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Your Austin Moms Blog Team
Abigail Head is married to Chad and mama to two vivacious redheads, Teak (2010) and Sloan (2014). She is a native Texan who’s lived in Houston, Fort Worth, and grew up in Austin with a short stint in New York City. Besides (trying) to keep up with the Head house shenanigans, Abigail works in a little real estate, teaches preschool and finds different ways to be creative. She loves her morning coffee, positive quotes, Jesus, and exploring this little big town, ATX. Instagram @theheadhouseatxBorn and raised in India, Aditi is now an honorary Texan after spending 11+ years split between Dallas and Austin. She is married to her high-school sweetheart and has two magical kids - her son (2009) is her calm, sweet sunshine, while her daughter (2014) is her exciting, gorgeous storm! Working in Marketing, she enjoys being steeped in creativity all day long. In her leisure time, Aditi loves crafting, organizing, reading, writing and date nights at Barley Swine!Alison Bogle is a writer living in Austin with her husband Scott, daughter Ana (2006) and boy/girl twins, Reed and Sofia (2011). A former marketing manager turned fourth grade teacher, she now works at home as a unicorn. Seriously. Magical thinking is the only possible explanation for how her family thinks she could pull off all they ask of her! She loves travel, reading, running, blowing off steam with friends, being outside, and the Don Juan taco with a passion. She can usually be found biting off more than she can chew and, of course, writing about it. Check her out at www.mycontrolexperiment.com or monthly in Austin Family magazine.Dr. Allison Hall, PT, MPT, DPT is part of tight knit party of five plus two rescue dogs. All three of her children were born in London, England during her family’s great decade abroad. She and her husband both grew up in Texas and returned in 2013 after purchasing a home after seeing it only via webcam. She finds joy in walking in nature, traveling almost anywhere, learning new things, pondering life intensely, caring for others deeply and doing anything that makes for a good laugh with family and friends. She works as a pediatric physical therapist and is the founder of bloom (mykidblooms.com), an eLearning platform for healthcare professionals to provide information about natural development for parents & caregivers.Amanda is a New Mexico native, but spent time in the Big Apple and Dallas before moving to Austin in the summer of 2017. She is wife to Greg and mom to two little girls. In her previous life, she worked at a big advertising agency on Madison Ave, but now enjoys spending her time exploring Austin with her husband and daughters. She’s unapologetically crafty, believes everything looks better with a monogram, bakes a mean cupcake and can’t say no to a frozen margarita.Becky is a transplant from New Mexico and has been in the area for 2 years now. She has her Bachelors of Science in Education from New Mexico State University and has been involved with Big Bothers/Big Sisters; Habitat for Humanity; and TRiO EDucational Talent Search. She is engaged to Ryan and the mother to a feisty 20 month old named Olivia. Becky enjoys exploring Austin and the surrounding areas, not a weekend goes by that her and Olivia aren't trying a new activity, attending a festival or playing in a new park.Brittany is happiest when she’s exploring with her kids (Niko, 2004 and Julia, 2007) and finds her flow when writing, reading, running and connecting. She believes in kindness and loves awful puns. Brittany is so very grateful to God for the gift of motherhood through Niko and Julia. She is a big proponent of work-life balance @Gemalto where she manages global branding, social media and internal communications. Her guilty pleasure is #RHBH.Caitlin is a professional mom to Cooper (2011) and Quinn (2015) and a habitual volunteer. In her pre-Mom life, she was a middle school teacher and coach but now donates her time as elementary school room mom, vacation bible school director, and camp counselor to fill all the time between shuttling kiddos around. Caitlin is a Texas A&M grad and has been in Austin since 2008. She enjoys watching football, eating ice cream, reading young adult literature, and anything beauty related. Check out her beauty ramblings over at www.youlookprettymom.com.For over 30 years, Chalimar has called Austin her home. Inspired by the luscious Hill Country and sacred springs, Chalimar can be found most weekends wandering barefoot with her wildlings Rubye (2015) and Solomon (2017), showing them the beauty of nature and simplicity of life. Chalimar is married to her best friend and soulmate, Tatenda, a youth soccer coach. Her passions are photography, cooking and gardening. For the last 13 years, Chalimar has taught middle and high school History. After giving birth to her daughter, she also became a birth and postpartum doula with a goal of providing advocacy and eradicating the disparities in healthcare equality for birthing people. You can find Chalimar on Instagram (@chaliiib) and at MoonTribe DoulaChelsea Fielder-Jenks is a Central Texas native. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Lyle, and together they navigate both the joy and perils of parenthood. Chelsea is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX and founder of Thrive Counseling & Consulting, PLLC. It is both her personal and professional mission to share messages of acceptance and validation with other moms. You can follow Chelsea on Instagram and Facebook @ThriveCounselingAustin.
Cole’s zig-zag journey and took an especially sharp turn when she moved to Palo Alto, fell in love, gave birth, and then moved with her little family of three to Austin, all in 2016, when she was 46. Luckily, she loves live music! Her daughter, Sidonie, shines bright, laughs loud and loves live music. Her partner, Rick, works at the new Dell Medical School, and also loves live music. We’re all three excited to be living in the unique urban revolution that is Austin. Cole is now finishing an MA in Art Ed at UT, teaches and makes art, runs (well, jogs slowwwwly) around Townlake, explores the cultural scene, travels frequently and always makes time for play. She is delighted to join the Austin Moms Blog team!Cortney is an on-the go mother of two who aims to seize the day! She married her soul-mate Max, after a love at first sight experience in Las Vegas. She’s eternally grateful to the universe for crossing their paths and leading her to Austin!! Together, she and Max have two children Zander (6) and Zia (4). As a family, they love exploring Austin, s’mores by the fire, and vacationing in Colorado & California! Her passion lies in health and wellness. She’s a total fitness fanatic & foodie who adores grocery shopping, farmers markets, trying new recipes, cycle class and Barre3! Cortney is on a quest to keep her family healthy, dining on the cleanest ingredients, while still having fun and eating chocolate chip cookies!! Follow her journey here @happydinneratxErin owns Events by Erin, a custom event planning business and co-owns Ellis Designs LLC, a custom woodworking business with her husband, John Ellis. Together, their greatest design is their wonderful daughter, Elizabeth. Erin is an Austin native and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in English. She lives in Round Rock, enjoys running, going to the movies and the beach, and of course, writing for Austin Moms Blog!Gretchen is a former communications manager turned stay-at-home mom to her son Shepherd, born in December 2016. She and husband Ryan moved to Austin in 2014 from the Washington, D.C. area after spending time at Ryan’s family ranch in the Hill Country and falling in love with the area. They also have two high-maintenance fur babies, Hank and Gracie. Gretchen enjoys tennis, creative projects, lake time, and finding kid-friendly fun in Austin with her active son.Hannah Haro, PT, DPT is a physical therapist, wife to Daniel and mom to Mina (2018). She was born and raised in a small northern Michigan town, is bilingual, helps run a soccer clinic for kids with disabilities, is a Christian, and a partner at the Austin Stone Community Church. Though Hannah currently works as a PT in Bastrop, she has previously worked as a babysitter, downhill ski instructor, math teacher, barista, health coach, and pediatric PT. She likes to say she is in the business of rehabilitation: of people, as a PT; and of homes, as she and her husband are now on renovations for house #4 in as many years. She also loves coffee and anything chocolate, enjoying the green spaces of Austin, and a really good sci fi/fantasy novel while curled under a blanket.Hayley lives in, what can only be described as, a frat house, with her three little frat boys (7, 3, and 2), and one big frat boy (37). She's been hanging with the big frat boy for over 20 years now. Besides the obvious loves...wine, coffee, naptime, and Netflix binging....other things that make her happy include the smell of a new book, the chipped tooth smile of her two year old, a coffee mug with something witty written on it, and twinkle lights. Follow her on her blog, Mother Freaking.Hi, I'm Heather. I'm a thirty-four year old SAHM. I live in North Austin with my husband Chris and our four kids. I'm a Louisiana native, but I've been in Austin almost five years. I love crafting, reading, keeping up with my kids' crazy lives, and I live on coffee!Jamie is a passionate lady, wife and Mama to Violet, Roman and Vivienne, who is constantly seeking out joy and beauty in the chaos of everyday life. She enjoys cooking, singing, writing, art, travel, people, playing with her children and eating her way around Austin.Born and raised a California girl, currently residing in Southwest Austin. Jenn is the wife to hubby, Ronnie, and mama to sweet baby girl, Stella Rae. She spends her days working full time from her home office as a Business Development Manager. Life never slows down while she continues to juggle being a mama and wife while balancing her love of wine, enthusiasm for hosting parties, traveling, shopping online, reading blogs, attending class at barre3, and indulging in sweet treats.Jess is a fitness-loving, coffee-chugging, free spirit who hails from the great state of Ohio. She isn’t sure what “free time” is, but if you ever find some, she’ll probably find a way to fill it. She’s wife to Kyle and mama to McKenna and Owen. Her favorite ways to multitask include: training strong moms at FIT4MOM Austin, juggling social media management and teaching special ed, running, reading the first half of parenting books, and drinking lots and lots of red wine. You can find her over at her blog, Playdates and Prosecco, or on Instagram.Jessica is a Boston girl turned Austinite as of 2016. She is a wife to Kyle and mama to Hayley (2004), Colin (2013), and Graham (2016). Though she misses many things about the East Coast, she absolutely cannot complain about the active, taco-infused lifestyle of Texas. She is a former OB/GYN Nurse Educator turned digital media agency owner and lifestyle photographer over at Jessica Rockowitz Photography. When she's not busy behind the lens, you can catch her caffeinating, desperately trying to find a cheer carpool, and obsessing over microfashion. You can also follow her antics over on Instagram, where she admittedly spends way too much time.Kate Naylor is a seventh generation Texan and has been in Austin for over ten years now. She and her husband, Matt, live on 3 acres southwest of the city with their fearless daughter (born in 2017) and their two dogs. Kate is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist focusing on family therapy and parenting guidance, though she is mostly occupied with motherhood since her little girl landed on the scene. Her therapy website and personal blog can be found at kategosenaylor.com.Kendra joined the mom club in 2016, followed by the #boymom club in Summer 2019. Kendra loves to write, and for AMB, enjoys sharing her new parent experiences, tips, and general love of Austin. For her, life is a balance of spending quality time with her family, pursuing her program management career, and still soaking up life and adventures. She also freelances through her art and design shop, Kitsy Co. Assorted loves: art, date nights, culture, road trips, Bravo, breweries, chocolate, house remodeling, sunshine, live music and patios.Kendra is wife to Luke and proud SAHM to Charleston (2015). Born and raised in Southern California, she has called Cedar Park home since 2016. Kendra is a hopeless bibliophile, an avid podcast listener, an Enneagram enthusiast, and a big fan of lists. Kendra’s “Good List” includes (but is not limited to): Jesus; long walks with her Labradoodle, Arlo; intense but compassionate conversations about faith, philosophy and other slightly pretentious topics; wearing ALL the accessories; and guzzling Diet Dr. Pepper like it's her job. Kendra writes about life, faith, books, and her own perfectly imperfect motherhood journey on her blog, KendraNicole.net.Khaki has a business degree from Saint Leo University and by day utilizes that with her tenure in Corporate America and is currently serving as the Controller for an Austin nano-technology start-up. By night and every other waking hour, she is the taxi driver, team manager, room mom, tutor, chef, logistics coordinator, event planner, referee, housekeeper, and single mother to her 3-middle school aged sons, four-year-old daughter and 2-year-old standard poodle. She moonlights as a writer to ease the creative and sarcastic voices that constantly banter in her head. A native Texan that has tried to finish reading the same book for over a year, is fueled by coffee, and loves watching NBA basketball and professional soccer.Kim is a working momma married to the love of her life, Marco. They welcomed their joy boy, Thomas, in 2013 who is hearing impaired and full of energy! She is a middle school instructional coach by day and blogger by night. She loves spending time with her boys, challenging education in ways targeted to how students learn, and blogging about cooking, motherhood, marriage, and womanhood here and at www.thehillcountrywoman.com. You can also follow the moments that inspire her and drive her bonkers on Instagram @thehillcountrywoman.Hi friends! I’m Leslie Kvasnicka (ka-vas-ni-cka). I’m a born and raised Texas girl about to celebrate 10 years of marriage to my love Justin. After a two year adventure together in New York, we settled in Austin seven years ago in 2012. Follow me at @kvas.chaos and kvaschaos.comLindsey is a lifestyle content creator at Blog Joie de Vivre where she posts about skincare, date-night ideas and product reviews. Her best friend is her husband Ryan — they are parents to toddler Alexandra & live in Steiner Ranch. Lindsey is a member of the Junior League of Austin & the University of Texas Golf Club. She loves barre3, hiking with family and attending Fearless Mom. Follow her Insta: @BlogJoiedeVivre.Born and raised in San Antonio, Liz is a UT grad who has called Austin home for 17 years. During the week she works full time in pharmaceutical sales, but otherwise can be found wrangling her two toddler boys, loading the dishwasher, trying to find time for a glass of wine with her husband and attempting to sleep. She also moonlights as a patient advocate for her younger son who was born with a rare syndrome. You can follow her family’s journey at www.happinesssyndrome.com and on Instagram @lizbarnettsmith.Lo is the Founder of Trotting with Tots, a local stroller-toting mama tribe. She spends her time cooking up random vegan concoctions, inflicting pain on friends with her waxing skills, putzing around on her camera, inventing some new house project, and/or drinking wine while watching Intervention. Lo is married to her very own Magic Mike (dance moves and all) and Mom to two munchkins (Gage + Gemma), and an allergy-ridden pup (Killian). She loves the color yellow, the sound of high heels on asphalt and gargantuan wind chimes. Follow her on IG: lololime4.Mackenzie Irick Milks is a Bermudian-American writer with a degree in Psychology from Spelman College, and a passion for public speaking on the topic of global citizenship. A former business owner now SAHM and mother of twin pre-teen boys, Damon and Noah, she and her husband Matthew also have a daughter Leila (2017), and another addition (baby boy) due in the Fall. She loves good wine, even better cheese, travel, and learning new languages. But above all, Mackenzie loves exploring the limitlessness of human potential. If something needs to be done, she doesn't mind going first.Mallary Tenore Tarpley has two children – Madelyn (2016) and (2017) -- who are exactly 19 months apart. She adores being a mom and is happiest when she’s spending quality time with her children and her husband Troy. When she’s not lugging around one toddler and chasing the other, she works full-time as Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. She moved to Round Rock with her family in March 2017 after living in St. Petersburg, Florida, for 10 years. As a Massachusetts native, she misses her family and friends up north but feels at home in the Lone Star State. She loves writing personal essays about motherhood and occasionally publishes them on babytarpley.com. You can find her on Twitter at @mallarytenore.I love sunshine and have no idea what a day without coffee would be like. I’m married to my high school prom date. I met my husband Seth in our hometown Juneau, Alaska where we had our wedding 14 years ago. Seth has my name tattooed on his bicep and we go back to AK every summer. I’m a #boymom to three wild, funny, charming, energetic little men. I like to think of parenting as a great experiment...it’s too soon to tell if it worked or not! While we wait for the results, I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be.Michelle is a native Austinite. A former Elementary school teacher, she now stays at home with her three boys: Mason, Hudson, & Brady. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Brian, since 2008. She enjoys traveling, sewing and refinishing furniture, reading and spending time with family and friends.Priscilla is a coffee snob, coupon addict, Town Lake trail runner, Disney Mom who enjoys baking sweet treats. She’s wife to Doug and Mom of twin girls’ Elizabeth & Evelyn (5). Her baby story involved IVF which led to leaving her apartment manager career behind to pursue a dream as a stay-at-home Mom. She’s a classroom volunteer Mom or can be found at a bakery and farmers market. She believes breakfast for dinner is a cure for a bad day. Belgian waffles! You can hear her contagious giggle on her Instagram Stories @prisbennettBorn in New Hampshire and raised in Florida, Rachel got to Texas as quickly as she could. She has spent the last 20 years in this amazing city as a student, wife, mother, friend and professional. She met her husband, Jonathan, here in Austin and the two share all things Longhorns, as well as a love of football, traveling, and being amateur foodies. When not carpooling the social butterfly, Claire (11), or watching the world through the eyes of a toddler, Diana (1), you can find Rachel researching, planning, and booking their next travel adventure. She is an unapologetic Patriots fan and a firm believer in self-care; eat clean, train dirty, and never under estimate the power of a fresh mani/pedi.Toya is a North Austin transplant by way of Fort Worth, is happily married to Brandon, and a proud mama to their son Griffin (2017). Her greatest passions are writing and education which lead her to the classroom. After 10 years of teaching middle school English, she is currently an instructional coach for Round Rock ISD and an Aggie grad student at Texas A&M. She loves jazz, Lucille Ball, and crafting and is excited to be a part of Austin Moms Blog. You can also follow her musings on Medium and her CraftyMorrison Blog.Veronica is a former teacher and current stay at home mom in Round Rock, Texas. She has a Journalism degree from Ohio University where she met her wonderful husband Corey. In the summer of 2016 Veronica became mom to Oliver and is loving this new life adventure. She loves reading, writing, running, playing piano, singing and occasionally partaking in community theater. She also loves spending an exorbitant amount of time on Pinterest and Netflix while drinking a nice glass of peach wine.
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