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Meet Your Boston Team
After growing up in Connecticut and roaming the Northeast as an academic nomad for 100 years and 100 apartments, Amanda is now happily settled north of Boston. Her handsome gentleman caller (aka husband) and she were enjoying life as unbearable DINKs, then somehow ended up having three children in the span of four years (currently 4, 2, and 10 months.) Go big or go home, right? Amanda works as a user experience research and design consultant and also has a side hustle making artisanal garlic salt (for real! etsy.com/shop/AnnasGarlicSalt) She has a PhD in human-computer interaction and uses it for two things: 1) Work, and 2) referencing when she does something idiotic (example: “Officer can you help me? I have lost my car in the mall parking lot and have been searching for it for almost 2 hours. And by the way, I have a PhD.”) Amanda loves bargains, gardening, thunderstorms, and a solid 25%-30% of people. She is terrified of lobsters, the word “slacks,” and of the remaining 70%-75% of people.Managing EditorAshley is a Virginia native who moved to Boston — sight unseen — for a library science graduate degree she’s never exactly used. Within a year, she met her husband, a nerdy but handsome health economist. They planted roots in Brighton, had their first child (now almost three years old), and are looking forward to baby number two making its arrival this fall. Ashley spends her days building Duplo fire stations, freelance writing and editing, swimming at Walden Pond, and binge eating dark chocolate in the pantry when her kid has his back turned.Chelsey is a Massachusetts girl through and through and currently resides on the North Shore on the New Hampshire line. In her former life, before motherhood, she was a teacher in a local high school, but now she's a stay at home mom who mostly cares for her child with special needs. She finds motherhood to be the hardest job she's ever loved and is very passionate about advocating for and educating people about neurodiverse children that may or may not also have physical or intellectual disabilities. In her "spare time" (which happens almost never) she likes to make hair bows, obsess about Disney, quilt, cook things that aren't dinosaur chicken nuggets and pretend she's good at taking artistic pictures.Courtney was raised a Navy brat growing up in Washington, South Carolina, and Virginia before her family put their roots down in Florida. She studied at Loyola University New Orleans earning her degree in Communications PR with a minor in English and earned her Masters in Marketing from SNHU. She moved to the Boston area in 2008, where she met and married her partner-in-crime, John. Mother of a 16 month old, stepmom to two 12 year olds (boy and girl) and dog mom to Odie and Abita, this family’s being raised with a love of the outdoors, scary movies and lots of laughs. Courtney works in marketing/PR and events and lives on the South Shore and has a passion for cooking and traveling. She volunteers her time as a Gold Award advisor for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and serves on the Friends board to her local library. She loves days that start with coffee and end with champagne.Project ManagerDeanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children under 13 years old, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their coonhound and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn’t have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day.At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done.A New Hampshire native, Debbie loves taking advantage of all the state has to offer by being outside on the seacoast or up in the White Mountains with her active husband, energetic toddler son and her new baby. Having lived in Europe, California, and New England, she enjoys the unique perspective each place has brought to her life and tries to incorporate different cultural elements of each into her current daily lifestyle. Passionate about all things French, she is currently teaching her children French at home in the hopes of raising them to be bilingual. She recently traded in her job as a French Teacher to put her keen eye for interior design and renovation to work.Debbie is interested in natural remedies and does her best to keep herself and her family healthy with interesting meals, herbal remedies and a minimalist lifestyle. Believing in the phrase "everything in moderation" Debbie looks forward to the future adventures life will bring her way.
You can find her blog and latest property renovation pictures online at www.mercidebbie.comSenior ContributorJenny is a crass and pushy (read: sweet) native New Yorker who has always had a penchant for New England after attending Brandeis for four years, but especially so after meeting her husband Barry, who also happened to live in Boston. After marrying, and creating three awesome daughters — ages, 11, 8, and 6 — she and her husband moved to Needham and love it there! Jenny is a certified eating psychology coach, mindful eating instructor, and wellness blogger. She loves writing about how moms can navigate and prioritize their health and positive body image after having children. When she’s not trying to figure out how the heck to parent a tween, she can be found blogging at the Huffington Post (healthy living section) and on her site. Heck yes! Mindfulness, kettlebells, body acceptance, yoga, traveling the world, and eating decadent and unctuous (vegetarian) food. No way, man! Arthritis at 40, allergies to anything, animal cruelty, waiting in line.Kat grew up in Western New York doing toe loops in footie pajamas in her kitchen and watching the Buffalo Bills lose Super Bowls. She moved to Boston to earn a graduate degree in education. While working towards her Master’s and establishing her higher education administration career, she blogged about her love of sports for fun. Somehow, someway, that blogging turned into a part-time writing career, including a five year stint writing for the Boston Herald where she got to cover a whole bunch of events and athletes she could have only dreamed of. In 2016, Kat had her first child. When she’s not busy figuring out what sport her son will try first, she works full-time at a university and covers sports when she can. Loves: coffee, cats and 1990s NFL quarterbacks. Dislikes: chewing gum, high shelves and baby pajamas that snap instead of zipper.Katie grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania before heading to college in the Philadelphia area. She earned a degree in Accounting but after a very brief stint in public accounting, she tossed her Judy’s Tenkey and joined a service program teaching 2nd grade in Washington, D.C. She fell in love with teaching and never looked back. She taught everything from 2nd grade to high school seniors during her 9-year teaching career. Katie met her now-husband during her early teaching days but it wasn’t until a few years later while they were catching up over a cup of coffee in Baltimore that they realized it was something more than friendship. The math teacher (Katie) and the Physicist (her husband) were engaged on the Most Epic Pi Day of Our Lifetime (3-14- 15) and were married a year later. They moved to Boston in 2016 when her husband accepted a job in Longwood. Katie taught nearby in Mission Hill until May 2017 when she stepped out of the classroom to stay home with her favorite student yet: her 10-month- old son. She works part-time at a Pregnancy Center near their home in Brighton. She loves coffee, baking gluten-free (out of necessity, not preference) treats that actually taste good, writing about food allergies, and running (when it’s actually warm in Boston).Katie grew up on the South Shore before spending four years apiece in Indiana and Louisiana. She returned to the Boston area in 2012. She and her husband have two red-headed children: a son (2016) and a daughter (2018). Katie spends her days teaching middle school math and French and her evenings trying to get dinner on the table. She recently traded in her beloved Corolla for a minivan. Yes, please: camping, palindromes, and drinking coffee on the back porch. No, thanks: science fiction, pickles, and disorganized drawers.Kristen grew up in NC and went to school in VA, before moving to Boston a decade ago for work in higher education. Unlike most real Boston natives, she still really loves the snow. She and her husband now have two brilliant, energetic and kind sons (6 and 4.5) and a sassy, sweet baby girl (2) who also doesn't have a volume knob and is the bruiser of the bunch. Now, home full-time with the kids, Kristen jokes that she now has a masters degree in laundry, and a Ph.D. in preschool conflict resolution, as well as ample material for a future stand-up comedy routine. In her "spare" time, she runs her own business (Murph & Moose) out of their home in East Boston - making stuffed animals from children's drawings and other such handcrafted items - which keeps her sane and drives her crazy, but more importantly, helps her to retain some semblance of her own identity in the midst of motherhood. Unsurprisingly, her passion is seeing moms feel comfortable in their own skin and feel less alone in the general chaos that is motherhood. Loves: writing, coffee by the vat, running faster than her children, a good Malbec and lots of laughs with the girls, and the rare moment of silence when all three children are (finally) in bed. Dislikes: daylight savings time, non-washable markers, and noisy neighbors who disrupt her rare moments of silence.Krystal is a Massachusetts native, who grew up in the burbs and is now loving the city life in Roslindale with her husband and 2 boys (3 and 1.) She and her husband met 8 years ago downtown working at a restaurant together, and since then, their love of restaurants has kept their date nights exciting, trying out the latest places. Learning Spanish has been something Krystal has loved to do ever since middle school and that has become her passion as a Spanish teacher in Boston, wife to a Salvadoran, and mother raising her children bilingual. Loves: family, friends, playing with her kids, a comfy hoodie on the beach when the sun goes down, nachos, baking, ABC Family movies, Christmas time. Not so much: loud music, putting away laundry, terrible threes (whoever said it was twos, was wrong), and black pepper.Leah is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the MetroWest area. She met her husband in 2006 and they bonded over all things Boston. After moving to North Carolina for 4 years, they realized they had to move back to New England. (love that dirty water!) In 2011 they welcomed a son into their family. Then 2014, 1 week before having their daughter, their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With two kids and special needs in their life, they rely on an amazing support system of friends and family. Leah is a stay at home mom, who is also growing a small business, and enjoying the independence and freedom it has given her. Loves: Great food (mostly made by her talented husband), playing with the kids, the beach, date nights, The Pats, The Sox, The B’s, new socks and bras, American history, and movies. Can’t stand: Cotton balls, weeds, broken crayons, pollen, and vacuuming up Cheerios every half hour.Lesley grew up in New Bedford, MA, moved to Boston for college and has stayed here ever since. She holds a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and an MFA in Creative Writing. Lesley is a playwright, several of her ten minute plays have been produced throughout New England and two are published in the anthology, More 10-Minute Plays for Teens. Lesley lives in Dorchester with her family. She is mom to a happy and babbling 5 month old son. Likes: Netflix binges, wine, story time with her baby, makeup, and Ryan Gosling. Dislikes: mushrooms, traffic, and getting called ma'am.Senior ContributorLindsay Goldberg is a working mom who then goes home and works there, too. She loves finding quick, healthy recipes to make for her family and lives for her Sunday yogalates class. She is in constant awe of her children and her own ability to barely, just barely, stay sane. Likes :: Books, family dance parties, morning snuggles, and drinking coffee when it’s still hot (not that that ever happens at home). Dislikes :: Recipes with more than 10 ingredients or 10 steps, winter, and deadlines.Director of OperationsMeghan was born and raised on the South Shore and attended college in Boston. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and followed him to Charleston, SC and Groton, CT where he served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Military life was an adventure, and after 6 crazy years of service (and two babies later!), the pair decided to move *home* to the South Shore and put down some roots. Meghan is a proud work-at-home mom and divides her time between homemaking and taking care of her two boys, born in 2013 and 2015, and working for her family’s small business based in Plymouth, MA. Yes please!: iced coffee, crafts with the kids, date night, wine & a fabulous cheese board, getting a great deal on something, crossing things off of a to-do list, updating and decorating our fixer upper, planning parties, a pen that writes really smoothly, supporting our Military and their families, taking pictures, big family cook-outs, the Patriots, and giving gifts. Aw heck no!: mushrooms, mean people, GERMS, paying full price for anything, being stuck indoors, and friends who chronically cancel plans.Meredith Bazirgan lives in the Metrowest area and knows all of her neighbors. She has a tremendous appreciation for community of all kinds and the most important thing in her life is her relationships with others. Having grown up on the North Shore, and traveled quite a lot through her twenties, she still tries to get back to visit those ocean breezes as often as possible.She is a mom of two kiddos, and has a husband and a dog. She loves playing outside and being active, be it running, walking, hiking, or just scooting around the neighborhood with the kiddos. She can also be found at the beach or exploring new towns and places.She is a part-time therapist/licensed social worker turned life coach who loves helping women squeeze more juice out of their lives and living out their purpose with joy and intention! Her work is done in person or online with women across the globe. She also enjoys coffee, a good glass of red wine, impromptu dance parties and any chance to watch a sunset or a full moon and a sky full of stars.
Rachel was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. She discovered the beauty of the South Shore, Scituate in particular, in her early twenties when she worked as a district manager selling Cutco Cutlery. She still owns her first set and uses them daily when cooking for her husband John and four small children! After returning to Pennsylvania to earn her teaching degree from Penn State she set off to Massachusetts to realize her vision of marrying John, moving to Scituate, and becoming a history teacher. For ten years, she taught middle schoolers the fascinating history of the ancient and medieval worlds. She has an MA in Special Education and is a certified Reading Specialist as well as licensed History and ESL teacher. Even though she loved teaching she finally let go of the working mom life after having baby number four. She and her husband currently have one boy, Ethan(6), and three girls Chloe(4), Layla(2), and Sadie(14 mths). The surprisingly quick transformation of her life provided her with a wonderful opportunity to reinvent herself! Always wanting to write, she finally found the space in her new SAHM life to begin. BMB and blogging are just the beginning!
Bring it on: Hot Yoga, organization of all things, dancing to party music, cuddling with her babies under a heavy blanket watching movies, coffee, purple, and babies.
No Thank You: Judgement passing, thumbs up emoji, waking up early, driving in the rain, skipping nap time, talking over someone elseSenior ContributorRachel is a native of the West Coast and didn’t know her straight hair could frizz until she made the move East! After earning a master of environmental management from Yale, she moved to Boston for a job opportunity and, on her first Saturday night in the city, met the man who would become her husband. They married in 2012 and are learning more every day about how to be parents to daughters Annabel (2013) and Eleanor (2016). Rachel and her family recently relocated from Charlestown to the MetroWest suburbs and are enjoying their yard (but dislike shoveling snow from their driveway). Rachel currently works as an energy and environmental consultant and wore Birkenstocks before they were trendy. Likes: Her family, her in-laws, cooking ambitious meals and leaving the dishes for someone else, hiking, running, yoga, climbing mountains, reading books, farmers’ markets and her CSA, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, the sound of her daughters’ laughter, and coffee. Dislikes: Running out of milk, New England winters, diaper rash, wastefulness, cell phones at the dinner table.Sarah grew up in Rhode Island and now lives in West Bridgewater, making brief stops in Quincy, Fall River, and East Bridgewater, along the way. She made the leap from Rhode Island to Massachusetts way back in 1999 when she decided to pursue a teaching degree at Boston University. She chose her career in 1987 and is currently teaching high school English to 10th and 12th graders, fulfilling a 6-year-old’s dream at the age of 22, a proclamation that often brings forth snickers from her students. She became a mother for the first time in 2016 to her daughter Cecilia, then doubled-down most recently in late 2018 with the birth of her second daughter, Adelaide. She currently lives with her husband, Jason, their dog, Nanook, their cat, Lanky, and six chickens. They share a home with her parents, who live above them and also provide the most amazing childcare for Ceci and Addie. Sarah couldn’t live without her family, her insulin pump (shout out to other T1D mamas), and Starbucks iced chai lattes. She could live without angry people, essay grading, and diaper-changing. She is looking forward to embarking on her maiden voyage into blogging with Boston Moms Blog and hopes you are too!Shannon is a native Texan who first visited Boston in 2012 with her now-husband, Ben. Shannon and Ben immediately fell in love with New England, and it was during that trip that they knew they eventually wanted to raise their family in the Northeast. Fast forward to 2018, and Ben accepted a job as a Photographer/Director at a Boston ad agency. They said goodbye to Texas and moved to Woburn with their pup and daughter (2016). Oh, and Shannon was 6 months pregnant with their son (2018). Shannon holds her License and Masters degree in Social Work, and in the past has been a Case Manager to the homeless population, as well as a School Social Worker. She currently stays home with her two littles, and teaches online ESL courses through VIPKid. Most weekends, you will find The Gibson family traveling and exploring all that New England has to offer. Yes, Please: kindness, coffee, dessert, the beach, phone calls to her mom, antique stores, Target runs. No, thank you: passive-aggressiveness, sweet tea, clutter, sleep deprivation, shoes my toddler can’t put on herself, squeaky playground swings.