Our mission at Bonbon Break is to introduce exceptional blogs in an easy and fun format for busy people. In addition, we are providing a place where bloggers and writers can showcase their material in a way that respects and honors their individual sites, creative rights and content.
CEO and Editor in Chief
Before Bonbon Break was conceived, Val was the creator of the sites Mental Chew and Val Unplugged. A former middle school science/math/tech teacher, she put her career on hold to be at home with her son and daughter on an island in the Pacific Northwest. When Val breaks away from her keyboard, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, photography, tidepooling, sailing and potlucks. She gets a kick out of combing the web for recipes and making them gluten free so she can share meals with her husband, family and friends. She is a tech-gadget geek who is poked fun at, but it doesn’t bother her a bit. Combining her love of photography, tech and graphics to create new, fun content for her sites quenches her “thirst” for integrated technology.
Creative Director and Weekly Columnist
Greg and his wife, Angela are the creative force behind the dynamic, “Angela’s Clues”. He manages to juggle most of what is thrown his way, while keeping his gals “essentially” in one piece & smiling through it all. He is a three time Emmy Award winning designer/creative director who has been a major force in developing the look for NBC’s Olympic Games, The Super Bowl, The French Open, Wimbledon and more. Most recently, Greg began Santo Studios, a boutique design studio specializing in all forms of visual communication utilizing live action, 2D and 3D for web, film, TV, print and overall brand development.
In a former life, Alison Lee was a PR and marketing professional, who happily traded in product launches and world travel for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison’s stories of motherhood are celebrated on her blog, Writing, Wishing as well as being featured on Mamalode and Huffington Post. She is the founder of a social media consulting business, Little Love Media. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and two boys.
Editor and Featured Weekly Columnist
Michelle Lewsen is an internationally awarded writer with over 18 years’ experience in the advertising industry. She is the founder of theycallmemummy.com where she writes about how her children are raising her.. She was gobsmacked and delighted to be chosen as one of the 25 Voice of the Year Honorees in the “Inspiration” category at the BlogHer ’13 Conference in Chicago. Michelle smiles a lot. Mostly to hide her bewilderment. Michelle spends her days raising three chaotic little people, while trawling through numerous chaotic piles of unfinished projects.
Front Porch Editor
Arnebya Herndon is a writer, blogger, and speaker with a slew of impressive awards tucked under her belt, including the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Larry Neal Writers’ Award (Adult Fiction) and BlogHer Voice of the Year Honoree (Op-Ed). You can dive into Arnebya’s words (be prepared to stay a while because you won’t want to stop) at whatnowandwhy.com where she writes “to keep from killing.” Arnebya spends her days being Writer-Mom-Wizard and weaving magic words.
Tara Noland started out at a young age, cooking for her family and has evolved to become a source of some of the best recipes online. Her popular personal blog, Noshing with the Nolands inspires thousands worldwide. When wrestled away from the her kitchen, Tara loves to explore and travel with her family and work on her latest passion, photography.
Family Room Editor
Ellie is one part genius, one part goofball and one part heart. Wearer of many hats, she has a PhD in Psychology and is mother to two small human boys and one large fur boy. As Editor of the Family Room here at Bonbon Break as well as on her personal blog, Musing Momma, Ellie is always insightful and inspiring. In her down-time, she can be found reading good fiction, cooking and baking, enjoying yoga and pilates, gardening, traveling, shopping (clothes! shoes! stuff for the house!) or doing nature walks with the kids.
Rebecca Gallagher is a SAHM to a teenager and a tweenager. A recovering aspiring actress, she laughs at herself on a daily basis. As Editor of The Bedroom, Rebecca delights our readers, just as she delights her own readers at Frugalista Blog. Rebecca has contributed to two Amazon bestsellers as well as being featured on Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room and was a one-time parent blog of the week on Huff Post. When she’s not writing, she enjoys donuts too often, and exercise too infrequently. She has an addiction to makeup and beauty products and an obsession with Daniel Craig.
Beth Panageotou is the brains and muscle behind the Mission Read campaign, an organic grassroots literacy campaign stressing the “need to read!” She is also co-founder of Page’s Corner, and the Editor of the Library, here at Bonbon Break. She is an information junkie with an obsession with seashells from the Jersey shore, secretly wishes to be JB Fletcher and loves the constant chaos of life with her two daughters. Bucket list item: to be on Sesame Street.
Before her two children re-choreographed her life, Keesha Beckford was a professional dancer who performed in the U.S. and in Europe. Today she teaches modern and jazz dance in the Chicago area. She writes at her personal blog, Mom’s New Stage and is the Editor of The Attic, here at Bonbon Break. A multitasker at heart, she shows fierce skills at simultaneously writing, choreographing, checking Facebook and Pinterest updates, playing the role of Joan “Kumbaya” Crawford, and overcooking food. Keesha’s writing has been featured on Mamapedia, The Huffington Post, and in two bestselling anthologies.
Mom Cave Editor
Jenny is a wife, mother and reading specialist in a low income city school district. She is also the the founder of thenymelrosefamily.com – a lifestyle website sharing crafts, recipes, diy and party planning projects perfect for those looking for something quick and easy. With two girls under the age of five, Jenny’s projects are toddler friendly and the perfect opportunity to create a special moment with your family.
Katie spends her days with other people’s toddlers, as their beloved preschool teacher. She loves to bake, cook, camp, and read, but her greatest passion is creating crafts and sharing them with the kids in her care. Katie and her newlywed husband are living happily ever after on a little island in the Pacific Northwest where she was born and raised.
Amelia lives with her husband and two young boys in Yellowstone National Park. She and her family live each moment to the fullest, with the belief that life is precious. Together with her husband, she encourages adventures for their boys in the form of skiing, hiking, biking, running, camping and lots of outdoor playing. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire others to get outside daily too with tips and tricks, stories and lots of gear reviews and giveaways.
Jessica has been designing and developing websites since 1999, and been working almost exclusively with WordPress since 2010. She is the “CEO of Scribbles” and sometimes writer at Science of Parenthood, an illustrated humor blog, and the author and illustrator behind StoryTots, a line of personalized children’s books.