Family Economics

Previous Guest Bloggers

These great contributors have shared their ideas and inspiration with Family Economics in the past.

TrishaTrisha Novotny from "24/7MOMS"
Trisha is the weekly host of "24/7 MOMS Live" webcast and is passionate about keeping it simple as she makes every moment count along the mom journey. Currently surviving five kids from elementary to college, Trisha understands the life and needs of a MOM which inspired her to create the "24/7 MOMS" website, community and weekly webcast. Trisha and her husband, Steve, reside in Gig Harbor, Washington with their five children.

ErinErin from $5
Erin is the founder and editor of $5, and author of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook (St. Martins Griffin, 2009) and The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook (St. Martins Griffin, 2010). She is grateful for her supportive and loving husband, and also for the three rambunctious little men in her life. She does a weekly cooking segment on her local Fox news, and wants everyone to know that you can still eat a fabulous meal on a budget.  When not in the kitchen or chasing after her boys, she enjoys running, reading and quiet leisurely evenings, hanging out in the backyard.

AndreaAndrea from The Savings Lifestyle
Andrea created the popular money-saving blog Mommy Snacks in 2008. Her personal motto is: "save money on what you need so you can spend more on what you want." To more accurately reflect the motto, and her vision, the site's name changed to The Savings Lifestyle in the fall of 2010. Andrea is passionate about helping others live a lifestyle focused on saving! On her blog, Andrea shares her savings tips, along with everyday deals and freebies. When she's not trying to find ways to be a better home manager, Andrea is likely with her husband at one of their three sons sporting events in their hometown of Cincinnati. 

ChristinaChristina from Northern Cheapskate
Christina is a coupon-clipping fanatic who writes from the woods of northern Minnesota. Her passion is helping people take control of their finances through coupon-clipping, freebie-finding and frugal living strategies. When she's not blogging at Northern Cheapskate, she's busy chasing her three boys (a 4-year-old and twin 2-year-olds) as a stay-at-home mom.

Kristen DoyleKristen from Dine and Dish
Kristen’s posts are food-and-family focused, pairing a family story/experience with a recipe. She is a 34-year-old mom of three children. She has one son who is 7 and two daughters ages 5 and 3. Besides her family, Kristen is passionate about cooking, entertaining, photography, reading and shopping. 


Lori from My Wooden Spoon
Lori, aka A Cowboy’s Wife, is a mother of 3 boys and has been happily married to a real cowboy for 17 years. After teaching herself the ropes of the "world wild web," she uses her site, My Wooden Spoon, to share her passion for cooking, family meal traditions, and food photography. Her winning recipe, Shrimp Stroganoff Casserole, led her to a featured spot in Taste of Home magazine. Lori is also food editor at and while she doesn't consider herself a culinary expert, her expertise comes from feeding up to 50 cowboys at a time.

LynnaeLynnae from Being Frugal 

Lynnae is a frugal living, homeschooling mom to two. Married for 14 years, Lynnae and her husband decided early on that they'd pursue a frugal life so Lynnae could stay home with the kids. When they made a commitment to pay off their consumer debt, they ratcheted up their frugal efforts so they could put more money toward their debt each month. Lynnae's passion is encouraging others to live frugally and take control of their finances. She firmly believes that one can live life to the fullest, without spending a lot of money.

MarieMarie from Makes and Takes
Marie is founder and managing editor of Make and Takes. She’s a mother of 3 living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Always having a love of crafts, she enjoys getting messy with glue and glitter. When she’s not crafting and creating with her kids, she loves to run, read and blog! Marie graduated with an Early Childhood and Elementary teaching degree and taught kindergarten for 4 years. She now shares tips and tricks she’s learned over the years on her blog. She’s listed as one of Nielsen’s Power Mom 50, is a hostess of the BlogHer pre-party, SocialLuxe Lounge and organized the women’s blogging relay team, Eat Blog Run.

Renee_Renee from Cutie Booty Cakes
After working in non-profit management for over a decade, Renee decided to devote herself full-time to son Mekhi. With the support of her husband, she built a business designing diaper cakes and started her blog, which launched in 2008, in conjunction with the business. Renee posts reviews on products and life events based around her son while injecting her own humor and wit.

SandySandy from Reluctant Entertainer
Sandy Coughlin is author of the popular blog, Reluctant Entertainer, where she shares delicious recipes, savvy hospitality ideas, and inspiring entertaining stories. She's the wife of a great man, the mother of 3 teenagers, and author of the book The Reluctant Entertainer, Aug. 2010 (Bethany House). Sandy is passionate about her home (which is never perfect), hosting people from all walks of life, and building meaningful relationships.

Sarah KimmelSarah from Organize Your Life
Sarah pens this blog as a stay-at-home-mom of 3-year-old Maddie. She has been married to her husband, Trevor, for seven years. She is the co-creator of the Daily Home Planner, the only software program designed by a mom to help other moms get their families organized, and also manages


TannaTanna from Complete Organizing Solutions
As founder and “chief organizing officer” of Complete Organizing Solutions, it is Tanna’s mission to help people reach their organizing potential. As a professional organizer and mom of three she has faced and conquered many organizational challenges. Tanna is passionate about helping busy families find the organizing solutions they need to help them manage their homes more efficiently. You can find her organizing households throughout the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area and online.

TiffanyTiffany from Eat at Home
Tiffany’s experience of cooking for her husband and four kids led her to start her blog. She shares recipes and menus with complete grocery lists to help families put dinner on the table. She focuses on easy dishes with few ingredients that come together quickly. In addition to blogging, Tiffany homeschools her kids, who range in age from 18 years old to 7 years old. Her oldest daughter graduates this spring.



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