This month we are thrilled to introduce one of the original Joovy Moms, Nancy Horn of The Mama Maven. Nancy has been a friend and advocate of Joovy from the very beginning and we love that her family has grown along side ours. Â Mom of three, baby gear expert, foodie and all around cool mama, read on to learn more about Nancy!
Joovy: Â Nancy, to begin, how did you get started blogging?Â
Nancy: I started blogging for The Celebrity Baby Blog (nowÂ People.comâ€™s Moms and Babies) in February of 2007.Â Basically, I had been in a playgroup with the publisher,Â Danielle Tropea and we had been discussing strollersÂ and baby gear for over a year when she asked if I wanted toÂ review a stroller for her. It kind of snowballed from there and IÂ worked for her and added Mommies With Style in June of 2007. I started freelancing other places and finally I startedÂ my own blog in the fall of 2011, while still continuing to workÂ with other brands and sites.
Joovy: How did you come to name your blog The Mama Maven?Â What significance does this have in your life?
Nancy: Esti Berkowitz of Primetime Parenting helped me to comeÂ up with it. I know too much about strollers, baby gear, pickyeaters, etc â€“ hence the mama maven name.
Joovy: Â How does your blog differ from others?
Nancy: I think itâ€™s different because I try to give news about babyÂ gear, brand events and tackle how to get kids to eat. As a new mom and a mom to older kids, you want to know whatÂ the latest and best gear is â€“ and also know how to feed theÂ toddler that throws EVERYthing on the floor. Iâ€™ve also addedÂ NYC experiences and fun places to travel with your children.
Joovy: Â How do you balance parenting and blogging? Is there aÂ secret?
Nancy: I donâ€™t sleep much. The fact is, they come first. But theyâ€™reÂ in school and I work when they arenâ€™t home and when theÂ are asleep. I try to cook every other night and luckily can payÂ someone to help me keep the house clean (because I trulyÂ stink at housekeeping). We all have our strengths and Iâ€™dÂ rather be a good cook than a good cleaner.
Joovy: Â Your current computer???
Nancy: A Macbook Pro.
Joovy: Â When you’re not blogging, where do you escape to on theÂ web?
Nancy: Â I love to check out whatâ€™s new on Joovy.com, of course. Iâ€™mÂ also hanging out on facebook and twitter, instagram, Vine,reading my friendsâ€™ blogs, pinterest.
Joovy: What’s been your most popular post or topic?
Nancy: Probably the post about not wanting to give my daughter theÂ human growth hormone (sheâ€™s very petite for her 5 years). IÂ also get a lot of hits on stroller and gear reviews, the JoovyÂ Room review (http://www.themamamaven.com/2012/09/28/review-joovy-room-playard/) was one of our siteâ€™s biggestÂ traffic getters.
Joovy: Â How do you involve your kids and family in your blog?
Nancy: Yes, my kids help me test products and come with me toÂ events.
Joovy: . What kind of camera do you use?
Nancy: I use my iPhone5, until I can get a better camera (thoughÂ itâ€™s pretty good and is better than 3 year old Canon Elph weÂ have).
Joovy: Â In your opinion, what is the best kids/gear flash site?
Nancy: Iâ€™m addicted to Zulily.
Joovy: Â What’s the coolest parenting tip you’ve learned fromÂ blogging?
Nancy: You canâ€™t do it all, but you can let a few things slide and stillÂ be a great parent (which is why I outsource my cleaning andÂ have my husband help with laundry).
Joovy: Â Can you share your 3 favorite apps?
Nancy: Zulily, PBSKids App (so my toddler can watch episodes onÂ the go) and Disney Publishingâ€™s Storytime (so my 5 year oldcan listen and look at ebooks).Â
Joovy: Â So, you’re a Joovy Blogger, right? What’s your favoriteÂ thing about Joovy?
Nancy: The products are very durable, yetÂ stylish. Anything that Iâ€™ve ever tested (and Iâ€™ve tested JoovyÂ products since 2007) has always held up so well!
Joovy: Â One more question Nancy: what is your favorite summer meal for your kids?
Nancy:Â My favorite summer meal for kids is mini turkey burgers (I cut the buns in half) and serve with cut up veggies, organic corn on the cob and organic baked beans.
Joovy: Thanks Nancy!
Credit: Nancy Johnson Horn
Blog:Â TheMamaMaven.comÂ &
Founding Mother:Â TrumpetingMedia.com
Recently quoted inÂ Business Week, NBC’sÂ The Today Show’s website, Today Moms, featured in iVillageÂ in 2011 andÂ 2012, andÂ Red Tricycle, where she was described as “Former Food Network Producer, elementary school teacher and mother of three, Nancy Horn, has a serious knack for baby and kids product reviews and 5 years of experience to prove it”.