Introducing the Wonder Contributors…

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Wonder LynnLynn Morrison is the mouthy woman behind the blog The Nomad Mom Diary. She’s not afraid to admit that she wears sweatpants too often, fails at sucking it in and has, on occasion, hidden delivery pizza boxes from her skinny husband. From thought-provoking to outrageously funny to almost unbearably sad, Lynn’s emotions come through loud and clear in everything she writes. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Angila Peters is a Gemini who dislikes long walks throughout her home, stepping on Lego. She is also a freelance writer living in southern Ontario. She spends her days slapping peanut butter and jelly sandwiches together for her kids’ lunches, and then remembers peanuts are banned.

She has been a writer since her pen made real words in her coveted Scholastic journal. And by words, she drew hearts with boys names in the middle. Considering her expertise on young men you’d think she became a romance novelist. But no, she went the route of a boundary-less blog called Detached from Logic. Here, she shares her struggles with mental health issues, parenting and dealing with the obvious illogic.

Her big break came when a friend suggested she submit some writing to Blunt Moms. So she did and the rest is herstory. From Blunt Moms came Huffington Post, and being published in three anthologies. You can find her in Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor, Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee, and of course this epic book: Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!

Angila believes in acting silly and not being afraid of what people think. Which is why at any given moment you will find her children scolding her to settle down and stop being so embarrassing.

 

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Magnolia Ripkin is sort of like your mouthy Aunt who drinks too much and tells you how to run your life. Except Funny…. well mostly funny.

She writes an advice blog at Magnolia Ripkin Advice Blog answering pressing questions about business, personal development, parenting, heck even the bedroom isn’t safe. She is the Editor in Chief and den mother at BluntMoms. Other places to find her: Huffington Post and The Mighty. Also check her out in the amazing compendium of hot bloggers published in I Just Want to Be Alone (I Just Want to Pee Alone).

Wonder Louise picLouise is a freelance writer and mother of four living on the west side of Toronto —because saying it like that sounds much more sophisticated than plain ol’ suburbs. Though make no mistake, she fully embraces the perks of suburban life and has no intention of trading her minivan in anytime soon. When she isn’t taking the kids to their various activities and compulsively filling bento lunch boxes, she is a contributor to Today’s Parent magazine, YummyMummyClub, SavvyMoms and various other parenting and lifestyle publications. She also writes an optimistic and heartfelt blog at www.latenightplays.com (so named for the only time of day she is able to write there) and is well-known for making her readers feel like they have something in their eye. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Wonder Jocelyn Pihlaja pic 3Jocelyn has been teaching writing and literature at the college level since 1991. She has a husband who cooks dinner every night, kids who hold up hands requesting “silence” when their reading is interrupted, and a blog, O Mighty Crisis. Her writing has appeared on Mamalode, BLUNTmoms, The Indie Chicks, The Good Men Project, Mamapedia, In the Powder Room, BonBon Break, The Mid, the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, and elephant journal. She also is a regular contributor to a local public radio program, Women’s Words, where she delights in wearing huge headphones–and not just because they remind her she actually wore earrings that day. When she’s not writing or teaching, Jocelyn can be found running on trails, exploring the green spaces around her city. Strangely, she calls this fun, even though she’s usually lost, faintly concussed from a tree branch clunking her noggin, and wearing only one shoe after the other was sucked off her foot by an aggressive mud puddle.

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The mother of Doom and Destruction, Alison Huff is a writer and artist who lives a country bumpkin life with her husband, two kids, and two dogs in bipolar northeastern Ohio. She is not a morning person and arrives late to every event, much to the chagrin of the rest of the world. A lover of lapsang souchong tea, unnaturally-colored hair, and Oxford commas, her stories are written with a signature blend of humor and brutal honesty. You can read more of her essays on BLUNTmoms.com, and on her WordPress blog, “Please Stop Putting Crackers Down My Shirt.” Alison is on Facebook every day and she tweets on the Twitter @crumbsdown whenever she has something to say that is fewer than 140 characters in length, which isn’t very often because she is terribly wordy.

Wonder shannon drury picWriter, at-home parent and feminist activist Shannon Drury has been blogging as the Radical Housewife for so long her first platform was MySpace. These days she’s traded up to her own sites, The Radical Housewife and Shannondrury.com.
She writes a regular column for the Minnesota Women’s Press that tackles feminist parenting, sisterhood both literal and figurative, culture wars, and other fun stuff.

She has contributed to several anthologies, and her work has also appeared in HipMama and Bitch magazines.
Her first book, The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century, was published in 2014 by Medusa’s Muse Press. Shannon is married to a swell feminist guy, and they share a house in Minneapolis, Minnesota with two kids, two cats, four computers, hundreds of vinyl records, thousands of books, millions of Lego pieces and billions of dustbunnies.

 

Wonder Leigh Mary THIS 1 picLeigh-Mary Hoffmann is a “my lifestyle” blogger from Long Island, NY, juggling a family, a job, and a busy, crazy life.  She tells it like it is – the good, the bad and the ugly – and tries to keep a smile on her face and laughter in her life.  She and her husband Ernie have a blended family with five children and a dog named Rosie – and with that many kids, there is always something to laugh – or scream –about.  Visit her blog Happily Ever Laughter or stop by on Facebook  and share in the laughter.

Wonder Tricia picTricia Mirchandani is a freelance copywriter and essayist and the blogger behind Raising-Humans.com. But most of the time she answers to ‘Mommy’ for her five year old daughter and two year old son. Her words have appeared on The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Scary Mommy, Brain,Child, SheKnows and in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine. Tricia is currently writing her first book about how focusing on growth has changed her perspective on motherhood. She tells stories about motherhood, personal growth, and the life of a writer mama because sharing words can make the world a better place. You can find more of her writing on: TriciaMirchandani.com

Wonder LaurenLauren B. Stevens is a freelance writer whose work can be found on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and Care.com. When she’s not chasing after her rambunctious toddler, Lauren writes hilarious and heartwarming stories about parenthood and women’s issues on her blog, lo-wren.com. A contributing author for numerous anthologies, Lauren is in the beginning stages of drafting a memoir about her experiences as an Air Force Brat, growing up in Europe during the Cold War.

 

Wonder Cordelia picWhen she isn’t writing, Cordelia is busy raising multilingual citizens of the world. Former hobnobber with the intellectual elite, she is the voice behind Multilingual Mama. There she chronicles her parenting adventures while she, her husband, and their two daughters, make their way across South East Asia.

She currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she spends her time homeschooling her children and hacking her way through the urban jungle.

Cordelia’s eclectic, and oftentimes regrettable, past includes eco-innovation, sailing instruction, and restaurant cashiering. She contributes to In Parent Culture,  BLUNTmoms and Mamalode and is featured in the upcoming anthology Motherhood, May Cause Drowsiness: funny stories by sleepy moms.  She has also been published on Fast Company.

Cordelia aims to finish writing her first book before her boobs reach her knees. Failing that, she hopes to appear on the cover of National Geographic.

For a taste of her Asian adventures, read her award winning post: Twenty ways you know you are embracing your inner Thai.  Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Wonder Sarah DeveauSarah Deveau is the author of two financial guides: Sink or Swim: Get Your Degree Without Drowning in Debt and Money Smart Mom: Financially Fit Parenting.

She’s a prolific freelance writer, and her work has been published in Today’s Parent, up! Magazine, Parents Canada, Style at Home, as well as most major Canadian daily newspapers, including the National Post. She has contributed to dozens of parenting websites and blogs across Canada.

After having the first of her three daughters, she opened and ran her own award-winning children’s consignment boutique, Cater Tot Consignment, for four years. Today, she works in corporate communications and spends her spare time travel writing and trick hula hooping.

 

 

To learn more about Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF!?, click here.

To meet the WOE contributors, click here.

To meet the WTF!? contributors, click here.

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