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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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  • 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.

  • Brett Paesel

    Author of Mommies Who Drink

    Brett Paesel is a writer and author of Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons – Spencer, who is seven and Murph who is three and a half. In her interview, Brett talks about her book and what inspired her to write it, shares some great tips on what helps her keep the work-family juggle going, and reminds all busy moms to find some time to spend with their friends, sans husband or child.

  • Sheila Lirio Marcelo

    Founder and CEO, Care.com

    Sheila is the founder and CEO of a great new company Care.com. If you’re a busy working mom you know the value of a great caregiver for your kids. Care.com helps you find one. Sheila lives in Weston, MA with her husband and two kids, ages 7 and 15. She has a ridiculously impressive background, including several graduate degrees and senior management positions with extremely successful companies. Somehow she manages to juggle it all while also working together with her husband. If you are curious how, check out this great interview we recently did with Sheila.

  • Rebecca Woolf

    Author of "Rockabye: From Wild to Child"

    Rebecca Woolf, author of "Rockabye: From Wild to Child," began her freelance writing career at 16 and has since written for publications from MSN to Nerve.com to the Huffington Post. She lives with her husband, Hal, and son, Archer, in Los Angeles; she expecting her second child -- a girl -- in early October. "Sacrifice is not what motherhood is about," she says. "Compromise, yes, but not sacrifice."

  • Sam Reich-Dagnen

    Sam is the co-founder, with her husband, of Braincandy, a company that produces digital products, including DVDs, to help kids learn, play and explore the world around them. She lives in Seattle, Washington and is a mom of six year-old twins: Blaise and Logan.

  • Tamara Monosoff, CEO of Mom Invented

    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!

  • Silvana Nardone

    Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray

    Silvana Nardone is the Editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two kids, who are ten and one. In her interview Silvana talks about ways in which she juggles a demanding job with taking care of her family, why she thinks flexibility at work leads to happier and more motivated employees, and her greatest challenge when it comes to being a mom, wife, and professional.

  • 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.

  • Beth Avant

    Freelance Director at a PR Agency

    Beth Avant is a freelancer with a PR agency in San Diego, where she lives with her husband and three year-old son. Beth transitioned from working full time in PR to working on a more flexible schedule and then to eventually working as a freelancer. In this interview she shares some great perspectives for how to organize your life if you are freelancing, how to deal with feeling overwhelmed at work, and why she sometimes has a hard time relating to other working moms.

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