My Big News: I’m Pregnant and Moving to Greener Pastures

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 2, 2014

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Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. — Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

Some of you have been asking after me on Facebook. I haven’t gone away — just been hibernating and getting ready for some big transitions.

I have big news. On a couple fronts. First, I’ll share the personal, then business.

1. I’m Pregnant

I am pregnant! I’m 18 weeks along. At the last ultrasound appointment (at 17 weeks) they measured the baby at 7 ounces. The due date is October 29th. We are thrilled and really looking forward to welcoming the newest member of our family.

2. I’m Moving to Village Green Network

While the baby grows in my belly, I am dedicated to growing my other baby, Village Green Network.

A little background…

Over the past 5 1/2 years, we built Village Green from nothing to a profitable business that supports my family and a few other families and an entity that has changed the lives of thousands of people for the better.

I created Village Green Network to make a bigger tent where more people can connect and discuss our shared values. What we focus on expands, and what we share together expands even more.

This is what I am committed to: creating a collective voice that supports and grows our movement. A movement for health, a movement for natural living, a movement for happiness and community. Village Green Network is the place where people can gather and share these ideas.

There is a paradigm shift happening on this planet. Journalism needs to change to reflect that. We need a voice in the world. And Village Green will be that collective voice. Like Horton Hears a Who, when people join together to make noise, it creates powerful change in the world.

The name Village Green originated to mean grassland at the center of an agricultural or other rural settlement, which was used for grazing. The village green also provided an open-air meeting place for the community. (Wikipedia)

Village Green has been through a big shift in the past 6 months. We’ve moved from where we started (as a blog network) to a destination site.

Incidentally, did you know that Flickr started as a MMORPG (Massively-Multiplayer-Online-Role-Playing-Game) — think la World of Warcraft or Everquest.

This has not been an easy transition, but it’s absolutely the right direction. As much as I have loved working with bloggers and helping them to grow their traffic, I found (by doing) that it was not a business that would scale. While I’m very grateful for all that I learned from the bloggers, Village Green is a business that I can really grow into something huge. And if you know me, you know that once I set my mind to something, it WILL happen!

Village Green will be much more than a destination site, though, because it’s not going to be just me producing content.

I’ve been talking to people all over — sustainable farmers, energy healers, nutritionists, holistic doctors, political activists, cookbook authors and more. They are all excited to start producing content (articles, interviews, videos, and more) on Village Green.

Think “The Huffington Post of Healthy Living”.

With Blaine McAfee, co-owner of Organic Pastures Dairy

But What About Cheeseslave?

I started Cheeseslave as a fun little hobby in 2007 after my first child was born. In 7 years, I’ve taken Cheeseslave as far as I want it to go. Cheeseslave was my personal blog but now I am ready for a world-class website. It was my bike with training wheels. Now I’m ready for a motorcycle. (OK, not really — you won’t see this pregnant lady on a motorcycle — but you get the idea!)

So the bad news is you won’t see any more blog posts on Cheeseslave. I won’t be updating the Cheeseslave Facebook page or Instagram account.

But here is the really good news: I’m putting all my energy into creating and curating content for the Village Green website. I’m Village Green’s Editor in Chief and am currently doing most of the writing — so if you want to read my writing, that’s the place to go. I’ll be posting lots of new recipes and new articles. I’ll also be curating content from all the thought leaders in the real food/health/green living movement.

I’m also starting a new weekly Village Green podcast in June. I’m super excited about it! I can’t mention any of the upcoming guests just yet but I know you are going to love them. We’ll be talking about real food and health, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, green living, and all the other stuff I’ve been passionate about for years.

Oh, and did I mention we’re kicking off a 2nd Annual FitBit Challenge in June on Village Green? Click here to join in the fun!

So, really, this is a good thing. I’ve missed blogging and podcasting and now I get to do a whole lot more of it. I’m not going away, just moving to a bigger platform where I can reach a lot more people. As much as I love cheese, not everyone does. ;-) And it’s not just about cheese.

Village Green Network is the place where we can all join together and really grow this movement. I hope you will join us!

Follow Me to Village Green

Sign up for my daily email updates so you can stay in touch with me and all the other amazing folks who will be working to build Village Green.

If you are currently subscribed to Cheeseslave emails, you don’t need to do anything. I’ll start sending you Village Green emails. Same thing if you are subscribed to the VGN emails.

If you are not subscribed to any of my email updates, please sign up for the Village Green email updates:



In addition to email updates (the best way to follow), you can also follow me on:

Village Green Facebook
Village Green Google+
Village Green Pinterest
Village Green Instagram
Village Green Twitter
Village Green YouTube

Village Green podcast link coming soon!

Share Your Voice on Village Green

Would you like to contribute to Village Green? Want to reach an audience of over 1 million unique visitors per month? We welcome your articles, recipes, and videos about health, eco-friendly living, food politics, holistic parenting, nutrition, and well-being. We’ll link back and drive traffic to your site.

I’m also looking for podcast guests. If you would like to be interviewed, or want to recommend someone, please share!

If you have suggestions or ideas for either of the above, please comment below or email me at info@villagegreennetwork.com.

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Rebekah June 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Big congrats!!! You’ve wanted another baby for so long. So happy for you!

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Kara June 2, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Congratulations – so happy to hear about your baby news! I’ve loved your blog for a few years now, and am looking forward to what you do with Village Green! Blessings to you!

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Roz June 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

HUGE congratulations AnnMarie!!!! I pray you have a healthy pregnancy and birth! I also am excited to see how far you can take VGN…I know you can make something huge happen with it. God Bless!!

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Kelli June 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

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Melanie June 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Congratulations! So happy for you with all the new and upcoming changes!

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Jenny June 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Congrats on the baby! You were my gateway to traditional foods and I am very appreciative of all your hard work. I’ll continue to file you at the Village Green. Best wishes!

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Mali Korsten June 3, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Huge congratulations on both counts! I look forward to keeping up with you over at VGN!

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Jennie June 3, 2014 at 3:40 AM

This blog changed my life! I’ll miss it. Please share your ranch dressing recipe on the Village Green…we’ve been enjoying it for years! See you on the Village Green and congratulations on your baby!

PS: I do miss the Q and A from readers. Will that be on the new site?

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Ann Marie Michaels June 3, 2014 at 5:40 AM

I was thinking about doing a Q & A on the new site. Would you prefer a written version or a podcast version? I was thinking a podcast version might be easier.

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Ann Marie Michaels June 3, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Oh and YES the ranch dressing recipe is scheduled to go up on Village Green

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Michele June 3, 2014 at 5:12 AM

Great news!!! So happy for you. I will be visiting VGN. :o)

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Carol G June 3, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Congrats on your pregnancy and your new endeavor at Village Green. I will be watching for the new emails. Thanks.

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Ashley June 3, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Congratulations! I am happy for you for both the pregnancy and work change!

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Martha June 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Congratulations!

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Julie June 3, 2014 at 6:03 AM

I’ve been wondering Ann Marie, Congratulations on both new baby’s. I’m so happy that everything is alright and in fact even better. Thanks for living your truth!

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Shiloh June 3, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Congratulations, I am so happy for you and your family.! I look forward to seeing more of Village Green :-)

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Amanda June 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Congratulations! This is very exciting news, and I look forward to following you and everyone else on Village Green Network!

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Heather June 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Best wishes for you and your family Anne Marie!

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norma June 3, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Congratulations on your big news! Hope all goes well with your pregnancy!
I have be wondering where you have been keeping yourself. GLad this is where you want to go and wish you the best.

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Leesie June 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I’m feeling a profound loss as well as sheer excitement at the same time. Cheeseslave is one of the first blogs that got me started on my real food journey! Mazel Tov and God bless you all! See you on the Village Green.

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susie June 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

congratulations!! i am so happy for you! :)

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Carmen June 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Wow, Anne Marie, I am so happy for you on all counts!
I remember you writing about wanting another child a while back & I’m thrilled for your family’s newest addition. S/he is due on my youngest son’s birthday,too! And I was 8 weeks away from turning 40 when he was born–older mamas rock! It will be awesome for y’all!
I also want to thank you for the Perfect Supplements prize that I won 6 weeks ago..the products are amazing & the dessicated liver caps have actually raised both my iron count and my temperature in the short time that I have been taking them.
Much love to you & yours!
Carmen

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Stephanie June 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Congratulations!! believing with you for both babies to be happy and healthy! VGN is an awesome place, and I’m looking forward to the new stuff!

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Amy June 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

This is wonderful news!! I’m so happy for your family. Kate must be thrilled as well! You were the first real food blog I found in 2010…and my life is the better for it. Thank you for all the hard work you put in here. I have really enjoyed your blog so much and have been missing you. Last year when you did the 40 posts in 40 days…I LOVED it!!! I am looking forward to getting the new updates!
Will the old cheeseslave site still be around for reference? I still leaf through your old posts and recipes a fair amount.
I hope you write up more about your healing journey. I’d love to learn more about how you made such an amazing transformation. You look AMAZING! (And I bet you look adorable with your new bump :)
Much love and best wishes!

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MPaula June 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Thanks for the update. I was concerned and thought I had inadvertently unsubscribed. I tried to subscribe again but could not. I checked Facebook and My Yahoo. Village Green sounds fab! and right up my alley! I started following on Pinterest and can’t wait for newsletters. I wish I was talented enough to write for VGN. I am more of a generalist although I do have one idea for an article. I will see if I can make something from this idea and let you know.

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Marlene McKee June 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Hello Ann Marie,
You may not remember me, but we met at the Apothecary. Congratulations on the big, happy news – you are expecting a baby! I became a grandmother! I cannot even begin to tell you the joy a new baby brings after your own are grown. I can feel your elation.
Village Green sounds like a wonderful new venture. We do need a strong united voice to fight Goliath so our babies have eat least clean food.

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Stephanie June 13, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Congratulations on your big news! Will all of your recipes be moving over to the new site?

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Jeanmarie June 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am very happy for you.

I’m very sad, though, to read reports of thousands of dollars of money owed by VGN to your former bloggers, many or most of whom have reportedly bailed amid threats of legal action. I find it really shocking. If these allegations are not true, then you have some serious work to do to correct the record. If they are true, you have even more work to do to repair the damage you’ve done. Best of luck with all that.

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RT June 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Wow such big news! To bad it is all al ie Ann Marie and that you have scammed all the bloggers who worked for you and have refused to pay them their due salaries. It is so nice to finally see all of this come unraveling before you. Little miss queen is being knocked off her pedestal. You are quite the scam artist. I feel sorry for all the people who value and follow you. Hanging on to every word you say, posting congrats to you like they are a “friend” when in reality you couldn’t care any less for them than you did your blog writers. You are just in this to make money.

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Anna June 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Were you able to conceive naturally? If yes,to what do you attribute your success and if not, what did you do to conceive? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Best of luck to you and your family.

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Chris Wimmer July 15, 2014 at 4:13 AM

Wow. I just found you here but congrats. Hopefully you plan to leave the cheese slave up as it has some great content. The Village Green Network looks great too! Best of luck.

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Flo July 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I’ve been checking your Cheeseslave page and not keeping up too well. One topic I was curious about was the cherry hemangioma caused by bromine. Others have been asking how the detox went and I’ve been waiting to hear, as well, since it’s a concern of mine, too. Will you be further addressing this on your new site?

And congratulations on both accounts!

Flo

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