A few weeks ago we asked you to nominate your favourite Vancouver mom blog for our fifth annual Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers contest. You came through with dozens nominations, telling us about some truly fabulous Metro Vancouver mom bloggers. We reviewed them, we visited the blogs, and we deliberated over our decisions. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed it down to just 30. We believe you’ll be just as impressed as we are by the strength of the writing and the diversity of topics coming from these bloggers. This week we’ll be presenting the 2014 Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers to you, in no particular order. Today we’re happy to share our second group of six.
Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers: 7-12
- Megan Newton, Food and Whine
- Jamie Dunlop Khau, Styling the Inside
- Brooke Takhar, Miss Teen USSR
- Jenn Di Spirito, Jenn Di Spirito Photography
- Mary Levitan, The Rock and Roll Mom
- Allison Wiberg, Seaside Home Accents
Megan Newton of Food and Whine
Megan Newton lives in Ladner, BC with her husband of twelve years, plus their two rambunctious boys and one opinionated baby girl. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC, and is currently working from home full-time as an insurance underwriter. In what little spare time she has, Megan enjoys writing, taking photos, and developing recipes for her family. She began her blog, Food and Whine, in 2010 as a creative outlet for her hobbies. Through her writing and photographs, she shares her food creations along with her family’s often humorous reactions to them. Megan’s whining children, also known as “The Whine Critics,” don’t always love her food, but their reviews are sure to make you smile.
Jamie Dunlop Khau of Styling the Inside
Jamie Dunlop Khau is a mother of three daughters, an Early Childhood Educator, Stella and Dot stylist. She’s also coordinator for Hashtaglunchbag Vancouver, a movement that makes sandwiches for the homeless in the DTES, and an active volunteer on the PAC. I guess you could call her a juggler, because that’s exactly what her life is – a juggling act. She is a newbie to the blogging world and recently started her blog Styling the Inside in hopes to inspire others with her thoughts and life experiences. She finds blogging very therapeutic and if giving herself free therapy can also somehow make an impact, then she is left feeling like she has contributed to herself and the world. She is an advocate for inner beauty, children’s mental health and wellness and aspires to create a life that feels good on the inside. In her little time as a new blogger she has realized how the power of media can really connect one another and hopes to continue making these connections on this new venture.
Brooke Takhar of Miss Teen USSR
Brooke Takhar is a writer, editor and mama of one goon who over-shares on missteenussr.com. She likes jeans, ponytails, songs with galloping drums and gluten-free doughnuts. If you own a dog in Gastown, she has probably stepped in its urine. Find more of her words at BluntMoms and Modern Mama.
Jenn Di Spirito of Jenn Di Spirito Photography
Jenn Di Spirito is a Vancouver family photographer who believes every mama needs a beautiful portrait with her little ones, even if they’re not so little anymore. She helps mamas look and feel beautiful in their family photographs and creates custom artwork for each of her client’s homes. She is the mama to Angelo and Grace and, when she’s not cheering them on at a rink or sports field, loves to get lost in a good book. Jenn blogs weekly about the importance of being in your photographs and why you need to display family photographs in your home. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Mary Levitan of The Rock and Roll Mom
Mary Levitan is The Rock and Roll Mom. A mom, manager, momager. She writes about juggling a demanding career as an artist manager in the music business while raising two young daughters; Coco and Georgia with her entrepreneur husband, Jarrod. Follow her adventures (and misadventures) while managing her family, a household and recording artists. A relentless travel schedule, two precocious kids and a healthy sense of humour generate plenty of fodder for her blog.
Allison Wiberg of Seaside Home Accents
Allison Wiberg shares, “I’m a mother of two young boys who are quickly gaining more independence. As my children become less demanding, I’ve slowly reacquainted myself with creative projects. Last year it began with a newfound love of photography. I then began making home accents from driftwood. Combining the driftwood accents, my love of nature and desire to give back to the community, Seaside Home Accents was born. My blog is about the environment, food, my driftwood creations and life.”
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.