MomStart has been my personal blog for over a decade. I enjoy writing about my children, sharing recipes, saving money, reviewing products and hosting giveaways. You name it and I would probably cover it because isn’t that what motherhood is. We do EVERYTHING! Within the first six months of writing/blogging I was listed on the 2009 Nielson list as one of the top 50 power mom bloggers. The following year I was listed with Axis PR as one of the top 50 mommy bloggers. I’ve greatly enjoyed working with various brands and this past year MomStart has grown so much that I have brought on a managing editor, writing staff and a giveaway coordinator. Our entire team is located in the Pacific Northwest greater Seattle area.
Louise Bishop – That’s me. I have two children, Miles and Zoe and you will see them here often. I’m a mom first, but as I find they need me less as they mature I fill my time with writing and social media. I have a background in the technology field and love to stay current on all gadgets. I love to cook, play video and board games, and travel the world. I do not like to clean my house; I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest cleaning gadget to make my life easier. Blogging here at MomStart has provided me with me with travel opportunities and allowed me to give to charities in more ways than I could ever imagine. I’ve given over 40,000 worth of money and review items to our local community and I’m excited to keep on giving as time goes by.
Beeb Ashcroft: Beeb is MomStart’s managing editor. A journalist with 22 years of experience, she began her career in print and transitioned to the digital realm in 2008. She enjoys covering travel, entertainment, recipes, and quirky products.
Beeb lives on the north Oregon coast with her husband, Jai, and can be found at BeebAshcroft.com.
Shelby: Shelby is MomStart’s head parenting writer. A busy mom based in PDX, Shelby has been a foster parent for over three years and specializes in testing out the latest and greatest gear for babies and toddlers, as well as the latest tech toys to entertain kids of all ages and make life easier.
Summer Oleksy: Summer Oleksy is a Stay at Home Mom residing in Woodinville, WA which is a wine country suburb of Seattle. Summer enjoys wine and good quality food, and is often labeled as a nutrition nut. She is also a treehugger; she fits right into the Pacific Northwest stereotype. Summer enjoys philanthropy and giving back, and she loves supporting companies that do too! After her personal time with God and her family, Summer can be caught playing board or video game, or enjoying the great outdoors especially if it involves geocaching. Summer has been married since 2003, has 2 Jack Russel Terriers, and 2 sons in elementary school. Summer’s background is in education, so she loves her at home library of children’s books. You can see a little into Summer’s life on Twitter @SumSkybaby or on Facebook.
Jaime Merrill: Jaime Merrill is an Interior Designer living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Kelly, daughter Juniper, and miniature Dachshund, Stella. Married since 2013, she welcomed her first child in October 2015, and covers MomStart’s Maternity and Baby features. In her free time, Jaime enjoys traveling (near and far), reading, writing, biking, and trying new restaurants.
Lindsey: Most people know me around here as Louise’s little sister from Texas. I am recently married with no human kids just yet, only our fur children- dogs: Moira, Abbey, Merida, cat Sophie, and bunny Lucy. Other than my love of animals, I adore flowers and cooking. My background is in Psychology and Special Education, with further specialization in Elementary Autism studies. My husband is and tech nerd to the core, and we met while we were both working as projectionists at a movie theater, brought together by our love of film. I believe that life is best lived with all the colors of the rainbow, usually coloring outside of the lines, and that humor and perspective are essentials to life. You are never too old or young to pick wildflowers, and some days you just need to pull out an old family recipe to take you back home again. I live in Austin, Texas where I believe the happiness comes from, and feel right at home with the Keep Austin Weird crowd, in the blueberry of Texas!
Catherine: Catherine has been blogging since the 1990s and is MomStart’s resident gluten-free and foodie writer. When she’s not creating celiac-friendly recipes, she’s reading a great book or traveling.
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