Introducing… new 2011 contributors

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Ah, fresh starts. I honestly love the start of a new year because I’m ready to wipe my hands clean from the holiday busyness and get back to life’s routines. There’s something refreshing about taking down that tree (though we’re finally doing that today), getting back to school routines, and not having major family events every other day for a month. Can I get an amen?

I also use the start of a new year to refresh the blog here, and to assess how I need to liven things up, make changes to my own writing life, and to set goals for making this space all God wants it to be — for my family, for the editors and contributors in SLM, and most definitely for you, the readers.

I’ve been wanting to add some fresh content and new topics to Simple Mom for awhile. The best way to do this, I believe, is to add some voices to the writing mix. No one knows everything, but collectively, as a community that prioritizes intentional living, we can pool our wisdom and resources to share from a wealth of knowledge. Together, you, I, and the other contributors know a lot. That’s pretty cool.

So I’m excited that in 2011 I’m adding six new voices to the writing team of Simple Mom! For several years now, I’ve embraced a sanity-saving posting schedule of my words (or a guest poster’s) on Mondays and Fridays, and a regular contributor on Wednesdays. Nothing will change this next year, but I thought it would be fun to add fresh voices and new angles to the content here.

Here are the writers you’ll hear from this next year. And as you can see, we’ve increased the testosterone by quite a bit. Corey, you’re no longer alone!


Corey Allan writes regularly about marriage and relationships on Simple Mom and on his site, Simple Marriage, which is full of laid-back information for improving your relationships. He also has some marriage classes, as well as other resources that will help your marriage.

Working from Home

NEW! Heather Allard is a wife to Scott, mom to Hope, Grace, Brendan & her big ol’ dog, The Dude and the founder of The Mogul Mom, a website for mom entrepreneurs. It’s about diaper changes. Startup funding. Car pools. Play dates. Profit margins. Terrible twos. Legalese. Tween angst. Oh yeah, and building an empire somewhere in the middle of all that.

Green & Frugal Living

Maya Bisineer writes about frugal and green living, and when she gets a break from being mom and entrepreneur, she loves obsessing about the number of bags of trash produced by the household. She is the founder of Memetales – a place to read children’s books, discover activities and show off your creations.

Healthy Living

Lisa Byrne writes about health and taking care of yourself, and counsels groups, leads workshops and teaches classes on healthy living when she isn’t burping, bouncing or chasing her little ones around. Her current venture is The WellGrounded Life, a blog dedicated to providing busy moms with support.

DIY & Making it Handmade

NEW! Katie Clemons is an American; her husband is German. They split their time between a 480 square foot apartment in Berlin, Germany and – get this – a house made out of hundreds of recycled tires in the Rocky Mountains. Katie blogs about creating a handmade, simple home at Making This Home. Her handmade shop, Gadanke, is full of journals, travel books, gratitude journals, and baby books.


NEW! Sandy Coughlin is a mom to three active teenagers. Her book, The Reluctant Entertainer (Bethany House 2010), based upon her inspiring blog, restores the lost art of hospitality and in the process helps women break free from isolation and into connection and deeper relationships with others. “Great food and great decor,” she says, “…should help us bless others with relaxation, comfortable conversations, and with new and deeper friendships–that’s the heart and purpose of soulful entertaining.”

Parenting Teens

NEW! Robin Dance writes about parenting teens at Simple Mom, not because she claims to know everything but because she has three. A former marketing and PR professional, she explores her creative side through photography and writing poetry at her personal blog, PENSIEVE, where she also spills thoughts about family, faith, food and fun…and other things that don’t start with the letter “F.”


Mandi Ehman writes about all things organizing, both on Simple Mom and on her blog, Organizing Your Way. She recently launched Life…Your Way, a site dedicated to helping people sort through information to make the best decisions for their family. Mandi also works as a blog consultant and freelance writer while homeschooling her four girls.


NEW! Shaun Groves writes about the ups and downs of fatherhood and how he manages to stay sane in spite of (or maybe because of?) being a dad. Shaun is a dad of three, founder of Compassion Bloggers and travels the world singing and speaking on behalf of Compassion International. He is also his household’s reigning Candyland champion.

Money Management

NEW! Charlie Park helps people make sense of their money on Simple Mom and at PearBudget, the simple online budgeting tool he runs. He firmly believes that the simpler your finances are, the better, and he’ll be writing posts on how to bring order out of the chaos in your checkbook. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Virginia.


Megan Tietz writes about kids and parenting, and strongly believes that when it comes to parenting and childhood, simple is better. In 2005, she traded in her lesson plans and grading pens for playgroups and library storytimes as she engaged in her lifelong dream of being a mom at home. Megan blogs about faith, mothering, and natural living at SortaCrunchy.

Making Your Home a Haven

Emily Walker writes about making your home a haven, and is a stay at home mom to two littles. While she and her husband have fixed up their 1960s ranch home, Emily has learned lessons along the way in do-it-yourself, making do with what you have, simplifying, and living life to the fullest. When she’s not busy bossing her hubby around on remodel projects, Emily blogs at Remodeling This Life.

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  1. avatar
    Suzy McNeilly says:


    If you’re ever looking about article on Caregiving — particularly unpaid family caregivers, I’d enjoy contributing to your site. I have a profile on Linkedin and also would be more then happy to send you presentations I’ve put together for universities in the area and also caregiver trainings.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I recognize (and love!) some of those names, and the others I’m excited to hear from. Love the new topics. Thanks!

  3. What an exciting group of contributors! Eager to learn from you and them in 2011!

  4. So cool, lovely to meet your new contributors!!! Especially since I follow couple already – I can’t wait to see what they have to say on Simple Mom.

  5. Mentors are a gift – thanks for adding these new contributors!

  6. I love that you include male bloggers…very cool, I look forward to following along in 2011.

  7. Looks like a great line-up! Can’t wait to hear all of the great things they will put out there.

  8. This line up rocks!! I’m looking forward to hearing from each and every one. Welcome new contributors!

  9. hey there … Katie Clemons’ link to her blog isn’t complete … just FYI :)

    What a rockstar lineup !! Thanks for sharing their voices!!

  10. Looking forward to reading from these new contributors. I like simple home stuff (though not decorating specifically).

  11. What a terrific group! I’m especially glad to see Emily from Remodeling This Life here. I just adore her.

  12. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2011 with these shiny new stars! I recognize some of the names here – Heather from The Mogul Mom (whom I will be writing for this year!) – and I am psyched to see Maya and Katie too!

  13. looks like a great crew!

  14. Congrats to all the new and returning contributors.

    BIG shout out to my friend Heather, congrats girl on the exciting opportunity to work with this awesome site!

  15. Looks like a great team of writers to join you! Heather Allard is a wonderful woman, I have known her online for several years and worked with her on a few projects. I am excited to see that she will now contribute as well!

  16. I’m excited about this :)

    I’m pretty new to Simple Mom – but I’ve already been so blessed by it! Your contributors are awesome – I am learning so much – and I’m sure the new contributors will be excellent as well!

    Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

    Kate :)

  17. Tsh,

    Thank you for the opportunity to be a contributor on Simple Mom. I’ve been a BIG fan of yours since you started SM a few years ago…and now, to be a contributor here is…well, just an overwhelming honor.

    I look forward to showing Simple Mom readers how they can run a business, raise a family – and rock both. 😉

    With much gratitude,

  18. Woot! Sounds fabulous!

  19. I am utterly and COMPLETELY humbled to be included in this group. Wow. Welcome new contributors! I look forward to what all of us will learn together this year.

  20. Excited to see that Money Management is getting a shout out (and a new contributor) can’t wait to read what Charlie has to say.

  21. It’s good being off from the holidays as well and as you said it is time to start fresh this year. Unfortunately for me, they kids are not yet going school until the next week. I am glad your blog is growing, and I am glad about your new contributors. I believe they will give useful information to all us.

  22. Some of those simple mom’s look … er, masculine. Perhaps this should be called Simple Parent. 😉

  23. I’m so excited for this coming year! I just received your book in the mail, and yes, I did do a little jig since I’ve been waiting for it for a week. I can’t wait to read it. Also, I love so many of these bloggers. Congratulations on making a stunning team. Best wishes for the new year!

  24. As a new follower of this blog, and a new Mum, I am excited to see and read about all these great topics. Looking forward to a great year and just want to encourage you guys in your writing and your thinking and your living….keep up the awesome work!

  25. Looks like a great line-up! I’m looking forward to having our blog be my ‘one-stop-shop’

  26. Looks like a great line-up! I’m looking forward to having your blog be my ‘one-stop-shop’

  27. This looks like a great line-up and I look forward to hearing what they each have to say. I have to admit that I was a little sad in that the thing that brought me to simplemom was your wonderful writing and insight. It’s seemed for awhile now that we don’t hear from you as often. Kind of bummed about that.

    • Hi Aimee – Thanks for reading. I’ve had contributors for over two years now, so nothing new will change. Just adding more voices to the mix. I’ll still write twice, with someone else on Wednesdays.

      As much as I’d love to write here all the time, I’ve got three kids, a hubby, and a home to run — like most everyone else here. If I don’t aim for balance and simplicity in my own life, I wouldn’t have much to write about here, I suppose. I aim for quality over quantity. :)

      Thanks for the feedback!

    • Hi Tsh – I’m sorry if my comment offended you. I meant quite the opposite. I enjoy your writing so much that I only wish I could read it more often.

      • Nope, no offense at all. :) Just wanted to let you (and others) know that I continually juggle my sense of wishing I could add more content here, yet knowing that I do, that I wouldn’t be living consistently with the very thing I’m writing about. Which would make the content here not quite as useful, real, or helpful. I appreciate the compliment, and write (and edit) the stuff here to be as real-yet-practical as possible. Feedback is always appreciated.

        Thanks for reading, Aimee.

  28. I enjoy all of the topics I’m accustomed to finding here, and I’m excited about the fatherhood addition. My husband isn’t a blog reader, but I think he will appreciate the clean Simple Mom format, so I plan to forward on a few good reads.

    Also, Tsh, the time that goes into your content is obvious, and I find your posts on balance and simplicity believable because there aren’t more of them. Thanks for keeping it real!

  29. I recognize a lot of those names, and I’m REALLY excited to see what they will contribute to Simple Mom Media!

  30. What a fabulous line-up! Can’t wait for another great year of Simple. :)

  31. I am excited to see and read what these new faces will have to share. I just fell in love with Emily at Remodeling this life and I have been reading her blog like crazy! Same with Megan at Sorta Crunchy I’m lovin it!

  32. So many wonderful friends being added to the mix. What a wonderful assortment of great insights we’ll be blessed with day in and day out.

  33. The new contributors look great. I would LOVE to see “A Day in the Life of a Mom (or Dad)”, similar to what is being done at Simple Homeschool. As someone who is considering staying at home full time, (in graduate school now -with 2 kids) I think it would be fascinating to see how mothers manage their time at home.

  34. Absolutely five star!
    Sandy and Shaun and Robin too?
    Standing ovation!

    May the words in this place water more lives….

    *Thank you,* Tsh!

    All’s grace,

  35. Super excited about the new writers! I already enjoy the ones you have and all these folks look like great additions!

  36. I’m looking forward to the new angles and was excited to recognize some of these names and get introduced to new writers!

  37. So many great topics and writers! I could survive on just your blog and contributors alone!

  38. such an exciting lineup!

  39. Hello Tsh

    Let me just start off my saying that your blog inspired me to be a blogger myself and glad to tell you that I am at least not a newbie in the blogging world anymore. Still learning the intricacies and technicalities of this field but I have made my start to get to the finish. Thank you for your kind and inspiring words along the way through your writing over the years. I would some day make it to be a guest blogger in your place (fingers crossed :) ) In the mean time, my request to you, ‘Keep Writing’. Cheers! :)

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