Meet our writers

Bron Maxabella


Bron is the founder of Mumlyfe and is so happy to welcome you here.

Bron has been writing in the Australian parenting space as Maxabella for more than seven years and is mum to three mostly happy kids and wife to one mostly happy husband. Mostly happy is a win, right?

Ellen Jackson

Potential Psychology

Ellen Jackson from Potential Psychology is a psychologist who does things differently. She writes about everyday people and why we do what we do. When she’s not tapping at the laptop she coaches, she teaches and she helps workplaces to solve their people problems. Ellen has been making online friends since before the internet had pictures. You can join her tribe on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Nicole Avery

Planning with Kids

Nicole Avery is a Melbourne mum to five beautiful kids aged 8-18. Nicole is slightly addicted to spreadsheets, tea, running and CrossFit. She’s also the master organiser behind the blog Planning with Kids and the podcast This Family Life.

Lauren Matheson

Create Bake Make

Lauren is the founder and editor of Create Bake Make and co-editor of Thermoblisswhere she shares simple, easy recipes the kids can help make and the family will enjoy. Lauren is also a mum to two little boys so when she isn’t baking up a storm, she’s breaking up arguments. In rare quiet moments, Lauren enjoys a hot coffee and indulging her online shopping addiction.

Emily Toxward

Have a Laugh on Me

Journalist Emily Toxward fumbles her way through parenting three children while juggling the demands of her writing business, Write Styling. A published writer for 20 years, Emily shots from the hip when required and her writing is raw, honest and sometimes humorous.

Danielle Colley

Your Good Life

Danielle Colley is a a Sydney-based writer and integrative coach who lives with her two fabulously rascally kids, her amazing (and only occasionally irritating) partner, and a herd of cats. At Your Good Life Danielle teaches people how live a happier, more content and more badass life.

Shannon Wong-Nizic

Oh Creative Day

Shannon is a mum and a teacher who harbours the desire to be a published picture book author. But first she needs to figure out what’s on for dinner. She blogs at Oh Creative Day where she celebrates her perfectly imperfect attempts to live a creative life. AKA trying to remain sane whilst raising 3 kids under 3. She has an unhealthy addiction to Pinterest, coffee and pom poms.

Mandy Ferry

Mandy is the founder of Party Remedy, Australia’s online Party Directory. A mum to three she’s hosted many parties over the years and shares loads of inspiration, recipes and DIY party ideas. You can join in the conversation at The Party Remedy Tribe, a Facebook group where we can all become each other’s party remedy, because let’s face it, life is worth celebrating!

Rachael Mogan McIntosh

Rachael Mogan McIntosh, mum of three from Australia, is currently spending a year in the south of France with her family. (This glamorous-sounding sentence does not reflect her day-to day reality.) She finds motherhood endlessly comedic even though it sometimes makes her eyes leak salty water and she does not smack the children although she sometimes, shamefully, angrily clicks her fingers in their face in a kind of ‘jazz discipline’. Her laundry does not have the freshness of Scandinavia.

Sonia Stackhouse

Sonia Stackhouse is the founder of Little Lane Workshops, an art, craft and lifestyle studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She is also mum to three boys – two teens and a tweenie. Sonia shares her fabulously flawed attempts at being a mum and business owner on her popular blog Life Love and Hiccups.

Barbara O'Reilly

Barbara O’Reilly, AKA Babs, AKA Patchwork Cactus is a blogger, a writer, a trash TV watcher and an Instagram addicted shutterbug. A journalist by trade, the three week old baby stowed away under her graduation gown steered her away from the world of reporting and right into the blogosphere.

Babs, her almost-hubby and their two kids are attempting to live the slow life in a beach side suburb on the east coast of Australia, they have the rickety house, the pet chickens and the barefoot kids but are yet to find the ‘slow’. Her blog Patchwork Cactus is where Babs talks about making, baking, parenting and living a happy beachside life.

Feel free to stalk her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Cathy O'Brien

Cathy is a writer over at When she isn’t writing about mental health issues, she is trying to find a way to write about her roller coaster life in such a way that her three teenagers – her son and twin girls – aren’t mortally wounded. She doesn’t wish to fund their therapy.  Cathy is passionate about anti-bullying, mental health issues and how to get through this game of life without rocking in the corner. In her spare time you will find her enjoying a cup of tea, a jam drop and crocheting.