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Meredith Ethington is the founder and creator of Perfection Pending, and has been blogging for over 10 years. She is a mom to three, and is desperately trying to help her kids understand sarcasm, and her need for personal space. She recently turned her own blog into a contributor site to share the voices of all the fellow moms she admires. She hopes to create a space that is a REAListic glimpse into motherhood. She is a freelance writer for sites like Scary Mommy, Babble, Huffington Post, and Momtastic. She has been featured many times by Today Parents as one of the funniest parents to follow on Facebook. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where she loves to laugh at herself and admit that while parenting is the best thing ever, it’s also the hardest job on earth. See all of Meredith’s Posts for Perfection Pending here.
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Meredith Ethington is the founder and creator of Perfection Pending, and has been blogging for over 10 years. She is a mom to three, and is desperately trying to help her kids understand sarcasm, and her need for personal space. She recently turned her own blog into a contributor site to share the voices of all the fellow moms she admires. She hopes to create a space that is a REAListic glimpse into motherhood. She is a freelance writer for sites like Scary Mommy, Babble, Huffington Post, and Momtastic. She has been featured many times by Today Parents as one of the funniest parents to follow on Facebook. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where she loves to laugh at herself and admit that while parenting is the best thing ever, it's also the hardest job on earth.
Lauren Lodder earned her BA from UC Berkeley and her MA from CSUF. Before becoming a freelance writer, she taught writing and literature classes at the college level. You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter. Her work has appeared on HuffPost, Scary Mommy, Babble, Buzzfeed, The Mighty, among others.
She is excited to work with Meredith as an editor at Perfection Pending.
Lauri Walker is wife to Brandon and Mama to four kids who’ve managed genius status despite being raised on chicken nuggets and take out. Her profession is Daycare Diva and she is a confessed over volunteer-er. In her spare time, Lauri tries to write a little. She has appeared on BLUNTmom, Mom Babble, Mamalode, Good Mother Project, and Sassy Lassie and has her own blog at Mama Needs a Nap. You can find her on Facebook, on Twitter, and she’s still trying to figure out Instagram.
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Allison Maselli believes in pursuing lifelong learning and adventure. Her greatest adventure so far is building a world with her husband for her three energetic cherubs. Any day you might find her trying out a new sourdough recipe, flailing her limbs in a family dance party, or reading for herself or to her kiddos. Follow her on facebook to catch what she writes for different sites around the web.
Amanda is a passionate theatre artist, wife, mom of two, child of God, an imperfect crafter, an unlikely gardener, and an enthusiastic blogger. You can read more of her writing at: AlphabetResolutions.com where she explores new goals and reflections one letter at a time. She loves laughter, music, avocado, reading, coffee, and so much more. She's thankful for a husband who can cook, yoga, family and friends who feel like they are family, the oxford comma, and, above all, grace. You can also find her on instagram: @pepperdinegal
I'm Amy Betters-Midtvedt and I write along with my friend and former teaching partner Erin over at Hiding in the Closet With Coffee. We write to help find our sanity and our joy and sometimes joy is found hiding out in the closet with our coffee...or hiding out on Facebook...come and join us! You can also find us hiding out over at Instagram, Pinterest and on Twitter. I have been published on Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, Babble, Mamalode, Blunt Moms, Parent.co, TODAY Community, Red Tricycle and Sammiches and Psych Meds.
I love red lipstick, graphic tees, and Diet Dr. Pepper a little more than I probably should. Most days you can find me lounging in sweatpants, running kids from one place to the other like a crazy person. My family is my home and my passion is helping women find courage, confidence, and the deep-rooted knowledge that their life has a deep and significant purpose. Find me on Facebook, or come join my FB group at In & Out Beauty by Amy.
Angela Williams Glenn writes about the struggles and joys of motherhood on her website Stepping into Motherhood. Her book Moms, Monsters, Media, and Margaritas examines the expectations verse the realities of motherhood in our modern day digital era. She's also been published with Chicken Soup for the Soul and on Red Tricycle. You can find her on her facebook page.
Anne Bardsley is the author of How I Earned My Wrinkles, Musings on Marriage, Motherhood and Menopause. Her second book Angel Bumps, Hello From Heaven will be released in Sept 2017.
She barely survived raising five children who are grown now. She is so glad she didn’t strangle them in their teens, because she now has four beautiful grandchildren. She lives in St Pete, FL with her wrinkle maker of a husband. Visit her website: http://www.annebardsley.com
She is featured on Erma Bombeck, Better after 50, The Grand Magazine, Scary Mommy, Very Funny Women, Paradise News, Island Reporter and many others.
Hi! I'm Autumn. I'm a wife and a mom of 3, and my passions aside from raising my children are my faith, food, and fitness. I appreciate the little things and truly believe laughter is the best medicine...along with a cup of tea.
Becki Rogers, wife of an incredible husband, and "not quite supermom" to Asher, 9, and Ryleigh Jane, 5. Writer and podcaster at www.notquitesupermoms.com. On Facebook and Instagram @notquitesupermoms.
Brea Schmidt is a writer, photographer and advocate for authentic momming. Her blog, The Thinking Branch, is a community that aims to find authenticity and perspective in discussions about motherhood and daily life. She also owns the Ohio-based family photography business Photography by Brea. When she isn’t writing, photographing or navigating life raising her three young kids, you can usually find her listening to country music or aggressively cheering for her favorite sports teams. Follow her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Brook Hall has always wanted to make people laugh, lucky for her she gave birth to two hilarious boys who give her more than enough material to work with. She spends all her time at home taking care of her two little comedians, while also trying to squeeze in moments alone with her hubby. Brook can be found on her blog Stay Home Mama. Her favorite times of day are nap time, bed time and when she gets a new “like” on Facebook
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Hi. I'm Carrie Usmar. I married a brit and we live with our 3 kids in an old cape in Rhode Island. We left suburbia for the country and I often share my ridiculous run-ins with nature.
I am a writer. Never did I think I would say those words. I've been a nanny, a mommy, a photographer, a barista, a donut maker, but writer was not on the list. Over time I have realized how much it helps me process, and grow. How much it helps others feel comfort.
I continue to be brave and share but there are periods where fear gets the best of me. Depression and PTSD wore me down over the years till I was unrecognizable. I share my journey of rising up from the darkness and finding the light. Find me on my blog, Mama Daring Greatly, and on FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Cassie is a working mother of three small kiddos. She works on maintaining the delicate balance of work/mommy/wife life, and making sure she doesn’t run out of wine before payday. She enjoys writing in her free time and chronicling the adventures of being a mom. She has contributed to sites such as The Huffington Post, Her View From Home, Scary Mommy and Sammiches & Psych Meds. You can follow her on Facebook. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram, and you can visit her website at www.cassiehilt.com.
Corey is a marketing professional, writer, graphic designer, and, most importantly, mom to her amazing daughter, Zoey. Wanting to find her way back to herself after her divorce last year, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion of writing. This pursuit manifested itself in the creation of a blog called The Nostalgia Diaries, where her goal is to simplify, enhance, and engage people’s lives by helping them focus on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. Since the creation of her blog, Corey’s writing has been featured on SheKnows, Red Tricycle, and Chief Gratitude Officer. She’s determined to spend the rest of her days living creatively and colorfully, all the while drinking cinnamon green tea, listening to good music, and soaking up as much sunshine as she can.
Crystal Foose is the mother of seven children ranging in age from teens to a toddler, living out in the middle of nowhere, USA. She aims to hone the craft of giving advice without pretending to have this whole mom thing figured out over on her blog at SoSoMom.com. She is also a Christian, but not the really nice kind who is good at it. Make sure you follow her on Facebook.
I've been a mom by profession for the past 17 years. My qualifications are: raising 5 kids and having a degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development (yes, that's a real degree) from BYU. I'm particularly experienced in the areas of carpooling and diaper changing. My hobbies include watching crime dramas and absurd comedies when I have the time, reading when I have the attention span, and running when I'm not too fat. I'm also really good at oversharing and cracking myself up, usually at the same time.You can find me at Simplify Mommyhood, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Ghada Karam is a mom, a blogger and a marketer. She recently moved to Canada from Thailand where she used to live with her husband and kids. She’s a little obsessed with gossiping about her kids. She blogs about the fun side of parenting: milestones, tantrums and communication! Passionate of collecting recipes (that she’ll never cook), fashion (that she can’t wear because of her kids) and kids craft (that she hopes will keep her kids quiet). Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, BLUNTmoms, BKK Kids, Expat Life in Thailand, Mamapedia, among others. You can follow her latest news at Confidential Mommy Talks, or get in touch with her on Facebook and Instagram.
Heidi Hamm is a writer, wife, and mom of twin boys with the alter egos of the Hulk and SpiderMan and their older sister, who is in training to rule a small (or large) country someday. She has been published on Scary Mommy, The Huffington Post, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and Her View From Home, among others. You can also find her on Facebook.
Jen Gregory is a writer, dance teacher, and expert grocery bagger. She’s also a mom and founder of the blog, The Runaway Mama. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but home raising her two boys, but like the little bunny in Margaret Wise Brown’s classic book, she sometimes wants to run away. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
My name is Jodie, and my mission, what drives me and makes my heart soar, is to help lead people out of loneliness and back in to love. And if I can make people laugh while doing that, well then, that's the ultimate trifecta for me. I read some words that helped me heal. That mechanism astounds me and I want to be part of it. I want to turn around and help the next one in line via the telling and the sharing, the writing and the reading, the connection and the healing. My hope is that something I write will find its way to you and help you too. Find me on my website, Utter Imperfection and on Facebook and Instagram.
Julie Hoag is a Family Lifestyle and Food Blogger on her blog at http://www.juliehoagwriter.com/ She writes about motherhood, kids, family, recipe creation, travel, DIY, and pets. She is currently publishing her first cookbook of hybrid recipes which are recipes for families composed of vegetarians and meat-eaters, dishes to accommodate both diets with one recipe. She is a freelance writer, a wife, and mother to three boys. Connect with her on social media at Facebook Pinterest Twitter Instagram
Julieann Selden is a graduate student, mom, and non-profit volunteer. On her blog, contemplatingcancer.com, she gives a unique life perspective as she explores the thoughts and emotions that come from facing her husband's cancer diagnosis.
Karen Johnson writes at The 21st Century SAHM—a cathartic mix of Mama Bear rants and heartfelt confessions about motherhood. She is also a regular contributor to Babble, Her View From Home, Sammiches and Psych Meds (where she works as assistant editor), KC Parent Magazine, and Perfection Pending and is featured in several anthologies. Follow Karen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Karen Szabo is a part-time worker by day, boy-mom by night, and blogger at www.theantsybutterfly.com any time in between. She’s doing her best to keep her sanity by writing about being an anxious mom. She’s a contributor for The Mighty and has written for Sunshine Spoils Milk, Sammiches & Psych Meds, Parent Co., and Mamapedia. Karen can be found on Twitter @AntsyButterfly and Facebook.
HI! I’m Karey, a new mom to a sweet baby girl, wife to my incredible husband, and elementary school teacher. I’m passionate about helping others, living a healthy lifestyle, and, of course, my friends and family. Teaching, and now motherhood, have helped me become a more patient person and really enjoy all of life's twists and turns.
Kathleen Sullivan is a freelance writer and a full-time mom. Her work has appeared on: The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Brain, Child Magazine, Mamalode, Grown and Flown, Your Tango and Parent Co. You can find her on her blog,
Kathy Radigan is a writer, blogger, social media addict, mom to three, wife to one and owner of a possessed appliance. She posts a weekly essay each Sunday on her blog, My Dishwasher's Possessed! She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and her work can be seen on Scary Mommy, LittleThings, What the Flicka and TODAY Parent’s. She lives outside New York City with her family. You can follow her on Facebook, and Twitter
Despite being born and raised in the Southwest, Kimberly managed to acquire the slightest of Southern drawls while living in South Carolina. Now living in Utah, she’s a writer who draws from her experiences as a baccalaureate level registered nurse (RN) and the hodgepodge of titles she’s held both before and since.
Kimberly lives in Utah with her husband, their 4 beautiful children, their dog, and far too many tablets. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys reading, eating good food, spending time with her family, attempting to garden, and writing about all of the things at KimberlyCStarr.com.Follow her on Twitter on Facebook Pinterest and Instagram
Kristen Hewitt is a two-time Emmy Award Winning Reporter and Host for Fox Sports SUN and the Miami HEAT, and writes a the parenting and lifestyle blog called mommy in SPORTS. Her work can also be seen on The Huffington Post, Bundoo, She Knows, Scary Mommy, to name a few, or you can follow her on Facebook &Twitter. Kristen’s favorite job though is raising her two daughters. She tries to teach them to live every day with grace, gratitude, love…and a lot of laughs!
Kristi is not a "real" mom, but she plays one in every game involving a family, dolls, animals, or little plastic figures shaped like everyday household items with faces. When not being a Sometimes Mom, she enjoys cooking, travel, New England sports, and being an English professor.
Laura is a mum of two crazy untamed monkeys whom she loves dearly. She can (or can't) be seen hiding in the cupboard eating chocolate, or writing blogs hiding in the toilet as a form of therapy for her anxiety. She has an interest in mental health and has studied psychology and is doing a masters of social work. She likes to write for the hot mess mumma as she believes she is quite the expert in it. Find her on her blog, The Mum on the Run.
Mommy formerly known as Laurie to three sons ages seven and under who never stop running and the answer to the ever-delightful “are you going to keep trying for a girl” daughter. Dancer major turned physical therapist assistant turned stay-at-home mom. Catch Phrase: “Why is the coffee always gone?” Special Skills: Cobbling something resembling meals from the culinary flotsam and jetsam lurking in her refrigerator, setting her husband’s teeth on edge with her exceptionally loud chewing, and creating mom-related parodies to almost any song despite being completely tone-deaf. Can be found all too frequently on Facebook and all too infrequently on Instagram which she still doesn’t thoroughly understand. You can read her humorously (at least she think she’s funny) rambling musings on love, loss, motherhood and the occasional rhyme on her blog Reba Can You Hear Me.
Marielle Melling loves reading and history, music and math. She loves nature and all things athletic. She loves her huge family, four children, and fabulous husband. She loves life and sharing what she is learning. While we’re on the subject, she loves chocolate chip mint ice cream, puzzles, and her toilet paper to roll from the top. Marielle is trying to figure out Instagram, but you will most likely find her at her blog Lovin’ Life with Littles where she shares parenting insights, activities for kids, and funny tidbits about life with Littles.
Megan Stonelake is a parent coach, writer, and mama. She’s passionate about supporting happily imperfect families. Check out her website Empathic Parenting Counseling where you can sign up for her newsletter to receive monthly encouragement and information you can use. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Melissa is a homeschooling, ballerina mommy of four and lives by the motto “Life is never boring when you’re never alone, but I know somewhere out there, there is life Beyond Mommying.” She shares her parenting adventures on her blog Beyond Mommying. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Mia Carella is a stay-at-home mom and writer who lives with her husband, their two children, and their dog. She likes reading, napping and spending time with her family. She dislikes cooking, cleaning and adulting in general, but absolutely loves being a mom. Her work has been published on Scary Mommy, Babble, The Mighty and more. Read more on Mia's website, (this) mom with a blog, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Mikenzie Oldham is a #boymom. She lives on a farm w/ her Husband, twin boys and any number of new animal friends. She is a hope dealer, social media designer, finder of 4 shoes and super hero sidekick. You can follow all their shenanigans on Facebook.
Paget Norton is the mother of a 6 year-old spark of a son. When she's not teaching, rock climbing, and cultivating relationships, she enjoys reflecting on this multi-layered complexity we call "parenting" in her blog. Follow her on her Blog: www.pagetnorton.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pagetn and Twitter: www.twitter.com/pagetn
Rasha is a lawyer-turned-writer and mother of two toddlers who hasn't slept since 2014. She has been featured on the Huffington Post, Love What Matters, Scary Mommy, Motherly, Parent.co and Her View From Home. Rasha writes about all things motherhood on her blog The Tuna Chronicles. You can also find her on Facebook.
S.E. White is an author and blogger, offering hope and humor on the long road to becoming a published author. She is a mom of three, ages 10, 4 and 16 months. The kids assist in the writing process by asking when dinner is and hitting the power button on the computer at random intervals. Her work can be found on sites like Her View From Home, Mamalode, Women on Writing and Parent.co.
Samantha Hoof is currently a stay-at-home mom with her very busy two year old daughter. She and her husband have been married for six years. If she ever gets any free time again, she would enjoy baking, crafting, reading, and traveling.
Sara Robinson, MA is the founder of Get Mom Balanced. Growing up she always knew that a traditional 9-5 job would not work out for her: she likes variety, creativity, free-time and also wanted to fit in a family. She is a mom of two young boys, teaches mental skills to athletes, and now helps support moms finding balance with all that they juggle. When she’s not sitting behind a computer she can be found hanging out with her boys, mostly laughing, reading and having dance parties. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
Scarlett Ballantyne is a freelance writer, makeup artist, designer, and business owner. Married for 2+ decades, she is an active dance-mom of two teenage girls. When she isn’t chauffeuring kids around, she is passionate about photography, cooking healthy meals and Dancing with the Stars. Scarlett’s musings on parenting have been published on Scary Mommy, UrbanMoms and the Huffington Post Canada. You can also catch her sharing musings, beauty tips, direct sales advice and photography on her blog, That Mom Hustle by Scarlett Ballantyne www.scarlettballantyne.com
Hello! I'm Sonni Abatta, a mom of 3, wife, and recently-retired news anchor and now blogger. I believe in strength in storytelling, and that women build communities when we share our experiences with motherhood. My passions are writing, reading, good food and recently, Netflix. Yes, I am the last person in the world to discover Netflix. Follow me on social media on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and at www.SonniAbatta.com
Susanne Kerns is a Writer and Marketing Consultant living in Austin, TX. Her stories have been featured in several parenting anthologies, including the recently released, "But Did You Die?" You can find her writing on many popular sites, including her own blogs, SusanneKerns.com and at TheDustyParachute.com. Susanne also co-produced this year's Listen to Your Mother show in Austin.
Follow her on Facebook to see why she’s frequently featured on Today Parents’ “Funniest Parents on Facebook” round-up. She’s also on Instagram and Twitter.
Vidya Murlidhar lives in Charlotte,NC with her husband, father-in-law and two teenage kids. Her passions include writing, dancing, baking, and energy healing. You can find her on her blog, Mommyhooddiary Her articles have been published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul- The Joy of Less' and 'Life Positive'- a spiritual growth magazine. She is also the author of an e-book- 'The Adventures of Grandpa and Ray' and is currently working on a series of children's picture books.
Whitney is a freelance writer, social media manager and blogger at Playdates on Fridays, where she discusses family, relationships and w(h)ine. She is an expert in carpool logistics, coffee and making to-go dinners for her family to eat in the minivan. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her three tween daughters, husband, and her dog that acts more like a cat, Jax. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Whitney Hsu is a wife, mom of three under 5, Jesus follower, worship leader, and writer. She writes about her journey, praying and laughing through motherhood at her blog, We’re Only Hsuman. You can follow her on Facebook, or find her on Twitter or Instagram, @OnlyHsuman.
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