Meet Our Contributors

Abbe

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Abbe is a wife and stay-at-home-mom of one sweet little toddler boy. Abbe moved from Wisconsin to Birmingham several years ago after marrying her husband, Josh. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with this new city and its mild winters! With her husband’s job as a film producer, they take every chance they get to travel together as a family for work projects. She is always happy to come back to Birmingham, a place that feels like home. When she’s not packing or unpacking suitcases, Abbe is probably in her kitchen, baking and drinking one too many cups of coffee. Abbe also loves Jesus, coffee (did she already mention that?), being a boy-mom, and date nights with her husband.

 

Alexandra

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Alexandra has been lucky to call Birmingham home for basically her whole life. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern and now works in accounting for a healthcare organization. She has been happily married to her husband, Hunter, for over four years and they welcomed their son, Charlie, almost two years ago. Being a working mom and raising a toddler brings its own set of challenges, but Alexandra still finds time to get in the kitchen and bake new recipes while blogging about all the hits and misses at The Great Bham Bake Project. You might also find her and her family out at any of the great Birmingham restaurants, so if you spot her and that Bham Food Baby, be sure to say hi!

 

Becki

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Becki is a resident of Hoover, and works full-time as a software product manager. She has been married for eight years to her husband, Garrett. She is Momma to Gabe, a precious five-year-old who loves music, animals, affection, and making new friends.

Becki is a fan of football and gymnastics, enjoys planning trips to The Happiest Place on Earth, and loves spending time with her small group. She has a Springer Spaniel, Rigby, who is more an extra child than a pet. On the rare occasion that Becki has time to herself, she enjoys learning more about Myers Briggs (she’s an ESTJ), practicing public speaking, and having deep conversation with friends.

When Gabe was born he suffered an extensive brain injury that led to multiple diagnoses, primarily Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. While their journey is not what they expected, Garrett and Becki are grateful and honored to be parents to a son who has exceeded the joy they thought possible. Team Irby loves sharing their story – the good, the bad, and the ugly – to increase awareness and kindness.

Chris

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Born in Wisconsin, Chris moved South with her family, first to Richmond, Virginia, and then to Birmingham when she was 12. She loves being a girl raised in the South, and her only remaining Midwestern traits are a love for the Packers and a fondness for bratwurst. In 2010, Chris reconnected with Christopher, a former Birmingham-Southern College classmate, after a random meeting in the cereal aisle at Publix. They married in 2011, not realizing that they were bringing together a perfect storm of teenage angst.

Today, Chris is the center support that keeps the seesaw of her family balanced, leading a blended family of three young adults and enjoying an empty nest. Most days are busy managing client relationships for a corporate event production company, but when she’s not focused on work, she loves reading a rich historical novel, volunteering with her church and her sorority, and planning their next wine-tasting excursions.

Ericka

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Just days after graduating from Auburn University, Ericka took a trip to Africa that changed her life forever. She discovered two unexpected things there: a passion for orphan care, and her husband Rusty! Together they founded The Sound of Hope, and have spent the past 10+ years working to provide holistic care to vulnerable children around the world. Though her heart (and time) is divided between other countries – she’s proud to call Birmingham, Alabama home!

When Ericka & Rusty decided to grow their family through adoption, they never guessed it would take five heart-wrenching years to get their daughter home from Thailand. These days Ericka tries to soak up every moment of long-awaited motherhood to their beautiful little girl, Kate. Their Thai darling is growing up way too fast, and Ericka is mildly obsessed with over-documenting it all on Instagram and her blog!

In addition to managing The Sound of Hope, Ericka and her husband run a video & photography business called RJackson Media. In her “free time” (do moms have free time?!) Ericka enjoys gardening, decorating, and DIY projects. She also loves singing, dancing, and acting – and was cast in her very first musical theatre role last year. She firmly believes that you’re never too old to try something new!

 

Erin

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Erin is a proud Bama girl, writer, speaker, lawyer, friend, lunchbox packer, boo-boo kisser, sweatpants wearing Momma to her two precious girls: Bellalise (5) – a sweet, gentle-natured soul, and Annalise (4, going on 14) – the life of every party. She met her husband Marshall during law school and drug that Cajun boy back to the Heart of Dixie, a place he now proudly calls home as well. They live in Birmingham where their dining room is currently being used for laundry overflow. Outside of writing, Erin’s hobbies include scrapbooking, tennis, online shopping (don’t tell Marshall), crafting, cooking with her girls and a clean fridge – an outright miracle worth celebrating these days.
When she isn’t attending toddler tea parties or wiping up spaghetti stains, you can find Erin writing on her blog: ErinBrownHollis.com and on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter @erinbrownhollis. She welcomes all moms to find a community of love and acceptance on her site where she shares recipes, crafts and encouragement weekly.

 

Haley

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Haley is an Alabama native who swore she would never end up back in Birmingham after college but has fallen in love with her city all over again since she graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a double minor in Marketing and English, Haley has always had a passion for helping the companies she’s worked for grow their brands and make a positive impact in their communities. Haley is currently the Marketing Director at Skin Wellness Center Dermatology and also does independent marketing consulting for causes she feels passionate about like the revitalization effort projects in downtown Birmingham.

Haley is the proud wife of six years to her chicken farming husband, Bobby. They have a three-year-old daughter, Presley, with freakish comedic timing and a one-year-old son, Knox, who is the life of any party.

In December of 2016, Haley was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which has colored her life with a beautiful appreciation that most people don’t get to experience. Don’t count cancer a hobby, though. Haley is into sports talk radio, always playing hostess for friends and family and capturing life’s precious moments with pictures and words as often as possible.

 

Jennifer W.

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A North Carolina native, Jennifer has called Colorado Springs, CO, Lynchburg, VA, New Orleans, LA, and Charleston, SC home since graduating from Elon University in 2003. She has spent time as a journalist, event planner, and sports information director. Now, the Birmingham newcomer is a full-time marketing professional and owner of Birmingham Stork Lady, a sign rental service dedicated to welcoming new babies home. Of all the hats Jennifer wears, her most important roles are as a wife, mother, daughter, and sister. She has been married to her husband Mike for six years, and together they have two daughters: a spunky 3 year old named Brooklyn, who is obsessed with Peppa Pig, books, and pigtails; and 18-month-old Blakely, whose nickname is Smiley (she loves watching her big sister!). As if that weren’t enough excitement, the family is expecting Baby Girl #3 in April 2018. Jennifer also has a personal blog, www.beagleandbaby.com, named for her family’s sweet five-year-old beagle, Cooper.

Julie T.

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After graduating from college, Julie worked for ten years as a paralegal and as a medical software programmer before becoming a SAHM to her and her husband’s two toddlers. Life is crazy for her these days, but a lot of Jesus and a little exercise and painting keeps her sane! When the kids are napping, you can find Julie illustrating wedding gown keepsakes–check out her etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BridalIllustration.

 

Kathryn H.

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Kathryn is 31 years old and lives on the outskirts of Birmingham in the small town of Kimberly. She is a full time working mom, living out her dream as a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner. An Alabama native, Kathryn spent her childhood in Greenville and Montgomery, then went to high school in Asheville, NC, before returning home to attend nursing school at AUM. When her youngest child was born, she went back to get her masters degree in nursing from UAB.

Kathryn has been married to her husband, Heath, for almost 10 years. She is Stepmom to Seth (age 21), Brenna (age 15), and Mommy to Caroline (age 8) and Abbigail (age 7). Add two huge Labrador retrievers and a cat, and Kathryn’s house can feel a little like a zoo when everyone is home at the same time. But it’s the most wonderful chaos ever.

Kathryn loves the beach, cooking in her Instant Pot, reading in silence and funky printed leggings. Her family spends a ton of time outside, hiking and playing in the sunshine, and commuting the short drive into Birmingham for rock climbing and eating at good restaurants.

Katie

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Katie, a native Alabamian, came to Birmingham in 2012 to pursue a master’s from UAB in Mental Health Counseling. She works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in her practice, Present Wellness Counseling, LLC, as well as in a residential treatment center for substance abuse. She and her husband were married in 2007 and have a son, Harpin, who’s been keeping them busy since 2016. She is learning daily how to bridge her child development background with real-life motherhood moments, and she is excited to share these experiences with her BMB readers. Katie loves any time spent outside, loves opening her home to share meals with friends, and loves her faith community. She practices yoga and Reiki, and leads meditation groups for developing self-compassion. You can find out more about her practice and her upcoming community trainings at her website, PresentWellnessCounseling.com.

Kristin

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Kristin is a small town girl, living just outside of Birmingham. She fulfilled the “city girl” portion of her life during college at UAB and has worked in the downtown area for almost twenty years. She has been married to her high-school sweetheart since college graduation and is currently renovating the home she grew up in! They have three daughters, Ella (12), Sophie (8), and their newborn, Polly.

Kristin graduated from UAB with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Art History, but now works in the legal field and also blogs about family life in a small town. She is thrilled to share her story of mom life at every stage!

Laura

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Meet Laura Wilder. Yes, like the author! In fact, her grandparents purchased the box set of Little House on the Prairie books for her when she was just 9-years-old, long before her last name became Wilder. Sadly, her maiden name is not Ingalls. So close!

She’s married to Andrew and they have two boys, Anderson (6) & Calvin (3.5). She’s currently pregnant with a baby girl and they are praying they get to meet her Summer 2018.

They live in Leeds and she stays at home with their boys and homeschools following the Charlotte Mason (CM) philosophy. The CM philosophy emphasizes a lot of time spent in nature, which is wonderful because two of their family’s favorite hobbies are hiking & gardening! She loves to connect on Instagram. Find her @wilderfam09.

Lauren

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Lauren is a Chicago native turned Alabama resident. She came to Alabama leaving behind great pizza, tall buildings, and white winters to become a doctor. Little did she know, she would meet one special person who would change her life forever.

Now Lauren resides in Hoover with her husband, Dell, and two kids, Brysen and Karsyn. She enjoys busy days, quiet nights, football, and barbeque. (Oh, and let’s not forget Target and the beach!)

Leah

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Leah grew up in a small town in north Jefferson County. She attended UAB and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, but never pursued the broadcast side, just the journalism. Spending most of the last 20 years doing some type of writing, she currently has one part-time job for a business consulting/web design firm and two freelance writing jobs (one for a local newspaper and the other for a healthcare services firm. In addition, she handles publicity for the PTO at her son’s school, heads up the women’s ministry and handles social media for her church. A resident of Chelsea since 2005, Leah and her husband Todd have been married for 13 years and have a son, Carson (8), and daughter, Morgan (3). Doing the majority of her work from home, Leah has learned to somewhat balance all the things, although her days start early and end late. If there is every downtime in her schedule, you will find Leah at Starbucks, Target, getting a pedicure or spending time with her girlfriends.

 

Lindsay

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A native to the Birmingham area, Lindsay is a 28 year old retired professional ballerina. She spent her time training and performing with prestigious dance companies around the country. Now, she is holding down the fort in Gardendale, Lindsay lives with her loving husband, Ian and three children Nixson (7), Lily (4) and Amelia (3months). You’ll find Lindsay sharing her love for dance, as a ballet instructor for Dale Serrano Dance; and in between the delicate in’s and out’s of being a wife and mother, she manages to squeeze in some time to sweat it out on her yoga mat. An active member of her church, Gardendale First Baptist, Lindsay lives her life with unwavering faith and love for the Lord. Hoping to spread a little joy and laughter, Lindsay likes to share her life journey and stories from a comical point of view. Striving to live life fully by finding laughter in the chaos.

 

Mallory

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Mallory grew up in Oklahoma, met her husband Dave in college there, and they have lived in Maryland, Michigan, and now Alabama since getting married ten years ago. They are parents to three sweet little girls, ages 5, 3, and 1. Four years ago they moved to Birmingham, and Mallory now works as a college professor, where she teaches the best students around and also conducts research on the topic of exercise during pregnancy.

In her free time, Mallory enjoys scouring the internet for junk science (it’s plentiful!) to use to teach her students about what good science looks like, playing princess tea party with and reading to her girls, bargain hunting for and fixing up treasures to decorate her home, and being involved in the children’s and missions ministries at her church.

Melissa

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Raised outside of Orlando, Florida, redheaded Melissa is an avid sunscreen and shade enthusiast. She left Florida in 2007 to serve in the United States Air Force as a radio and television broadcaster. After basic and technical training she was stationed in Illinois, South Korea, Italy, and Alabama with two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan sprinkled in between.

In 2013, she met her husband Gregg and in 2015, they were married. This gave Melissa the new title of Bonus Mom to Gregg’s daughter, Isabella. That year also welcomed Melissa back into the civilian world as her eight years of service came to a close due to medical retirement. She has called Birmingham home for the past 3.5 years.

Shortly after they were married, Melissa and Gregg found themselves wading through the confusing and emotional world of miscarriage and unexplained infertility. They excitedly welcomed a son in November of 2017 after two years of trying for a little miracle.

Melissa dedicates her extra time to spoiling their three rescue dogs Ginger, Typsy, and Bruno. She also fosters dogs before they find their furever homes.

Polly

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Polly was born and raised in Birmingham and has been married to the man of her dreams for almost 25 years. She and her husband currently have 12 children. Eight of their kids are home grown. They have adopted two children and also have two children from foster care. Polly’s children range in age from 23 down to five months old. She enjoys having a house full of her best friends and babies.
Polly has been a stay-at-home mom since her first baby was born and has homeschooled most of her children. Recently, some of her children have transitioned to private school and she can now be found on game nights roaring from the stands for her football player and her daughter’s dance team.
Along with her husband, Polly is a co-founder of Altar84, an organization that promotes orphan care awareness and partners with a ministry in Haiti to provide medical and nutritional support to over 500 children.
Some of Polly’s favorite things to do include traveling (even with a dozen kids), reading, spending time doing adult things with her big kids, and her favorite hobby these days is going on dates with her super cute husband, Shawn.

Rebekah

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Rebekah moved around a lot growing up but has been blessed to call Birmingham home since she graduated from The University of Alabama in 2011. She, her husband Jon, and their one-year-old son Jason live in Vestavia Hills with their beagle Mozzie. Rebekah is a librarian and a vacation planner for all Disney Destinations at Girl Meets Mouse. So, naturally, she loves books and all things Disney.

Rebekah also loves cooking, gardening, time with friends, and that sweet hour in the morning where everything is quiet. She relies heavily on Mountain Dew but more so on God’s grace to live out every day.

Sara

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Sara is a Birmingham native, happily married wife to Adam, and mother to Charlotte (6 months). Sara spent her childhood in Shelby County, but moved to the city to attend college at UAB, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. She works full time in a high risk maternity clinic where she has been supporting mamas long before she became one herself.

In her spare time (yeah, right!) she can be found at the library, sewing new things for her baby girl, or wrangling their four rescue animals (two cats and two dogs). Currently embracing this new journey of motherhood and learning to accept the ever present basket of laundry, Sara’s home is the perfect storm of chaos and love.

Shana

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Shana is an Alabama native who has now lived in Birmingham for 13 years. She practices medicine by trade but recently found she could live out her passion for helping others through partnering with an amazing health and happiness company. This has allowed her to stay at home and raise her spunky sassafras daughter (age 2) while praying for more babies to come along. She and her husband love to travel, eat at new trendy restaurants, and dance around the house to mostly any music, but certainly with a fondness towards George Strait and Frank Sinatra. They have a passion for adoption and are soon to become new foster parents, as well.

Leading a life driven by what The Lord wants is Shana’s deepest desire and she longs to raise her daughter up with a heart for the same. When she’s not leading her growing team of fellow entrepreneurs, making plans for her next DIY, or exploring nature with her daughter, you can usually find her with her nose in a few new books, figuring out a new vegan recipe, or watching Fixer Upper…because you know…shiplap and open concept.

Tabitha

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Tabitha has spent her entire life living in various parts of St. Clair County . . . small town life but close enough to the city to enjoy all it has to offer. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years.

Tabitha spends her days as a blogger and homeschool mom to Gavin, a 4th grader who loves animals, books, geography, LEGO, Disney, roller coasters, museums, pirates and karate. Indeed, he keeps her life interesting! Part of what makes it interesting is homeschooling an only child – it’s a unique journey!

Tabitha loves libraries, good books, history, traveling, coffee, Disney, sometimes cooking (but never cleaning up), being a “karate mom”, more coffee, scrapbooking in her free time (ha!) and naps.

Around town, you’re likely to catch her “field-tripping” with her son at one of the libraries, a park, the Birmingham Museum of Art, McWane Science Center, the Birmingham Zoo, or one of the other dozens of interesting places in the city – and she’ll probably have coffee.

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