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Spring 2012 Contributors

Shauna James Ahern is considered one of the most authoritative sources of gluten-free living on the Internet. Her popular Web site,, was named one of the best food sites in the world by, Bon, and The London Times. Her book, Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back and How You Can Too (Wiley and Sons, 2007) is now in paperback. Her cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story in 100 Tempting Recipes (Wiley and Sons, 2010), written with her husband Daniel, was named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by The New York Times.

She currently lives on an island off Seattle with her husband, Daniel Ahern, a professional chef, and their toddler daughter, Lucy. They are happy and sleep-deprived.

The Joys of Asparagus Season: A Delicious Gluten-Free Recipe


Simplicity Parenting Group Leader Kirsten Andrews lives in Squamish, BC with her husband and two little girls. She spent much of her pre-mommy career working as a journalist and public relations specialist. Since the birth of her first child in 2005 Kirsten has embraced life as a domestic engineer, passionate – as all parents are – to raise her children so they may become their best selves. Kirsten also looks for creative outlets at every turn. She is an avid crafter and upcycler, photographer. Visit her at Sea to Sky Simplicity Parenting.

Keeping YOur Children Close: Why Timeouts Don't Work


A member of Mothering magazine’s online expert panel, Marcy Axness is a leading authority in the fields of early child development, adoption, prenatal and perinatal psychology and the neurobiology of attachment. She is a popular international speaker, has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress, and provides training for professionals about the latest science of human thriving. She feels that one of her most important credentials is being mother to Ian and Eve, both flourishing Waldorf grads in their 20s. She invites you to join her at

{Peaceful Parenting} Parenting for Peace: Baby Steps to Take Now for Lifelong Success


Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a graduate of Hampshire College and the MFA for Writers Program at Warren Wilson College. Along with a personal blog Standing in the Shadows, she writes for such publications as Babble, Huffington Post, Brain Child magazine, Literary Mama, and Preview Massachusetts magazine. As a writer and mama to four, she is pretty constantly busy.

{Bamboo Baby} Beyond Love: Ideas to Help You during Your Baby's First Year


Laura Forbes Carlin and Alison Forbes are sisters, bloggers at, and authors of The Peaceful Nursery: Preparing a Home for your Baby with Feng Shui, (Random House 2006). In 2011 Laura and Alison released three iPhone Apps, Feng Shui for Love, Easy Feng Shui, and The Peaceful Nursery: Green, Healthy Tips for your Baby’s Room along with the companion ebooks Love At Home: The Single Girl’s Guide to Feng Shui and Life Design, and The Simple Guide to Creating a Healthy Green Baby Nursery.

{Home, Naturally} Feng Shui: Spring Clean from the Inside Out


Deidre Caswell lives in Wichita, Kansas with her beautiful daughter and husband. She is also the owner and photographer of Deidre Caswell Photography, where she finds joy in capturing the world's newest families.




Joli Selten Forbes is a freelance writer, photographer and poet based in Valley Village, CA. She is a mother, dancer, gardener and foodie who instigates change in her home and community for what she calls the “Revolution of Consciousness” currently underway. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon who's professional bylines can be found at, Flaunt, Shape, Bon Appétit, the LA Times, Press Democrat, Orange Coast Magazine, Minnesota Law & Politics, URB, and many other magazines and newspapers. She is also a regular volunteer for local organizations like Food Not Bombs and music/art festivals like Lightning in a Bottle.

Glowing from the Inside: A Mother's Journey,  Bamboo Book Recommendations


Sabrina Helas of Milk and Cookies Photography is an award-winning lifestyle photographer specializing in modern children and baby photography. She has been voted among the best children's photographers in Los Angeles for the last three years in a row. Sabrina was recently scouted by Ford Modeling Agency, where she now shoots for their Children's division. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers(NAPCP) Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Professional Photographers of California (PPC)

For more information on Sabrina Helas and Milk & Cookies Photography please visit


Nicole Howard has been a graphic designer and illustrator for over 15 years. In addition to freelance graphics, she founded Miss 'N Nick Designs – a line of invitations, announcements and cards for any occasion. When not creating and designing, Nicole is busy with her two children and cooking when she has the chance. She chronicles many of her foodie creations and finds on her blog, Art and Aioli ( To find Miss 'N Nick and the products offered, visit* and*



Tricia Krefetz, professional photographer and owner of Click. Capture. Create. Photography, is based in Boca Raton, Florida.  Tricia specializes in maternity, birth, newborn and underwater photography.  For her birth photography, she works hand-in-hand with Amazing Births and Beyond, and The Palms Birth House, South Florida’s leading birthing center.  To see more of Tricia’s portraits and photography, visit or follow her on Facebook at

{Mindful Pregnancy} Welcome, Baby Orion: A Birth Story from behind the Lens


A former teacher and lifetime learner, Avital Norman Nathman is a play-at-home mama, freelance writer, wife and feminist (and not necessarily in that order). When not gardening, cooking or dancing around the house, you can catch her musing about motherhood and feminism

 {In Reflection} A Moment with Mayim Bialik


Sara Pine lives to photograph kids and play with her dogs, Leilani and Hudson. Luckily, she gets to spend her days doing both. She's thankful for all the great collaborators who contribute to her shoots, and she ends every day with a cheer to life…L’Chaim! 

{Shoots + Leaves} Spring Song


Angela Price is a recovering human resources executive, urban farmer, hen keeper and owner of Eden Condensed, small space garden design.  She lives in Valley Village, CA with her (very) tolerant husband, two amazing boys, four cats and 5 chickens.  Angela can be reached at

{Conscious Harvest} Growing Together: Gardening with Children


Dr. Nanci Shandera is a transformational psychologist-teacher in northern California and author of Bridge to the Soul: The Alchemical Path to Transforming Your Life and Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose and The Quilt: A Woman’s Journey to Power, to be released in 2012. She studied with Brugh Joy, M.D. for over 30 years, trained seminary students for the United Church of Religious Science, and now facilitates a Mystery School at EarthSpirit Center. She can be contacted on

{Grandmother Wisdom} The Spring Within


For the past ten years Jack Stull has been facilitating dreamwork, mostly one-on-one and sometimes as a group facilitator. His undergraduate degree was in depth psychology from Antioch University Seattle, and he completed his master's degree work in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. As a dreamworker, Jack provides a safe, compassionate and nonjudgmental presence for the exploration of your dreams. 

{Body + Mind + Spirit} Your Dreams are Gifts: An Introduction to Dreamwork


Jennifer Taggart is a consumer product safety and environmental attorney, mom of 2, author of Smart Mama's Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child's Toxic Chemical Exposure from Hachette Book Group USA, and founder and blogger at TheSmartMama.Com.

The Smart Home: Simple Steps for Reducing Household Chemicals



Hannah Ruth Wilde has worked with children for over twenty years. She is an educator and parenting consultant. Currently working on her first novel for young adults entitled Southern Comfort, Hannah is also a writer of short stories and poetry. Her creative writing classes have been enjoyed by women and by children. Contact Hannah at or visit

Parenting through Your Child's Developmental Changes: A Three-Part Series


Kimara Wise and Michelle Bonney are the mother/daughter team otherwise known as Wee Folk Art.  They share a mutual love of crafting and the gentle art of homemaking. With the "wee folks" in mind, most of their crafting is focused on children. Kimara taught preschool and has degrees in elementary education and home economics. Michelle earned her degree in fine arts majoring in graphic arts and photography. She in now entrenched in homeschooling her three children. They both are on a road to simplifying their lives and share a belief that less is often better, as long as the less has quality. They love working with natural materials, and are ever mindful of the effect their crafting materials have on the environment. Soon, they will be opening an online store and sell kits to make many of the projects they share on their site. You can visit them at or contact them at

{Root + Stem} Crafting with Wood Stacker Tutorial


Cover Photo: Andrea Smith of Andrea Renee Photography

Design for Shoots + Leaves and Show + Tell: Nicole Howard, Miss N' Nick