About Mothernova

Welcome to Mothernova: A blast of “in the know” for parents on the go!

Alison Johansen, MothernovaHi! I’m Alison Grace Johansen–a journalist-mama with two energetic kiddos and a constantly curious mind. You also could say I’m an author, writer, editor, researcher and advocate for those with special needs. I’m a mama who wants to get to the bottom of things, spread awareness and help make a difference.

Welcome to my blog. Mothernova® is a parenting website where my journey into motherhood meets food allergies, food allergy awareness and advocacy, allergen-free baking, breastfeeding, pediatric health, mindful parenting, education, children’s literature and several other hot-button parenting issues that are close to my heart.

This blog is where I share my journey, what I’m learning, my ideas and my hopes for the future.

It is also the place where I will share the latest news about my recently released children’s book, HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy!

When my first child was born, we came face-to-face with food allergies and sleep apnea. I truly got a crash course in motherhood and quickly learned how to be my child’s best advocate.

If you have a passion for making sure all children (and those who care for them) are healthy, happy, safe, informed and included–and for changing things to make sure this happens–this blog is for you.

Mothernova features six categories

After working for almost 15 years as a journalist for two large publishers, I love interviewing, researching, writing and getting to the bottom of things. As I’ve navigated my way through motherhood, the reporter in me has been doing a ton of research about everything from the rights of children with special needs in the school setting to pediatric feeding and mindful parenting.

In this spirit, Mothernova offers practical tips, special interviews, feature reports, and short blasts of helpful information. My writing is broken up into six categories:

  • In the know: Spotlights doctors, specialists, and other noteworthy leaders in interviews, Q&As, and special reports about key health and other issues affecting our kids.
  • In the kitchen: Highlights allergen-free and nutritious recipes and ideas, along with their creators and kitchen tips.
  • At play: Mothernova believes in the importance of play in child development and learning, and will bring to the table creative play ideas, as well as the insight of specialists in the fields of music, art, and sports.
  • On the shelves: Reviews books, music, movies, and other helpful products.
  • On the go: Offers kid-friendly activities and places to go around town, safety tips, information about baby-wearing, and other travel ideas.
  • Just for mom: Shares ideas, experiences, and tips that have helped me on my journey.

My Favorite Posts

Here are some of the most popular articles on this blog, if you want to get a better idea of what I’m all about:

I’m hopeful that Mothernova will grow with me as I continue my journey of seeking answers and will become a place of support for you as well.

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Mothernova e-mails free monthly newsletters, so don’t forget to sign up if you’re interested. For those of you who sign up, over the next few weeks I will be sharing some fun behind-the-scenes stories about HumFree the bee, sneak peeks at illustrations, giveaways and most importantly discount codes for all subscribers!

I also offer daily tips and advice, so follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page for the latest!

Stop in. Get some new ideas. Join me on my journey!

Please note that my writing, advice, tips, and all other information given by Mothernova stems from my personal experience and opinion; it should not be used as a substitute for professional legal or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. In a similar vein, my interviews with specialists, doctors, and other professionals are conducted with a general audience in mind and are not to be taken as individual-specific advice or diagnoses. My content is meant only for support.

Also note that I’m now a book reviewer for Children’s Literature in Washington, D.C. This is an unpaid position. They provide books to review, which I get to keep, but the reviews are my own. You can find my reviews on their website. I post the reviews that are of interest to the parenting and food allergy communities under “On the Shelves” on my blog.

Too, Mothernova is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.