Featured Blogger Friday

By Shannon Gurnee
In Featured Blogger Friday
September 5, 2013

Featured Blogger Friday

I am so excited to have Featured Blogger Friday back!  As a blogger who’s been in the business for 5 years, I love “giving back” by putting other bloggers in the spotlight.  It also gives me a chance to get to know other bloggers out there in the ever-growing blogosphere!  Today, I’m excited to feature Caroline, one of my very own contributing authors here on The Mommy-Files







I started blogging earlier this year when my girlfriend, Shannon Gosney, invited me on a blogging trip she won to Charleston, SC.   Upon meeting the other bloggers, and seeing the behind the scenes to what bloggers really do, I was extremely interested in starting myself.   I enjoy writing about my own experiences as a single, stay-at-home mom of 6-year-old twins, travel, reviews and giveaways.  Shannon’s company, The Mommy-Files, has since hired me on as a contributing editor.

In my past life (before children), I ran a successful production company in Los Angeles, CA.  Constantly on the move, I loved watching a project from conception through post production and having the satisfaction of seeing our projects on TV.  I truly enjoyed my job; never experienced the same day twice. Having the twins gave me a whole new outlook on life and what was important to me.  I realized that I wanted them to have a similar upbringing as I did, and I didn’t want them to grow up in LA.   So we moved to a less populated area of California, the beautiful Central Coast. This place has it all: festivals and parades, beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers.  So many places to explore; I’m excited to have my kids experience them with me.  This excites me, and as a blogger I can share it with others. 

As my twins grow older and more self sufficient, I’m finding that I can actually read a book, a blog, or even take a bath.  I forgot how amazing baths are!   Now that school is getting ready to start, they will be entering 1st grade (sniff, sniff), which means a full day of school (yeah!); I hope to be more involved in my writing and blogging.

I’ve always been an open person and believe that everything happens for a reason.  One aspect I like about blogging is how your experiences can help others who might be going through similar situations on such a large forum.  Not only can you help others, but also the love and support you receive from total strangers can be enough to lift your head up for that day.  That being said, I wrote a very person article about Living with Multiple Sclerosis (http://www.readheadmomstaging.mystagingwebsite.com/2013/07/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/ ) in which I am very proud of.

Now for the question speed round:

Siblings, married, children?

No siblings; I’m an only child. I am recently divorced with 6 year old boy/girl twins, Carter & Caitlyn.

Where do you live?

We currently reside on California’s Central Coast in a small township called Nipomo, about 6 miles to the beach (as the crow flies). 

What is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?

I love to travel and have been blessed to have parents who wanted me to experience other cultures.  The best place is a tough one.  The best family location?  I loved Atlantis in the Bahamas with their lazy rivers and awesome slides.  The best historical location? Germany, namely Berlin.  The best beaches? Anywhere in Hawaii.  

What’s your favorite movie?

Oh so many favorite movies, but the one that stands out the most would beAvatar. 

What’s your favorite food?

Sushi by far! Sushi, sushi, sushi 🙂 

What’s your favorite holiday? 

I love Christmas.  Driving around with all the lights and music, especially now that my kids get excited over it.           

What’s your favorite candy? 

Reeses Pieces & Jelly Beans 

What’s your favorite candy bar?

Kit-Kat and Mounds

If you were deserted island, what 2 things would you have?

Solar powered music so I always have tunes and my kids


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

6 Responses to “Featured Blogger Friday”

  1. Jennifer Young says:

    Nice to meet you! I have an almost 6 year old that is in 1st grade this year too. We are only in the first week and I can’t believe how much homework she’s had already!

    • Caroline Hileman-Schaffer says:

      Hi Jennifer. Nice to meet you! Homework is going to be a killer this year. Good luck; I know I’m going to need it 🙂

  2. How awesome! You are such a good fit for the blogging world. 🙂

  3. Jean says:

    Yay Caroline! Great post!

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