We’ve invited a group of vibrant, successful and talented women to be guest bloggers. This collaborative group of moms write about balancing life, the journey as a parent, the ups and downs, and funny stories of everyday life. Join our friends on our blog roll to share stories, advice, information and tips from one mommy to another. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become one of our real mom (or dad) bloggers!
Blogger: Laura Porreca
I am a working mom who is running a full time business (Lovable Labels Inc.) and raising two beautiful children. No, I am not officially crazy but being in the label business and trying to balance life and career can sometimes make you think you are! Join me and friends as we share our joys, frustrations and, of course, those crazy moments in life, motherhood and business.
Guest Blogger: Sara Middleton
My name is Sara Middleton and I am currently studying at the University of Toronto to get my degree. I am taking Professional Writing, English, and Psychology. My tastes have always been pretty eclectic, but writing has been a lifelong passion of mine and one day I hope I can become an accomplished writer. I hope you enjoy my articles and find them helpful!
Guest Blogger: Hala Hibri Amkia
I am a 32 year old mother of two lovely daughters: Nour (almost 4) and Aya (19 months). I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and lived there for 7 years of my childhood before moving back to Beirut, Lebanon where I am originally from. In Lebanon, I studied at an American School and at the American University of Beirut where I received a Bachelors in Economics and MBA in Marketing. I worked in the banking sector for many years and that’s where I met my supportive husband of 5 ½ years, Wissam, with who I moved to live Riyadh, Saudi Arabia immediately after getting married. I feel very privileged to have lived in such diverse places and to have been exposed to so many cultures. Most recently, I have become Lovable Labels’ first international agent and as a guest on this blog, I look forward to shedding some light on the cultures and customs of the people living on this side of globe. I hope you enjoy it!
Guest Blogger: Deirdre Thornton
Hi! I am 34 years old, living in Toronto with my husband, Paul, and my two boys: Chase, 3, and Corey, 14 months. I’m a rookie mom, culinary apprentice, amateur photographer, domestic engineer-in-training, novice blogger – in short, everything is new. I’m on the steepest learning curve of my life! Many of you can relate, I’m sure! A little over 3 years ago, I was busy. I was an Occupational Therapist and a grad student; I played ultimate frisbee, took adult ballet classes, and was a regular at the gym (where Paul & I met!); I was a trail runner, a canoe tripper, and a wanna-be world traveler. I don’t know what it’s like to not be busy, which probably bodes well for me (although, my mom will tell you that she was concerned I would not have the downtime I needed when I moved from laid-back Alberta to the hustle and bustle of Toronto). My new passion: fusion homemaking – blending traditional homemaking (like the kind my Grandmother and Mom pursued, providing for the needs of the home) with contemporary homemaking – factoring in social media, instant everything, a wireless world, and a global perspective… and most recently, becoming an enthusiastic Lovable Labels agent and attempting to return to work as an Occupational Therapist, while maintaining full-time stay-at-home mom status (yes, you heard me correctly!). A spicy, savoury, sweet, satisfying, style of homemaking that has you coming back for more.
Guest Blogger: Sharon DeVellis
Sharon also blogs at the yummymummyclub.ca where she was hired two years ago to work as the Yummy Mummy Club Coordinator (meaning do anything and everything) after winning Canada’s Yummiest Mummy Contest. A contest based on creativity and not on parenting skills (*whew* wipe beads of sweat from brow).
After a year and a half of coordinating the ins and outs of the YMC while managing the chaotic life of being a stay at home mom to two boys, and even though you will find at least one spelling or grammar error in every single one of her blogs, Sharon was promoted to Editor.
If you’re looking for insight on how to balance motherhood and working while keeping your house immaculate, go visit Martha Stewart’s blog. If you’re every other mother on the planet struggling while trying to figure it out… welcome to The Inside Scoop (link to: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/the_inside_scoop)
Guest Blogger: Dr. Kelly Pryde, Ph.D.
Dr. Kelly Pryde is a parenting and self-development expert and the founder of DreamKids. A speaker, author and mother of two, Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and offers today’s Moms inspiring and practical ideas for living with more energy, inner wisdom, purpose, love and joy. You can visit Kelly on the web at www.drkellypryde.com
Guest Blogger: Gail Gray
Organization is a necessity for every home in order to minimize stress in every individual’s life. Gail Gray is an organization specialist and has been providing high quality organizing services to families for many years. Through her website, A Fresh Start Professional Organizing, Gail gives great tips and helps individuals and families take the stress out of organizing. She understands the importance of staying organized because she is a mother of two young and very busy boys. Gail finds creative, practical and effective solutions which empower individuals and families to live in more comfortable, clutter and stress free environments. Visit Gail’s website at http://www.afreshstartorganizing.net/
Guest Blogger: Kathy, Dreamy Babies
Kathy is a 30-something, happily married woman and mother to an adorable 2 year old daughter, Kayla. By day, she is an IT consultant working at one of Canada’s largest telecommunications company; by night she’s a blogging enthusiast and spends countless hours updating her site and helping families with all things baby.
Kathy’s mantra is that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to advice or sleep treatments rather, she believes in understanding parental values, the temperament a child and the parents’ long term goals in order to provide the best possible advice, recommendations or solution to help your entire family.
To learn more about Kathy and the services she provides make sure to visit her website www.dreamybabies.ca. Her site has one main goal: to share all of the information and research she has gathered over the two years spent reading and analyzing every tidbit of information about baby sleep she could find.