Christine - Design and Styling Editor of Pure Joy Events

The kids were 3 and 5 when I had an aha moment. I realized that I had spent most of my thirties focused on being a mom. Dawn of Not Just A Mommy summed it up perfectly when she said, "it can't be just about the kids". Soon after, I signed up for a photography class, hit the gym for the first time in ten years, and started blogging. When the blog evolved into a site about children's parties, Pure Joy Events (named after my daughter whose name means "pure joy") was launched in January 2011. As a busy mom with a career managing IT projects, it continues to be my creative outlet.

My DIY parties and crafts have been featured on sites such as Kate Landers Events, Amy Atlas Events, Hostess with the Mostess, and Tatertots and Jello. I also contribute to Bird's Party, a blog about entertaining, crafting, and all things pretty and fun.

Kristen - Contributing Writer from Decorate This!

Kristen is a software engineer who dreams about starting her own creative business (a cakery actually). She has always loved to bake and create, and gets great satisfaction from making beautiful things.

Xiaolu - Contributing Writer from 6 Bittersweets

Xiaolu loves baking, cooking, and pretty much any food-related DIY project. Since starting her blog, 6 Bittersweets, in late 2009, she has discovered a strong passion for food and still life photography.