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Mary Ostyn has a work-life juggle that would leave most of us breathless. A writer who works at home while parenting and homeschooling 10 children, her first book, A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family, was released this spring; her second, Family Feasts for $75 a Week, is due out in September.
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Tamara Monosoff started her first two businesses when she was just 9 years old. Now the CEO and founder of Mom Invented, Monosoff lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their 8- and 6-year-old daughters. She took some time recently to share her wisdom with Work It, Mom!
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  • Caitlin Friedman, coauthor of "Happy at Work, Happy at Home"

    Author, publc relations and marketing professional

    "I want to keep working, but I need more flexibility!" says public relations and marketing professional and mother of twins Caitlin Friedman. Together, she and her business partner Kimberly Yorio run TC Media in New York City and are the coauthors of the "Girl's Guide" series of books. Their latest, Happy at Work, Happy at Home: The Girl's Guide to Being a Working Mom, offers hints and advice for making the most of your work-life juggle.

  • Debbie Kristofferson

    VP of Creative and User Experience, Walmart.com

    Debbie is the Vice President of Creative and User Experience for Walmart.com. She lives in Marin County, CA, with her husband, an 8 year-old daughter and a 7 year-old son. Debbie has an extremely demanding job, but due to a very long commute, she works from home one day a week. In this interview, she talks about how she succeeds with making this arrangement work, why taking time off from work was so important when her daughter made the transition to kindergarten, what she still has to learn to do better as a professional mom, and why you might find her on a conference call in her gym parking lot.

  • Member Close-Up: Giazz

    Entrepreneur, musician, and performer

    Each week we introduce you to a new member here at Work It, Mom!, and this week we'd like you to meet Giazz, a Jazz musician and Renaissance Faire performer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their 4-year-old son.

  • Allyson Goldsby

    Vice President of Marketing, Sony Pictures Television

    Allyson is a Vice President of Marketing for Sony Pictures Television. She lives in Manhattan Beach, CA, with her husband and two kids, who are 15 months and 4 years old. In her interview, Allyson talks about the ways she makes her life easier, why she doesn’t mind that her husband has not given their son one bath, and how her job is a great outlet for her creativity and energy. (And she drops some celebrity names along the way!)

  • Donna Novitsky

    CEO of Big Tent

    Donna Novitsky has gone from a career in Industrial Engineering to honing her marketing skills at an enterprise software startup that she helped build from nothing to $100 million in revenue. From there, she joined the Venture world before becoming an entrepreneur and the CEO of Big Tent, a company that provides free online technology and facilitates the organization of real-world communities.

  • Member Close-Up: Momof2lovelies

    Founder and CEO of www.mykidsregistry.com

    Momof2lovlies -- also known as MO2 -- is the Founder/CEO of www.mykidsregistry.com, a wishlist community for kids, focusing on birthdays and holidays.

  • Mindy Roberts

    Mindy Roberts is a marketing professional and blogger, who authors a popular blog called The Mommy Blog. She also recently founded PearSoup.com, an online collection of things our children say. She lives in San Jose, California with her three kids, who are 9, 6.5 and 5 years old. In her interview, she talks about how she got into blogging, what she likes most about it, and what she would do if she could afford to stay at home.

  • Michelle Nicholasen, award-winning filmmaker and author

    Author of "I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-Year-Old"

    With five kids under the age of 7 (including 5-year-old triplets), it's probably safe to say that Michelle Nicholasen qualifies for a.) sainthood and b.) the title of "experienced parent." An award-winning filmmaker for shows like Nova and Frontline, she's also the author of I Break for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-Year-Old, in which she and longtime educator Barbara O'Neal share their wisdom on what to do in the most cringe-worthy parenting situations -- and how to cope when the traditional advice doesn't work.

  • Penelope Trunk

    Freelance Writer & Blogger, Author of Brazen Careerist

    Penelope Trunk is a freelance writer and blogger. Her book, The Brazen Careerist, has just come out and it's filled with refreshing and unexpected career advice from which we can all learn something valuable. She also writes one of our favorite career blogs; its tagline is "Advice at the intersection of work and life." Penelope lives in Madison, Wisconsin (where she moved to from New York City without ever having visited before), with her husband and two kids, ages two and five. In her revealing interview, she talks about how being in the World Trade Center tower as it was collapsing changed her life and her career, from a software executive to a freelance writer. Penelope is also extremely honest about the challenges she consistently deals with while juggling work and family and why using a coffee shop as an office means that sometimes you have to cover more than just your own tab.

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