A dandelion mom is beautiful, strong and resilient. She is someone who tries to be mindful and stay present in the moment. This can be difficult at times with all that we juggle as women and mothers. I have to constantly remind myself to be present and not “check out” thinking about all that I need to do for the day, week or even month.
Life just seems to speed up after having children! I hope to provide gentle reminders for moms to stay present and enjoy the journey as it really does go by so fast. How often do we catch ourselves thinking “they are growing up so fast?”
One of the reasons I started dandelion moms was to provide a platform for women to tell their stories so as to inspire and be inspired, and to support women as they attempt and realize their own dreams and aspirations. We want women to realize they can do all that they aspire to. It is a wondrous journey that should be shared and supported.
I hope dandelion moms become your new favorite spot to hang out a bit and revive your spirit.
Remember to “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~Thoreau
My name is Melissa and I love to create. After my daughter was born eight years ago, I was inspired to write children’s picture books. I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to find out how to make my dream of publishing a children’s picture book come true. The journey was long and tons of work, but in January 2011, my first storybook app, Penelope the Purple Pirate, was released through my company Polka Dots Publishing (yes, I started a publishing company to make it happen) and PicPocket Books. It is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and I am currently working on my fourth children’s book. I am a big proponent of carving your own path and going after your dreams!
I created dandelion moms so that we can share our journeys and inspire each other to live the life we’ve always dreamed of.
Heidi homeschools her two children while tackling education and parenting topics for various websites and magazines. She also operates her own copywriting business, sells children’s books, and maintains her own education blog.
Dr. Heather Manley, who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families. She is the author of the award winning Human Body Detectives, her children’s educational series of story-telling books, curriculum, eBooks, and iPhone/iPad apps. She also promotes wellness and naturopathic healthcare on her website drheathernd.com. She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on the next Human Body Detectives adventure.
My name is Erna, I am a mixed media artist from South Africa with a degree in graphic design and a Creatively Fit Coach certification. I moved to Orange County in 2010, and since then I have shared my passion for art with children and adults. My work is all about intuition, joy and optimism. I believe art has the power to heal, soothe and transform the spirit.
I love to doodle and to paint with water colors… acrylic paint and mixed media. I am passionate about all forms of art. I love to do crafts with my son Ruan and often you will find our cat Merlin’s paw prints in our projects. I like to journal and draw every day.
I have ALWAYS been an admirer of all things beautiful therefore it’s a natural fit for me to be an Art Instructor and a Creatively Fit Coach. Being in arts is the greatest privilege in the world.
Lou Klein is the original Dandelion Dad. He will bring his unique perspective to our site covering various topics from DIY projects, tech, surfing, goofing off with kids to his world famous Lemon Meringue pie recipe. Lou is happiest when hanging out with crew (Melissa, Kate, Max and Buddy) . When he is not writing for us, Lou is a Vice President at R. T. Beers Insurance Services where he helps his clients Rise Above Risk. You can follow him @louklein1 on twitter.
Jodi Murphy is a mom to two adult children—one who is on the autism spectrum. She is the founder of Geek Club Books, a creative charity with an autism education and empowerment mission. She produces interactive children’s stories as apps, curriculum, digital media and blog content to change perceptions and end stigmas surrounding autism. And she hires autistic talent to do it! She is also co-founder of Zoom Autism Magazine, a new digital magazine that focuses on autism through many lenses. Jodi dreams of a world where those on the autism spectrum are valued and given every opportunity to share their gifts with the world. Sign up for Geek Club Books mailing list for free apps, resource guides, curriculum, audio stories and more:www.geekclubbooks.com/email-
Charly is a divorced SAHM of two kids (varying S/N). She loves sweet tea (x1gazillion), watching TV (too much of it), CHOCOLATE, anything tech, cooking/baking, and her kids! Born, raised and resides in the South. Fan of: Rob Lowe, Jason Bateman and John Stamos. A sci-fi, used-to-be girl gamer, lover of books, art and music. A quirky, snarky (full of love and generosity) – basically a gnarly outlook on motherhood and her life. She has a passion for organizations that reflect her life’s journey before and after kids (thus far): Domestic Violence/Battered Women, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), The Autism Society, MitoAction, Epilepsy Foundation, The Children’s Heart Foundation, SPD Foundation, NORD/Global Genes and spreading autism ACCEPTANCE (show ALL the colors not just blue!). She can be wickedly funny/witty – okay, sarcastic (in a good way of course) forever keeping us on our toes! She is a *dandelion mom*: beautiful, strong and resilient. You can follow her on Twitter: @OneAppyMama and on Facebook: One Appy Mama
Fernandez Design has specialized in Educational and Supplemental publishing but also made an international name in branding corporate identities, annual reports and websites. Ms. Fernandez also designs for theater and arts and non-profit organizations around the U.S. She has earned more than 30 International Design Awards. You can keep up with Tracy on Facebook at Fernandez Design • graphic & web design, plus follow FernandezDesign on Twitter at @DesignFernandez, and see her entire portfolio while getting even more information here on her website.
My name is Kaitlin and I love to travel, write, and volunteer. I am 16 years old and have been traveling my entire life with my family. I was born in Amsterdam and also lived in Los Angeles, Dusseldorf, Paris, and Rome all by the time I was seven. For the next 7 years, I lived in Venice, Italy – yet in September 2013, my family went back on the road for an open-ended journey to see the world. So far we have visited 36 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. My greatest joy is meeting and helping others as we travel and sharing their stories through my writing – opening hearts and minds to the realities and amazing people of the world. Join me on my journey at TravelinKait.com
Hi, I’m Cassidy. I am 14 years old and have been traveling and volunteering with my family for the past 2 years. I grew up in Italy where I found my love for singing, dancing, and pretty much all things Italian. My favorite place in the world is Venice, Italy – where I spent my childhood and consider my true home. I love to write about the fun and sweet side of life and travel (desserts, friends, fashion, dogs, etc…) and hope to share my unique perspective as a traveling teen with you! You can follow my sweet adventures at TheTravelingCupcake.net