The nominations are in! Thanks to everyone who nominated their favourite Vancouver mom blog for our sixth annual Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers contest. You came through with dozens of nominations, telling us about some new and interesting Metro Vancouver mom bloggers to fete at our annual gala (and online). We visited the blogs, reviewed them, and narrowed with great difficulty our list down to just 30. We’re showcasing moms who bake, craft, care, create, take photos, sell products, write and share it all with us through their blogs. This week we’re presenting the fabulous 2016 Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers, in no particular order. Today we share our third group.
Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers: 13-18
- Alexandra Madhavan, Madh Mama
- Connie Stansfield, He She Wee
- Lizzie Lau, Lizzie Lau
- Samantha Dawn, My Kitchen Love
- Dee Clarke, The Joy of Style
- Diane Rolston, Diane Rolston Coaching
Alexandra Madhavan of Madh Mama
What happens when a Canadian girl becomes a Tamil Iyengar wife? Alexandra Madhavan writes a personal blog about marrying into a big fat South Indian family, living in a joint-family, and raising her daughter between two diverse religions and cultures. In addition to her personal stories, Alexandra posts recipes, a weekly advice column, and features real cross-cultural love stories. It’s a must-read for anyone who lives a multicultural life!
Connie Stansfield of He She Wee
Connie Stansfield lives with her husband and two daughters in Vancouver’s West End. Once upon a time, she ran a Mexican restaurant, but these days, she can be found running her household, cracking eggs with her enthusiastic, and always entertaining six-year-old, as well as her ridiculously cute, bird-loving toddler. Cooking is one of Connie’s greatest passions and, on an alternate planet, she’d throw dinner parties each night, with lots of good wine and tunes from the seventies… but for now, she is cherishing the fleeting moments of motherhood, having fun feeding her little family, adventuring when they can, and hitting up a zumba class every now and then. Currently (always) on a mission to declutter and simplify life.
Lizzie Lau of Lizzie Lau
Lizzie spent nearly 20 years of passing herself off as a chef in the yachting industry, living in the Caribbean, Florida, Dubai, Mexico, and Central America. During that time, she competed in the Florida Skydiving League and raced motocross in Mexico. It was fun and exciting, but she gave up that life at age 40 when she left Guatemala City to have her baby in California. Her daughter is 6 now, and they recently returned to Canada so she could start school in BC.
Samantha Dawn of My Kitchen Love
Having twin toddlers and a baby just starting solids, Samantha’s food demands have pushed her to lead her family life more simply, nutritiously and deliciously. Life’s big celebrations and humble everyday moments often revolve around food and it brings Samantha much joy to cook and blog for these occasions. She may be covered in baby purée or unwinding with a glass of wine (or possibly both), but it’s a good day when family, friends and food meet.
Dee Clarke of The Joy of Style
Dee helps other women connect with their true selves and find social and emotional health. She has built two successful businesses that empower women to navigate their lives – as a Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness franchisee/trainer and a personal stylist/personal shopper with her company, The Joy of Style. Dee understands both personal health and personal style are an evolution and sometimes life gets in the way. It is her mission to simplify the process so women can look and feel their best and confidently get on with the millions of other things they do. Dee lives in the West End with her husband and very sporty 12 year old son.
Diane Rolston of Diane Rolston Coaching
Diane Rolston is an authority in being a Dynamic Woman™, Founder of Dynamic Women in Action™, Coaching-in-Action™ events, and highly skilled Certified Professional Coach. A business owner, mother of two, and community leader, she’s an expert on work/life balance and getting things done. This Leading Moms finalist is known for cracking a joke as easily as she cracks the whip! The results for women? Greatness, clarity, confidence and action.
Meet each of this year’s Top 30 Bloggers by checking out their profiles:
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Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.