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BlackBerry Mom -Allison Berman

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A weekly columnist for the Times Herald Record Sunday edition, Berman writes about the trials and tribulations of running a successful business, while rearing a family. Berman’s business: She creates one-of-a-kind, custom home accessories, enabling people to create homes that reflect individuality. Berman simultaneously maintains a happy household, which includes one hot hubby, two cute daughters, and one fierce (but friendly) mutt.

If you are looking for a writer for your newspaper, magazine, or blog, or if you just want to say Hi, or to vent about your own juggling act, shoot me an email directly at


Mamaste - Stefanie Lester Coslow

A native New Yorker, Stefanie currently resides in Chicago with her husband and two kids where she teaches at CorePower Yoga throughout their Chicago locations.  It’s a big change from her former life as an accountant at a TV Rep firm, who studied Psychology at school, talk about yin & yang!

Stefanie finds yoga not only to be an incredible workout, it allows her to eat her favorite thing, chocolate without guilt AND it also helps to keep her grounded and centered emotionally, which is not always an easy feat for a busy stay-at-home mom of two! While practicing yoga, Stefanie has found her own flexibility and strength, both physically and mentally, that she never knew she had and she hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Parent-Teacher -Michelle Sale

A New York state certified English and social studies teacher, this mother of two currently tutors students in English, social studies, organization skills, and study skills. In addition, she has worked as an SAT instructor for a local test prep company and acts as a college advisor to students applying to college.

Michelle is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches vinyasa classes while her two children are at school.

Need a tutor and live in Southern Orange or Rockland County, NY? Find her online at Don’t hesitate to get in touch for virtual essay workshops.

Branding Mommy- Emily Rahimi emily rahimi branding mommy

Rahimi works as a public relations, writing and social media maven for the New York City Fire Department — where she’s constantly juggling the demands of unpredictable days.  A career writer, she also pens lifestyle stories for newspapers and magazines across the country.  When not working, Rahimi spends time running after, tickling and baking cookies for her adorable 2-year-old godson.

Passion for  Fashion -Alison Schwartz

With more than 14 years of fashion industry experience at some top department stores, including Bergdorf Goodman and Lord & Taylor, Schwartz is no stranger to the world of clothing, accessories and, of course, trends.

Currently, she works as a personal shopper from her New Jersey home, living the dream of mommy and clotheshorse, all in one.

“Fashion will always be my passion!”

Beauty School – Megan Mattes

A self-proclaimed beauty addict, this mom of two got her start as a beauty editor at Parents magazine in New York City. After a few years of testing every lipstick, potion and lotion on the market, she made the tough decision to leave the coveted beauty closet behind and return to her home state of California to start a family and take her career in a different direction.

Mattes has written for Ladies’ Home Journal, Fit Pregnancy, California Baby, Roc skin care and Aveeno Baby. Her first love is beauty writing, but she tackles any topic thrown her way–from health and fitness to sex and marriage to child development.

When she’s not writing, Mattes can be found running hills with her double jogger, building sandcastles at the beach with her 4-year-old son, and reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar—again and again—to her 1-year-old daughter.

Chef Daddy - James Wieselman Schulman

A mechanical engineer by trade, a chef by passion. Schulman a consultant and a stay-at-home-dad to a wonderful son and daughter, in Chicago, caters dinner parties, teaches informal pizza-making classes and details every kitchen adventure on his blog.

Schulman understands that, as life becomes more complicated, providing healthy, creative, and approachable meals, does too. That said, he’s on a mission to share his culinary experiences, philosophy and ideas with the BlackBerry Mom community weekly.

Part-Time Posters

Having a Tea Party -Shawnna L. M. Bolick

shawnna l.m. bolickShawnna L.M. Bolick is a skilled public policy analyst and grassroots organizer. She graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a B.A., completed her Masters at American University, and is a force with which to be reckoned.

Not deterred, by an unsuccessful run for the Arizona Legislature in 2010, she is active in local tea parties and in legislative and grassroots initiatives fighting for causes in which she believes. And whether you and Shawnna share the same ideals, Shawnna is going to teach us how to do the same!

Having worked for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, The Heritage Foundation, then Texas Lt. Governor Rick Perry’s high tech council, and Booz Allen Hamilton, authored a report for the Goldwater Institute entitled Shameless Self-Promotion: How Politicians Use Your Money to get Re-Elected, consulant to several school choice non-profit organizations, Shawnna knows her way around the system. She has recently launched a new Arizona government watchdog, Arizonans for Government Efficiency to dig a little deeper at the local level of government.

Shawnna and her husband, live in Arizona with their two children, and their rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater.


Mommy NetworkSusan Fishback

Before having children, Susan worked in Boston in career management helping high level executives decide their next professional step, and how to achieve it. After having two sons, Susan continued to help friends and family with career advice, from home.

Following her own advice, Susan has changed careers and now teaches pilates and dance (in which she holds a BFA in performance and choreography), her true passions.   Using her networking skills, Susan is now also the group fitness coordinator at the local YMCA.  Susan lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two sons.

You can read more of her thoughts at

Kid Smart NYCMelissa Savage

Melissa, a trained school psychologist and mental health counselor, with over ten years experience working with special needs children,  loves to expand children’s burgeoning repertoire of play skills as they work through their emotional challenges. A true professional, she is open, approachable, and honest!

After years of experience, working with children and helping them and their parents find their voice, and build important skills to be successful, she and two colleagues founded Kid Smart NYC. To learn more check out

Yogatude- Laura Merlo

A self-proclaimed yoga addict, this mom of two keeps it real — and balanced (most days) — by practicing yoga. This exercise-meets-meditation art form helps Merlo cope with the constantly-evolving world around her, including a husband, kids, and business. ”I like to preach what I know. And what I know is how yoga makes me feel physically, emotionally & spiritually. Join me in learning to accept where we are today and maybe laugh at it a little, too.”

You can find out more about my Yogatude at


B.B.F.F. (Beauty Best Friend Forever)Robin Immerman Gruen

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A former Beauty Editor for some big-time national publications, including Parents, Seventeen and Shape, Immerman Gruen left the world of magazines and Manhattan to start a family. But, she didn’t leave the writing — or beauty — behind.

She frequently contributes to publications, which include local-to-Chicago favorites, like Make It Better, Chicago Parent and AOL City’s Best, as well as national media outlets, like Real Simple, Parents, American Way and Immerman Gruen is a multi-tasker who tries to do it all, daily, which includes running at the gym in the morning, doing laundry (while working) during naptime, driving carpool in the afternoon, and making too many different dinners each evening.

netWORKER Marlowe Sidney Bamberger

Calling this media and marketing woman a guru and go-getting is an understatement: While still in college Bamberger did marketing for a local radio station, and assisted with media buying and marketing for Paramount Pictures at a local ad agency.  Upon graduating she immediately plunged into working as a National Broadcast Buyer while simultaneously completing a MBA at Fordham University with a concentration in Marketing & Management.

After a brief stint in NBC’s Marketing Department, Bamberger returned to agency life, where she worked on several blue chip accounts before leaving to take a ground-breaking, job-share at Turner Entertainment Networks created specifically for her. All the while, she simultaneously served on the PTA Executive Board for her daughter’s NYC public elementary School, bringing in more than 50% of the funds needed to run the school. Bamberger credits netWORKING for her success. She lives and works in NYC with her husband, daughter, and son, getting things done personally and professionally by netWORKING.


Designing Woman -Allison Berman

BlackBerry Mom Allison Berman

Once upon a time, Berman worked in Marketing, in NYC, but that quickly changed when she became pregnant. “I discovered a serious lack of beautiful, child safe, decorations. A university trained artist, I was inspired!”

Berman started using low VOC paints to turn wastebaskets, tissue boxes, peg racks, and picture frames into modern, sophisticated, high-end accessories now sold at specialty boutiques, through interior designers, and in an online boutique.

Looking to decorate a nursery, play room, child’s room, powder room, or how about YOUR bedroom? Looking for that perfect gift for that special someone who has everything, let us help!

The TechieTina Martin

When I was a child, no magazine was safe around me, the pages would soon be ripped out, cut up and pasted into collages. As a member of the Berries and Cream Blog Design team, I feed my inner child’s soul with the digital age of collages: web pages.  It’s the perfect career for me now that I’m married with 3 great kids – who now destroy all of my magazines.