Welcome to 2010!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

I'd like to start the new year by introducing our new columnists! Say a big hello to Laurie Dixon, better known as Columbus' own BAG Lady, and Rashaun James, a crazy-bright, funny and insightful middle-school teacher.

You can find Laurie every day on TheBAG.com, where she offers all the deals and steals your pretty little head can handle. She also moderates the social network on the site and assists users who are looking for specific or hard-to-find items. AND, as if all that isn't enough, she offers a week's worth of recipes that coincide with the grocery stores' latest circulars and sale items. You go, girl!

Laurie will write a monthly BAG Lady column for Columbus Parent Magazine and focus on the things that make a house a home. All while making you and your kids - and your wallet, too - look and feel their best.

Rashaun James is not only an amazing Columbus City Schools teacher, she writes with such a passion and a fresh, young voice that you can't help but smile. And boy, does she tell it like it is. Her cheeky Q&A column appears twice a month in our e-magazine, Momstyle, and I've never had a writer get more feedback than Rashaun. Now in print, she's able to share her time-tested, teen- and mom-approved advice to all. Send her your homework, school or learning questions (for any age) to ColumbusParent @ThisWeekNews.com.

I'd also like to offer a big thank you to all Columbus Parent Magazine writers, some who have been with us for quite a long time, and some who are brand-spankin' new. We appreciate your hard work, unique insight and thorough research. Quite frankly, you rock!

Stuff to not miss in this month's issue: Our story on dealing with the big D. Having gone through it myself, trust me when I tell you Kristen's story is right on the mark. This is a not-to-be-missed feature.

Also find tips for working moms, how to dine out healthfully (it is possible) and what's up with those old wives' tales. Plus, bonus - our first-ever preschool and childcare guide!

Finally, and I'm all geeked out over this, our new online digital viewer is available!

May 2010 be your best, most healthful and happy year yet!