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As a featured contributor at 30Second Mom, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with a variety of incredibly smart, talented and diverse women. When I was first approached by 30Second Mom founder, Elisa All, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what 30Second mom was destined to become but I knew that it was going to be good. Was it ever – and then some.

Being a part of this community of women is a real privilege, and I’ve gained so much by their friendship. Each and every one of these women has a unique perspective on parenting which is beyond helpful, to say the least. We’re talking a critical mass of talent, folks!

To this end, why keep this treasure trove of information a secret? If you’re like me, you want to get the goods, the real goods and more. The who, the what, the where, the when and the why of each of these 30Second Moms were too many questions that needed to be answered – hence, this page.

Their stories are just too good to pass up so I’m dedicating this space to each and every one of their profiles. Each week, you’ll learn about the background and drive that makes every one of these incredible women tick!

First up: Jennifer Pereyra, 30Second Mom and published author of “Mommy and Daddy Work To Make Some Dough

 

Q. Jennifer, give me the one-minute digest about yourself, e.g. marital status, background, profession, goals and aspirations

A. My husband Ignacio and I have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful daughters, Rebeca and Sofia.  I studied in Madrid during my junior year of college. Ignacio and I would go out as part of a large group that eventually dwindled down to just the two of us. I later graduated from Lake Forest College with a double major in Spanish & International Relations and a minor in Politics.

Professionally, I have been with the same healthcare organization for the past 8 1/2 years, most recently working as a Regional Account Manager. I also just began a second term serving on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.My goal in life is to raise our little ladies (that’s what we call our girls) to be happy and well adjusted. Most of all, I want them to be good people who are genuine and honest with themselves and others in all that they choose to do.

Q.What led you to write your book?

A. I call myself an “accidental author” as I never set out to be an author.  However, as with many things in life, necessity is indeed the mother of all invention.  One day, shortly after Rebeca had turned 5, she started asking about why we would leave her and Sofia at pre-school every day and go to work.  I did a Google search to try to find a children’s picture book to help me to answer her questions but found that there were few options and none that really fit what we needed.  I literally grabbed a carpenter’s pencil and a piece of printer paper (that’s all I could find) and sat down at the kitchen table and started writing.  I suppose the rest is literary history! ;)

Q. How did you become a 30Second Mom?

I remember receiving a Facebook friend request from some woman I didn’t know. Her name was Elisa All. Well, I did know her a little. We had some friendly interactions via Twitter and although I generally keep my personal profile closed to just friends and family, something told me to accept it.  We got to know each other a little better and one evening in August of last year, I was sitting in a hotel room in Ocean City, MD with some friends and family when I received an email from Elisa asking if I would be interested in being one of her featured launch contributors. Everything just took off from there.

Q. What compelled you to partner with Elisa All and 30Second Mom? What do you get from this partnership?

A. Gosh, well, why wouldn’t I?! Seriously though, I think Elisa’s track record speaks for itself.  I loved the concept and immediately “got it”. Being new to the world of writing and social media, I was very flattered that she was even considering me for such a role.

In terms of what I get from this, well, initially I saw this as another platform to help me build my personal brand.  What I didn’t expect to happen was I have developed some phenomenal relationships with such an incredible, diverse, and gifted group of women.  At this point, I consider that strange woman that followed me on Twitter and sent me a Facebook friend request to truly be a trusted friend, a colleague, and a mentor.
Q.What are the three things that you would like people to know about you?

A.The first thing I want people to know about me is that I am passionate about my profession and about writing. The fact that I can combine the two and help people is truly an amazing thing.
The second thing about me that people need to know is that I am always thinking of what I can do next! A friend of mine teases me and says that I have “too many pots boiling.” That’s because I try very hard to “step outside of my box” and to do different things like getting my black belt, completing a triathlon, writing a book (I am working on that now, so stay tuned) and building a blog. Yes, my blog is on its way, so please watch out for it. I am excited about creating a place where parents can go for help and get useful ideas to enrich their children’s skills.
The third thing that people should know about me is that I am very blessed to have an amazing supportive family, to work with wonderful people on and off line, to be part of 30Second Mom, and to be healthy enough to make it all work!
Jennifer, thanks so much for opening up with me and sharing your story about your journey to your book and to 30Second Mom. It’s a real pleasure working with you!

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Next up: 30Second Mom contributor Mindy Hudon
Q.Mindy, give me the one-minute digest about yourself, e.g. marital status, background, profession, goals and aspirations
A. I have been married for 17 years (wow, that went by fast!). A couple of years after getting married, we decided to start a family. To our happy surprise, we had fraternal twin boys (who just turned 15 years old…that went by even faster). I was fortunate to spend their first few years of life at home. Raising multiples is amazing and challenging. I have never had a singleton, but envy those who have because I always thought it would be great to be able to spend all my time devoted to just one baby, toddler, child…teen! The boys keep me busy, that’s for sure!

When the boys entered first grade, I decided to go back to work full-time. I am a speech and language pathologist certified by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  I love my job because I love helping people! Helping a child to communicate is so rewarding to me! Sometimes I am the first person to get a child to say a word!  It is such an amazing feeling! I am also able to help adults regain their ability to speak or to safely eat after an injury or illness. One of my favorite aspects of my job is helping family members understand disabilities and teaching them how to help their loved ones communicate. I love what I do!

Q. 2) What led you to your current situation/profession/career?

A. Funny story. My friend and I were thinking about changing our major after our freshman year of college. We were flipping through the course catalog and we came upon “Communication Disorders.” It sounded good in the brochure so I signed up for classes! I think I was drawn to it because of my sister who has a hearing impairment. I saw the struggles that she went through growing up and became more interested in the field the more I learned about it. It continues to fascinate me because the field is so diverse and interesting. I have worked in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, and various school systems. I currently work in an elementary school with students in kindergarten to fourth grade. I work with an amazing group of dedicated professionals that help make my job easy.

Q. How did you become a 30Second Mom?

It’s kind of a long story. Let’s go back about 15 years. Before my maternity leave, I was a dedicated professional and kind of a work-aholic. When I was home with the twins, I was a little bored when they were finally sleeping, so I started writing about enriching language skills in babies. One day while I was searching the World Wide Web, I came across this incredible website called, iParenting.com. It was such a great resource for me as a new mom. I contacted them and the Founder, Elisa All emailed me back and asked if I would like to be a Speech and Language Expert Advisor for iParenting! I jumped at the opportunity! It was the perfect place for me to help other moms understand communication disorders and how to enrich their children’s speech and language skills. In this role, I provided answers for parents who had questions about their child’s speech and language development! Then, Elisa asked me to write articles for the website and for her newsstand magazines! That’s how I started writing! I began to get more and more opportunities to write and was contacted by other freelance writers to be quoted for their articles. It has been a wonderful experience.

When Elisa left iParenting, she told me that someday our paths would cross again.  I was excited when I saw that Elisa started 30Second Mom, I contacted her immediately because I wanted to be part of anything that Elisa was involved in. I had a remarkable working history with her and I knew that she was a woman that I wanted to follow! She asked me to be a contributor and I jumped on board, again!

Q. What compelled you to partner with Elisa All and 30Second Mom? What do you get from this partnership?

A.Well, that’s easy. I truly admire Elisa. She has inspired me to grow professionally. She put the “writing bug” in my ear and has encouraged me to follow my dreams. She motivates me to do more everyday! So, it was a “no brainer” for me to be part of 30Second Mom. I am so honored and proud to be a contributor for 30Second Mom. I get so much from this partnership! I get the pleasure of working with Elisa again…I love that! I get to write…yeah! And, I get to help moms…win, win! Everything that I love! The bonus for me has been being part of this community of like-minded women. I admire every single 30Second Mom contributor. I am in awe of what these women accomplish on a daily basis personally and professionally. They are my role models and they keep me focused! I want to be like them!

Q.What are the three things that you would like people to know about you?
A.The first thing I want people to know about me is that I am passionate about my profession and about writing. The fact that I can combine the two and help people is truly an amazing thing.
The second thing about me that people need to know is that I am always thinking of what I can do next! A friend of mine teases me and says that I have “too many pots boiling.” That’s because I try very hard to “step outside of my box” and to do different things like getting my black belt, completing a triathlon, writing a book (I am working on that now, so stay tuned) and building a blog. Yes, my blog is on its way, so please watch out for it. I am excited about creating a place where parents can go for help and get useful ideas to enrich their children’s skills.
The third thing that people should know about me is that I am very blessed to have an amazing supportive family, to work with wonderful people on and off line, to be part of 30Second Mom, and to be healthy enough to make it all work!
Mindy, thanks so much for sharing with us! It’s a pleasure getting to know you and working with you :)
To connect with Mindy, follow her on Twitter and join her Facebook Fan Page.
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The next one of our wonderful contributors is Elizabeth Traub!
Q. 1. Liz, please give me the one-minute digest about yourself, e.g. marital status, background, profession, goals and aspirations
A. Wife, mom to five kids. My goal has always been to have a stay home mom presence to kids. So I started my ow business back in 1990 and
never looked back. I still have that goal, and with that have been a kids room designer, business consultant on kids products and development of business. I love to see others live out their dreams and passion.
Q. 2 What led you to your current situation/profession/career?
A.My career has had to change with the culture of technology. So I jumped into it blindly and started a website. Thinking my 20 years of a solid reputation with launch this amazing business. It was humbling to say the least, and having some one come alongside me to coach and mentor me was a blessed gift, as I feel I can now do both online, and face to face business.
Q. 3 How did you become a 30Second Mom?
A.I must have followed, or someone else followed me twitter. I started following and reading for a couple of months. I noticed the “submit”idea option.  I  have clients, friends, get emails all the time on design tips. I thought this might be fun.
Q. 4 What compelled you to partner with Elisa All and 30Second Mom? What do you get from this partnership?
A.Having a great way to give tips on questions I have been asked for over 20 years.  I love writing, After talking with her on the phone, I truly thought, what a great gal. Never did I know the real value in this partnership would be the the friendships, wisdom, and encouragement from this community.
Q. 5  What are the three things that you would like people to know about you?
A.I am witty, charming and fun.!  The most important people tell me this, my family, so I am sticking with that. :)
Thanks for giving us this great insight into what makes you tick, Liz!
To connect with Liz, follow her on Twitter and join her Facebook Fan Page. You can also follow her on Pinterest as well.
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Next up: 30Second Mom contributor Cheryl Leahy
Cheryl Leahy
Q. 1) Give me the one-minute digest about yourself, e.g. marital status, background, profession, goals and aspirations

A.I am a married mom of one 19 month old, and a Chicago transplant originally from a small town in Michigan surrounded by farm land. I have turned my love of shopping into a career of sorts- I chronicle the personal style evolution of moms on my blog alldressedupwithnothingtodrink.blogspot.com. I would love to turn my writing into a full-time gig. It provides the guilt-free spending opportunities that can only come from earning your own cold hard cash in addition to a comfortable standard of living for my family. I also design jewelry in my spare time and have a etsy site that is a work in progress.
 

Q. 2) What led you to your current situation/profession/career?
A.I was about 5 months pregnant when I had a bit of a panic about becoming a mom. Who was I going to become? Would I lose my sense of style, my sense of self? I started my blog as a response to all of the events I attended while pregnant; I was literally all dressed up with nothing to drink! I think personal style has a direct correlation to confidence and the ability to express yourself.

Q. 3) How did you become a 30Second Mom?

A.My friend Cecilia Cannon, a fellow 30SM writer, suggested I contact Elisa after reading my blog. I met Cecilia through my husband, who was a classmate of hers in high school. Ask her about how she tried to set my husband up with other women…before I was in the picture, that is! Hilarious. I definitely look up to Cecilia and what she has accomplished with a from a natural knack for knowing what looks amazing in a home.

Q.  4) What compelled you to partner with Elisa All and 30Second Mom? What do you get from this partnership?

A.After separating myself from the traditional, corporate work force, I strove to find a kinship with other motivated (and motivating!) women. Elisa embodies the icon of a strong, creative and family-centric leader. This partnership saved me in a sense. I was a bit lost for a while during those first six isolating months of being a mom. I  now have a network of perceptive, supportive and genuinely caring moms who push me to be better in all aspects of my life. Who could pass that up??

Q.  5) What are the three things that you would like people to know about you?

1 – I am a downtown girl at heart although I live in the suburbs. You can’t beat the energy of the hustle and bustle on Michigan Avenue in the spring!

2 – I still play dress-up.

3 – I installed a chandelier in my closet in addition to paintings I have done. I have always been an artist, and see wardrobe and make-up as a way to express creativity in my daily life! One last thing: I wake up thankful for the opportunity to be a mom every single day!

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Cheryl! It’s been great getting to know you via 30Second Mom!

To connect with Cheryl, you can follow her at her website,  on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and of course at 30SecondMom!

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