ANN IMIG is the founder and national director of the live-reading series and video sharing company Listen To Your Mother. A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured all over the internet, on sites like CollegeHumor, The Huffington Post, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She writes the blog Ann’s Rants, which has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin. Ann eagerly anticipate the release of the LTYM Anthology Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now from Putnam Books, April 7, 2015.
SARAH COTTRELL is a member of the Stay At Home Mom Club and proud herder of two youngsters who regularly feature in her blog, Housewife Plus at the Bangor Daily News. Occasionally her husband stumbles into one of those posts too. In 2012 Sarah earned her MFA that was promptly shoved to the back of a closet where it was placed under temporary house arrest. Her once productive home artist studio is now the room where appliances go to die. Or where time out happens for plastic swords.
Since her adventures in mom blogging started in 2013 she has racked up publishing credits at several popular parenting sites including BlogHer, In The Powder Room, Mamalode, What The Flicka, Huffington Post, and is a regular contributor to Scary Mommy. Sarah’s work has been included in several anthologies including Clash of the Couples, Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holiday’s, and I Still Just Want To Pee Alone.
CRYSTAL PONTI is the founder of Blue Lobster Book Co., a self-publishing boutique. Prior to launching her own business, she worked for and advised some of the largest sites in the world and spent a number of years as a business and marketing planning consultant. She recently served as Managing Editor, Contributing Author, and publisher of the books The Mother of All Meltdowns and Clash of the Couples. She blogs at MommiFried, an outlet for her creative writing and a way for her to share her later-in-motherhood experiences with all women and parents. She is a Hall of Fame writer for Scary Mommy, and a regular contributor to Felicity Huffman’s site What The Flicka?, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. When she is not busy consulting, blogging, or writing, she can be found nurturing a beautiful family of five children, a wonderfully Italian husband, and an African-gray parrot with a colorful vocabulary.
Sarah Smiley Sarah Smiley is the author of a syndicated newspaper column and of three memoirs, including DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS. In 2014, Sarah was awarded the American Legion Auxiliary’s prestigious national Public Spirit Award. Past recipients include President Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Ann Landers.
Sarah has been featured in Parade Magazine (Mother’s Day cover feature), The New York Times Magazine , O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Military Spouse Magazine and Newsweek. Sarah has also been featured on the Today Show, Katie Couric, Nightline, CNN, CBS The Early Show, Fox News and MSNBC.
Brandi Thomas is a mother to three children. She says that a surprising fact about motherhood is how it keeps us moving forward, doing our best every day. Mothering three active boys keeps her busy and her heart young! Brandi enjoys friendly games of all sorts, and recently discovered Cards Against Humanity and Foosball. Brandi would love to have the extra time and money to travel, particularly across the country. She plans to spend Mother’s Day reading a book in her pajamas with a cup of coffee.
Pattie Reaves is a mother to one daughter. In less than a year Pattie went from never running a day in her life to finishing a marathon. She sings the Smash Mouth song, “All Star” to her daughter every night. When she was a small child she mortified by parents by peeing her pants while visiting the Liberty Bell. Twenty years later they mortified her by retelling this story at her wedding. For Mother’s Day, Pattie plans to finally get a nap! Check out more from Pattie at her blog, After The Couch.
Erin Donovan is a mother to three children. She says that one crazy thing about motherhood is that you get so many chances to get it right. Three surprising things about Erin include she still loves Debbie Gibson, she has never not cheated on a sit-up and her uncle was John Bobbit’s penis surgeon! For Mother’s Day she plans to see only the good in her children. Check out Erin at the Bangor Daily News and on Twitter.
Emilie Throckmorton is a mother to two young kids and two adult step-kids. One crazy thing about motherhood for Emilie is you can’t ever fully appreciate your mother until you become one. You might be surprised that Emilie considers teaching high school English to be her dream job. She moved to Maine 15 years ago but still feels like she is “from away”. Although she is a slow runner, she has completed 5 marathons! For Mother’s Day she plans to not do any laundry. Check out more from Emilie at her blog, One Mom In Maine.
Jennifer Collins is a mother to two vibrant children. She says that one crazy thing about motherhood is that she is amazed at how freely people give her motherhood advice – unprompted! Jennifer doesn’t like Moxie or Whoopie Pies (gasp!), she is not the best housekeeper and requires notice before guests arrive, and while dating her now husband, she once told him that she did not want to have kids. For Mother’s Day, Jennifer plans to spend time with her mother. Check out Jennifer on Facebook and her blog, Graceful Mess.
Kate Parlin is a mother to three children. She says that one crazy thing about motherhood is that it can make you feel scared, guilty, furious, ecstatic, completely insane, and head-over-heels in love all in the space of one day. And we still keep getting up and doing it over and over again. A fun fact about Kate is that she got married in a Scottish castle. For Mother’s Day she plans to sleep in, drink mimosas, and hang out with her mom. Check out Kate at her blog, Shakespeare’s Mom.
Natalie Feulner is a mother to one daughter who is 17 months old. One crazy thing about motherhood for Natalie is how equally fulfilling and overwhelming it can be at the same time. Three surprising facts about Natalie are she loves to rock climb, she has lived in five states in the last six years, and she did not see it snow until she was 21! For Mother’s Day, Natalie plans to do her spring landscaping. Check out more from Natalie at her blog, Rooted In ME.
Elisabeth Dean is a mother to two girls ages 18 and 15. She says a surprising fact about motherhood is that it makes the highs of life higher and the lows, lower. Elisabeth plays roller derby, and loves to ride her 29’er with her favorite pup. When she gets a full head of gray hair she’ll move back to California and live on the ocean or retreat to Pennsylvania and become Amish. For Mother’s Day she plans to relax after having graduated from EMCC’s Culinary Arts Program!
Lauren Cormier is a mother to three kids. One crazy fact about motherhood for Lauren is how it always keeps her on her toes. Just when she thinks she has figured something out, it all changes. A few surprising facts about Lauren are she grew up on a campground, she is afraid of birds, and her mom set her up with her husband (See? Mothers really do know best!). For Mother’s Day she plans to hang our with her family and not have to cook! Check out Lauren on Facebook.
Cherie Galyean is a mother to two children. One crazy thing about motherhood for Cherie is the sheer number of times she finds her mother’s voice coming out of her mouth. Some surprising facts about Cherie are that she and her husband built their house and they still live with lots of exposed plywood and two-by-fours. She loves hiking with her children but she loves hiking without her children even more. For Mother’s Day she plans to pretend to like a lot of macaroni jewelry. Check out more from Cherie at her blog, The Scraped-Up Kid or on Twitter.
Corinne Chabot is a mother to two sons ages 28 and 30. She says that a surprising part of motherhood is that teenagers think they are smarter than you; then they get old enough to begin to think you are wise, and you know they really ARE much smarter than you. A surprising fact about Corrine: if her grandfather had not changed his reservation away from the Titanic to travel with a friend, she would not be here.
Lynn Shattuck is a mother to two children. One crazy thing about motherhood for Lynn is how kids are born exactly who they are. Some fun facts about Lynn include that she grew up in Alaska and moved to Maine after a wild road trip. She can take her socks off and roll them into a ball with her feet! For Mother’s Day Lynn plans to sleep in. Check out more from Lynn on her blog, The Light Will Find You or on Facebook.