About Twiniversity – The #1 Support Network for Parenting Twins

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Natalie and her twins

After Natalie Diaz had her twins in 2004, she was shocked by the lack of resources available to families of multiples. Magazines, websites, and television shows all seemed to focus on “singleton” families. As a full time mom, Natalie vowed that once her twins started Kindergarten, if no one had started giving twin families access to more information, she would do it herself. So proudly in the fall of 2009, after no one had organized twin parents, Natalie got on a soap box and started a twin parenting revolution called Twiniversity. She wanted to make ONE website that parents of multiples could turn to for information and community. With the mission of connecting, educating and making parents see the comical side of having twins, Twiniversity succeeds tenfold.

NatNow reaching over 2 million families a year in over 150 countries, Twiniversity is the largest global resource for all things “twinnie”. With worldwide recognition in her field, Natalie Diaz brings her twin parenting expertise to our online resource, our parent to parent forums, our live and online expecting twins classes, our social media channels, and her bestselling book “What To Do When You’re Having Two“, the #1 bestseller on Amazon for Twins & Multiples Parenting.

Nat hasn’t done it alone; with her Mom Squad at her side, Twiniversity is supporting our families 24/7.

Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.

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The Mom Squad

Natalie Diaz, The Big Cheese

founder. author. group publisher.

Natalie@Twiniversity.com   917.442.2020

Natalie Diaz is the Pied Piper of twin families around the globe. Founding Twiniversity — the world’s leading support network for multiple birth families — in 2009, she’s become the global influencer for this small niche community. Reaching over a million families a week through Twiniversity’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube channels, she takes her Women In Toys Wonder Woman Award Nomination for Social Media Influencer very seriously. Moms and dads of twins flock to Twiniversity to find resources, ask questions, explore new products, and find community and support from other twin parents. Natalie is a true connector, bringing parents from all walks of life together, breaking past cultural differences, to share in the highs and lows of parenting twins.


twinsJulie Burt Nichols
, The Wizard

editor-in-chief. accounts manager. dean of parents.

julie@twiniversity.com   847.476.1352

Julie is an infertility advocate and a full-time working mother to twin boys, born on Halloween. She loves serving as a resource and support for new parents, soon-to-be parents, and we-want-desperately-to-be parents. Julie is Twiniversity’s Wizard Behind the Curtain, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Twiniversity.com, Account Manager, and Instructor for Chicago Twiniversity classes

having twinsLauren Oak, Associate Editor

online instructor. snack maven. MoM squad chauffeur.

Lauren@Twiniversity.com

Lauren is a NY mom to a 20 year old young woman, 8 year old twin girlies, and a 5 year old little chick, PLUS they just got a new puppy! Dan, Lauren’s husband, is thrilled that there is another dude in the house now, even if it is their new puppy. Lauren has been a part of Twiniversity from the very beginning after she met Natalie at a New York State Mother of Twins Club meeting. She really connected with her fellow twin parents after spending 20 days in the NICU with her twins after they were born. With her “previous life” spent as a Foster Care Caseworker, helping children in Foster Care find stable homes, Lauren continues to support families, just now it’s families having twins or more across the globe. “I am a soccer/basketball/softball/girl scout mom! My girls keep me running to practices, games and meetings all week during the school year. I love living on Long Island and being close to the beach, as well as the city. My kids are my life and I try to make every day of their lives fun filled, exciting and enjoyable.”

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Kimberly Brogan, Twitter and Instagram Manager

Kimmy@Twiniversity.com

Kimmy Brogan is an avid user of social media and has a college degree in Communications.  She is currently a stay at home mommy to her fraternal twin girls who will soon be three. She was born and raised in New England and has no plans to leave. She is also a fire wife as her husband is a full time Firefighter in Massachusetts. Her family and her husbands family were neighbors when they were kids; they’ve known each other their whole lives. Kimmy has been extreme couponing for the last three years and very much loves a good bargain! She taught herself after realizing how expensive twins were.  She’s never paid full price for a pack of diapers since. Kimmy has been interested in the twin community since the day she found out she was unexpectedly expecting two. Her main goal is to make sure no twin mom feels alone on her journey to having twins. There’s always someone who has gone through what you’re going through.

laura birksLaura Birks, Facebook Manager

Laura@Twiniversity.com

Laura Birks is a freelance writer and essayist. She lives in New Jersey with her twin boys, a dog, a couple of cats and a husband. When she’s not doling out medicine or cleaning up vomit, she is writing. Her house is in a constant state of disarray and the laundry is never put away. She likes to pretend she is superwoman but the truth is, she is a mere mortal with a messy house. Find her on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

 


carrie englishCarrie English
, Pinterest Manager & Special Projects

Carrie@Twiniversity.com

Carrie English is a mother of four who lives North Central Pennsylvania along with her husband, Jason. Her children range from age 12 to her one year old toddler twins. She is a full-time working professional, sleep deprived lover of coffee, hugs, and her family. She credits her strength to her amazing family and her faith.

 

Contributing Writers

maigenMaigen Beaulieu is a former child care provider turned Blog-At-Home Mom of 1 year old identical twin girls, Juliette and Vivienne. She lives in upstate NY with her husband, the twinsters and their two cats, Boots and WIllow. When she’s not wrangling the twins or blogging she can be found drinking wine and researching her family history. She can be reached via her blog Life and Love. Multiplied, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For articles by Maigen on Twiniversity, click here.

rachelteicherbrehmRachel Brehm, mother to fraternal twin girls, spends her days feeding, cleaning, and playing with twin babies (rinse and repeat). In her spare time, Brehm writes for Twiniversity.com, and The Huffington Post, where she shares her experiences navigating pregnancy and postpartum with eating/body image issues, as well as her experiences raising twin girls…and all the “twin moments” that go along with it. Brehm also blogs regularly on eating disorder awareness and insurance denials for eating disorder treatment. Brehm writes for an Insurance Law Blog as well as an Eating Disorder Law Blog (rated as one of Top 25 Eating Disorder Blogs of 2012) focusing her writing on insurance advocacy, insurance coverage, body image, eating disorder recovery, and weight stigma. You can follow Rachel on FacebookInstagram, and at her website. For articles by Rachel on Twiniversity, click here.

toddlers runningMinden Buckingham lives in Portland with her husband Mike and twin girls. She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys running the daily carpools. Minde also enjoys spending time with her family, trips to the coast, photography, and writing. For articles by Minde on Twiniversity, click here.

 

Julianna CanfieldJulianna Canfield lives with her husband Matthew and their two year old identical twins Parker Raymond and Gregory Allen in Tega Cay, South Carolina. The high-risk mono-di pregnancy led to the boys being born at 33 weeks, and Julianna experienced preeclampsia AFTER the babies were born. She has been a certified group exercise instructor since 2002 and is the Director of Fitness at the YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina.  A complete goofball that LOVES food, Julianna has a heart for the Lord and desire to encourage others. Follow her on Facebook at Julianna Canfield Fitness. For articles by Julianna on Twiniversity, click here.

megancarpenterMegan Carpenter, OTR/L, SCFES has been an occupational therapist for 9 years with 7 years of experience in pediatrics at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham. Megan is married and is also a mother of young twin girls who constantly keep her busy but fill her life with much joy. Both of her girls experienced severe reflux as infants, and as a result, Megan has turned her professional focus to pediatric feeding, eating and swallowing, and she has earned the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Specialty Certification for Feeding, Eating and Swallowing.  Megan can be contacted at mcarpenter@ucpbham.com with any questions related to OT. For articles by Megan on Twiniversity, click here

lorraineconfortiLorraine Conforti is a proud new mom of twin boys and pet-parent of two cats and a dog. Being both conservative and artistic, she describes herself as “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.” She enjoys the arts, music, writing, and had performed in a Blues/Rock band with her Husband for several years. She is also passionate about health and fitness and has held certifications for nutrition and Personal Training, and has earned a BS Degree in Healthcare Management. For articles by Lorraine on Twiniversity, click here.

destiny effertzDestiny Effertz is a mother of 3 boys; twin 3 year olds and a 5 year old. She worked for many years as a civil litigation paralegal prior to having children. Now she spends her days formulating new pie recipes, throwing epic kid parties, planning family vacations, and planning and executing pirate adventures and trips to far away planets with her boys.

 

robyn gRobyn Gogue is currently a stay at home mom to her 5 year old fraternal twin daughters, Kayden and Kaylee, and wife to her husband, Roy. She is currently pursuing her career in the medical field. Follow Robyn on Facebook here. For articles by Robyn on Twiniversity, click here.

 

image3Courtney Hill is a wife and mother of twins. She has her Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and taught high school FCS for 4 years before deciding to stay home. She grew up in a smaller Missouri town and learned to cook mostly from her mom, who learned from her grandmother. She is a Midwest girl through and through and her style of cooking is simple and country kitchen approved. She’ll take you back to the basics of cooking, where real ingredients and plenty of love are in every dish. So pour on some more gravy and keep it country kitchen approved! Visit her blog, Country Kitchen Approved, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For articles by Courtney on Twiniversity, click here.

alyssakeelAlyssa Keel has worked as a social worker in both Canada and the U.S. for several years. Living in Toronto, Alyssa is a single mum to a rambunctious four-year-old boy and amazing two-year-old identical twin girls, one of whom has Cerebral Palsy. During her high risk mono mono twin pregnancy, Alyssa began blogging, an extension of her love of writing. Alyssa loves taking photos and impromptu dance parties with her kids. Follow Alyssa and her family’s adventures at adventureswithmultiples.com. For articles by Alyssa on Twiniversity, click here.

donna may lyonsDonna May Lyons is a single mother of three adult children and a frequent contributor to Twiniversity.com. She is a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer, and social media manager residing in Texas. You can connect with Donna on Facebook and Twitter. For articles by Donna on Twiniversity, click here.

 

Liza Mead is a stay-at-home-mama to fraternal twin boys and has a background in interior design and marketing, both of which she works in second to her favorite titles as Wife and Mommy. In Raleigh, North Carolina, when her twins are content or sleeping, she spends time organizing, being involved in church events, and event planning. She’s thankful for the blessing of each day’s new memories created. For articles by Liza on Twiniversity, click here.

daniele parrisDaniele Parris is a work-from-home mom to an upbeat eight year-old boy and three-year-old boy-girl twins.  She lives in the suburbs of New York City and has degrees in Fine Arts and Philosophy from New York University.  She makes her living in the Healthcare industry and spends most of her time with her boisterous Italian family, trying to get a word in edgewise.  Her hobbies include cooking and baking, an unholy knowledge of 80’s hair-metal bands and trying, albeit almost always in vain, to guess the monetary value of the items on Antiques Roadshow. For articles by Daniele on Twiniversity, click here.

caroline polandCaroline Poland lives in San Francisco and works in the nonprofit sector as a youth educator. She is a proud M.O.M. of three beautiful littles – Sadie a happy 4 year old, and her 11 month old twins Sawyer and Grayson. She and her husband have an interfaith family, and love to explore and develop new traditions with their growing family. For articles by Caroline on Twiniversity, click here.

joe1Joe Rawlinson is the father of four children, two boys and identical twin girls.  He is the author of two books for fathers of twins, “Dad’s Guide to Twins: How to Survive the Twin Pregnancy and Prepare for Your Twins” and “Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twins.” You can find more tips and tricks for preparing for and raising your twins at dadsguidetotwins.com. For articles by Joe on Twiniversity, click here.

Amber shawverAmber Shawver and her husband, George, are the proud parents of girl-boy-girl-boy quadruplets who debuted in 2012. In an effort to maintain professional skills and a stitch of sanity, Amber continues to practice school psychology part-time.  She finds that her professional training and experience are often handy managing the quads at home. In her spare time, Amber chronicles life raising quadruplets on her blog, Four to Adore. You’ll also find Four to Adore on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. For articles by Amber on Twiniversity, click here.

babyRobin Sheldon is an artist and therapist, currently staying at home full time with her big kid twins, new baby, and two cats while her husband hunts and gathers. According to her children, her job is making breakfast and packing lunches, what makes her happy is hugs, and her favorite food is cookies. Pretty accurate! For articles by Robin on Twiniversity, click here.

 

groceryKerri Stern is an educator living in Los Angeles. She and her husband are happily raising their 3 year old identical twin boys with a lot of love while maintaining a sense of humor at all times! For articles by Kerri on Twiniversity, click here. 

 

calendarBrittany Suter is a stay at home mother of four, including a set of fraternal twins. She is a blogger dedicated to helping new moms make the most of their pregnancies and enjoy the early days with their newborns. She also enjoys sewing and makes baby items for her shop, Snickerdoodle. Brittany blogs at Super Baby, Super Mom. For articles by Brittany on Twiniversity, click here.

Kevin Zelenka Headshot_optKevin Zelenka is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of fraternal twin toddlers. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, attending meet-ups with other dads, and an occasional round of golf. He can be found in the kitchen making lunch and mindlessly singing cartoon theme songs, or on his blog, http://doubletroubledaddy.com where he shares stories about the struggles and triumphs of raising twins.