Meet Our Contributors

Alli

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Alli is a Birmingham native who always knew she wanted to be a mommy to many, but had no idea that would turn into many little boys! While being a “boy mom” was not what she expected, you will now find her trudging through the woods and happily exploring everything “outdoors” with her brood of little men. Happily married to a builder, you might find that her Google searches reveal a never-ending list of home improvements, which leads to lots of screen shots and “Let’s do this next” text messages. When not chasing around her boys, you can find her off on a long run, drinking coffee, going out for a girls’ night, or wandering the aisles of the most wonderful place on earth, Target.

 

Alyson

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Alyson is a self-proclaimed millennial mom to a sweet baby boy Parker. Parker was born in November of 2016 with a congenital heart defect.  This leaves her googling every cough, sneeze, side-eye and smile in an effort to define “normal.” 

Alyson and her husband Sean moved to Birmingham four years ago bidding farewell to her hotdog/pizza loving hometown of Chicago and saying hello to barbeque and sweet tea. While being a transplant can be difficult, it allowed Alyson to search for “her” places. Along the way she found a hair stylist, a favorite cup of coffee and a BHM happy place at Pepper Place. The verdict is still out on a favorite donut and she’s given up on hotdogs; but that just means there’s more searching to be done.

 

Anna

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Anna is a born and raised Birmingham girl! She grew up in Alabaster, AL then moved to Southside while attending college. After getting married, she moved back to Alabaster. Anna and her husband Mike have been married since 2013 and they are excited about their growing family! They have two children, Liam, is 2, and Daphne, who was just born on August 19. 

Anna graduated from UAB with her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. While at UAB, Anna was a member of the Blazerettes dance team which is part of the Marching Blazers, UAB’s marching band. Anna has been teaching in the early childhood field for almost 10 years with the past 2 years teaching pre-kindergarten. She is also a dance teacher at a renowned Birmingham dance school. 

Anna loves to spend time with her family exploring Birmingham or drinking a coffee with some close friends. She is super excited about being a part of BMB!

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.

Beth

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Beth lives in Vestavia Hills, Ala. with her husband, Grant, and their two sons, Ian (3.5) and Colin (22 months). They also have a 95lb furbaby named Bailey that gets into more trouble than both kids. Beth grew up in Connecticut and is a Yankee at heart but moved to the South where she attended the University of Alabama and fell in love with the charm (and weather) of Southern life. After a decade-long marketing career and short stint back from maternity leave, Beth made the incredibly difficult decision to pause her career and become a stay-at-home mom. While at times she questions that decision, along with her sanity, she has absolutely no regrets. When she isn’t chasing two crazy boys and trying to tame their wild beast of a dog, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, hiking, exploring Birmingham, reading, and long-distance running.

Brittany

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Brittany is a 27-year-old wife and mother to her loving husband Ian, four-year-old son Quinn, and future daughter Aurora (due August 1st!). Brittany settled in Birmingham in 2004 after traveling the States and parts of Europe as an Army brat. Although she originally worked with children as an art teacher, she recently left her job to be a stay-at-home mom and to pursue her love of teaching yoga. She completed her RYT 200 at our very own Life Time Fitness and has a passion for all things health, fitness, minimalist living, and transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle.

Carrie

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Carrie is an “Air Force brat” and grew up all over the United States. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. She and her husband, Richie, have been married since 2005 and lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast until they moved to Birmingham in 2006, following Hurricane Katrina. They live in Hoover and have three children – Mary Marshall (9), Charlie (7), and Sam (2).

Carrie is a Professional Organizer and owner of Kempt Professional Organizing. She loves helping busy moms organize their homes, offices, schedules and lives! When she is not helping her clients, she is usually chasing her toddler around while cooking, doing laundry and helping with homework. In her downtime, Carrie enjoys decorating her home, spending time with friends and family, exercising, and watching all the shows on HGTV and Bravo.

 

Chris

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Chris is the center support that keeps the seesaw of her family balanced. With her husband, Christopher (yes, it’s cute that they have the same name), she is leading a blended family of almost-adults: Connor (24), Colin (21), and Eva (19). Together, they are trying to impart life’s wisdom despite eye rolling, unanswered text messages, and rare meals together.

Born in Wisconsin, Chris moved South with her family, first to Richmond, Virginia, and then to Birmingham when she was 12. 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 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.

 

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!

 

English

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English comes from a long line of Texans and even though she moved to Alabama for college in 2008, her home state has never left her heart. As a child English knew she was born to be the First Lady of the state of Texas and a mother. On November 8th, 2016 the latter of the two aspirations became a reality. Her precious daughter Penelope Grace (Poppy) is everything she dreamed of and more. Poppy’s developing personality and spunk amaze English every day. Although English’s husband is not the governor of Texas, he is a dream come true in his own right. Adam swept English off her feet 3 years ago. Pretty suave for a CPA, right? They have had fun learning and growing together over the years. Their fur baby, Lorelei, is a very sensitive and slightly neurotic (it’s ok she is medicated) blue tick coonhound whom they love dearly. Life is full of discovery in the Boyd house as the God continues to reveal its plan for them. English lives for open mouth baby kisses and laughter with friends. Although her life is not now nor ever will be perfect, it is filled with love and that is more than she could have ever asked for.

 

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.

Jessica M.

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Jessica was born and raised along the white sands and teal waters of Destin, FL right in the heart of the Emerald Coast. Even though she’s from “paradise,” she wouldn’t trade her life in Birmingham for anything. She and her husband, Jason, daughter, Brighten (1), six pound morkie, Swanson live in the Crestwood South neighborhood of Birmingham. Coincidentally, Jessica and Jason are both Floridians and were brought to Birmingham by Samford University. Once they met, began dating, and got married, they decided to make this wonderful city their home.

Jessica graduated from Samford with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She’s always loved to write and has spent the last several years working for several local nonprofits doing fundraising and marketing. Jessica is an adoptive mom and loves writing and talking about her family’s journey through their almost four year adoption process. She is a serve team leader at her church, Immanuel, which serves the downtown area. Jessica is the epitome of an oldest child, which is appropriate since she has two younger sisters who are also both Samford grads and have both settled in Birmingham. Jessica loves coffee more than almost anything, takes frequent trips home to Destin, and relaxes by watching videos of adorable puppies.

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.

 

Kendra

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Kendra, a Birmingham native, is happily married to her husband of 14 years and is the mom of two sweet kiddos (10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy). A former pharmaceutical sales representative of 12 years, she now stays home with their kiddos while running a small business. Two years ago, The Paisley Pea, an online baby and maternity brand, was born from her passion for sewing and all things earthy! The company has now grown into a substantial business with 75 retailers across the country. When not running the business, she enjoys crafting with her children, entertaining, exploring other cultures, music, and being a nature-lover! She is excited about sharing her experiences as a MOMpreneur to encourage other moms in their quest.

 

Hayden

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Hayden originally moved to Birmingham to attend Samford University. She studied journalism and sociology, but returned to graduate school at UAB after finding her true calling in career as an English teacher. While in graduate school Hayden met her now husband, Andy, who moved back “home” from Auburn to start his adult life. In a whirlwind romance, Hayden and Andy truly grew up together in their short courtship, and got engaged six months later.

Hayden and Andy have now been married going on five years, and they live in Ross Bridge with their joy-giving toddler daughter Abigail. Hayden enjoys spending time with family, traveling to experience other cultures and food, entertaining and hospitality at home, building community in her church, cultivating friendships — old and new alike, getting caught up in a good book with a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine at night, teaching children that knowledge is indeed power, and writing to process her thoughts. Above all, she truly desires to see God glorified in all aspects of her life.

Kathryn E.

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Kathryn has called Birmingham home for almost three decades. (Wow! She also just aged herself!) After attending Mississippi State University, she married her high-school sweetheart, and they moved back home to attend medical school and graduate school at UAB. Their first house was a 1920’s bungalow in Avondale that they renovated before Pinterest and Joanna Gaines. Home renovation would become a hobby or obsession, some might say, in every city they lived. After moving to North Carolina and Mississippi, they returned to Birmingham in 2015, as a family of four. Kathryn and her husband James live in the Liberty Park community with their two precious fellas (ages 6 & 5) and two adopted pups (ages 13 & 9).

In 2017, Kathryn’s shift from a traditional careerwoman in hospital administration to a work-from-home entrepreneur was equal parts thrilling and frightening. Kathryn has pursued her passion for clean living by partnering with Beautycounter, a clean beauty movement, and she loves the ability to build a business while simultaneously having a significant social impact. You can often find Kathryn at a ball field, either cheering for her two fellas or passionately ringing a cowbell at a Mississippi State game. (Hail State!)

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.

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.

 

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 are hopeful that one day, they will be able to expand their family with a tiny human of their own.

Melissa works in the digital marketing industry and dedicates her extra time to spoiling their three rescue dogs Ginger, Typsy, and Bruno. She also fosters dogs before they find their furever homes. You might get the impression that she kind of likes dogs. The glimmer in her eyes at the mention of man’s best friend and the K-9 hair on her clothes gives it away.

You can find Melissa in the wine aisle of any store or watching true crime anything while cuddled up with her pups.

Molly

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Molly grew up in Montgomery and then ventured to Furman University for a degree in Communication Studies. After a year of AmeriCorps service in Denver, working as a camp director in Mentone, and then working for a non-profit in Macon, Molly moved to Birmingham 2 years ago for her husband’s pediatric residency at UAB. After moving states, buying their first home, and having a baby within 4 weeks, Molly spent a year at home adjusting to their “new normal, and she now works full time as the Project Manager for the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.

Molly and Carter live in Homewood with their daughter, Anna Wells, who is 2 years old and is the apple of their eye. They are members of Trinity UMC. On nearly any given night, you will find Molly laying on the couch watching HGTV while scouring the internet for the next local festival/parade/story time/restaurant/bargain in the area. Then she will get veryyyy excited to go to bed.

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.

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.

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.

Stacey

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Stacey grew up in Birmingham and being the homebody she is, decided to stay and attend college at Samford University where she earned a degree in elementary education. She always dreamed of becoming a SAHM, but never imagined she’d be using her classroom management savvy to help raise 2 year old BGG triplets. She met her husband, Jonathan, at the dear age of five, but it took them 20 more years and lots of different paths to realize they were meant for each other. A major planner at heart, Stacey is learning that some of the best things in life come in the unexpected. She and her husband currently live in Bluff Park and enjoy the unique challenges that their exciting family life brings.

When she does get time to herself, Stacey enjoys exercise-especially Zumba, chai lattes, pedicures, a good Pinterest project, and quality time with friends.

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.

Tina

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Tina is from Switzerland and has only been in Birmingham for 18 months. She’s been in the U.S. for a little over a decade and lived in Norfolk, VA and Philadelphia, PA before moving to Alabama for her work. She is the Director of the UAB Institute for Human Rights and a professor of international politics, human rights, and peace studies.

Tina lives in Hoover with her husband Kasey and her two boys Yannick (6) and Finnian (4). She is a full-time working mom who loves to combine motherhood and career, which leads to a chaotic, but fulfilled life.

 

Whitney

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Small-town girl gone big city, Whitney is an Alabama native and bonafide Southern mama to sweet triplet girls, Remi, Rylee, and Ruth. She and her husband Ben love the challenge of raising triplets and find joy in being “those people.” As a former elementary school teacher, Whitney has a creative spirit and loves a good DIY. She’s passionate about momming and upbeat music and has found the two pair well. She also couldn’t live without roller coasters, Dave Ramsey, marker pens, and all things colorful. Plagued by perfectionism and indecisiveness but blessed with a determined personality, she relies on a heavy dose of grace to get through every day. Keep up with Whitney’s family on YouTube.

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.

Tami

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Tami’s that girl who swore up and down she’d never have children – typical quick-tempered redhead who was just fine with her life the way it was. She went to college in Southern California, where she met her husband and wooed him with her Alabama accent. On their second date, she explained to him that she didn’t plan to be a mother, ever. But life isn’t always about our plans, is it? After he proposed, she dragged him back to her hometown of Birmingham and they’ve been married almost 13 years now.

She spent her twenties traveling and building a career as a successful realtor in Birmingham, and the first half of her thirties struggling with infertility. In March of 2017, Tami and Mario gave birth to their beautiful daughter Teagan. Now, they can’t imagine life without her. Teagan was born with a genetic defect called Connexin 26, which causes hearing loss. So, she gets to wear the most adorable little hearing aids and Tami & Mario work to educate those around them on the ins and outs of hearing loss in children.

Lover of travel, she keeps a grab bag of the names of places outside the U.S. and draws from it every other year! Next up is Argentina!

Being a new mom with a demanding career has been a little tough, but she’s learning to balance. Having Teagan was the best thing possible, because it taught her to slow down and enjoy life, rather than rush from one appointment to the next. She’s excited to be a part of the City Moms Blog Network and the opportunity to meet other moms from all walks of life!

Tiffany

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Tiffany is the embodiment of that feeling when you think you know exactly what you want, but life gives you a once over and a chuckle and says “uh uh . . . I’ve got something else in store.” After 4 years of joyful, challenging stay-at-home-momhood, Tiffany is embarking on a new venture as founder and owner of an indoor cycling studio. The journey has been exhilarating, and filled with trepidation leaving her full-time role as SAHM to Marilee (4) and Rhett (1). And to make things even more fun, her husband Mark is starting an innovative school & youth workforce development program in Ensley . . . at exactly the same time.

Perpetually in a state of believing things will slow down eventually (oh, you’re laughing too?), Tiffany loves out-of-town adventures (almost exclusively to friends’ weddings and bachelorette parties), sweaty fitness classes, frequent necessitated deep breathing exercises, and getting to know this fabulous city. She’s lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Boston, and is finally making Birmingham her home. Her family moved here in the summer of 2017, and Tiffany is intrigued by and excited about all Birmingham has to offer!

Virginia

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Virginia was raised in Anniston, AL, a small town about an hour drive from Birmingham. After graduating from Jacksonville State University with a degree in human sciences, she married her college sweetheart and spent the next decade living throughout the southeast from Charleston, SC to Atlanta, GA. Fast forward a few years, and Virginia found herself back in her hometown working full-time, single, and raising her young son. At the most unexpected time in the most unlikely of places, she met the love of her life and soul mate, and they were married in a garden wedding in Savannah, GA in 2016.

Virginia now calls Trussville home with her husband, Mark, and their two boys, Britton (7) and stepson, Gavin (10). Virginia works as a Employment Resource Specialist for the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

She loves Hello Fresh, Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappucinos, exercising, camping (more to the point, glamping), renovating their new home, and any occasion that lets her play dress up!!

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!)

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