Melissa Cohen is a mom and freelance writer living in central MA. She and her husband have three children together in addition to her husband's two daughters from his first marriage. Their kids are 19, 17, 15, 12, and 8 years old. She also recently rescued a puppy who's life mission appears to be eating ALL the pens. She's a Jewish convert, still celebrates Christmas, and braids six string challah loaves like a professional. Melissa has been blogging since 2008 at melissaannecohen.com, and has been published in CJVoices, InterfaithFamily, Mothering, and BlogHer.