Welcome to my little spot in the blogging community, or as my teenager once told me “my little dirt road trying to be a highway”.
I have a background in marketing and promotions in the magazine industry and was raised by a woodcarving father, artist grandmother, and creative mother who taught me to cook, cross-stitch and knit from a young age.
You can read more about me here.
Tonya Staab is a freelance writer and the creative mind behind the lifestyle blog Create-Celebrate-Explore where she shares craft tutorials, recipes, party planning, decorating, and travel tips. She provides ideas for parents on how to travel with children, cook, craft, and celebrate every day. Her ideas have been featured on iVillage, Lifetime Moms, DIY Network online, Seventeen Magazine online, Fox 5 morning news, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect, as well as in print for various San Diego magazines. She has spoken on a Creative Blogging Panel at Etsy’s headquarters, and has been published in the Triumphant Child, Guide To Raising Newborns. She was named top 10 craft and home entertaining bloggers on Twitter by Cision Navigator. Tonya is also an Australian born military wife who currently resides in California with her husband and three children; six year old twins and a teenager. Mud puddles and glitter don't scare her.
A few statistics:
Page Views: 50,000 - 75,000 (per month)
Unique Visitors: 35,000 - 56,000 (per month)
- Skinny Scoop: 9 Best Blogs for Fall Entertaining
- Cision Navigator: Top 10 Craft Bloggers on Twitter
- Cision Navigator: Top 10 Home Entertaining Bloggers on Twitter
- Females aged 25-34, who have children, and browse this site from home and primarily reside in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.
A summary of press, features, guest posts, and companies I have worked with.
- Fox 5 Morning News - Splendid and Crafting Community event (2012)
- Fox 5 Morning News - Homemade Halloween Costumes (2012)
- Fox 5 Morning News - Homemade Halloween Costumes (2011)
- Regular craft contributor to Mira Mesa Living magazine. You can see my projects for previous issues here: Nov/Dec | Jan/Feb | March/April
- MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) - Holiday crafting and basics of blogging (2011)
- Etsy Headquarters - Creative Blogging Panel (2010)
- Xtreme Customz Party Host for MommyParties
- Music & Food For Your Mood Invite Committee for SD Mom's Night Out
- Crafting Community Event Host for Splendid Store Opening
- Disney Princess Royal Ball Party Host for Collective Bias and Disney Consumer Products Inc.
- Barbie Princess Charm School Party Host for One 2 One Network
- Cheap Sally Dance Party Community Leader and Ambassador for Collective Bias and Cheap Sally
- Elmer's X-TREME Craft Party Host for Collective Bias
- Ladies Night In With Chef Marcela Valladolid - West Coast In-Home Party Host for Sauza Tequila
- Rusty and Rosy - Star Blogger (educational crafts and activities for kids)
- The Centsible Life - Recycled Crafts Blogger
- Smart & Final - Newsletter Recipe Developer: 02/28/2012, 08/14/2012
- Multiples and More - Crafting with Kids (2011-2013)
- Kidzui - Craft Blogger (2011-2013)
- Blissfully Domestic - Meal Planning, Recipes, Crafts, Photography (2011-2012)
- MotherKnows - Parenting Blogger (2011-2012)
- Creativity For Kids - Craft Blogger
Quoted / Referenced:
- MetroParent: Creating a Craft Box
- Babble: Can You Use Pinterest To Drive Traffic?
- Collective Bias: Will Pinterest Replace Facebook
- The Street: 15 Surprising Ways to Use Apples
- iVillage: Cute, Creative Ways to Display Your Kids Artwork
- ArkansasBusiness.com: Collective Bias Expands To Keep Up With Growth
- She Knows: 7 Kid-friendly Outdoor Activities
- Fox News: The Worst Rookie Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them
- DIY Business Association Blog: Does Your Business Need a Blog?
- E-How: How to make costume shoes
- E-How: Bumble Bee costumes for adults
- Good Cook - Kitchen Expert
- Kmart - Halloween (Community Leader - Collective Bias) 2011
- Knorr - Homestyle Stock (Community Leader - Collective Bias) 2011 - 2012
- Horizon - Back-To-School (Community Leader - BlogFrog) 2011
- Cheap Sally - Dance Party (Community Leader - Collective Bias) 2011
- Safeway - National Dairy Month (Campaign Leader - Collective Bias) 2011
- Elmer's - Can You Top This (Project Leader - Collective Bias) 2010
- Klutz Books - Face Painting, Turkey Conecakes, Stencil Gift Tags (2012)
- Hillshire Farm - Grilled Essentials (2011-2012)
- Ragú® "Mom’s the Word on Dinner" (2011)
- Cheap Sally Dance Party (2011)
- George Foreman Grill (2011)
- Pull-Ups (2009)
- The Blogger Connection - Skull Lollipops for Halloween
- 5 Minutes For Mom - Tackle It Tuesday "Art and Homework Station"
- Holiday "Bake, Craft, Sew' Along - Handmade Christmas Trees
- Military Travel Mama - Snack Tips for Traveling with Kids
- Indie Biz Chicks - Finding Inspiration for blog posts
- Lifetime Moms - Pregnant and Deployed
- Lifetime Moms - Real Advice for Military Spouses
- Trekaroo - The Best of Monterey for families
- From Dates to Diapers - Tips for Teaching a Middle Schooler, at Home
- Just Spotted - San Diego Getaway, With Kids
- Fave Crafts - Knit a Punnet of Strawberries (free pattern)
- Kids Make Stuff - Stitched Cards
- Double The Adventure - Flying with twin toddlers
- Twitter #MoscatoDay - Gallo Family Vineyards National Moscato Day
- Twitter #WorldsLargetBakeSale - No Kid Hungry/Kmart/Sandra Lee
- Twitter #CLFastMeals - Cravebox Cooking Light Fast Meals
- Twitter #BNBCrave - Cravebox Book and Beauty
- Twitter #FNIchat - Good Cook Foodies Night In
- Twitter #CookingLight - Cravebox Cooking Light
- Twitter #MeetCraveBox - Cravebox Meet Cravebox
- Twitter #LatteLove - MilkMustache.com Latte Love
- Twitter #BySandraLee - Kmart (Sandra Lee collection) Summer Entertaining
- Twitter #IDandMe - International Delight Coffee Moments
- Twitter #SpringColor - Olympic Paint Decorating Tips and Spring Colors
- Twitter #NewKnorrStock - Knorr Homestyle Stock Homegating Party Tips
- Twitter #CheapSallyParty - Cheap Sally BlogHer '11 Cheap Sally Dance Party
- Twitter #GNO - Orville Redenbacher's Healthy Snacking During the Holiday Season
- Twitter #GNO - Bing Lifelong Learning Through Exploration
- Twitter #GNO - PBS Kids Fizzy's Lunchlab Healthy Eating & Cooking With Kids Tips for the Holidays
- Twitter #GNO - Crayola 'Back to School Shopping & Planning Tips'
- My ideas have been featured on numerous sites including DIY Network, iVillage, Lifetime Moms, The Daily Meal, Nickelodeon Parents Connect, Craft Gossip, Crescendoh, Babble, Canadian Family, Seventeen Magazine, and Fox 5.
Press Events, Social Media Conferences, Brand Immersions:
- Details of events attended can be found here including conferences, press events, and brand immersions for companies such as Sandra Lee, Elmer's, Ragu, Kodak, Scholastic, Nate Berkus, Real California Milk, and GMC to name a few.
When I'm not working directly with brands, or PR firms, you can find me networking here.