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Health and Wellness Contributors

Alice Alech

Alice's Topics:  Food & Cooking, Cookbooks...
Alice Alech writes for the <...
Alice's Latest Books:
The 7 Wonders of Olive Oil

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Annmarie's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh is a mother, teacher, and dog lover...

Annmarie's Latest Books:
Here Be Dragons

Ashley Nance

Ashley's Topics:  Parenting, Communication...
I am a happily married mother of three, a grateful member of a large extended family, a devoted Christian, and a positive and active citizen of the United States of America. I love to travel, and have been to nine countries, but these days I love to teach and learn from...

Ben Bernstein

Ben's Topics:  Parenting, Self-Help Books...
Ben Bernstein, Ph.D., author of Test Success, is an award-winning educator and clinical psychologist.

Bonnie

Bonnie's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
Certified Health Counselor through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University.

Britney Rule

Britney's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
Britney is the mother of three little boys, ages four and under. We're sure you can imagine what her house sounds (and looks!) like. As such, when she writes articles for Familius, they usually start in an effort to solve ongoing problems in her own house. Picky eaters?...
Britney's Latest Books:
Chia Crazy Quinoa Crazy

Caleb Warnock

Caleb's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Caleb Warnock is the popular author of Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers, The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast, Backyard Winter Gardening For All Climates, More Forgotten Skills, Trouble’s On The Men...

Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, BSN, Attorney

Carolyn's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Carolyn spent the majority of her 10 year nursing career caring for elders as a visiting nurse.  She is educated and experienced in working with families on health-related issu...

Carson Boss

Carson's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
I love God. I love my family. I love my Country. I love food. I love to travel. When you meet other people from around the world you realize we are all doing the best we can and why not be outgoing enough to reach out to a stranger and make a new friend. I hope my kids ...

Cathryn Monro

Cathryn's Topics:  Parenting, Love...

Cathryn Monro is a professional artist, writer, educator, group worker and mother of two. Of all these jobs Cathryn r...

Cathryn's Latest Books:
Spilt Milk Yoga

Cheri Pray Earl

Cheri's Topics:  Young Fiction, Young Fiction...
Professor of the year, published writer and award-winning author
Cheri's Latest Articles:
Only once on this earth

Chris

Christopher's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...
Chris Taney, the SEO guy. Chris first became interested in SEO when he worked for a website building company. There he learned the general principles of SEO. These principles piqued his interest in the matter and he sought out a way to be more involved. He found a job t...

Christopher Robbins

Christopher's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Christopher Robbins, the Pater Familius, has been in the magazine and book publishing industry for more than twenty years. He is a husband, father of nine children, backpacker, cello player, fly fisherman, and lover of a simple life. He is published in fiction, non-fict...
Christopher's Latest Books:
Living In The Trenches

Christy Monson

Christy's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi! I am a retired marriage and family therapist. My husband and I have raised six children.

Cynthia MacGregor

Cynthia's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Cynthia MacGregor describes herself as "arguably the happiest woman in the world" and says "There's no one in the world I'd want to change lives with!"

Dara Lovitz

Dara's Topics:  Parenting, Books...

Dara Lovitz, Esq., graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and attended ...

Dara's Latest Books:
Twinsight

Darian

Darian's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I love traveling and spending time with my friends and family. If I could meet my favorite people in a new city, or state, or country every few weeks, I'd have the perfect life.

David Miles

David's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Hi there, I'm the Creative Director for Familius.

Dayna Kurtz

Dayna's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan.  She is a licensed social worker and NASM (Nation...
Dayna's Latest Books:
Mother Matters

Deborah P. Schone

Deborah's Topics:  Books, Self-Help Books...
Deborah P. Schone was the best friend of Kristin Haroldsen, the girl who died from bulimia. She is one of eight children and has experienced the pain that is brought on through the chains of addiction when she lost her youngest brother to a drug overdose and the re...
Deborah's Latest Books:
By Her Side

Emily Harris Adams

Emily's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Emily Harris Adams is a writer, poet, and long-expecting mother.

Emma

Emma's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Student, reader, writer, and health and fitness enthusiast.

Erin Garay

Erin's Topics:  Love, Health and Wellness...
Erin lost her own mother in 2008 and used all of the activities and inspirations found in Angel Birthdays to help her daughters process their grief. It was so helpful that Erin felt compelled to turn their life experience into fiction so others could heal through celebr...

Fight the New Drug

Fight's Topics:  Books, Self-Help Books...
Fight the New Drug

Fight the New Drug, a global nonprofit organization focused on educating society about the harmful effects of pornography, has close to 600,000 Facebook likes and is an active promoter online and through today's print a...
Fight's Latest Books:
Fortify

Gene Perret

Gene's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
I'm basically a comedy writer and much of my experience has been in television. I've won three Emmies and one Writers Guild Award for work on the "Carol Burnett Show" staff. I worked for Bob Hope for over 28 years and for Phyllis Diller even longer. I was head writer fo...

Georgette

Georgette's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Georgette is currently seeking a master's degree in publishing at the University of Houston-Victoria. Although she manages a busy schedule, Georgette enjoys randomly searching Google for interesting facts, Saturday brunch, and time spent with family and friends.

Ginny Tilby

Ginny's Topics:  Love, Books...
Hi there, I'm Ginny!

Greg Marshall

Greg's Topics:  Exercise, Time Together...
Greg Marshall has helped more than four thousand clients reach their fitness goals through his unique personal training programs. His experience includes large chain gyms and private programs. He publishes the daily fitness blog www.fiture.co and is published in the...
Greg's Latest Articles:
How to Find Your Motivation to Exercise
Greg's Latest Books:
Body Fit

Janna Vought

Janna's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
I graduated summa cum laude from American Public University in May of 2011 with a Bachelor's in English, where I was a member of several honor societies including Golden Key and Delta Epsilon Tau. Subsequently, I graduated in December 2012 from Lindenwood University wit...

Jean-Rachelle

Jean-Rachelle's Topics:  Family Fun, Exercise...
Arts & crafts aficionado, disney fanatic, 90's enthusiast, creative storyteller.

Jim Osterhaus

Jim's Topics:  Communication, Divorce...
Hi there, I'm Jim.

John

John's Topics:  Health and Wellness, Education...
John lives in Milwaukee,Wisconsin where he was raised.Mental illness complicated his life, starting in his teen years. The following years without medications caused extreme mental suffering.Bipolar swings for fifteen years made it impossible for him to keep a steady jo...

Jolene Philo

Jolene's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Jolene is the author of the Different Dream Parenting series for parents of kids with special needs, and she speaks at conferences around the country. Her blog,

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn's Topics:  Parenting, Exercise...
Kathryn Thompson is a freelance writer and blogger living outside Seattle with her computer genius husband and three frequently delightful children. She believes that the world would be a drastically better place if everyone understood how Awesome they were.

Kathy Macmillan

Kathy's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, writer, teacher, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of nine books for parents, libra...
Kathy's Latest Books:
Nita's First Signs

Katie

Katie's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hey there! I'm a student, a worker-bee, and a reading junkie. I'm also super excited for my first ever chance at someone besides my mom reading my work :)

Kelly

Kelly's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
Hi there! I'm a high school sophomore who loves to read and write. My biggest dream is to help people in whatever way I can.

Kristin

Kristin's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
I'm a wife, mother, editor, writer, creative person and all around awesome! I love finding inspiration in everyday occurrences and recreating those things in my own life - whether it's a twist on the blueberry muffin I just pinned or accomplishing one of those "I can to...

Laurie Hollman

Laurie's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Hello Familius readers. I'm glad to let you know about my new book, Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child's Behavior, to be released October 13, 2015. Do you wonder why children do what they do? What’s on their minds? The curtain is lifted on th...

Lisa Sugarman

Lisa's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Hey, there! I'm Lisa Sugarman and I write books.

Lori Nawyn

Lori's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
The wife of a fireman, mother of four, grandmother of four, and mentor to three opinionated dogs she's training for urban mushing, Lori enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and reading, and growing tomatoes, peppers, and herbs for her fresh salsa.

Magnolia

Magnolia's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
I'm a gardening, baking, literature, film, and music fanatic in the mountains of Western NC! Cheers!

Maria Lianos-Carbone

Maria's Topics:  Parenting, Exercise...

Maria Lianos-Carbone is a mom of two, social media strategist, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women, and lifeands...

Marian

Marian's Topics:  Young Fiction, Music & Art...
Marian Spencer is a seasoned traveler and third culture kid, having spent most of her life in Australia and Southeast Asia. She currently studies English and Editing at Brigham Young University and is passionate about all things, beautiful, meaningful, and edible.

Mary Potter Kenyon

Mary's Topics:  Time Together, Love...
Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in psychology and is a reporter for the Manchester Press newspaper. She is widely published in magazines,...

Mary Jedlicka Humston

Mary's Topics:  Love, Gratitude...
Mary Jedlicka Humston, a former high school teacher, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in English Education. She has had over 150 poems and essays published at the local and national level in newspapers, magazines, books, and online. One o...

Melissa Bradford

Melissa's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Melissa Dalton-Bradford is a writer, independent scholar, world citizen, and mother. She holds a BA in German and an MA in Comparative Literature, both from Brigham Young University. She speaks, reads and writes fluent German, French, and Norwegian, is conversant in Man...

Meredith Baird

Meredith's Topics:  Food & Cooking, Cookbooks...
Hailing from South Carolina, Meredith Baird has had a lifelong passion for gourmet vegetarian cuisine. After college she left the traditional route to pursue her passion and became certified as a raw food chef and instructor. Infusing her innate stylistic talent and foo...
Meredith's Latest Books:
Coconut Kitchen

Mette Harrison

Mette's Topics:  Exercise, Time Together...
Nationally published YA fiction author Mette Ivie Harrison (The Princess and the Hound and Mira, Mirror) has been involved in triathlon since 2004, when she won 1st place in her age group at the first triathlon she ever entered. Since 2006, when she finished her first I...
Mette's Latest Books:
Ironmom

Michelle

Michelle's Topics:  Young Fiction, Adult Fiction...
Michelle Woshner graduated from McDaniel College with an English degree this past May. She spends her free time reading, baking, and looking for her next good cup of tea.

Natalie

Natalie's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
What you fill your mind with can control the direction in which your life travels. Fill it with the good things in life!
Natalie's Latest Articles:
Emotional IntelligenceWhen Love Hurts

Power of Moms

Power's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
The Power of Moms is the gathering place for deliberate mothers interested in growing through motherhood – not just going through motherhood. Our overall vision is to offer moms around the world the chance to “network” with other moms who share their same values, motiv...

Randal O'Rourke

Randal's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...
Randy O'Rourke wears reading glasses when it's appropriate, always says "Please" and "Thank You", owns two pairs of jeans free and clear, and becomes frustrated in those moments when he realizes that his arm hair is too short to braid. Generally patient and reserved, he...
Randal's Latest Articles:
Where's Dad?Family Value

Raun Melmed

Raun's Topics:  Parenting, Young Adult...
Dr. Raun Melmed is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. He founded Developmental Pediatric Associates, now known as the Melmed Center, in 1989, where he is currently the medical director. He is also a co-founder and the medical director of the Southwest Autism R...

Richard and Linda Eyre

Richard and Linda's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Richard and Linda Eyre are among the most popular speakers in the world on parenting and families. Their clients and audiences range from The Young President's Organization (YPO) and major corporations and associations to a wide array of school, civic, church and commun...
Richard and Linda's Latest Articles:
Thanksgiving Traditions
Richard and Linda's Latest Books:
Being a Proactive GrandfatherTennis and Life

Rosalinda Oropeza Randall

Rosalinda's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, born in Los Angeles, California, is a modern-day expert on tact and civility. She naturally eased into the field of etiquette due to her upbringing. Not a "finger bowl" lifestyle, but one filled with courtesy, tact, humility, and a healthy spl...

Sam

Sam's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi there! My name is Sam. I am a creative writing student at Sarah Lawrence College. I am a captain of the Women's Swimming team and I also play on our softball team. I am also a certified Red Cross lifeguard.

Shelley Davidow

Shelley's Topics:  Parenting, Business...
I wasn’t exactly aspiring to be such a globe-trotter… in fact, I coveted stability, but living in diverse places has given me a far-ranging experience of humanity which is never a bad thing for a writer...

Steffani Raff

Steffani's Topics:  Young Fiction, Young Adult...
Steffani Raff is a master of metaphor. She draws on her many years of experience as a professional storyteller to give strength and flexibility to her writing. You’ll find her writing captures the voice, humor and pacing of listening to a story in live performance and b...

Susan Branson

Susan's Topics:  Food & Cooking, Cookbooks...
Susan earned an undergraduate degree in biology from St. Francis Xavier University, then a M.Sc. in toxicology from the University of Ottawa. From there she worked in r...

Tabitha Thompson

Tabitha's Topics:  Health and Wellness, Education...
Tabitha Thompson is a freelance writer and editor who graduated cum laude with a bachelor's in English, and a master’s in Journalism/Literary Nonfiction. She has been published in books, plays, and hundreds of magazine articles across the globe. She also works as a pers...

Tammy

Tammy's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...

Teresa Dainesi

Teresa's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...
I hang my hat in southern NH. For the last 7 years, I've been helping to care for my father who has done a slow dance with Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. I visited him almost daily at The Inn (his term for his nursing home) and ensuring his care was top-notch. The r...

Timothy Dukes

Timothy 's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...

Tim Dukes, Ph.D. consults with senior leaders and teams, established business owners, political and organizational visionaries, emerging inno...

Timothy 's Latest Articles:
The A-Z of Present Parenting
Timothy 's Latest Books:
The Present Parent Handbook

Trish Madson

Trish's Topics:  Minute Inspiration, Gratitude...
Trish Madson is a lifelong book enthusiast with over 20 years experience in the publishing and entertainment industry.
Trish's Latest Books:
BE Brave12 Little Elves Visit Oregon

Victoria

Victoria's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
I am from San Diego, California and the oldest of four children. The ocean is my home. I am studying English and Editing at BYU and graduating in April, yippee! I love to travel with, eat sushi with, and watch movies with my husband. I love all things books. I am an asp...

Virginia Pillars

Virginia's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Virginia Pillars has owned and operated a business since 1994. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization as an instructor for the Family to Fam...
Virginia's Latest Books:
Broken Brain, Fortified Faith
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