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Susan Williams (98)

Susan has 28 years of writing and editing experience, and is committed to providing timely and relevant articles that aid parents.

Jadie Aranda (27)

Jadie’s life is about 80% food-related. It all started with a passion for biology and the human body, which is fueled by the food we eat. In 2016 she started her blog at eatmyscience.com and published her first book Your High Energy Life: Banish Energy-Sucking Foods and Supercharge Your Days in 2017. Between eating, writing the blog and books, meal planning, and cooking for her husband and two hungry children, food is the force around which Jadie’s life revolves. The other 20% is spent tutoring math for all ages and levels, snowboarding, and wasting time with logic games on her phone.

Jamyn Wilson (25)

Jamyn (Jay-min) is originally from Vancouver, WA. She started her family right away while finishing her education in communication with a news/journalism emphasis. She wrote for the school’s newspaper and interned at the number one news station in southeast Idaho. While pregnant with her second child in her last college semester, working 15 hours per week and interning 16, she produced a podcast for her senior project about motherhood. She currently lives in the Denver metro area with her husband and toddler and baby.

Anna Sher Simon (23)

Anna Sher Simon shares her experiences from the perspective of a Denver Jewish mother, wife, scientist, and LGBTQ activist. She regularly writes for the Huffington Post and is a TED talk speaker. Her wife helps inspire and edit her blog postings. They have an energetic son who keeps them both laughing and on their toes.

avatar for Cheyenne MainCheyenne Main (16)

Cheyenne Main is a college freshman who loves reading, writing, and video editing. She was a writer at her school’s newspaper, and volunteers regularly at her local library. Last year, she’s survived the turbulent journey through AP English Language and Comprehension, and currently she can be found devouring every book she can get her hands on.

Wendy Gossett (13)

Wendy Gossett, MA, is a speaker, author, fitness instructor, and parenting coach with an extensive background in temperament psychology. Wendy decided to apply her experience with temperament psychology as an educator to her relationship with her daughter who is her complete opposite. She helps parents and their kids “map” their inner drives so they can understand their family dynamic from the inside out. Book (coming soon): Guiding Their Drive: Parenting by Personality PeopleWorksCo.com and Screen Time Video

avatar for Kia RuKia Ru (12)

Kia Ru writes about Colorado life as a mom to two young boys, eating real food, and being as healthy as possible. Read more..

Maria Muller (12)

Maria has five kids (four in their 20s, the youngest is 16 and still lives at home with her) and four grandchildren. Her children have inspired many of her personal essays as well as her fiction short stories. As a freelance writer, she does feature stories about people and events that inspire and educate. She has a passion for comic books and has been collecting them (mostly Marvel) since she was seven. She can never get enough of her grandchildren, taking endless pictures of them whenever they are in Colorado.

avatar for Aaron TurpenAaron Turpen (9)

Aaron is a full-time freelance writer living in the Cheyenne area of Wyoming. He is a father of three and expert purveyor of dad jokes. His key focus with his children is in adventure-seeking outside of the normal “canned vaca” box. And cleaning up after yourself. Because kids are messy. Aaron enjoys being a not-so-single-anymore dad (www.SingleDadOver40.com) and good coffee. And cars. He’s a bit obsessed there.

Todd Brewick (9)

Todd is a father to three amazing kids (who are now closer to being adults). As part-owner of a local comic book store, “I Want More Comics”, Todd is popular in the dad set, not only because of his “glamorous job” and former ranking playing “Magic the Gathering”, but also for his love of 1980s post-punk music and his affinity for fun, family fitness. He has run the Bolder Boulder with his son for five years and is now helping his other kids develop a love of fitness that includes obstacle courses and other fun summer activities.

Lori Macalik (9)

Lori Macalik has sharpened her culinary skills in all aspects of food preparation. At times, she will calibrate recipes to ensure they taste delicious, and she has a knack for pairing different foods together for festive eating experiences every season of the year.

avatar for Laura FalinLaura Falin (9)

Laura is a mom of four who is a regular contributor to BabyCenter and has written for Colorado Parent, Babble, and other parenting publications.

avatar for Marta SpirkMarta Spirk (8)

Marta Spirk is a triplet mom, originally from Brazil, always fascinated by languages and cultures. She started teaching English at 14, went on to become a translator and interpreter and now works closely with women as an empowerment coach. Her focus is to help women love themselves and create their own happiness from within. Through her podcasts both in English and Portuguese, she hopes to encourage and uplift all moms to step into their own power and realize they can DO IT ALL!

Megan Nagel (8)

Megan is a stay-at-home mom of three boys and a wife of 22 years. She’s also a part-time Spiritual Director with an MA in Pastoral and Spiritual Care and a certification in Spiritual Direction. For the past five years, she has been providing spiritual direction and care to parents who are searching for deeper understanding and connection with God, discerning a difficult decision, trying to understand and navigate their life as parents and help those who are suffering from any form of loss or difficult experience.

avatar for Gretchen YoderGretchen Yoder (8)

Gretchen is a mom to two amazing (almost adult) kids. As a Colorado native, Gretchen loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking or just playing a friendly game in the back yard with her kids. She is addicted to finding the best deals (she’s frugal) or entering sweepstakes (one day she will win something really great). Gretchen is also a regular contributor at MileHighMamas.com

avatar for Lori HoldenLori Holden (7)

Lori is the award-winning author of the of the book The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole and has written regularly at LavenderLuz about adoptive parenting, open adoption, and living mindfully.

Gina Castillo (7)

Gina is a Colorado native married to an understanding husband, with two daughters, three stepsons and one granddaughter. She began her career working in youth residential treatment, and currently works as an assistant director in an early childhood program that helps under served and homeless families. She enjoys crafting, especially crochet and knitting, and making custom invitations. She also enjoys reading and collecting books. Her family includes two dogs, one chinchilla, three guinea pigs and some hermit crabs. Her blog about parenting, child mental health, crafts and other topics can be found at her blog.

LeAnne Downing (6)

LeAnne is a parent coach at Lightfoot Coaching where she helps parents develop the skills they need to build long-term relationships between themselves and their children. Her coaching sessions help parents understand what happens with kids and how to build solid, life-long relationships. She is a Denver resident and proud parent of four grown children and two grand-dogs. For more information, visit www.lightfootguide.com

Becca Day (6)

Becca Day graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango with a degree in Journalism and Multimedia Studies with a minor in Marketing. She discovered her passion for media while working for her college’s student-run newspaper The Independent as a reporter and editor. Day has lived in Colorado her entire life and is excited to be back in Denver. She enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and scrolling through social media.

Gina St. Aubin (5)

Gina is a former Victim’s Advocate and is the Founder and Contributing Editor for the award winning site, Special Happens. She has contributed to a number of published books and online publications, served on the Board of Directors for the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, and was in the Children’s Hospital of Colorado Advocacy Boot Camp. As wife, mother of 3 (one with significant special needs), she has lived in Colorado for half her life.

avatar for Dave TaylorDave Taylor (5)

Dave Taylor is a proud single dad of three fabulous children. They can drive him crazy at times, but the house is clean and warm, everyone’s got nicely furnished rooms and when the going gets tough, it’s his house that the kids gravitate towards. Read more about his life as a single dad and his musings on divorce and parenting in the modern age at GoFatherhood.com.

Brooke Maulsby (4)

Brooke Maulsby is a stay-at-home-mom of two children (soon to be three under three!) She has a passion for learning and experiencing other people’s perspectives, and rides important dichotomies of life like camping and lipstick, kale and chocolate cake, cloth diapering and sleep training. She writes to find a balance between the joy of being a mother and the hardship of leaving the working world behind.

avatar for Christian TotoChristian Toto (3)

Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist and film critic, and appears on several radio shows each week, including "Mike Rosen at the Movies" and "The Michael Brown Show."

Terry Cabeen (2)

Terry Cabeen is what people call a “big kid dad” (at least people who like applying labels to others). He spends a lot of time playing, trying to create joy, and trying new things out. He, um, also likes to type a lot. The prognosis was as good as could be hoped for after the pictured tiger attack, and he is recovering. Thank you so much for asking.

Articles by Jadie

Jadie’s life is about 80% food-related. It all started with a passion for biology and the human body, which is fueled by the food we eat. In 2016 she started her blog at eatmyscience.com and published her first book Your High Energy Life: Banish Energy-Sucking Foods and Supercharge Your Days in 2017. Between eating, writing the blog and books, meal planning, and cooking for her husband and two hungry children, food is the force around which Jadie’s life revolves. The other 20% is spent tutoring math for all ages and levels, snowboarding, and wasting time with logic games on her phone.

Articles by Todd

Todd is a father to three amazing kids (who are now closer to being adults). As part-owner of a local comic book store, “I Want More Comics”, Todd is popular in the dad set, not only because of his “glamorous job” and former ranking playing “Magic the Gathering”, but also for his love of 1980s post-punk music and his affinity for fun, family fitness. He has run the Bolder Boulder with his son for five years and is now helping his other kids develop a love of fitness that includes obstacle courses and other fun summer activities.

Articles by gina

Gina is a Colorado native married to an understanding husband, with two daughters, three stepsons and one granddaughter. She began her career working in youth residential treatment, and currently works as an assistant director in an early childhood program that helps under served and homeless families. She enjoys crafting, especially crochet and knitting, and making custom invitations. She also enjoys reading and collecting books. Her family includes two dogs, one chinchilla, three guinea pigs and some hermit crabs. Her blog about parenting, child mental health, crafts and other topics can be found at her blog.

Articles by terry

Terry Cabeen is what people call a “big kid dad” (at least people who like applying labels to others). He spends a lot of time playing, trying to create joy, and trying new things out. He, um, also likes to type a lot. The prognosis was as good as could be hoped for after the pictured tiger attack, and he is recovering. Thank you so much for asking.

Articles by leanne

LeAnne is a parent coach at Lightfoot Coaching where she helps parents develop the skills they need to build long-term relationships between themselves and their children. Her coaching sessions help parents understand what happens with kids and how to build solid, life-long relationships. She is a Denver resident and proud parent of four grown children and two grand-dogs. For more information, visit www.lightfootguide.com

Articles by laura

Laura is a mom of four who has been living in Colorado for more than 10 years. She loves getting the kids outdoors (mostly because then they aren’t at home, messing with her stuff) and is a Girl Scout leader who enjoys camping, hiking, and anything in the water. She is a regular contributor to BabyCenter and has written for Colorado Parent, Babble, and other parenting publications. Visit: www.peacebutnotquiet.com

Articles by wendy

Wendy Gossett, MA, is a speaker, author, fitness instructor, and parenting coach with an extensive background in temperament psychology. Wendy decided to apply her experience with temperament psychology as an educator to her relationship with her daughter who is her complete opposite. She helps parents and their kids “map” their inner drives so they can understand their family dynamic from the inside out. Book (coming soon): Guiding Their Drive: Parenting by Personality PeopleWorksCo.com and Screen Time Video

Articles by lori

Lori is the award-winning author of the book The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole. She has written regularly at LavenderLuz about adoptive parenting, open adoption, and living mindfully. Lori was nominated by Senator Michael Bennet as an Angel in Adoption® honoree in 2018 by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute (CCAI). Lori has lived in the Denver metro area most of her life, and she and her husband are raising their daughter and son in the same zip code where she grew up. 

Articles by lori

Lori grew up in the Midwest and currently works in the ultrasound field in the Denver metro area. In her spare time, she dabbles in fun cooking ideas for friends and family. Over the years, she has sharpened her culinary skills in all aspects of food preparation. At times, she will calibrate recipes to ensure they taste delicious, and she has a knack for pairing different foods together for festive eating experiences every season of the year.

Articles by brooke

Brooke Maulsby is a stay-at-home-mom of two children (soon to be three under three!) She has a passion for learning and experiencing other people’s perspectives, and rides important dichotomies of life like camping and lipstick, kale and chocolate cake, cloth diapering and sleep training. She writes to find a balance between the joy of being a mother and the hardship of leaving the working world behind.

Articles by maria

Maria has five kids (four in their 20s, the youngest is 16 and still lives at home with her) and four grandchildren. Her children have inspired many of her personal essays as well as her fiction short stories. As a freelance writer, she does feature stories about people and events that inspire and educate. She has a passion for comic books and has been collecting them (mostly Marvel) since she was seven. She can never get enough of her grandchildren, taking endless pictures of them whenever they are in Colorado. 

Articles by megan

Megan is a stay-at-home mom of three boys and a wife of 22 years. She’s also a part-time Spiritual Director with an MA in Pastoral and Spiritual Care and a certification in Spiritual Direction. For the past five years, she has been providing spiritual direction and care to parents who are searching for deeper understanding and connection with God, discerning a difficult decision, trying to understand and navigate their life as parents and help those who are suffering from any form of loss or difficult experience. 

Articles by kia

Kia writes about Colorado life as a mom to two young boys (infant and preschooler) heading outside, eating real food, and being as healthy as possible. She writes with some references to her science past with evidenced-based wellness and holistic action at bodhibear.net. You can also catch Kia leading classes on her yoga mat in the Front Range and on occasion around the country.

Articles by anna

Anna Sher Simon shares her experiences from the perspective of a Denver Jewish mother, wife, scientist, and LGBTQ activist. She regularly writes for the Huffington Post and is a TED talk speaker. Her wife helps inspire and edit her blog postings. They have an energetic son who keeps them both laughing and on their toes. She’s posting about her sabbatical in New Zealand at http://oursimonfamily.blogspot.com/.

Articles by marta

Marta Spirk is a triplet mom, originally from Brazil, always fascinated by languages and cultures. She started teaching English at 14, went on to become a translator and interpreter and now works closely with women as an empowerment coach. Her focus is to help women love themselves and create their own happiness from within. Through her podcasts both in English and Portuguese, she hopes to encourage and uplift all moms to step into their own power and realize they can DO IT ALL!

Articles by gina

Gina is a former Victim’s Advocate and is the Founder and Contributing Editor for the award winning site, Special Happens. She has contributed to a number of published books and online publications, served on the Board of Directors for the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, and was in the Children’s Hospital of Colorado Advocacy Boot Camp. As wife, mother of 3 (one with significant special needs), she has lived in Colorado for half her life.

Articles by dave

Dave Taylor is a proud single dad of three fabulous children. They can drive him crazy at times, but the house is clean and warm, everyone’s got nicely furnished rooms and when the going gets tough, it’s his house that the kids gravitate towards. Read more about his life as a single dad and his musings on divorce and parenting in the modern age at GoFatherhood.com.

Articles by christian

Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist and film critic. He appears on several radio shows each week including “Mike Rosen at the Movies” and “The Michael Brown Show.” He previously covered fatherhood-related issues for Colorado Parent magazine. He is the founder of HollywoodInToto.com

Articles by aaron

Aaron is a full-time freelance writer living in the Cheyenne area of Wyoming. He is a father of three and expert purveyor of dad jokes. His key focus with his children is in adventure-seeking outside of the normal “canned vaca” box. And cleaning up after yourself. Because kids are messy. Aaron enjoys being a not-so-single-anymore dad (www.SingleDadOver40.com) and good coffee. And cars. He’s a bit obsessed there. 

Articles by susan

Susan has 29 years of writing and editing experience and is committed to providing timely and relevant articles that aid parents in finding a wide variety of resources to help them navigate their way through the challenging issues that Denver moms and dads face every day. She has lived in Colorado for 13 years and is married with two children. She enjoys reading, writing, and worldwide correspondence.

Articles by jamyn

Jamyn (Jay-min) is originally from Vancouver, WA. She started her family right away while finishing her education in communication with a news/journalism emphasis. She wrote for the school’s newspaper and interned at the number one news station in southeast Idaho. While pregnant with her second child in her last college semester, working 15 hours per week and interning 16, she produced a podcast for her senior project about motherhood. She currently lives in the Denver metro area with her husband and toddler and baby. Website

Articles by gretchen

Gretchen is a mom to two amazing (almost adult) kids. As a Colorado native, Gretchen loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking or just playing a friendly game in the back yard with her kids. She is addicted to finding the best deals (she’s frugal) or entering sweepstakes (one day she will win something really great). Gretchen is also a regular contributor at MileHighMamas.com

Staff Writers:

Articles by cheyenne

Cheyenne Main is a college freshman who loves reading, writing, and video editing. She was a writer at her school’s newspaper, and volunteers regularly at her local library. Last year, she’s survived the turbulent journey through AP English Language and Comprehension, and currently she can be found devouring every book she can get her hands on.

Articles by becca

Becca Day graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango with a degree in Journalism and Multimedia Studies with a minor in Marketing. She discovered her passion for media while working for her college’s student-run newspaper The Independent as a reporter and editor. Day has lived in Colorado her entire life and is excited to be back in Denver. She enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and scrolling through social media.

Past and guest contributors:

Articles by vicky

Vicki Little, a preschool teacher with two kids, and one of the few Colorado natives that have never been skiing (though she loves the mountains in the summer). As a freelance writer, her favorite things to write about are parenting, preschoolers, and advocating for your children.

Articles by kristan

Kristan spends her days living and learning with her two young daughters. When she is not writing about education and parenting, you’ll find her running (preferably with friends), skiing, struggling through the occasional yoga class and escaping to the mountains every chance she gets.

Articles by michelle

A foodie at heart, her extensive knowledge about all that goes into food preparation can help parents follow her unique and simple ideas about seasonal cooking, everything from date-night meal suggestions, to easy recipes for moms and dads on the go, and kid-friendly instructions for fun foods all year around.

Articles by mindy

Mindy Sink is the author of Moon Handbooks Guide to DenverWalking Denver, and a co-author of Colorado Organic: Cooking Seasonally, Eating Locally. She has written extensively for The New York Times and her work has also appeared in The Christian Science MonitorSunset Magazine and many other well-known publications and web sites. To learn more about Mindy, go to www.mindysink.com.

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