About the Mamas

Erin lives in Bremen, Maine, with her two sweet babies, Emmaline (Blueberry) and Tess (Buttercup) and her husband, KJ. She quit her ultra-glamorous life in grad school teaching composition and pursuing a degree in English to have babies, home-keep, and write on the side. She has experience in such diverse areas as teaching writing and theatre to children, being a librarian’s assistant, and mucking horse stalls. She loves her view of Broad Cove, a good cup of tea, collecting old books, the English countryside, cooking, and small-space gardening. She is a breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, and homeschooling mama. She is passionate about gentle parenting, local food systems, and education reform.

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” – Oscar Wilde

Her blog is blueberryandbuttercup.

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Ida lives in coastal Maine with her two young daughters. Ten years back, while still in college, she told her then boyfriend that all she wanted to do in life was to “write and have babies,” which ever since has been her life’s grandest adventure. (Especially trying to figure out how to do Both at the same time!) Although technically educated to be an English teacher, Ida spends her days with her girls learning through the simple days that they strive for.  Ideally their lives have a hope towards Waldorf and/or Steiner principles, although flexibility is the name of the game. The simplicity of a life loved and well lived is the highest hope that Ida holds for her family. Her oldest is currently a homeschooled 1st grader.
Ida enjoys her babies, writing poetry, baking (especially gluten and grain free!), cooking, knitting, reading, and gardening.  Ida is also a firm believer in birth choices, as well as being a doula. Her youngest was born HBAC. (Home-birth after a c-section).
Her sweet little family is currently building their very own shoe box of a house on a hillside  and LOVING it!

Her personal blog can be found at stellas star.

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Marisa at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Marisa with Tilly and Logan (cropped) at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, summer 2011

 Marisa recently moved back to Maine from Cape Cod, and is loving the Midcoast through the eyes of a new mama. Born in California and raised on the road (and on the water) with a band of roaming gypsies, she’s currently posing as a “normal” person and attempting to survive single-momhood with two wee ones.

Although clearly the single hardest thing ever attempted (closely followed by keeping house!), conscious parenting is her chief occupation these days. Cloth diapering, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, Non-Violent Communication, green living (etc! etc!) have all come naturally. That said, Marisa believes that almost every parent is doing their personal best, and not every philosophy can work for everyone. Open mindedness and tolerance are of the utmost importance!

Marisa is most grateful for a community of like-minded parents in the Midcoast region, a luxury sorely missing in her previous life on the Cape.

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