Hi there!

Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Tonya. I’m a school counselor by day, a certified life coach and an author. I also love to collaborate with fashion and beauty brands that make women look and feel their best. Here’s a little bit more about me:


I originally started out with the blog Single Mom Chic. I used my experiences as a former single mother who climbed the career ladder and tried to live a chic life (on a budget) to inspire women to pursue their dreams no matter what. I also wrote a book on this subject, and it’s available at Amazon here.


But the reality is I’m not single anymore, and the content of my blog began to evolve beyond the subject of my original niche. I currently live in Virginia with my amazing husband who is a school superintendent and spends his days advocating for 28,000 kids, my daughter, and my adorable Maltese Harley. I also have another daughter who lives in the DC area. And, thanks to her and my son in law, I have two of the sweetest little grandsons a woman could ask for!

I now focus on self-help, fashion and beauty for women over 40, but my posts really apply to all women. I’m a part of the Oprah Magazine insiders group, and I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with some amazing and empowering brands as a result.


My goal for The Real Chic Life is to create a community where women are inspired to choose happiness and follow their dreams. If you’d like to collaborate, book me for a speaking engagement, have a question or just want to say hi, shoot me an email at hello.smchic@gmail.com.



Tonya Parker

6 thoughts on “About

  1. I can say without hesitation that my dear friend Tonya is a role model for many of the women she encounters in life including myself. Her confidence, sense of style, and purpose in life are qualities to admire and positively inspire those around her. I have just ordered her first book from Amazon and can’t wait to get my hands on it…and get it autographed of course! xoxo

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  2. Hi Single Mom Chic Life Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Single Mom Chic Life has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Single Mom Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Single Mom Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


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