Instigators Of Canada Moms Blog and Mistresses Of The Leaf:
Catherine Connors is a mother, writer and recovering
academic who traded the lecture hall for the playroom and discovered that
university students and preschoolers have much the same attention span. She
still dips her toes into academic waters by writing the occasional scholarly
article about the place of motherhood in Western philosophy, but mostly now she
changes diapers and wipes noses and indulges in long reflections on whether Yo
Gabba Gabba is a harbinger of the decline of western civilization. Oh, and she
blogs: she’s the author of Her Bad Mother, the moderator of Her Bad Mother’s
Basement, the founder and co-editor of Better Than A Playdate and BlogHers Act
Canada, the co-founder and co-editor of WeCovet, a contributing writer/editor
at MamaPop and BlogHer, and most recently (deep
breath) instigator of Canada Moms Blog. And in her spare time… oh,
wait. She doesn’t have spare time. But she’s okay with that.
Katie was a developer/quality assurance person with one of those big IT
companies before rebelling and joining the gang called parenthood.
During the early days of marathon breast-feeding sessions, she
discovered the bottomless world of blogs and quickly became addicted.
Via the internet, she found reassurance that she wasn't going insane
alone and of course, she had to start her own blog. So began a new
phase in her IT career. Katie blogs at her personal website motherbumper, gossips about celebs at Binkywood, is the Toronto editor at Savvy Source, and co-editor of Better Then A Playdate. She figures she'll sleep when she's dead.
Come Meet The Canada Moms Blog Contributors!
Angella Dykstra is a Chartered Accountant who left the
exciting field of tax preparation in exchange for parenthood. She now
works in educating future accountants and dabbles with a side gig in
photography. She squeezes this in between chasing her three small
children around and keeping her marriage alive and well. The little
blog that started out nearly four years ago as a means for her Mom to
see her kids has turned into another part-time career in the land of
In her alternate life, EarnestGirl is a mother and writer living in Vancouver, BC.
has been writing since grade school when she first chronicled the
trials and tribulations of family life as self-appointed Publisher and
Editor In Chief of the family newspaper. Seduced by theater studies in
university, her stunning career in journalism was sidetracked by
feminist theater production (she co-founded the feminist comedy troupe
Random Acts) and the glittering world of writing and performing on
stage, film and in underarm deodorant commercials.
realizing that the amassing of a vast fortune would be swifter in film
and TV production, EarnestGirl found herself in Vancouver, and then
several years later, heavy with child. She flung herself wholeheartedly
into child-rearing, bon-bon eating and soap opera watching, all the
while ensuring that her husband’s shirts were impeccably pressed and
his pipe and slippers firmly in place at the end of each day. Her child
always wears a pleasant facial expression and perfectly tied shoes.
Jess Howard is an ex-city girl living in a small town on Vancouver
Island. She left the city with her four children in tow seeking a
simpler life. A place where her kids could "be" kids. Her children are
Jess has been living vicariously through the internet
since she became pregnant with her first child in September 1996. Six
years and four children later she began writing her blog Drowning in Kids.
What began as an outlet for all the frustrations and joys of parenting
evolved to a place where she has shared struggles with living rurally,
depression, anxiety, separating from her husband and the next
frontier: raising teenagers.
After many coffee fueled conversations with Leah Peterson at BlogHer in 2007 they together founded RealMental. Jess is hoping to one day not have to work as a waitress.
Having discovered that children don’t give annual employee
evaluations, Kerry Sauriol jumped at the chance to be a stay-at-home mom.She has found she can more than handle being
called a ‘stupid head’ by her two children instead of being fired by her peers.
Kerry’s hold on sanity is her computer and the world of
mommy bloggers.She can ignore the
chaos created by two kids, three cats, a dog and a work-from-home husband and
find the peace it takes to incubate a third child while coming up with her latest
post at her personal site Crunchy
Carpets. Apart from obsessive Tweeting and Facebooking,
she can also be found haranguing people to post on her other site Wet Coast Women.
In 2006, Zoeyjane
left life in a corporate cubicle five months after she got knocked up.
Realizing that being a stay-at-home mom wasn't the solution to
unhappiness under florescent lighting, she mixed marketing, copywriting,
and accounting experience with generally unappreciated genius into a
life of freelancing, while doing double-duty as a single parent.
forward and Zoeyjane's a vegan, has some new piercings, tries to
perfect gluten- and dairy-free recipes and is preparing for an
More granola than frosted corn flakes, but
still completely hemp-free, Zoeyjane can be found at Mommy
is Moody or on Twitter.
Natasha Loewen is
a Mormon mom of four kids aged three to nine years. Born and raised in
Northern Ontario, she, her children, their stupid puppy, and her
husband of ten years have settled with a resounding ahhhhh in Central
Alberta. In a previous life she helped mom businesses with marketing,
branding and punchy copywriting. Her articles have appeared in various
Canadian publications and she once had one of her ideas published in
Real Simple magazine in that readers' comments section thingie. That
was meaningless and yet very cool. She currently blogs at BecomingSomething and can also be found on Twitter.
loves music, books and magazines; painting; and watching Lost, The
Colbert Report and House. Life goals include becoming stunningly fit;
growing her hair out; and learning to break-dance. If she had 300
years to live, she'd be a doctor/lawyer/mechanic/talk show host/sign
language interpreter/scuba diver/chef/entrepreneur/spy/psychologist/hairstylist/mother
of a small town, because presumably, one could birth an awful lot of
kids in 300 years (and after the fourth kid, she'd be getting the
epidurals and doing a lot of kegels).
lives in an area of Canada she not so affectionately refers to as the
quasi Arctic. For the record, she is pretty sure the scientists who
determined where the Arctic Circle lies have never personally
experienced the no less than six months of winter Saskatchewan normally
enjoys. She is also a Chartered Accountant who gave up her “real job”
to be at home with her boys in 2005. She keeps busy by working in the
field of educating future accountants, which can be done from home via
her laptop. This allows her the opportunity to feed her blogging and
Kami also writes about being surrounded by testosterone, her new
running pursuit and the weather, among other things, at her personal
blog, Kami's Khlopchyk.
In the winter, she can be found repeatedly giving Old Man Winter a
wedgie in the hope that he will relocate to some other area of the
world. In the summer she enjoys sipping fancy drinks (umbrella
required) surrounded by good friends and family.
Nenette has been a software design engineer, a hula
& tahitian dance instructor, a waitress at a campus restaurant, a
boutique model, and a bassist for a new wave rock band, but by far,
being a stay-at-home-mom is her favourite role.
Born in the Philippines, Nenette emigrated to Canada at the age of 4
with her parents, desperate to leave behind the tropical warmth and
beauty of their homeland for -40C
windchill and the latest in parka fashions. Many years later, she met
her scientist-guy husband, and gave birth to two beautiful, clever
children. When she's not hanging out with her three favourite people,
you can find her watching sci-fi, reading erotic novels, going out for
sushi with her girl friends, stalking people on Twitter, and blogging at her online home, LifeCandy.
Fawn has almost always lived in the northern parts of the country.
Thunder Bay, Iqaluit,and Fort Liard have all been home (although there
were those stints in Ottawa and in Germany, as well). Now she has set
down roots in Whitehorse, Yukon, with her husband, two girls, a cat, a
dog, and an enormous greenhouse.
We all know that parenting will
be challenging, but sometimes the challenges that materialize aren't
what you thought you'd signed up for. For the past year, Fawn's family
has been struggling with epilepsy, as her older daughter battles
seizures that refuse to be controlled by drugs. They are slowly being
tamed using a special diet, a topic that frequently comes up in her
personal blog, Fawnahareo's Place.
(Though you might also find her blogging about childbirth advocacy,
music, or life in the Yukon. And her own inadequacies, of course.)
Outside of mommydom, Fawn works for government, sings (jazz, show tunes, and songs of her own creation) and plays piano.
Ali Martell is
only half Canadian and you can only sometimes tell from her accent.
She's part Georgia Peach, part Wisconsin Cheesehead and all snark.
She's lived in Toronto for the last 13 years and really can't wait for
Canada to embrace Target and finally build one, preferably near her
house in the T.O. suburbs.
She works for a big red
publishing company by day and is a mom to three children and a dog by
night. She has an unhealthy obsession with coffee and more often than
not ends up with someone else's coffee at the Tim Horton's drive-thru.
She is a total music snob and has no issue with publicly humiliating
anyone who listens to Britney Spears. Ali is also an author who has published several children’s books. Ali loves all things pop culture and is lucky enough to write about it at Urban Moms, where she even does the occasional celebrity interview. You can also read her over at her
personal blog, Cheaper Than Therapy, where she takes pride in
irritating grammar snobs everywhere by writing in all lowercase.
Beck lives in Northern Ontario, where she and her husband raise their
three young kids, shovel a lot of snow and are not too tempted to move
any further south.
One warm September in 1994, Chantal Hubert set off to university ready to pursue a lucrative career in Canadian Law. What she didn't plan for was a random encounter with a handsome stranger on the streets of Ottawa. True
to her style of never doing anything halfway, she later married that
handsome stranger at a ridiculously young age. Since 1996 Chantal and
her husband John have made it their business to show everyone they knew
what they were doing; They are now raising four kids between the ages
of six and twelve.
Chantal lives in Almonte, Ontario (a farming
suburb outside of Ottawa) in a house with too many bathrooms and too
many kids. Chantal is an avid runner, adventure racing addict and a
ridiculously competitive soccer player. She volunteers too much,
doesn't sleep enough and is always complaining that she's hungry. Chantal blogs with considerable inconsistency at Bread Crumbs In The Butter.
Like many modern moms, Haley Overland wears a lot of hats: mom/blogger/writer/editor/consultant/art dealer/yoga teacher/recovering
Starbucks addict. Truth is, she didn't think her years of graduate
studies in English literature and philosophy would lead to any of this.
But she finds motherhood and blogging endlessly more fabulous
than the university career she envisioned for herself pre-motherhood.
When she’s not blogging at Cheatymonkey.com, editing/writing at Today's Parent, blogging at Today's Parent'sCelebrity Candy, reviewing Toronto's sweet spots at Sweetspot.ca, selling art for kids at Kids Deserve Art, travel writing at Cottage Country, or procrastinating on twitter (@Cheaty), you’ll find her cuddling with her cats and dog (appropriately named "Betty White"), cooking vegetarian delicacies, practicing yoga, reading books, or, most likely, chasing after her two terrifically adorable young children. You'd think she'd be a good multitasker. But,
she's not. (Just ask her mother.)
Janet decided that she wanted to be a writer during her final year
of high school. Then she went off to university where she chose to
major in Psychology. She often wonders what Freud would have to say
about that decision. After graduating, Janet worked in advertising and
high tech marketing until the pull of motherhood overpowered the allure
of the corner office. She quit her job and started her own freelance
marketing writing business, fervently believing that working from home
would offer the perfect balance of career and family. She has since
been diagnosed with an acute case of illogical optimism.
Janet believes that fair trade coffee tastes best, that chocolate is an
everyday food, and that constantly running after kids should really
offer more noticeable fitness results. When she’s not frantically
trying to meet deadlines, or hanging out with her three divine children
and incredibly patient husband, Janet blogs at Three and Holding.
part earth-mama, one part big mouth, Karen G. has become pretty much
everything she never thought she would be. A full-time copywriter, she
spends her after-work hours messing up ambitious crafting projects,
cooking, and most importantly, getting into all sorts of trouble with
her two delicious girls, born in 2005 and 2007.
For pleasure and therapy, Karen authors the blog, The Kids Are Alright and is a weekly contributor to Better Than A Playdate where she waxes poetic about things like quinoa at Eat Me.
Her other pastimes include ignoring piles of laundry, guessing how many
family members will be in her bed by morning and beating her husband at
Karen Rani Bodkin is a web
designer and freelance writer based in Southwestern Ontario. This
mother of two little boys left a high-powered executive position to
battle laundry and kiss bruised knees, and she wouldn't turn back for
anything. In 2005, Karen started a web design company from home, which
took off like a shot and she merged with Swank Web Style in January 2007 where she works to this day. You can find her portfolio here. Karen also doles out craftastic snark at Craftastrophe and has a personal blog she routinely ignores.
When Karen’s mouse isn’t fused to her hand, she likes to take off to
share whiskey with her Papa and lose her nickels playing cards with
Granny. With the love of her husband and her two young sons, her life
pretty much kicks butt.
Growing up, Karla Cadeaualways wanted to be a writer but somewhere
along the way the Universe shifted her off course and she found herself
working as a Web Developer at a downtown Toronto corporate high rise.
She married her high school sweetheart, who, incidentally is more
sarcastic than sweet, owns a giant yellow dog that is the master of
finding all things that taste like sock, and is a mother to a spirited
toddler who makes her proud each and every day to be on the
heart-expanding journey of parenthood.
After trading in her heels
to become a Stay-at-Home Mom and Perpetual Filler of Sippy Cups, Karla
finally pursued her passion for the written word as a Freelance Writer
and most recently, she started an On-location Photography business.
Karla is the author of Untangling Knots, the photographer behind Karla Cadeau Photography and she also likes to Twitter.
A constant worrier and self-diagnosed hypochondriac, Loukia graduated
from University in Communications, and spent several years working in
television and radio, both in Canada and in the USA, including
internships at CBS in Washington, D.C, and at Entertainment Tonight in
Hollywood, CA. She traded working in the media world for the much more
fast-paced world of motherhood - where everyday is an adventure unlike
no other! Loukia loves to blog about her life as a mom to two amazing
little boys at Loulou's
Views. She knows that being a mom is by far the most exciting,
rewarding, challenging, tiring and truly amazing job there is!
Mamatulip, in 115
words: Former journalist turned freelance writer, unpaid maid and
crust-cutter-offer extraordinaire. Married for almost seven years with
a cat, a dog and two kids underfoot, a fact that still astounds her
every now and then. A lover of cinnamon buns, music and the written
word; kind of nit-picky about how laundry is folded and the way her
dishwasher is loaded. Mamatulip
is a strong supporter of drinking coffee, getting a full night's sleep
and trying to find the beauty in each day, even if that day brings
vomit or tantrums - or both.
Mary G has been a teacher, politician,
HR administrator, student and office drone and presently runs a
semi-secret graphics and advertising business from her home. All the
while she has been a wife (for 46 years now) and is the mother of
two forty something, wonderful daughters. More recently she has become the
delighted grama of almost six year old Little Stuff. She lives to
read and does so obsessively, enjoys photography, her rural
retirement home and, in spite of arthritic knees and relentlessly
increasing embonpoint, she loves swimming, line dancing and snowshoeing.
Two years ago she discovered blogging
(Them's My Sentiments), rediscovered herself as a writer and added
another addiction to her embarrassing total. She also tries to give
back to her community as a volunteer and is presently chair of a
community board that governs several local community health centres
and health related projects. As well, she works at a local community
hall and gets sucked into local charity events. She is supposed to
be retired but has found that you never retire from being a wife and
Samantha works full-time in the construction industry and is a mom
to two boys. With a husband in the construction industry as well so she
finds herself very much at home with the mud, dirt, trucks and bugs.
Despite her very manly lifestyle, she finds it of utmost importance
that she indulge in very girlie aspects of being female. Manicures,
pedicures, nice purses and getting her hair done regularly help remind
her that she is not in fact, one of the boys - though, you'd never know
it from that trucker mouth.
While she does have two small
children and does work outside of the home full-time, Samantha - who
typically goes by the handle "temptingmama" - can be found wreaking
havoc on Teh Internetz on twitter, and regularly blogging at her personal site, Temporarily Me as well as Craftastrophe, which she co-founded with fellow blogger and BFF Karen Sugarpants.
Shannon is a transplanted Nova Scotian, now living in Ottawa, but
hasn't lost the ability to dismember a lobster with her bare hands.
Over the course of her life Shannon's pursued a wide range of career
options as well as life directions, including working in tourism in
Nova Scotia, high-tech in Ottawa and the UK, online community building
in Gatineau and the intersection of video and social media back in
Ottawa. Right now the big news is the impending arrival of Child #1,
who is currently making her presence known by wedging her massive
cranium under Mom's left ribcage.
Shannon's passions include blogging and other writing, cooking
and, by extension, eating, reading diverse
blogs/magazines (both paper and online) and other publications, social and new media, and
finding new and innovative ways to reincorporate the nap into everyday. Shannon also has a keen
interest in environmental issues, and in particular greening up our
everyday lives, which inspired her to create ecochick
- the Canadian environmentally friendly shopping blog for green chicks.
To see more of Shannon, you can also visit her personal blog at ThreeSeven as well as right here at the Canada Moms Blog. Shannon and her
husband own a Beagle named Beagle, which belies their level of
When not saving the planet from
impending asteroids with her laser beam eyes, Dawn enjoys crafting
various household items from the abundant snow found in Montreal.
Between fielding frantic phone calls from noted Nobel Prize winners
attempting to locate their belts or misplaced wallets, she is an
American PhD candidate at McGill and a Mom to her 11-going-on-93 year
She is often witty, occasionally acerbic and frequently tired. She
does not exercise and warns that if you ever see her running down a
street, then you should move fast too, as there is either a pack of
rabid dogs or hungry zombies after her. Her head is filled with useless
bits of trivia and song snippets from the 1990's. And never eat
anything she has cooked. She isn't kidding about that.
Kiwi started her blog Les Pépins de Kiwi
while she and her boyfriend were still struggling with infertility,
trying to get (and stay) pregnant with their first child. A few pills,
injections and pushes later, Kiwi is now a stay-at-home mother of two
lovely boys. She is also working from home as a freelance graphic
designer and she owns a baby-carrier business with her best friend. As
if that wasn't enough to fill her days (and many nights too), she also
volunteers in a breastfeeding support group and writes for Mères & cie. She lives in Montreal suburbia with her boyfriend (been waiting for the proposal for 12 years... and counting) and two sons.
she's not sewing, writing or wiping someone's nose, Kiwi likes to read,
play Sudoku and go out to eat sushi with her boyfriend. That is, if she
had time to do any of that.
The last time she worked out of the home, Montreal blogger Sherry
Osborne worked in a recording studio doing public relations and
creative content editing. There she met her husband and lo, eventually
birthed two daughters, born in 2002 and 2005. She now spends her work
time in front of her laptop, writing merrily away as a freelance
When she's not working, pretending to clean, playing, reading, or
getting way too emotionally invested in prime time television shows,
she blogs at her own space, appropriately titled Chaos Theory.
She is certainly not above unwinding with a beer or glass of wine and a
bowl of chips. She misplaced her mind during the Great Sleep
Deprivation of 2002-2003 but she's sure she'll find it again some day.
Jessica Van Dyne-Evanswas leading a quiet life until someone
introduced her to the internet. Now married and living in a new
country, she has children to run after, several jobs, and a husband who
is still trying to figure out what he's really gotten himself into.
bemused and bewildered at this new stage in her life, she can usually
be found blogging, taking pictures, wrangling children or with her nose
stuck in a good book.
Jessica blogs about her life at daysgoby, talks about Family Health at BlogHers Act Canada, and frequents Twitter and other places. Because giving in to exhaustion is so last year, isn't it?
Since then, she has written her first novel, published in fall 2009, founded Glow in the Woods, a community and collaborative blog for babylost parents, and joined the crew of Shutter Sisters, a collective celebrating women photographers. Kate can show you where they used to hang pirates, and
where you can step barefoot on dead jellyfish for cheap thrills.
By far, her biggest challenge and greatest joy is motherhood. Jill
and her husband are the proud parents of two elementary school aged
daughters. Jill admits that she is NOT A PERFECT PARENT and fears her
daughter's teenage years. Her girls can be heard running around the
house screaming, "Mommy is blogging again!" and she needs to bribe from
time to time them with treats. Is she allowed to admit that?
On the bright side, Jill really digs living in Silicon Valley and tries
her best to blend in, praying that no one will hear her "New Jersey
accent". Unless, of course, she is royally upset.
Jill handles PR, Marketing, Business Development and outreach for this collaborative community.
Beth Blecherman(Chief Technology Mom) is a techie turned blogger mom who is in charge of blogging technology and development for the Silicon Valley Moms Group
network. She also works on the outreach/development to obtain new
bloggers and organizing events for the network. Beth started her
career in application development, then system auditing and her last
role was Senior Manager, Computer Process Integrity, for Deloitte. Beth's personal blog is on tips, tricks, and discussions about parents use of technology for their families (Techmamas). When not blogging, she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and tooling around other new online social networking sites...
MANAGING MEMBER, SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP:Tekla S. Nee,
a cofounder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group, serves as editor-in-chief
and CFO for the network of blogs. She has been writing about parenting
for more than 25 years for magazines like Parenting,BabyTalk,Working Woman, Special Reports: Family, and Better Health and Living. She blogged for five years before there was such a word, writing a weekly column about about her life with three kids for the Palo Alto Daily News. She's published three books, The Mommy Rescue Guide First Year; The Mommy Zone: Tales from the Trenches of Parenthood; and The Everything Baby's First Year Book (also published in Russian and Chinese).
And that's just in her spare time, during the day, she masquerades as a
mild-mannered technology journalist working for a major metropolitan
PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Linsey Krolik joined
the management team of Silicon Valley Moms Group as a Partner in
October 2009, after serving as the company's lawyer, book club editor,
and a contributing writer for Silicon Valley Moms Blog since July 2007.
Linsey has been a technology, media, and
business lawyer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for the past ten
years. Before operating her solo law practice, which she started
shortly after the birth of her twins in 2004,
Linsey was Corporate Counsel for ARM, Inc., a United Kingdom-based
property company and worked for a variety of tech companies in the
Silicon Valley, including Palm, Inc, OmniSky Corporation, and 3Com
Corporation. Linsey holds a combination JD/MBA degree from Santa Clara
University School of Law with a concentration in High Technology Law
and in Marketing and has been a member of the California State Bar
2002. She is the co-author of the book "Virtual Incorporation: A Lawyer's Guide to Forming Virtual Corporations,"
which was published by the American Bar Association in 2009. She is a
speaker and teacher, having spoken at BlogHer'08 and taught at Solo Practice University and Outside the Cube.
Linsey is very active in her community, sitting on the board of several
local organizations as President and in other Board of Director roles.
She is a twin mom (plus one more makes
three kids aged 6 and under), a twin herself, and a cancer survivor. In
addition to writing at Silicon Valley Moms Blog, she writes
at her personal blog, Me Too You, and at her twins club's blog Mad About Multiples. Linsey handles business development, advertising and legal issues for SV Moms Group.