Introducing The Mommy Bloggers!
I’m really excited to be introducing you to our latest feature for Central Penn Parent: The Mommy Bloggers.
The Mommy Bloggers is a group of local midstate women who have varied stories, challenges and backgrounds. Each one of our bloggers will be highlighting their parental experiences on Central Penn Parent weekly.
Some are full-time workers, some are not. Some are married and some are single. All have a voice and will share their parental ideas and experiences with us each week. I’m so looking forward to this feature. We have been working in the background for weeks now.
Mostly, I’m excited to have local voices share their authenticity, stories, opinions and advice. Parenting is hard. We don’t need to go at it alone.
The blogs will kick off on Aug. 4 here at Central Penn Parent. As always, I welcome your feedback.
Associate Publisher/Editorial Director, Central Penn Parent
So, let’s introduce them:
Cercega is a native of York and currently lives in Hershey. She is a wife, a mom of three, and spent 11 years at home as part of a planned career break. She is the creator of the mom lifestyle blog, JustThreePumpkins.com where she discusses travel, beauty, fashion, food, and parenting.
She enjoys learning about digital marketing and education and also loves pop culture, including reality TV and podcasts. She achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from West Virginia University and a K – 6 Level I Teaching Certification from Immaculata University.
For more details, visit her blog, or contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Instagram @paulettecercega.
Deinlein is a self-professed “Jen of all trades and master of none.” She’s a stay-at-home mom, a freelance writer and a college cheerleading coach, but doesn’t claim to be an expert in any of those topics. Her house is never perfectly neat, her Instagram account is pretty random, and her kids are not all-star athletes (yet?).
She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with honors, from Susquehanna University and spent her pre-mom life working in newspapers, web content and higher education communications. You may recognize her name from “A Conversation With,” the weekly Q&A in Central Penn Parent’s sibling publication, the Central Penn Business Journal. She is the head cheerleading coach at Penn State Mont Alto and volunteers as the programming council advisor for the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at Susquehanna.
Deinlein lives in Guilford Township, Franklin County, with a golf course in the backyard, which is perfect for nightly golf ball hunts. She’s married to Joe, a Baltimore native and fellow journalist. They have two daughters: Sophie, 7, a rising second grader and an aspiring author and illustrator (with her own blog!), and Annabelle, 4, a talented artist in her own right with a penchant for all things Minnie Mouse. And yes, they both want to be cheerleaders.
You can reach Jen on Instagram: @groovypq; Twitter: @jlbd77 and her blog, https://thejenofalltrades.blogspot.com.
James moved to Central Pennsylvania after graduating from West Virginia University.
She is a social justice advocate with a passion for politics and has volunteered for numerous local campaigns, worked at polling places, registered voters, and driven people to the polls.
James is currently serving as the first Vice President of Programs with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Harrisburg Chapter. She is a single mom to her amazing 12-year-old son. You can find her heckling customers at one of her favorite Harrisburg spots, Elementary Coffee Co.
McCann is a strategic branding, marketing, and graphic design professional living in beautiful Harrisburg. She’s also an entrepreneur, a musician, a presentational speaker, a trivia host, a wife, and (obviously since I’m writing this blog) a mother.
These are a lot of hats, sure. On most days, it’s a real struggle to be good at any of them. I work. A lot. And my husband? He’s the best stay-at-home dad I’ve ever seen. Granted, my close and personal relationships with stay-at-home dads are very limited (i.e. he is the only one I know), but he does such a great job with our girl. If I were the stay-at-home mom, I would undoubtedly be watching way more of The Wiggles than reading Feminist Baby for the 600th time.
We are the weird parents in our circle. (However, we are extremely lucky that none of our friends act like we are – at least, not to our faces.) Breastfeeding after year one. No sugar and no television. These are hard nos. Instead, we read books, immerse ourselves in nature, make up songs, dance to indie rock, and pet all the neighborhood dogs on our evening walks.
We are definitely not a family that has it altogether, but boy do we try. And on some days, we almost succeed.
Beth Montgomery is a single mom who lives in the Harrisburg area and writes about being a full-time entrepreneur while having an intentional approach to parenting/co-parenting on her blog, www.singleparentproject.com.
She has played the many roles of “stay-at-home mom,” “homeschooling mom,” and “working mom,” and although she divorced in 2012, she maintains a copacetic co-parenting relationship with her kids’ father and “bonus” mom. She does all this while juggling the busy world of entrepreneurship, two high schoolers and quirky dog, Foxy.
Beth was born in South Korea and moved roughly 25 times in her life, but she has called Central PA home for two decades where she enjoys paddleboarding the Yellow Breeches, embarrassing her teens, and random day trips. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and thanks to quarantine: TikTok.