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Alumni Day - Alumni Day
Alumni Day
Alumni Day
Our Blogust Alumni--writers from 2012 and 2013 who have helped Blogust provide vaccines to thousands of children around the world--are kicking off Blogust this year. Check out some of their posts here and be sure to comment and share!
Holly Pavlika - MOMentum Nation
Holly Pavlika
MOMentum Nation
Holly Pavlika, an award-winning creative marketing industry veteran and SVP/Brand Strategy at Collective Bias, a shopper social media company. Her blog is MOMentumNation and was created while serving as the Executive Creative Director and Managing Director at Big Fuel, a social media agency. Her extensive creative agency experience led to her having her name on not one, but two agency doors. She was recognized in 2012 by Klout as the “most influential agency person.” Additionally, she engages in social good projects for 10X10 Educate Girls, Every Mother Counts and Global Poverty Project.
Alumni Voices - Shot@Life
Alumni Voices
Shot@Life
Our Blogust Alumni--writers from 2012 and 2013 who have helped Blogust provide vaccines to thousands of children around the world--kicked off Blogust this year. Check out some of their posts here and be sure to comment and share!
Kathy Cano-Murillo - Crafty Chica
Kathy Cano-Murillo
Crafty Chica
Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer/novelist, artist/illustrator and founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. Known for her glittery “Mexi-boho” style, she is a national spokesperson for iLoveToCreate and a creative influencer for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. She has a product line that is carried in Michaels stores and is a former columnist for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, two of them novels. She have been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, HGTV, DIY Network,Lifetime TV and more. When Kathy isn’t designing, crafting, or writing books, she tours the country teaching classes and giving motivation and business presentations. She is a third-generation Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom, wifey, with four Chihuahuas.
Heather Spohr - The Spohrs are Multiplying / Buzzfeed
Heather Spohr
The Spohrs are Multiplying / Buzzfeed
Heather Spohr is a writer and philanthropist who blogs at the award-winning family lifestyle site The Spohrs Are Multiplying. She is a top fundraiser for the March of Dimes and the President and Co-Founder of “Friends Of Maddie,” a charitable organization that supports the families of critically ill babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She has spoken at numerous conferences, on CNN, and before members of Congress. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband Mike, and children Annabel and James.
Asha Dornfest - Parent Hacks
Asha Dornfest
Parent Hacks
Asha Dornfest is a writer and mother of two living in Portland, Oregon. She's the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less, and founder of the website Parent Hacks. Since 2005, Asha has published parents' real-world, often unconventional tips for simplifying life with kids, and, in the process, become friends with some of the smartest, most generous people on the Internet. She's currently working on a Parent Hacks book to be published by Workman.
Jo Frost - Jo Frost
Jo Frost
Jo Frost
Jo Frost is a bestselling/ award winning author, television star, international speaker, Global Parenting Expert, and was recently named as an ambassador to the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Jo Frost was catapulted to international fame when she became the star of a new "factuality” show, Supernanny. Jo made her television debut in the UK in 2004 and with just three episodes, became an overnight sensation, garnering widespread popularity and acclaim. The “Naughty Step” and “Your behavior is very naughty!” became national catchphrases, and got raves in the House of Commons with David Cameron on discussions about preventing the causes of anti-social behavior.
Rachel Mathews - Southern Fairytale
Rachel Mathews
Southern Fairytale
Rachel Matthews is the publisher of A Southern Fairytale, a food blog and journal of her happily-ever-after with one cowboy boot wearin’, Harley ridin’,Texan Prince Charming and their two 8th generation Texan children. Since 2008, Rachel has been sharing her favorite family recipes, stories, and photographs on her blog, which has received accolades from Babble, Southern Living, Williams-Sonoma, Social Luxe to name a few and was featured in the Think Food cookbook and the e-cookbook 50 bloggers, 50 favorite recipes.
Nicole Morgan - Sisters From Another Mister
Nicole Morgan
Sisters From Another Mister
Nicole is a transplanted Brit cross South African now residing in America - technically a lily white African American with an accent. A once retired marketing expert now back in the game with the gift of the gab, huge $ fundraising experience & a heart for social good. Offering unlimited advice in infertility, adoption, travel, and parenting, Sisters From Another Mister was founded - a website encompassing women in all stages of life from all over the world, joining together to support, endorse, promote and make a difference. The soon to be launched The Sisters Hood will be a market place bringing a visual array of artists, home goods and personal gifts together with a percentage of sales going to various charities supporting global health, education and the protection of women. The site is a valuable resource for heartfelt stories on infertility and adoption, inspiring readers and lending a virtual shoulder. Homeschooling brings its own tales of hilarity, (when not bringing this Expat Mom to her knees) and parenting a tween and a teen provides daily blog fodder. With stories of loss, the trials of separation, tales from the underbelly of divorce and a 'it is what it is' approach to moving onward and upward - there is a way to connect no matter where you may be. A world traveling, liberal homeschooling Mama of two blog fodder providing cherubs by day. Writer at heart. Tweeter by compulsion. Blogger by night. A storyteller in every sense of the word.
Alumni Voices - Shot@Life
Alumni Voices
Shot@Life
Our Blogust Alumni--writers from 2012 and 2013 who have helped Blogust provide vaccines to thousands of children around the world--kicked off Blogust this year. Check out some of their posts here and be sure to comment and share!
Liz Gumbinner - Mom 101
Liz Gumbinner
Mom 101
Liz is a Brooklyn mom of two, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the popular website Cool Mom Picks, and the author of the blog Mom-101. She's been named a top digital influencer by Forbes, Parents and Nielsen, and can frequently be found in media like NBC's TODAY Show discussing parenting trends and culture. Liz once expressed that for bloggers, "comments are our currency". Her remark was part of our initial inspiration to create the Blogust campaign.
Kimberly Foster - For Harriet
Kimberly Foster
For Harriet
Kimberly is the Founder and Editor of For Harriet. For Harriet is digital community for women of African ancestry that encourages women, through storytelling an journalism, to engage in candid, revelatory dialogue about the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood. For Harriet has been spotlighted by a number of platforms including the New York Times, Ebony.com, and NPR, Kimberly received her bachelor's degree in African American studies from Harvard University.
Jim Higley - Bobblehead Dad
Jim Higley
Bobblehead Dad
Jim Higley is an active voice in both the parenting and cancer communities. As a single dad of three, Jim began writing about his own cancer journey in his blog, Bobblehead Dad which evolved into an award-winning book, Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew. Today, Jim is a regular contributor on the TODAY Show's digital platform, Thought Catalog, Men's Health magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. He's also combines his passion for children and cancer by serving as the Chief Development and Marketing Officer for Camp Kesem - which runs over 60 free summer camps helping children through and beyond their own parent's cancer.
Heather Greenwood Davis - GlobeTrotting Mama
Heather Greenwood Davis
GlobeTrotting Mama
Heather Greenwood Davis is the globetrotting mama behind GlobetrottingMama.com. An award-winning writer, international media personality and trusted name in parenting and travel advice. The married mother of two tween boys shares her family's adventures at home and abroad with print, online, television and radio audiences around the world. Named among National Geographic Traveler Magazine's first "Travelers of the Year" after her family's yearlong trip around the world in 2012 - it hit 29 countries on six continents - Heather and her family continue to provide inspiration and advice. Since returning to their native Canada, they continue to travel and have shared their life lessons with O Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, The Toronto Star, NPR, Today's Parent and others. Heather is also a frequent guest expert on CTV's Canada AM and has appeared as a guest speaker at conferences around the world. When the former lawyer isn't traveling (or dreaming about traveling) you can find her on social media @greenwooddavis.
Jennifer Burden - World Moms Blog
Jennifer Burden
World Moms Blog
Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Blog, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Jennifer is the stay-at-home mother to two young girls, a UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign Champion and an advocate for #ONEMoms. She was also a member of a delegation to Uganda to view UNICEF's family health programs with Shot@Life in 2012 and a UN Foundation "Global Influencer Fellow" in 2013. Jennifer co-created the #Moms4MDGs twitter campaign to raise awareness on all 8 of the UN's Millennium Development Goals to help eradicate extreme poverty. Her writing has been featured by Shot@Life, Huffington Post, ONE.org, and The Gates Foundation's "Impatient Optimists."
Morgan Shanahan - The 818
Morgan Shanahan
The 818
Morgan Shanahan is a professional blogger and screenwriter living in Los Angeles with her toddler daughter, dashing husband, and farting trio of dogs.
Alumni Voices - Shot@Life
Alumni Voices
Shot@Life
Our Blogust Alumni--writers from 2012 and 2013 who have helped Blogust provide vaccines to thousands of children around the world--kicked off Blogust this year. Check out some of their posts here and be sure to comment and share!
Meagan Francis - The Happiest Home
Meagan Francis
The Happiest Home
Meagan Francis is a blogger, author and the mom of five kids ages preschool to teen. In her book, The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, and her blog, The Happiest Home, Meagan helps other parents find more satisfaction and enjoyment in family life.
Tiffany Merritt - Stuff Parents Need
Tiffany Merritt
Stuff Parents Need
Tiffany started the blog Stuff Parents Need in 2009 with a fierce desire to share what she was learning about life as a new parent, including tips, tricks and helpful products that could remove a little (or even a lot of) chaos from life. A former Harvard graduate and student affairs professional, Tiffany has embraced the messy and beautiful season of life that she's in and now focuses her energies full-time on blogging, parenting, and having it all by NOT doing it all. She resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband of 12 years and two daughters.
Erika Nicole Kendall - Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss
Erika Nicole Kendall
Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss
Erika Nicole Kendall is the author of the fitness and food blog A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss, where she chronicles her journey of losing well over 150lbs, and what she has learned along the way to help her lose and keep the weight off. Erika’s blog is a hilarious and personal mixture of everything from emotional eating to body image to exercise to eating “clean” to what she calls “the photoshop diet” and something peculiarly called “booty paint.” She has built a reputation for being a shameless truth-teller, and her readers trust her to bring equal amounts of passion and resources to every topic. Erika and her community been featured on NPR, in Essence and Ebony Magazines, on Yahoo! Health, in Shape Magazine, on Woman’s Day, in The New York Times and Washington Post, on MSNBC, and has even had her own segment on The Doctor Oz Show and The Doctors. Erika was also recognized by The Root as one of 30 Black Blogs to Watch. When she’s not spreading love, cheer and healthy living tips on twitter, she’s helping out at her daughter’s school or being dragged across New York by her two giant puppies.
Lorraine Robertson - Run Wifey Run
Lorraine Robertson
Run Wifey Run
Lorraine Sanabria Robertson is an author and creator of the site RunWifeyRun.com where she manages marriage, motherhood, all the mayhem. She's also a regular contributor to TravelingMom.com as Marathon TravelingMom where she blogs about her travel adventures, destination running and fitness. After three marathons, 15 half marathons and countless smaller races she's still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine currently lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and two kids.
Lorraine Ladish - Viva Fifty
Lorraine Ladish
Viva Fifty
Lorraine C. Ladish is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of VivaFifty.com a bilingual and multicultural website that celebrates being 50+. She is also the author of 17 books, a writer, blogger and editor. Lorraine was most recently Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse.com, an award-winning online hub for moms. She has contributed to LatinaMom.me, People en Español, NBC Latino, Babycenter and Redbook, among others and is an independent commentator on CNNE. She writes from the heart about her experiences, such as overcoming an eating disorder or having been a single mom on welfare, to empower and inspire her readers. A confessed social media junkie, she uses it for social good and to build supportive communities. She works from her home in Sarasota, FL, where she lives with her quirky blended family.
Nicole Melancon - Third Eye Mom
Nicole Melancon
Third Eye Mom
Nicole Melancon is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist, traveler and global volunteer who shares her passion for travel, culture and social good on her blog Thirdeyemom. Nicole is also a world voice editor for World Moms Blog, and a regular contributor to The Elephant Journal and a member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good where she focuses on global health, human rights, motherhood, poverty and the environment. She is an advocate for ONE, The United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Campaign and recently served as a fellow to Ethiopia for the International Reporting Project.
Champion Voices - Shot@Life
Champion Voices
Shot@Life
Our Shot@Life Champions represent our strongest supporters across the nation--individuals who are dedicating their voice, time, and support to stand up for childhood around the world Check out some of Blogust posts here and be sure to comment and share!
Anne Geddes - Anne Geddes
Anne Geddes
Anne Geddes
One of the world’s most respected photographers, Anne Geddes creates images that are iconic, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved. Her photographs have appeared around the world in her many books and calendars. Throughout her career Anne Geddes has continued to give back. In 1992, Anne with her husband, Kel, founded The Geddes Philanthropic Trust to raise funds and awareness worldwide for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2011, Anne was proud to announce her partnership with the United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which she hopes will continue to help make the health and welfare of pregnant women, and newborn children, a global priority. Anne is also the Global Advocate for the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, which aims to provide access to basic life-saving immunizations to children in the developing world. Continuing her advocacy for vaccine access, Anne is also photographing a global campaign titled Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease’. Anne’s work has been published in 83 countries and her books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide.
Allison Czarnecki - Petit Elefant
Allison Czarnecki
Petit Elefant
Allison Czarnecki is the founder of Petit Elefant, a modern online parenting magazine. She is the co-founder of Social Luxe Lounge, a large-scale annual party for women bloggers. Allison writes for various online publications, and her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, NBC Chicago, and theUtah Daily Herald, and Salt Lake Tribune among others. She’s a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including Mom 2.0, Evo, and the ALT Design Summit. Her best work is that of a mother to her children, a 15-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, and wife to her sexy Polish husband. She lives in Utah with her family, an assortment of chickens, and one terrible cat.
Cameron Conaway - Good Men Project
Cameron Conaway
Good Men Project
Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, an award-winning poet and the 2014 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona. He is the author of Malaria, Poems (MSU Press, 2014), the first full-length book of contemporary poetry about malaria’s impact on the world. Conaway has also served two years as a Rotary International “HistoryMaker” as part of their End Polio Now campaign. He spearheaded the Social Justice section and served as an Executive Editor at GoodMenProject.com, a blog that reaches millions of readers each month.
Jessica Shyba - Momma's Gone City
Jessica Shyba
Momma's Gone City
Jessica Shyba is the author of Momma's Gone City and creator of #theoandbeau. From California to New York City and back again, Jessica is wife to a dentist and mother to three children and two pets. She is an eternal urban soul riding the daily waves in Surf City and living to capture as many moments with her family as possible.
Leticia Barr - Tech Savvy Mama
Leticia Barr
Tech Savvy Mama
Leticia is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology. She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational resources on her own site as well as on Parents.com, Babble, and Scholastic Parents. Leticia enjoys the distinction of having been Parents Magazine’s Editors’ Pick for Best Tech Blog, Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs, one of the 50 Top Twitter Moms by Babble, Mom.me’s 50 Favorite Mom Bloggers, and the 2014 Bloganthropy award winner for her continued work in Haiti as the founder of #Bloggers4Haiti.
Polly Palumbo - Momma Data
Polly Palumbo
Momma Data
A psychologist, child research consultant and mother of three, Polly started Momma Data, a non-profit organization devoted to adding more nuance and accuracy in news and advice about children’s health and well-being. When she isn’t reading up on the latest research, she loves making sense of studies and statistics for parents, teachers, journalists and organizations. An outspoken critic of the parenting media, it’s her mission to flush out misinformation and help parents cope with all the experts, advice and claims about kids.
Champion Voices - Shot@Life
Champion Voices
Shot@Life
Our Shot@Life Champions represent our strongest supporters across the nation--individuals who are dedicating their voice, time, and support to stand up for childhood around the world Check out some of Blogust posts here and be sure to comment and share!
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