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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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  • Laura Zigman

    Writer & Blogger

    Laura Zigman is a writer who lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts with her husband and six and a half year-old son. Laura is the author of several books, including Animal Husbandry, on which the movie Someone Like You was based, and her latest novel titled Piece of Work. In her interview Laura talks about her path to becoming a successful writer and reveals the not-always-rosy reality of making a living by writing books. She talks candidly about the pressure of being the primary breadwinner, the challenges of working from home, and why jungle gyms may forever remind her of her worst experience as a working mom.

  • Member Close-Up: Lorrie Browne

    Interior designer and entrepreneur

    Work It, Mom! member Lorrie Browne is living her dream, helping busy people design and decorate their homes. She lives with her family in Florida City, Florida.

  • 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.

  • Jenna McCarthy

    Author of "The Parent Trip"

    Jenna McCarthy has been writing for magazines for 17 years, as a freelancer and as a staff member at publications including Seventeen, Mademoiselle, and Shape. "Oh yeah, and I recently made two people, right in my body, practically from scratch," she says. "No wonder I’m exhausted half the time."

  • Michelle Goodman

    Author of The Anti 9 to 5 Guide

    Michelle Goodman is the author of The Anti 9 to 5 Guide, a great book for women who want to run from the corporate life and strike out on their own as freelancers. This book is smart, easy to read, and most importantly, filled with practical tips that can actually help you succeed in building your own freelance business. Michelle was kind enough to share some of her insights with us - if you're a freelancer, small business owner, or are thinking of becoming one, don't miss this interview.

  • Hana Wolf and Nisha Cordero

    Co-Founders of Little Jet Set

    Hana S. Wolf and Nisha T. Cordero were both lawyers before becoming entrepreneurs. In June 2007, they launched Little Jet Set, an online store packed with tips, gear, and gadgets for tiny travelers (and their parents). On their site, they admit to owning an electronic gadget or two, but have found plenty of ways to keep boredom and discomfort at bay -- at home, and while on the road.

  • Stephanie Sheaffer

    Communications professional and writer at Metropolitanmama.net

    Stephanie Sheaffer is a communications professional, an aspiring author, and the writer and founder of Metropolitan Mama, a blog that guides readers along the road of parenthood.

  • Kim Shepherd

    CEO, Decision Toolbox

    Kim Shepherd is the CEO of Decision Toolbox, a professional recruiting company. Most of Kim's employees work from home on flexible schedules and she shares her perspectives on this - as well as advice for other employers - in her interview.

  • Kathy Marshall

    Recruitment Partner, Decision Toolbox

    Kathy Marshall is a Recruitment Partner with Decision Toolbox, a full service recruitment firm. Kathy works from her home office and lives in Southlake, Texas with her husband and two sons, who are 5 and 6 years old. Kathy’s positive attitude about juggling the many work and family responsibilities on her plate is infectious and she shares it in her interview.

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