Regular Contributors

Meg Butterworth – Wonderings and Wanderings

IMG_2486 copyMeg Butterworth lives in NW Seattle with her husband and two children. She’s been a part of the PEPS community for almost nine years.  WOW!  When she has a couple of kid free hours she enjoys writing, exploring Seattle, and enjoying a couple of beverages with her life line of fellow Mom friends.


Mia Edidin – Adjusting to Parenthood

MiaEdidinMia Edidin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  Mia facilitates,Adjusting to Parenting, a new parent drop in group in Wallingford where we laugh and cry about all the amazing and terrifying things  about parenthood together.  She has a private practice in Wallingford,  and is the Program Manager at Postpartum Support International of WA.  Mia’s daughter is 15 and thinks Mia is best mom ever!


Shawna Gamache – In Her Shoes


Shawna Gamache is a former newspaper reporter and co-founder of the local blog Moms Alive. She is mama to Ruby, 3, and Quinn, 5, and is expecting a third daughter later this summer. No, she was not trying for a boy. In her quiet moments, Shawna loves writing, knitting and avoiding eye contact with her laundry pile.


Dana Guy – Parenting Buzz

DanaGuyDana is the Marketing & Communications Director at PEPS, and she’s passionate about helping new parents connect. She’d be lost without the incredible community of moms she met after her first child was born.  When she’s not accosting pregnant women in the grocery store to make sure they sign up for PEPS, you’ll probably find her outdoors exercising, playing with her two kids or carrying way too much stuff. If you have ideas for blog posts or want to guest blog, email her at


Shelly Mazzanoble – Mom in the Middle

Quinn_2014_233 copyShelly Mazzanoble is an author and playwright who has published essays and short stories with Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room,Blunt Moms, and Pregnant Chicken. Her essays have been featured and syndicated on BlogHer. Most recently she was part of the cast of Seattle’s Listen to Your Mother show– a national series of live readings by local authors about the many facets of motherhood. She is the mother of a toddler who provides endless fodder she will continue to mine, at least until he’s old enough to understand the word, “litigation.” Visit her blog, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.


 Beth Morris – Lessons from PEPS

squareblogSeattle native Beth Morris is a PEPS Newborn Group Leader, writer for this blog and her own ( and stay-at-home mom to her two sons, Anderson and Jude.  She enjoys salty margaritas and can sing a mean Shania Twain karaoke cover (definitely in that order), and wishes life were more like the TV show Friday Night Lights.


 Sarina Behar Natkin – Ask the Parenting Coach

Sarina NatkinSarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, is a parent educator and consultant, and the co-owner of Grow Parenting, where this piece was originally posted. Sarina was a PEPS Participant, has volunteered as a PEPS Group Leader and co-leads the PEPS Advanced Facilitation Workshop “Leading with Confidence.” Sarina is a Seattle native with two giggling girls of her own who love to point out when she’s not following her own parenting advice!


Laura Sager

squarelauraLaura has earned her keep writing copy around town, editing other people’s words and thinking about how we tell our stories to each other. Laura knows her commas, mostly – and admires good writing everywhere. She is an MLIS with a deep interest in books for adults and children. At home, she is the mother of 3 inspiring and demanding kids, who often finds herself overcommitted, overwhelmed, overjoyed and overslept.


Jen Winckler – Dear Brand New Mom


Jen Winckler is a Newborn PEPS leader in Snohomish County. She is a stay at home mom (aka. Volunteeraholic) to two boys, ages 11 and 9, and is still trying to navigate the constant curve balls that parenting dishes out. She used to dread the minivan driving soccer mom title, but has come to love watching her boys play their hearts out (and did sell the minivan as soon as they could open their own doors without banging the car in the next stall).

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