mindful living, effortless style


Who We Are

Hi there, I’m Steph, momma to three small children and the founder and managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK for short).  Here my team and I provide daily inspiration to thousands of parents on simplifying, connecting, and living well.

Our motto, “mindful living, effortless style” translates to creative playtime activities, stimulating parenting discussions, clever organizational tips, DIY projects and even some fresh style finds.

What We Do

At MPMK, we’re all about being in the moment and doing our best to live the good life – whilst always allowing room for imperfection.

To give you a better sense of us, below are 11 things you will (and will not) find here.

  1. You won’t find reviews of the latest “must have” video game or kid app, but will find a recipe for the softest, best smelling DIY play dough ever as well as an explanation of how and why play dough play is beneficial to your kids.
  2. You find won’t find complicated recipes, but will find our emergency meal plan for those especially hairy weeks. (Psst – you can also sign up for our newsletter and get our free 6 week meal plan – 42 dinners, no repeats!)
  3. You won’t find a post on teaching your baby to read (blech!), but you will find one on How to Talk to Your Kids.
  4. You won’t find a tutorial on how to dress like a Kardashian, but will find one on How to Build a Re-mixable Wardrobe on the cheap.
  5. You won’t find tips on keeping your kids tidy, but you will find instructions for building you very own creativity center as well as how to set up a sensory box in your living room.
  6. You won’t find a post on How I Organized My ENTIRE Life, but you will find quite a few tips for simplifying yours.
  7. You won’t find any thoughts on how to throw the most elaborate (and expensive) kid party known to man, but you will find a few on establishing family birthday rituals.
  8. You won’t find narratives on what perfect mothers we are, but you will find one on How to Maintain Your Zen When the Kids Have Lost Their Ever-Loving Minds.
  9. You won’t find a DIY on how to make holiday decor with dried macaroni, but you will find instructions on pulling together a Paint Chip Easter Egg Garland or some 3D Halloween Spider Sacks.
  10. You won’t find any posts pushing a single parenting agenda but you’ll see plenty, such as our Make Like a Montessori Mama series, exploring the spectrum of parenting and learning philosophies.
  11. You won’t find a recap of the latest Toddlers & Tiaras episode, but you will find a virtual parenting book club.

Join Us!

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Meet the Team

I’m very fortunate to have these lovely ladies helping to make the well-rounded stomping grounds that are MPMK.  Here’s an introduction.


Natalie is a lover of all things edible and mom to two sweet babies under 3 years old.  She shares her favorite from-scratch recipes, techniques and tips for entertaining on her blog, Oven Love.

Alli is wife to Michael, mommy to Isaiah and friend to their furry one, Hershey girl. Her passion lies in being a Mom and finding ways to bring creativity to life with her family. You can visit her blog (You have your blog, we have Aars) for ideas, activities, inspiration and more.

 Kristin is a former teacher turned children’s photographer in southern California. Visit her website to read all about her adventures in photography, cooking, and her love of style.

Janssen is a former librarian and avid reader who is always maxing out her library card. She now stays at home with her two-year-old daughter (with another girl on the way) and blogs about books for readers of all ages, her favorite recipes, and parenting adventures at Everyday Reading.


In the Press

MPMK has been honored to be featured by the following sites and publications:

The Huffington Post

Martha Stewart

 Parents Magazine (best craft for kids blog winner)

 Apartment Therapy

 Rachael Ray

 Young House Love

 Family Fun Magazine

 Babble (top 50 craft blog)

 Design Mom

 Baby Center


Amy Atlas

Finally, along with my work on Modern Parents Messy Kids, I also write for various popular lifestyle sites. You can currently find me over on eHow’s Mom Channel: eHow_Logo_2014_attribution


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