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Moms are the greatest resource for other Moms. Its through other Moms that we get the BEST scoop. Knowing that we have asked some very tapped-in Moms to help us out. Our Moms are selected by neighborhood, interests and expertise…check them out!

#MommyMonday Contributor | See All Posts By This Author

Kristin Cruz has been a familiar voice on LA radio for years, keeping us Moms connected to what’s taking place in LA. We tuned in daily to hear her stories and her laughter and thousands of us are missing her right now…but we don’t have to. Kristin is hosting #MommyMonday at 11am on twitter and at 9pm on blogtalkradio every Monday. You can tune in online to her weekly podcasts and hear what Kristin and her friends are up to! Her podcasts will be shared here every Tuesday as well. Kristin also recently launched Moms in Media Inc (MiMi) to continue the work she has always done to support the mommy community and enable brands to connect with moms and moms in media. For more than 10 years, Kristin Cruz has devoted her energy to passionately advocating for women in media. She’s a Radio & TV Host, certified baby-planner, infertility spokesperson, IVF Mom & a power connector. And, she is now also a contributor to MomAngeles! (YAY for us!)  To stay up to date on what’s going on with Kristin follow her on twitter @kristincruz, tune in to her weekly podcasts or follow her on KristinCruz.com.

Angie Stewart GokaFitness and Healthy Living Contributor | See All Posts By This Author

Angie Stewart Goka is grateful mother of 2 children, who continues to seek and take the road less traveled. She is an entrepreneur, a fitness motivator and “awesome life cultivator” who paints the nation in colors of “only you can stop you,” “yes you can,” and “there is no better time than now to begin.” She is a former yoga naysayer who has since created Runner’s Yoga 90210 taught across the country and has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Her 4-Week Road to Awesome plan includes daily workouts – done anywhere, anytime – daily delectable meal plans and recipes, support, private group encouragement and daily strategies for overcoming obstacles, creating time into one’s day and some serious goal crushing. A-MA-ZING. Just try to shake Angie with odds or adversity you may encounter. She will help you see the “real you,” your gifts and your ability to rise above it all. You can get her recipes and insight into a better you on her site www.angiestewartfitness.com or tune in to her posts and videos on MomAngeles.

Stay Looped in on Local Politics and Causes | See All Posts By This Author

Barbi Appelquist serves on the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Advisory Council, is a former California State Senate Candidate for Senate District 26, and is active in local and regional political organizations to increase the number of women running for office, including EmergeCA and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Barbi is also a Santa Monica mom to a 6-1/2 year old daughter.

JF Headshot main (1)An Eye for Design – Tips for a Well Designed Life | See All Posts By This Author

Jenn Feldman has been featured on Oprah and published in O at Home magazine. Her style has come to be known as a combination of modern and antique, pairing old and new to create treasured lived in spaces. With confidence, Jenn mixes flea market finds with custom pieces and Target bargains with cherished family antiques, finding spatial harmony and artistic “stories” within everything she does. Viewing each room as her “canvas,” Jenn works diligently for clients to create atmospheres that feel rich, lived in, comfortable and most evidently beautiful. Jenn’s greatest creations are her two boys, ages 5 and 2.5. She is also mom to an insane 7-year old golden doodle. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and family. See Jenn’s portfolio online at www.jennfeldmandesigns.com.

D8B8860-1024x683Things to Do in LA with Little People  | See All Posts By This Author

Ana Gulde and Daniela Barioni are the conductors of the Mommy Train, offering Moms (and Dads) fun and educational experiences with their little ones in locations throughout LA. Both transplants to LA, they created Mommy Train to give Moms a place to meet and socialize with other Moms – and to build community. Their sing-along events, fitness events and frank talk among Moms led by local experts have become a hit. Out and about with their daughter’s on a regular basis these Moms are very tapped-in to the LA community. They know the best new kid friendly locations and help our Moms stay up on the best experts in town.

General Contributor | See All Posts By This Author

Desiree Eaglin is a mother of 3, a writer, a photographer & a toilet scrubber extraordinaire. She is a former social worker and has a bachelors degree in Psychology, which she will probably never professionally use. Desiree writes funny and honest stories about her life on her personal blog Sarcastic Funny and Brutally Honest. She started her personal blog in 2006 to chronicle her 1st pregnancy. This outlet gives her room to breathe, is an avenue to be creative and a space to vent. Desiree is also a contributing writer to MomsLA, CBS Local Los Angeles, SavvySassyMoms and here at MomAngeles.


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Deborah Stambler lives in West LA with her two teenage daughters. She’s worked as a parent educator conducting seminars in schools, through non-profit organizations and basically, offering up her opinions to anyone who will listen. Her writing appears regularly in the Huffington Post, MomsLA and other outlets. Deborah is a poet and also trying her hand at some fiction writing. She explores the news, writing, parenting, creative process and the intersection of these things on her blog at www.betweenpages.org.

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Jill Simonian is a TV Host & Entertainment Journalist who now doubles as a Mom/Family Lifestyle Expert (Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family,” HLN & more). Somehow, between chasing jobs and celebrities and getting married a few years back, she ended up with TWO *unplanned* baby girls now under the age of 3. Jill is always out and about in LA. She is a resident of Pasadena and you can find her posting regularly at on her site The Fab Mom.

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Susanna Morgan is a parenting non-expert, mother of two, and June Cleaver’s nemesis. A former teacher for both public and private upper elementary, she worked with both highly gifted and learning challenged students in the regular classroom. She has written highly gifted curriculum and taught after school GATE classes for STAR Education, Inc. Previously, Susanna was editor ofLAFamily.com,SpecialNeeds.com, andSevenStarFamilyTravel.com, as well as a writer. She’s a front page contributor toModernMom.com and blogs about home and family over at NotJune.com.

Education and School Resource Contributor | See All Posts By This Author

Christina Simon knows what parents are looking for when it comes to private school, kids camps or fun! A mom of an 8 year-old son and an 11 year-old daughter, Christina, a native Angeleno, has experienced a great deal of what Los Angeles has to offer from baby groups to toddlerdom to full on kid fun. Christina sends us scoop about what moms in Beverly Hills, Hancock Park (her old stomping ground) and other parts of the city are doing with their kids, where they go and what’s coming up. Christina is also a published author and blogger. Her book “Beyond The Brochure: An Insider’s Guide To Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles” offers parents a helpful guide to navigating the super-competitive admissions process. She also blogs about this topic at www.beyondthebrochurela.com.

Healthy Home Contributor | See All Posts By This Author

Rachel Sarnoff is Mommy Greenest – your resource for healthier parenting with less judgement – because you shouldn’t have to be a scientist to raise healthy kids. A journalist and sustainability expert she was featured on “The Today Show,” “CNN Headline News” and “Good Day LA,” among others. The former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, Rachel also was editor-in-chief of Children magazine—before she had three of her own. Rachel was the co-founder of EcoStiletto.com and authored The Big List of Things That Suckbook, inspired by a popular column on the now-defunct site. Today, Rachel designs upcycled Bird in Hand accessories and is a partner at Give + Take, the world’s first swap boutique. You can also find her on HuffPo Parents. Rachel can also be found on HuffPo Parents, at YouTube.com/RachelSarnoff and tweeting regularly as @RachelLSarnoff.

Pediatric Health Contributor | See All Posts By This Author

Dr. Cigal Shaham was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a wonderful, supportive husband and amazing 3 year old son, who teaches her something new every day. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and currently works as a pediatrician at Roxbury Pediatrics in Beverly Hills. Dr. Shaham received her B.A. in IDS Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before obtaining her M.D. from the Ben-Gurion University Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. Dr Shaham received the Pediatric Residency Leadership Award after completing her Residency in Pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, where she was also the American Academy of Pediatrics Delegate. In addition to seeing patients, she is active in the Los Angeles Pediatric Society, sits on the Health Advisory Board for Early Head Start, gives talks to pre-school mom groups, and blogs at www.mommedicine.blogspot.com

allisonParenting Advice Contributor |See All Posts By This Author

Allison LaTona is a noted parenting consultant and psychotherapist whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. Focusing upon respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child’s natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Encouraging parents to be their child’s own story-teller, narrating their experience to help them make sense of their world and build language, LaTona often encourages parents to make personalized books for their child for various situations to facilitate this process visually, thereby increasing understanding, emotional containment, and reassurance.

To this end, she is partnered with Twigtale.com as an advisor and author of many books helping children everywhere. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long term connections within a supportive community. Allison has seventeen years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica’s Babygroup™ with Donna Holloran, for nearly a decade. With fifteen years “in the trenches” raising now two adolescents, her personal path complements her professional credentials. Allison’s empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

Sleep Specialists | See All Posts By This Author

Sleepy Planet’s, Jill Spivack, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at University of Southern California and worked as a psychotherapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jill developed a specialty in pediatric sleep disorders and parenting while working in NYC after experiencing sleep problems with her first child. In 1999, upon returning to Los Angeles, Jill co-founded Childsleep. Currently a co-owner of Sleepy Planet, Jill provides sleep consultations, leads groups for first- and second-time mothers and lectures on sleep and other parenting topics. Jill is also a contributor to momlogic.com. She is the mother of two children.

Jennifer Waldburger, LCSW, began her professional career as a writer and editor living in New York City, working for such publications as Town & Country magazine and Redbook. After earning her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jennifer joined Childsleep as co-owner. Currently co-founder of Sleepy Planet, Jennifer provides sleep consultations, leads mother-infant groups for new moms, lectures throughout Los Angeles on sleep and a variety of topics, and continues to work in private practice as a psychotherapist. She also does healing and energy work with families and young children. Jill, Jennifer and The Sleepeasy Solution have been featured in a variety of media including: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Fit Pregnancy, and The Tyra Banks Show. They are the sleep experts on ModernMom.com and conduct lectures on children’s sleep for doctors and medical professionals at UCLA and at pediatric practices.