Nicole Blades is an author, journalist and also mother of perhaps the most delightful little boy on this spinning globe. Her debut novel, Earth’s Waters, was published in 2007 and she just finished writing her second book —set in all-girls boarding school in Vermont—late last year. Nicole also runs a parenting blog, Ms. Mary Mack, which takes an anthropological approach to motherhood.

Twitter: @NicoleBlades 
What I Do, Job-wise: Tell stories in books and magazines, blog about parenthood, and run an absolute monarchy ’round here.
What I Do, Fun-wise: Mother my kid, take photographs (sometimes of my feet), and play the now decades-long, ongoing game of “Did you know that ___ is Canadian, too?” with any willing—or unwilling, really—participant.
My Motto: You got this.
My Anti-Motto: Play it safe.
The First Movie Star I Ever Had A Crush On: The Michaels. That’s Michael Jackson. I know, he’s not a movie star, per se. (Just let me be great.) The other is Michael J. Fox. 
My “celebs to make out with” list:  Let me start with a classic cute like Ryan Gosling. Maybe we would end up talking the night away, revealing deep secrets and The Gos would fall asleep on my shoulder instead. That sounds like a better use of time. Plus … he’s Canadian!
The Most Played Song On My iTunes: It’s all a shambles. I run, and take a “By Any Means Necessary” approach to my music mix—anything to get me up these rolling hills. Right now this means “Swagger Like Us” by JAY-Z + T.I.
Last Book I Read Without Skimming Any Parts: A collection of Short Stories by Alice Munro. (Oh, you know it: She’s Canadian.) If you’re skimming short stories, maybe try Adderall…?
My Most Worn Item of Clothing: My purple yoga pants. Even my toddler son knows that Chill Time is awwn when I slip into those high-water numbers.  
Beauty Products That I Hoard:  Aquaphor Lip Repair, Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp Conditioner, MoroccanOil Curl Defining Cream, Lise Watier Cleansing Cloths, Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil, MAC Haute & Naughty Lash, and Pattern Body Wash (Citrus)
I smell like: Typically some kind of coco butter, even though I don’t use it. Odd, but who’s complaining?
I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Going with answer D.