Your Austin Moms Team
Alex believes that celebrating is a lifestyle and stands for a world where growth and health are the highest currency. Originally from the Dallas area, she happily moved back to Texas in December 2019 with her husband, Clay, after a four year stint in northern California. Since then, they've birthed three businesses and a baby, Georgia (3 months). As an upper cervical chiropractor, Alex owns and practices at The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Austin. Along with her husband, she is also part owner in a local CBD shop and digital media company. She is a personality test junky, loves keepin' it real and co-hosting her health podcast "You Crack Me Up". Her favorite ways to de-stress are having a quick dance party, watching cookie decorating videos on Instagram, or anything on HGTV. The way to her heart is through deep conversation over bottomless coffee.Amy is the Baylor trophy wife to Dan and mommy to their 4 kids: Norah, Beckett, Rory and Eden. After moving cities every 2 years for 10 years, Amy's family settled in Austin in 2015. She started Amy McLaughlin Photography with a passion for documenting the beauty of real life and stories that matter for families and non-profits. Her photography style is intentional and meaningful. She also part-time homeschools her kids and volunteers with a local organization that seeks to help fill the gap in parental services for families whose kids are in state custody. She enjoys small-group gatherings, espresso, good books, and yoga. And she is not one to turn down dessert.
Andrea is a stay-at-home mama of two littles, Everett (2013) and Ellie (2019). Prior to staying home, she was an elementary school teacher for over a decade. She holds her 300 hour yoga teacher certification with the Yoga Alliance and currently teaches vinyasa and yin yoga in Lakeway. Her lifelong passion lies in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and sharing this knowledge with like-minded individuals. During her free time, you will find her exploring new and fun places in Austin, practicing yoga, actively volunteering in her local community and school district, and spending quality time with family and friends. Follow this Austin mama on Instagram @andreasteimle.
Angela De Hoyos Hart is a mostly local yokel who loves multilingual puns, broad nerdery, and over-thinking how to raise her children to make good trouble. Born in Monterrey, Mexico she works in tech, loves to dance, and lives in a multi-generational household in Belterra with her husband Corey, step-daughter (13), son (3), baby girl (8 months), Abuelita, and doberman Chico. They are currently hosting an amazing au pair from Colombia and loving the cultural exchange!
Ashley Rew-Hunter is described by a friend, as an explosion of rainbow sprinkles. Ashley embraces the notion that you only have one life and you need to make it count. With that being said, Ashley’s family motto is “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”. Ashley and her family have called Austin home for 22 years. They now reside in the Bee Cave area. Ashley has worked for almost 20 years with Special Education Students, runs a successful naturally based haircare business and LOVES connecting through social media. You can keep up with Ashley, and her family @curlmecrazyashley
Barbara Grant Boneta is Founder, Developmental Specialist, and your overall parenting guide at Nudge and Cradle, as well as founder of the kinkeepers event series. She has over a decade of experience supporting young children and their families in a variety of contexts, and is passionate about empowering families to raise socially conscious, empathetic children while taking care of themselves. She has been working in early intervention for over ten years, and works as an educational consultant, graduate professor, and full time mama. Barbara was born in Mexico, where she still has family and visits frequently, and was raised in a bicultural, bilingual household. She is a proud Latinx mama who lives in Austin, TX with her partner, dog, and very adorable toddler.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.Belinda Mays is an award winning author, speaker, and IT professional. Her writing style captivates children while entertaining adults. She is the author of four children’s books; My Amazing Dad, 7 Days With Daddy, I Am, God’s Affirmations For Little Girls, and I Am, God’s Affirmations For Little Boys. She has received a Purple Dragonfly Award, Christian Indie Award, and a Book Excellence Finalist Award. Belinda is also a published poet and an award-winning speaker. Her synergy of communication and technical skills allows her to connect with diverse audiences at an intimate and individual level. She has given numerous presentations during conferences, community events, and business luncheons. Belinda obtained a BS in Computer Science and Communication from Huston-Tillotson University and received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. Belinda uses her “pleasant speaking voice” and “energetic stage presence” to educate, entertain, and influence others. Subscribe to get notifications of new releases and book giveaways.
As an entrepreneur and speaker, Bianca spends her days in a green spinny chair putting her creative peddle to the floor or booking marketing workshops with one hand while passing out snacks with the other. Her Business Make It Bloom Media is a digital marketing agency that helps women create a jaw-dropping brand aesthetic and build an unforgettable online presence that you may have seen on the CW Austin. Born and raised in Mason, Texas, Bianca got her first dose of wanderlust in 2015 when spontaneously making the move to Pennsylvania with her husband David. Since then, the two have traveled up the Northeast US every six months to a year in their RV before they realized a car seat would be an added accessory on future trips. To become closer to their families during this time, their landing inched nearer to their hometowns when finally landing in Austin in 2020. As a wife to an adventure enthusiast and mom to 2 energizer bunnies, you can often catch them frequenting Austin parks, farmers markets, festivals, the lake, diving into DIY projects, and throwing steaks on the grill.
Brittany Churchill is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and single mom of two kids with a big heart to help women awaken to their worth and tap into their personal power.
Her work began with the launch of her book called Tap In Not Out: How overwhelmed moms can reclaim peace, cultivate a better life and thrive. She opens up in a candid, old-close-friend kind of way about her struggles and breakthroughs in motherhood while offering life-changing mindsets, perspectives and tips.
Since launching her book, she has developed what she calls the TAP IN Method where she guides women through their inner blueprint to ignite a more fulfilling life. This is a self healing method that naturally sheds unconscious beliefs and empowers people to cultivate a life fully aligned to who they are.
Her online community called Women Igniting Women’s Worth is a free private community where Brittany supports others who are ready for connection, inner empowerment & growth toward their best life.
When she is not working, Brittany loves being a mom, cycling, playing at the lake, eating Mexican food, & crushing limiting beliefs. You can connect with her on all major social media platforms.
Carla Jian Primero is the founder of Carla Jian Wellness. CJW is a platform and space for women to move, breathe, and to find their calm in their busy lives through mindful self-care practices like yoga, sculpt, and meditation. Carla’s lifework is to be of service to other women, especially those that are coming into a whole new world or stage of motherhood. After years of healing she has found the harmony in the hard times and she is passionate about holding space for other mothers to do the same. Whether it’s teaching a meditation class to let go of anxiety or sharing a candid messy motherhood moment on Instagram, Carla wants to be that reminder to other moms that they are not alone.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 Doula.
Elisa met her new husband in 2017 thanks to Austin Moms. She was contributing back then as a single mom and once, after being laid off from her job, asked their Facebook group for any leads on open positions.She landed a role and met Dave at work two weeks later. Elisa graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Journalism. She took a very long hiatus from writing, but now she’s back! Elisa and Dave live with her stunning teenage son, Dre, their pandemic pup, a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Amber (her soulmate), and two cats, Jon Snow and Tom Holland.I moved to Texas in 2017 and lived in San Antonio for about six months before meeting my husband and his son. We moved to cedar park in 2019 and blended our families after having our youngest. I’m a proud boy mama. My days are chaotic but happy!! I started my photography business in June 2020 and I’ve never looked back. It is the most fulfilling job I have ever had (aside from being a SAHM). I absolutely love helping families capture special moments so they’ll be able to look back on them forever.Erin 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 stay-at-home mom to son Shepherd (2016) and daughter Rosemary (2019). She grew up in Minnesota and the D.C. area but has happily called Austin home since 2014. Gretchen and husband Ryan also have two high-maintenance fur babies, Hank and Gracie. She is an aspiring minimalist who enjoys writing, exploring kid-friendly spots in Austin, lake/creek/swimming hole adventures, and spending time outdoors with her kids as much as possible.
Jacy is a Nebraska native, married to Sebastian Knoop-Troullier from Hamburg, Germany whom she met at a Renaissance Festival. She has two step kids, both teenagers, Katie and Kera, who are at Meridian I.B. World School. The family likes to travel, try new restaurants, volunteer at Pioneer Farms, and explore “haunted” locations. Jacy and Sebastian are in the process of growing their family and have been on their fertility journey since their 4th of July “Pandemic" wedding in 2020. When Jacy’s not busy trying to translate just exactly WHAT her husband is saying to his family on the phone in German, or trying to learn the latest TikTok trend to keep up with the teens, she’s a Travel Coordinator for the TV Show, “WALKER”. She’s also an avid traveler and photographer, and mini zoo curator with her family’s 2 Dogs (Apollo & Atlas), 3 Cats (Harmony, Lafayette & Jack), two Pet Rats (Scabbers & August), and Rescue Turtle, Günther.
Former music biz New Yorker, now Austinite entrepreneur (don’t worry, I was raised in Texas before I did time in the Big Apple!) First time mama after 40. Enneagram 8, wing 7. Follow me @jamistig on Instagram or let your hair down with with me and my team over at @divadancehqJanina Roberts, M.A., LSSP, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology has been married to her college sweetheart, Allen, Sr, for 16 years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity University. She and Allen have two children, Allen, Jr. (10 y.o.) who is very active in sports and a loving gentle soul and Aelicia (5 y.o.), who is very independent and a spit-fire. Janina is what some would call a military brat who moved frequently. She was born in Louisiana, moved to Las Vegas, NV then Abilene, TX where she graduated high school. Janina is currently in her last year of a Doctoral program at TTU in Educational Leadership while also working full-time at a charter school as the Director of Special Programs. She has over 15 years of experience working with and assessing special education students and supporting students in residential treatment facility placements. She is avid party planner especially her kid's birthday parties, loves eating ice cream from Amy's and survives on ice cream. On the weekends you can find her at basketball and football games cheering on her son, AJ.Jessica Cherry is the owner of Life of a Cherry Wife. She cultivates a space for women to come together and share family, food, and fashion while writing through the eyes of a Latina woman. She has two small children, is completing her MBA degree and will be beginning a PhD program in Organizational Leadership in Spring 2021. She loves spending time with her family and you can catch her camping in their RV, spending time on their boat or trying out née Austin places! Follow her adventures at @lifeofacherrywife on social media!
Julia is a born and raised proud Texan. She was born in Corpus Christi but raised near South Padre Island, so to say she’s a Beach Lover is an understatement. Julia lives in Round Rock with her husband Joel and sweet daughter Jessa. Their older daughter Nichole lives her best life with her husband, Logan. Julia has been a Mom for 20 years, a young mom, a divorced mom, a single mom, a loved mom, a special needs mom, a fixed mom, a loving mom, and most importantly, a Mom who helps Moms.
Kaitlyn is a Native Austinite that loves exploring the ATX and surrounding areas with her Hubby: Jeff, and their 4 children: Kinsley, Jay, Kallie, and Kylan. For over a decade Kaitlyn has specialized in all lines of Commercial Insurance. She enjoys helping business owners understand the Risk they face and the coverages available for their protection. She has also helped thousands of families protect their home, cars and everything else in between. As a work from home Mom herself, she survives the chaos with Mocha Frappuccinos and finds her strength through Jesus. She hopes to inspire others by sharing some of the trials and tribulations she has walked through. Follow her journey and explore the good ole’ ATX with her on instagram @goaustinite!My name is Kamisha York, I'm the wife to Wesley, and mother of three beautiful children Jayden, Wesley Jr., and Peyton. I'm a food allergy advocate and blogger, but I'm a wife and mother first. My family is my everything, I feel my greatest accomplishment is being a mother to my three children. My husband and I just started a nonprofit Peyton's Allergy Shield of Hope in honor of our 12 year old daughter Peyton who has multiple life threatening food allergies.
Kelly I. Hitchcock is a literary fiction author, humorist, and poet in the Austin, Texas area. She is the author of three books and has published poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction works all over the country. Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of her poor rural upbringing in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life. She’s a graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She has six-year-old identical twins and a full-time job, so writing and picking up LEGO are the only other things she can devote herself to.Kristan writes about her counter-intuitive approach at dealing with life’s messy moments. An author, blogger, and freelance writer, Kristan writes raw, honest, and humorous "real mom" stories about navigating through all the messy life stuff, including her family’s experience with anxiety & depression. Kristan’s posts will have you nodding in agreement as you think, “thank sweet fancy Moses, it’s not just me.” Kristan and her two sons, Jace (1999) and Cody (2007), live in Liberty Hill with their three weird dogs, including Lilly the Therapy Dog. You can find Kristan at BringMommyAMartini.com. Lilly’s at LillyTheTherapyDog.com.
After spending most of her life in the greater New York City area, almost seven years ago, Leigh moved to Austin with the love of her life, Justin, to embark on a new adventure. As a former marketing project manager now turned stay-at-home mom, Leigh enjoys exploring new places with her daughter Hazel (July 2019) and eating her way through the ATX vegan scene. Prior to the pandemic, Leigh ran the food blog @aroundtownvegan, where she promoted how easy it is to eat vegan at restaurants around Austin. After spending most of her days venturing to new playgrounds with her daughter, and spending less time eating out, she shifted gears from the foodie scene by recently launching @austinplaygrounds. When she’s not busy trying to squeeze down the ridiculously tall slides the newer playgrounds have to offer, you can find her hiking with her family and loveable dog, Juno, testing out new vegan + gluten-free dessert recipes, and prepping for baby #2 on the way in September.
Lisa Collins-Haynes is full-time photographer, for the past 7 years. She specializes in client work for motherhood sessions and underwater portraits. She also does commercial work in food and product photography. Before becoming a photographer, Lisa was an International Travel Writer and enjoyed traversing the globe and story-telling to her readership. Writing was an unexpected pathway into the diverse world of photography for her. When not working behind the lens, Lisa enjoys volunteering in the community, cooking, traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends. She resides in North Austin; has one college-aged daughter and a grand puppy named, Cookie.Lo was once an avid runner. Founding a local non-profit, Trotting for Tots, her kids have since grown out of the stroller causing her interests to shift. She and her very own Magic Mike, whom she met on an airplane, have teamed up to demo, rebuild, design and resell several houses throughout Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park. When not watching the latest YouTube video to learn about wall texture and garbage disposal installation, she spends her time cooking up random ’seagan’ concoctions, running her etsy shop (teesNcarrots), fiddling around with and designing on her 3D printer, and/or drinking wine while watching the latest episode of Intervention. Mom to two munchkins (Gage + Gemma), and a 14.5 year old furry movie star (Killian was in Marley & Me). She loves the color yellow, the sound of high heels on asphalt and gargantuan wind chimes.Noëlle is a mama to two spirited and hilariously cute tiny humans, Lucas + Zoë, and the world’s okayest wife to Bryan. She’s half French and half Texan and loves to tell people she’s a Frexan. She has lived in ten countries, holds two different passports, speaks three languages, and is part of the Third Culture Kid (TCKs) tribe. Before turning her long-time photography hobby into a business, she spent the first 18 years of her adult life climbing the corporate ladder…and loved every minute of it! She still does some contract work for a few companies here and there, but is way more into being behind a camera than a desk these days. If you’re feeling adventurous (or bored) you can check out her work at Noëlle Westcott Photography or Instagram.2X Best-Selling Author Patrice Hernandez was born and raised in Georgia. This Air Force Veteran has planted roots with her family in Austin, Texas. She holds her Bachelor's degree in Business and Master's in Business Administration(MBA). Patrice is an Entrepreneur, Writer, and Educator. She enjoys sharing magical moments in her life with hopes for others to see that we all experience beautiful moments each day. Moments that are filled with gratitude, love, and hope for all that we desire in life. You will often find this introvert writing her holiday script, educating others about the value of creating a vision board, or exploring the city of Austin and its most beautiful hiking spots. Discover the magic of positivity, kindness, gratitude, and all things LADY with Patrice.Rachel 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 cheering on her oldest on the volleyball court or whipping up brownies in the kitchen with her youngest, you can find Rachel researching, planning, and booking their next travel adventure. Rachel also serves on the Board of a local non-profit and regularly volunteers with her daughters through Generation Serve. 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.
Rachel is a "momedian," get it?! ...she's a mom plus a comedian! She's a biracial mama both Hispanic and Caucasian, 50/50 with an extra helping of ADHD. She's an Air Force brat (and wife) born on a military base in the UK but has also lived in Shreveport, Louisiana, Monterey, California, San Angelo, Texas, Destin, Florida, Stafford,Virginia, Tokyo, Japan, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Springfield, Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia, Arlington Virginia, Silver Spring, Maryland, Santa Monica, California and now hangs her vintage hat collection in good ol' Austin Texas. She's an elder millennial in recovery for an eating disorder and body dysmorphia, committed to a lifetime of therapy because she wants to teach her two daughters to eat intuitively and love their bodies. Her favorite things about Austin include a Chuys burrito with ranchero sauce, thrifting, all the crafty coffee spots and the fact that she can get anywhere in less than 30 minutes driving. You can find her on Instagram @rachelnicolefreyStephanie Howard is the owner of Stephanie Anne Studios specializing in creating artwork for your home with Newborn & Maternity Portrait Photography. Originally from DFW she moved to Austin to attend UT and never looked back. With 16+ years of experience including dual degrees in Studio Art and Advertising, her professional life culminated in her dream Photography studio that is now located in West Austin. Mom to 2 spunky tiny humans + 2 crazy sweet dogs + her veteran hubs. Lover of outdoor life, yoga, whiskey & family dance parties. Follow me here: @stephanieannestudios + on Facebook
Tina is the very proud momma of two, a kindergartener and a college student. She graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Drinking coffee, being a football/cheer mom, and writing books for people (a ghostwriter) are how her days are spent. Occasionally she binges Hallmark movies or True Crime documentaries….depending on the day.
Tori is a wife, mother of 2 girls, a Birthfit coach, & personal trainer. Tori works in the home to raise her babies while also running her online personal training business helping moms during pregnancy & postpartum. When she's not "momming" or working to grow her business you can find her checking out a new coffee shop, beer garden, or working out. Her favorite foods include coffee, donuts, beer, & beef. She loves a good podcast or book she can learn from and believes that finding the simple joys in life are what make it so special. Catch Tori on Instagram @coach_tori_ or attend the pregnancy & postpartum support group she hosts the last Friday of every month at Truly Chiropractic.Yuri Kendrick is a native Texan and has called the Greater Austin area home for most of her life. She is unashamedly a follower of Christ and a devoted wife to her favorite human and hubbeau, Tay. Together they are nurturing four beautiful souls, this she believes is her greatest honor in this life. She is a freelance creative, a worship leader, and a willing advocate for any cause that helps us all love one another better. Yuri loves so many things but maybe nothing more than a good laugh, a good meal and good conversation and she rightfully rejoices in the occasion that they occur simultaneously. Whether speaking or writing, she prides herself on being a genuine and conscious sharer. It is her heart's desire to be ever-evolving in her journeys with a passion to be both the “Salt and Light” along the way.
Zana is wife to Esteban and mama to her four children, Joaquin, Teodoro, and twins Roma & Rosalind. She is a Senior Retail Technology Manager and Co-host of The Strong Sunflowers & Los Girasoles Fuertes podcasts. She was a competitive cheerleader at Hawaii Pacific University, where she pursued her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Advertising. She is currently working on an online Master’s in Global Strategic Communications from The University of Florida (Go Gators!) She advocates for whole-hearted living and constantly looks for ways to improve her mind, body, heart, and soul. She loves songwriting, singing, and musical theatre and has already warned her kids when they are all over 18+; she is moving to New York City to audition for Broadway.