Owner: Darlena Cunha is a mother of twins, journalist, novelist, editor, and owner of Tales of an Unlikely Mother. And these are her kids:


Elizabeth Andrea Hawksworth

A Canadian poet and short story writer. She began writing short stories at the age of five and started writing poetry at the age of 12. A professional writer and nanny, she has been published both online and in print. She resides in Toronto with her two cats, Athena and Fili. She is hard at work on her second book, an anthology of short stories inspired by historical Toronto. You can find more of her writing at and on her blog,


A full-time wife and mother and a part-time substance abuse counselor. In her spare time (ha!) she blogs at Fine and Fair, a blog written to and for her children about the ups and downs along the journey of raising them as responsible citizens of the world with the values of compassion toward all living things, environmental responsibility, conservation, and celebrating diversity in all of its forms. Joella is passionate about the principles of attachment parenting, breastfeeding, feminism, and vegetarianism. She enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking and baking, crafting, making music, and aims to discover joy and beauty in each new day.

Jackie Monck:

Things are equilibrating. She's a happily single mother to a beautiful pixie girl and a snuggly monkey monster boy.

She's also bi-queer, pro-choice, crunchy, and liberal. I've got a sarcasm problem, as well. (The problem being that she often comes up with her sarcastic replies a second too late, and doesn't get to use them out loud as a result. =P)

She writes a blog and fiction, and she edits for a small publishing house for a living. She's also absolutely awesome. Those who know her can confirm that. ;) Find her at

Samantha Williams:

A tea drinking, picture painting, craft making, hula-hooping, earth loving, natural parenting mama of two. (who wishes she spent more time practicing yoga) 

Alex Nguyen:

The face behind Alex Nguyen Portraits. She is the mom of two high energy boys who push her to be more creative, crafty, and just as high energy as them as they are growing up. She has grown up in and around the Seattle area for most of her life, and loves the outdoors and everything that the beautiful PNW offers. Motherhood naturally led to an interest in photography, as she wanted to be able to document all those little moments with her babies as they grow up before her eyes. You can find her amazing work here:


A 40 something woman living in the wild far flung northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She struggles to be awesome on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis. Some of her thoughts on life, the universe and everything can be found at The World Through Rainbow Eyes.

Monika Costa

Special Contributors:

Emilie Blanton:

Emilie is a high school English teacher with two children. She holds a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Secondary Education. After completing student teaching at an urban, Persistently Low Achieving (PLA) school, she was placed at another PLA school in the same school district.

Audrey Scales:

Cassie Walling:

Emma Wade:

Guest Posters:


A lifelong Californian who loves her family, cooking and pretending to be a circus acrobat (at 39 it’s an undignified hobby for sure, but we can’t all find our true love when we’re young and bendy).  Soon after the birth of her son, she developed Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder that causes severe vertigo attacks and eventual hearing loss.  I use my formidable skills in the kitchen to eat well, while controlling my disease with a low sodium, Paleo/Primal approach to eating. You can find her recipes here:


After more than 30 years of crafty aspirations and failures, Amber turned on her sewing machine in March of 2012 and discovered the creative outlet she'd been searching for.  A largely self-taught sewist, she enjoys making adult garments and costumes, and has also dabbled in children's clothing and other sewn crafts.  When she isn't sewing, Amber works full time as an accountant.  She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, two daughters, and their assorted pets. You can find her sewing adventures here:


A full-time, homeschooling mother of three. She has a minivan. These are just a few of the places she never imagined finding herself on the far side of forty. It is a wonderful, amazing, exhausting adventure every single day, and she wouldn’t trade it for the world. You can find her adventures here:


Writes a blog chronicling what it's like to be a mom with intense germ OCD and various other nasty phobias, while raising two small kids (who like to touch things) in a big filthy scary world. It's hilarious and you can find it here:

Kate Allen:

Gave birth for the first time on October 12, 2010, and she and her husband call the baby Corn Dog. The girl has redefined her life, making it bigger, rounder, weightier. Because of her, Kate is a mom. And now she's about to be a mom x2. She's also a rebel theologian by trade. Find her at 

Anne Theriault:

Lives in Toronto with her husband and young son. She spends her days teaching yoga, reading in caf├ęs, and trying to figure out how to negotiate in toddler-ese. She regularly blogs about books, nostalgia and feminism at

Sarah Tormey: 
Has been cooking meals for her family since she was 12 years old, using recipes passed down from her mother and grandmothers, as well as coming up with her own. Now a stay at home mom with two boys, she loves nothing more than to cook and share her 2+ decades worth of acquired meals and tips, both from her family and her husband's. If she could only get her picky 4 year old to try her cooking, her life would be complete. Find her at
Jill Redding

Gena Miller Divine


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