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Family Fun Contributors

Amanda Hamilton Roos

Amanda's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...

Amy White

Amy's Topics:  Family Fun, Entertainment & Media...
Librarian, puppet addict, unrepentant bibliophile, obsessive writer, and I still manage to fit in being a wife and a mother--albeit to two all-but-growns (late 20 year olds) and one little trailer child that is still in elementary school.

Barbara Beery

Barbara's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Barbara Beery has been a spokesperson for such national companies as Sun Maid Raisin, Uncle Ben’s, Borden’s, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Step 2. Barbara has been a contributing writer to FamilyFun, the country’s leading family magazine. She has appeared twice on the Tod...

Bil Lepp

Bil's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
A storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp’s works have received awards and recognition from The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., Storytelling World, and the Public Library Assoc. Lepp has been featured numerous times at the...

Bill Ratner

Bill's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Bill Ratner is an American voice actor. He is best known for being the voice in movie trailers and for being the voice of Flint in Hasbro’s syndicated TV cartoon 
Bill's Latest Books:
Parenting in the Digital Age

Brad Berger

Brad's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
Brad Berger grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended the University of Colorado where he earned a degree in French, Italian, and German and spent several years living an...
Brad's Latest Books:
Unplug and Play

Brooke Jorden

Brooke's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi, I'm Brooke!

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...

Carol Williams

Carol's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than 25 books for kids and teen readers. She runs Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers—that features a publication prize from Familius (www.wifyr.com), has an MFA in Writing for Children and Adolescents from Vermont Colle...

Cherie Schetselaar

Cherie's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Cherie is a wife, mother of 7 (yes, 7!) kids, and grandma to 3. She loves spending time with her family more than anything. Cherie is passionate about creating healthy foods for her family by using whole grains, sugar substitutes, and fresh fruits and vegetables. She us...
Cherie's Latest Books:
The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox

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!"

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.

Dene Low

Dene's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
Dene Low is a grandparent. She thought she knew how to grandparent until she interviewed over thirty grandparents for this book, who shared their wisdom and experiences. Dene is a former journalist and is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, articles, and s...

Emma

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

Erika Riggs

Erika's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I'm Erika, Marketing Director and Publicist

Familius Contributor

Familius's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...

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.

Hugh Weber

Hugh's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hugh Weber started DudetoDad.com as a genuine cry for help from an ordinary dude who wanted to be an extraordinary dad. He is currently in the third year of his Dude to Dad transition and lives in the OTA states with Mrs. Dude, his daughter Emerson, and an imaginary fri...
Hugh's Latest Books:
WisdomfordadDude to Dad

Jaime

Jaime's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Hi, I'm Jaime!

Janay Lampkin

Janay's Topics:  Family Fun, Gratitude...

Jean-Rachelle

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

Jeff Harvey

Jeff's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Jeff Harvey grew up in northern California doing nothing but making art. Since then, he has graduated from BYU in illustration and moved to Utah, where lives with his wife a...

Jerrick Robbins

Jerrick's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Jerrick Robbins is the oldest of seven children and has his fair share of experiences that taught him the importance of strengthening the family. He has seen firsthand how families can grow ...

Jess Smart Smiley

Jess's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Jess Smart Smiley is a writer, illustrator and designer living in Utah. His books include Upside Down: A Vampire Tale (Top Shelf Productions, 2012), The Adventures of William Worm (Piggy Press, 2013), and Rumpus on the Run: A Mo...

John Olive

John's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Anyone can become a master teller of thrilling bedtime stories!

Katelyn

Katelyn's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...

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 :)

Katryna Seki

Katryna's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...

Kelly

Kelly's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
I love to curl up with a good book!

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...

Kristy G. Stewart

Kristy's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Kristy is a freelance editor and English master's student by day and a fledgling mother at all hours.

Lindsay Sandberg

Lindsay's Topics:  Family Fun, Fun Activities...
Lindsay Sandberg is the Assistant Magazine Editor for BYU Stance for the Family. Check them out on Twitter @StanceBYU, on Fa...

Loralee Leavitt

Loralee's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Loralee Leavitt destroys candy for the sake of science, drags her family on long car trips, and enjoys all sorts of other family adventures. She writes about family subjects such as science experiments, budgeting, finding inexpensive alternatives, traveling, and enterta...

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!

Mallory

Mallory's Topics:  Family Fun, Gratitude...
I am a city girl (forever) and I love being outside, rain or shine. I cannot imagine this world without chocolate, thrift stores, or long conversations.

Margaret

Margaret 's Topics:  Family Fun, Adult Fiction...
I enjoy reading, listening to music, and trying new foods.

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.

Mel Ryane

Mel's Topics:  Family Fun, Entertainment & Media...
Hi there!
Mel's Latest Books:
Teaching Will

melva

melva's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I'm an author and storyteller. Often my story telling illustrates material I've written such as War with Grandma, Balloon Head and The Year Mrs. Santa Saved Christmas. Fiction includes: middle grade (mainstream, SF and fantasy) non-fiction (object lessons) and Science...

Michela

Michela's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...

Michelle H. Packard

Michelle's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. Her oldest, Ella is always in charge and leads the pack with creativity and curiosity, Daniel follows with loyalty and loves tenderly, Julia is a doll and always buzzing over something beauti...
Michelle's Latest Articles:
DIY: Valentine bouquetsThe perfect criticism
Michelle's Latest Books:
Family Ever AfterFamily Ever After

Mike & Debbie Schramer

Mike & Debbie's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...

Mike and Debbie Schramer’s nature art has been featured in many books including Chairmania<...

Mike & Debbie's Latest Articles:
Fairy House Crafts: Princess Canopy Bed
Mike & Debbie's Latest Books:
F is for FairyFairy Village

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

Nicolas

Nicolas's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...

Pam Lobley

Pam's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Pam began her career as an actress/comedian and gradually switched to writing full time. She has written sketch comedy, plays, newspaper columns, blogs and books. She lives in New Jersey with her family and a lot of stuff she really needs to throw away.

Pamela

Pamela's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
After an academically shaky freshman year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, I married my best friend, Sam, and began 25 years of full-time motherhood. When my youngest child began her senior year in high school, I began attending SUNY Adirondack in upstate New...
Pamela's Latest Books:
Color Me 4Color Me 3

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...

Rachel Garahan

Rachel's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...

Rachel Garahan is a creative director, artist, and innate nurturer. In all of her work, she is drawn to what she calls the “elemental connection”:...

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

Robyn Buttars

Robyn's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
Robyn is an award winning author. Her books, stories and songs have been recognized in many contests. She and her husband, Kent, live on their family dairy farm in Lewiston, Utah and are the parents of six children. Professionally she is a registered nurse with experie...
Robyn's Latest Books:
Christmas Wonders

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.

Stanley Hall PhD

Stanley's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Stanley Hall, PhD, LMFT is currently an Assistant Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University’s Graduate School located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is both an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Dr. Hall...

Cathryn

Zoë's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
I feel most alive when I'm outdoors. I love research because curiosity can never be quenched. My family means the world to me. I prefer silence to music & sunrises are the best part of the day.
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