Your Austin Moms Blog Team
Abigail Head is a native Texan. She is married to Chad, has son, Teak (a true walking miracle and strong force to be reckoned with) and Sloan, their spunky firecracker daughter (a fearless monkey on the playground.) Abby loves chocolate, antiques, being creative, authentic people, and lots of coffee! She has been in the real estate business for over a decade. Follow her and her family's shenanigans in the little squares on Instagram @theheadhouseatx or her little blog www.theheadhouseatx.com.Alana is the multimedia reporter for The Texas Tribune. She started her career as a TV news reporter and anchor in Florida where she grew up. When she’s not busy keeping up with the legislative happenings at the capitol, Alana is learning how to balance life as a working mom to daughter, Remy Lee. Her husband, Patrick, and pup, Pearl, round out her family of four that enjoys neighborhood strolls, FaceTiming with their far-away favs and sampling food at Austin’s eclectic eateries.Alfa is one of the contributors for Austin Moms Blog! She’s a full time SAHM with a part-time passion for selling her artwork (www.olivedesignco.com) and blogging on her own website as well (www.alfasengupta.com)! She is married to Rudy and together they have two littles, Aria and Rishi. Her loves are coffee, reading, cooking, anything DIY, and painting at any moment of the day!As the owner and lead wedding planner of Heavenly Day Events, Amber has developed a passion for pre-marital education and relationships in general. Preparing to launch a Christian ministry geared towards engaged women, other areas of interest include Austin's Syrian refugee community, Austin Life Care and advocating for topics like sexual abuse and mental health. However, most important to Amber is her family and she would be perfectly content with endless days of taco dates, exploring the city and baby snuggles.Meet Amelia: a tech marketer by day and a mom of two well, all the time. She’s a Seattle native but she’s been in Austin for over a decade. When she’s not stuck in Austin traffic, she lives in the Hill Country with her husband Cody and their two little ones (Braiden and Ella). She enjoys listening to bluegrass music, being obsessively punctual, drinking hoppy beers, teaching her littles to shake their booties, watching cheesy action movies, brewing strong coffee, savoring bottles of good French wine, and never ever wearing closed-toe shoes.Amy is a stay-at-home mom, laundry-doer, and snack-fetcher to three kids that somehow rule her household. She met her husband Eric during a flood in 1998. Now their self-proclaimed “circus" includes 3 kids, a goofy puppy, a feisty cat, and until recently, a Betta fish (RIP Likey). She loves jumping on the trampoline (if her old lady bladder cooperates) and riding bikes with the kids around the neighborhood. You can also find her writing her tales at Tales From The Circus (www.talesfromthecircus.com).Andrea is a South Austinite with two kids Gabriel Knox (2012) and Juniper (2014) with #3 coming in August! She and her family spend their days exploring Austin on “Friday Field Trips." She's also the founder of Andrea Genevieve Creative, where she help moms in business, bloggers and creative entrepreneurs discover the voice, vision and visuals for their brand. Andrea has been in Austin for 7 years by way of Washington, D.C. and originally from Western New York. Aside from her husband, she loves champagne, sunsets and barre!Anna is the founder of Narina Photography, a portrait photography studio serving the Austin community for the last 12 years. She loves to write about her experiences raising her babies, especially the milestones such as watching her oldest get her driver's license and contemplate getting her first job, sending her middle daughter off to middle school, and the latest fart jokes from her youngest boy-child. She loves crafts, photography, shoegazing music, dogs, her babies, queso, coffee and wine.Ashlee is a native Texan who loves Austin & lives in the ‘burbs. She is married to Brandon, who still makes her heart skip a beat. She is a stay at home mama to her 4 rowdy boys (ages 3-13). Basically, she lives in a cutely decorated and mostly clean frat house. She loves Uchiko, glamping in their camper, bubbles (baths & “schamps”), shopping, music, dancing, traveling, & helping others. She can do without mood swings, a dirty house, and stomach bugs.Ashley is a checklist making, wine loving, Netflix binging, Austin mom, wife and entrepreneur. When she and her husband Sean are not chasing around their little one Elizabeth they are working to open their first family restaurant, Colleen’s Kitchen, in Mueller. Ashley believes good times, like good food and drinks, should be shared. She knows that it's the little things that make ordinary extraordinary and believes everyday moments deserve celebration. You can follow her at @ColleensAustin.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, 12 and Julia, 9) and finds her flow when writing, reading and running. Her heart is big and full for everyone and everything (except snakes). She is so very grateful that God gave her the gift of motherhood through Niko and Julia. Brittany is a big proponent of work-life balance @Gemalto where she manages global branding, social media and internal communications. She just might be the coolest Missouri-raised left-hander you meet.Catia is an inspirational mentor for women navigating the journey of professional independence, marriage and motherhood. She is a motivational author, speaker and overall joy enthusiast! Whether she's speaking at a company seminar, to a school classroom or to a community organization - she spreads inspiration and hope. She is married to Anthony and is a mama to two beautiful girls, Alexandra and Luciana. She loves serving her community, group fitness and adventuring.Courtney is a South Austin transplant by way of Dallas. She’s married to Quinn and is mom to a little girl, Henley. She’s got two dogs, Levi and Dylan, a kitten, Gemma Stone, and two guppies, Finn and Finley. Outside of her roles as wife and mom, she’s been the Director of Culture + People for an Austin tech startup since 2014. She loves planning themed events and drinking chardonnay while reading. You can follow Courtney’s adventures at Lovely Little Blog and on Instagram @LovelyLittleGrams!Daria left the Green Mountain State in 2004. She met Daniel, they got hitched, and she happily left behind a career to stay at home with her children, Madeline and Caleb. She advocates for her son, who was born with a congenital heart defect and was diagnosed with Autism. Now living in suburbia, her days mostly consist of playing Barbies, taking too many pictures, and opening endless bags of Pirate's Booty. She's thrilled to be dusting off that English degree and writing about this crazy, wonderful mom life.Erin is currently a professional Mom, a runner and an independent contractor. She is an Austin native and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in English. She taught high school English for six years, and so, she fears nothing. She lives in Round Rock with her husband and daughter, and is excited and honored to be a writer for Austin Moms Blog.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.Heather is the Founder and Owner of HJ Designs—an Austin-based design firm focused on remodel and new construction projects. She mixes interior space design with project management, partnering with builders and working with architects, other designers and tradespeople to create spaces ready to be called home. Heather is married to Andrew and has 2 kiddos, Charlize and Britton. She spends her free-time loving on her kids and daydreaming about her next trip to either the beach or the mountains and claims that writing keeps her sane.Ilyse had a baby (Camilla), got married (Brandon), and started grad school all in 2013. She is now finishing up her master's in counseling and is a therapist to underserved children and adolescents. She moved from LA to Austin, and she loves to go to concerts, listen to records, explore nature, go to the movies (or watch when they are released to iTunes because mom life), and try new restaurants. She loves this crazy rock n' roll country life she has created with Brandon and Camilla and will continue to let the crazy come as it may.Originally from Ohio, Jess now resides in Round Rock where she balances being a stay-at-home mama, a work-at-home-mama, and a part-time special education teacher. She’s wife to Kyle, and mama to McKenna and Owen. She multitasks by leading mamas & babes in classes at FIT4MOM Austin, managing social media accounts for local businesses, running, reading the first half of parenting books, researching gardening techniques that will likely never be used, and drinking lots of red wine. You can find her on Instagram @jesskilbane810.Jessica is an East Coast girl (go Red Sox!) recently transplanted to Austin. The tacos and killer hill country views are definitely helping her acclimate. She is an OB/GYN nurse turned freelance writer and content manager, where she works at home around the schedules of her three busy kids. You can follow her antics on her blog, Motherhood, Written -- where she shares her passion about helping moms find their dream side hustles -- or on Instagram.Katie is the wife of Preston and momma to Wesley (2015). She became a Texan 30 years ago, but has spent time on the east coast as well while studying at The Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, she met her husband in D.C. and then made their way to their forever home, Austin. Katie is a Certified Child Life Specialist at St. David's Children's Hospital and is the host of the podcast, Child Life On Call. Katie loves breweries and wineries, vacationing in Destin Florida, dogs with human names, and all things Austin.Kelli runs her own freelance graphic design business, while working from home and raising her two sweet identical twin girls.... plus one little man on the way! Over the last two years Kelli has become an advocate for her daughter, who was born with two rare disorders. She is the wife to Jeremy. Kelli and her family arrived in Austin in 2015, by way San Diego. You can follow her at www.babygruens.wordpress.com.Kendra joined the mom club in November 2016 and currently lives by the motto “from selfish to #somom.” She spends time reflecting on parenting, learning and having fun while towing along her social little man, Jensen. Kendra is a Marketing Manager, focusing in project management and creative services, and runs an art and design shop, Kitsy Co, by night. She loves date nights with her husband, Jeff, visiting with friends and family, traveling, foodie-ing, house remodeling, live music, and patios.Kendra is a stay-at-home-mom (but is rarely home) who juggles freelance graphic design, writing, and coming up with creative projects for her kids. Most days, she can be found strategically planning her outings around her toddler's nap time or searching for drive-through coffee. She is married to her junior high sweetheart, Jacob, and is mom to Norah and Asher. Kendra has bounced between big-city and small-town living for the better part of a decade; which habitat she prefers varies daily.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.Krista Hager is a true Austinite-born and raised. She has spent the last eight years fighting for social justice in the social work/non-profit field. These days she fights for her passion causes from the sidelines while refereeing two kids two and under. “Mamma he’s touching me!” A lover of dancing, dogs, writing, wine, boot camps, and dark chocolate, Krista loves her wild and crazy family that blend perfectly with her free-spirit gulp of life. If she looks dazed and confused upon meeting, she’s not high… She just hasn’t slept in two years.Lauren is a self-proclaimed hobby junky- dabbling in just about anything creative is her jam. Food is at the top of the list- cooking it, photographing it, and eating it, of course. She shares her favorite recipes, stories, and photos on her blog, flyingthyme.com. Also, at the top of her list are her 3 boys- two littles (Jake and Evan) and one big (Matt, the hubs). She is a former kinder teacher adjusting to life as work-from-home mom this year, and her current gig is in property management. Filling her home with sweet people, tasty food, and loads of laughter feeds her soul.Lauren Wiatrek is a native Austinite who has the heart of a nomad, and after moving 7 times is here to stay. In 2011, she married her husband, Evan and they have their beautiful daughters: Halen and Henley. After teaching for five years, Lauren started her own in-home daycare. Lover of all things outdoors, cooking, baking, hosting small gatherings and all things on the natural side, which birthed her oily obsession with YoungLiving. Lauren tries to travel every chance she gets and her happy place is in Northern Michigan. Recently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and you can follow her journey at Be Still and Smile and follow her at @mamawiatrek.Leah is a boy mom of three and a proud wife to Matt. She loves to engage with people through writing, and considers it a bonus if she can get an LOL. Leah is a health and wellness enthusiast, an interest that formed as a mom, long after she graduated from Texas A&M with an accounting degree. She plans to continue her education in this realm so she can help others with their health. Leah’s lifelong passion is to know God and love him. She also likes Tex-Mex, watching her kids play sports, and weekends where there is nothing on the calendar.Lindsey 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.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.Michelle is a native Austinite. A former Elementary school teacher, she now stays at home with her boys, Mason, Hudson, and soon to-be baby brother, Brady (joining the crew in June 2017). 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.Sarah's a lover of all things Texas, Technology and Travel. She and her husband Jon are proud parents to adorable son Parker (2) and the two-time crowned Austin's Fastest Dog, Riley. They live in South Austin, Sarah works in Communications at Dell, and Jon is a newly minted entrepreneur. Some of Sarah's favorite things include Christmas, Hip-Hop music, Texas wine (all wine really) and making pro-con lists about whether or not to have another baby.Veronica is a former teacher and current stay-at-home mother 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 a mom to baby 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.