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DMMB Contributor Team | Denver Metro Moms Blog

A Few of the Denver Metro Moms Blog Contributors at our annual Favorite Things Party!

 Alaina F.

Alaina FAlaina is a married mother of four living in Denver. A Florida transplant, she married and moved to Denver in 1996. After leaving the workforce in 2000 to stay home with her first child, Alaina discovered that finding a job online required a lot of research. In 2009 she founded Telecommuting Moms, a site dedicated to helping moms find legitimate work from home.

Alaina is also the work-from-home expert for Answers.com, a contributing writer for WAHM.com, as well as a social media manager for AshleyKingsley.com. She can also occasionally be found at her personal blog, The Maestro Mom.

While Alaina enjoys her online career, the majority of her day is spent homeschooling her kids and providing care for foster children. She also serves as a taxi driver shuttling her four kids ranging in age from six to fourteen to all of their sports and activities. Their family enjoys getting outdoors hiking, picnicking, and geocaching around the Denver area.
Connect with Alaina on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

Read all Alaina’s articles here.


Amanda M.  

A true Colorado native; born and raised in the mountains.  A wife, mother, daughter and friend. Lover of lifestyle fashion, blizzards, my son’s car singing and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A dreamer, realist and explorer.   I love to travel, feel uncomfortable in new situations and challenge myself.  My son is my inspiration, my Pomeranian makes me laugh and my husband grounds me. 

Currently a stay-at-home mother but a former special education teacher.  My passion is people and I love interacting with others.  If I could do it all again I would be a cultural anthropologist but will have to grow up to do that!!  If I am not playing trucks, taking the pooch for a walk or listening to random podcasts you can find me over on my personal blog Pish to Posh.  Follow along for my real-life ramblings and fashion inspiration at www.pishtoposh.com 

Read all posts by Amanda here.


Amy W. 

Amy is a Colorado native born and raised on the Western Slope. A trek over the mountains at age 18 brought with it a husband and three beautiful children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She and her husband own and operate Kind Hearts Kids Gym in Arvada where children of all abilities can play, grow and learn together. She enjoys watching movies, reading, spending time with her family, and being outdoors. 

 

 

 

 


Carla F.

Carla Fisher lives in Golden with her husband James, three young boys (Zachary, Quinn, and Cameron and two old dogs (Jack and Reilly). Originally Canadian (well, actually still Canadian), she grew up reluctantly moving around frequently, but then carried it on until settling in Colorado in 2013.

Carla went to university to study first Applied Mathematics and then Education, and worked as a teacher and in the Mental Health field before switching over to full-time parenthood almost nine years ago. Her passions, besides loving her family and all that crap, are attempting to embrace aging, change, and anxiety, and making mindfulness and meditation less mocked buzzwords and more legitimate coping strategies towards mental health. 

One day she hopes to use the yoga trainings she enjoys escaping to to actually teach yoga. Maybe. She writes very rarely at www.hathamama.com 


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Dani is a loud, Italian, New York transplant who came to Colorado for college and never left. It was there she met the love of her life and very best friend and put down roots in Denver. Mama to the wildest almost-2-year old little boy in town, she is a retired therapist (at least for now), works full time as a mom, and works part time as a floral designer out of her home. She’s a home body, loves to cook, and defines cleaning as making sure everything “looks pretty.”

Motherhood has pretty much blown all of her expectations out of the water and she’s still trying to figure out where, how, and when to come up for air. Dry shampoo has become a way of life because showers have become nearly impossible. Her husband, houseplants, and life long girlfriends keep her sane on this incredible (and at times, bewildering) adventure.

Read all posts by Dani here.


Jackie M.

jackie2wmJackie M. is a brand new mom to an adorable little boy, wife to David and dog-mom to the cutest German Shepherd around. She is learning to navigate the various trials and tribulations ‘mom status’ brings to life, and is excited to share her experiences with you. The good, the bad, and of course, the sometimes slightly ugly. In Jackie’s other life, she is the Marketing and Communications Director for a local Country Club. Jackie is ‘Miss DIY’ and has an Etsy shop {Fancy Flamingo} where she makes custom burlap banners and cake toppers for all of life’s special occasions.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jackie is originally from Kansas City. She has called Colorado home since 2008, and loves experiencing all that this amazing state has to offer!

A few or Jackie’s favorite things include caramel lattes, clothes from Loft, M&Ms, a well organized craft room, taking too many pictures, exploring Colorado and the great outdoors, her husband’s cooking, and of course, the occasional time that she can spend on the couch.

Read all posts by Jackie here.


Jamie R.

reedfamily-210-205Jamie grew up two hours south of Denver in Canon City, Colorado. She now calls the edge of Westminster home with her husband, Tim, and two girls, Karoline and Alexandra.

Growing up in a small town makes all that Denver has to offer even more rich in her eyes. However, she is sure to be the first one in line to avoid the crowds! A morning away from the house and home for afternoon naps is a routine she has settled into quite nicely as a stay at home mom. She jokes that while she loves the enrichment that outings bring for her girls, she may love the fact that her house stays clean when they aren’t in it a tiny bit more! 

Blogging the truth about motherhood is something that she finds rewarding and freeing. Her hope is that by sharing real stories about the ups and downs of motherhood that moms will know they aren’t alone on this rough road. You can check out Jamie’s personal blog here: amieelizabethreed.com

Jamie enjoys spending time outside when it is nice and warm, but still finds snow majestic. She’s learning to enjoy exercising and running as a form of me time. Her idea of camping is a hotel but is slowly expanding her horizons to the ideas of tents, dirt and hair that smells like smoke for days. Jamie blogs personally at jamieelizabethreed.com 

Check out all posts by Jamie here


Jeni A.

JeniAJeni is a full-time working mom to two wild, crazy, creative little girls, 4 year-old Evelyn and 2 year-old Alice. Jeni spends her days as a public relations and social media consultant for technology companies, and her nights chasing her girls around their Highlands neighborhood and having living room dance parties.

Jeni loves to travel and is committed to taking her girls to all over the world if she can help it, but having grown up in Colorado, knows she will always call it home. An introvert with a dry sense of humor, she is known to call it like she sees it – all with a smile on her face.

Jeni writes about life as a working mom, the intersection of media and culture, and what it’s like to raise girls in an age of constant scrutiny. You can find her at jenianderson.com or on Twitter and Instagram.

Read all posts by Jeni here.

 


Jessica L.

Raised in a small town in rural Kansas, Jessica moved back to her birth state of Colorado nearly a decade ago. After graduating college with a degree in Accounting, she specialized in Corporate Tax Accountant consulting years and simultaneously danced in the NBA as a Denver Nuggets Dancer from 2008-2012.
 
She now works as a board certified Realtor® and is more than thankful to have a career that allows her the flexibility to work from home and spend time with her 19 month old son. In addition to being a wife, mamma and Realtor, she and her husband flip houses professionally in the Denver metro area. 
 
She lives in Castle Pines with her husband Chris, son Casen & black lab Bitty. She’s been obsessed with all things mamma since her son was born in September of 2015 and is hopeful that the honesty in her blog posts will help new mamas!

Read all posts by Jessica here.


 

Katie S. 

Katie is a Denver transplant from Chicago (go Cubs!) and a working mom to twins William and Amelia. She moved to Denver in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since, but the weather and mountains play a big part in that. Katie married her husband, Peter, in 2011 and welcomed two little dogs into the mix a few years before the kiddos came.

When not working or juggling two babies, Katie loves to cook gluten-free treats and other delicious recipes including homemade baby food and dog treats. A former middle school teacher, Katie works in K-12 publishing and professional development and is passionate about education. Katie and her husband love checking out new restaurants, doing house projects, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and taking their clan out for neighborhood walks and hikes.


Kim HughesKim H. 

Kim originally hails from the mid-Atlantic region. A year of volunteer service with Americorps brought her and her husband out to Denver, and the culture of the city kept them here. They welcomed their daughter into their family in June of 2015 which sparked new callings for Kim. After being the communications manager of a sustainability nonprofit for years, she became a stay at home mother and started her own videography business. She and her husband love to hike, visit breweries and dine out, and they are working on getting their toddler to love these things as well!

 


Lindsey F. | Denver Metro Moms BlogLindsey F.

Lindsey is a stay-at-home-mom to two beautiful girls, two-year-old Rory and one-year-old Scout. She is a former kindergarten teacher and has been married to her Japanese-Brazilian husband for 8 years. She and her husband have also lived in Dallas and New Hampshire, but like Colorado best.

When she’s not explaining why cookies don’t count as a healthy snack, or convincing her toddler to wear boots in the snow, Lindsey enjoys reading, making lists, and pinning projects on Pinterest she’ll probably never attempt. She also enjoys traveling (or used to before strollers and car seats were involved), baking (but not cooking), and watching HGTV. If her husband were writing this, he would probably say she is an expert household manager and drinks too much iced coffee. If her two- year-old daughter were writing this, she would probably say her mom is slightly obsessed with car seat safety and makes really good cinnamon toast.

Lindsey is very excited to share her perspective on all things motherhood with other Denver-area moms!

Read all Lindsey’s posts here.


 

 Megan G.

Megan GMegan grew up in the Midwest and made a break for Colorado in 2007. She has loved every minute of her 8 years with a mountain view – especially the part where she met her husband and kiddo! She works full time as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is loving life as full­time stepmama to the lovely and talented e. Megan derives the greatest joy from her daughter’s shared penchant for entertaining, crafting, and mixing patterns.

When she’s not at the beck and call of said 7 year­old, Megan enjoys Book Club with her friends, watching her husband cook, making people laugh, and any opportunity to sing karaoke. Megan loves telling stories and has been blogging as the mood strikes since her arrival in Denver [at i am a little church] – and she is thrilled to be sorting through the excitement of motherhood with the other Denver Metro mamas!

Read all posts by Megan G. here.


Megan L.

Megan L.Megan Lombardo is a first time mama to a precious strong-willed 2-year old daughter, proud wife to a new family medicine doctor, and a professional musician and piano instructor. She and her family have been living in the Denver area for the past 3 years, but are now embarking on their next adventure in the mountain town of Salida.

Megan will be focusing on helping your family find the easiest ways to experience all the hidden gems and lovely family-friendly excursions that you can get to within a short drive of the Denver metro area. One of the greatest things about Denver is its proximity to the mountains—so get out there and explore!

Megan also blogs at Suggestion where she writes about the beautiful things in life. When she’s not blogging, you can find Megan living small-mountain town life to the fullest (or STILL ripping out carpet and tearing down wood paneling in her 1899 home in Salida). Megan is excited to connect with all of you!

Read all posts by Megan L. here.


 Melissa M.

Melissa MMelissa is an adventurer at heart, seeking to embrace the beauty and wildness of this life with her co-adventurer and husband of 8 years, Tom. When she’s not splashing in a mud puddle with her boys, ages 3 and 4, or cleaning the remains of a diaper gone awry from the hallway walls, Melissa works part-time as a Licensed Professional Counselor, striving to empower women through her practice, Rise and Shine Counseling.

Give her a mountain and some free time and she’ll find a way to play, embracing every opportunity to run the trails, ski the slopes, and bike or hike the hills. A great day for Melissa would include a pre-dawn trail run, a cup (or maybe 3) of coffee, brushed teeth, some belly laughing with her boys, a little uninterrupted (what’s that?) time to read and write, and sharing in some good conversation over a glass of bold red wine with her hubby. Her faith, her people, and her sense of humor, carry her through the peaks and valleys of this life. She attempts to chronicle the journey over at her blog, www.expectantlife.com.

Read all posts by Melissa here.


Mollie TMollie T.

Mollie is a Kansas City transplant and resident of Lakewood, CO. Stepmom of Brady (9 years old), Mother of Bankston (6 months old), Cat-mother of Atlas and super-lucky wife of Kyle. For someone who never thought children were in the cards for her, she is fiercely devoted and proud to be trusted with the role of Mother. As a recovered addict, she is an easily-awestruck admirer of the ordinary and proud to identify as a strong woman who relies heavily on the fellowship of other women to navigate this crazy-beautiful life. Mollie loves music and words and is incredibly grateful to belong to the DMMB team.

Read all posts by Mollie here.

 


Natalie M.

Natalie M | Denver Metro Moms Blog

Natalie is a self-proclaimed vampire who spends her nights at her office at 38,000 feet as a flight attendant and days mothering daughter Charlotte in-between teaching cycle, yoga and barre classes. Being a working mom who also has the luxury of being home during the day has its own set of challenges which Natalie happily meets with the help of coffee and wine. She’s lived in Colorado ten years and been married since 2009 to a husband who happily indulges her love of biking (with baby) to breweries around town.

Because flying three days a week and teaching 12 classes around town couldn’t possibly fill up all her time, Natalie also busies herself camping and hiking 14ers. Her daughter has only made it up Mount Evans and the Manitou Springs Incline with her but Natalie’s lifetime goal is to hike the remaining 16 of the 58 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. You can regularly find her blogging about her travel adventures on her blog, Flying For Free Magee. Her website yogimagee.com features free fitness videos for busy moms plus both local and international yoga retreats that she organizes and leads year round.

The flying for free Magee’s currently live in Arvada with their naughty vizsla named Bebe and panther of a cat, Kingsley.

Read all posts by Natalie here.


Rhonda W.

Meet our Contributors: Rhonda W. | DMMBRhonda is a fun lovin’ momma who spends most of her time trying to make sure her 5 kiddos make it through the day with pants on! As a mom to a new driver and a new baby (and the 3 in between!) she has difficulties keeping their names straight without a little bit of coffee first…and lots of it! Having a husband who works 48 hour shifts has taught her how to balance the cooking, the never ending pile of laundry, and the running of kids from activity to activity without losing it.

When not riding shotgun, Rhonda enjoys volunteering, reading, baking and falling asleep on the couch. For an escape from the household, she works very part time for UCHealth and really enjoys the people it brings into her life.

As a Colorado native Rhonda knows how much fun it is to grow up in northern Colorado and hopes she is able to share that with other moms and connect with those who share her love for all things “mom” (except the laundry-there is no love for laundry).

 

Read all posts by Rhonda here.

 


Sam C.

Sam(antha) Cronin is a former-Google-employee-turned-writer, #boymom of two and proud wifey to a professional soccer player… also named Sam(uel). She currently lives in NW Denver and works part-time at Nelson Literary Agency. When she’s not working, writing, or wrangling the aforementioned males in her household, she indulges wholeheartedly in barre-inspired fitness classes, hunting four-leaf clovers and reading endless picture books (to herself). She blogs about parenting, dream-chasing and her misadventures trying to balance the two at www.seasonsofsam.com. Come say hi on Twitter or Instagram!