sara taking picturesI’m Sara, I’m a mom of two living in Portland, OR. I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Portland in 2011. Read my first post, Mommy In a Strange Land, about why I’m writing this blog. I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a minor in Biology.  I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Portland, OR with my family in 2011 for the beautiful landscape and climate.

I left the working world in 2008 to be a stay-at-home-mom when my daughter (who I will call June because she was born in June) arrived and two years later I had a son, July (that’s also not his real name). It was the best decision for our family, and we are fortunate enough not to need two incomes (thanks, hubs). Being a SAHM was the hardest job I’ve ever had. It’s probably the most important job I’ve ever have, too, which is why I feel so strongly about doing the right things for my kids. I’ve invested a lot of my life in them, including putting a very fulfilling career on hold, and I want them to be the best people I can possibly help them to be. I didn’t get sick days or vacation days. I didn’t get to clock out. EVER. My boss(es) met me at the edge of my bed every morning at 7:15. They’re my number one priority because that’s what having kids does to you.

In 2016 I went back to work in Oregon advocating for issues I strongly believe in.  I got hired into my job because of my passion, knowledge, and voice of reason on many of the issues I have discussed on this blog. I’m not getting paid to have my opinions, I’m getting paid because I already had those opinions. That’s an important distinction. This blog has always been and continues to be based on my own well-researched opinions. Nonetheless, I’ll promise you that I will not write posts on topics that directly conflict me or would have an immediate impact in my field.

Prior to having kids, I worked in public affairs at Monsanto in St. Louis. Again, I’ll be upront: this is my blog. It is in no way affiliated with Monsanto or my employer, I don’t get paid to write this blog. I worked full-time at Monsanto for less than three years. I’ve been a mom for more than twice that time. I also spent four years in journalism school, and worked for the United Nations as a public affairs intern for a year. I’ve also been a human, living in our world with ears, eyes, and a brain for (ahem) thirty-something years.  I chose to work for Monsanto because I feel passionately about agriculture. If there was kool-aid to be drunk, I drank it a long time ago, long before I started working at Monsanto. And that was the kool-aid of science. I am not a shill. I am a proponent for science-based thinking and logic.


In addition, I’m also a professional photographer. All the images you see on this site are mine (unless otherwise noted.) Photography might be my first love; I’ve been lugging an SLR around for more than half my life. I specialized in photojournalism at school, so my background is in documentary photography. I also shoot weddings and family photography. The most fun I ever have with photography is shooting landscapes, so you’ll probably see some of that here.

If you like what you see on this page, please follow me on facebook or by email (click the envelope icon on the right toolbar) and feel free to contact me at itsmomsense@gmail.com.

5 Responses to About

  1. Vicki

    Hi Sara,
    I’m a friend of your mom’s. Would love to follow your blog.

    • Sara

      Hi, Vickie! Thanks for reading. You can add your email to the distribution list (see the menu on the left-side of the page) or you can like It’s Mom Sense on Facebook and the posts get pushed out there as well. Thanks!

  2. Hi Sara-
    I saw your blog and wanted to let you know about our Community Conversation about *vaccines*. I wish I had seen your post sooner, as our event is tomorrow night at the Lucky Lab North Tap Room at 1700 N Killingsworth St. in Portland. I hope you can make it. I would love to meet you!

    I have 3 kids and live in Seattle, but our organization is regional so we hold these quarterly Conversations in Portland.

    • Sara

      Jen – I so wish I could have come to this, but I was attending the AgChat Pacific Northwest conference and I just got back home last night. I would love to attend the next one, though. I just followed you guys on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll keep an eye out. Thanks for the invitation! – Sara

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