Margaret moved out to Arizona from California to marry a guy she’d met on a blind date… 8 years later, she and Brad have weathered job changes, financial ups and downs, the birth of two kids, and the joys and challenges of marriage. Margaret taught middle school social studies for 7 years before leaving the classroom to stay home with her children and freelance at various and sundry jobs. She keeps busy by playing with Madeleine, 3, and Corbin, 6 months; plotting out new organizational checklists for the house; teaching and editing; volunteering at church; and keeping up with the latest superhero movies with Brad. If there’s a spare moment to be found in there, Margaret can usually be found reading about current events to indulge her inner news junkie.
Kimberly is a working mom, wife to her best friend, Andre, and mother to two adorable boys, AJ and Alex. By day she is a project manager and list-maker extraordinaire, and by night attempts to make her house a home. She has a passion for education and has both Bachelors and MBA degrees from universities in her native state of Arizona. In her “spare time” Kimberly enjoys crafting, decorating, photography, thrifting and loves to share that side of her life and connect with others at her blog, A Night Owl. She is active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Jenna is an Arizona native, born and raised in the West valley. She and her high school sweetheart have been married for three years and are the parents of an amazing 20-month old girl. Jenna is a high school math teacher at Ironwood High School, but her true passion is teaching dance. She is a teacher and choreographer at Marilyn’s Academy of Dance where she works with students from ages 3 and up…all the way up to 65. Jenna loves music and uses it to inspire herself and her students.
Liz is a proud Arizona native, middle school teacher, wife, and mom to two toddler girls. When she’s not grading or lesson planning, she’s spending time with her family, catching up on any and every good book out there, or scouring thrift stores for the find of the century. Raising a family is a community affair, and she’s honored to be a part of this amazing, diverse group of women committed to supporting Phoenix families.
Karen married her high school sweetheart, Brandon, 18 years ago! Together, they have four fabulous kiddos ranging in age from 6-17. Karen is passionate about adoption (her youngest 2 are adopted), date nights with her hubby, and travels with her family. She works daily at finding balance between mothering her kids at their many different stages, managing her home, giving her time to her church, and being wife to her man. You can find an occasional blogpost on her family blog: grieserfam.blogspot.com
Mandi has been married to the love of her life David for 5 years. They have been blessed with two beautiful little girls, Gracelyn Shea (4) and Briella Rain (2). She finds so much joy in being a mommy and enjoys hosting play dates, and organizing get togethers with her friends. Her love for kids spreads beyond her home where she is the nanny of two little boys in the evenings and volunteers with the youth at her church! You can find find her most days tied to her hot glue gun or elbow deep in ribbon designing new headbands and hair acessories for Stellar Day Boutique. She loves every single holiday and enjoys decorating her house as each one approaches! When she’s not playing castle or house with her muchkins she loves DATE NIGHTS with her man, blogging, shopping with friends and drinking fancy coffees! She feels so blessed by God’s unfailing love and strives to share it with everyone she meets!
Jessie is the proud mama of two little loves, Reese (3 1/2) and Brooks (18 months). She is fortunate enough to share her life’s adventures with her husband (and high school sweetheart) Todd to whom she has been married for 9 years. Although she and her husband have lived all over the West Coast, Arizona is home and she can’t imagine leaving the warm Arizona sunshine anytime soon! A proud University of Arizona Alumni, Jessie spent her pre-kiddo years as a corporate recruiter and trainer. When she is not taking her kiddos to the park or exploring the many cool things the Valley has for families, Jessie is now running her natural baby food business, At First Bite (www.atfirstbitebaby.com) , and blogging about the many adventures of parenthood on her blog, At First Bite – Peas. Love. Yumminess. (www.peasloveyumminess.
Stacey is a local photographer, dreamer and a kid at heart. As an Arizona native, she has fallen in love with, Phoenix, the city she was born in and all it has to offer. She is an advocate for local small businesses especially pertaining to women and moms. Take her downtown, out to a movie (especially a dorky sci fi one), to Comicon or equally “nerdy” event, or treat her to wine and sushi and Stacey will be your best friend. She is a lover of food and a wannabe gourmet chef when not taking pictures and capturing the beauty of her clients. The biggest steals of her heart are the two main men in her life, her 11 year old son and long-time boyfriend of eight years. Stacey enjoys the downtown art scene, anything Disney, the calmness of the rain and ocean as well as hiking. Give this mama a camera and let her sass and style shine! You can check out Stacey’s work on her blog. She can also be found on Facebook and Pinterest.
Robin is a stay at home mom to two wonderful kids, Rylan and Presley, and has another one on the way! She has been married to her wonderful husband Ron for almost 10 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of California, and while she misses it often, she now considers Arizona her home. Before having kids, Robin was an elementary school teacher and kids have always been her passion. She loved teaching very much, but feels incredibly blessed to be able to stay home with her own children. To fill her teaching void, Robin is constantly looking for and planning new activities to do at home with her children. Pinterest is her best friend when it comes to finding activities and new recipes to try. In her free time, Robin likes to read, do puzzles, travel, watch movies, and just spend time with her family and friends.
The last few years have brought big changes for Emily. After spending years in high-stress, deadline-driven TV jobs in East Coast metros, family circumstances brought her and her husband Joel to the Arizona desert. Now this former news junkie is a stay-at-home mom to Miles, a fast-talking toddler with energy to spare. She spends her days teaching him about faith, letters, numbers and manners. Whenever he’s asleep she boots up the laptop to grow BloomBox Marketing, a social media and marketing business she launched with her sister earlier this year. Whatever spare time she has left is spent on a rare date night with Joel, coffee and dinner with friends, or in her craft room creating simple, beautiful jewelry for her online boutique, Hazel & May, and giving too many treats to her pups, Pepper and Gizmo.
All photos except for Jessie , Morgan,Robin, Emily, and Mandi are taken courtesy of Dream Photography Studio.