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Alicia

Alicia Young

Alicia is a blogger, writer and mental health awareness advocate who works full-time as a legal assistant. She was born and raised in New Haven, CT and at age 18 became a mother to a beautiful baby girl. This prompted her to seek new opportunities and move to Philadelphia, PA where she lived for 10 years. During her time in Philly, she met the love of her life and now husband Jared in 2005. They went on to have a son in 2008 and were wed the following year in 2009. In 2014 they decided they wanted to have a new lease on life and moved 800 miles away to Stone Mountain, GA where they have lived for the last 2 years. In her time here in GA, Alicia has enjoyed exploring Atlanta and all it has to offer. In her free time (when she can manage that), she enjoys blogging, spending time doing arts and crafts with her children, dating her husband, writing poetry and amateur photography. Her motto on life? Take it one day at a time!

Alison

Alison Paul

Alison is a Florida transplant who came to Atlanta just in time for the ’96 Olympics.  She married her husband Travis, that same year and is the proud mama of daughter Carolyn, 16, and son Emory, 13.  She is a self-employed web and graphic designer, a chronic volunteer, and an amateur gym member.  She enjoys blogging, watching her kids follow their dreams, and reading on her back deck while also throwing her dog’s favorite toy over the railing.

Ashley B

Ashley Benecchi

Ashley is a television reporter and network news producer turned part-time journalist and full-time (S)Mom to Andrew (15), Elizabeth (14), Spencer (8), and Mom to Graham (Almost a year and counting!).  Instead of chasing storms, booking major interviews with serial killers, and breaking news, she is now chasing after allergy free food in Atlanta, booking activities for the four kids, and hopefully NOT breaking the wine glasses…because let’s be honest, most of us mommies need those!  She still works part-time as a reporter and a freelance producer for 20/20.  After graduating from Harvard College then living in New York while attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and working for ABC, Ashley is thrilled to be back in her native southland.  She lives with her husband and best friend, Chris, and the kiddos in East Cobb, where she loves long runs, thick books, and big glasses of wine or champagne, best enjoyed on a porch.

Ashley P

Ashley Pooser

Ashley, a Tallahassee, Florida native, has fallen in love with the Atlanta area since moving to Cherokee County in 2015. She’s a sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated former teacher turned reluctantly-homeschooling stay-at- home mom who loves the mountains and college football. (Go, Seminoles!) She’s been married for 13 years to a pediatric intensive care nurse who goes about saving the world while she struggles to keep up with the laundry. She is trying to adult responsibly but feels like she’s mostly flying by the seat of her pants when it comes to raising Caleb (10), Grace (7) and Abby (1). Before moving to Atlanta, Ashley was a MOPS coordinator and she is passionate about connecting mamas and building community. She’s slowly learning how to drive in Atlanta traffic and is running on coffee, 90’s music, and a whole lot of Jesus. She blogs about life, faith, and the ups and downs of motherhood HERE.

Beth

Beth Rosenbleeth | Atlanta Area Moms Blog

In 2001, Beth began teaching. Beth loved being an educator. Now that she’s a parent, She loves being a mom. Beth thrives on staying motivated and is confident her experience with education can inspire. Her goal is to help us all (including herself)  find the balance between preschool education, and keep preschoolers busy. – Because we all know, mom needs a minute too! Join her as she merges motherhood with preschool education, fitness, and a hint of design at Days with Grey.

Brittni

Brittni Brown

Brittni is a freelance writer and stay at home mom to a group of mostly sane little ones – ages 6, 4, and almost 2 – who are young enough to still find her neuroses humorous. Originally from Illinois, she currently calls Marietta home and considers herself the lone Georgia peach that completes her fruit basket (case) of a family. When not excelling at mediocrity in motherhood she’s a (usually) doting (but mostly sarcastic) wife to her husband of 9 years. She chronicles the dysfunction that occurs between coffee hour and tequila time on the blog Leave It To Brittni.

Catherine

Catherine Daniel

Catherine is a 40++ year old newlywed with a newly adopted 11 year old son.   Bred, born and raised in Carrollton, GA, she left town in a cloud of dust at 17 for college, graduate school, marriages, stepchildren, jobs/careers, and almost double digit number of moves that took her all the way to Colorado by way of Tennessee and Kansas.  All in all, 23 years of well-lived, well-learned life – with great memories and lessons to share.  This threesome returned to Carrollton in 2014 to be closer to family and raise Little Man in a strong, but smaller community with access to bigger city items when desired.  And it has been wonderful – except for the humidity.

Christine

Christine Roberts

Christine grew up in the Atlanta area and returned after college. She met her husband of 5 years in one of the last standing dive bars in what most of us remember as ‘old Buckhead’.  After six years in consulting, she pursued her dream to go culinary school in NY and then Italy where she gained the experience necessary to start a boutique catering company, Squash Blossom Kitchens, with a good childhood friend. When she’s not catering during the week, she enjoys staying home part-time with her son, Nolan, and her rescue pit mix, Vita.  She loves long walks on the BeltLine, yoga, and Campari cocktails.  She looks forward to sharing her stories and advice on living in town with a little one.

Courtney

Courtney McKee

Courtney moved to Atlanta in 2004 by way of Arizona, Italy, Texas and Louisiana.  Moving to Atlanta to get her MBA was supposed to be temporary but within a month of moving she met Mark in class, got married and has been here ever since.  Now, Courtney, Mark and their two crazy fun loving boys (Ben & Grayson) live in Brookhaven.  Courtney’s experience has focused on consumer marketing and she now consults for companies around the Southeast in a variety of industries.  When she’s not consulting or trekking between cub scouts, school, lacrosse, soccer, football or any other sport of the week, she loves traveling and exploring the world, dining out, creating fun parties, doing Barre and watching TV with her hubby.

Jamie

Jamie McKee | Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Jamie is originally from New Orleans, but has lived in Georgia now for 27 years, but frequently visits the Big Easy to visit family. She grew up in Gwinnett county and now she currently lives there with her 3 beautiful boys: Caden (5), Brooks and Hudson (2-year-old twins).  She met her husband, Kurt, while obtaining her master’s degree in education at Columbus State University.  Jamie taught high school Special education, biology, and math for 9 years in Gwinnett County as well as coached varsity volleyball throughout her teaching career. After finding out she was having twins in 2015, she decided that she was going to stay at home with her boys, who definitely keep her busy. Transitioning from a full-time job to staying at home has given her a perspective of moms in both positions .  She is also a local ambassador for Street Grace,  an organization that strives to help end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking around the Atlanta area.  Her passions include church, running, playing sports, crafting, healthy living, and of course family!

Jane

Jane Levings

Jane lives in Buckhead and enjoys gardening, cooking, writing, running, and exploring the outdoors with her two school-aged children. She loves writing about the adventure of traveling with kids as a single parent.

Jasmin

Jasmin Crum

Jasmin is a SAHM, freelance photographer, and blogger at Life with the Crazy Crums. She and her husband, Evan, moved to the Atlanta area just over a year ago from a small town in Middle Georgia, and city life has been a pleasant transition. They have one son, Liam, and though he has been an extremely easy baby, she’s convinced that she’s done having babies…we shall see how that plays out.  She considers herself a major foodie and enjoys discovering eats and treats (and the occasional margarita) all around the metro. The rest of her time is spent keeping her rambunctious Liam busy. Her life is in a perpetual state of “trying to tire him out for a nap”.

Jennifer C

Jennifer Caraballo

Jennifer grew up in South Florida but moved to Marietta almost ten years ago. She is a full-time HR Director for a non-profit and a mom to three (Skylar, 18, Mackenzie, 15, and Kaden 2 ½). When she’s not Mom’ing or HR’ing, she loves going to art festivals around the city and exploring her adopted home. Jennifer also enjoys collecting scrap-booking supplies that she rarely gets the chance to use.

Jennifer Y

Jennifer Yarber

Jennifer is an occasional blogger and a full-time marketing director who lives in East Cobb. She met a guy working at a Maine summer camp and decided to move from Iowa to Atlanta after college to “see where things went.” Luckily, that all worked out–Jennifer and her husband Chris have been married since 2008 and recently welcomed a sweet little boy named Cameron into their lives. She loves the challenge of training for a race, attending concerts, boating with her family on Lake Lanier and cheering on both the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kennesaw State Owls.

Jessie

Jessie Peele

Jessie is a happy-hour-loving, cupcake-eating, running-obsessed, reality-tv-addicted mama and wife, currently living in Carrollton, GA.  She was born and raised in Columbia, SC, attended Clemson University (Go Tigers!), and followed a cute boy to Winston-Salem, NC, after graduating from college.  Lucky for her, that boy finally asked her to marry him, and they stayed in NC for ten years, during which Jessie taught elementary school. In January of 2014, they moved to GA and are still adjusting to life in a small town.  With two kids in tow (Cameron Kate, 4, and Everette, 1) and one in the belly, Jessie is now a full-time stay-at-home mama and a part-time skincare business owner via Rodan + Fields.  In the nooks and crannies of her day, she loves running (bonus if it’s WITHOUT the stroller!), catching up on DVR, baking and eating anything sweet, drinking a good craft beer/red wine/cold margarita, and blogging about all things mama-hood on her blog Cupcakes & Running Shoes.

Kristen

Kristen Shambarger | Atlanta Area Moms Blog

After surviving 24 years of brutal upstate New York winters, Kristen bet the farm to start a new life in the South.  She worked as a High School Counselor for 8 years in Northern Virginia, where she met and married her husband, Drew.  They found out they were expecting twins just a few weeks after Drew accepted a new position in Huntsville, Alabama.  Kristen is now a full-time stay-at-home mom to boy/girl twins Jackson & Julie (2012) and a surprise third child, Greyson (2016), who joined the family shortly after they relocated to Marietta, Georgia.  Kristen is passionate about her Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples group, and just rekindled her love affair with running and Barre classes.  She hopes that blogging will give her the confidence to start that novel she’s always wanted to write.

Lauren C

Lauren Cunningham

Lauren is a full time stay at home hybrid homeschooling mom to 3 boys: Carson (6), Mason (4), and Branson (1). Raised in Tampa, FL, Lauren moved to the Atlanta area in 2006 and married her husband Derek in 2007.  For the last 2 1/2 years, she has run an at home Rodan+Fields direct sales business. In her free time, Lauren loves to travel all over the Southeast with her family. Among their favorites are the beach and Disney World. In the Atlanta area, they enjoy checking out local restaurants, parks, shows and festivals as well as participating in local children’s charities and events.

Mary Clarice

Mary Clarice | Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Mary Clarice originally hails from Valdosta, GA and has called Atlanta her home for 10 years. She is a die hard Alabama fan and has an open crush on Nick Saban that her husband is okay with. She holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and a Masters in Political Communication from Alabama, but specializes in being the Vice President of Logistics for the Hathaway household. She is proudly addicted to coffee, her phone calendar, and her datebook. While she tries to keep it together and be as organized as possible, most days Mary Clarice feels like hamster in a crooked wheel. She is married to the love of her life of nine years, who she runs a very successful network marketing company with. He also happens to be the Superman of insurance agents, minus the spandex suit. She often compares her family life to that of Modern Family, minus the fact that she is not Latin American or tall, and all her body parts are real. She has four older bonus kids, one whom she has adopted, and two smaller people that she obtained the old fashioned way, ages 3 and 4. She enjoys writing, adventuring as much as possible, enjoying all that Atlanta has to offer for families and kids, running, and sleeping when the rare opportunity arises.

Niki

Nekeidra Taylor | Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Nekeidra “Niki” Taylor is a mom of three – two boys and a little girl. In her “free time,” she enjoys blogging, traveling, catching up on magazines, and exercising. This mama is also a work at home mom, where she owns a public relations and events planning company and co-owns a barber shop with her husband in East Point. Most days you can catch her with at least one of her kids at the grocery store, the dry cleaners, or most important, Starbucks. You can also follow all of her shenanigans on suntaylor.com…because the sun always comes out after the rain!

Paula

Paula Nix

Paula is a native of Georgia and Cherokee County. She currently lives in Woodstock with her husband of 18 years, Spencer, and their three children, Piper, Haddyn, and Judson. A former special education teacher, she now homeschools her kids and teaches a writing class for other homeschool families once a week. In her free time, she enjoys reading, leading book clubs (including Books & Brews at Reformation Brewery in Woodstock), and exploring the outdoors with her family. She also enjoys searching out great food and drink in the Metro area with her husband!

Sarah

Sarah Adle

Sarah was raised in Florida (Go Gators!) but now considers herself a true southerner, having been in Atlanta since 2000. She works as a lawyer, and will continue to do so until her law school loans are paid off (so basically, forever). Sarah met her husband Travis while playing on the same flag football team, and they have been together since the first date. They have three girls, Finley (2011), June (2013) and the biggest and best surprise of their lives, Cora (2015). Sarah lives in East Atlanta and enjoys listening to podcasts while running through local parks, trying new restaurants, drinking wine with friends, and spending summer weekends at Lake Hartwell.

Shannon

Shannon Bennett |Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Shannon is a thirty-something mom of two young girls (“A” and “E”) who has been married to her husband, Todd, since 2009. After spending most of her life in Tampa, FL, Shannon and Todd moved to the Atlanta area in the summer of 2011 and settled in Rockdale County. “A” was born in the fall of 2012 and “E” was born two years later, in the fall of 2014. After nearly a decade of working as a Human Resources professional, Shannon recently decided to put her career on hold to spend more time with her family. She hasn’t had “free time” in years so she isn’t really sure what she likes to do anymore but she’s looking forward to figuring it out. Shannon blogs about motherhood, affordable style, beauty, kid stuff, and everything in between at Mom Without Labels. She also spends way too much time on Instagram.

Stephanie

Stephanie Casajuana | Atlanta Area Moms Blog Contributor

Stephanie is one of the rare people that can say she is a native Atlantan. While she moved around the United States after marrying her high school sweet heart, Alex, she knew Atlanta was home. After having 2 kids, Aiden and Evan, in different states, the family moved back to Atlanta in 2016. Stephanie is a full time digital marketer who is obsessed with fitness. She some how fits everything in 24 hours in day. She blogs about her random thoughts and crazy life on One Hard Working Mama.

Tomi

Tomi Ostendorf

Tomi is a self-made mommionaire!  She hit the jackpot when she married her BFF back in June of 1999.  She has the privilege and blessing of being the mama to five beautiful children.  She is a full time homeschool mom.  She is a wee bit restless by nature and loves change, hence, her recent move from the Austin area, to this marvelously green state of Georgia!  In her free time she delights in: spending quality time with her O Team, reading multiple books at once, hiking and exploring, painting, enjoying music, loving Jesus, and creating in general.  She understands that mothering can be the most wonderful blessing in life, and yet isn’t always easy. She hopes to encourage other moms on this journey.

Traci

Traci Stromie

Traci moved to Georgia 12 years ago to attend the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!), which was quite an adjustment after growing up just outside San Francisco. She met her husband Steven at UGA and celebrated their 6 year wedding anniversary in April. In 2014 Traci, Steven, and adorable dog Stella, welcomed daughter Carter Catherine to the family. Traci works full time in Higher Education and aims to balance her semi-crunchy California roots with a modern mama mentality, the desire to be creative with a lack of free time, and her goal of incorporating healthy habits/workouts with a crazy schedule.