2013 Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers: 19-24

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. Now we’re presenting the 2013 Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers to you, in no particular order. Today we’re happy to share our penultimate group of six.

Top 30 Toronto Mom Bloggers: 19-24

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Lena Almeida of Listen to Lenatop 30 toronto mom bloggers lena almeida

Lena Almeida is a work-at-home mom of two feisty little boys, writer, social media enthusiast and authentic shopaholic. In fact, if it’s on sale – she’s already bought it. Before starting a family, Lena worked in a professional capacity as a Corporate Trainer and Employee Satisfaction Specialist for a Fortune 100 company. As much as she loved her career, she also yearned to explore her creative side. Lena started her blog, Listen to Lena, as a way of communicating the best parenting finds to friends and family. As she continued to post, it was not long before an old passion was reignited – writing. And so her site evolved to focus on her love of creative writing and includes product reviews and features, humorous takes on parenthood and her famous random rants.

Sarah Huggins of (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean

top 30 toronto mom bloggers sarah hugginsHow do a couple of busy working parents put kid-friendly, superfood-filled, tasty meals on the table day after day? Sarah Huggins has no idea. But she’s figuring it out. And documenting it all at (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean. She shares “in the door” recipes that go from fridge to table within minutes, ideas for healthy toddler-proof baking projects, and tips and tricks for meal planning, shopping, and keeping your kitchen sanity. Everything is tested on Kiwi-the husband, who swears he’s on a low carb diet-and Bean-the toddler, whose favourite food group is waffles. When she’s not in the kitchen figuring out how to turn kale into low carb waffles, Sarah is legal counsel to a large non-profit cultural organization. She also tweets @kiwiandbean, Facebooks and watches way too much HGTV.

Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist of Life is a Party top 30 toronto mom bloggers dannyelle nicolle-ramjist

Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist shares her adventures in DIY, cooking, entertaining, mothering, decor and life on her blog Life is a Party . he philosophy behind the blog is that even though life isn’t always perfect, it is what we make it, so we may as well make it a party! Dannyelle loves to celebrate and brings her passion for fun, friends and family to all she does.

Iva Grbesic of One Chic Mom

top 30 toronto mom bloggers iva grbesicIva Grbesic, the blogger behind One Chic Mom , is a mother of four (ages 8, 7, 6 and 3) who doesn’t believe fashion ends after children or age 35. Her fashion/lifestyle blog focuses on encouraging women to take five minutes for themselves because looking good and feeling amazing is important as you raise the next generation of people and for your sanity. She breaks down the latest trends and Iva understands that bodies change after childbirth and offers advice and tips on how to dress accordingly. Her coloured commentary about style and fashion with children make her relatable and her honesty is a refreshing change to the “perfection” no mother can live up to. Some of her favourite things are dark washed jeans, red shoes, red lipstick, Spanx, leopard print anything and her collection of blazers…oh and wine, lots and lots of wine. She is the oldest blogger on Fashion Magazines Style Panel and is also a member of Yorkdale’s Style Council.

Shari Goss of The Knit Wit by Shairtop 30 toronto mom bloggers shari goss

Shari Goss is the mother of three boys aged six, five and three, and the wife to a wonderful hubby! She writes about all things that interest her like knitting, NASCAR, life with three sons, handling speech delays, and being a cat slave.

Holly Sisson of Holly Sisson Photography

top 30 toronto mom bloggers holly sissonHolly blogs about her photography on hollysissonphotography.com — whether it be a recent family photography session, a recent headshot session, or a walk around the neighbourhood. Her specialty is natural light photography, where she photographs her various subjects in beautiful light. She makes them feel comfortable and captures them naturally, as they really are. She knows that photography has that magical ability to freeze a moment in time, to take you back to that experience. It’s why most people would save their photos above many other material possessions. Photographs are a visual history of your life. Holly loves what she does, and excels at capturing that perfect moment in time, to be cherished forever. (She is also an expert retoucher, so adult subjects look well rested, bright eyed, and just a little younger.)

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.