fun…it will pass. And if you don’t have it all together right now, that’s okay.
Blogger Profile: Tola, a mother of two, created this blog as a way to share her everyday experiences of being a mom and wife. She uses her blog as a safe space for young African moms to seek answers to dealing with life’s issues while still maintaining time for friendships.
Fun fact: Tola currently resides in Dallas, Texas and has received a spot on the Top Mommy Approved Blogs list. The rawness of her articles keeps readers coming back for more.
I am not sure as the kids get older feeling guilty about certain choices will become easier, but I do hope I will feel more comfortable making certain choices and having to miss out on certain things.
Girly Girl Giveaways
Blogger Profile: Monica took over Girly Girl in 2011. She loves learning about new products to share on the blog and offering honest reviews and hosting giveaways for her readers to have a chance to try out these products for free!
Fun fact: Monica currently resides in California with her family and fur babies, and contributes to other blogs around the web. When not blog writing, you can find Monica cooking, reading, ghost hunting and traveling.
Chew Proof It! Anti-Chew Spray is safe to spray on pretty much anything you want to keep your pup from destroying with his teeth. It is even safe to use on household plants and vegetation. I have even found it keeps the bunnies from eating up my garden if I spray it along the border. The strong pepper smell keeps them away. Double YAY!
Blogger Profile: San King has a passion for photography and documenting her home life. Through her blog posts, San gives readers a glimpse into her life, including beautiful photography, DIY’s, and honest reviews.
Fun fact: San is a mother to two beautiful boys. She is a self-described “hobbyist photographer, graphic designer, traveller and wardrobe stuffer.”
I am a true believer of letting kids be kids. Lots of undirected, free play. I let the boys free play probably way too much. We free play in the morning, afternoon, night and even in the bath. Basically these boys just play!
A Boy and His Mom
Blogger Profile: Cathy has been through a lot in her life and is embracing single motherhood. Being the mother to a beautiful boy, Cathy created this blog as a way to focus on the finer things in life and how to stay positive through difficult situations.
Fun fact: DIY’s, Recipes, and Personal Fitness are just some of the topics that Cathy includes within her blog. Not to mention the personal and real reviews given on mommy products.
Most people that know me, know that I am not one to talk a lot about my personal and political beliefs on social media. I believe what I believe and am very rarely swayed from that. However, being not only a woman, but a single parent doing it on her own, this is a campaign that I support fully and believe we should all know more about. And that is supporting pay equity for midwives.
A Single Christian Mom’s Advice on Making Life Easier
Blogger Profile: Chere is a single Christian mom to a beautiful daughter. This blog was created a few years ago when Chere became a single mom and wanted to share her life experiences with other mothers. She encourages other single mothers to thrive with God as their partner.
Fun fact: Her true passions include: crafting, hosting parties, and adventure. Chere has been a “Featured Blogger” by Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine and earned a spot on the “Top 15 Single Mom Blogs” list from Earnest Parenting.
Being interested is more than just being present, it is being curious about their very essence. It is asking questions, digging below the surface, and developing a bond with the person they are evolving into as they grow through childhood. It’s easy to get caught up into routine and have the same stale conversation day in and day out. When this happens we miss out on discovering who our child really is.
A Striving Parent
Blogger Profile: Shannon, a mother to a 5 and 3 year old, created her blog to document her fight against racism within the context of her family. The blog is meant to be inclusive for all parents and people interested in issues around racial and social justice.
Fun fact: Shannon’s work has been featured in major publications, such as; The Huffington Post, She Knows, and BlogHer. The success of her blog has gained her a spot on the “Top 50 Mommy Blogger” list from Thoroughly Reviewed.
Research shows that children notice racial differences as early as infanthood. We also know that not speaking about race with young children does more harm than good. We live in a culture rooted in white supremacy, so when kids are left to make sense of race by themselves, they often develop biases their own parents may not share.
Blogger Profile: Jessica, a proud Peruvian, is a mother to a handsome son and married to a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. She is also a Spanish professor! This blog was created as a way for Jessica to share her family’s adoption journey and to share with the world that there are children from Peru who need a family.
Fun fact: Jessica’s blog has been recognized with winning the “Top 100 Adoption Blogs on the Planet” award. Being a military family, Jessica lays out the process for other military families who are interested in adopting.
Why would I think that they will ever meet their own deadlines in approvals? That’s my fault, I know how we Peruvians are. We have never been on time or early for anything. That’s just how we roll people! If it wasn’t that I married into the military where, apparently, it is frown upon to be late to anything; I would still be the “2 hours late” girl.
All About Boog
Blogger Profile: Amanda is mom to an amazing boy nicknamed Boog, who is on the Autism spectrum. This blog was created as a place for Amanda to share her personal experiences and information regarding Autism, like therapies, nutrients, and language delays.
Fun fact: A self-proclaimed coffee lover, Amanda has been featured on Parent Magazine’s website and in “Letter to My Baby.” The success of this blog has been recognized as it ranked in the top 10 of the “Special Needs” category on Top Mommy Blogs.
If your little trick or treater insists on a costume that includes a piece they will not wear, you can make up for the missing piece with a little creativity. I’ve found that parents of special needs children are strong when it comes to being creative. We can stop a meltdown with three toothpicks, a gum wrapper and some hand sanitizer. We’re basically MacGuyver.
And What A Mom!
Blogger Profile: Celeste currently resides in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 2. She is determined to be the best mom she can be and shares her achievements and downfalls through her blog.
Fun fact: Celeste has been featured in US Weekly, Good Morning America, and boredpanda, just to name a few. She created The Ultimate Mom Challenge on her blog for moms to reflect, learn more about themselves, and to ultimately grow.
Now evenings are straight up power struggles where no person is safe. My husband, me, and two little terrors battle each night in the family thunderdome. We’ve tried divide and conquer. They fight back, demanding the attention of the other parent. We’ve tried bribery. Books! Snuggles! Time in mommy and daddy’s bed! All this could be yours if you finish your bedtime chores! They play us like fiddles.
Blogger Profile: Kristen, a mama to two littles, founded her blog in October of 2015. She works from home as a content creator and shop owner, and prior to that used to be a social worker and a freelance makeup artist.
Fun fact: Some of Kristen’s favorite things include; family, birthday cake, and game day foods. She has opened an online store to “shop the pieces” on her Instagram page, @shopbalancingpieces. “Community over competition” is one of her mantras.
Making sure to have a safe summer with my family is super important. Ensuring that my children learn how to swim at a young age is important, because I do not want them to fear the water. I began introducing my kids to the water as babies.
Bottom Left of the Mitten
Blogger Profile: Erin is a wife and mom proudly hailing from the great state of Michigan. With the belief that every day should be celebrated, Erin created a blog to share recipes, crafts, gifts, and more.
Fun fact: Erin’s blog has been featured on Top Mommy Blogs and she is a proud member of the Foodie Tribe. She can often be found indulging in craft beer.
In honor of the downward slide and creeping closer to the middle of 40, I figured I would treat myself to one of my favorite food groups-sandwiches. There is nothing better than a BIG sandwich that you can sink your teeth into and just enjoy. The best thing about sandwiches is that almost anything goes…
Coffee Chaos and Giggles
Blogger Profile: Danielle (aka Dani) created this blog as a place to connect with the world and discuss her passions. Some of those passions include: healthy eating, home décor, arts and crafts, and faith.
Fun fact: Dani’s raw, honest approach keeps readers coming back for more. Her blog has been featured on Top Mommy Blogs. And yes, Dani has a true relationship with coffee.
Most days, I find myself desperately searching for Bible verses about making it through trials and tribulations, keeping hope and searching for miracles. I’m starting to learn, during this season, that if I can somehow turn my thoughts of sadness, of fear and anxiety into gratefulness, that sleep will come a bit easier.
FROG Reviews and Ramblings
Blogger Profile: Sandy is mom to three beautiful children and Nana to six adorable grandchildren. The purpose of her blog is to give some insight on being a grandparent and to review the latest products out there for families. Sandy also shares her experience dealing with chronic illness and discusses the challenges it brings.
Fun fact: She recently quit smoking after 40+ years and has switched to vaping. In fact, she is now very active in the vaping community.
There are endless opportunities to teach your grandchild something new about your favorite subject (or theirs). You could spend time cooking together and discussing food science while taste-testing the foods. You could look at ideas for safe, at-home science experiments online. You might even consider this water conservation activity from PBS, which can be performed using simple supplies that you probably already have around the house.
From Meredith to Mommy
Blogger Profile: Meredith currently resides in Connecticut and is a mom to two little girls. Before becoming a stay at home mom, Meredith worked as a music teacher. She spent most of her “homemaker” time trying to figure out ways to be more organized and efficient and has brought that experience to her blog.
Fun fact: Meredith is a dance mom and homeschooling mom. Her writing has been featured in a couple of anthologies, including I Just Want to Pee Alone and My Other Ex.
We’ve recently read a few books about families traveling in covered wagons during the period of Westward Expansion, so the girls enjoyed brainstorming together about what they would pack in their wagon. Having to justify each and every addition made them really think about the care that went into packing and the tough decisions that would be made. And naturally, their favorite activity was making their story quilt.
Fun Learning Life
Blogger Profile: Carlee is a stay at home mom to three wonderful children and wife to an amazing husband. She loves to try new recipes, garden, and review products, and her blog was born out of those passions.
Fun fact: Carlee is a proclaimed true Florida Native and is a Graduate of the University of South Florida. She is a LeapFrog mom and an ambassador for PJMasks.
We got up as early as possible and drove while it was still dark out. Our kids were not quite awake, so they just laid back and relaxed. Be sure to also bring along a blanket or lovey to encourage naps along the way. Hopefully this way they wake up refreshed and in good moods.
Blogger Profile: Lyla created her lifestyle/travel blog as a way to share her challenges of being an on-the-go New York City mom to an eight year old daughter. She loves to share the latest information from kid-friendly attractions, to toys, to surviving mommyhood.
Fun fact: Lyla has worked in the travel public relations sector, so she knows a thing or two about a good vacation. Her blog has been featured on Top Mommy Blogs and she is a Travel Mamas Contributor.
I knew the kids would love the non-stop activities and I was hopeful the moms would have some time to relax. Lucky for us, I was right. Great Wolf makes things super easy with waterproof room key wristbands (yes, they also charge things to the room), plenty of luggage carts and an easy to navigate layout. The kids put on their complimentary wolf ears at check-in and we were ready for fun.
Gym Craft Laundry
Blogger Profile: Herchel resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband and two beautiful children. She loves writing about mom hacks, fitness, and crafts, and encourages other mommies that they can do it all. After working full time for over 20 years, Herchel quit the workforce to become a stay at home mom.
Fun fact: Herchel is passionate about lifting weights and makes time for it, at least five days a week. She and her husband nicknamed their kids Pork Chop and Pea.
Last Christmas, Pea got an Instax for Christmas. She absolutely loves documenting our adventures. I have one too because polaroids are fun! For a stress free car trip, whether you are going near or far, grab the cameras and let the kids document the adventure.
Have Twins First
Blogger Profile: Jeanne is a process engineer currently residing in Massachusetts with her twin girls, son, and loving husband. Blogging is Jeanne’s favorite pastime her blog is a collection of writings about her parenting experiences from infancy to preschool.
Fun fact: Jeanne grew up in Syracuse, New York, attended University of Rochester, and later received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Feeding a mixture of breast milk and formula from a bottle is complicated. The lactation consultant advised us to feed breast milk first so none of it goes to waste. This means that mid-feed there would be a break to make the switch to formula. This can be tough with one baby, but when you have two eating at the same time (and one eats faster than the other), it can get pretty tricky.
Healthy Moms Magazine
Blogger Profile: Casica Talbert created her blog as a resource for modern moms. On it, she shares her Catholic faith and conservative values on what’s impacting American families. The blog also features mom and authors writing about everything from positive parenting to fashion trends.
Fun fact: The blog ranked #1 Health Blog for Moms by RN Central. Healthy Moms offers free ebooks on health, fitness, and parenting.
As your muscles contract and your breath deepens during activity, the natural contractions of your intestinal muscles are stimulated, too, which helps to move food through your system. Exercise is also a well-known stress reducer, so it can help reduce digestive upsets that can occur in response to negative emotions.
Heart of the Mama
Blogger Profile: Ashley founded her blog in 2014 and is mother to four beautiful children. Writing is a passion of Ashley’s and she loves to connect with people through her writing. Her blog documents everything from motherhood, to the journey of a house reno, to health and beauty.
Fun fact: Ashley loves exploring photography and has been a family photographer for 7+ years. She is a proud coffee addict and loves to have a fresh cup in hand while traveling the aisles of Target.
When we designed our house, we intentionally built a space for a “homework spot.” We knew it was important to have a place for our children to sit and do their work without tons of distractions. We also knew it was important for them to have their supplies close by without having to get up 13 times to find the crayons, glue, scissors, ruler, tape, pencil sharpener, etc..
Blogger Profile: Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom and a freelance writer/blogger. She suffers from chronic illnesses, but doesn’t let it stop her from enjoying her life. Today, Jennifer if proud to have created a community for like-minded individuals to connect with one another.
Fun fact: Jennifer is a bead collector and has an addiction to notebooks. Writing is her passion, and she has been published in Imperfect Parent, What To Expect, and Growing Your Baby, just to name a few.
Make time for yourself, even if it’s only once a week for ten minutes at a time, at least its a start. Being around the kids 24/7 without any break can drive any parent up the wall. Hopefully you can catch some time for yourself after the little ones are slumbering away. Take that time to do something nice for yourself.
Crunchy on the Weekend
Blogger Profile: Dorian currently resides in Northern Colorado with her husband and two young daughters, and considers herself a “semi-crunchy” mama. The creation of this blog was a spur of the moment idea and turned into more than Dorian could ever expect.
Fun fact: Dorian resided in Oahu with her husband before having children. She has a true passion for writing and loves being able to write about her life and how to live the “crunchy” lifestyle–at least some of the time!
Co sleeping can actually help you sleep more. While you might think having a crying, screaming baby next to your face all night could be a problem when it comes to a good night’s sleep, you’re more likely to find yourself getting better rest when you aren’t having to wake up completely, walk to another room, and turn on a bunch of lights to tend to your child when he or she wakes up.
Blogger Profile: Catherine has been an avid Disney fan since the first time she ever step foot in that magical place. When it came time to share the magic with her kids, Catherine was hesitant to hire a travel agent. Once she found out how much a travel agent could help her save and how much easier it made planning, she decided to become one herself!
Fun fact: Catherine has been featured in Top Mommy Blogs and Healthy Moms Magazine. This blog not only features all things Disney, but Catherine shares DIYs, tips for motherhood, and how to budget.
The only thing I will say is that if you have small children, you may want to bring something along to entertain them. As excited as they are to see the dolphins, they’re wild, therefore they’re also unpredictable. There will be times where you will not see any, so this is where the History Lessons will come in.
Blogger Profile: Jeanne is a lawyer, artist, wife and mom to two beautiful daughters adopted from China. Doodle T is a way for Jeanne to share her journey of navigating through the busy life of parenting.
Fun fact: Jeanne has been mentioned in Top Mommy Blogs. Finding a bit of magic in everyday and celebrating the little things with her daughters gets this mommy through the day.
The School Rule is Any Type of Shoe. Any Color. Any Style. Ahh…some Creative Leeway. But Missy Miss is a Brands Kind of Kid…Sneakers with Labels. Converse. Stay Safe within the Pack. No Fashion Leaders. After all, this is Mid-School.
Blogger Profile: Amber resides in Ohio with her three children and keeps busy as a stay at home mom. An avid reviewer of anything and everything, Amber created Dragonfly Sweetnest to bring her thoughts to other moms. Through her blog, Amber shares reviews, giveaways, DIY advice, recipes, and more.
Fun fact: Amber claims to be a shopping addict and movie junkie. And if it’s free, Amber is there! She has been featured on Top Mommy Blogs and on the US Family Guide.
Our family spends a lot of time outdoors unless the weather is working against us. Sometimes it is storming, or way too hot to venture outside until evening when the sun starts to set. I love to encourage my kids to be active while at the same time limiting their screen time.
Blogger Profile: Erica recently moved to Alabama from San Antonio with her adorable family. Finding the finer things in mommyhood help is what drives Erica’s blog. Readers can find information on DIY, parenting, recipes, and more.
Fun fact: Erica was voted San Antonio Magazine Best of the City Blogger, and was featured on SA Live TV and Top Mommy Blogs.
The Husband and I have started our very first garden. Something that we have fallen in love with. We both love being able to grow our very own veggies, and have also been learning the do’s and don’ts or owning your own garden.
Fab Working Mom Life
Blogger Profile: Julie is an engineer and military wife, and just recently became a mom! Julie was born in the Ukraine, but grew up in California and currently resides in Texas. She created this lifestyle blog as a way to share her journey of parenting and working full time, while still being able to maintain her identity.
Fun fact: Julie is an avid reader and particularly loves the paranormal genre. Her push present was a getting a photo done with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki at the Supernatural convention, all while being 8 months pregnant.
It took me a long time to understand sensory and I didn’t realize my son was a sensory seeker until a doctor told me so. It explained why my son was always hands-on with people, was constantly squeezing his hand in the door, and other strange behaviors. I started focusing on activities to provide sensory input for my hyper child and that has helped us tremendously.
Highchairs and Heels
Blogger Profile: Erin currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and son. Her passion for writing led Erin to creating her blog, where she explains how you don’t have to completely change your life when you become a parent, and instead you can find ways to incorporate your kids into your normal life.
Fun fact: Before creating her blog, Erin was a contributor for an entertainment website and interviewed celebrities from The Band Perry to Lebron James to Drake. Erin and her husband enjoy exposing their children to the music scene and tow them along to festivals.
Music festivals are the perfect place for kids to soak in the culture, tunes and experiences they have to offer. But be prepared, be positive and don’t expect your kid to be perfect… There will be potty breaks in the middle of your favorite song, but there will also be memories made and a heck of an awesome weekend for the little one to tell their friends about.
His Inscriptions Blog
Blogger Profile: Deborah Perkins lives in New England with her husband and three beautiful children. She is very passionate about communicating God’s heart and building the Kingdom of God for all denominations. Deborah has extensive experience serving as a leader throughout different ministries.
Fun fact: Deborah is a graduate of Wellesley College. The success of her blog has been celebrated on Top Mommy Blogs and has received a spot on the Top 300 Mom Blogs list by Test Facts.
No one was more skeptical of the supernatural than I. Raised in a world governed by the intellect, I was trained from an early age to focus on learning and self-development while rejecting emotionalism and spiritual “fanaticism.” Truth was limited to what could be discerned through science or the five physical senses alone.
Ideas by Dalba
Blogger Profile: Dalba is a wife and mother of three. Very passionate about writing and saving money, Dalba created her blog to share her advice on motherhood and reviews on the latest home and family deals.
Fun fact: Dalba’s blog features giveaways on the trending products for the home and beauty. She recently became an entrepreneur and designed her own natural skin care line.
In first grade, students are developing their graphing skills. They’re learning how to record, organize, and show data. Of course, all of that can get a little dry. To spice it up, form your own Olympics committee and host The Olympic Games for Kids, right in your own backyard! Appoint your child statistician, and collecting data and showing the results on a graph will be serious fun. Let the games begin!
K-12 News Network
Blogger Profile: Cynthia Liu founded the K-12 News Network blog in 2011. On the blog, Cynthia and contributors cover education news and maintain a civic engagement platform. They primarily cover the California education realm in politics, with subgroups throughout the United States.
Fun fact: The success of the network has been shown through mentions in popular publications, such as The LA Times, PBS, and MomsLA, and has won a spot on the Top 25 Political Mom Blogs list posted by Circle of Moms.
The parents of Arminta have organized themselves to fight the co-location at their public school and were well prepared for the meeting. They pushed to find out how much work the CSD had put into verifying that Celerity actually had enough potential students to meet the need for additional co-located space but they were not given the information that they requested.
My New Heartbeat
Blogger Profile: Mother of three, Kathryn founded the blog as a way to share experiences from pregnancy through to elementary school. Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky.
Fun fact: Kathryn is the Deputy Editor of Lexington Family Magazine and the editor of Baby Bump Lexington, both Kentucky-based publications. Her blog includes all things from product reviews to child safety.
I always thought I was being a lazy mom when I let my kids play with our household trash. Paper towel rolls, tissue paper from packages, empty milk jugs — before items end up in the garbage can, they often end up in the playroom. It turns out I am not lazy. I am on the cutting edge of parenting.
Singlemom Mecheel by Mommy Mecheel
Blogger Profile: Mecheel Casenas is a full time single parent to one cute kiddo. Passionate about design and writing, Mecheel created this blog where she runs online contests and features giveaways for her readers.
Fun fact: The success of her blog has earned a spot on the Top 100 Single Mom Blog list. Mecheel enjoys creating videos and uploading them to her personal YouTube channel.
Having a social media involved kid had a Facebook FanPage and a YouTube Channel too. Being a mom blogger and an online contest hunter, I am fond of photo and video contests that require my child’s photo or video. With this, I am making sure that the company providing the contest details is legal and has the claim for all the submission of participants’ photo/video.
The Organized Dream
Blogger Profile: Kate created her blog about five years ago, and has maintained it ever since while also managing to work part time. She enjoys crafting and cooking, and shares both of these throughout her blog. Kate loves reviewing the latest lifestyle products and shares them on the blog as well.
Fun fact: Kate has been featured in DIY Lifestyle Magazine, Parade.com and The Sway. Kate thrives on being organized and has a passion for anything farmhouse. She describes herself as “one big ball of fun”!
You know your child, and you know when something isn’t quite right, so seek medical help and advice as soon as you’re worried they’re ill, in pain, or acting out of character. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so trust your instinct and act quickly if you’re concerned for the health of your child.
A Sampling Bee
Blogger Profile: Melissa has a loving husband and is mother to two beautiful boys. On A Sampling Bee, Melissa regularly shares product reviews on products ranging from snack cakes to popcorn to ice cream. Melissa is very passionate about writing on topics relating to lifestyle and sharing her family fun.
Fun fact: Melissa has a small farm of animals, including two pugs, two bunnies, fish, and hermit crabs. She is very passionate about arts and crafts, especially cross stitching. When she’s not blogging or spending time with family, you can find Melissa out antique shopping!
Wise Snacks Stadium Nacho Bravos Tortilla Chips taste just like the real thing! These tortilla chips are cheesy with a hint of jalapenos. The flavor will make you think that you are enjoying a big heaping pile of nachos at the ball park!
A Mama Tale
Blogger Profile: Brittany is mom to a beautiful daughter, Madeline. She is a teacher and enjoys blogging about her fairy tale dream come true of motherhood, including many parenting tips and tricks learned from experience.
Fun fact: Brittany has won the Top Parental Blog Award from BornCute.com and has also been featured on Top Mommy Blogs. She is the author of the book “From Dream to Dream Come True: My Journey to Motherhood.”
Maintaining regular sleeping with a newborn requires dedication. Try to keep your baby awake during the day, so that they will sleep more at night. Having dedicated times for light and stimulation and other times for darkness will allow more regularity. This will leave you feeling more well rested and physically healthy.
A Modern Mom’s Life
Blogger Profile: Jess is mother to two girls. Her blog primarily focuses on family life and how to survive as a busy mom. Jess enjoys writing about the fun her family experiences around town, her personal escapades in the acting realm, and also reviewing everyday products.
Fun fact: Jess is a pharmacy assistant by day, and at night you can find Jess taking an adult ballet class or sipping a nice glass of wine. Jess has recently gotten involved in acting and loves the hunt of finding an audition. On her blog, she also shares her passion for photography.
Parenting is the toughest job out there. Raising children, while amazingly rewarding, is also very, very hard. But those tiny babies who eat up every single moment of your day (and night) do eventually develop a few life skills. It sure may not seem like it while you have babies, but parenting does get easier!
Blogger Profile: Melissa Meyers is a homeschooling mother, who hopes to inspire busy women, especially moms, to find their creative side, make learning fun, and to be their best selves.
Fun fact: Because she is an advocate for her daughter with down syndrome, she decided to start homeschooling when she realized she was quickly getting lost in the system. Many of her crafts and activities are tested by her daughter, including a few journal activities.
One of the best ways to begin feeling more present and happier, is to start taking a little bit of time out of your day to write just a couple sentences in your journal. That fresh page can be an awesome way to clear your mind!
Family Life Blog
Blogger Profile: Isabel is a Christian wife and mom of two boys. On Family Life Blog, you can expect to learn how to gain control over your finances, grow in faith, create a positive family environment, turn your house into a thriving, beautiful home, and bring people together around the table by cooking simple, delicious recipes!
Fun fact: Isabel is graduated in Culinary Arts and always knew she had an entrepreneurial spirit. She believed her business would be a restaurant, but her journey as a wife, mom, and homemaker turned out to be the greatest passion of hers. So she became a full-time blogger, who helps thousands of other moms, wives, and homemakers with tips, resources, and plenty of encouragement.
…The truth about parenting is that there’s no perfect parent. Parenting is hard and the only way we can do it successfully is if we have each other’s backs… If we support each other!
Blogger Profile: Marcia Kester Doyle is the author of the humor book, “Who Stole My Spandex? Life In The Hot Flash Lane” and the voice behind the popular midlife blog, “Menopausal Mother.” Her work has been featured on numerous sites, including The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and The Huffington Post, among others.
Fun fact: She is a married mother with four adult children, one feisty granddaughter, and three rambunctious pugs. A native of south Florida, she lives in the land of surf and sun, hurricanes and incredible concoctions made with rum.
After watching a gazillion videos on social media of pug puppies, I just knew I had to experience life while raising a puppy. We found our boy pug Yoda through a breeder in north Florida, and I was smitten the minute I looked into his mischievous brown eyes.
Confessions of Parenting
Blogger Profile: Michele is a mom/stepmom/wife/ex-wife/author that writes at Confessions of Parenting. She started her blog in the hopes that she could help moms and dads strengthen their marriages while raising kids, especially in blended families. On the blog she shares her parenting stories (both good and bad) and tips, ideas on how to survive a divorce and a remarriage!
Fun fact: After going through a divorce in 2012, she decided to go back to school and got her degree in marriage and family studies and became a Family Life Educator. Michele is a mother/stepmom to five children.
Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a wife and a mother. I was so excited when I got married at age 20 because I felt like my whole purpose in life was being fulfilled. Getting divorced 9 years later was never planned, but it happened. After experiencing the heartache of divorce, I ended up meeting the man of my dreams, gained a bonus daughter, and have had two more amazing blessings (Talie and TJ).
Love at First Kick
Blogger Profile: Love at First Kick was founded in 2015 by Kristina Stone, a mother who writes about her experience as a new stay-at-mom. It originally started as pregnancy updates and baby milestones for her family and friends, then transformed into a resource site for those seeking reviews on Greener products, brands, or services any mother would search for while learning the ropes of Motherhood.
Fun fact: Kristina was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has spent the last six years living in many different states with her husband: Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina. She currently resides in her home state of Washington with her son Liam.
My life consists of many ups and downs that shape me as a mother and I try to make sure that I end up as the mother I want to be. I hope this site, will bring some inspiration, hope, and just plain ol’ fun to your life.
The Thoughtful Parent
Blogger Profile: Amy is a wife and mother with a Doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences. While completing her degree, she realized there was not enough research-based parenting and child development information that was easy to understand for the average parent. She started The Thoughtful Parent in order to translate this research into a parent-friendly format.
Fun fact: When she’s not reading research, she is a stay-at-home mom to two very active little boys. Her days are filled with Legos, sword fights, refereeing squabbles, and trying to keep up with little feet.
You are the parenting expert when it comes to your own child. You know them best, you know their temperaments, their personalities, and the qualities that make them unique. Understanding child development research, however, can help inform your decisions with your own children. Research gives you the “big picture” perspective to help balance out the “first-person” perspective you get every day as a parent in your own family.
Six Little Hearts
Blogger Profile: Jody is a mom to six (yes, six!) young children. She started her blog after constantly getting asked “How do you do it? What is it like? Are you nuts?!” She regularly writes product reviews of great things she thinks other parents would like to know about. Readers may even win something fab in one of Jody’s frequent giveaways!
Fun fact: Jody appreciates the finer things in life: Champagne, good food, high teas, travel, fashion, beauty, good movies and books. (Don’t even get her started on bags and shoes!) She also loves crafts, baking, and watching her kids explore Melbourne.
Want to know another truth? I never even intended to have six children either, so sometimes I too am shocked by the size of my own family! Following my career in the advertising industry, my kids just happened; all desired and all planned… And I love it. I have learned a thing or two though in my time as a mum and sometimes I even surprise myself. (I think I might even know some stuff too!)
Blogger Profile: Simply Suppa was founded in 2012 as an opportunity for a new mom, Julia Suppa, to ramble, share and connect with the world outside her family room. What has developed is a blend of anecdotes and stories, easy recipes, product reviews, contests and features on great local products, services and companies. Simply Suppa takes a positive approach to storytelling; in a world filled with negativity and judgement, Simply Suppa provides readers with content that is honest and unequivocally authentic.
Fun fact: Julia divides her time and passions into a variety of jobs and projects: writing, video work, event planning. As a child, she danced at The Woodbridge School of Dance, formerly The Ballet School – from six to 19, and then became a part-time dance instructor through university, and until she got married.
In our home, we dance nearly every day. I dance when I’m making breakfast, in front of the mirror, after dinner and sometimes before bed. […] Dance played a huge role in my development as a child, a young adult and through my career as a journalist, broadcaster, and on-air personality. […] I’ve said it before – long before becoming a mom, I knew I would introduce my children to dance. If you haven’t enrolled your children in dance classes yet, it’s never too late.
Joys of Being a Mom
Blogger Profile: Leanne is a wife to her handsome, loving husband, first time mom to baby Charlotte and a fur-mommy to her two dogs and two horses. She writes about surviving motherhood, tips on having an awesome marriage and everything else that comes along with life with a baby. Subscribe to her posts to see where life takes her.
Fun fact: Before becoming a mom, Leanne was a teacher and plans to continue her career when the time is right. She is also on the official launch team for the novel “Spike,” which is based on a true story of a lordotic warmblood horse.
It’s 4 am and your belly is having regular little spasms. Your mind instantly starts racing, “Is the baby okay? Is it in distress? “Do I need to wake hubby up and go to hospital?” Whatever you do, DON’T Google, or worse yet, Web-MD it because the internet will tell you that you are dying. Good news, you are not dying, your baby has fetal hiccups.
Jessica Lynn Writes
Blogger Profile: Established for more than a decade, Jessica Lynn Writes is a lifestyle blog for the 20 and 30-something woman looking for a real-life glimpse into the world of someone she can relate to. As a mom to three under four, Jessica chats about pregnancy and parenthood (the good, the bad, and the laughable), good eats, globetrotting around the world, the life of a military wife, and much more.
Fun fact: Jessica works as an Independent Consultant with Pampered Chef. She uses the cooking tools, training, recipes, and tips from Pampered Chef to create mealtime moments with family and friends every day, and occasionally she will share her favorite ones with readers on the blog.
I’m left-handed, I love exclamation marks a little too much (!), I wear glasses more often than not, my fingernails are always in need of a re-polish, my daughter is named after where she was born in Italy, my second daughter was born “en caul,” and my third baby spend a week in the NICU. Oh, and my husband and I went on our first date in Disney World.
Blogger Profile: Jen is a mom of four children (aged 4 to 16) and Public Relations professional by trade. Jenerally Informed covers the whole gamut of being a busy mom, with content ranging from cooking to crafting to beauty and fashion and of course, reviews and giveaways. Her blog even features a “Man-day” column published by her husband!
Fun fact: Jen is the author of “The Practically Perfect Princess.” Here is the book description: “In the kingdom where Rebekah Grace holds court, there are no dragons or trolls, but daily chores that must be handled with royal grace. Even the court jesters (her brother & sister) can’t stop the sometimes Pesky Princess from trying her best to be the Perfect Princess.”
So how about next time when that self doubt starts to creep in and you begin to worry your differences will isolate you from a particular group, instead take a leap of faith and cross that invisible line that you/we/society created to separate us and see if we can find similarities or even differences that could unite us? You aren’t really all that different. You are you. And you are worthy of love, but so am I, and so is she. So I say, go forth and love, and see what a difference that can make.
Blogger Profile: Soon after her son was born, Kayse looked at her life and realized she was constantly overwhelmed. She kept hearing that she could “have it all”, but between taking care of the kids, putting food on the table, keeping the house clean, and working from home, she always felt behind. That is, until she decided to put systems in place to manage her life, and since that commitment, her life has gotten back on track. Intentional Moms is devoted to helping other moms do the same.
Fun fact: Kayse has developed the Organized Life Planner, which is unlike most other planners you’ll find on the market, because it’s geared specifically toward developing positive habits and making time for what matters most. Most convenient of all, you can print it right at home!
When I was young, there were no kindles. No iPads. No toddlers with cell phones. We played outside. We rode bikes. We started card games at the kitchen table after dinner. We talked and made popcorn and spent hours putting together puzzles or attempting to finish another never-ending game of monopoly. Summer is coming, you guys. And I don’t want my kids to waste their summers with their eyes glued to a screen. I want an Intentional Summer.
Blogger Profile: Kristen is the creator of Gen-Y Mama. She was married at 27 and became a mom at 28, and started her blog to share her thoughts on all things related to being a mom. As she puts it, “I am trying to find a balance between Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in my daily life as a first time mom, and a stay at home mom.”
Fun fact: Prior to being a mama I studied Marketing in college and I have worked as an Admin, Assistant Buyer and Marketing Coordinator. Before that, she was a teacher at a daycare for ages 12 to 18 months, which she claims did not prepare her for mommyhood!
When we announced our pregnancy to family and friends I expected they would be surprised since our first born was about a month shy of turning 1, but what I didn’t expect was the amount of times I’d be asked, “was it planned?”. […] Call me old-fashioned by I think the question “was it planned” in regards to a woman, (almost) in her 30’s, who is married with a child already, should be discussed with others behind her back; not asked to her face. But that’s just me.
Blogger Profile: Candy Keane is a writer, crafty geek, Army wife and mom to one energetic toddler named Keelan. She chronicles her first time mom adventures on her blog GeekMamas.com. She holds a journalism degree from University of Florida, and has a work background in promotions and brand marketing.
Fun fact: Candy won her first costume contest at the age of 5, and has been dressing up ever since. Her love of creating costumes led to a boutique and costume business that she ran for 11 years before closing in 2016 to concentrate on personal projects and raising her son.
I will admit right now, that this is a myth I have totally perpetuated and encouraged to grow: Mom has magic kisses. There’s something extremely satisfying with kissing a boo-boo and having it magically make your baby feel better. Dad might tell him to shake it off, but mom makes it all better with a little kiss. I’m keeping this one going as long as possible. Who’s with me?
For You Son
Blogger Profile: Toni created For You Son as a “guide book for life” for their sons when they grow up. She lives in a small semi-rural, coastal town south of Auckland in New Zealand. She and her husband value and cherish their Māori culture and in many ways as possible, try to share this with their boys through every day life. The blog is written directly to their children and chronicles the ups and downs of childhood, awesome adventures, and lessons learned.
Fun fact: Before becoming a mom, Toni worked in fields including health, education, research and Māori projects. She is a trained early childhood teacher. In keeping with her Māori background, her family believes in taking care of our planet Earth and all of its living creatures.
Rakeiora you are at the age where you are aware of gender – the differences between boys and girls, men and women. You have been for a while but lately you have been speaking out lately when you have a strong opinion on this topic. It’s really got me thinking and I feel it’s timely to put out my message about this. Boys can be beautiful too.
Blogger Profile: Crunchy Family is composed of Charlise Lee and Jane Lawson, two cousins who together use their unique strengths to bring basic and advanced crunchy (natural/green living) information on a variety of topics. Their community is built up of moms, dads, young adults—people, no matter their level of crunchiness. They also share great products for the whole family, as well as events and locations that are family-friendly and/or provide art and culture experiences.
Fun fact: Charlise is a mom of five boys, two girls and also has a surrogirl. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Liz was also born in Dallas and loves cats, scenic photography, and avoids nuts at all costs!
A few years ago, I decided that I would really like to be a surrogate. I saw some friends go through the journey and it really touched me. I felt like since I was such an ideal pregnant person, this was meant for me. I always have such easy pregnancies with no issues. I don’t get super sick or tired. I can manage everything pretty well up to my due date, so I don’t need bed rest. I do get a bit of SPD, but it’s nothing that isn’t manageable with some chiro care with my favorite lady!
Blogger Profile: CouponWAHM (short for Work at Home Mom) is the creation of Sabrina Dix, a mother of five. She took the initial leap into blogging after the birth of her youngest child. She was seeking opportunities to earn an income while caring for her children at home, and after exploring a lot of options, Social Media Marketing stood out as an excellent choice and led to the launch of CouponW.A.H.M. Her blog is a collection of deals, giveaways, and tips for the modern mom.
Fun fact: She is a brand ambassador for Ladies Home Journal, Ellie, Veggie Tales, McCormick and Moms Meet among many other notable brands. She has also had partnerships with Walmart, ABCMouse, Soda Stream, Shark, Feld Entertainment, and Best Buy, who she assisted them in garnering more awareness and revenue to their brands. She is also on the Advisory Panel for General Mills and a member of the testing program for McCormick.
Instead of giving out a store-bought card for the next special occasion, try your hand at making your own cards. Making your own cards does not require a lot of hard work, but rather a bit of creativity and the right materials. To start creating your cards visit your local arts and crafts store to search for materials. Most arts and crafts stores have big scrapbooking sections. This is where you will be able to find the materials to make your own cards. Let your inspiration guide you as the possibilities are unlimited.
Blogger Profile: Carrie is a mom of three living in Ohio. She was a teacher for grades 1-8 and is a website content writer in education, science, medicine, and anything anyone wants to throw at her. She is also a musician, professional at times, and loves to play on the 1937 grand piano her husband bought for her at an auction for her 40th birthday.
Fun fact: Carrie loves horror movies and that is her and her husband’s default night-time ritual when the kids go to bed. They also enjoy Pawn Stars, Inkmaster, Hemlock Grove, The Strain, falling Skies, Bates Motel, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Supernatural and a few others.
’m exhausted from all the work my brain has to do to deal with them sometimes. Yelling doesn’t do anything but make everyone more frenzied, but sometimes being calm makes them think their behavior is ok. Forcing them to say they’re sorry when they aren’t, or don’t even understand why they should be sorry, is difficult, as does knowing which battle to fight or give up on.
Cammo Style Love
Blogger Profile: Rheanna is a mom, military spouse, and lifestyle blogger. She is a California girl living outside of Washington, DC. She and her husband, who she refers to as Mr. Air Force, have been together since high school and were married in August of 2004. On her blog you will find kid antics, military life posts, resources for military families, book reviews, beauty, clothing, food, fitness, and just about anything else going on in her busy life!
Fun fact: In her spare time you can find her with her nose in a book, binge-watching something on Netflix or Hulu. She is addicted to all things vintage, black and white movies, coffee and Dr. Pepper.
When people ask me about the military life I know that I would immediately be thinking of all the downsides, or struggles. I’d be quickly going through the list of things that I’m advocating for or things that I’d like to see changed. In my adultness I’m missing the good things. This is true I think no matter what your life is, military or not. And I was so incredibly proud of my kids, and frankly myself. Having shown them not so great sides of me, especially when dealing with the hard stuff of military life, I know I must be doing something right.
Blogger Profile: Noelle Gunn Elliott is a writer and humorist. She is a contributing writer In the Power Room and has been published on Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, Tabata Times, The Mid, Your Tango, Yahoo, Today Show Parenting and several other websites to name a few. She is a contributing writer for Family and Sassy and has had work published with the Notre Dame Magazine. Her most recent work can be seen in best selling anthology called Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor.
Fun fact: She is a self-proclaimed student of Oprah and will tell anyone who will listen. Including Oprah, when she had the opportunity to meet her after being selected in a writing contest.
I have decided to let these ripped jeans go. If this style makes him feel good about himself, then who am I to tear him down (pun intended.) I have spent the better half of his life preparing him to be strong and have his own opinions, I guess I just thought that his opinions would be more in line with mine. Parenting mistake #501. I’m not going to love him any less if his opinions just happen to be different than mine.
Blogger Profile: Emily is a mother, wife, sister, friend, moon lover, night owl, writer, and creator of Freelance Lady. When she turned twenty-three, she created Freelance Lady as a platform to promote online writing jobs. As she started to develop her voice, she transitioned the blog from a freelance writing website to personal blog covering life, fashion, food, and travel.
Fun fact: Emily frequently posts costume tutorials inspired by her children’s latest interests. The latest tutorials feature characters from Doctor Who and pirates!
When I found out that I was pregnant, I was 17-years-old. And when you’re 17, you know it all, right? Ha! I thought that I knew what came along with raising a child, but judging based on how much I’ve learned along the way, it’s as if I knew nothing at all. In fact, I’m still learning, and as parents, we will continue to learn until the day that we die.
A Spicy Boy, A Cat, and My Fat Ass
Blogger Profile: Kim is a mid-30s Canadian born Torontonian. She’s a new mom who’s juggling a job and her little monkey at home. She’s been blogging for over 15 years, and writes about woman’s health, fashion, fitness and weight loss, parenting, product reviews and giveaways.
Fun fact: Kim’s blog has been on plenty of awards lists over the years, including The Canadian Weblog Awards! Her daughter’s name is Brianna.
Eye contact is important and works best when you’re face to face with your toddler. She’ll listen more closely if you sit down next to them at the table during a meal, or perch on her bed at night to read a story before you turn out the light.
All Things Lovely
Blogger Profile: Katie is a life and style blogger and the creator of All Things Lovely. She is wife to her husband Kurtis and mother to Sawyer and Oliver. They also have a dog named Bennett. On her blog, you can read about life, emotions, fashion, health and fitness, cooking, awesome products, faith, beauty, parenting, pregnancy, birth, marriage, wedding planning, and more!
Fun fact: If Katie could do anything with her life she would Instagram professionally. You can usually find her binge-watching Friends for the 112th time with a carton of Ben and Jerry’s.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 3 years as a parent, it’s this: When something works well for your child, hold on and never let go. Oliver has always been my wild card. Just when I think I have him all figured out, he changes his preferences and I have to start at square one. One thing has always remained constant in his life though: his need for a sleep sack.
Bizzy Mom’s World
Blogger Profile: Tanya is the wife and mom behind behind Bizzy Mom’s World. She lives in sunny California with her family and every day is an adventure! In addition to being a popular blogger, she is a self-proclaimed chocolate lover! Her blog often features job openings for Work at Home (WAH) moms looking to make some money on the side.
Fun fact: Tanya has a dedicated column on her blog devoted to reviewing books, both for children and adults. Her latest review was for a book called “Under the Sea Holy Bible,” which is an oceanlife-themed children’s book filled with carefully chosen Bible verses.
There is nothing more rewarding than raising your children, so you feel pangs of despair when your spouse tells you the household budget is too tight. You have to go back to work, at least part-time, and the thought of leaving your children for even a second devastates you. Thankfully, you can work at home. You just need to be disciplined.
Blogger Profile: Christina is a work from home mom and recently completed her degree in Psychology and English. Her hobbies include reading, writing, fitness, drinking lots of coffee and learning new things. She created Boundless Lives in 2014 to document her personal experiences and talk about staying at home. Since then the blog has evolved to include book reviews, fitness, and other tips.
Fun fact: Christina is Guyanese and has lived in New York City her entire life. Her family loves the beach!
Fall has to be my favorite season of all. The crisp air, the warm blankets and sweaters, the beginning of boots and light jackets, hot chocolate and of course the holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving! Even though this Fall has been pretty warm even mid-October, it’s still awesome to watch the mornings be a little cooler and the nights even cooler.
A Raad Story!
Blogger Profile: Joceline resides in South Florida with her loving husband and two beautiful children. After her first pregnancy, Joceline was scared about the toll it would take on her body. Not wanting other mothers to feel this same way, Joceline created her blog as a place to be real and uplift other moms to embrace all that pregnancy and motherhood bring.
Fun fact: Joceline loves God and serves as a leader at G12 Church and showcases her voice as the lead vocalist for the band G12 Worship.
I’ve purposed myself to enjoy even the not-so-perfect days and although life can be overwhelming at times with little to no time to myself, I try to always look at the bright side. The bright side is remembering that God chose to bless me with a loving husband and 2 amazing babies.
Luxe Angeles Mom
Blogger Profile: Elise Edwards, founder of Luxe Angeles Mom, created a space to combine her two greatest passions: writing and her children. Along with a panel of experts, Elise provides resources to parents regarding a wide range of topics from educational activities to reviewing the latest in kid products.
Fun fact: Luxe Angeles Mom established the Goods for Good (“G4G”) program as a way to connect companies to nonprofits to make families’ lives better, while focusing primarily on helping the Los Angeles community.
Don’t linger on goodbyes — your child needs space to be able to enjoy their time at camp so taking too long to say goodbye can just make things more difficult for both of you.
Mama By Fire
Blogger Profile: Tarynn is a stay at home mom to two beautiful children with a third on the way. Her love of sharing recipes, crafty activities, daily shenanigans and reviews led her to creating this blog.
Fun fact: Tarynn is a former bartender in Seattle. “Mama Confessions” is a popular segment in the blog, where moms can share their embarrassing moments that makes them human just like everyone else.
After her complaints when I would ask her to clean, “it’s too hard,” “I don’t know how,” etc, I figured out the bottom line was, she needed direction…with specific instructions on what to do… For each chore, there is a picture of what needs to be done right next to the simple instructions. We went over the list once, and she has been using it since!
Blogger Profile: Johanna resides in Westchester County with her family and has the privilege of staying at home with her sons. During her second pregnancy, Johanna made the decision to become vegan to lead a natural life for her and her family.
Fun fact: Johanna teaches English, Creative Writing, and Communication at Mercy College and Manhattanville College. Her writings have been featured in publications such as Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Bangalore Review, and the LaMothe Review.
Educate yourself, do not give in to something that a doctor “pushes” if it doesn’t feel right, and trust that you were born to deliver your baby! Millions of women have done it before you, and you can do it too. Labor and delivery will not be the “nightmare” you have been taught to believe for years.
Military Travel Mama
Blogger Profile: Stephanie is a military wife living with her family in the sunny South. Traveling is Stephanie’s true passion, but can be challenging as a military family. Knowing these challenges, Stephanie created a blog to act as a resource for other military spouses to navigate through military life.
Fun fact: Stephanie has been listed on the “Top Mommy Blogs”. Uncle Sam has given Stephanie and her family the opportunity to live in nine different homes in the past eight years.
If your kid is not ready to take care of their own finances, they will have a lot of problems that will add unnecessary stress to the already challenging college life. So, make sure they know what to expect and how to best deal with the new situation. Unfortunately, very few students learn about financial responsibility at school, which means that you, their parent, need to help them prepare.
Blogger Profile: Lydia Nobles, a devoted Christian, has been happily married for almost 13 years and is mom to 5 boys. She knows all too well the trials and tribulations that motherhood can bring, so she takes a more real and raw approach when writing about her life. Passionate about helping others, Lydia created a safe space for those who may feel lost.
Fun fact: Mom Journeys is a collaboration effort of moms from different backgrounds. The success of the blog has led them to being featured on “Top Mommy Approved Blogs.”
As I was mowing yesterday I was reminded about parenting being a long term commitment. Sometimes it takes going over things (instructions, discipline, correction) twice or more to be able to get the job done (getting your kids to understand). Every time I needed to go over a patch of “grass” more than once, it was like God reminding me that’s what needs to be done with my kids.
Blogger Profile: Lee-Anne is a mom to a beautiful son who is entering into grade two. She enjoys blogging, researching and writing about topics that inspire. While writing meatier pieces, Lee-Anne likes to connect heart to heart with her readers while still finding the humor in it all.
Fun fact: Lee-Anne has a passion for the outdoors and loves to go hiking and cycling. She is a die-hard Walking Dead fan and a passionate Blue Jays fan. Lee-Anne’s success has led her to being featured on the “Ultimate Blogger Top 30” by VancouverMom.ca.
Now that we have a little one running the household priorities have shifted. A more peaceful existence comes from the sense of order family traditions bring. And that familiarity is important to him. Looking forward to something whether it’s time together on the weekend or going to a play, it seems to make sense that establishing holiday traditions is a natural consequence.
Blogger Profile: Momma’s Bacon is the product of a working mom, former Stay At Home Dad, a third grader and a preschooler. Intended for the intentional family, Momma’s Bacon brings honest reviews to parents of the latest family friendly products.
Fun fact: Momma’s Bacon features reviews on a wide range of products, from creative play for children to the best music to help your child grow. Their mission: Empower Families to Make Good Choices.
Fish N Spell makes bath time a letter game as toddlers go fishing for letters for hand eye coordination and letter recognition. Toss the “Wet and Stick” letters into the water, attach the bait, cast your line and see what you catch.Use your creativity along with your child’s to invent games to encourage hand eye coordination, creativity, team work and language and spelling skills.
Momma’s Little Reviews & Giveaways
Blogger Profile: Jessica is a 25 year old single mother. She was raised in a small southern town in Louisiana. She is mommy to a gorgeous daughter, who happens to be the primary motivation behind Jessica starting her blog in 2014. Outside of the home, Jessica works as an Administrative Assistant.
Fun fact: Jessica’s success in writing has led her to being featured on The Motherhood and The Shelf Network. Not only does Jessica provide honest reviews of products, she also hosts giveaways on these products for her readers.
Halloween is one of our personal favorite holidays, so my daughter was super excited to see this new DVD at our front door today! Pups and the Ghost Cabin is my daughter’s current favorite episode, and we have played it on repeat AT LEAST three times today! Such a super cute fall collection!
Mommy Go Run
Blogger Profile: In 2012, Amanda created the blog as a way to hold herself accountable through her fitness journey. Little did she know that it would turn into something more. Amanda shares how she juggles being a mother of four, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Fun fact: Amanda is the Texas State Sparring Champion on Taekwondo for 2007. She completed her first marathon in 2013 after going from a pack a day smoker to marathon runner in less than a year.
Pack a gym bag and run on the track at the elementary school or the path around the bayou after work and before little one gets picked up. This should give me about an hour of fresh air running. The idea here is to get some miles OFF of the treadmill and energize me for the rest of the evening…
Blogger Profile: Julee is a quirky Virginia transplant who has a taste for fashion, pets, and cupcakes! In May of 2008, Julee begin blogging after overhearing a conversation between her teenagers.
Fun fact: An adventure seeker and Bon Jovi super fan, Julee has been featured in numerous publications including Disney’s Family Fun Magazine, PopSugar, and AP News.