2013 Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers: 1-6

In early June we asked you to nominate your favourite Toronto mom blog for our second annual Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers contest. You came through, we visited the blogs, and we deliberated over our decisions. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve chosen 30. This week we’ll start presenting the 2013 Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers to you, in no particular order. Today we’re happy to share our first six.

Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers: 1-6

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Ali Martell of Cheaper Than Therapytop 30 toronto mom bloggers ali martell

Ali Martell has been over-sharing on the internet since 2004. She works full-time (sometimes in her pajamas) as the editor-in-chief of yummymummyclub.ca. She can be found writing about nothing—Seinfeld-style—on her blog, Cheaper Than Therapy, talking style and fashion at From Hemlines to Heels, and talking nonsense on Twitter and Facebook. Her three unintentionally hilarious children tell her that she’s a D.O.F. (a destroyer of fun) even though she totally lets them eat cookie dough.

Christella Morris of Crawl the Line

top 30 toronto mom bloggers christella morrisIf Christella Morris had more spare time, she’d probably enjoy catching movies by herself and going to concerts; but instead she has children and a full time job — so she enjoys iced coffee by the gallon and the (few) blissful moments of peace she gets while her two boys are sleeping. While she’s not parenting her boys, Cash (3) and Carter (1.5) she’s likely at her full time job as a Digital Marketing Manager (read: Facebook Geek) or writing about her experiences on OWN Canada’s Million Dollar Neighbourhood Bowmanville. You won’t find recipes and regular DIY projects on either of her blogs, but you will find some pretty tongue-in-cheek (or foot-in-mouth depending on how her week’s going) views on becoming a mother; parenting in this brave new world of technology-laden toddlers; moving to the suburbs and the occasional throwback to her days in the music business. Johnny Cash may have walked the line, but Christella is still crawling her way through!

Amber Gameiro of SaltTreetop 30 toronto mom bloggers amber gameiro

Of herself, Amber Gameiro says, “I’m Amber. A relentless crafter, a ‘make-it-myself-if-I-can’ baker, a font hoarder, a hopeless giggler, and above all else, a Mom. Our little boy’s arrival into our lives is what sparked the beginning of this blog. When I began taking ‘Adventure’ photos of Foster (he was still just a wee guy…sniff!), my husband, family and friends all insisted… strongly insisted…that I start a blog. Pushy of them, I know! But they were onto something. They knew something that I didn’t. That was the end of 2010 and I am still thoroughly enjoying this blogging adventure!”

Amy Morrison of Pregnant Chicken

top 30 toronto mom bloggers amy morrisonAmy Morrison was a successful advertising Creative Director and the most gung-ho of pregnant women. But after many an hour of surfing the web, she didn’t feel super-informed. She actually felt super-scared. Was pregnancy really going to be nine months of losing sleep over her off-gassing carpets and the lack of organic kale in her diet? So in 2010, after she emerged from the haze of toddler-dom, Amy came to a realization: pregnancy should be celebrated and enjoyed, not spent worrying about cell-phone radiation and having your teeth x-rayed. And that’s when Pregnant Chicken was hatched. Pregnant Chicken – a pregnancy blog unlike any other – shares the latest and greatest about all the craziness of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 in a way that’s actually fun and informative, not insomnia-inducing. It’s honest, open and even a little bit brash. Always on the lookout for new tidbits to pass on to moms-to-be, Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and their two little boys who they love more than bacon.

Emma Willer of Where there’s a Willertop 30 toronto mom bloggers emma willer

Emma juggles three boys under the age of eight, a demanding full-time job, an old house decorated with dog hair and sticky finger smudges, a marriage, a semblance of a social life, and sometimes even manages to write a blog post or two on Where there’s a Willer. Blogging has been her hobby since 2004, but she was writing online even before that, so basically she’s a dinosaur. But dinosaurs can be fun. Roar. You can follow her on Twitter where she’s @emma_willer.

Julie Elsdon-Height of Sober Julie

top 30 toronto mom bloggers Julie Elsdon-HeightJulie Elsdon-Height is the mother of two girls and the wife of a very patient man. Also known as SoberJulie in social media circles, you can imagine why people are referring to Julie as a straight-shooter. After facing her alcoholism and being involved in a car accident Julie began writing at Sober Julie where you’ll find that this funky blogger takes the tired, unappetizing reputation about sobriety and turns it into a day at the circus. Jam-packed with ideas for delicious food, mocktail recipes, tips for sobriety, reviews & giveaways and tons of ideas for leading a better (more creative, more enjoyable) life.If you’d like to connect with Julie on social media you can find her on Twitter as @SoberJulie and on Facebook at Sober Julie.

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at Strocel.com.