Editorial Board and Website
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Leanna is a stay at home mother to two sweet, funny, rambunctious boys and their adorable baby sister. She draws inspiration from the Writings of the Bahá'í Faith and tries to raise her Monkeys in a fun, spiritual, loving environment. She and her husband, who is from Costa Rica, are raising their boys to be bilingual and bicultural but more importantly to be "world citizens." Leanna is the co-founder of Bahá'í Mom Blogs and founder of Multicultural Kid Blogs.
MaryAnne was raised in the United States, Guatemala, France, Bolivia, and Austria. Her first daughter was born in Scotland, and she now lives with her husband and their four children in Silicon Valley, California. You can find MaryAnne writing about parenting, crafts, and education at Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting.
Varya blogs at CreativeWorldOfVarya.Com (formerly known as LittleArtists.Blog.Com). She is a mom to 3 children, an early development specialist, a baby massage and perinatal fitness instructor, and a breastfeeding consultant. Varya has been living in China for the past 14 years working and raising her multicultural family.
Frances is a part-time blogger, mommy and wife of a beautiful multicultural familia. Shortly before her child turned 4 yrs. old she started blogging about discovering the world through her son's eyes, hence the name of her blog. She loves doing things with her son, and became passionate about teaching him to be bilingual, and to identify with his multicultural identity. She writes about heritage, bilingualism, multicultural children's book and global culture education with lots of hands-on activities and language learning ideas for kids.
She can be found musing at her blog Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes or on Instagram her new fave social media platform.
Rita Rosenback is the founder of the Multilingual Parenting site, author of “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” and a Family Language Coach helping multilingual families. She also gives talks and holds workshops for parents and teachers on the topic of bilingual children.
Former linguist. Maman to two little world citizens. Currently living in Germany (via the U.K., France and Portugal). I blog about life as a displaced multilingual mum.
Amanda van Mulligen is a freelance writer. British born, she was whisked off to the Netherlands on a promise of a windmill wedding and now raises three sons with her Dutch husband in the east of the country. She writes about her Dutch life on her blog 'Turning Dutch' and on the topic of highly sensitive children at 'Happy Sensitive Kids'.
Ilze is a social researcher and an intercultural trainer, a mom and a blogger. Originally from the small Baltic country Latvia, her path of education brought her to Northern Germany where she met her future husband and decided to stay for a little longer.
Ilze blogs about her adventures in expat life, as well as trilingual and multicultural parenting at Let the Journey Begin.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Kali took Spanish in college and fell in love with it--especially after spending time studying in Costa Rica & Spain and volunteering in Peru. Once graduated, she began sharing her love of Spanish through her blog (www.fortheloveofspanish.com) and by teaching Spanish to local homeschool students. This year she embarks on her first year of homeschooling her own children with the goal of raising them and educating them bilingually.
Koloud ‘Kay’ Tarapolsi is a Libyan American artist who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab culture. In 2011 she started a 30 Days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge on her blog and has had a wonderful time making over 100 DIY tutorials with her 3 daughters. She founded ACraftyArab.com a number of years ago and enjoys selling her art in various locations around the United States and online. Kay hopes to write an Arab craft book someday, but only after her addiction to Pinterest is under control.
Amanda “Miss Panda” is raising her children to be bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. She has added Spanish to their family language adventure a couple of years ago. Amanda is a dynamic language instructor with over 15 years of teaching experience. She blogs at Miss Panda Chinese and shares Chinese language and culture resources with parents, educators, and homeschool families.
Maria Adcock is the founder of BiculturalMama.com, a site covering culture, parenting, food and travel. She is a first generation Chinese-American and corporate marketing professional turned freelance writer who lives in New York with her husband and two young children.
Mariam Ottimofiore is a Pakistani expat, who has spent the past 15 years living abroad in the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and the UAE. She is the founder and writer behind the blog ‘And Then We Moved To’ (www.andthenwemovedto.com) where she talks about life on the expat trail, raising her two multicultural and multilingual children and traveling the world. You can follow her multicultural adventures on Facebook (www.facebook.com/andthenwemovedto), Instagram (@andthenwemovedto) and Twitter (@andthenwemoved2).
Lisa Ferland is the editor and publisher of the Knocked Up Abroad series and focuses on the cultural differences in pregnancy, birth, and parenting approaches worldwide. She has a Masters in Public Health and interest in global maternal and child health practices.
Patty's the founder of Our Whole Village, a travel company that connects families with culturally-immersive experiences that give back.
Former Members of the Editorial Board
Founding Member: Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories
Founding Member: Ute Limacher-Riebold of expatsincebirth.com
Jenny B of Spanish Playground
Monica of MommyMaestra
Aysh of Jeddah Mom
Crystal of Castle View Academy
Administrators are those that assist the MKB Board with special projects or social media.
Carrie of Crafty Moms Share
Lana of Smart Tinker
Eolia of La Cité des Vents
Kali of For the Love of Spanish
Olena of Bilingual Kids Rock
Hanna of HannaCheda.com
Julie of Globe Trottin’ Kids
Christa of Pura Vida Momsby