Meet Our Contributing Team

Meet Our Contributing Team

Laura A.

Laura A. is a small town girl who loves her family fiercely. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark, in 2007 while they were finishing college at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating from SFA they landed in Katy. They have been blessed with two kiddos:: Amelia {2012} and Owen {2015}. Laura is a Jesus loving, bright lipstick wearing, food allergy advocating, lover of cooking ball of sass! If you see Laura rolling in her minivan and dancing like a lunatic it is because her playlist is cycling between Ludacris and Lauren Daigle. Because balance. If she is not with family or at work, you can almost always find her at Hobby Lobby or Target. If you even whisper the word craft in her presence she will approach you and ask to join you. Don’t be alarmed, this is totally normal. Crafting is her love language. You can follow Laura on Instagram to peek into what all of this craziness looks like on the daily.

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Katie A.

Katie is a born and raised Midwesterner. She grew up in St Louis, MO and after high school her and her family moved to Nebraska. She graduated from college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2008. After college she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to Houston in April of 2009. A month later she met her husband David at her apartment complex swimming pool, and I guess you could say the rest is history. She now resides in Katy, TX with her husband David and their two children Avery {December 2014} and Myles {April 2017}. Before kids, Katie had a career working in Commercial Real Estate, but once her daughter was born she figured out quickly that being a stay-at-home mom was something that she was destined to do. Her passions include in no particular order :: drinking coffee, collecting jewelry, fashion, fitness, cooking, politics and crime/detective related Netflix series. In her free time you can catch her spending time with family and friends, drinking a glass of red wine, watching sports with her husband, trying out the latest hot spot restaurant, traveling, laughing and not taking life too seriously. To get to know her better you can follow her on Instagram @kalonzo0630 or @findingbalanceinourchaos.

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Joi B., Senior Contributor

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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Ashley B.

Ashley is originally from Dallas, Texas.  She recently moved back to Texas and became a Houston resident with her husband and family after spending the last five years in New Orleans where she learned that Mardi Gras truly is the most magical time of the year. Ashley and her husband welcomed their first child in Summer 2017 and will welcome a second at the end of 2019. She first dabbled into blogging while in graduate school as she documented her experiences of exercising every day for a year – she has never met an exercise she doesn’t like but prefers training for half marathons and HIIT classes. Ashley currently works full-time as a project manager in managed care. During her free time, you can find her spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and Labrador, attempting a new fitness challenge, or finding a new dessert – it’s all about balance – which she shares about over on her blog Tennis Shoes & Tiaras.

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Ashley KB.

Ashley KB was born in Long Beach, CA, but spent her childhood in Minot, ND and Denver, CO. She was very athletic growing up, and she loved running track and playing volleyball. After graduation, Ashley ventured to Oklahoma where she attended Langston University and transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma. There, she met the wild man she now calls her husband, A.J. He has made her laugh and kept her on her toes since day one! Ashley graduated with an English degree from the UCO in 2011. Soon after, Ashley and A.J. welcomed their first precious son, Oliver {October 2012}. The couple had a beautiful wedding in Las Vegas in September 2014, and they spent their first night as a married couple playing beer pong in a local bar! Ashley and A.J. have since welcomed two more adorable little boys, Maverick {August 2015} and Reeve {August 2017}. They also have two fur babies, Hendrix & Luna.

Ashley and her family decided on a change of scenery and moved to Katy in 2017, and they have truly enjoyed how fun and family-oriented the area is! Ashley has chosen to be a stay at home mother but has managed to continue doing freelance work over the years. She has worked as an assistant for an NAACP Image Award-winning author, contributed as a writer for the Katy Times and has coached youth volleyball. In her free time, she can be found binge watching The Office {for the millionth time}, listening to podcasts, making up corny mom-jokes {not to be confused with dad-jokes} or playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with her boys. Ashley loves oversharing on Instagram {@theofficialbossmama} and shares her experiences, tips, tricks and hacks that she’s found useful as a mother on her YouTube channel {#BossMama} and her blog #BossMama.

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Dani B.

Dani has spent the vast majority of her life in the greater Houston area, and there’s no place else she’d rather be! She loves all things Houston, from the culture, to the sports, to the FOOD {ohhhh, Tex-Mex}. After many years attending Texas A&M University {twice!} and the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, she found her true calling practicing family medicine as a family nurse practitioner in north Spring. She absolutely loves building rewarding relationships with her patients and helping them live healthier lives in mind, body and spirit. When not at work, Dani is wife to her best friend and a fellow practitioner of medicine, Stu, and mom to two little spitfires, Emilia {2017} and Caroline {2019}. In her free time, Dani enjoys growing and/or killing vegetables in the garden, doing Crossfit in her garage gym, and traveling whenever possible! You can follow her on Instagram @danibosslady or Pinterest @danibosslady or learn more about her passion for health education at her blog::

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Britany B., Senior Contributor

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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Carol C.

Carol grew up and stayed in Ohio for the first 25 years of her life – and then moved 6 times around the country and to Brazil between 1996-2000. She settled in Indiana with her kids, Jonathan {1993} and Ellie {1995}, and her then-husband for 9 years before finally making her way to the great state of Texas in 2009. Within a year of moving, she was saying “y’all” and “bless your heart” like the true Texan she was meant to be. Carol held a variety of part-time jobs while her children were in elementary and middle school. These jobs, from a kindergarten teacher’s aide to a substitute teacher to a Gymboree Play instructor, always centered around working with children. She did the whole volunteer thing throughout her kids’ elementary school days from class parent to Girl Scout troop leader and council volunteer. She also earned her 1st Degree Black Belt and volunteer taught taekwondo at her instructor’s school in Fishers, Indiana. After moving to Katy, she opened her own taekwondo school in 2010 so that she and her daughter could continue to do what they loved and continue to be a part of their national association of schools. Carol found her true calling of teaching her students strength, focus, and confidence at her taekwondo school. Carol’s children are both grown and on their own now. {Mostly. They do pay their own bills, but they still come to her for advice}. She met her now-husband, Scott, through {yeah, those things CAN work!}. They live in Richmond with their dog and 2 cats and enjoy spending their down time going to the movies and supporting all the local restaurants they can.

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Kirsten C.

Kirsten C. was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country city of Uvalde. After becoming a hopelessly devoted Bobcat and earning a degree in Mass Communications at Texas State University, she visited the overwhelming metropolis of Houston and never left. Won over by the never-ending culinary options and dynamic street art, she has embraced her transplant status and now calls Katy home. By day she is a marketing enthusiast for an engineering firm downtown, and by night an over-the-top and unashamed dog mom who is an avid fan of doggie daycare and pup wardrobe options. She and her husband William are  licensed foster care parents and hope to one day grow their family through adoption. You can follow their unruly journey on their blog, Cornell Chaos. When she’s not trying a new restaurant, playing behind the lens of a Cannon, or spoiling their furbabies, Kirsten is often found teaching student ministry through Kingsland Baptist Church or escaping in a chai latte at a local coffee spot.

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Jessica E.

Jessica has been a bit of a nomad, moving constantly growing up. It was during her time in undergrad at University of Houston {Go Coogs!} that she planted some roots and proudly has called Houston home for the past 20 years. Somewhere in these 20 years, she received her Master of Science in Counseling, became a licensed professional counselor, married her best friend, and had a very spirited, independent daughter {September 2017}. Jessica is best known for her hustle, her resourcefulness, and forever searching for this elusive thing in life we call balance. She is a bubble tea addict so you can most likely find her at various Teahouse locations working on her growing mental health private practice, Ajana Therapy & Clinical Services in Montrose. She is passionate about mental health, especially related to maternal mental health, as her own birth and postpartum were pretty traumatic. Jessica and her clinicians write about various mental health topics on their blog and on Instagram @ajanatherapy.

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Ugochi E.

Ugochi was born and raised right here in Houston, but has spent most of her adult life in the Midwest. She attended University of Michigan {Go Blue!} and Loyola University in Chicago. Her professional career has been going strong for over 13 years and consists of every educational role you can think of, from teacher to administrator. She is a mom of the youngest and cutest future scientist by the name of Arinze {May, 2014}, a lover of college football {did we say Go Blue already?}, gummy bears and exploring this great city for as cheap as possible #teacherlife. You can follow her on Instagram or on her blog, Urban Kid in the City. When she’s not teaching or momming it up in West Houston, you can find her at the nearest library, writing poetry or volunteering with her church or sorority- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

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Cindy E.

Cindy was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. After attending the University of Texas at Austin {Hook ‘em, Horns!} and earning a degree in elementary education, she taught kindergarten for nine years in the Houston area. In 2012, Cindy married her high school sweetheart, Stuart, after 10 years of dating. Stuart and Cindy are exceptionally blessed to be the parents of two beautiful girls and an adorable miniature schnauzer. In her spare time, Cindy loves to try new restaurants and bake for family and friends. In fact, her greatest ambition in life is to be a contestant on the American version of the Great British Baking Show one day. Cindy is also a huge Backstreet Boys fan and has seen them live in concert 9 times! Cindy decided to apply to be an HMB contributor because writing is something she has enjoyed doing her entire life and she wanted to show her kids that it’s never too late to pursue something that you love.

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Emily F., Senior Contributor

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 You can also connect with her on Facebook, and Instagram {@ebfeinstein}.

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Lindsay G., Senior Contributor

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. 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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Christy G.

Christy is the only daughter of a military man, who somehow ended up in the thick of Cajun Country. After graduating with a journalism degree from LSU, she went on to work as an editor for a local Louisiana chef. In a very roundabout way, this led her to her husband, Ryan. After Hurricane Katrina devastated her home state, she began assisting in the recovery efforts. That job eventually brought her and Ryan to Houston. They were married in St. Lucia in 2006. Five years later, after welcoming their first child, Lilla {March 2011}, she began yet another career as a high school English and Photojournalism teacher. After Flynn {March 2013} joined their family, Christy chose to become a stay-at-home mom. One year later, opportunity knocked, and the family jumped at the chance to move “Down Under” to Perth, Western Australia. After almost four years in utopia, they were relocated to Santiago, Chile. Both places {and their wines} hold a special place in her heart, but Christy is very excited to be back in suburban Richmond to give her children a childhood surrounded by friends, family, and American sports. When she is not cheering on her beloved LSU Tigers or New Orleans Saints, Christy is busy texting her friends in complete sentences, side-eyeing poor grammar, taking way too many photos, planning her next vacation, staying up far too late, perusing the aisles of HomeGoods, or cooking something delicious while singing and dancing in her kitchen. You can follow along on her family’s adventures over on Instagram @familyonthegeaux.

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Maria G., Senior Contributor

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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Lacy H.

Lacy H. is the mom of two teenage girls – Anna Jane {2002} and Ally {2005} – and has been married to her partner in all things, Lucas, since 1998. A 4th generation Baylor Bear, she bleeds green and gold. You’ll often catch her listening to everything from Dr. Dre to Panic! At the Disco and watching “Criminal Minds” and “30 for 30” on TV. Her mid-life “growth” has included playing a pink bass and adding to her tattoo collection. After leaving seminary to come home and marry her Aggie, she spent a decade in student ministry. In 2006, she found her home in church planting. Lacy serves as an elder, teacher and pastor that loves the messy, diverse and valuable call of the Church today. Her personal journey through brokenness and healing grounds her life. Sometimes the road has taken turns filled with rebellion and pain, other times it has been beautiful and full, but it has always been an adventure. Lacy’s interests include LUSH, the weather {she has 6 weather apps}, knitting, podcasts, college football and growing up. After years of crafting communication though the spoken word, she found a passion for writing. Sharing her story and hope are the longing of her blog, The View From The Bathroom Floor. You can follow Lacy on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.

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Vicki J.

Vicki has always had Texan blood pumping through her veins. Born in Houston but raised in Katy as the oldest of four girls {shout out, Fab 4!} and now a resident of Kingwood, she’s known for her undying and somewhat fanatical love of all things related to H-E-B, Amazon Prime, Taylor Swift, and Texas A&M, her alma mater {WHOOP!}. After obtaining her Master’s degree from Texas State University, she picked up her life and moved to London for six months on a student visa to work as a temp and travel the world as much as she could, solo. It was during those six months that her love and passion for blogging began as she chronicled her solo travels and adventures for friends and family back home on her former blog, “Vicki’s Ramblings from Abroad.” Upon returning to the States, she began her career in Corporate America and obtained her Rice MBA while continuing to work full time because she just couldn’t resist those student discounts any longer. She has a passion for supporting other working moms in the workplace, as well as military veterans. Married to Paul since 2011 {also an Aggie and a veteran}, she has two {soon to be three} children:: step-daughter Madeline {2003}, son Hamilton {2014}, and another son coming in 2019.
By day, Vicki is a full-time working mom who works in HR for a major oil & gas company in Houston and by night she’s a closet “60 Minutes”, “CBS Sunday Morning” & “Real Housewives” fan. Always first out on the dance floor following the first note of “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, Vicki enjoys traveling and unwinding with her tribe whenever possible over a good glass of wine, a new local craft brew and/or a H-E-B cheese ball. Find her on Instagram and follow along on her journey through working motherhood and all of the laughter, tears and general shenanigans that come with the territory.

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Rashmi K.

Rashmi Kudesia, MD MSc is a board-certified OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility specialist who is passionate about improving women’s access to evidence-based, honest reproductive health information and care. Aside from her clinical practice seeing patients in Houston and Sugar Land, Rashmi frequently speaks at conferences and community events, and advocates for women’s health via media interviews and social media. Originally a Midwesterner, she moved around the East Coast for school and training, including nearly a decade in NYC, where she met her husband, Ashish, a Houston native. After moving to Houston in 2018, she’s continued searching for that perfect work-life balance as the family grew quickly, adding their first pup, Bowser {2018}, their first home, and now their first kiddo, Amara {2019}! Right now, she’s learning the ropes of being a working mama, but still loves exploring Houston’s amazing food scene, checking out the newest museum exhibits, or planning the family’s next trip. She’s always on the hunt for the city’s best iced latte or glass of wine to be savored with a good book. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Lauren M.

Lauren M. is a native Houstonian who now lives one street over from the house where she grew up in Sugar Land. After a brief fling with Austin where she received her Bachelors Degree in English Lit from Southwestern University, she returned home to attempt to write the great American novel {or, you know, the next Harry Potter series}. A short while later a friend recruited her for a kickball league where she met a tall, handsome engineer who quite literally swept her off her feet. After tying the knot in 2014, they soon welcomed their first son Raleigh {October 2015}, and little brother Renner {January 2018}. When not chasing around her two crazy Texas tornados and reveling in the boy mom life, Lauren has discovered a newfound passion for photography and Photoshop, creating whimsical family portraits at @andwhetherpigshavewings on Instagram. You can also find her at @totalkofmommythings and on her blog, And Whether Pigs Have Wings.

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Alissa M., Senior Contributor

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, and occasionally visits Instagram {@alimcjoy}, 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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Sara M.

Sara has lived her whole life in the Katy/Houston area. She loves all the culture, art, cuisine, endless things to do, and big city flare with pockets of peaceful parks that Houston has to offer. She is currently a student at University of Houston {Go Coogs!} due to graduate in 2020 with a BS in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She has a passion for working with kids and families and currently works as a Director of Children’s Ministry in Katy. Sara has been married to her best friend, Patrick, since 2014 and together they are raising 3 super-spunky, strong-willed kids:: Camryn {2007}, Caleb {2009}, and Casey {2012}. Pray for them, please. When Sara is not working, doing schoolwork, or on mom duty, you can find her painting, catching up with friends over coffee {or drinks!}, reading a good book, getting a new tattoo, or sweating it out at the gym! Fun Fact:: Sara sings. A lot. And she finds dancing irresistible. In other words, she is the best driving buddy ever. You can follow her on Instagram at @smurphy.808 or @just.strong.sara.

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Christine N., Senior Contributor

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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Lisa O.

Lisa is an Illinois to Texas transplant, landing in Katy in 2012. If there’s one thing she has learned in her 7 years as a Texas resident, everything really is bigger in the Lone Star State, especially the expressways. As the mom of busy tween/teen daughters {Olivia 2006 and Audra 2008}, she spends a lot of time driving to/from track events and dance conventions…and random appointments, increasingly frequent grocery store visits, home improvement store excursions and weekly Target runs. So. Much. Driving. When she isn’t behind the wheel, she can be found pursuing one of her passions: volunteering through her local school district, cooking or baking, reading one of her favorite authors, writing about parenting, politics or social issues, or napping. Not really napping – she never sleeps. She and her husband blended their families in 2003 and in total have 5 kids and, at last count, 4 grandchildren. A long time ago, Lisa graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Journalism and has since been published on various websites, including BlogHer, as well as running her own blog for a few years. Additionally, she was a member of the 2015 cast of Listen to Your Mother, Austin. If you’re interested in following her musings, go to her Instagram @mysocalledglamorouslife.

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Elizabeth R.

Elizabeth is an RGV girl, born and raised, who recently moved to Houston {January 2020} with her little family. She was a writer for the RGV MomsBlog for years and is now super excited to join the Houston team. She shares her heart and home with a 4 year old tiny teenager named Isabella Samantha {September 2015} and her loving husband, Samuel. She majored in Public Relations at UT Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, now known as UTRGV. After a few short years working for a Hospital’s Marketing Department after graduation, she found her calling and completed the alternative certification program to begin teaching. She loves working with children and hopes that by being in the classroom, she can make a difference. She’s been teaching little ones for 12 years now, ranging from 6 year olds to recently 6 month olds. She still finds time to write/blog in her free time as a form of stress reliever. She hopes to publish a SciFy book one day, as her dreams always tend to lean towards the supernatural. Which is why she loves to sleep so much! She enjoys online shopping, thrifting, scrapbooking and binge watching Netflix shows in her pajamas. In the short time she’s been living in Houston she’s come to realize that she HATES the traffic, LOVES the diversity and REALLY misses her momma back home.

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Kelly S.

Kelly grew up in small town Ohio and attended Ohio State University. She holds bachelors degrees in finance and chemistry. She moved to Houston in the mid-1980’s where she started work in Oil and Gas. In 1988, she began her 30-year career with Shell Oil Company and later obtained an Exec-MBA from University of Houston, specializing in Operational Excellence and Leadership. During her career with Shell she worked in a variety of technical and senior management positions across Houston and Port Arthur. She met her husband, Bruce, at Shell in 1995 but they didn’t {finally} marry until 10-10-2010 on a private beach in Hawaii. Collectively, they worked for Shell for over sixty years! Bruce {aka Pops} has two grown sons; he and Kelly {aka Mimzy} enjoy four beautiful grandchildren. Together over the years, Kelly and Bruce opened their home to several teenage nieces and nephews who needed guidance, consistent structure and support. In 2018 they became legal guardians for their 11-year old niece, Zoe {June 2007}. Kelly officially retired from Shell in July 2018 but that hasn’t slowed her down much! Between keeping up with Zoe in middle school, Kelly teaches Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace at River Pointe Church in the Spring & Fall semesters. Kelly and Bruce also own a home-crafting business where they “up-cycle” discarded wine barrels into unique and creative household novelties. Bruce is the wood-working craftsman while Kelly manages the creativity {and the books}! You can check them out on Facebook @Showbird Handcrafted Designs. Kelly and Bruce are fitness enthusiasts, cyclists, paddle-boarders, avid hikers and annual visitors of America’s amazing National Parks; but they are also beer, wine and beach enthusiasts – quite the contrast! Kelly is an animal lover and supports many local rescue organizations. Along with their personal ‘failed-foster’ menagerie, it’s likely you’ll find a nursing mom with kittens or a senior dog anxiously awaiting a permanent home. If you’re looking for a new, furry friend, just give her a call!

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Becca S.

Rebecca S. is a born and raised Houstonian; she grew up in Katy, graduated with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston {go Coogs!}, and made a home in West Houston with her native Houstonian husband. She quickly realized that the chaotic lifestyle of the hospitality industry was not for her and soon found her calling in education. She taught while earning her masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Currently, she is staying home with her son, Thomas {2016}. In her free time, she loves to read, write, run, and roam the world. While her roots are firmly planted in H-town, she takes every available opportunity to go on an adventure and explore historic cities, hike and run new trails, and, of course, try beers from every country. Follow her on Twitter.

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Karen V.

Karen is a full figured and full of life kind of girl. She commands a room even when she feels awkward and insecure. She’s well traveled, even for a small town pig farmer’s daughter. Karen is intolerant of “blinker mentality” and a fierce fighter for the underdog. A lover of good food, good people and good wine, even if it comes in a box, she can tell one helluva story. She graduated from the school of life, and shows a trend of learning the hard way. Cape Town South Africa, her stomping ground, holds an infinity of “you did what?” kind of stories. With a background in office interior design and sales, Karen loves anything pretty with a good clean line. She is a sucker for clothes and a good lipstick. Married to the man of her dreams, they immediately started their life together on the shores of Lagos, Nigeria. This is where she found the chutzpah of what makes her heart swell, her brow sweat, and her mind tick. It took this crazy, busy and vibrant city for Karen to come into her own. Feet solidly in the sands of African soil made her realize the depths of her soul and what she brings to any conversation. True grit.

It was in these six beautiful years that she had her two gorgeous, feisty and strong daughters. She refers to them lovingly as IT 1 and IT 2. IT 1 and IT 2 are 18 months apart and do not get along. It’s a daily grind to get them to be cordial without a push or a shove. Certainly “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” takes on a whole new meaning.

Houston welcomed this unique African family into their arms and hugged them tightly. It has been a safety never experienced before and has offered her a world of testing the waters to growing personal self, pushing boundaries and overcoming her fears. The writing platform is part of her creative Piscean self, and through this, she will hopefully fill your home with stories enough to spark a conversation, a different perspective and a laugh.

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Vicky Y., Senior Contributor

Vicky does not consider any one place home but she has been feeling quite content these days living inside the loop in Houston. She was born in South America, grew up in Miami, graduated from Boston University, 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 loves family life. She also loves to read, keeps a tidy house so she can host on a whim, is excessively proud of her budget fashion finds, and would like to call herself a gardener one day. Vicky has been slightly obsessed with raising monarch butterflies in recent years. She generally keeps busy doing this and that for her church, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and the children’s schools. You can find her on Instagram @snowinabluemoon.

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