Hi – I’m Carrie McLaren.  After seven years as a travel public relations professional in Jacksonville, Florida,  I’m now mom to a silly toddler named Maggie and precious Molly (born with Down syndrome). What started as a way to share Molly’s story with friends and family quickly became something much more in September 2010. I renewed my passion for writing and realized I loved being part of an online community.

I am a member of the Microsoft Bloggers team and have an ongoing partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines. Some of my past partnerships include Rug Doctor, the Step2 Test Drive Bloggers Team General Motors Southeast, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shutterfly, Maclaren and Rubbermaid.

I am the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, showcasing the Sunshine State via online social channels and videos to families planning their vacations. I am also a former guest columnist for the Florida Times-Union writing about parenting, local issues and my role as a special needs mom.   In July 2012, I was named a social media trendsetter by Jacksonville Magazine.

For information on partnering with my site, please review my current media kit or contact me directly at Carrie at CarrieWithChildren dot com


When I’m not playing with my sweet babies or feeding my social media addiction, I think of myself as a foodie-in-training (my husband is the better cook), I’m an avid sports fan and I love all things Disney! I was a dancer for sixteen years, so I also have a special place in my heart for the performing arts.

Maggie and Molly McLaren Watermarked
Maggie (affectionately known as Tootie) loves school, puzzles, coloring books and sunglasses.  She also loves playing soccer and dressing like a princess.

Molly loves laughing, coloring, playing with her sister and chasing Penny the pup’s tail. My little, tiny Toot may have an extra chromosome (aka Down syndrome), but it’s not holding her back! When she’s not running through the house, she can be found saying “Dada”…a lot.