MomsGetReal Contributors

MomsGetReal is more than one voice; it’s a powerful group of women and moms who share the intimate details of their lives to help others.

Our current writers include Shadra Bruce, Kira Hazledine, Megan Gregory, Chris Wilcox, and Jennifer Poole.

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MomsGetReal Alumni include:

Tammy Bartholomew

After her military brat travels, Tammy Bartholomew settled in Boise, Idaho to start her life and family. There she received a Bachelor of Arts with emphasis in Graphic Design, working in the industry for 15+ years. A mother of 3 (twin boys, age 16 & a daughter, age 14), she was pleasantly surprised (more shocked) when then her husband of 17 years returned from his 3rd tour in Iraq & said “Go Find Yourself” – when she didn’t know she was even lost. In 2009, to recover from her divorce, one twin moving to WA to live with his father, her bestie moving to the Oregon coast and being laid off from the best job she ever had, Tammy started writing, ending with a series of poems called “Airing the Dirty Laundry, Lessons Learned by 40.” Currently, she is working to publish her poems and develop a blog site.

Tammy works to live and enjoys life at a slower pace. Spontaneous and a curious George, she takes time to enjoy the little things, likes dancing in her car at night, listening to music with her top open! Spending time with family/friends, playing tennis , fishing, an ocean siesta and taking walks are a few of her favorites. Currently, she contracts for companies doing administrative and marketing. She in the process of starting her own business and finding great venues to share her poetry and the experiences of her life.  Life is Great!!!

Mary Swan-Bell

Mary Swan-Bell is a mom of three children (18, 11, and 5) a freelance writer and media buyer. Married for nearly 20 years to her high school sweetheart, Mary writes to find some semblance of sanity in the midst of her often chaotic world. While she does write web copy, press releases, and blogs for a communications firm, she chooses in her spare time to write about relationships, parenting, and spirituality.
Her education reflects her tendency toward multiple personalities, as she has a BA in Professional Writing and Editing/journalism, and half of a master’s degree in community counseling. Despite more than 18 years as a mother, she still feels she has much to learn and is honored to be part of the Mama Posse.

Katie Bugbee

Katie Bugbee is the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. A busy working mother of two, she’s an expert on many parenting dilemmas, from appeasing picky eaters to finding the perfect babysitter.

Tonia Caselman, PhD, LCSW

Tonia is an associate professor with the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she maintains a private practice focusing on the the mental health needs of children and families. She has authored numerous books, including Empathy: The Social Emotion, Impulse Control, Boundaries, and Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents. She has also developed numerous therapeutic games and is a frequent speaker. She is co-founder of Castlewell Therapeutic Play, a website that offers inexpensive, downloadable, therapeutic games for therapists and parents to use with children.

Tiana Green

Sara Haley

Sara Haley was raised in a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska, and has settled into the same town in which she grew up.  During her marriage, she was a stay-at-home mom, freelancing to help supplement the household income.  Now, she is a single mom who has been able to freelance her way to paying the bills, while still keeping and maintaining her full-time job as a stay-at-home mother to her three-year-old daughter, April.

The transition from marriage to single-dom has been a challenge, but through it, Sara has kept her sights on raising her daughter to be a happy, well-rounded child.  Being a single mom is a completely different lifestyle change for her, but has given her the strength and independence to remember the importance of what she does best–being a mom.  Though she lives paycheck to paycheck, she is able to work from home and watch her daughter grow and learn at the same time!

Sara Haley writes and maintains numerous websites, including her local Omaha Moms site, an iPhone app review site called Happy Apping, as well as desktop publishing, freelance writing, and transcription for a number of happy clients and companies.  She has also penned a few eBooks, including her “How to Make Money on oDesk” series, and maintains a blog called The Mod Mommy in which she scopes out and finds modern products for parenthood.  She can be contacted through her website at sarakhaley.com.

Belinda Hulin

Belinda Hulin is married to Jim Crissman and is Mom to their two children, Dylan, 23, and Sophie, 11, plus Molly the elderly Sheltie and Spenser the supposed-to-be Beagle (who grew to be 73 pounds), both adopted from rescues.  The family cats—Belle, Buzz and Woody—had the good fortune to be caged together at the pound.  When Belinda and Jim went to adopt a (as in one) kitten for Sophie, the then-five-year-old spotted the group and said, “Look, it’s a family!”  Everybody knows you can’t break up a family, so the three former strays got a comfy home.  Aside from family duties, Belinda is a five-time cookbook author as well as a veteran magazine, newspaper and web writer.  Her memoir cookbook, Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes, was published in September 2010 by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe-Pequot. The book chronicles a South Louisiana family through recipes, vintage photos and essays. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the near-loss of family recipes and mementos, prompted Hulin to document the family taste-print for future generations. She is now passionate in urging others to write their own food history and hopes her next book, The Keepsake Cookbook: Gathering Delicious Memories One Recipe at a Time, due in July 2011 from Lyons Press, will help them do just that.

When she isn’t writing or cooking, Belinda is a Mary Kay consultant—in part to support her own cosmetics habit and partly because it isn’t writing or cooking!  A Louisiana native, Belinda now lives with her family in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Veronica Monique Ibarra

Veronica Monique Ibarra is a married mother of two living in North Carolina.  She earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in English at Peace College, NC.  Following graduation she went to work at an outdoor therapeutic program where she spent 10 years working with troubled teens as a counselor, teacher and tutor before becoming a work-from-home Mom (emphasis on the work).

She is now a freelance SEO Writer, and also works in partnership with her husband on his web design business providing content generation.  When she isn’t writing for the web, she is working on creative writing projects that she hopes will someday culminate in a novel (or more).  She maintains two websites: http://www.veronicamonique.com/, which features her real life and professional SEO Writing and http://www.bloodandcandlelight.com/, which features her darker themed creative writings.  Writing is her passion.

Jana Jeffrey

Wife and mother of 4, Jana hails from Boise, ID where she lives, works and plays. By day, she develops beautiful and useful websites for clients at an international advertising agency and consults on social media strategy and program development. You can see more about her work here: http://janajeffery.me. By night, she partakes in her creative passions, raises 4 children between the ages of 6 and 18, and shares her hopes and dreams with her husband, Bryant. With an Aspy son and a brother with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy, Jana has intimate experience with the ups, downs and challenges faced by parents and caretakers of those with special needs. Jana and her husband both have ex-spouses and children from those relationships as well, so she also understands the unique challenges faced by blended families. Jana enjoys sharing her experiences, tips, and stories on a wide range of topics including, divorce, marriage, blended families, special needs, parenting in the digital age, social media safety and so much more.

Wanda Morrissey

Wanda Morrissey was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia. At the age of 20, after two failed attempts to get a college education, she moved across the country and landed in Calgary, Alberta, living and working in Alberta for two years. For the last 12 years, Wanda has lived in Newmarket, Ontario, where she met her husband of 6 years. Because Wanda wanted to be home with her son, Jeffrey, who was born 14 weeks premature, she gave up her full time job and works part-time in the evenings. She loves to do creative things and often has multiple projects going. Her favorite interests are baking, cross stitch, scrap booking, and of course, writing. Wanda has dreamed of being a writer and of furthering her education, so she took an online course in freelance writing.

Jennie Page

Elizabeth Sanchez

Elizabeth Sanchez is a mother of three: two by birth, one by awesomeness, who lives, works and plays in Chicagoland. A displaced Michiganian, she earned her BA in Journalism and Michigan State University, with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. After internships at the Lansing State Journal and the Detroit Pistions and Detroit Shock, Sanchez wandered into the Windy City and works in public relations at a sports organization.

Growing up as a first generation Mexican-American, living has always been something of a contradiction in terms and the contradiction continues with the next generation: a stepson, a middle son and a baby girl. A lover of soccer, languages and travel, she drags her kids and husband along for the ride.

Danica Sorber

Danica Sorber is a freelance copywriter that spends all day attempting to write while taking care of her 3 children (ages 5 ½, 2, and 1). Danica is originally from California, but now lives in PA with her husband and their brood. Danica has a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Counseling, and Associates in Biblical studies, but her passion has always been writing. She loves writing about being a mom, a wife, a writer, and a Christian and how all of those things can be blessings even during challenging experiences. Her blog, Pulse of the Purple Notepad, is dedicated to freelancers (especially stay at home moms) who want a place to go to get quality advice on freelancing, balancing life and work, and having a healthy spiritual life. Danica is also proud to be in the process of publishing her first book, How I Held the Seasons in My Hands.

Lisa Van De Graaff

Lisa is a mother, wife, daughter, student, and licensed massage therapist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and thirteen years of experience in corporate accounting and project management in addition to certifications in several bodywork modalities (Swedish, LaStone, Manual Lymph Drainage, Breast Massage, and Zen Shiatsu (in process)).

Travel, photography, home improvements, and food are Lisa’s passions, and she considers herself immeasurably blessed to be sharing life’s journey with her daughter and life partner. While the commitments to motherhood have momentarily taken her attention away from international travel, Lisa and her travel companion plan to resume annual travels to Europe (for the art and food) and Africa (for safari) in the next few years. Domestic travel usually involves cities with good shopping and flavorful dining.

Keeping journals has been a lifelong outlet for expression of creativity and emotion for Lisa. Lisa plans to use these journals as an outline for periodic posts to MomsGetReal™ in hopes of sparking creativity and joy in others.

Chris Wilcox

Chris Wilcox has been writing and creating in one capacity or another since she was old enough to realize that medium applied to canvas equaled art – and her mother had the peanut-butter-painted cabinets to prove it.

Corporate public relations director by day, student of life on this rock by night (and principal at Mosaic Creative Services), Chris started freelancing in 2005 when she had the idea that she could help entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes take their rambled sentences, notes scratched out on cocktail napkins and half-baked thoughts and ideas and transform them into a message that would give them – and their customers, fans and followers – goosebumps every time it’s read. Conveying the voice, intent and passion precisely of others is her water.  Learning to use her own voice to as she follows her own path is her oxygen.

If Chris could have your attention for 15 seconds, she’d want you to hear this and take it to heart: “The words echoing in your head, heart, and soul are there to remind you that you are sentient, cognizant and have something worth sharing, repeating and living.  And there’s a singular obsession that we all have to make them known: call it passion, destiny, fate or life’s purpose – it doesn’t matter. It’s what  makes your heart race, brain speed up, and time slow down. It makes you laugh, guides the soundtrack in your head, and pushes you every day to say “what IS that?” It creates love, heartbreak, and strength, exposes our weaknesses, shows the best and worst of our ego to the world, and ultimately sculpts this malleable thing that we call life into something.

You have value & purpose – even if you’re not entirely assured; you don’t know when you will say, write, paint or create the ONE THING that will resonate so deeply within another’s soul that you will, in turn, stir their passion to the surface. And when someone says, writes, paints or creates something that resonates with you – share it – and turn up its volume as loud as you can go.”

Namaste,
Chris

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