Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Amanda Simkin

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Amanda Simkin

On-the-go Chicagoan and mother of two boys, Amanda Simkin has a pretty full plate. When she’s not scouting the city for the latest kid-approved adventures, she’s sharing her family-friendly finds and then some on her blog Queen of the Land of Twigs ‘n Berries. So how does she keep her energy high (and her sanity in check)? Simkin gives us an inside peek. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? As the first of my friends to have a baby, I became…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Ghada Karam

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Ghada Karam

When Ghada Karam decided she wanted to work from home to spend more time with her daughter, she realized she needed a way to make her dream a reality. The result? Confidential Mommy Talks, a blog and parenting resource that combines three of Karam’s passions: “Motherhood, storytelling and marketing.” So how did this mother of two and self-described “lifestyle mom” manage to build a full-scale operation that now boasts a healthy blog following, newsletters and thriving social platforms? She gives us…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Melissa Bowers

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Melissa Bowers

You can take the girl out of the Midwest but you can’t take the Midwest out of the girl — at least according to Melissa Bowers. The mother of two began her blog MichiforniaGirl as “a place for beachside chats about all sorts of things, like moving and teaching and motherhood and marriage.” Since then, she’s learned to embrace change and share her journey with parents everywhere. After all, it’s life’s surprises that make for the best stories. Bowers shares…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Leah Moore

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Leah Moore

Sometimes parenting can bring unexpected challenges (more than dealing with 4am feedings and getting to work on time). For Leah Moore, it was her daughter’s rare diagnoses and the addition of twin boys that inspired her to share her journey with others on her blog The Cheese Bus. Navigating the ups and downs of parenting, the pain of dealing with tough days and the joy of exciting discoveries, Moore documents the road less traveled but in no way less relatable. As…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Mary Ware

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Mary Ware

Sometimes motherhood can be lonely. In search of advice and a little camaraderie, Mary Ware launched her blog The Mom Friend. The site offers a safe place for moms/parents to feel a little less overwhelmed (and isolated) by sharing in Ware’s own parenting experiences, challenges and gaining insight from her helpful words of wisdom. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? When I became a new mom, I spent hours while nursing and rocking my newborn trying to find answers and…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Stephanie Dulli

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Stephanie Dulli

Recently, we published a post in Mamapedia “Voices” that was so moving, it honestly made us cry. The piece was by blogger Stephanie Dulli of Stephanie Says, and we decided we just had to get to know this impressive writer. Here she shares more on what it takes to connect with her readers on such a meaningful level. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? The short story is I had been an actress and comedienne in Los Angeles and after I had…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Heather McMaster

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Heather McMaster

Feeling anxious? Sadly, anxiety is an often common downside to parenting. Thankfully, Heather McMaster gets that. Her blog Very Anxious Mommy helps calm those very real mom fears while offering tips for living a budget-friendly, green-minded lifestyle. She shares more on how she helps parents find their inner zen. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? It was not until November of 2016 that I decided to start my parenting blog. Although I love talking with other…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Ally Greene

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Ally Greene

Did someone say bacon? Ally Greene is serving up the savory treat and then some on her blog Bacon Coffee Mama. Along with sharing her mouth-watering recipes, Greene hopes to combat mommy shamers by creating a safe, judgement-free space for parenting advice and tips. Here’s what she had to say about her inclusive approach. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? I had been working for a while as a freelance writer, doing content for others. I have always…

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Lindsey Martin

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Lindsey Martin

Telling a mom not to worry is like telling a person not to breathe, but Lindsey Martin of Worry Free Moms works to relieve some of the stress of parenting with her reassuring, humorous and always relatable blog posts. She shares more on how she manages to maximize the joy of motherhood by cutting down on the anxiety. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? I wanted to try something new and help other moms at the same time….

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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Kristen Samson Jackson

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Kristen Samson Jackson

After becoming a mother in 2012, Kristen Samson Jackson wanted to share her experiences, thoughts and fears (as she puts it) and her blog, Mommy’s New Groove, was born. Jackson is quick to point out that she doesn’t have all the answers, but we are happy to join her on her motherhood journey. It is, after all, pretty groovy. What made you want to start your own parenting blog? After my daughter was born, I felt extremely lonely and isolated….

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