Aja Blanc is the Associate Educator for Family + Youth programs at the RISD Museum of Art. Aja has an MA in teaching and learning in art and design from RISD and writes on how we can connect art and creativity with everyday family life in ways that bring out new ways of engaging with the world around us. As a working artist and writer engaged in the creative process, she is an active advocate for museum education, community participation, and the arts.
About Allison Abramson: Allison is a wife and mother to two girls living in rural Connecticut. She writes about her journey through parenthood at www.allisonabramson.com. Her writing and workshops focus on simplicity, living closer to the earth and inviting joy into the every day.
Amy Hood lives in South County with her husband and three children. A lifelong Rhode Islander, she puts up with the snowy, dark, cold months because she lives a ten-minute drive from the beach. Right now her main gig is hanging out with her youngest all day, and she thinks she has the best job around. She blogs about her artistic adventures with her children at Kids in the Studio and her own creative pursuits at Salamander Dreams.
ANIKA DENISE is a children's book author and poet. Her books include PIGS LOVE POTATOES and BELLA AND STELLA COME HOME, both of which were illustrated by her husband, Christopher Denise. Anika's next picture book BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S will be released in Fall, 2014. She lives with her husband, three daughters and their pet frog "Mr. Greenbumps" in Barrington, Rhode Island.
When not reading or writing, she can often be found hosting a tea party for her imaginary friends, baking cookies or strolling the beach near her home, thinking up ideas for new stories. To learn more about Anika's books, visit her website at www.anikadenise.com.
Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids.
Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.
Anne Powers works full time for the federal government and writes on the side. She recently moved to Northern Rhode Island and loves it. Anne enjoys time with her familyâ€”her husband, John and two kids who are funny as heck. They own two big dogs, two lazy cats, a fish whose name changes each month, and eight chickens. She is taking her first foray into gardening in 2013 and looks forward to eating fresh vegetables every day.Â She is a big proponent of supporting the little guy by buying local. She loves getting outside and breathing fresh air, and having fun in general.Â She shares of views on life on her blog (www.curlystraight.com) along with whimsical snippets of those funny as heck kids.
Beth Curtin is a portrait artist who primarily works in artistâ€™s colored pencils out of her studio in a mill building in Pawtucket. She also enjoys crafts such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, handspinning and toy-making. Her blog, Acorn Pies, emphasizes the joys of art, nature, and outdoor play and publishes craft and toy-making tutorials. In addition to her portrait work, she is currently creating a series of hand-colored lino prints of children at play. These lino prints and Bethâ€™s crafts are available online in her etsy store, www.primroses.etsy.com. Beth is married to Bill Curtin, a professor at Brown, and they have three children: Nicholas, 23, is an executive chef in New York City; Cammie, 20, is studying neuroscience at Middlebury College; and Peter, 8, loves to figure out how things work. Learning and creativity figure large in the life of Bethâ€™s family.
Carolyn Dalgliesh, a professional organizer and â€œsensoryâ€ mom, is the founder & owner of Systems for Sensory Kids and Simple Organizing Strategies. Systems for Sensory Kids (http://www.systemsforsensorykids.com) is a leading-edge organizing model that teaches parents how to tap into systems, routines, and visual aids to organize and empower their rigid, anxious, and/or distracted children. Carolyn will share her innovative sensory organizing model in her first book that will be published by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone in 2013. Carolyn also does professional home and small business organizing through Simple Organizing Strategies (http://www.simpleorganizingstrategies.com).
A native Rhode Islander, she lives in North Kingstown with her husband and two children.
Chrissy Collins is a Parent Coach with a private practice in The Rumford Center in Rhode Island. She offers non-judgemental support and education for parents with children ages birth to 5-years-old. Her philosophy is that happy and confident parents have the strongest influence in raising well-adjusted children. In addition to one-on-one support, Chrissy offers workshops for groups of parents, schools and daycares.Â
Cynthia Ragona is a recovering lawyer, mom, aspiring photographer, book lover, organization freak, DIYer, and blogger atÂ www.flotsamofthemind.com.Â She, her husband, and their two kids (ages six and nine) live in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Elaine Beebe lives in Barrington with her daughter. A freelance writer and editor, Elaine has covered everything from climate change in Bhutan to bands that will never become famous, California charter schools to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. If I were a super hero, I would be Grammar Girl, proofreading faster than a speeding bullet.
Writer and self-proclaimed â€œtinkererâ€ ELYSE MAJOR, is the author TINKERED TREASURES (CICO Books). She also contributes to publications such as Romantic Homes and Romantic Country and is currently at work on a second book due for publication in spring 2014. Elyse lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two boys. Visit her at tinkeredtreasures.com.
Erin is a multi-media artist, interfaith minister, yoga teacher and passionate builder of community. She is the founder of the Rhode Island Birth Network and the creator and host of Behind the Blog. As a mother of two, she also packs lunches, drives the carpool, and bows to the power of PBS Kids.
Two eleven year old boys (and brothers) talk about films. They love it all â€“ watching the films, making movies, reading the books that inspired them, writing screenplays, listening to the soundtracks, learning all the trivia, and interviewing people in the industry.
Hannah Marcotti is a typical overwhelmed mom of three who runs a Health and Lifestyle Coaching business for mothers. After discovering that food could help with her anxiety, energy and happiness she created Hannahâ€™s Harvest, a place where food and lifestyle shifts transform the lives of mothers. She leads the popular womenâ€™s group, Connecting, where women explore their food, relationships, spirituality, and passions together. For more health tips, recipes and calendar of Hannahâ€™s events, sign up for her free e-newsletter at Hannahâ€™s Harvest.
Having grown up in Southeastern Massachusetts, Jaci chose the Ocean State to raise her family after stints on the West Coast, Southern Florida, and a few cities in between. Jaci is a freelance writer and part-time researcher in the nonprofit world, although spends most of her time as a chauffeur, activities coordinator, and conflict mediator for her four children. Her hobbies include combing thrift stores for treasures, competing in triathlons, and surfing at local and not so local beaches with her husband and kids. Jaci also blogs here: http://spiderbyte.typepad.com/
Jeanine is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. Jeanine also works for the RI Environmental Education Association, supporting formal and informal teachers as they create "place-based" curriculum. She loves to hike, run, garden, bake, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her daughter, Sierra, and her son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.
Jill Davidson lives in Providence with her husband Kevin Eberman and sons Elias (age 11), Leo (age 8), and Henry (age 5). She is a past president of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization and is an active parent leader in the Providence Public Schools. She writes about education in Providence and beyond at http://providenceschools.blogspot.com. Professionally, Jill is an independent education consultant and writer and Managing Director of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Some days, thereâ€™s not too much time left for more, but when there is, Jill loves to multitask with combinations of cooking, shopping locally, gardening, exercising, reading, hanging out with friends and family, and exploring Rhode Island.
Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Grover. Katy loves reading, cooking, loud pants, the Beehive in Bristol, and learning everything she can about Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. She says more about that at Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.
A native New Yorker from Long Islandâ€™s eastern end, Bridget Keane feels most at home when she is close to the ocean, so she loves living in Narragansett with her husband, two children, and Max-the-dog. Currently a stay-at-home mom, she used to teach seventh and eighth grade English and is a former journalist. Bridget adventure races, surfs, and cliff dives ... in her mind, while she fights the good fight against dog hair tumbleweeds, missing LEGO, and what to make for dinner.
Kristie Stark is the founder of Sprouts â€“ Growing Healthy Families. Trained in fine arts and graphic design, Kristie runs Stark Group, a web and print design company. She is also a mother of three children who is exploring ways to make mealtimes at home more sane, tasty and nutritious. Sprouts was launched in spring of 2012 as a pilot nutrition program in preschool and elementary school settings. The vision for Sprouts is to connect children and families with food resources and tools they can use to grow health and happiness in their lives.
After 4 years teaching English abroad, Rachel Chiartas and her family chose to settle in Providence. She is a native of Maryland, but truly feels at home here in Rhode Island. She is the mother of two young boys, a preschooler named Kai and a babe named Kade. Rachel is passionate about all things motherhood! Her love for birth, babies, and mothers led her to become a trained doula. She hopes to begin practicing doula work once her young babe is not soâ€¦ well, attached! Rachel is a self-described environmentalist who loves being outdoors with her family, hiking, camping, or learning to garden. She recently became a Master Composter and Recycler through the URI Outreach Center and volunteers time working compost information booths at fairs and festivals around Rhode Island. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and cooking!
Carly Baumann lives in East Providence, RI with her husband and spunky toddler, Daisy. With a passion for sharing in a sense of wonder with children and adults alike, she has taught and developed dynamic programs in school, environmental education, and museum settings. Carly loves practicing and teaching yoga, listening to music and podcasts, and exploring outdoors with her family.
My Chef Lara cooks delicious food which can be frozen and reheated at your convenience. All we need is your stove, sink and freezer â€“ we take care of everything else. Cooking classes and parties also available.
Kidoinfo is community of many voices. I invite you to contribute your news and ideas. Here you will find posts from a rotating group writers; sharing their parenting stories, local news, community services, creative ideas and more.
Want to share your story, news and ideas? Please contact Anisa here: http://kidoinfo.com/contactform/
Leah CherryÂ teaches children and their families how to cook, sew, make and grow â€“ traditional talents that remain essential for living well today. Her business, Skill It, is founded on the belief that working with your hands nourishes your spirit and connects you to family and community.
In addition to after-school and community events in Rhode Island, Skill It offers an online class, Seasonâ€™s Eatings, to create joy, fun, and connection around food and family dinnertime. You can read the Skill It blog (www.skillitri.com) and sign-up for the newsletter to receive class updates.
I have been a stay at home mom to my two daughters and son for going on ten years. Itâ€™s been an incredibly hard and rewarding journey that opened my eyes to a lot about myself and others. I enjoy free-lance writing, photography, community relations, events and social networking.
I want to make a difference in the world through my two dreams. One dream is to have a career in community relations to bring opportunities to under privileged children. The second is to open a community center for our most vulnerable youth.
I believe that community is family and that in order to make the world a better place for our own children we have to make it better for all children.
If I could change the world I would make sure every kid got the childhood they deserved.
Suzanne is a British expat living in an old beach house in Barrington, RI. Along with her husband, two daughters, Chloe (5) and Tilly (3mths) and two very silly Springer Spaniels, they can be found most days roaming local beaches and woods searching for treasures.
She owns Fitness in the Park, a post-natal fitness program for local parents and their children. She really believes that moving your body, in whatever shape or form, makes the world a better place.
Suzanne is a vegetarian, kettle-bell lifting, work-from-home Mom who dreams of balancing it all, traveling afar and having a full time cleaner.
Kristen Kardos is an educator, co-founder of Rhode Island New Moms Connection, a postpartum doula, and author of http://doulakristen.wordpress.com where she answers parenting questions. As a mom of three, Kristen understands the joys and challenges of parenthood; and offers non-judgmental support to all mamas. She enjoys sharing information, resources, her experiences, and empathy in hopes of making the journey a bit easier for others.
Linda Cox Demers moved to Barrington from Chicago with her husband and her two boys, ages 13 and 9. She runs her handbag and accessories business, Ã la mode, from home. As an independent designer, Linda enjoys promoting local artists and the â€œbuy handmadeâ€ movement. Visit her blog at www.alamodestuffblog.com.
Lindsay Shaw is the childrenâ€™s librarian at the Providence Athenaeum. Lindsay and the staff of the Providence Athenaeum are committed to celebrating children and childhood through literature and programming for all ages.
Martha is a licensed therapist working with individuals and parents throughout the greater Providence area. Additionally, she works in the Barrington Schools as a Student Assistance Counselor and club advisor, specializing in substance abuse prevention, education and intervention. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and more than twenty years of experience in clinical and educational settings. She is available for counseling and consultations in her private practice as well as presentations and trainings to parents, teachers, health educators, counselors, and community-based substance abuse prevention coalitions.
Melissa lives in Pawtucket, RI, with SportsDad, daughter Stretch, 14, and the Little Man, 12. She is an Educational Advocate, sports yenta, kid-schlepper, home cook and baker.Â She can be reached at MelissaB401@gmail.com.
A fan of all things oceanic, Michelle keeps moving from one coast to another. She's lived in many cities (always by water) and now with her husband in Seattle is raising two fourth-generation beach babies. Michelle currently works as a communications consultant for tech companies, and on building apps like Craftmonkey and InstaChimp. Apparently a love of nature and a passion for cool technologies are not mutually exclusive, as she is equally smitten with both.
Nancy King is a recent transplant to Rhode Island, having moved here from San Francisco with her husband and daughter. A native New Yorker, Nancy was eager to be closer to her family and to reconnect with the city that was her home for thirty-plus years. She works as a freelance book editor on projects ranging from health and fitness to pop culture and kidsâ€™ titles. Particular favorites have included The Pop Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns and Cowboy Boots: Art and Soul.
Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW: New Moms.
Kristen Kardos and Kathy McGuigan, co-founders of Rhode Island New Moms Connection (affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout RI), value building community and developing support networks for new moms in addition to mothering their own joyful children. They share their knowledge, resources, and helpful tips for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms that may need a little refresher.
The mission of Providence Children's Museum is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. The Museum creates and presents interactive play and learning environments and hands-on programs for children ages 1 - 11 and their families. Located in Providence's Jewelry District.
Museum educators and other staff contribute monthly articles about topics related to children's play and learning. Articles advocate for the importance of play to children's healthy development and are full of great ideas and resources, activities to try at home, and much more. For additional ideas and resources, visit the Museum's website and blog. Also join the conversation about the need for play on the Museum-hosted PlayWatch listserv (http://www.playwatch.org/).
This is the "wpengine" admin user that our staff uses to gain access to your admin area to provide support and troubleshooting. It can only be accessed by a button in our secure log that auto generates a password and dumps that password after the staff member has logged in. We have taken extreme measures to ensure that our own user is not going to be misused to harm any of our clients sites.