About the Author and Site

Welcome to my Blog! First, please allow me to introduce myself.

I am a first-time mom to an adorable little boy and a wife of 10 years and counting….. I didn’t know much about parenting before my son was born, but I do have a bit of experience with children. I worked as a preschool teacher for over 5 years when I first moved to Southern California. I moved to So Cal. basically to continue an education in fashion and costume design. After all, where’s the best place to nurture a fledgling career in fashion – LaLaLand, of course!

After a brief stint in costuming for music videos, independent films, and other freelance gigs, I decided that I wanted to do something else – writing. I’ve always loved writing alongside with sketching clothes and such. And writing was my other love besides costume design. I worked in a prominent publishing company for many years and then moved to a smaller publishing firm later. Now, I freelance write for several magazines and contributed to a couple of books.

But what does all this have to do with parenting and my blog? Well, everything is tied together and  some things will always lead to another thing. I gave birth to a wonderful but oftentimes mischievous boy (but he is only in his toddler years at the moment) and writing freelance gave me a wonderful opportunity to stay home. I also have a very supportive husband who allows me to indulge in writing and being a stay-at-home-mom. And after many years as a preschool teacher and with over 15 years of experience in the health and education industry, I found that sharing my experiences and knowledge to others can also help me learn and grow as well.

So here I am, writing my own blog! I hope  you will enjoy reading my posts. You’ll most likely find topics on parenting and what I’ve learned from it so far, kids and parents in general, family, media, health, nutrition, being a “green” mom, vegetarianism, how to save money, and whatever topics that I hope you’ll find interest in. If I gave you even the tiniest tidbit of information that you found useful, then I’m happy. I promise to keep the posts clean and I welcome you to comment on my blog (just keep it clean too :))

Responses

  1. Hi,

    I hope you’re having an awesome week thus far!

    I’m Chad Turingan, founder of dwawings.com, a new free website where you can upload your kids’ drawings so you can keep and save them for as long as you want, and share them with your friends and family!

    Imagine 20 years from now, when your kids become adults. Wouldn’t it be cool if you can show them their old drawings and artwork?

    I found your blog on the Top Mommy Blogs website and I thought it would be a good idea to let you know about this site. I sincerely hope you can find it beneficial.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my email. This means a lot.

    Chad Turingan
    dwawings.com

  2. Heard about you from a friend, Steve Shriver, and Ecolips. We were around in Iowa City when he and Andrea started Ecolips… My husband and I now own a Fair Trade, Organic, Shade Grown coffee roasting company, in its eighth year, on the Kitsap Peninsula, across the Sound from from Seattle. We were actually the first coffee roaster in the country to become CarbonFree Certified and are a member of Yvon Chouinard’s 1% for the Planet. So appreciate your focus on health, organic and sustainability – critical elements for parents to pay attention to these days! Kudos!

    • Thanks, Stacy! I think Ecolips is a great company!

  3. Your writing is without a doubt quite intoxicating. You sure have got a way of bringing words to life. Have you actually taken into consideration pro writing? I have been a sort of paid article author for 3 months at this point, and generate $500 per day writing critiques at my own blog site, commenting on blogs and forums, plus crafting content pieces. Sign up right here if you are serious.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Alivia! I do indeed freelance write whenever I get the chance. Thanks for the tip – I’ll look into the site.

  4. Hello! i am loving your blog but i gotta ask is you header a picture from one of the Islands in Azores Portugal? please let me know. thats where i am from and it looks so familiar.

    Sara

  5. Suzan,

    I’ve been spending time on Happymombloggers, and I’d like to introduce myself. I feel that the values of your blog are very well aligned with Soap Hope, the company we founded to enable customers to end poverty.

    Soap Hope offers healthful products online, delivers them in the eco-friendly “Ugly Box,” and then invests every dollar of profit into programs that lift women from poverty around the world. Not just a portion of proceeds, or a matching product – every single dollar of profit that our customers generate goes to lift women from poverty.

    If you feel that your community would benefit from what we’re doing here at Soap Hope, we would be honored to be mentioned in your blog. We would also like to introduce your blog to our customers in return. And if you are interested in an affiliate arrangement, we offer that as well.

    I’d like to send you a packet of information and product samples that describes Soap Hope’s mission and products. Just let me know where I can send it.

    You can also see information for blogger affiliates here:
    http://s-hope.co/shblogpack

    I would love to hear from you. I look forward to knowing you.

    Regards,

    Ally
    Soap Hope
    —————-
    Soap Hope: soaphope.com
    Founder’s TED Talk: salahstalk.com
    Founder’s Blog: salahsblog.com

  6. Suzan,

    I have a quick question about your site, please email me back as soon as possible!

    Barbara

  7. Hi Suzan!

    My name is Kayla I represent EcoSMART, the world leader in safe pesticide solutions. I recently checked out your blog and really enjoyed your articles and product giveaways.

    As a company striving to produce innovative pest control products to the public, we are always looking to create partnerships with those who share similar goals and interests. Our products are 100% safe and effective. If you are interested in product giveaways and coupon codes for your readers, I would love to talk to you about sharing our products with your eco-savvy readers looking for alternative, ecofriendly alternatives to everyday products.

    Please email me at ecosmartblog@gmail.com if you are interested, along with your best contact information. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Sincerely,

    Kayla
    EcoSMART
    ecosmartblog@gmail.com
    http://www.ecosmart.com

  8. Hello, I wanted to Vote for you on the Top Mommy Blogs and clicked on the link, but I was not able to find your blog to rate and vote. Can you give me some help in finding it? Thank you

    • Hi Maryann! Thank you for visiting my blog and voting for me. If you click on the link provided next to the Top Mommy Blog icon it’ll take you directly to the Top Mommy Blog website. You can then type in Happymomblogger in the search field and my blog will come up. Then just click on my Happymomblogger title and it’ll take you back to my blog. And that’s it!

      Thanks again and good luck with the contests!

    • Thank you! I figured it out now. Just one more question, do we vote each day for a contest entry, or is it just for a one time contest entry. Thanks again and I do enjoy reading your blog.

      • Hi Maryann, if you want to vote everyday you can. Just be sure to leave a comment on the contest page of whatever giveaway you’re entering. This way, I can count your voting comment as an extra entry. Thanks!

  9. Hello,
    I came across your website and found your articles on your family wonderful. I just had a couple of questions, so if you could e-mail me back that would be great!

  10. We love your site! We are a small company, Smile Squared. Our mission is to give every child the health and confidence that comes with clean teeth. For every toothbrush sold we donate one to a child in need. We believe even small, everyday products, like toothbrushes, can have a big impact on the world. Our toothbrushes are crafted using biodegradable bamboo and high quality, soft DuPont bristles. Even our box is recyclable. By significantly reducing the amount of plastic in our toothbrushes, we are helping to ensure the continued safety and health of our communities, long after the toothbrushes are disposed of.
    You can find more information about the products and how to order at http://www.smilesquared.com or following us on Facebook and Twitter at @rethinkbuying.

  11. Hello Suzan,

    My name is Tiffany, I’m a intern for Cleer Gear. We have launched a product called the Schatzii Smart Cloth which is protected with AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology – a state of the art technology that not only lets you wipe away unsightly fingerprints and smudges without sloppy sprays, liquids or wet wipes, but also provides antibacterial protection!

    I recently read some of your blogs and really enjoyed them as well as your giveaways. I’m hoping you can blog about our product as well as trying them out for yourself. Please contact me at tiffany@schatzii.com for more information! Thank you for your time and consideration.

  12. ALSO, our product is selling now live on the Griffin Technology site, one of Apple’s leading case vendors!

    http://store.griffintechnology.com/iphone/schatzii-microfiber-cleaning-cloth-for-ipad

  13. Hi Suzan,

    We’re conducting a survey about electric vehicles and are interested in what Moms & their families think. Generally, men respond to these types of surveys, but the car industry and utility companies feel that it’s important to get women’s perspectives on this clean transportation option. Would you be willing to take the survey or share it with your readers?

    If you are concerned about the environment and the affect pollution has on your family, you can make your voice heard by taking the Electric Vehicle Information Exchange survey, which will help auto makers, utilities and cities understand what people like you want out of alternative fuel cars. Participate in the survey and register to win an iPad: http://bit.ly/Oceanus-EVIXSurvey

    Your participation would be greatly appreciated!

    Regards,

    EViX / Oceanus Automotive
    Austin, Texas
    512.551.9726

  14. Hi Suzan,

    I represent a fantastic, new online gift boutique that exclusively offers goods that are eco-friendly and made in the USA. Can you please let me know the best email address to send press information to?

    Best,

    Lauren

  15. Hi Suzan,

    My name is Sydnee Bursik. I’m a Production Assistant for HuffPost Live with The Huffington Post. We’re having STAR Bridget Mendler joining us on-set for a live conversation, Monday @1:30PM/EST and we’d love to have you join us for Monday’s segment — Do you think you might be interested and available to participate via webcam? Please email me at sydnee.bursik@huffingtonpost.com or call me at 973.570.8365 and I’d be happy to provide you with further detail.

    Best,
    Sydnee

    Sydnee Bursik
    Production Assistant
    HuffPost Live
    770 Broadway
    New York, NY 10003
    973.570.8365

  16. Hello,

    My name is Rachel and I am writing on behalf of suuthe, a mother-inspired line of skin products that nourishes and repairs damaged skin.

    suuthe skin products are made from high-quality, 100% natural and organic, food-grade ingredients that have been used for thousands of years to provide fast, effective, natural relief for sensitive and damaged skin.

    Our best selling product – Skin Repair – has only five ingredients and has an amazing track record with healing eczema, diaper rash, psoriasis, and a multitude of other skin conditions.

    After reading through your blog, I feel that our customers and your subscribers have a lot in common – mother’s LOVE suuthe products! – and I would like to see if you’d be interested in partnering with us to offer an exclusive promotion for your readers. Or perhaps we can send you some product to review. Please respond and let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

    You can visit our website at http://www.suuthe.com.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you!

    Rachel Palmateer

    Blog Outreach Rep, suuthe

    rachel@purestrategic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/suuthe

    https://twitter.com/suuthebymari

  17. Hello Suzan,

    The reason I am writing to you is that I am trying to create a private label of olive oil from my family’s farm back in Greece (I live in UK). It is of course for my own benefit as well but I mainly try to promote my villages olive oil which is now sold at excruciating prices to the big italian brands, if you add all the trouble Greece is going through it does’t up well at all. You could  learn a bit more if you visit http://kck.st/Y33IMf.
    I don’t know if it is in your ethos  or even possible to mention it somehow but any help promoting my kickstarter project would be greatly appreciated. 
    I would more than happy to send you a bottle when it will be available if you would like to try some or if you would like to give some away in a competition.

    Thank you ,
    Akis

  18. Hi,

    I am keen to know if you offer advertising on your website? I have a client who is looking for text links, banners and sponsored posts to promote a website that fits in well with your site – happymomblogger.wordpress.com. Please get in touch if you’re interested.

    Many Thanks
    Thomas

  19. Hey Happy Mom Blogger, your blog caught my eye. I wanted to nominate you for the Liebster Award so others will see all the great things you are doing here. Keep up the great work! I will be watching for future interesting posts! Here is the link for the award, http://elementalaromas.com/elemental-aromas-won-a-liebster-award/

  20. I hope this email finds you well! I just wanted to reach out to you personally and tell you about the next chapter of The Fresh Beat Band. After 60 episodes and almost 300 sold out shows on our national concert tour, Nickelodeon and The Fresh Beat Band have embarked on a brand new adventure together… The Fresh Beat Band of Spies. Now I’m definitely biased because I’m involved in the project (and I’m a cartoon, which is a dream that I didn’t even know I had for myself) but the show is fantastic and super fun. It’s like Scooby Doo meets Charlie’s Angels, with all of the music, both old and new, that you’ve come to expect from the Fresh Beat Band. We’ve also managed to get Tom Kenny aka SpongeBob Squarepants to join us as well. He provides the voices of Bo (our sidekick Monkey), Reed (the Bosley to our band of spies) and countless other voices across the season. The guy is a one-man-band of voices and an inspiration to have on the team. Voiceover work is new for the four beats, and we get to work with and learn from a grand master. The audience can also be on the lookout for special guest vocal appearances by actors like Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Jerry O’Connell. The show premieres June 15th at 7 pm/6 central time on NickJr and we’re hoping audiences love watching the show as much as we have love making it. The best part is that the show appeals to the core audience of the original show, while providing the kind of action and adventure that appeals to slightly older kids as well. It’s also the first time NickJr has launched one of their shows in Prime Time, so we are quite honored by the vote of confidence! I’ve included a link below to our site on NickJr, where you can find all of the promos that are running on the network right now, introducing you to our show! Any help you could get us in promoting the show would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading this email and thank you for all of the support over the years. This has been quite a life changing experience and we have people like you to thank for it!

    Thanks again,

    Thomas Hobson aka Shout from The Fresh Beat Band and now The Fresh Beat Band of Spies

    http://www.nickjr.com/shows/about-fresh-beat-band-of-spies.html

  21. Great meeting you at iTea in Yorba Linda, Suzan. I look forward to reading your parenting posts. Hope your tea was tasty and refreshing!

    • It was great meeting you too, Jason! Loved reading your blog – very insightful 🙂 I always believed that if you write from your heart, everything else will fall into place!
      Hope you stay cool in this weather!

  22. Hi Susan! July 2014 we did a guest post swap. Any chance you would be interested in another? Here is the post that you wrote for us at nannytax.ca http://www.nannytax.ca/blog/guest-post-be-a-label-reader/ Here is the one we wrote for you back then: https://happymomblogger.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/guest-post-4-ways-to-get-your-kids-to-eat-more-produce/

  23. Hi! Im a forst time mom of a baby girl!! Im also learning so much about parenting!! My baby girls loves to watch calamity crow-heroes of the city, and she absolutely loves him! I was trying to find a plushie and a few toys of them but got nothing nowhere! But i found your blog, searching for this toys….do you know where i can get some?!

    • Hi Sofia! Heroes of the City is such a fun and educational show 🙂 I believe I saw some plush toys on Amazon before.
      Thanks!
      Suzan


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