Tania, founder and co-editor of the New England Mamas blog, is a mother, wife, professional dog trainer, and unrepentant iced coffee addict. She lives in the wilds of central Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, 4 and 1, two dogs and a cat, but close enough to the edge of Metro West to convince her friends in the greater Boston area she doesn't actually live in Nebraska. Tania is a ravenous consumer of pop culture gossip, aka junk food for the soul, she'll read anything between two book covers, has a serious Nutella problem, enjoys gardening, baking and classic movies, and loves long walks on the beach and cuddling with that special someone... Even if that "special someone" is of the four-legged variety.
In a former life, Tania has been a multi-media specialist/project manager for a Fortune 500 company, a radio DJ, and a voice-over artist. She likes being a mom and working with dogs more. You can find out more about her at her personal blog Chicky Chicky Baby.
Christina, co-editor and whip cracker of the New England Mamas, spent 14 years working in advertising and media before giving it all up to stay home with three kids. In her spare time, she chronicles her life on Fairly Odd Mother and is also the proud Associate Editor of Cool Mom Picks.Christina homeschools her kids but refuses to wear a denim jumper. She also likes to cook and is fascinated by the ‘eat local’ movement; this fascination wanes annually during the months of January through March.
The Fairly Odd Family resides in Southeastern Massachusetts in a noisy home with the happiest deaf cat in the world.
Christine was born and raised in Waltham, or what is now considered the technology belt of Massachusetts (but was just Rt 128 back then). After moving to upstate NY for college, New York City post-college, and Maryland post-post college, she decided to return to Massachusetts to be closer to her tight-knit family. She planted her roots in the Merrimack Valley. Subsequently, both her loving family members and in-laws have all since moved out of Massachusetts. Peculiar.
She married a laid back, supportive man who helps her in raising two children, a boy and girl, ages 5 and 7, born exactly two years apart (no, not on purpose), while she works full-time from home playing Marketing Lady for a software company. In addition, they have a hyper-active dog and a less-than-active cat. She loves a good blow dry at the salon, Diet Coke, crushed grapes, and cheese and crackers. She tells the tale of this brood at Suburb-dwelling Sierra.
Roxanna moved to New England five years ago and feels right at home here. (Except in February. Do you know how cold it gets in February?) After a few years working in brand management, she quit and became a stay at home mother. This means that instead of reading Women’s Wear Daily or Brandweek she now reads whatever she feels like reading, whenever she wants to. She can't remember the last time she gave a PowerPoint presentation--and that's the way she likes it.
She lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband and their two sons. You can read more at her personal blog, Miguelina.
Binky was born and raised in Connecticut, where she became a writer at age five and a mother at 26. In between those two milestones, but skewing toward the latter, she ripped up her frosty northern roots in favor of southern transplantation. It was during the throes of her sophomore year at an all-women’s college in Virginia that she met her future husband—also a Connecticut native—while she was searching AOL member profiles and sending out unsolicited Instant Messages for the fun of it. After four years merited a diploma in English Literature and communication studies, Binky was shocked to find that she could not resist the pull of her home state, or him. They married in July of 2004 and were blessed with a daughter one year and eleven days later. It would’ve been one year exactly, but someone didn’t want to come out.
Today Binky works from home as a freelance writer with a book
project and numerous magazine articles to her credit. She lives in the
southeast corner of the state with the aforementioned individuals, as well as a
four year old American Pit Bull Terrier that she found, like her husband, on
the Internet. You can find out more about Binky on her blog 24/7.
Sarah had a mind once. Now she has children. She’s a wife and mother of three boyz, ages 8, 5 and 4 and a full-time paralegal at the corporate headquarters of the world’s largest office supply store (*cough Easy Button cough*).
Sarah considers herself an expert nose wiper, pee cleaner-upper and wine drinker In the Trenches of Mommyhood.
Major Bedhead lives behind the Tofu Curtain, in the Pioneer Valley, way
westa Wistah. It's a nice place. She likes it there. She'd invite you
in for a drink, but the three kids, the hockey-playing Canadian
husband, the Dog-Who-Sheds-A-Lot and the Cat-Who-Pukes-A-Lot mean that
the house is in a constant, ever-changing state of chaos. In fact, she
thinks she used to have two cats but believes one is lost
in the clutter. Either that or it decamped for neater surroundings.
When she's not trying to grab a nap, grab a toddler or grab a drink, she can be found here, or over at her other blogs - Major Bedhead and dLife. She'll bend your ear on just about any subject. There are only two things that she won't tolerate – bad grammar and dissing the Red Sox. And even the grammar can be flexible. The Red Sox? Not so much.
Margaret is a SAHM of three daughters, Einey, age 8, Meenie, age 6, and Moe, the mischief maker, age 5. She has been a permanent resident of Northeastern Connecticut but would be up for a change if it ever presented herself. In addition to her children, she lives with her husband and family dog.
Prior to becoming a mom, she had just finished getting her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked as a substitute in a private preschool while deciding what she was going to do from there. Motherhood was her first full time job. She still is unsure what she wants to be when she grows up, but has plenty of time to decide now that her kids are in school full time.When not in transit between some activity or volunteering in the town or at school, she can usually be found trekking through the woods in the tri-state area. You can read more at her personal blog - Whirlwind.
Alex Elliot was born in Massachusetts, went to college near Boston, and now lives outside Worcester. In between, she has lived in the Midwest and in the New York City area, where she started dating her husband, the Big Giraffe (BG). Alex turned down her admission to veterinary school to stay at home with her two boys, Older Son (OS) and Younger Son (YS), two cats, Chief Unmouser and Assistant Chief Unmouser, and an enchanting dog named Gandalf. Her personal blog is called Formula Fed and Flexible Parenting.
Liz was born and raised in Central Mass. After attending college in
Pennsylvania, she dabbled in urban living in the Boston area during the
90's. Finally, she returned to the relative peace of Central Mass in
2001 and is (hopefully) here to stay. She lives with her husband of
almost 12 years and their 2 boys, ages 5 and 2. Her job titles include:
Waitress, Chef, Janitor, Police Officer, Secretary, Nurse, Nanny,
Teacher, Chauffeur, Personal Shopper, Event Planner and Washroom
Attendant. Or just "Mom" for short.
Her copious amounts of spare time are spent helping to coordinate her local farmers market, attending beginner yoga classes and religiously keeping up with "Entertainment Weekly" (or "The News", as she likes to call it). She has never blogged before and is looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about.
Margalit is the parent of teenage twins and is currently seeking Valium from her primary care physician. When she isn't
screaming talking to her kids, she's busy writing on her blog What Was I THINKING? about life with teenagers, suburbia, Boston, politics, religion and the Red Sox. She also blogs at various other sites to keep busy and out of trouble. Before she became a SAHM, Margalit worked for 25 years in the high tech industry as a technical writer, user interface designer, and information engineer before she went to the dark side of management for several years. In her copious spare time, Margalit likes to read, garden, and watch plenty of television. Margalit also volunteers as an educational consultant for the parents of twice exceptional (GT and LD) kids.
Velma lives on Cape Cod, MA where she attempts to blend in with the normal folk. She has been a paralegal in Chicago, a jewelry artist in Boston, and a schoolteacher in Africa. Currently, she masquerades as a suburban wife and mother, but in her heart there is a loft in SOHO waiting for her. Married to her college sweetheart, she has a daughter, Pepper (7), and a son, Peanut (4), both of whom have "special needs." As a practitioner of MIUAYGA (Making It Up As You Go Along) Parenting, Velma has no words of wisdom for readers of her blog, A Smeddling Kiss. She doesn't know what she's doing any more than you do, but so far she's thrilled with her results.
Erin lives north of Boston with her husband and toddler daughter and has a brand new baby on the way. She has worked for the past fifteen years in the field of education and continues to work full time as an educational consultant. Both she and her husband live the consulting lifestyle and maintain an insane daily schedule - and wouldn't have it any other way.
Erin loves yoga, her daughter, drinking Rhone reds, working, cooking, collecting loose tea, decorating her house, the Cape in the fall, pedicures, iced coffee and the smell of nag champa incense, not necessarily all in that order. When she isn't working, traveling or doing laundry she can be found at her own blog, Ladybug's Picnic. Want to know more? Stop by and say hello!
When she's not busy figuring out how to survive in a house full of boys, she can be found mixing up a martini, practicing yoga and reading a good book. Though not all at the same time. Check out her personal blog at LifeAsIKnowIt. Kate is just barely 30-something, living in the seacoast area of New Hampshire and waiting for the day when she can buy her dream house overlooking the ocean. She knits. She travels. She does psychiatric crisis assessments in emergency rooms, and has two small children; both require largely the same set of skills. More about her - probably too much more - can be found on her blog, One More Thing.