Meet Our Contributors

Meet Your Austin Moms Blog Team

Hayley Hengst

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Hello AMB readers! I’m Hayley. Wife to my high school sweetheart, Nason. Stay-at-home mom to three boys/angels/tyrants (primarily tyrants). Most days, I am very content in that role.  Other days, well, you know how it goes. I absolutely love writing for Austin Moms Blog. I also love: books, bubble baths, Mexican food, porch swings, and traveling. I hate: the hustle and bustle of trying to get out the door, on time, with all three of my kids. Seriously, I just kind of give up.

Celina Zamora-Torres

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Hi ladies! I’m Celina, a mompreneur with two beautiful little girls, and the funniest most supportive hubby a girl like me could ask for.  A random laugh session, a full calendar, and a strong cup of coffee really fuel my spirit. Between building a new business, spending time with my tribe, and enjoying life’s little moments…I can’t help but feel incredibly blessed. Here is a little look into who I am, and one of my favorite AMB posts that I’ve written.

Courtney Weynand

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Hello, Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Courtney, a hopeless creative who is married to and head over heels for my husband Nicholas. We’re parents to two amazing children, Eisley (8) and Everett (6). I’ve been a stay-at-home for the past 8 years but recently started substitute teaching at my children’s school (in fact, if you’re looking for me you can often find me up at school volunteering). Making people laugh is one of those ‘feel good’ things that I can’t get enough of and I hope to bring a little bit of that to my writing here at AMB.

Steffany Duke

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Hi I’m Steffany, a former journalist turned SAHM and Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper. My sweet husband, Derrick, and I chase around boy/girl twins, plus a bouncing baby girl. Our journey to parenthood wasn’t easy; and we’re learning to love the constant mess we live in and embrace every stage of these little lives, even age three! You can read about our adventures on our blog, Spit and Sparkles.

Alexis Edwards

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Hi AMB readers! I’m Alexis, mama to two fuego babes, Rory (2012) and Rowan (2014), and wifey to a sexy fuego-bearded lumberjack named Ben. I’m a tiny human wrangler by day and an LCSW/doula-in-training by night. I survive on all the sarcasm and caffeine and ramble about my adventures in motherhood over at Mrs. Mombie. That’s mom + zombie cause negative sleep y’all. In my free time (ha!) I enjoy a lil vino and a lot of wine, especially if my mama tribe is involved. Cheers to keeping humans alive!

Catia Holm

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Hey there! I’m Catia, a figuring it out as I go woman! (Aren’t we all?)  I’m 32 and love wine and cake and anything that is fitness and team oriented. I have one daughter (2014) and my husband, Anthony, is five-star!

I am an author, public speaker and life-coach. I am passionate about helping women feel connected and worthy! You can find encouragement and tactics for stepping into your greatness at Catia Holm.

Katie Legg

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Hi Austin Moms Blog readers! I am Katie, a full-time working momma who somedays can’t get her head on straight. I am married to my partner in crime and high school sweetheart, Brian. Together we have Mason Jay, who joined in on the fun in 2012. When I am not dealing with the wonderful world of advertising or chasing my son around town, you’ll find me on the hunt for some old furniture to refinish or sipping prosecco with friends.

Stephanie Carlene Rubio Meza

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Hey Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Stephanie, a stay-at-home, homeschooling mama of 3 girls. When I’m not out with my girls or writing for AMB, you can find me over at www.sweetpotatopeachtree.com, documenting our family life and adventures with a few crafty endeavors thrown in for good measure.

Katie Taylor

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Oh hey, I’m Katie. Proud wife of Preston and momma to our sweet son, Wesley. I’m a born and raised Texan, but have spent time on the east coast while I partied, ehem, studied at Penn State and then lived in the D.C. area…  Finally in 2013 we made our way to our forever home, Austin. I’m a certified child life specialist turned work-from-home mom who loves working out and spending time with my family and best gals. My idea of heaven is sippin’ dirty martinis and listening to Taylor Swift (#noshame) on the beach in Destin, Florida.
 

Aimee Niebuhr

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Hi, there! I’m Aimee, a homeschooling mama to three on a mission to always seek out the joy in this beautiful chaos called motherhood. My husband, James, makes me laugh like no other and is my biggest supporter. Together, we have two boys who are the best of friends, Phoenix (2009) and Theo (2012), and their sweet baby sister, Lyric (2015), who absolutely makes our family complete. In an effort to stay centered, I write about marriage, motherhood and all of the soul-searching that accompanies this season of life at MamaCentric.

Traci McClead

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So you want to know about Traci and her momminess? Well I have 3 children, Grayson(18), Torrence(12), and Reagan(10). Keeping up with all of their activities while working full time in Special Education doesn’t leave much time for my awesome husband, he requested I write that,  and the 5 four legged babies that demand my time. I get by on insanity and caffeine, lots and lots of caffeine. When I escape, or forgo sleep, I dabble in the arts but most of the time I just poor myself into my writing. One day I’ll have more time for me but until then I hope you enjoy what I put in ink.

Amy Coons

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Hi Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Amy and the momma of three boys ages 9, 6 & 5. I do life with my best friend and husband, Jason, by my side. I am also a high school English teacher. Our lives stay very busy between all of the boys’ activities, so we try and squeeze in family time as much as possible! I love to keep everyone updated on what’s going on with our family through My Facebook page!

Andrea Michnik

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Hi Austin Mamas! I’m Andrea Genevieve, a South Austinite with two wild, crazy kids Gabriel (2012) and Juniper (2014). I go between being a sometimes-work-from-home mom and full-time-stay-at-home-make-sure-the-kids-don’t-get-hurt-until-dad-gets-home kinda mom. We spend most of our time exploring Austin on “Field Trips” while savoring breakfast tacos and treats. I’m the founder of an online toddler boutique, HelloSunday where I sew comfy organic apparel on a 30-year-old sewing machine. Because I never know what I’m doing with my life, I also blog about motherhood, entrepreneurship and my own 2016 Happiness Project. Aside from my husband, I love champagne, sunsets and barre!

Rachel Campbell

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Hi Austin! I’m Rachel. Mommy to a sassy little boy with a Mohawk and on a mission to inspire moms everywhere to live their best lives in their best selves. Lover of all things bubbly; champagne, kombucha, topo Chico, baths and personalities.

On a typical day you’ll find me running town lake with my boy in the stroller or sneaking spinach into his smoothie at Juiceland.

Cristina Reyna-Neel

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Hola, mamas! I’m a tech writer, foodie and bonus mom who hails from deep south Texas. As a newlywed who welcomed an instant family, my posts often highlight my adventures in co-parenting a pair of twin boys with a positive focus on blended families. I also love to write about girls’ education and empowerment, food, travel and Hispanic culture. My talents include movie-themed snack-making, volunteering and overthinking. Find me on Twitter @cristinareyna or follow our funny kids’ quotes on Instagram @The_Little_Boys_Club.

Heather Granato

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Hi AMB readers! I’m Heather, lover of queso and all things Austin. I am married to my best friend, Dominick, and we have two beautiful kiddos, Brooklyn (7) and Ty (5). I’m a VP at a software company, CSID, embracing the challenges that come with my busy schedule and being a mom. I’m a big fan of travel, a good book, cooking, a good workout, trying new restaurants, friends, family, wine, owning shoes, and people that make me laugh. Life is good, soaking it all up.

Ilyse Kennedy

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My name is Ilyse Kaplan. I am mama to 10 month old Camilla June. I live with my baby, husband, two dogs, and three chickens in South Austin. I’m a graduate student seeking my master’s in counseling and I work part-time while balancing motherhood. I’ve written for publications in the past including Variety and Ladygunn but am excited to add “mommy blogger” to my repertoire. When I’m not mothering, studying, writing, or cleaning up the chicken coop, you can find me “unwinding” with bad reality television (preferably from The Real Housewives or Kardashian franchise) and a deep red wine, or checking out a band that is no longer relevant with my musician husband. You can find more of my ramblings on motherhood and mental health at Rise Colored Glasses

Heather Taylor

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Hey y’all!  I am Heather and the mom of 4 awesome kiddos 2 girls (15 & 1) and 2 boys (12 & 11). Yep, you read that right and yes, #4 was totally planned! I am married to James who is my polar opposite. Together we make an amazing team to keep this crazy brood inline. I work full-time outside the home but on weekends you can find me screaming way too loud for one of my kiddos from the sidelines while my hubby quietly observes my antics from afar. Although I have been doing this mom thing for a while now I know I still have so much to learn. I am super excited to take you, the readers of AMB along on my journey.

Kaitlyn Motley

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Hi Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Kaitlyn, a busy working first time momma trying to navigate this whole new chapter. I am married to an amazingly supportive man, Devin, and we have a newborn named Teagan (2015). We also have two fur babies, a dog and a cat, which add to the awesome chaos that is now home. I work in mental health services for the state and love being able to help those in need. We are new to Austin and love it! In our spare time, we love to hike, watch football (is it fall yet?), and explore this new city.

Kimberly Pena

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Hello AMB readers!  I’m Kim, a working momma married to the love of my life, Marco. We welcomed our joy boy, Thomas, in 2013 who is hearing impaired and full of energy!  I am a history teacher by day and blogger by night.  I love staying busy and always have about a dozen projects in my head at any given moment. I love spending time with my boys, creating inquiry based learning units, and blogging about cooking, motherhood, marriage, and womanhood here and at www.thehillcountrywoman.com.

Krista Hager

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Heya! My name is Krista.  For me, a perfect morning begins with a steady concoction of dancing (picture old school rap mix dance style) with my one-year old daughter, strong coffee, and a little bit of chocolate, and a splendid night ends with a sweet slow dance (country dance style) with my two-foot copilot and my sweet husband, another bite of chocolate, and little bit of red wine.  Blessed to work from home part time as an editor and grant writer for a nonprofit, right now my days are filled with writing, boot camp workouts, animals, nature, chasing a very mobile daughter, and growing her baby brother.

Leah Gibson

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Hello, Austin Moms Blog Readers! I’m Leah, a stay-at-home mom to three boys –Henry (’10), Sam (’11), and Jack (‘14) and a wife to my best friend, Matt. My three boys are constantly making me laugh and only occasionally making me cry! For fun I like to be around my friends and family, workout, read and write.  I am also a coffee lover, a salsa snob and, just between us, I like my sense of humor. I try to live life purposefully and intentionally, and I write more about that over at my personal blog.

Lindsey Wiese

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Hi AMB, I’m Lindsey:  Christian. Proud Texan. Wife to Ryan & Mama to Alexandra. I’m a SAHM but never actually “stay-at-home” –we go out everyday in the name of adventure & enrichment…and mama’s sanity! Current faves are swimming, music, MOPS & hiking nature trails. When I’m not off traveling, in a barre workout class, or cooking dinner (ready at 6:30 sharp, don’t mess with my schedule!), I blog about mom-friendly fashion, beauty products, and my motherhood journey at Blog Joie de Vivre

Sarah Luden

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Hi y’all! I’m Sarah – proud mama to son Parker (1), wife, friend, Texan, Longhorn, techie and extroverted introvert. Our little family is full of laughs and goofy antics, and we’re figuring life out together as we go along. I work in tech PR and love my tribe, travel adventures, animals, Christmas, Snapchat, Hi-Hop music and Rosé. Look forward to connecting!

Alfa Sengupta

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Hi there Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Alfa, a full time SAHM married to my love, Rudy. We have two littles that keep us on our toes daily, Aria (2.5) and Rishi (1)! They are eighteen months apart, and never give me a chance to sit or finish a cup of coffee which is my love language. I’m a full time blogger as well, and I run my own small biz on Etsy. When you actually find me sitting, more than likely, I’m on my second or third cup of coffee, reading a book, painting, cooking, or doing DIY stuff for the house because I love crafting and creating things for our home!

Annie Lin Contino

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Hi Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Annie, a busy mompreneur and wife to my handsome husband, Kyle. We just had our first baby, a girl in May 2016 (follow my journey at @annielinco) and together, we have two adorable mini australian shepherds. My small business is A Little Bundle, a monthly curated subscription for the design loving mom + baby and an online store. I often am designing products in collaboration with brands or creating A Little Bundle’s lifestyle line. I also help businesses grow through social media over at my services at Unicorn and Rainbows. When I’m not working, I’m trying my best to stay off my phone and enjoy each present moment with my husband, friends, and family.

Jessica Burleson

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Hi, I’m Jessica Burleson, mama to a beautiful and wild toddler named Maggie and expecting another child in October 2016! I am a non-profit grant writer and founder of Wordvine Consulting, LLC. I’m originally from Louisville, KY but I married an adventurous Veteran entrepreneur, Eric, who now works in Austin’s exciting tech industry. I love cooking and learning about healthy foods, writing for my blog www.BabyTasteBuds.com, visiting Austin’s farms and farmers markets and playing at local parks!

Malu Oltmann

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Hola, mamas! I’m Malu, a mother of two of the sweetest yet roughest, most giving yet most stubborn, wildest yet gentlest and snuggliest yet most independent little boys I’ve ever met. Together with the love of my life, Tom, the four of us plus our giant dog (appropriately named Zeus) are learning how to be the best we can be individually and as a unit day by day. Add it all up and I am a proud mama, a proud wife, proud UT grad and a proud woman. I write for AMB and in my own blog about trying to raise a bilingual family. Last but not least I am a proud business owner with Rodan + Fields. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Let’s Shine!

Lindsey Gage

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Hi Austin Moms Blog readers! I’m Lindsey, a busy work from home momma married to my best friend, Ken. Together we have a beautiful and active son named Arlo (2014). I run my own event and administrative consultancy and love the marriage of organization and creativity my career provides. When I’m not making a to-do list, on a conference call, or chasing my son, I also blog about life, motherhood, marriage and more at Moderate Momma.

Elisabeth Hunter

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Elisabeth is the Speech and Theatre teacher, OAP Director, & UIL Speech coach at Lago Vista High School. She is momma to a couple of crazy boys that keep her on her toes. She and her family live on Lake Travis and spend their days playing outside, listening to music, laughing and building lots of legos. 

 

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