The Smart Domestic
We’re here to tell true stories of modern life: how we made tough decisions; how successful and creative people are making their professional and personal lives work; and how we ate delivery for dinner three times this week. (No? Just us?)
We talk about the pain and pride of parenthood and the angst of adulthood. We search for reason in the anxious, sleepless days of mothering. We speak truth in an age where social media shapes the way we portray our lives. We’re not here to preach or tell you that you’re doing it wrong. But we will share what works for us (and for others) as we search for health, happiness, sanity, success and that one sock that gets lost after every load of laundry.
Share your story
The Smart Domestic accepts submissions for features about interesting people, especially moms and dads with a new approach to work life, parenting or relationships. Features should be 500-1,200 words and include images with no permissions restrictions. Please submit your story idea before any finished work.
We’d also love to showcase reader submissions to Decisions, a series of personal essays about how we’ve made pivotal life choices or minor decisions that you labored over. These opportunities are currently unpaid, and you’ll reserve all rights to your writing, photos or illustrations.
Email your story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Years before we were 30-something married ladies, we were two college roommates paired randomly by campus housing. Suzanne arrived at the dorm with a loaf of fresh, Amish-baked bread and fruit jam. Leslie had her bed neatly made and her books organized alphabetically on the bookshelf.
We believe in the power of good food, the fun of DIY, and the restorative practice of long chats (even better with a stiff drink). And we know a thing or two about friendship, living abroad, graduate degrees, city living, babies and making lemonade from lemons.
We’re proud to be smart, accomplished women, but we’re also striving to have happy home lives. The Smart Domestic is our corner of the internet to have frank discussions about what fascinates us.
Leslie Kotzas (pictured below, on the right)
A transplant to New Jersey, Leslie works as a mom to a toddler and takes a break by Heading the Children’s Department of the Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library. She was previously an information management consultant and teacher of English as a foreign language (in Japan, Russia and New York City). Knitting, crocheting and sewing are her hobbies of choice, but she’ll also tackle gardening, renovations in her charming old house, and the joys of being a parent.
Suzanne Wilder (pictured below, on the left)
After seven years in the big city of Chicago, Suzanne returned to her roots in Ohio. She’s an editorial manager, former newspaper reporter and occasional freelance editor/writer. A marriage veteran with seven years under her belt and mom to two little boys, she thinks endlessly about what her next meal will be.