Welcome to Momo Fali’s. Sit down, grab something to drink and maybe a book in case you want to read something other than this About Me section.

The Professional:

I am a former lunch-lady, and self-taught social-media professional, and proof that you can change your life at the age of 40.

I have been featured in Ladies Home Journal, Columbus Monthly Magazine, and Babble’s List of the Top 100 Mom Blogs in 2011 and 2012. I was a BlogHer Voices of the Year Finalist in 2010, the BlogHer Voices of the Year Niche People’s Choice Honoree in 2011 as well as a SheKnows Media Voices of the Year Honoree for Short Form Written Work in 2016. I was also named a Favorite Central Ohio Mom Blogger by the James Thurber House. When I’m not tweeting, posting to LinkedIn or pinning, I can be found blogging here, where I write about my teen daughter and my special-needs son.

The Personal:

I was once the operations manager of a local corporation. I had one premature baby (a daughter-now 18 years old) and became a stay at home mom, that’s SAHM if you’re into acronyms.

I had another premature baby (a son-now 14 years old), and this one came complete with special needs including multiple heart defects, eye problems, a kidney disorder, hearing loss and reflux of the urinary AND GI tracts. I like to think of him as an overachiever. He has autism, has had numerous surgeries and more struggles than anyone should ever face, but he and his sister make me laugh every day.

Not long ago, I worked part-time in the cafeteria at my kids’ school. I held that job because my son sometimes choked when he ate and I was there to give him the Heimlich if I needed to. No, I am not kidding. Now I’m a WSM (that’s a Working Single Mom), which is what happens when your husband of 18 years decides he doesn’t want to be married anymore.

When my son was an infant I created an on-line account with the user name “momofali” (read: Mom of Ali) and when my best friend saw the site, she sent me an e-mail asking, “Who’s Momo Fali?” I’ve been Momo ever since. As a matter of fact, most people have trouble calling me Diane anymore.