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Meg Collins

S’up, Friends.

I’m Meg, the founder and Editor-in-Chief here at Lucie’s List and Edamommy Publishing, Inc.

A little about me: I have two crazy girls, Lucie (9) and Alice (7). My heart is in Georgia and Virginia, where I grew up, but my soul is now in the wonderful state of California (SF bay area).

I went to Georgia Tech undergrad and got a degree-I-never-used in Industrial Engineering. I later went to the University of Florida to get an MBA in Real Estate Finance. After the market collapsed in ’08, I got pregnant with Lucie, and everything changed forever.

At the time, I had NO CLUE what I needed, let alone what to expect during pregnancy, labor & delivery, and infancy.

After a miserable pregnancy (complete with hyperemesis gravidarum, kidney stones and all), failing to properly latch my baby, dealing with postpartum pain, buying overrated strollers, and struggling through sleep training, I vowed to tell everyone the *secrets* that nobody told me — the stuff that no one talks about (but should).

I created this site and weekly email newsletter (a.k.a. “Crib Notes”) so others could learn from my mistakes — and hopefully have a laugh or two along the way. The email newsletter distills the overwhelming mountain of information into weekly, bite-size chunks and are delivered exactly when needed. Thanks to our 350,000+ amazing subscribers, this entrepreneurial escapade has morphed into an incredibly rich and diverse parenting community (join us on FB!).

We also attend the baby shows (ABC and JPMA) and bring you the best new stuff to keep it fresh.

In short, I tried to make the kind of site that I would have found useful as a clueless new mom. You know — all the sh*! that nobody told me?? I’m telling YOU.

Please leave me a comment or drop me a line. Thanks for your support!!

Sincerely, Meg


Our Staff

We have a handful of super talented and dedicated women to help run this operation.

Here they are:

Melissa Kresser, 
Right Hand Woman

Hi Mamas! My name is Melissa, and I am Meg’s right hand woman. I answer your questions and help you get the information you need. I help manage the list of subscribers and deal with any subscriber issues. I also sort through and research all of the newest juvenile products, keep our content up to date and help write and edit new articles.

I love what I do because I believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and every new mama needs a little help.

I live in San Diego with my husband, Jon, and my kiddos, Jackson and Madison.


charlene barkulis - managing editor

Charlène Barkulis, Managing Editor

Bonjour, Mamas! My name is Charlène, and I am Lucie’s List’s managing editor. My job is to support our team of editors and contributors through their crafts to help them help you navigate the beautiful, yet challenging world of parenthood. In other words, I am here to serve you, moms and moms-to-be — to help you find your best, most confident selves by bringing inspiring, honest stories to life. 

Born and raised in France, I moved to California in 2006 to live with my boyfriend (now husband) and attended UC Berkeley, where I studied Mass Communication and Environmental Science. I eventually moved to New York City and earned a Masters in journalism from Columbia University. 

A hypochondriac at heart, I’ve always had a thing for health reporting; and when I became a mom, my love for all things wellness spontaneously shifted to pregnancy- and parenting-related issues. That’s because becoming a mom didn’t come naturally to me; and the wild ride that is motherhood, with all of its imperfections and unpredictabilities, terrified me. And so I worked my #mombutt off to become “an expert” — first for myself and my kiddos, and now for everyone who’s about to transition into parenthood. It’s true what they say: it does take a village! 

I’ve been lucky enough to have found  mine in Brooklyn, where I live with my husband and two sons, Arthur and Leon. When I am not working, I’m usually chasing after little ones, falling down the social media rabbit-hole, enjoying a glass of Sancerre while binge-watching Netflix, or singing my heart out at karaoke. Oh, and I almost forgot: I traded my dream of becoming a professional singer for performing nightly lullabies for my boys… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Have questions about the 4th-month sleep regression? Or maybe you simply want to tell me about a bad day you just had? I’m here, so don’t hesitate to reach out.


Heather Reed, Social Media Manager

Heather Reed is a single mother of two boys, miraculously managing to live in the San Francisco Bay Area without turning to drugs or petty street crime.

She doesn’t eat meat, but she’s totally fine if you do.

Heather is the founder of Monkey Bars, an online eco children’s boutique (formerly brick-and-mortar store, in Alameda, CA), and has years of experience in juvenile products. She is also our green/eco-lifestyle guru, but not in the douchey/hipster sort of way.

When not posting superfluously on Facebook, she can be found begrudgingly bringing her children to various extracurricular activities and cooking in other people’s fancy kitchens. In addition to being named Mother-of-the-Year 14+ years running, she enjoys daytime baths, inappropriately long Netflix binges, and being that mom on her phone at the park.

Don’t worry: she’s working.

If you have something funny or informative you’d like her to share on social media, shoot her an email.


Marissa Bader, Editor & Multiples Guru

Hi, I’m Marissa, and I write and edit articles for Lucie’s List. I absolutely love this job because it merges my two greatest passions: writing and helping others (particularly new parents!).

When my first daughter was born, I had NO idea what I was doing. I couldn’t believe the hospital let us take home this innocent and totally-dependent-on-us-for-survival little baby! Where was the instruction manual?! Not to mention, in the year that followed her birth, I suffered a bad bout of postpartum depression that left me riddled with anxiety and sorrow. That’s when a friend guided me in the direction of Lucie’s List. There, I finally found some answers, a village, and a whole lot of laughs. I was hooked. Thankfully, my firstborn (now a preschooler) is turning out alright, and her toddler twin sisters (yeah, you read that right: TWINS!) are following in her footsteps – literally… they try to do everything she does.

In addition to Lucie’s List, I work as a freelance writer specializing in topics pertaining to mental health, wellness, fitness and parenthood (check me out here). My work has appeared in various publications such as HuffPost Parents and Psychology Today. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

When I’m not working, you can likely find me in my hometown of Minneapolis, playing dress-up, kitchen or baby dolls with my three girls and husband, who is totally drowning in tiaras and hairbows!


Brit Cowgill, Researcher/Writer

Hi! I’m Brit, Lucie’s List’s research aficionado. I live with my husband and two kiddos (James and Mary) in Portland, Maine. I have an MA and a PhD in history, and my field of expertise is medicine/health. I’ve taught and written on the history of women’s health, pediatrics, disease, and motherhood. My first book, Rest Uneasy, is a history of SIDS, and my second book (in the works!) is about pregnancy health and medicine. I also run a blog on the medical history of parenting science (anotherschoolofthought.com).

Since I became a mom, I’ve been using my training to uncover insight into parenting questions…daily. I’m fascinated with parenting health literature, science, and advice, and regularly investigate parenting decisions large and small. In between trying to find time for yoga, happy hour, cross country skiing, podcasts, and biking (yea right, kidding — those were all the things I had time to do before I had kids), I love keeping up with the latest pregnancy books, unpacking new medical findings, and reading everything I can about family health.

Please feel free to email me your questions, recommendations, or observations anytime!


Heather Kersten, Fashion Editor

Growing up in San Diego, I landed my first paper route in fifth grade so I could buy myself Guess jeans and LA Gears. The mall was my church, where I prayed for good trends daily. Imagine the shock when I moved to Chico State to attend college — I was surrounded by “Norcal” pride and some really bad outfits.

I lived for college theme nights on Thursday (who doesn’t love to dress up) and eventually found my calling after graduation: I landed in the world of fashion. Fourteen years later, the passion for fashion runs deep through my blood, and I live for a good trend, pop of color and runway show.

I am married and live in the Bay Area (Alameda!). I have a seven year old boy who I’ve tortured with the best baby/Kid outfits you could ever imagine.

Outside of  Lucie’s List, you can find me at Crossfit, doing the Keto diet (yes, I’m always hungry), and making some crazy cakes that I never eat but people love. Of course, I’m always shopping or face down in a fashion mag/blog. Want to know a bit about my personality? Clearly, my humor is dry, I hate hugs, and I have a heart of gold… but the resting bitch face of a champion; never offer me a carb or ask me to go camping I will politely decline with a look of disgust.


Giveaways and Samples

Would we like to review your product? … Maybe!

We always want to share the latest and greatest products with our audience, but please understand when it comes to reviews, we call it as we see it. Therefore, we cannot promise a favorable review for any product, nor can we ship samples back to you.

If we like your product, we will eagerly share it with our audience (we might even do a video review!); if we don’t, we’ll keep mum (i.e., we’re not going to take the time to write a bad review, we just won’t review it at all). Deal? To get in touch, please email Melissa.

we buy our own samples for product reviews!

Advertising and PR

I’m sorry, but we don’t advertise. It takes too much away from the user experience.

PR reps, we love you, but we don’t really care if a celebrity is using your product. Especially if it is Kim Kardashian (this may actually count against you, in fact). However, we do want to know you and get product updates, so please keep in touch.


Contact Us

If you’d like to contact us for any reason (other than to sue us), please email our peeps. If you want to sue us, please call 415-555-5555.

I’m sorry, but we cannot offer sleep or feeding advice to individuals (there are just too darn many of you!).

Meg is a former CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician) who published a top-selling travel eBook called Flying with Baby. She lives in Alameda, CA with her husband, Rich and two daughters, Lucie (9) and Alice (7) — and still has the ashes of her dog sitting in an urn in the living room.

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