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About Ohio Moms Blog

The Ohio Moms Blog is written by a collaborative group of mothers living or working in Ohio. Ohio might get played like some quaint state stuck in yesteryear but these moms will tell you that it's more than small towns and corn fields. Ohio is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, industrial cities, progressive arts-centric historic communities, sports teams with devoted fans, the largest college campus in the country and yes, the down home Main Streets where neighbors don't need to lock their doors. This diverse group of Ohio Moms Blog contributors will show you the real Ohio, casting off the stereotypes, once and for all.

Ohio Moms Blog is a member of the Silicon Valley Moms Group. Other blogs in the group include Silicon Valley Moms Blog, DC Metro Moms Blog , New York City Moms Blog, Chicago Moms Blog, Los Angeles Moms Blog, 50-Something Moms Blog, New Jersey Moms Blog, Deep South Moms Blog, Canada Moms Blog, Philadelphia Moms Blog and Rocky Mountain Moms Blog.

Instigator Of Ohio Moms Blog:

Dsc_0091_6 Vanessa Druckman (@Chefdruck) never dreamed that she would become a stay at home Ohio mom to three kids.  Born in France, she lived in England, Morocco, and Brazil before moving permanently to the States in high school.  After college, she fell in love with New York City and lived in the area for close to 15 years with her husband and three kids. 

When she agreed to follow her husband to Columbus for his new job, she had only been to the Midwest once, for a weekend in Chicago. She wasn't sure what to expect, but she's been thrilled to discover that Columbus is filled with independent restaurants and great food. When not throwing her kids in the back of her dirty minivan daily to check out markets and farms, Vanessa blogs about cooking and parenting at her blog Chefdruck Musings and writes reviews at Chefdruck Reviews. She also does freelance writing about cooking and parenting for a number of publications and websites.

Come Meet the Ohio Moms Blog Contributors:

Amy holiday Amy Phillips-Gary wanted to be a “country & western” singer when she was a girl growing up in south-central Ohio. This, of course, was followed by aspirations to be some amalgam of Cyndi Lauper and Madonna.

She still loves to sing, but today she channels her creativity into writing relationship and self improvement articles for various websites from her cozy and pet-filled home in Columbus, Ohio. She offers weekly insights and advice at the Personal Growth Planet blog and is available for personal growth coaching.

Her two sons-- a teen and a tween-- teach her so very much as they homeschool and otherwise emerge into what they are each becoming. Their math questions, in particular , give Amy a chance to put her M.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies certificate to good use!? When she's not writing, coaching or helping with homeschooling, Amy and her husband can often be found walking their too cute St. Bernard dog Ella around their neighborhood.


Amy Turn Sharp is a wild mama from Ohio writing her first novel and running a wee toy company called Little Alouette where she and hubby make swoon worthy Eco friendly wooden toys.  She tracks her life on doobleh-vay blog and at all times has at least 7 projects brewing. She is orginally from a tiny town in Southeastern Ohio but now resides in the Columbus area.

Amy is a Kirtsy editor and has written for major websites, magazines, and PR firms.
She spends her spare time looking in old bookshops,traveling the world,  reading, and playing sword fighting with her two small boys.
Her goal in life at this point is to have an essay on NPR. She really likes radishes, spoonerisms, and chicken korma. Her favorite word is yes.

Profile Pic Andrea Deckard loves to save money.  Last year alone, she saved $6,500 from her grocery budget all while sharing great deals and bargains on her blog, Mommy  Since the creation in 2008, Mommy has grown into a popular money-saving/deals stop that includes readers all over the US.   Her motto is to "save money on what you need so you can spend more on what you want."  It is her desire to help others realize that savings of any amount is within reach!  Andrea has been quoted as an expert in various media outlets, including All You Magazine.

When not trying to lose those last 10 pesky "baby" pounds as she contemplates running her first half marathon, Andrea is likely with her husband at one of their three sons sporting events in Cincinnati.   She loves her iPhone to keep her connected as she does the 24/7 mom gig.  You can also find her @MommySnacks on Twitter and her Mommy Snacks Fan Page if you need money-saving advice, brand/social media consulting or simply want an excuse to get out of going to the gym.

Peep hole-smAudrey is a recent Cleveland transplant who lured her husband to Maryland and then followed him back to Ohio in search of more affordable housing, right in the middle of the housing crisis. She does not recommend moving to a different state, having your spouse start a new job, giving birth and buying a house in a span of 30 days. Since the move she has been finding her footing as a stay-at-home mother after years of working as a graphic designer and photographer. She has also been learning that making new friends in a non-work environment is an awkward process that often has the same "do you like me" feeling that dating did in high school.

Audrey chronicles her parenting journey on her personal journal, Planet Hausfrau and soon plans to launch a new project where she and other mothers review the books their children read - from board books to young adult novels.

MeChris is an animal-loving, reading, crafting, gardening, sculpting, writing, active mom living in Columbus. An ADHD mom of three (probably) ADHD children, there is no such thing as a dull moment in her house--and that is just the way she loves it. She is currently working on her  first novel--a book with a technological twist that keeps her on her toes. When she is not playing chauffeur to her herd, she is writing, puttering in the garden, or just wasting time in the vortex of the Internet.

She also works as a crafty-maven at her friend's store in Clintonville, bringing together kids and crafts--what could be better? Her life at home is like a giant art project, with all her kids loving to create right along side her. She has several blogs, which get intermittent attention as she tries to find the right balance between her blogs, her book, her work, and her art. 

Aboutcm6 Christina McMenemy (@mommystory) once vowed to get as far away from her small Ohio hometown as possible. She now lives an hour away from that small town in a suburb of Columbus. Oops. Christina does admit that she loves Columbus as a home for her family, which includes her husband, two daughters and a couple of lazy, heat-seeking Siamese cats.

Her obsession with the internet started back with dial-in BBS boards in the 80's, and that love of connecting with people across a series of tubes combined with motherhood four years ago to produce a blog writer. Her blog, A Mommy Story, originally started as a way to reach out to other moms when most of her "real-life" friends were still childless. Now it's a comfy place to vent, laugh, and share her life with the friends she's found.

One of her greatest life challenges came in 2007 when her older daughter, Cordelia, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, an autism spectrum disorder. She now serves as an advocate for her daughter and works to bring further awareness to the difficulties faced by families affected by autism.

Not content to ever sit idle, Christina recently went back to school for yet another degree, this time in Nursing. Now she juggles the roles of wife, mom, blogger, and labor/delivery nurse with very little grace, but a lot of heart. In her imaginary spare time, Christina likes to knit, watch sci-fi TV and Bollywood films, and sleep. She loves chocolate, pomegranate martinis and occasionally dressing up in Renaissance clothing. She wishes she had more time and money to travel the world.

Emily berry Emily Berry is a thirty-something mother of two from Germantown, Ohio. She and her husband Andy have been married for nearly nine years and have two kids, Kate (5) and Sam (1). Emily is a full-time employee as well as a part-time student, slated to complete her master’s degree in instructional design in 2010. She is also a passionate devotee of social media, as evidenced by her legions of Twitter followers and the many readers of her blog, Mommin’ It Up, which she has co-authored with her cousin, Jenny, since 2006.

When she’s not working, studying, blogging, tweeting or hanging out with her family, Emily enjoys reading, attending her daughter’s swim meets, and her favorite hobby: eating out.  Her goal is to someday invent kitchen appliances that will cook dinner with little to no input from humans.

Photo_OhioSVMoms_GraceHester Grace Hester is a 32-year-old Singaporean who was placed under the spell o'love by her then-fiance, now husband and hoodwinked into moving to Cleveland Ohio.  (How they met warrants a blog post in itself so stay tuned.)  So she packed up her life into 2 boxes and 2 suitcases and moved to the US.  Fast-forward 10 years, and now she is momma to two young girls who are the reasons for the extra pep in her step, and she juggles a full-time job with a 24-hour etsy business.

You can join her on her journey from concrete jungle Singapore to mid-west surburbia of Westerville Ohio; from college grad to mother of two; from programming for radio stations and mtv to numbers-crunching for Corporate America; all while trying to balance the pretty with practical in her life at her blog or on twitter @gracehester. She also blogs as "The Productive Mom".  You can view her design creations at her etsy store at

Reflection-1 Heather Durdil is an organizationally challenged, thirty something wife, mother, and freelance photographer living in small town about 25 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio.  She lives about two miles from the street where she grew up after following her husband all over the country as a devoted Navy Wife.   

When not answering questions like "How are you old enough to have daughters that are fifteen & nearly twelve?" or taking massive amounts of photos of the said daughters she is writing at her blog  Domestic Extraordinaire, where her tagline reads "I do it all. I never said I do it all well."  She chronicles her life as a SAHM/WAHM and shows all of her pretty, pretty pictures.  You can also find her on twitter under the name DExtraordinaire.

Lovethecamera Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) is an Ohio transplant having been born and raised just north of Pittsburgh. She swore she would never marry anyone from Ohio and actually refused to date one guy because he was from the state (among other reasons). The transition to Ohio living was made after she married her husband, an Ohio native. Life is funny that way. Thankfully they bonded over a love of Pennsylvania sporting teams (Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Penn State football). Her husband is a professional firefighter, likely keeping them in their location through his retirement. They are the everyday parents of two sons, referred to as BigBrother (2005) and LittleBrother (2007) online. Jenna is a freelance writer and editor as well as a part-time photographer for a local newspaper. In fact, she usually has a camera of some sort stuck to her face (hence the photo on this bio). She has been blogging in some form or fashion since 2001. She currently blogs at Stop, Drop & Blog (about the family side of fire life) and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land (about the open adoption she maintains with her daughter's family). She also writes for and occasionally pops up in random Internet and other media places. She was published in Redbook in 2008 and someday dreams of writing a book. Or taking a really famous photograph. Or taking a nap. Pick and choose, pick and choose.

Jenny Rapson

Jenny Rapson is the mother of three-year-old and a five-year-old and is currently holding on to the "Thirty is the New Awesome" motto with both hands. A Dayton, Ohio native, she has been married for almost ten years to her high school sweetheart, whom she met in sixth grade. 

Jenny blogs at Mommin' It Up (with her cousin Emily Berry), is a stay-at-home mom and is the editor of the popular Fashion & Style channel at Blissfully Domestic. She loves writing, being a mom, fashion, Jesus, and coupons (not necessarily in that order), and counts makeup, cookie dough, and Ambien among her many hopeless addictions.

Kelly confused2 Kelly Morris is a wife to one and mother to 9.  She lives in SW Ohio with her family and faithful basset hound, Zoey.

Since that time, Kelly and Mark have taught extensively about financial stewardship at their church.  Kelly also speaks to ladies groups about how to manage their homes and budgets, as well as taking their position as homemaker seriously.

In 2009, the Morris' adopted three siblings from Ethiopia, bringing their children to 9.  Their oldest child, Hailey is 23 and in college, Trevor is 16, Colin 14, Rahel 13, Eli 11, Meredith 8, Isaac 5, Bereket 5 and Ephy is 3.  Her home is loud, crazy and busy, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

 Photo of Jenny by Secret Agent Mama

Kristin Marks was born in Columbus, Ohio and after leaving for a bite of the big apple for a number of years, knew that Ohio was where she belonged. She moved back, met her husband, and had her two children. “Queen Mommy” (as her three year old likes to call her) reigns over one princess and one gladiator…but if we are being honest here, Kristin feels more like the court jester of the house rather than the queen.

She is a former media relations guru and once she heard her daughter’s first coo, became a stay-at-home mom. Kristin still dabbles a bit in marketing and PR work, and loves writing for her blogs: cBus Mom featuring tips and reviews of kid-friendly activities in Central Ohio, and Glass of Whine chronicling her life since becoming a mother. She also manages the Three Sisters-Settlers Garden blog, writes for a local online newspaper, and contributes to her daughter’s preschool newsletter. Red wine (as long as it isn’t too dry), running, knitting, chocolate, and book club are some of her loves, as well as her delightfully sarcastic husband, two blue-eyed beauties, and two barky mini-schnauzers. You can find Kristin as @cbusmom on Twitter and follow the cBus Mom blog updates on Facebook.

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Marianne Thomas is a super-caffeinated mom of three who writes about her life as mom at Writer-Mommy.  She also authors and owns The New Frugal Mom, a site dedicated to saving money with a weekly linkup for die-hard Kroger shoppers,Let's Go Krogering!

A Maryland girl who married an Ohio boy fourteen years ago, Marianne lives in Lebanon; she thinks that "Small Town"by John Mellencamp makes a great personal theme song. 

When she's not zipping her kiddos around the greater Cincinnati area in her trusty van Claudine or blogging herself silly, she works from home as a freelance writer. She also contributes to Family Friendly Cincinnati.  You can catch up with Marianne online on twitter @WriterMommy or on Facebook.  In her minimal spare time, she enjoys running, a good book, a hot cuppa java, and collecting domain names. 


Mollie, a self proclaimed gypsy and Ohio native, moved back to the heartland one month to the day before her baby was born.  Kickin’ it in Columbus with her 5-year-old cheese addicted daughter, Maggie, and massively obese cat, Fred, Mollie is a marketing director for a small biotech company and actually likes her job.   When not answering the millions of questions asked daily by her daughter, Mollie is a photographer who occasionally shows her work at galleries in the Cbus area. 

Mollie writes about trying to balance motherhood, work, art, and finding love over on her blog, Fish Food.

Momo is a native of Columbus, Ohio.  She currently resides with her sports-fanatic husband,  her pre-teen, eye-rolling daughter, her seven year old, blatantly-honest son and her two, constantly-shedding labrador retrievers.  Momo enjoys hyphenating, drinking cold beer and watching Ohio State football.  She despises Ohio winters, migraine headaches and hospital visits with her medically fragile son.

Momo blogs at Momo Fali's, where she uses humor to deflect the pain of her insomnia, her physically demanding part-time job and the fact that her son once told a woman that she looked like a fish.

Rachel Tayse Hounds In The Kitchen Rachel Tayse is an earth friendly mother of an only child.  A nearly lifelong resident of Ohio, Rachel currently lives in the Clintonville neighborhood with her husband, four year old daughter, and two rescued hound dogs.  She experiences daily life in a bike riding, urban gardening, home cooking, do it yourself "little family" surrounded by supportive extended family and friends.

Rachel writes about sustainable gardening, cooking, and living at Hounds in the Kitchen.  She teaches classes and leads workshops about seasonal growing and eating for all ages; current events are listed on her calendar.  She is available for hire as an edible garden consulantBaying Hound is Rachel's sustainably minded store selling water bottles, reusable bags and eco accessories.  Follow Rachel @bayinghound on Twitter.

Bio Pic Randi has been a Buckeye her whole life, and yet still gets surprised by the winters every year. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband of 8 years, her two boys (4) and (1), a 21 lb cat, and a hyper, fluffy dog. She once was a hairdresser, but hung up her smock to become a stay-at-home mom. She loves anything British, technology, gadgets, twitter, vampires, and books. She only listens to Alternative/Indie/Folk music and NPR. She could live on coffee, chocolate, and cheese.

She's been blogging since late 2003, early 2004. Blogging took on a whole new importance in 2006 when she became a mother for the first time and used her blog as a tool to chronicle her ups and downs as a first-time mom. And that is how My Moments As Told By Me was born. When she isn't cooking, cleaning, and wiping little butts and noses, she's indulging in her other favorite hobby, photography. If you can't find her clicking away on her computer, her face is behind her Nikon D50 trying to capture the perfect moments

Sharonbell Sharon and her family live in the "not exactly nice" neighborhood just north of the "up-and-coming neighborhood" in central Columbus.  She lives with a bunch of people and a crapload of animals, some of whom she is related to.

For money to help buy things for the aforementioned group, she does these things:

1. Makes art

2. Does amateur graphic design work

3. Writes arts and crafts how-to's

4. Works at various part time jobs

And you'd think that would take up all of her time, but she's also been known to home school the younger of her two children and be actively involved with a number of organizations including Mother Artists at Work (MAW), Creative Arts of Women (CAW), Ohio Art League, and Columbus Crafty Cotillion.  Oh, and she and her husband (well, mostly her husband) own a vegan restaurant/hot dog cart called Rad Dog!.

If you want to find out more about how this all shakes out, you can read her blog, Sharon H. Bell's House of Vice and Virtue.

Smile.JPG Stephanie was a working mom until just a few weeks ago when the recession caught up with her. She has a masters degree in engineering, twelve US patents and has spent the past eleven years designing products and equipment. Always looking for the bright side, she is enjoying the time home with her darling girls Sweetpea (2) and Sugar Plum (3 months) and is considering going into education or consulting. Stephanie has spent most of her life in Ohio, except for a one year stint as an experimental brewer in St Louis, MO. She lives with her family in the house she grew up in, but has traveled extensively for both business and pleasure.

 Stephanie blogs about bringing her problem solving style to parenting and life management at Problem Solvin Mom and shares product reviews and recommendations at Problem Solvin Mom Recommends. If you’re interested in parenting topics such as teaching your children through play, crafting, and cooking, or life management topics such as organization, work/life balance and living a healthy lifestyle please stop by! Stephanie is also a regular contributor to Sprout for Parents and can be found on twitter as @psmom.

Susan Jackson-smallA native Ohioan and Cincinnatian, Susan Wenner Jackson is a writer, editor and blogger (Working Moms Against Guilt and Family Friendly Cincinnati) who thrives on flexibility in her professional and personal life. In 2009, Susan left the corporate life of "working for the man" to strike out on her own as a freelance copywriter and social media consultant. She is the mother of a preschooler daughter and infant son.

Prior to Susan's life as a freelancer, she spent time writing and editing at dunnhumbyUSA, a relevance marketing firm, and five years as a copywriter/director at Bridge Worldwide. She was also a magazine editor and newspaper reporter. Susan got a master's degree at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a bachelor's degree in journalism at Miami University.> Keep up with her not-quite-blogworthy minutia on Twitter. Or you can connect with her professionally on LinkedIn.

Tela Tela was born in a teeny, tiny one-square-mile town in Northeastern Ohio and had dreams of moving to the big city one day. She ended up in Cincinnati, but she's not complaining. Much. She's the mother to one precociously precious preschooler, who is the light of her life. And she knows that sounds cheesy, but doesn't care.

Tela currently works full-time as a copy director at a interactive advertising agency in downtown Cincinnati. She's blogged since late 2006 at Working Moms Against Guilt. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city with her child, getting up way too early to Jazzercise (yes, Jazzercise--it's not the 1980s legwarmer-wearing workout you might think it is!), and hanging out with friends. You can follow her on twitter @WMAGTela, but warns that she doesn't tweet much.

tzt Tracy Zollinger Turner is a freelance writer, editor, web content developer, radio producer, opinionated person and late-blooming mom to a four-year-old astronomer. If you throw a rock at the Columbus media, you’ll probably hit someone she’s worked with that prefers to refer to her as TZT. Her Ohio roots run 13 generations deep, but she spent half of her youth and her college years on the east coast, where she learned to walk, read and eventually develop an appreciation for Diane Arbus and Etta James.

She blogs about motherhood, spirituality and space travel at Tiny Mantras (find her on Twitter @TinyMantras), as well as her accidental career in journalism at her professional website, Writearm. She is currently working on a new site called CultureCycle that explores kid and grownup-friendly arts and entertainment options. She contributes a segment by the same name to her husband’s public radio show, Almost There, which she also produces.

2008161Small-2 Tésa Nicolanti grew up in a small town in Michigan. She came to the Cleveland area to attend John Carroll University where she fell in love with the school, Cleveland, and her husband. After graduation, Tésa came to the realization that she wasn't going to be able to uproot her husband from the suburb of his youth, so in Cleveland she remains. While there are some days she misses her small town life, Tésa has carved out a spot in her heart for Cleveland and is proud to now to be considered a long-time resident.

Tésa is a stay-at-home mom raising a 4 year-old daughter and a 3 year-old son, they are 14 months apart. At this time they are best friends and get along well. While her children play together and at naptime, Tésa tries to type with her fingers crossed hoping this stage will last. She is dusting off her English degree and has jumped back into writing. She authors the parenting blog, 2 Wired 2 Tired, she writes event notices and reviews for Westside Cleveland Mom on, and she keeps her family friendly Cleveland events and activities site, Kidburst, up-to-date. She also thinks she finally "gets" Twitter and tweets at 2Wired2Tired.


MANAGEMENT TEAM for Ohio Moms Blog:

Jill_asher018_2 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CO-FOUNDER: Jill Asher is the co-founder of Silicon Valley Moms Group.  The idea came to Jill over two years ago (March 2006) to start Silicon Valley Moms Blog, after she finished her one year "Presidency" of PAMP. After inviting friend after friend to join this "crazy idea" that moms would want to write about parenting experiences in their regional area, Jill has watched Silicon Valley Moms Group blossom into over twelve collaborative blogging communities.

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.

Tekla_n_017crop_2 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 magazine.

Bethblecherman_150x200 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY MOM: Beth Blecherman 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 (including proudly reaching out to Los Angeles Moms!). 

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...

Linsey Krolik profile-1 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 intellectual 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 Association since 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.