About the Blog & Author

Stephanie Manner Wagner - Mommy Blogger - AndTwinsMake5.com
My name is Stephanie Manner Wagner and I am a married mommy of 5 children.  My husband and I have been married for almost 25 years.  Our oldest is our 21 year old son, our second oldest is a 167year old son, then comes our daughter who is 15, and finally our twin boys born in June of 2008.  That is 4 boys and a girl in case you lost track.

The intent of this “Mommy Blog” AndTwinsMake5 has always been to simply share my own day to day experiences as a Mom.  By doing so, I hope I provide value to others while indulging a few of my own passions which include my kids, adventuring, all things techie, photography, party planning, shopping, decorating, and cooking.

AndTwinsMake5 features my own observations on family life, favorite places we go, product reviews on items we use, contests, comments on services we have utilized and liked, and even some craft, decor, and kitchen projects.  It’s a collection of all those things I see, hear, do, love, and ponder with my family.  It’s a nibble of us.

Before beginning this blog I majored in English at the University of Iowa.  I also worked in various capacities at an insurance agency, dabbled at being an artist performing freelance graphic illustration for parenting magazines including the Chicago Parent, and did some stock photography work.

From day to day, my content varies greatly much like real life tends to do. There are days my prose and photos may make readers laugh or nod in agreement, other days readers may find the review of something they’ve pondered purchasing or learn about a new clothing line or must have toy.

When I am not at work on my blog, I am doing all those things most other mommies do.  I’m out carpooling, cooking, cleaning, cheering my kids on at sporting events, and stealing as many sticky finger hugs and sloppy kisses as possible.  My guilty pleasures are sushi, tech gear, my camera, and high end leather purses.

Special Acknowledgments:  My blogging experiences have extended well beyond written posts to include many real life adventures such as trips to the company headquarters of brands like Build-a-Bear, P&G Pampers Baby Care, Kraft Kitchens, and Gatorade.   I am also a member of various exclusive blogger panels and programs including the P&G Pampers Baby Board, Netflix Elite Blogger Stream Team, P.S. from Aeropostale VIP Blogger Paneland Trend Micro’s Digital Joneses Study Panel.  Additionally, I’ve been invited to attend numerous special brand events over the years including the Night at The Smithsonian Museum Event compliments of Hershey’s Chocolate Company and our family’s trip to NYC to attend a Father’s Day Pampers Event #PampersMVDs (that included meeting Giants QB Eli Manning before he threw out the first pitch with his daughter at a Mets Game).  

In the News:  My expertise and heavy involvement in social media has been covered by various news outlets including local papers such as this Chicago Tribune Article and an interview that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

I welcome advertising requests, suggested products, experiences, and other opportunities from Readers, PR teams, and Companies Big or Small.  Please refer to our review submission policy and disclosure statement for further details before emailing me at andtwinsmake5@gmail.com.

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