Contributing Writers

Spread in, out and around Chicago, our contributors juggle their lives and their communities in symphonic syncopation. Some of us stay at home with the kids. Others of us drop them at daycare before commuting into the city for a day at the office. Some of us reside in the inner city, while all of us brilliantly face the challenges of parenting. Our viewpoints may be different, but we’re unified in our love of issues, parenting, sharing and our commitment to the written word.

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Cindy Fey

Cindy Fey writes and parents her two daughters in Wilmette, Illinois. She blogs at We All Fall Down.

Kris Cain

Kris Cain is mom to 2 sets of twins who keeps busy working a full-time job, and fueling her gadget addiction. She learned at an early age that she loved computers and has been in front of one ever since. She dabbles in web design, graphic design, and over the past couple of years has learned that she loves blogging! You can read all about her gadget addiction and her hectic life on her blog, LittleTechGirl.com.

Melanie Myatt

Melanie stills feel like a child inside, even though she now finds herself the mother of four kids. Her student husband has promised that life will get easier when he is done with school, but she isn’t holding her breath.

In spite of two master’s degrees, she’s somehow never had a real job. Nevertheless, she dreams of the day when she can be . . . something. For now, she spends her days folding laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning up, wiping noses, changing diapers, and re-reading countless children’s books. When she can, she tries to find time for some grown-up types of thoughts to record at tales from the crib (myattkids.blogspot.com).

Stacey Hoffer Weckstein

Stacey Hoffer Weckstein is the founder of the Inspiring Moms NetworkInspiring Social Media Inc. & Chicago Spa Moms.  Her dream is to use social media as a tool to help shift the consciousness and happiness of moms around the world. Stacey share’s her mind, body, and spirit adventures as a lifestyle blogger at EvolvingStacey.com and on Twitter atTwitter.com/EvolvingStacey.

With her husband and two young boys, Stacey enjoys the benefits of living in Evanston, which include biking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and taking in the views of the lake.

Barb Lazarus

Barb is the owner and founder of Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls, multi-week summer sports day camps just for girls. With a mission that includes empowerment through exposure to and development in a multitude of sports, girls of all athletic abilities, grades preschool through 10th, experience hours of pure fun with the opportunity to grow as an athlete and a person.
Barb graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1982) and a J.D. from Loyola School of Law (1985), after which she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago office. She went on to grow her own thriving media relations business for over 12 years before shedding her corporate clothing to pursue her dream – Game On! – and the chance to give back to girls sports. Barb is also the author of Game On! Sports Girl Talk, a blog addressing issues relating to the participation of young girls in sports and fitness.
Barb is the proud mother of two, placing motherhood above all passions in life.

Jennie Marshall

Jennie is a stay-at-home mom to boy/girl twins in the suburbs of Chicago. Despite the fact that she used to teach junior high English once upon a time, she often has trouble forming a complete sentence these days thanks to the brain cell-stealing world of motherhood. If you wanna take a ride on her crazy train, jump over to her blog, Nucking Futs Mama. You can also follow her tweets @nuckingfutsmama.

 

Natasha Nicholes

Contributing Writer at The Chicago Moms
Seamstress at Houseful of Stitches
Owner and Primary Blogger at Houseful of Nicholes.com
Domestic Goddess at Houseful of Nicholes

Natasha is one sixth of the Houseful Of Nicholes. Born and raised in Chicago, she is tourist of her own city. She is married to her high school sweetheart and a stay at home mom of four inquisitive children – ages 11(the cellist), 3(ladybug), and 10 month old twins (Lil Miss & Sir Twizzler). Her house can always be expected to be full of laughter, food, cloth diapers and maybe a little bit of homemade play-dough. She began blogging at Houseful Of Nicholes when she and her husband found out that their third child was indeed their third AND fourth child. Given the charge of transforming their house from one of four to that of six, she began researching everything to try and make her home life easier and her footprint on this earth a little bit better. Blogging has led her into the wonderful world of sewing, canning, reading (again) and creating. Her home life may be a bit busy, but that’s just the way that she likes it.You can follow her tweets @HFofNicholes or her online life at www.housefulofnicholes.com.

 

  Shari

Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Huskey owner, book lover, and ChicagoNow blogger about family-friendly activities (Get Out and Have Fun Around Chicagoland). You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1.

 

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 Rae

Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award winning AIDS Activist. She rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with HIV/AIDS in a cover story to Essence Magazine. In the past twenty years, she has traveled worldwide in an unending crusade in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Rae Lewis-Thornton has been featured in countless magazines such as, Glamour, O-The Oprah Magazine, Jet, Ebony, Woman’s Day, Emerge, Black Excellence, Heart and Soul WOE, Poz and The Crisis, as well as, many newspaper outlets, such as The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Suntimes, to name a few. She has been featured on national television shows such as Nightline with Ted Kopel in a news article Rae’s Story, AIDS the next Wave and AIDS 25 years in review with Ted Kopel. She has also been on Dateline, Black Entertainment Television (BET)  CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Montel Williams Show as well as, countless news and radio shows around the world. She received an Emmy Award for an on-going series of first-person news reports on her life of Living With AIDS, for CBS-Chicago.

Rae launched a line of fashion bracelets, RLT Collection in 2009. Her handcrafted original designs can be seen on the wrist of celebrities, such as Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kim Coles, Dionne  Warwick, Jennifer Holliday, Santita Jackson, The Santita Jackson Show, Judge Grey Mathis, Angela McGlowan National Political News Commentator.  Her exclusive web-store is http://www.rltcollection.com

 

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 Veronica

Veronica Porter is Creative Director and Owner of Porter Presentations, a marketing, media and promotions firm that specializes in development and implementation strategies for business and not-for-profit organizations.

Currently, she is the Executive Producer for “Ask Aunt V” a series of gardening and cooking classes and events which allows her to share her extensive knowledge about organic gardening, farm to table food integrity, cooking, food preparation/preservation and living life in a responsible, sustainable manner. In 2013 she earned her culinary license. She divides her time between the classroom, speaking engagements and behind the camera production. She is in the process of building community gardens throughout the Chicago area, both inner city and suburban. http://porterpresentations.com/ask-aunt-v/

In 2014 she opened a café that will feature healthy food and beverages, in addition to a boutique catering service with the development of a culinary garden. The staff will consist of young men and women who have high functioning/hidden disabilities to allow them the opportunity to succeed in a business environment that will raise their self-esteem, their capability to pursue careers in the path of their choice and the confidence to prove to themselves they can achieve anything they are capable of.

Professionally, Veronica has received awards for her productions and publications In 2005, Porter Presentations received a National Media Award for “The Unknown Soldier”, which, by request of officials at the Pentagon, the video has been sent to military bases worldwide. While serving as founding Co-President of Community First, the publication “Workbook for Successful Redevelopment” received state and national awards. She has personally received the “Book of Golden Deeds” 2011 Award, presented by the Naperville Exchange Club and the “Distinguished Graduate Award” 2011 Award, presented by Saints Peter and Paul Parish/School.

Veronica earned degrees in Architectural Engineering and Design, then on to Grad School to study International Business, learning Chinese and Japanese. She was part of the team that translated the Encyclopaedia Britannica into Mandarin Chinese for the People’s Republic of China. Her design and engineering skills were put to use in the construction management of projects worldwide. Veronica combined her skills in design and communications to form Porter Presentations in 1996.