Your Austin Moms Blog Team
Abigail Head is married to Chad and mama to two vivacious redheads, Teak (2010) and Sloan (2014). She is a native Texan who’s lived in Houston, Fort Worth, and grew up in Austin with a short stint in New York City. Besides (trying) to keep up with the Head house shenanigans, Abigail works in a little real estate, teaches preschool and finds different ways to be creative. She loves her morning coffee, positive quotes, Jesus, and exploring this little big town, ATX. Instagram @theheadhouseatxBorn and raised in India, Aditi is now an honorary Texan after spending 11+ years split between Dallas and Austin. She is married to her high-school sweetheart and has two magical kids - her son (2009) is her calm, sweet sunshine, while her daughter (2014) is her exciting, gorgeous storm! Working in Marketing, she enjoys being steeped in creativity all day long. In her leisure time, Aditi loves crafting, organizing, reading, writing and date nights at Barley Swine!Allie is the wife to Michael (M.P.) and mama to Rosie (2016). She was born in Omaha, Nebraska and, although she’s lived in Texas most of her life, is a Midwesterner at heart. She is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and works full-time as a Media Director at an advertising agency downtown. She loves living in Austin (minus the traffic), a good glass of wine on a patio and pants with stretchy waistbands.Dr. Allison Hall, PT, MPT, DPT is part of tight knit party of five plus two rescue dogs. All three of her children were born in London, England during her family’s great decade abroad. She and her husband both grew up in Texas and returned in 2013 after purchasing a home after seeing it only via webcam. She finds joy in walking in nature, traveling almost anywhere, learning new things, pondering life intensely, caring for others deeply and doing anything that makes for a good laugh with family and friends. She works as a pediatric physical therapist and is the founder of bloom (mykidblooms.com), an eLearning platform for healthcare professionals to provide information about natural development for parents & caregivers.Amanda is a New Mexico native, but spent time in the Big Apple and Dallas before moving to Austin in the summer of 2017. She is wife to Greg and mom to two little girls. In her previous life, she worked at a big advertising agency on Madison Ave, but now enjoys spending her time exploring Austin with her husband and daughters. She’s unapologetically crafty, believes everything looks better with a monogram, bakes a mean cupcake and can’t say no to a frozen margarita.Amy is the wife of Brandon, and mom to Lochlan (2013) and Isla (2016). She grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University, and used to teach elementary school. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom in Round Rock, embracing this phase of life, as beautiful and chaotic as it can be. Her passions are traveling, cooking real food, meaningful conversations, and all things that come from nature.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).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.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.A little about Britt. She is a midwest transplant, originally from North Dakota, but has chosen Austin as her home away from home since 2014. Britt met her husband Josh shortly after moving to Austin and has since added a big floppy Great Dane, and a sweet little baby boy to the family (2018). She is an interior designer by day and her dogs talent manager by night. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, checking out new music, passport trips, and a great glass of wine.Brittany is happiest when she’s exploring with her kids (Niko, 2004 and Julia, 2007) and finds her flow when writing, reading, running and connecting. She believes in kindness and loves awful puns. Brittany is so very grateful to God for the gift of motherhood through Niko and Julia. She is a big proponent of work-life balance @Gemalto where she manages global branding, social media and internal communications. Her guilty pleasure is #RHBH.Caitlin is a professional mom to Cooper (2011) and Quinn (2015) and a habitual volunteer. In her pre-Mom life, she was a middle school teacher and coach but now donates her time as elementary school room mom, vacation bible school director, and camp counselor to fill all the time between shuttling kiddos around. Caitlin is a Texas A&M grad and has been in Austin since 2008. She enjoys watching football, eating ice cream, reading young adult literature, and anything beauty related. Check out her beauty ramblings over at www.youlookprettymom.com.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!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 former communications manager turned stay-at-home mom to her son Shepherd, born in December 2016. She and husband Ryan moved to Austin in 2014 from the Washington, D.C. area after spending time at Ryan’s family ranch in the Hill Country and falling in love with the area. They also have two high-maintenance fur babies, Hank and Gracie. Gretchen enjoys tennis, creative projects, lake time, and finding kid-friendly fun in Austin with her active son.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.Born and raised a California girl, currently residing in Southwest Austin. Jenn is the wife to hubby, Ronnie, and mama to sweet baby girl, Stella Rae. She spends her days working full time from her home office as a Business Development Manager. Life never slows down while she continues to juggle being a mama and wife while balancing her love of wine, enthusiasm for hosting parties, traveling, shopping online, reading blogs, attending class at barre3, and indulging in sweet treats.Jess is a fitness-loving, coffee-chugging, free spirit who hails from the great state of Ohio. She isn’t sure what “free time” is, but if you ever find some, she’ll probably find a way to fill it. She’s wife to Kyle and mama to McKenna and Owen. Her favorite ways to multitask include: training strong moms at FIT4MOM Austin, juggling social media management and teaching special ed, running, reading the first half of parenting books, and drinking lots and lots of red wine. You can find her over at her blog, Playdates and Prosecco, or on Instagram.Jessica is a Boston girl turned Austinite as of 2016. She is a wife to Kyle and mama to Hayley (2004), Colin (2013), and Graham (2016). Though she misses many things about the East Coast, she absolutely cannot complain about the active, taco-infused lifestyle of Texas. She is a former OB/GYN Nurse Educator turned digital media agency owner and lifestyle photographer over at Jessica Rockowitz Photography. When she's not busy behind the lens, you can catch her caffeinating, desperately trying to find a cheer carpool, and obsessing over microfashion. You can also follow her antics over on Instagram, where she admittedly spends way too much time.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.Khaki has a business degree from Saint Leo University and by day utilizes that with her tenure in Corporate America and is currently serving as the Controller for an Austin nano-technology start-up. By night and every other waking hour, she is the taxi driver, team manager, room mom, tutor, chef, logistics coordinator, event planner, referee, housekeeper, and single mother to her 3-middle school aged sons, four-year-old daughter and 2-year-old standard poodle. She moonlights as a writer to ease the creative and sarcastic voices that constantly banter in her head. A native Texan that has tried to finish reading the same book for over a year, is fueled by coffee, and loves watching NBA basketball and professional soccer.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.LaToya is a North Austin transplant by way of Fort Worth, is happily married to Brandon, and a proud mama to their son Griffin (2017). Her greatest passions are writing and education which lead her to the classroom. After 10 years of teaching middle school English, she is currently an instructional coach for Round Rock ISD and an Aggie grad student at Texas A&M. She loves jazz, Lucille Ball, and crafting and is excited to be a part of Austin Moms Blog. You can also follow her musings on Medium and her CraftyMorrison Blog.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 a heart for writing, food and travel. In 2011, she married her husband, Evan and they have their beautiful daughters: Halen and Henley. After being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Lauren chose to stay home and work on writing, wellness and online teaching. Lover of Whole30, Camp Gladiator, all things outdoors, hosting 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. You can follow her journey at Be Still and Smile and follow her at @be_still_and_smile.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.Melanie is a free-spirited Texas native. After spending most of her life in College Station, she was lucky enough to land in Austin in 2005. She married Ross, a football-loving Georgia boy, in 2013 and they now have two beautiful girls, Emily (2013) and Callie James (2016). Melanie fuels her drive to create by documenting the human connection as a family lifestyle photographer (www.melanieapplegate.com). Instagram: @melanieapplegatephotographyMelody lives in West Austin (Bee Cave to be exact) with her crazy, loving family. She’s married to Matt, who is as equaling loving and energetic as their two sweet boys, Jakob (2015) & Grayson (2016). Before taking on and “conquering” mom life full time, she was a nutritionist who did private consults, and worked for a school district designing menus. Besides mom-ing and being a part of AMB, she is a food & wine loving, traveling fool who enjoys working out (especially yoga), going on dates with her hubby, and exploring the beautiful ATX with the kiddos.Michelle is a native Austinite. A former Elementary school teacher, she now stays at home with her three boys: Mason, Hudson, & Brady. 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.Rachel Peterson is Mama to superhero obsessed little boy Deuce, 4. When she’s not whipping moms back into shape, she’s sword fighting bad guys or cannon balling with her son into any body of water they can find. They spend their days doing all the Austin things, and eating all the Austin food. After bedtime Rachel enjoys wine, dark chocolate and silence. Follow her on Instagram @theblondestrollermom OR Train with her @fit4momsunsetvalley.Robin Leon is a native Texan who got lost on the east coast for a couple of decades, but recently found her way back to Austin. She and her husband Jon are parents to Alex – lover of tacos, Captain Underpants, and American History. Robin works as a “den mom” to a group of young women experiencing their American dream through Au Pair in America. Other than her family, pop culture is Robin’s true love. She co-hosts a podcast about TV and Mom Life called My TV Family.Sarah's a lover of all things Texas, Technology and Travel. She and her husband Jon are proud parents to son Parker (March 2015) and the two-time crowned Austin's Fastest Dog, Riley. Sarah works in Communications at Dell and loves writing, spending time outside, Christmas and Hip-Hop music. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLuden or on Instagram @sarahluden.Sherrie married her high school sweetheart, Andy, and is infatuated with her daughter Amaya's deep belly laughs. She is happiest surfing (in the ocean or at nLand surf park), dancing to Latin or country music, and practicing yoga. She is a lifelong student of mindfulness and now devours podcasts on conscious parenting. Sherrie has called Austin home since 2002 and on weekends can be found swimming at Barton Springs or consuming breakfast tacos and iced lattes.Veronica is a former teacher and current stay at home mom 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 mom to 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.