Michael Guy Clark offers free tips and advice for parents at Dyslexia Improvements. He's a happy husband and lucky dad of two kids and specialises in helping with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Michael loves to find what children are interested in and then to create fun and easy ways to help kids learn. Michael is a school teacher and also leads Big Improvements Tutoring which is part of a movement towards giving parents tools to make learning easier for every Australian child.
When Michelle is not caring for her three gorgeous boys, Joshua, Jacob and Max, she is Managing Director of GAIA Skin Naturals Australia. Her company’s signature brand, GAIA Natural Baby has become the most widely distributed natural and organic baby skincare range in the Australian market, and is stocked in leading supermarkets, pharmacies, baby stores and health food shops nationally and across the globe. www.gaiaskinnaturals.com www.facebook.com/gaiaskinnaturals
Lorrie Brook is the founder and Director of ourchildren.com.au, Australia’s first website offering tools to help separated parents keep better records, communicate more effectively and avoid unnecessary legal action and conflict.
Lorrie is passionate about protecting children throughout separation and ensuring they are not used as ‘messengers’ between their parents. She is also the proud mum of her little girl Tehya.
Lindsay is a fully registered Psychologist at the Sunshine Coast Psychology Clinic. Lindsay works primarily with children, adolescents, and families. She has effectively helped children to cope with mood and anxiety difficulties, including those with severe and complex mental health challenges. Lindsay has a passion for working collaboratively with children and families to develop skills and new approaches in order to lead happy, fulfilling and healthy lives. www.sunshine-coast-psychology.com.au
Amanda loves sharing the meals she has created and cooked for her family over at her blog Cooking for Busy Mums. Finding the balance each day to feed her family is a challenge Amanda enjoys amongst being a mum to two little boys and working part-time.
Justine Simard-Lebrun is the founder of Kids Love Good Food and the author of the book ‘Try It You’ll Like It – A parent’s guide to raising healthy, adventurous eaters’. As a mother of two and parenting educator with a background in behavioural and nutrition psychology, Justine provides simple, down-to-earth strategies that help parents beat fussy eating and raise children who love good food.
Stacey Nelson, has over 20 years experience working with children in various contexts including the school classroom; early childhood; fitness; dance; sports teams; yoga and TV. She has taught Children’s Yoga for 10 years; facilitates Kids Yoga Teacher Training; is a Yoga Therapist at the Nambour Hospital Children’s Ward and has co-produced the Kids Yoga DVD, “Light up Little Lights”. www.yogapalette.com.au
Aimee York is the Director and Principal OT of KinderCloud. She is experienced in the assessment and intervention of children and adolescents. In particular, Aimee has a special interest area of working with children and adolescents who experience difficulties with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delays, attention and behavioural difficulties, social skills, functional skills (including toileting and feeding), School Readiness and pre-school academic skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and sensory processing. www.kindercloud.com.au
Lucy Singer is the Founder and Editorial Director at HistoriCool magazine. HistoriCool engages, entertains and inspires 8-14 year-old kids with stories form the past and provides their parents and teachers with resources to build a love of history in their children. Check it out today at www.historicool.com.au.
You can find Adam blogging about his kitchen adventures with his daughter over at Cook and Kid. Adam spent 22 years as a chef and now wants to give something back, have some fun and share the good times he has with his beautiful daughter. Why not go and say hi and enjoy his mouth watering recipes!
Although she sometimes feels like she’s caught up in a real life Kardashian show (minus the Range Rovers), Simone is our resident mum of three teenage daughters. She’s kept busy with talk of makeup, fashion, friendships and all the important girl stuff. A city girl, living in the country, married to her teenage sweetheart - you can catch up with her antics on the KOTC blog.
Whether it was writing as a young girl, interviewing family members or as a professional journalist, Kerryn has always been passionate about telling stories. These days she is kept busy with her 11-month-old daughter Saharna, who loves to keep her mummy on her toes. Aside from the rare quiet moments she is able to write, Kerryn also enjoys spending time at the beach with her family, good coffee and laughing with friends.
When she’s not treading on Lego land mines or being forced to watch Frozen on loop, Aleney de Winter moonlights as a travel, food and parenting writer. She shares tales of family adventures and excessive eating along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting seven-year old foodie son and delicious four-year old daredevil daughter on her blog, www.boyeatsworld.com.au
Natasha’s editing and copywriting experience spans a range of industries from luxury travel to finance. Tash is mum to two gorgeous girls and two Burmese fur babies. She loves life in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and you’ll often see Tash out for a walk, at the farmers market or trying to find time for a yoga class or two. Her favourite food is chocolate ... though if you ask, she’ll tell you it’s something much more healthy.
Belinda is an early childhood teacher who has spent over ten years working and playing in Mainstream, Montessori and Steiner kindergartens. With her own two boys now, Belinda's passion has shifted to parenting. She aims to bring joy and gentleness to mamas everywhere through parenting tools and support. For more information visit Belinda at www.mamabee.org and www.facebook.com/mamabeeparenting
Nadine is known for her holistic approach to training encompassing nutrition, exercise and lifestyle when tailoring her programs to produce dramatic results that last a life time. Nadine is also a confident workshop presenter and motivational speaker. www.activeliving.com.au www.facebook.com/nadinefaithsullivan
Robyna May writes at the Mummy and the Minx, a blog dedicated to empowering mothers and inspiring minxes. She writes about getting the mojo back into your life after kids and expanding possibilities when they contract after having babies. Her passions are writing and creating beautiful things. She lives in a house full of boys (including the dog). She spends her days balancing running a freelance business, blogging, and taking care of her young children.
Lara Cain Gray is a freelance writer, editor and blogger. Based in Brisbane, her office is whichever nearby café serves a decent long black with free wifi. Her professional background includes university research and museum curatorship. She continues to dabble in academia in her spare time, which is rare now that she’s also a mum of three quirky little humans. She blogs about her passions – books, the arts and family - at ThisCharmingMum.com
Sandra has been a regular writer for Kids on the Coast magazine since 2009, drawing on her experience as a mother of two and her special interest in parenting issues. She has found the Sunshine Coast an ideal place to raise her children, with its pristine beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Communications degree and works as a book and web editor. She has also written features for a range of other publications. Sandra loves to travel the world, but there’s no place like home, where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading books and working on her novel which is “in progress.”
Meg is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and works with women to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. Meg has a degree in Psychology and was a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding counsellor) for seven years before becoming an IBCLC. She writes on her website about all things breastfeeding, is a guest blogger and has published articles in “Nurture Parenting Magazine” and “Natural Mother Magazine”. She places a huge emphasis on sharing evidenced-based research so women can make informed decisions on how to go about feeding their babies. www.themilkmeg.com
As a personal and business mindset coach, Helen works with people and organisation guiding them to emotional mastery. Her book Beyond Pregnancy Loss is written from person experience. Helen and her husband have been their emotional strength tested when they experienced the loss of their first pregnancy at 18 weeks. Helen found herself in a group she was not expecting to be a member of. Four years on, she put pen to paper to share with those who have followed a similar path. She has developed a process to take individuals from a place of heartbreak to a place of healing especially after pregnancy loss. www.beyondpregnancyloss.
Belinda Brown is a food and lifestyle coach with qualifications in food coaching and nutrition. Belinda’s passion lies in child nutrition, the role of nutrition in chronic diseases and healthy weight loss; however, she has an array of clients from all walks of life. Belinda’s mission is to inspire and educate people to learn that quality nutritious food can be delicious. For more information on Belinda, visit www.thephysiomovement.com.au and www.facebook.com/thephysiomovement.
Amanda Rootsey is the Founder of Shine From Within, a Sunshine Coast based training school specialising in holistic personal development courses for 10 – 18 year old girls. Our next course for teens is a 5 day course during the April school holidays which covers everything from natural skin care and make up, to goal setting, communication skills, job interview skills, nutrition, yoga and more. Check out the details here: www.shinefromwithin.com.au/shine-pd
Megan Blandford is a freelance writer specialising in travel, parenting and business features across a variety of online and print publications. Megan lives in country Victoria with her husband, two daughters and a growing collection of animals. You can find more of her writing at www.theplacesyoullgo.com.au
Belinda can usually be found at her computer researching, writing, or editing. Otherwise she is likely to be sipping chai tea, engrossed in the next book for her book club. Belinda loves to hang out at the beach with her three girls and cafe-surf with her husband. Her undergaduate degree was in Communication, majoring in professional writing, from UWS. She studied fiction and novel writing with New York Gotham Writers' Workshop and in 2015 she completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Belinda lives by the motto why clean when you can create?
Penny Shipway has more than 10 years’ experience as a print journalist in newspapers, magazines and online. She climbed the ranks at News Corp, editing many of the Quest Newspapers in Brisbane, and broke news stories for Australian Associated Press (AAP). Now a mother of two, Penny has shed the fast-paced city life to dip her toes in the ocean, settling on the Sunshine Coast to raise her beautiful girls. She juggles parenthood with freelancing, and is writing a novel for tweens.
Holly has close to a decade of experience in the field of psychology, however these days is more focused on her passion of writing and life as an at home mum to two beautiful girls. You can find Holly blogging about all her journey towards a simplified life at Simplify Create Inspire, or her love of family travel at her travel blog, in between her creative love of all things crafty.
Nikki is a Nutritionist at Nourish Nutritional Management and has a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine as well as a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. Nikki is passionate about children’s health and nutrition, and has a special interest in coeliac’s disease, diabetes, allergies and food and behaviour. www.facebook.com/
Renee Wilson is a mummy, a wife, and a woman on a journey of rediscovery. Read her blog at www.mummywifeme.com
Hailing from Brisbane’s Bayside, Lauren is the creator of the blog Create Bake Make where she shares simple and easy recipes that the kids can help make and the entire family will enjoy. A keen home baker, Lauren is also a mum to two little boys so when she isn't breaking up arguments over toy trucks, you will find here in the kitchen baking up a storm. In her rare quiet moments, you will find her curled up with a book or the latest magazine enjoying a coffee or indulging in her slight online shopping addiction.
Michelle Kennedy is an Early Years Learning Specialist based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. She holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Early Years) and Masters of Education (Early Years), and has taught at state and private schools in Australia and England. Michelle works with children who need extra support or extension by using her unique whole child approach to learning, ensuring children reach their full potential. For further information, visit www.engagedlearners.com.au
Erika is a mum of three girls and recently made a major decision to leave work to spend more time with her family. Erika shares her personal and parenting journey through her blog Ever-changing Life of a Mum.
Natalie is a busy mother to 4 children and is currently completing her Bachelor in Professional Writing and Publishing. Natalie has written 3 novels, all still under maintenance until the day their scaffolding can be removed to reveal genuine stories. Natalie enjoys writing about women’s issues and family connections at her blog Our Parallel Connection.
Renée Harwood is a freelance writer, aspiring novelist and mother to three rambunctious children. She loves living by the sea and drinks copious amounts of coffee. Her lifelong dream is to earn enough money to afford a housekeeper. Renée blogs about all these things at Née Say.
Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and the mother of two teens and a tween. Much to their disappointment, they are all staying home for the summer break this year.
Eva is a digital content expert who runs a successful parenting and lifestyle blog - The Multitasking Woman. When Eva doesn't have her head in the digital space, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 5-year-old son and 15-month-old daughter, reading her favourite magazines, gardening and dreaming.
Elizabeth Hughes is the founder of Your Body Has The Answer Pty Ltd and was Head of Progressive Kinesiology in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Warwick University in England, with a B.A. Honours degree in Psychology and Education. As well as running a busy private health centre, Elizabeth teaches the nationally recognised Diploma of Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Reflexology and Nutrition. She is an Advanced Australian Bush Flower Essence practitioner, has studied Craniosacral Therapy and Aromatic Medicine. She is also the author of the comprehensive self help series of books YOUR BODY HAS THE ANSWER and YOUR CHILD’S BODY HAS THE ANSWER, which serve as a guide to the most common medical conditions and how to treat them naturally. www.yourbodyhastheanswer.com
Kim is a freelance journalist and literacy tutor who’s penned a wide array of articles over the eight years she’s written for us, sprinkling her quirky humour into well-researched pieces. Her background in the travel industry ignited a passion for taking her three children (10, 15 and 17) backpacking whenever life and budget allows it. A keen recorder of life stories, Kim would walk to the ‘back of Bourke’ to hear someone’s story - or to find a good curry! www.wordbalance.com.au
Tara Leong is a university-qualified nutritionist renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition and health. A new mum and keen cook, she debunks popular nutrition myths, teaching people how to live a healthy life without the fad diets. Tara is passionate about advocating a fear-free and guilt-free way of eating because life is too short not to enjoy a slice of chocolate cake. Find Tara on Facebook at The Nutrition Guru and the Chef and at Baby Guru Nutrition. To book a consultation with Tara, head to www.thenutritionguruandthechef.com.
Peta Adams is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Paediatric and Allergy Specialist at Sunshine Coast Dietetics (SCD), a specialist dietitian service helping families achieve their dietary goals. Established over 20 years ago, with over 30 years experience collectively by its dietitians, SCD is the best in its field in developing nutritional strategies. Each dietitian in the SCD team brings specialist knowledge to their area of expertise, from weight management, to nutrition for aging, to bariatric surgery, to diabetes management, to food intolerance, to athletes and more. You can contact Sunshine Coast Dietetics on 07 5479 4363.
Jaymie Bennee is a trainee photographic journalist and a life enthusiast, exploring her passion for art, writing and design. As a natural creative, Jaymie sees life in full colour, with an ambition to travel the world capturing moments and memories through her camera lens.
After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad.
When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.
Jessica is the owner and freelance writer at GirlTribe. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her wonderful husband and four spirited daughters – two of which who have autism (along with her husband), and two who don’t. Jessica loves getting free therapy at the beach, eating salted caramel chocolate, cooking and yoga-ing. Jessica is a pretty straight shooter and says it how it is because she believes life is hectic and chaotic enough without having to muck about with words. Find Jess on Facebook or Instagram @girl.tribe
Katie Hume is the Marketing Communications Manager at Airtasker, a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes - online or via mobile.
Emily is a Melbourne mum of 3 and author of the hugely successful Food Babies Love Guide to introducing solids to babies, which is an Aussie best seller. She has always loved food and cooking and had great fun introducing her twins to solids. She quickly realised that many parents found this phase of parenting challenging and there was a need for a practical and simple guide. Combining her love of food with practical advice saw the creation of her popular baby food guide, which was first published in 2012. It was then a natural progression to offer a better alternative of convenient food and launch her own range of FRESH Food Babies Love Fresh Pots. You can connect with Emily at www.foodbabieslove.com.au Instagram: @foodbabieslove, Facebook: foodbabieslove
Kathryn Tonges is an international and national parenting educator, coach and author. Her passion is helping parents build more peaceful and loving relationships. She teaches the internationally recognised, skills based, time-tested and proven Parent Effectiveness Training course on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane. She is a National Trainer for Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia and as State Executive Officer for Queensland she connects parents with other P.E.T. instructors in their area. You can find more about her courses at: www.theparentwithin.com
Parent, observer, writer and columnist, Zoe spends half her time writing about the world and the other half wondering how she somehow muddles through. Loving not knowing what is around the corner, she finds inner-peace in fruit toast and a good cup of tea.
Cassandra Fenaughty is an Author and Health Coach who aims to help families create healthy eating habits. Her Easy Grub Healthy Bub program demonstrates quick, easy and affordable recipes for busy families. She also has a cookbook, Wholesome Food For Busy Parents. Find out more at www.cassandrafenaughty.com
Helen Roe is a leading authority on marketing with over 20 years’ experience managing global brands to market success. Also a certified life and business coach, Helen is passionate about empowering our youth, in particular teen girls, to think creatively and critically about media marketing, build strong personal values and feel confident in their choices.
Media literacy amongst teen girls is a key step towards strengthening their self-belief, their confidence and their ability to make smarter choices. GirlTribes is the go-to survival guidebook that makes this possible. Learn more at www.helenroe.com/girltribes or connect on Twitter and Instagram @helen_roe
After living in 5 different countries and finally settling on the Sunshine Coast with her supportive husband and a marketing degree in her pocket, Chevaune realised that all she ever actually wanted to do was write, take pictures and tell stories. With her own photography business and growing list of publications that she writes for, as well as being mum to an energetic 3-year-old boy (with another on the way!), she particularly loves relating with other mums and dads on the tumultuous life as a parent and spouse. When not doing that, you’ll find her daydreaming about food and travels, planning her next creative venture, or on the beach with her family. (You may also occasionally find her in the South African food-store stocking up Biltong and Pronutro – just to keep in touch with her roots.)
Rachel Allan has been a business owner for 12 years, and a mum for 5½ years. On her business-and-baby journey she has learned a lot about life, business and herself. She shares her discoveries (and the wisdom of other parents and experts) with you in her new book, When Business Meets Baby. Rachel is honoured to be Sophie’s mum, and she is also an author, integrated marketer, entrepreneur and property investor. From 2007 she has shared her journey with her business and life partner Craig. If you would like to discover more about Rachel and the services she offers, visit her at www.rachelallan.com.au.
Emily de la Pena is the founder of Coding Kids. Coding Kids is developing the next generation of coders, creators, innovators and change makers. They are striving for: All Australian children coding by 2020! They run after-school coding clubs, school holiday code camps and professional development workshops for educators. Children build their own computer games, animation movies and digital solutions. Through fun and play children discover computational thinking, design thinking and entrepreneurship.
Angela Lockwood, is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in paediatrics. Her health and wellbeing programs are used within schools, corporate organisations and businesses to help individuals manage the pressures in work and life. Angela is a keynote speaker and author of Switch Off. How to find calm in a noisy world and The Power of Conscious Choice. To connect with Angela go to www.angelalockwood.com.au and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Gwen Mackey is passionate about learning development, technology and family dynamics. A full-time mum of 4, Gwen uses her writing to pass on her knowledge with other parents to help guide them through the sometimes turbulent, but always rewarding life of family.
I found my love of writing from life – the good, the bad and everything in between. I have worked in the travel industry for many years, experienced everything from remote camping under a showcase of stars to being pampered in heavenly 6-star luxury. I love taking my 8-year-old daughter on adventures, whether it be near or far, and preferably on horseback. I found a love of horses from an early age and would consider myself a cross between a Warm Blood, a Clydesdale and a Brumby! My other love is the beach and it doesn't get much better riding on the beach looking out for whales. We truly are spoilt living here on the Sunshine Coast!