Our Contributing Team

 

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Meet Our Contributors

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Coppelia A.

Coppelia loves living in Houston, but she grew up on the Caribbean island paradise of Puerto Rico! She also called Sacramento, California home for a few years, where she and her puertorrican prince charming Adam had two babies, their son Chris {2006} and daughter Ally {2009}. She majored in communications and has worked in radio since her college days. You can hear Coppelia locally on 91.7 NGEN Radio weekdays from 10am to 3pm! Coppelia is also passionate about worship and she loves singing at her home church, Second Baptist Church {in English and en Español!} You can occasionally find her speaking at women’s conferences, sharing her heart. She wrote her first book “Whole: How One Book Can Transform Your Whole Life” and blogs about family, faith and fun at coppeliamarie.com. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Coppeliamarie. 

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Keri A.

Keri, a Marine-Corps military brat, has lived all over the country; though, she claims Colorado as her home. Her greatest joys include her God, family, and education. She married the love of her life, Ryan, 16 years ago, after meeting him at Utah State University, where she received her degree in business information systems. She has a passion for helping others and for advocating for children with disabilities, as well as womanhood and motherhood. Together, she and Ryan have one teenager Matthew {2004}, David {2006}, a deceased daughter Rachel {would be 9 1/2}, Ethan {2010}, and the most adorable puppy ever, Izzy. After rounds of fertility drugs, high-risk pregnancies {including some bouts of cancer and other health challenges}, Keri has realized the precious blessings of life. Being the mother of two special needs children presents some challenges, but it also allows her to see the world through beautiful minds. Losing Rachel has caused for much grief and pain, but it’s also solidified her testimony in God’s plan for her life and helped her to feel compassion and empathy for others. Much of her early career found her in marketing and office opportunities, always writing on the side. During 2016, Keri had the chance to face several health challenges, enduring 10 surgeries in one year. It was through these challenges that Keri recognized her desire to go back to school for another degree, as well as gave her the courage to write her first novel. She left the marketing realm and set off to join the forces of HR. She thoroughly enjoys being back in school, while also serving and advocating for the employees of her company. On a night off, you might find her playing games with her kids or catching a movie and sushi with the hubs.

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Joi B.

Joi was born and raised in San Antonio. After a brief pit stop at the University of Texas in Austin, Joi moved to Houston in 1994 and began checking boxes off her never ending to do list. During this time and in no particular order, Joi taught a little bit of everything between first and eighth grades, got married and then divorced, completed grad school, birthed a few babies – Ferris {November 1997}, Warren {December 1999} and Laylah {March 2006}, moved an old lady into her home – Granny {January 1925} started working in Human Resources, served an excessive amount of time (on boards, in booster clubs, team momming) as a crazy sports momma, and learned a lot of life lessons. Joi is known for her unabashed honesty, always present sense of humor and her #TeamTooMuch style of doing everything. On most days, you can find her caught up in her love/hate relationship with politics, feeding her Facebook addiction, or counting the number of days until her last child graduates from high school.

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Britany B.

Britany is a bit lost in Texas, but enjoying her time wandering: seeking fellow messy moms, scattered writers, and perfectly packaged craft beer. Originally from Louisiana, she received a degree in Public Relations and accepted a job in Boston, managing international group travel. After returning to the south, she married a man far prettier than herself, opened a wedding planning business in New Orleans, welcomed star-gazer Dawson to the world {2013}, moved to Europe the following year, and gave birth to Evelyn {2015} in Amsterdam, among the tulips and shallow canals. She is currently chasing her kids around The Heights and overjoyed to be back in the states surrounded by grandparents {free babysitters} and TJ Maxx {not-so-free therapy}. She’s happiest when traveling, reading, or binging Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She hopes to frighten your children one day—currently writing a Young Adult horror series. You can find her rambling on her blog The Monsters Club and oversharing on IG {@britanybrownlee}.

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Angelica C.

 Angelica, also lovingly referred to as Angel, is a wife to her high school sweetheart, Oscar, and the young couple finally tied the knot in June of 2004. After struggling with infertility for seven years, they welcomed their first child, Gideon {January 2012}, and in three short years they welcomed Annabelle {2013}, Deacon {2014} and Jubilee {2015}. In the summer of 2016, Angel’s oldest child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which she continues to educate herself about by reading books, listening to podcasts and attending local classes and training events. When Angel isn’t busy tackling home duties and juggling her children’s activities, she enjoys taking self-defense classes at Krav Maga Houston, which she has been attending since moving to Houston in November 2016. She also loves coffee, reading, and meeting new people. Angel strives to live out 1 John 3:16 daily and loves talking and teaching others about what that means.

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Shannon C.

Shannon M. Clark, MD is a double board certified OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist. She is an educator, researcher and clinician at a large academic institution. As an ACOG media expert, she contributes to multiple websites, news outlets and magazines regarding pregnancy-related topics. More recently, she has taken a special interest pregnancy and fertility after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. She was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by her own personal experience of trying to start a family at the age of 40. Because of her personal and medical knowledge of the fertility and medical concerns surrounding pregnancy after age 35, she started Babies After 35 -a site dedicated to fertility, pregnancy and motherhood after age 35. Sharing her medical expertise and personal experiences, she has written for Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, The Washington Post and Glamour. Dr. Clark became a mother at age 42 to twins Remy Vaughn and Sydney Renée {September 2016} via egg donor after multiple failed rounds of IVF. She is a full-time working mother with a passion for world travel, writing, amateur photography and her first fur baby, a pit bull named Cru.

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Stephanie C.

Stephanie loves life and living it to the fullest. She always has something new going on, and it is probably the most random thing you’ve ever imagined! A native of Beaver Dam, KY, Stephanie stays busy with her family. She is wife to her hilarious husband Don and is the mother of two tweens – drummer son Avery and dancer daughter Piper. As a family, they enjoy anything fun-in-the-sun and annual trips to Disney World. She lives the good life in the suburbs of Houston and works full-time in the travel industry. A complete social media fanatic, Stephanie is always up on the latest technology. She is a living “Six Degrees of Separation” and seems to have some sort of obscure tie to most anyone you might ask about! Stephanie has been blogging since 2004 at StephanieClick.com. You can also find her @stephanieclick on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Emily F.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Emily’s family traded in mountains for beaches when they moved in her pre-teen years to Sugar Land, Texas. Emily graduated from UT Austin with degrees in Journalism and Psychology. She earned a minor in Spanish, which served her well when she went on a soul-searching journey for six-months to Bilbao, Spain. Shortly after returning, Emily met her husband, Oren, by mistake on Facebook – her favorite mistake of all time! They struggled for a while with infertility and grieved a few miscarriages, but they were ultimately rewarded with their beautiful son Mayer {June 2013}. Their next baby, Juliet {April 2015}, was an unexpected, but welcome surprise. However, her traumatic arrival into the world almost took her life, along with Emily’s. Fortunately, they both made complete recoveries, and they now have a very special bond. After all her baby struggles, Emily, who has experience as a newspaper reporter and in technical writing, chose to stay at home with her little loves. She is also currently a freelance writer. In her free time, she loves to read, write, cook, work on her physical fitness, and fantasize about traveling. To read more of her work, visit her web page EmilyBFeinstein.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, and Instagram {@ebfeinstein}.

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Lindsay G.

Lindsay G. was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and she and her husband headed south to Spring in June of 2016. As a clinical social worker, she works full time with families growing their families through adoption. Lindsay met her husband John when they were both camp counselors. They welcomed their first future little camper G in December 2017, and are working on getting their sea legs as new parents. Lindsay is constantly reading, researching at least one new thing, and attempting to organize her life through bullet journaling. In her free time, she enjoys binging Gilmore Girls on a loop, baking, and running in the Houston area’s beautiful parks.

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Maria G.

Maria is a Cuban born, Miami raised, officially made-it-to-Texas mom of 3 who has called the Katy area home for the past 11 years. Growing up in Miami has played a central role in Maria’s cultural identity and how she is raising her kiddos. While attending Florida International University {Go Panthers!}, she met a cute boy named Alex. He had the most amazing smile and a head full of hair and since getting married and adding Daniel {November 2007}, Nicolas {January 2010} and Matteo {June 2011} to the family, he now has no hair but still an amazing smile! Maria was lucky enough to travel to far away places during her time working for a large international firm but switched gears after having kids to focus on another passion – helping people through fitness. She believes we are always a work in progress and we shouldn’t be afraid to reinvent ourselves! When she’s not chasing her three boys, Maria enjoys date nights, distance running, binge watching HGTV and enjoying a little vino with her friends!

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Kyla H.

Kyla was born in Alaska, but has lived in the Houston area most of her life. She met her husband Josh online when they were in middle school, and they married shortly after high school. They have three wonderful children, Nathaniel {April 2002}, Katie {February 2005}, and Josephine {April 2015}. Katie and Josie both have their own special medical issues and keep life at the Hebert house exciting every day! Katie has a metabolic disorder, suspected to be mitochondrial disease, and a host of other conditions that stem from that. Josephine was born with a congenital heart defect that was not diagnosed until she was almost 3 months old, and was later diagnosed with multiple life-threatening food allergies. In spite of the craziness at home, Kyla graduated from UHD in 2014 with a degree in psychology. She spends her days homeschooling Katie, caring for Josephine, trying to come up with allergy-safe meal plans, and occasionally ferrying Nathan to and from high school events. She enjoys writing, photography, listening to podcasts {mostly true crime}, binge-watching shows with her husband, and spending time with friends. You can keep up with their adventures at Life Is….

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Montoya H.

Montoya was born and raised in Houston and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Montoya works full time in Healthcare IT but is a blogging, coffee drinking, DIYer in her free time. When she isn’t working, she’s either traveling or planning travel with her family. She is wife to cool dude Phil, mom to her daughter Layla {August 2012}, and Momma Monty to her bonus/step daughter Leilah {July 2009}. You can find her and her family online at The Spring Break Family and on Instagram @thespringbreakfamily where they share their international adventures.

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Kristin K.

Kristin is a native Houstonian who met Russell, her handsome, hilarious, guitar-playing husband as a student at SFA.  They were married as college seniors in 2004 and have been learning the ropes in life together ever since. She became mom to a daughter, Campbell, in May 2008 and a son, Bennett, in October 2010.  Everything felt very complete with a rockstar husband and two blue-eyed babies.  A few years ago, life was turned upside down in the best ways with a call to adoption.  In late 2015 they added their spunky girl, Elliott Hope {September 2013} to the family via international adoption.  In 2017, they brought home everyone’s favorite little brother, Isaiah {January 2015} from China as well.  Life is more full {and more crazy!} than she ever imagined. Kristin is a pastor and a licensed counselor.  She spends half her time working at The Waters Church in Katy, running a not-for-profit counseling center connected to the church and overseeing the church’s women’s ministry and aspects of pastoral care.  She spends the other half of her time at home doing crowd control and pretending that in some universe she can keep the house clean today. There is nothing more significant in life to her than her relationship with Jesus Christ.  She feels passionate about ministry, family, sleep, people, Target, adoption, and coffee.  So much coffee.

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Jessica L.

After graduating college, Jessica moved to Fort Worth to pursue her love of fashion, listen to some Texas country music and have a little fun. One night out with a friend, 615 miles would be erased when this small town southeast Texas girl met her tall west Texas boy. Eventually jobs would move them to Houston where they would settle down into suburban life and have two sweet and VERY active boys, Jett {January 2011} and Jay {November 2012}. It wasn’t until having kids and becoming a stay at home mom, that Jessica truly fell in love with Houston. Her perfect day with the kids would begin EARLY at the zoo {because we all know parking there} with a strong cup of coffee, around lunch time they’d hop on the Hermann Park train and head over to Centennial Park for a picnic lunch and then they would end the day checking out the dinosaur exhibit at HMNS. When not exploring Houston, Jessica loves to shop online for amazing deals, watch Texas A&M football and basketball, and plan their next family adventure.

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Alissa M.

Alissa is a wife to her best friend {since 2003} and a grateful mother to four boys {2009, 2009, 2010, 2012) and one girl {2015}. And if you’re going to be friends, you should know she has a deep and abiding love of chocolate. She’s survived infertility, IVF, two NICUs, cloth diapers, a food allergy, and so much more! In 2017, she officially began writing and publishing children’s books and LOVES it! When she’s not writing or picking her kids up from school, she’d like to be reading/singing/laughing/napping/traveling/crafting/learning something new. But in reality, she’s probably grocery shopping/cleaning something/telling her boys to stop fighting. She lives in Katy, blogs at AliMcJoy.com, and occasionally visits Instagram {byualissa}, Pinterest {Ali McJoy}, and Facebook {@alimcjoy}. She is a big believer in living life–especially mothering–with intentionality. If she’s learned anything it’s that accidental success is a myth: decisions determine destiny. She will also be the first to tell you she is not even close to perfect, but she’s giving life her best shot one jam-packed day at a time.

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Michele

Michele is a native Houstonian and loves everything Texas, including the Longhorns. She and her husband were married in January 2002 and are parents to the most wonderful girls, Penelope {August 2008} and Pandora {August 2011}. A former educator, Michele is passionate about education and student learning. She spends most of her days volunteering at her daughters’ schools and tutoring neighborhood children in reading. Michele loves her big family and enjoys traveling to see all her relatives as well as being the fun aunt to her nieces and nephews. Her daily goal is to laugh each day and enjoy the moments. Becoming a mom was the greatest gift for Michele, and she treasures it all, even the tantrums. You can read more about Michele, her life, and her parenting adventures on her personal blog The Adventures of Tomboys in Tiaras.

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Piper N.

Originally from Michigan, Piper attended Michigan State University for Elementary Education. While there, she met a super cute Spartan football player named Joel. The two wed after graduating and moved down to Houston, TX in 2010 in search of adventure. Piper worked as a classroom teacher, and then decided to get her MA in Education through Michigan State, and took additional classes at Sam Houston State University to become a state certified reading specialist. Her family has been blessed with two Texan Emeralds, Charlotte {May 2014} and Thompson {May 2016}. In fact, they kept her so busy that she decided to be a SAHM. She keeps her family active by running in stroller-friendly 5Ks, acting as principal of Charlotte’s “Mommy School,” and forever looking for those importantly pointless National Day calendar holidays to celebrate! She also enjoys reading, planning her next Disney World vacation, shows at Miller Theater, connecting with fellow moms, and any opportunity to transform the mundane into the magical! You can read more from Piper on her personal blog Secrets From the Reading Specialista.

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Christine N.

Christine was raised in Houston almost all her life, but currently resides in Sugar Land with her family. She graduated with a teaching degree from the University of Houston and taught elementary school for eight wonderful years.  She met her husband Martin while they both were teaching CCE at a local parish.  Together they have five beautiful children Madison {September 2005}, Caden {April 2007}, Cohen {April 2008}, Mason {August 2009}, and Anna-Marie {November 2016}.  Christine is also a self-taught baker, cake designer, and owner of The Sweet Boutique Bakery.  In 2016, her family felt a huge calling to open up their hearts and home to fostering babies.  When Christine isn’t juggling work, being an active school mom, or caring for her foster baby, you will find her creating DIY home projects, crafting, party planning, baking with her kids, and traveling with her family.  You can read more of her family shenanigans on The Sweet Boutique’s Blog.

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Andrea S.

Andrea is wife to her sweetheart Brandon and mom to Claire {Aug 2009} and Daisy {Sept 2012}…otherwise known as the “ABCD Crew.” After working as a full-time TV producer for more than a decade, Andrea now does freelance producing and content writing. Her favorites :: Jesus, running the greenbelts in Kingwood, smoothies, red wine, thrifting and 10 minute power naps. She would love to connect with you on her blog AndreaSlaydon.com, on Pinterest {Andrea Slaydon}, or through Twitter {@AndreaSlaydon}.

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Ana T.

Ana T. enjoys sharing her life observations with a healthy dose of humor as she navigates life with her pint size sassy sidekick M {November 2014}. She comes from a loving, loud Croatian family raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008 she made the jump to Houston where she full time practices and teaches optometry. 2014 – 2015 was a blur of survival for her: difficulty conceiving, a rough pregnancy, a seemingly happy marriage shattered in a Lifetime Story–esque way. Being alone as full-time single parent/career woman with a newborn living miles away from her family definitely wasn’t the plan. Despite all this, Ana T. and M are tearing up play spots, eating their way through town, traveling all over, and THRIVING. Ana T. is into trying out and laughing at fitness fads, ridiculous Facebook statusing, and at 34 still searching for ANY craft she could have a smidgeon of talent in {currently it’s knitting… stay tuned}.

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Kalani T.

Kalani Tonga is a single working mother of five, who gave birth to four of her children within two very short years. She has a bachelors degree in History with a minor in music, is certified to teach junior high and high school social studies, and was an all-American volleyball player at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Kalani is on the Board of Directors for the Feminist Mormon Housewives nonprofit, an organization dedicated to providing single mothers with collegiate scholarships. She has lived in the Spring/The Woodlands area of Houston for the past 13 years. Kalani loves to laugh, is a hardcore Game of Thrones fan, and can recite Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, and Uncle Buck from beginning to end.

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Jennifer U.

Jennifer grew up in Houston before heading to Austin for seven years to attend the University of Texas as a history and government major and continuing at UT for law school. A licensed attorney in both New York and Texas, she traded high heels and ambition for wet kisses, warm hugs, and sticky boogers from her three children – Kieran {Dec 2005}, Sawyer {Jan 2011}, and Elizabeth Ann {Sept 2014}. You can find her at the duck pond, the zoo, on Instagram @jen.e.underwood, Twitter @kiddiepoolmommy, and blogging at Treading Water in the Kiddie Pool. 

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Kinsey W.

Kinsey is a native Texan originally from Denton, but left as soon as she could {no offense to Denton; other people should totally live there}. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in elementary education, she taught first grade for a hot minute. She quickly learned that her passion was actually telling adults what to do, and thus realized a career in marketing and event planning was a much better match. She married Alex in 2005, who legitimately thinks Houston is the best city in the world, which means she is here forever. She worked until 2013 when she retired (and refuses to say she is unemployed). Together they have two boys, Zachary {December 2008} and James {July 2011} which means she spends every afternoon, evening, Saturday, and many Sundays sitting at a field or court for whatever sport is being played at that particular moment and fending off snack requests. Also that she’s on a first name basis with the workers at Chick-fil-A. Hi Debra!

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Christie W.

Christie is a born and raised Houstonian who hails from Cypress and now resides with her family in Katy, TX. She married her husband after they both graduated from Texas State University in 2012 and welcomed their daughter, Emmy Faye, in November of 2016. Christie has loved story-telling–in it’s many forms–from an early age, which is why she loves blogging; she doesn’t spare the details about her thoughts and experiences in motherhood, trials of infertility, and the everyday ups and downs of adulthood. You can expect a lot of honesty, a healthy portion of humor, and maybe even some inspiration. When she’s not spending her free-time blogging, she is songwriting, painting, practicing her calligraphy, hanging out with her family and friends, or leading worship at her church. You can read more of her musings on her personal domain, Little Blog of Hellos!

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Kathryn Y.

Kathryn grew up in Katy during a time when catching crawfish after a storm was totally normal and you could gorge on blackberries just by walking the fields. While attending Blinn College, she developed a passion for teaching and, after graduating from University of Houston, dedicated several years of her life to working with underprivileged youth. Recently, Kathryn dove head-first into entrepreneurship by pursuing real estate and the dream career she has imagined since she was nine years old- writing! When she isn’t clicking away at her keyboard, you can find her juggling the demands of a blended family, painting in her garage, seeking out Houston’s best kept secrets, or walking the isles of her favorite store, Home Depot. Kathryn has children from her first marriage and later became a “bonus mom” when she met and married the love of her life, Victor. Between them, the couple have six children- Antonio {2000}, Jacinda and Penelope {2002}, Elisabeth {2006}, Naila {2007}, and Sebastian {2008}. Kathryn and her family love the arts, dogs, reading, baseball, boiling mudbugs, pretending to be food critics, and enjoying the great outdoors. You can keep up with Kathryn’s entrepreneurial journey at The Cut and Shooting My Shot.

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Vicky Y.

Vicky does not consider any one place home but she has been feeling quite content these days living inside the loop near Houston’s West University Place. She was born in Suriname {South America}, grew up in Miami, graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications and moved to New York City to work in advertising before embarking on The Big Move—Beijing, China. She and her husband Patrick had a marvelous adventure while abroad, which included the birth of their oldest Toby {Nov 2009}. After almost four years in Beijing, they headed to her husband’s hometown of Houston. Kelsey {Sept 2011} made her debut a few months later and Jesse {Sept 2014} joined the ranks several years afterwards. Vicky has been a stay-at-home mom since moving to Houston but can rarely be found staying at home on most days. She is often flitting around between volunteering at her children’s schools, church stuff, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) activities, and spending time with friends. She loves to read, plan parties on a budget, and thinks there should be a career path to becoming a full-time Lady Who Lunches, an endeavor that would combine her favorite things like good company, charitable causes, and of course, yummy lunches.

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