Amanda Soule, Myles McDonnell, Marie LeBaron & More

Amanda Soule, Myles McDonnell, Marie LeBaron & More

Carrie McBride
Dec 31, 2011

Meet Amanda Soule of SouleMama: "We start most mornings as a family with a casual "meeting" at the breakfast table, where we all share what we're hoping to do for the day, what we might need help with, etc. It's become a really great way to ensure that everyone's work/play/projects be treated with equal importance - from Papa building a woodshed, to Adelaide building a birdhouse."

No blogger is an island. Blogging is all about sharing - giving it and getting it - and these members of our Big Blog Family embody this spirit. Sharing their talents, creative pursuits, and experiences of parenting is just another day on the blog for them. Whether you're looking for new blogs to read or advice for shaping your own, these interviews help explain what drives and motivates these popular bloggers:

Meet 7 More Members of our Big Blog Family…

Meet Laura and Timothy Dahl of Built by Kids : "Our goal with Built by Kids is to bring the focus back to the hands-on skills that previous generations learned from their parents or grandparents but seem to be lost on our modern-day children who are more likely to know how to operate an iPad than a cordless drill."

Meet Kristen Sutcliffe of New House Project: "For me, making things is a direct path to happiness. It is quite simply what I love to do, so I have to keep going down that path."

Meet Marie LeBaron of Make and Takes: "I started almost 5 years ago. I'm a former teacher and had lots of ideas over the years and a blog seemed like a perfect place to put them all in one handy place!...I was just like anyone who starts a blog, happy to get that one comment, even if it's from Mom!"

Meet Camilla Fabbri Of Family Chic: "My parents were definitely instrumental in making me the way I am today. I grew up in a large family -- I am the youngest of 6 children. We had to stretch a dollar and my mom was full of clever tricks to keep things interesting. I'll never forget the day when I came home from school to find she had converted our basement into a cafe! Complete with bistro tables and a bar stocked with fizzy drinks and brightly colored glasses. I thought that was the best thing I had ever seen. The idea that a person can make something pretty special out of practically nothing is exciting to me."

Meet Stacy Hart of Hart + Sew: "My mother taught me to sew when I was little, and then again when I was actually interested around age 21. I have always liked to be creative, and took art classes and sewed some of my own clothes in college, but I think when I had children I officially became crafty. My girls are my muses!"

Meet Myles McDonnell of You Know, for Kids: "I'd like to help parents find good books, music, etc., for their children, especially beyond the well-known classics. It's a big market out there, and I started to realize in those months before starting the blog how daunting it can be to navigate. There's so much great stuff, but also just a mountain of stuff period, and parents have so little time to sort through it all. So I hope that reading about the stuff my family has enjoyed helps winnow things down for others."

Meet Sarah Nielsen of Book Bound Bindery: "For me, family comes first. That means, I usually keep the computer off while the boys are awake and I don't let blogging determine our activities for the day. I decided early on that I didn't want to be a professional blogger, but rather a mother/artist who happens to share her ideas online. Kiddos grow and change so fast, I don't want to miss anything."

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Welcome to Ohdeedoh's Best of 2011 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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