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STLFamilyLife is a website that addresses all things family – especially those who live within the “Arch city” area. And we’re growing! We’re gaining readers, adding more contributors and expanding our content horizons. We’ve reorganized the site into five channels.

Live in the ‘Lou includes subjects related home life. Green living, fashion, food and local events are all topics tackled within this channel.

Love in the ‘Lou encompasses all things relationship. Be it friendship, dating, or the way you relate to your kids and  honey. We also use this channel to touch on issues like sex, self-acceptance, and empowerment.

Learn in the ‘Lou explores those issues that we grapple with as parents (like special needs issues, practical parenting tips, adoption, safety and education.). Parenting is a journey. We’re always learning.

Launch in the ‘Lou deals with subjects like finance, career and business from a parental perspective.

Laugh in the ‘Lou is a more lighthearted look at parenting. We love to share a laugh or amusing story, video, or photo to celebrate the last day of the work week. Contact Lisa for this channel.

To pitch a product, article or service for the site, please contact Managing Editor, Melody Meiners, at melody (dot) meiners (at) gmail (dot) com.

For more information on how StLFamilyLife can help your business visit the “Partner With Us” page.  Follow us on Twitter at @Stlfamilylife or fan us on Facebook.

Channel Managers

aug-sept 044Lisa Bertrand is the founder of STLFamilyLife and an Editor-at-Large for the site. Lisa, who has a newspaper and corporate communications background,  is a board member for St. Louis Women in Media and writes the column ParentPop for Alive Magazine. She lives in West County with her son, husband and two dogs. Currently she’s writing a second novel. Lisa’s personal Twitter handle is @LisaOnTheLoose.

Managing Editor Melody Meiners lives in St. Louis with her dog, Sasha, and the Mister and a daughter born this past May.  She is the founder/managing editor of Girls Guide to the Galaxy, a freelance writer and interactive media strategist. She also has a personal website called Mrs SmartyPants. Melody, who has a degree in English Lit, and has been working with social media since 2006.  Her personal Twitter handle is @Cosmosgirl.

Editor-at-Large Kelli Stuart is a graduate of Baylor University where she majored in English Professional Writing and minored in Russian. In addition to technical writing and editorial work, Kelli has ghostwritten/edited several books as well as co-authored the book Dare 2B Wise with Dr. Joe White. She lives in Ballwin with her husband and three children. Kelli, a partner for STLFamilyLife, writes for 5-Minutes For Mom, Tonic and her personal site Minivans Are Hot. Kelli’s personal Twitter handle is @KelliStuart.


Denise Bertacchi lives in Fenton with her two kids, a husband, and a dog. She covers local issues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and blogs at Examiner.com as well as WM Parenting Connection and Directory of St. Louis.  Her twitter handle is @stldenise.

Linda Doty has five daughters who range in age from 5 to 26. The life-long St. Louis resident (and wife) does most of her writing on her personal site,  Just Linda.  You can read her tweets @JustLindaSTL.

Meg Fullenkamp is currently juggling planning a wedding, fixing up her new/old house in south county, playing with her attention loving dog Cody and working as the PR Director for Captiva Marketing. You can find her on twitter @megfullenkamp.

Cristi King, author of  The King’s Court IV,  is a full-time working wife and mother of  two who’s been blogging since December 2009.  The goal of The King’s Court IV is to provide lots of money-saving tips, great store deals, fabulous recipes, and share the stories of family life for all to enjoy!

Bonnie Krueger lives in West County with her husband, two kids and four pets. Bonnie, who also helped raise her two stepsons, 18 and 21) created Inside My Head and a second site devoted to the memory and unique story of her mom– Heart Speaks.

Hannah Mayer a 12-year advertising veteran is the creator of sKIDmarking. She is also currently writing a novel. You can find her on Twitter @the_sKIDmark. She lives with her husband and two daughters in West County.

Ann Schroeder lives in Kirkwood with her husband and is currently navigating her way through this newlywed life, documenting it along the way at StlNewlyweds. You can find Ann on twitter @annschroe.

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