Atlanta Area Moms Blog is fortunate to have a diversity of voices and motherhood perspectives. Contributing to that collective voice is also the valuable writings from our past contributors. The following writers have contributed to our site and we are thankful to them for their support and contributions!
I’m a sarcastic & sassy, procrastinatin’, selfie takin’, Jesus lovin’, Georgia livin’ 26 years young, mama of two, fueled by coffee (or wine depending on the time of day), chaos, and success. When I'm not working my 9 to 5 or blogging, you can most likely find me scrolling through social media, chasing after my kids or online shopping.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!Angel is originally from the Chicagoland area and moved to Atlanta more than 15 years ago. In need of some new photographs for a project I was working on, a friend referred her to a photographer that had done work for him before. Little did she know that day would change her life as the photographer, James, ended up being the man she would marry. She is a mom to three princes (19, almost 5 and 3), a ministry speaker and blogger. This mompreneur loves connecting with and encouraging other women to embrace their passions and walk in purpose. With a cold latte in hand and her latest read under her arm, she's usually seen looking for missing Lego pieces, monster trucks and chasing little people. In her free time, you will catch her traveling, writing, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, or enjoying a live music festival. You will also catch her updating her life in squares on Instagram.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.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.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.Erin and her husband, Justin, moved from Ohio to Georgia in the summer of 2016. She is a mom of three crazy and wonderful kiddos… Avery (7), Jake (5), Annie (1). Erin taught first grade for 14 years and now is a SAHM. She’s realizing the latest gig is the most challenging for sure! However, she wouldn’t change the opportunity for anything. Erin is really enjoying working with a wonderful group of women within ATLMB.I’m a 30 something mum of a wild 2 year old boy, but that’s not all folks I also have a wild 32 year old husband. I love nature, food, and anything techy’. I'm wild about traveling, and keeping up with the latest beauty trends, though many come and go before I can manage sorting them out. I love exploring the world and since having a little wild one, I love it even more, it gives me a new lenses to see the world in. I am a Toronto Native, although I have lived in more area codes than I can remember. If my friends had to describe me, the best way would be sunshine, with a side of lightning. I just can’t wait to share some my new Adventures with you all here in Atlanta !I'm wife to a serial entrepreneur and mom to three rowdy kids. Day to day, I help my husband with his small business, freelance for Atlanta-area small businesses and somehow manage to feed, clothe, chauffeur and love on my little ones. When I have any extra time, you can find me blogging, cooking or being active outdoors with my family.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 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 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.Katie Lantukh lives in Sandy Springs with her husband, 16-month-old daughter and menace of a labradoodle. She does freelance marketing and PR during mother's morning out and naptime. She enjoys road trips, reading, brainwashing her daughter into enjoying reading, and exploring parks with her family.Hi, I am Laura… a stay at home to a sweet and sassy 3 year old girl and a fearless and loving 1 year old boy. I also am lucky to be a wife to one seriously hard working man, who just happens to be my best friend and an amazing Daddy to our kids. I was born and raised in New York, lived in Charleston, SC for 4 years then moved to Atlanta a little over a year ago. We finally feel “home.” Life is balance between running my own business, rocking a mom bun and leggings most days and finding new recipes for my kids who have all of food allergies you can think of. Coffee, wine, and adventures (preferable ones that involve fashion, football or food) with my sweet family are the things that fuel my days.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.My name is Mirjana Jackson, I am 25 years old from Chicago Illinois. I currently reside in Woodstock Ga. my daughter is almost 2 years old. I love fashion, interior design, wholistic wellness, and all things girly or domestic. I love meeting other parents and sharing resources and awesome stories about parenting. I pride myself on being a millennial Mama, balancing motherhood, entrepreneurship, and self love 😘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 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 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 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 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 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 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.