Thurber House Picks: Our Favorite Central Ohio Mom Bloggers

September 27, 2011

School may be back in session, but that doesn’t mean our kids programming has slowed down. In fact, we’re gearing up to kick off a series of fall programs, including Pen and Tell It!, Ghost Writing Workshops and our Young Docents program.

As we’ve been planning these programs, we’ve been thinking a lot about what appeals to local parents. Of course, that means scoping out some of our favorite blogs written by local moms.

Columbus has no shortage of generous bloggers sharing their parenting knowledge, humor and perspective with their readers. Here are some of our local must-reads:

Cbus Mom

If you’re looking for kid-friendly activities in Central Ohio, this is your “go-to” resource! Kristen, aka cBus mom, covers and reviews all of the local, upcoming events, while balancing life with her husband, two young kids and two dogs.

Momo Fali

Diane, aka Momo, is what we like to call a mom-extraordinaire! We love reading about Diane’s adventures in parenting, life and raising her two kids. We don’t know how she does it all, but we do know that she is someone we can all relate to, as she’s not afraid to write what’s on her mind. In fact, she was recently named “Voice of the Year” by BlogHer.

Ms. Single Mama

Alaina is one of those moms who we can’t go a day without checking in on her blog to see what she’s been up to. She is brutally honest and isn’t afraid to share her feelings, hardships, and celebrations on life as a single mom raising her 4-year-old son.

Dear Crissy

Crissy is a self-proclaimed WAHM (work at home mom). On her blog she captures motherhood through her beautiful photos, stories of parenting her year old son and fun giveaways! We enjoy reading and seeing what she and her family are up to as they live life in Central Ohio.

A Busy Mom of Two

We can all learn a little from this mom who balances raising her 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, being a wife to her husband of 12 years, and documents her adventures in saving money. This mom shares her money saving adventures, recipes and  … You’ll also want to stay tuned to her blog to enter in her frequent giveaways!

Classy Chaos

We admire Pauline, aka OHMommy, for how she juggles the busy schedules of her three active children, husband and daily blogging activities – all with a touch of class. There’s never a dull moment in her household and we love that she’s willing to share her tips and experiences with us!

Discovering Ohio

All around, this blog is a great resource for kid-friendly activities throughout Ohio! We particularly love following Lara Kretler’s picks and recommendations for places to check out in Central Ohio.

Dawn Friedman’s Work

Dawn is a local mom that inspires us so much! She shares her stories of raising her adopted daughter, and provides great resources for information on adoption. On top of parenting and writing, Dawn has also founded an organization called Open Adoption Support that’s for individuals and families who are committed to openness in adoption.

A Mommy Story

By day Christina’s a full time nurse, but by night she’s mom to her two children and an avid blogger. Tune in to her blog to read her stories that will make you laugh out loud and give you insight on the best new kid products.

Tiny Mantras

Tracy devotes her blog to sharing her spiritual journey and daily events raising her son in Columbus. We appreciate how genuine and open she is in her posts – it almost feels like we know her in real life!

The Dundee Writer     

Katie, a Columbus mom on the go, is the ultimate multi-tasker. She describes herself as a “full-time mama, part-time librarian and wanna-be writer.” Katie keeps us informed on what her family’s up to, in addition to the latest book she’s reading, craft she’s created and more!

Mikaela’s Wakeup Call

You may know her best as the co-anchor for NBC4i’s morning show NBC4 Today, but when she goes home after being on air, she’s best known as “mommy” to her year-old son. On her blog, Mikaela gives us the inside scoop to what stories she’s working on and shares a glimpse into her life as a mom.

Columbus Examiner

Wendy Pramik brings readers along as she documents her family’s weekend travel adventures throughout Central Ohio. She writes about the must-see, fun locations that are family-friendly and gives us her review of them.

Life Down Our Lane

Lacie gives us a snapshot into her life living in a small town outside of Columbus with her husband and two children, as she captures and shares photos of what her family’s up to. In addition to writing on her blog and raising a family, she works at her church and has a side business selling candles – whew, we’re amazed at how she does it all!

Do you have a favorite local blogger you follow? If so, who?


  1. […] Columbus Parent Magazines 2011 Mom of the Year. In addition, she was chosen by the Thurbur House as “Our Favorite Central Ohio Mom Blogger”, and appeared as a monthly guest on WTTE`s “Good Day Columbus” during 2012. Marks has also been […]

  2. I have met a few of these bloggers personally and they are very sweet…which is probably why their blogs are doing so well! :)
    I run an event listing blog site, more than happy to have some of the bloggers contribute to this local resource. I like to ‘share’ with my local mamas :) http://www.NWColumbus.MacaroniKid.com Thank you for compiling these great bloggers in one list!

  3. Thank you so much for the nod regarding the DiscoveringOhio blog! Our team has worked hard to develop a great line-up of bloggers like Lara!

    • You’re welcome! We love hearing what’s going on around Ohio through bloggers like Lara!

  4. How very kind and humbling! Thank you, Thurber House! It’s an honor to be part of the Cbus blogging community and it’s wonderful that you are taking a moment to support that!

    • You’re welcome Katie! We love our local moms and all they do for our community!

  5. Thanks so much for including me on this list of remarkable local women! Honored to be among them, and of course, that such kind recognition is coming from Thurber House. (I added JT’s quote: “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?” to one of my email signatures just last month.)

    • You’re welcome Tracy! JT definitely has some fantastic words we can all live by – we LOVE that he was in your email signature!

  6. What a wonderful surprise to see this! I love what Thurber House offers to our Central Ohio community of seasoned and to-be writers. Thank you for including me.

    • Thanks for your sweet comment Kristin! We love being a part of the Central Ohio community and getting to interact with amazing people like you!

  7. This is a great list Thurber House and well done to all of the bloggers on the list. I have to send a shout out to Diane aka Momo as she is not only a HS friend but an inspiration to my blogging. Keep writing it down ladies!

    • Thanks so much Jennifer! Aren’t these moms amazing?!?

  8. I agree – thank you and I’m honored! You inspire me to get back to more regular blogging. You know, if my 18 month old will let me. ;)

    • You’re welcome Lara! LOVE that we’ve helped inspire you and we hope to see adventures with your 18 month old documented:)

      • I started my own mom blog, inspired in part by your inclusion of me on this amazing list. Thank you, Thurber House folks! You’ve gone and done it now. :)

  9. Wow. Thank you! I’m honored to be included in this group of amazing women and for that nod to come from The Thurber House…*swoon*. My daughter’s English teacher is going to be so proud of me!

    • You’re welcome! Columbus mom bloggers are rock stars for sure!

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