The Mommy Blogger Next Door

AKA How I Became the Crockpot Lady

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Publication Date: July 23, 2020 • ISBN: 979-8666577899

In 2008, Stephanie O’Dea made a New Year’s Resolution to use her slow cooker every single day in 2008 and write about it online. This simple idea resulted in a highly-trafficked website and five books, one of which spent six weeks on the New York Times best sellers list. Stephanie has appeared on Good Morning America (three times), The Rachael Ray Show (four times), featured in Real Simple Magazine, Woman’s World, and

This is the story of how Stephanie went from a stay-at-home mom to a work-at-home mom all by writing about crockpot slow cooker recipes online. In the peak of her success, O’Dea was making $1k a day while only working 2 hours each morning, before her children woke for school.

Now she works with moms all over the world to help them achieve *their* own version of The American Dream.


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  • Like Stephanie, I unexpectedly found myself unable to work outside of the home while we focused on the health of our family. That ordeal led to an entire change in the way we lived. It also left me stuck at home. I love home! But money’s good too. And that impelled my friend and I to begin kicking around this idea of joining the Mommy Blogger ranks and blogging for profit. Could we really do it? Could we take an activity we enjoyed (blogging) combine it with all we our areas of expertise (all we’ve learned in the pursuit of claiming our family’s health and cultivating a happy home life) and make money? Is this still possible? What about the millions of other bloggers? Can we do it without losing ourselves in the process? Or swimming in murky waters?

  • There is a lot of information about starting and running a blog on the internet as well as various books. What sets this one apart, is that it encourages people to go ahead and start a blog without spending any money.

  • I can’t believe what a quick, easy and helpful read this was! Actually, I can…Stephanie writes in such a way that it honestly feels like chatting with a girlfriend. I love the honesty that she shares in this book. Who knows….maybe I’ll start blogging.

  • Despite great success as a mom blogger, Stephanie is so honest and down-to-earth. I love the case studies in this book from Stephanie and it’s great to see real-life examples of how to succeed in the online space.