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!

Amber

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Amber grew up traveling the world as an Army Brat. She now lives in Vestavia Hills with her husband, Russell, and their five children, Eleanor (6), Henry (4), Elisabeth (1) and twins Olivia and Anna (4 months). With three children age one year and under, you could say her life is a little crazy right now.
Amber graduated from The University of Alabama with a BS in Food and Nutrition. She is a full-time momma and a part-of-the-time Registered Dietitian. She spends most of her time changing diapers (looooots of diapers), negotiating how many bites each child has left to eat, and chasing and giggling with her little toddlers. She spends her free time trying to convince her children that homemade mac and cheese is actually better than the blue box and that ice cream doesn’t really count as a milk substitute (though BlueBell makes a pretty good argument). She also loves spending time with her husband, traveling, cooking, and kicking butt at spin class (too bad her butt hasn’t gotten the memo…!). She is the best online shopper and worst “only buy what’s on the list” shopper. 

She is an advocate of womanhood, including the divine role of mother. She has learned that if ever given the option to laugh or cry, always choose to laugh.

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.

Cassidy

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Cassidy is a hopeless coffee addict raised in the South and laughs that she must have missed the accent because people constantly ask her if she’s “from around here.” (She can easily spot a fake Southern accent in movies, though, and is famous for dead ringer impersonations of the Southern drawl). Her greatest passion involves learning new things. Whether it’s food, plays, books, a new recipe, or the latest coffee joint downtown, you can always find Cassidy ready to try something new.

When she’s not homeschooling her boys and taking them to explore, she’s an artist, writer, and STEAM educator. One of Cassidy’s biggest passions is to promote, inspire, and empower people to learn voraciously. Whether it’s calculus or Shakespeare (and yes, those two subjects go together quite nicely), Cassidy loves to learn and share the exploration of knowledge with others.

Some of her favorite things are acting in plays, painting, reading Shakespeare or Ibsen, and watching John Wayne movies.

She is a Hermes Award nominated digital artist, a published author, speaker, actress, and marketing consultant. She lives in Birmingham with her husband Tim, their two beautiful boys, and more pets than what’s reasonable. You can connect with Cassidy on Twitter or Instagram to follow the next great adventure.

 

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.

 

Catie

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Catie is a Birmingham native, who graduated from the University of Alabama with degrees in English and journalism. As an adoptive and biological mother to four boys and two girls, ranging in ages from 14 down to infant, you can either hear her cheering for her sons at their baseball games or learning tricks to shopping at Aldi. She and her husband, Jamie, of 16 years have additionally cared for nearly 80 vulnerable children through the foster care system. In her time alone, she escapes with a cup of green tea on the back porch, sitting in silence. Catie is an author, who writes and speaks on a spectrum of subjects, whether it be their family’s calling to serve families and children in crisis throughout Birmingham, her passion for English and American literature, or simply how to preserve self and marriage care as a mama. Yet, whatever surprises her day holds from juggling her numerous roles, each ceremoniously ends with her collapsing in amazement of once again being sustained by God’s grace.

 

 

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.

 

Dori

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Dori is a 36-year-old mommy who lives in Vestavia Hills with her hubby of almost 10 years and their 3 crazy 4-year-old sons. Yep. They’re all 4. All boys. She works full time as a college professor and has a serious caffeine addiction. While her parenting approach can best be described as “survivalist”, she’s just so glad to be in the game after struggling with infertility.

 

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.

 

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, marketing professional, and sports information director. Now, the Birmingham newcomer is an event coordinator for a local nonprofit, and owner of Birmingham Stork Lady. She also recently became a LuLaRoe retailer after becoming slightly obsessed with the clothing line. 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 five years, and together they have two daughters: a spunky 2 year old named Brooklyn, who is obsessed with airplanes, tractors, and pigtails; and 6-month-old Blakely, whose nickname is Smiley (she loves watching her big sister!). 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.

 

Kristin B.

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Kristin has been married to her best friend, JT, for 5 years. They did a flash mob at their wedding (back when those were cool), and now they have dance parties with their 18 month old son, John Oliver.

Outside of being a wife and a mom, Kristin works full-time as the fundraising director for a ministry in Birmingham. Kristin loves Disney World and date nights. She starts her morning with a big glass of lemon water and time with the Lord, and she ends her day laughing with her husband.

 

Kristin M.

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Kristin has lovingly called Birmingham or the surrounding areas home all her life. She and her husband, Brad, were married in 2015. That day she also became stepmother to Brad’s two daughters, Kaylan (16) and Gracie (10). Kristin and Brad have been trying to have a baby for almost 2 years.

Being a new wife, new stepmom, and struggling with infertility has introduced Kristin to a new set of challenges in a short amount of time. She is enjoying learning about and settling into her new roles.

When she’s not busy figuring out her new normal she loves cooking, baking, and eating. She also loves to travel, watch a good t.v. series, read, and write. She is looking forward to connecting to other Birmingham moms, stepmoms and moms-to-be.

 

LaTasha

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LaTasha has always known that she wanted to be a mother. The chance may have come sooner than what she could have ever imagined at the age of sixteen, but through the love and grace of God and support of their families, she and her high school sweetheart–now husband of sixteen years–have built and been blessed with a one-of-a-kind family.

She was born a foodie and found her calling in the food industry at the age of seventeen on the very first day of her first job as a hostess in a restaurant. She later pursued her dreams of becoming a chef, all while being a stay-at-home mom, and loved every minute of it. During the week she could be found sipping tea at the weekly PRINCESS tea parties hosted by her daughters, but during her classes on the weekends she was the sautéing and simmering QUEEN. She graduated from culinary school in 2005.

Preparing food has always been the way she expressed her love to her family and friends. Entertaining is a MUST. When guests are over, which is all the time, they are at home in her house.

LaTasha graduated with her B.S. in nutrition science in 2015 and is currently a food service and nutrition director. She is also the small business owner of Simply Tasteful, a personal chef and nutrition service. She enjoys the simple things in life, hence the name of her business. She never meets a stranger and greets everyone with a hug. It is very rare that you will not find a smile on her face. “Always let your light shine” is her motto!

 

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.

Sarah

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Sarah loves sweet tea, SEC sports, Netflix marathon-ing, and a good, strong cup of coffee. She is the mom of fraternal twin girls and the wife of a computer software engineer. You can find Sarah blogging about her life over at Sarah in the Suburbs, writing about travel at Traveling Mom, and trying to control her Disney obsession at The Mouse & the Monorail.

 

SL

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SL is a Christian, wife, mother, author, advocate, voice for the voiceless, business owner, and Ambassador for Christ. She is a speaker, author, advocate, certified health and safety instructor that owns her own LTP company to certify people in these areas. She’s also certified in various mental health areas that include providing services to veterans and their families. 

SL lives in Alabama with her husband and their seven children. They spend time together as a family and serving God in the capacities that they have been called to serve. She’s an advocate for education, mental health and the advancement of all communities regardless of the zip code among other issues.

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.

Staci

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Staci and her husband live in the beautiful Birmingham area with their two daughters. She discovered her love for writing after the loss of her son and has since been active in the blogging world and has published two books. She is active in her church and proudly bears the title of “Soccer Mom”. When not working a full-time job, writing, or volunteering, Staci can often be found in a local coffee shop gathered around a table with coffee and friends.

 

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.

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