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March 20, 2008

About Deep South Moms Blog & Our Contributors

Welcome to the Deep South Moms Blog, a collaborative group of women from the southern U.S., where the tea is sweet and the top-shelf margaritas are flowing strong; where moms mix old southern roots with new southern charm, never wear white after Labor Day, and know what "Bless her heart" really means. Y'all come back now, ya hear!

Deep South Moms Blog is a member of the Silicon Valley Moms Group. Other blogs in the group include Silicon Valley Moms Blog,  DC Metro Moms Blog , New York City Moms Blog, Chicago Moms Blog, Los Angeles Moms Blog, 50-Something Moms BlogOhio Moms BlogNew Jersey Moms Blog Canada Moms Blog, Philadelphia Moms Blog and Rocky Mountain Moms Blog.

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Come and meet our fabulous contributors:

Amy-Tucker Amy Tucker was born and raised in the South and is always quick to point out the good things about the region.

She met her husband in Arkansas, moved with him to Jax, Florida when he joined the Navy, moved back to Arkansas so her husband could finish his degree and has finally settled in Huntsville, Alabama -for the time being.

As the mother two kids under four, her days are spent attempting to replicate herself so she can run in two different directions after her kids, writing at Taste Like Crazy and Sims 3 Gamer. She also has a bit of a Twitter habit. 




AvatarDesigners and diapers. How the two coexist - Ana is on a journey to find out. From an early age the love of all things creative led her to become an architect, illustrator, photographer and on occasion, world-renowned experimental chef. Over the last ten years these roles have taken her around the globe, won her awards and made for some unforgettable memories, but now she's taking on the greatest role of all - becoming a mother.

Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Ana has spent most of her life in the US. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, the UK and Florida where she met her husband five years ago. Together they moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 where she set up a home studio and started her own design firm, MONNACO, in 2009. When Ana discovered she was expecting, she created a blog to write about her journey and share the experience with friends. It has since grown into Mama Moderne, a site dedicated to contemporary motherhood featuring articles on design, pregnancy, food and modern life. 



SANY1176Angie B has lived all of her 41 years in South Carolina and can’t imagine living anywhere else.  She’s married to a genuine--that’s pronounce “gin-you-wine”--Southern gentleman who is her other half. Which is to say, anything she likes he tends to like the opposite but still, they go together pretty nicely.  They have four children spaced rather conveniently (or inconveniently, depending on her perspective that day) so that she will never have to experience empty nest syndrome.  Her two boys are currently in high school, one of her girls is in kindergarten, and her 21 month old girl is at home so that she will never, ever get lonely (again, perspective is key).

Angie is a stay-at-home mom and new to blogging, but has always loved to write. Besides the Deep South Moms blog, she can also occasionally be found at shewearsmanyhats.com where her friend Amy has graciously invited her to share random thoughts when there‘s an empty spot to be filled.

DSM Blog Picture Born and raised in Birmingham Alabama, Angie C. is a wife, mom, referee, and proud owner of 3 tiny humans - A singleton and a set of identical twins, all girls - that translates to busy. Very busy. Her background is in Sales and Marketing, and she never knew how useful that training would be when marketing a fruit or vegetable as yummy or successfully selling the idea of pooping in the potty to a toddler.

She has been blogging about her life as a Mom at The Incoherent Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mom, since her first daughter was born over 4 years ago. It's the only thing that has helped keep her sane through those tough mommy moments.

She is the co-founder/owner of BirminghamMommy.com and loves her home town (minus the humidity!) She takes great pride in providing local moms with the information they need to navigate the Magic City, she believes that Birmingham has lots to offer, you just have to get out there and explore.

She loves Auburn football, is a reality TV junkie and a self proclaimed social media addict. She loves all things Twilight and will fight the haters at all cost. She would like for everyone to know that just because you live in the south you don't have to be politically conservative or religious.

During those rare kid free moments or nights out, you can find her at the movies with a bag of popcorn, a coke and some junior mints. 

For more riveting up to the minute details about her life you can follow her on twitter.

100_0869res-1 Born in Charleston, South Carolina and then raised in the northeast outside of Philadelphia, Ashley Abele returned to the South for college in Atlanta. Married to a Yankee from Ohio, they call their suburb outside of Atlanta home. However, due to the Yankee's job, Ashley and their two children, a 4 year old boy and 14 month old girl, have spent much time over the past 5 years traveling along for the ride. They have moved 5 times in the past 4 years, including 4 different states. Ashley has grown to appreciate the strength of the family unit as you spend so much time traveling. As a result of these moves, Ashley has met many different moms, and has learned the significance of being 'just another mom'. Right now, they are on the Virginia coast, where luckily, you can still order Sweet Tea.

While waiting to return to their home outside of Atlanta, Ashley spends her time navigating stay at home motherhood to her two small children. She is a paralegal on hold while at home with her children and can be found often on Twitter or blogging over at Just Another Mom of 2.

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Carrie Carrie Faith loves her “Mother on the Edge” t-shirt and loves her two boys even more. Some days she loves being a stay-at-home Mom, and some days she doesn’t but sees it like any other job that has ups and downs. Her pre-mommy life was in marketing and advertising for special events. Carrie tries to pretend she still has a job by becoming a full-blown Facebook addict.

Carrie grew up in Texas but wants everyone to know that “some” Texans don’t consider themselves part of the South. Rather they hold tight to the Alamo days and categorize themselves separately.

Carrie moved away from her beloved state to work in the Big Apple where she met her husband in a whirlwind romance complete with flowers, bus rides & beer. From there, they moved to Washington, DC and then back to Austin – a place they both love, except for the cedar allergies.

Carrie loves writing and is happy to have found an outlet amongst the daily grind of carpools, ADHD, soccer, and fixing her kids homegrown organic meals in the food processor (not!). Check out her ramblings at www.whoiwasbefore.com.


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Neenaeye Christina Y, is a freelance writer and an over-achieving, uber-organized mother of three weirdly intelligent children all under the age of five. She is lucky enough to be married to the last perfect man on Earth, or at least the man that is perfect for her. She spends her time reading, cooking, blogging, and attempting to keep control over a daily life that is full of more chaos than she ever imagined. She does her best to stay hopeful and optimistic as she faces the numerous, and sometimes hilarious, challenges and phases of kids and marriage. ChristinaY lives with her family in a small suburb of Atlanta, Georgia and, though she was not born in the South, she considers herself more than just a transplant. She documents all her experiences with motherhood on her personal blog at www.hooeycritic.com.


Posts Born and raised in Maryland, Dannie experienced her first taste of the South while in the US Navy stationed in Jacksonville, FL. Four years later, with husband and 9 month old packed and ready to go, she traveled to live near the in-laws and Northwest Arkansas became home. Adding a daughter to the family chaos a few years later, Dannie's now 14 year old son and 9 year old daughter are the reasons she breathes, cries, and sneaks more than her share of Little Debbie Swiss Cake rolls.

With a busy family, a job in sales and marketing, and college courses when time allows, sharing life stories on her blog DannieSpeaks gives her a much needed creative outlet. You can also find Dannie at CreateChatter TV marketing fun projects from around the internet and of course on Twitter chatting about nothing and everything. With a few minutes after dark, Dannie turns on her best friend - the DVR - and catches up on her closet obsession... supernatural ghost shows.


Heather Heather fell in love with Austin, Texas in 1994 and has been here ever since. She now is the mother of four kids - ages 9, 7, 3, and 1.  When she's not wrangling her children and husband, she's a freelance writer and editor with clients ranging from state agencies to textbook publishers to lobbyists.

In her spare time, Heather can be found running on The Trail around Lake Lady Bird or haunting local knitting stores fueling her two addictions.

Heather blogs about her life at The Days are JUST Packed and about the books she reads at Plenty More Books Inside.



Heather_h_2 As a lifelong resident of the deep south, Heather M. AKA "Queen of the Mayhem" has much experience dealing with the culture of the area.  She rules the kingdom of Mayhem with her king Mr. Mayhem, her daughter The Princess, and her son Junior Mayhem.  Being a neurotic, borderline OCD person causes many of her life experiences to make for great blog fodder.  When she is not shining up her "Mother of the Year" trophy, she is chasing behind one of her kids, her husband, or two pets that torture her on a daily basis.  Heather began blogging in 2006. She was looking for a creative outlet to share her ideas and experiences with the world.  Heather works in education, but enjoys writing in a more relaxed atmosphere.  Her writing is a lot like her life, fast-paced, silly, sometimes disjointed, and always full of nonsense!  Check out the craziness on her personal blog, Queen Of The Mayhem.


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is a doting mom to two boys, ages 5 and 3, wife to one. She's constantly wiping a nose, reminding someone about manners, zipping up coats, soothing boo boos, and kissing belly buttons. She runs her own marketing consulting firm, volunteers way too much, and manages to scrape together dinner every night. She abhors a mess and is admittedly anal and difficult to live with. Ilina appreciates a shaken dirty martini, creme brulee, shoe shopping (and buying!), and red painted toes barefoot on the beach. She has horrible taste in music and is a sucker for tear jerker films. Ilina grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, which she still considers God's Country. After freezing her patootie off in the midwest for 10 years, she's back in the south, settled into a newly renovated 1923 home with good bones...and fourh bathrooms.

Jamie Jamie is a 40-year-old Nashville mom who grew up in the country where monster trucks, Hank Williams Jr., and field parties were all the rage. She's been writing about poop and pinot noir at BlondeMomBlog since October 2005. She chronicles her not-so-deep thoughts about her two daughters, her tech entrepreneur/former beach bartender husband, their two spoiled dogs, and whatever else tickles her fancy, from shopping to pop culture. Although she works as a special projects editor for a publishing company, her day job provides little opportunity to write humorously about poop or guilt as a working mom or her obsession with Target and Britney Spears. Jamie is a featured parenting partner at DivineCaroline.




JillM Jill Martin is mother to two toddlers, a boy and a girl, born 18 months apart. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with the kids and her British husband, in November 2008. After growing up in New York City, and living for nearly eight years in London, she is finding Atlanta to be a big change, but fun so far.

When she is not running after the kids, she works as a freelance reporter/producer/writer. She blogs about her experience of moving back to the US after living abroad on http://reversecultureshock.com/.

Headshot Having been raised less than an hour from New Orleans and residing in Memphis since the mid-80s, Kalisa has for decades struggled with that age-old Southern dilemma: to straighten or not to straighten? (She is currently opting for "not to straighten.") Kalisa attended the University of Memphis, where she acquired both a journalism degree and a husband. She and Chip have one son, Elijah, who is 16 and won't friend his mom on facebook.

Balance has never been Kalisa's strong suit. She has a tendency to swing to the extremes and expects people to hang on if they want to share the ride. The thought of being an empty-nester next year has Kalisa a bit freaked out, so after her beloved Saints won the Superbowl she went to Mardi Gras and came home with her first tattoo — a fleur-de-lis on her ankle. Elijah can't decide whether she's an embarrassment or the "cool mom."

Kalisa blogs at I'll Be the One in Heels and writes a fashion blog called No Excuses Fashion, where she spreads her fashion philosophy that women can be fashionable no matter their size, time constraints or financial status. 

P1090913 Lauren Actkinson-Carlton was born and raised in various suburbs of Dallas with a brief stint in Oklahoma where she met and married her husband. She is the mother of a one-year-old daughter who is already taking after her with her use of the word no and her sassy attitude.

Lauren's lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing. She has written countless poems and short stories but has never been published. After maintaining a blog on and off since 2000 she started MOMMY IS ROCK N ROLL to alleviate her boredom while on bed rest during her last trimester.

While going through this journey as a new mother she is also finding her voice and is constantly working on honing her "craft." If one can call slinging obscenities and writing ad nausea um about poop craft.

When she isn't writing for her personal blog she's babbling about Twitter on her column for the Examiner or scavenging the internet for freelance work. She is a stay-at-home mom who often finds herself "running errands" with her daughter to avoid doing housework. Her husband is the world's most patient man and is no doubt Lauren's better half.

Bio pic Lisa G is the mom to a little girl and twin boys born 19 months apart.  Besides being a mom, she enjoys writing, taking photos, cooking, reading, movies and travelling.  In a prior life, she spent 13 years in media planning.  She is married to Barton, a wonderful man she met in her San Francisco apartment because the mailman accidentally delivered her future husband’s magazine to her.  Her goal is to start a photography business when the twins enter kindergarten.  In the meantime, her three monkeys provide constant fodder for Facebook and her personal blog, The Curious Georges.  She is currently “keeping it weird” in Austin. Follow Lisa on Twitter.

Lisalyn S. After short stints in Southern California and Texas as a child, Lisa Schaffer is proof solid that not much can sever the strong roots of West Tennessee.

Lisa is a stay-at-home mom to five kids who range in age from preschool to high school, and beyond. A long time homeschooler, she now incorporates homeschool, public school and special needs preschool into her family's daily life as she conquers loads of laundry, piles of dirty dishes, and finds yet another missing shoe. She manages a crazy schedule of doctor appointments and therapy sessions due to Congenital Heart Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and tries very hard to always be thankful! 

Lisa blogs about her crazy happy life at All That and a Box of Rocks.

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Liza102009 Liza Barry-Kessler never imagined that she would be qualified to write for anything with "Deep South" in the title -- and is grateful that the SV Moms didn't boot her off the site when she moved North. She and her partner have two children, a preschool son and toddler daughter. By day, Liza helps companies and organizations protect their reputations, data, and people in her law practice, Privacy Counsel LLC, a law firm focused on privacy and social media issues. She is also the Founder of LesbianFamily.org, a directory of blogs by lesbian parents and aspiring parents, and regularly writes about her own 2-mom family at LizaWasHere.com.


 


Modernmami-avatar-small Melanie Edwards is originally from Puerto Rico and currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband of 7 years and their 4 year old daughter. Raising a bilingual and multicultural little lady – 3 cultures to be exact: Trinidadian, Puerto Rican, and American - is no easy feat! As if that wasn't enough, her and her husband are currently trying to expand their family with a second child.

Melanie holds a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, over 8 years experience in Information Technology, and 3 years in the e-learning industry. Over the past four years, she's found a love for all things social media and continues to learn more each day. She recently added the work at home mom (WAHM) title to her belt and now focuses on social media consulting.

As a Latina working mother, Melanie is a ModernMami™ who provides an honest depiction of the everyday humor and drama in the life of today's wife, mother and woman from a Latina perspective. She often blogs about the special concerns working mothers have in attempting to achieve a work-life balance and provides resources for the work at home community. You can find Melanie at ModernMami.com™, 40weeks Plus, and on twitter.


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Michelleprofilepic720 Michelle Lamar is an online marketing consultant and geek. She is married to Saint Timothy, a producer-director who travels a great deal for work…and some say for his sanity.  They have two daughters, ages 11 and 15. When she's not nagging her clients or yelling at her kids, Michelle writes for Deep South Moms, WhiteTrashMom, Laptop Road Trip, Huffington Post.



Laurieperez.com._MG_5731 MM Hansen is a mom and a grandmom who lives in Houston, the city where she raised three daughters who've all migrated to the Pacific Northwest so she's become a communter in order to keep up with them and her four grandchildren. MM left a paying job in 2007 to come a full time artist and writer and last fall produced Second Seating, a visual arts installation of dinner tables and elaborate chandeliers made with recycled materials and found objects. More grant proposals have been written in preparation for another installation in 2011. 

MM pleased to be a Deep South Moms blogger and believes that Houston is close enough to the piney woods of East Texas and Louisiana to qualify as deep south.




Facebook pic After living in the south since 2001 and learning the art of making sweet tea, Nicki considers herself a reformed Yankee. That she's lived that entire time in a city as transient as Charlotte, North Carolina makes her almost a native.  She chronicles her life as a single mother of a teenage daughter and tweenage son on her blog Suddenly Single Journey where she finds herself struggling with a combination of self-discovery and self-improvement.  Every day seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others.  She's still getting used to that new life smell she's experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness.  (The perfect scents to build a new life on...)   

While waiting for some publishing company to see the promise in her novels, she works as a Patient Care Coordinator.  For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel.  The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville.  Two down!  (Eleven to go?)

N1222094479_3752Pamela Gold was born and raised in New Jersey. After the birth of her first son, she relocated to Florida where she met her husband. The two had a son together and moved to Colorado for a handful of time. After too many Winters of scraping ice off windshields and digging their cars out of the snow, they decided to make their way back to Florida and the family is overwhelmingly excited to be "home" for good.

Pamela and her husband thought their family of four was complete until the discovery of a third pregnancy ten years after the birth of their second child. She describes this journey as one for the books. She says it was like the first time all over again, as in, not knowing what to expect.

Pamela began dabbling in the blogging world when she discovered she had postpartum depression. After beating this battle head-on, her blog, 2 Much Testosterone, has since evolved into a more humorous approach of life under a single roof with four males. Pamela also writes, edits, and publishes a weekly e-newsletter for her community, Palm Coast Macaroni Kid. In her spare time, you can find Pamela with one of the men in her life working on one project or another, or with her head in a book (when she is able to keep her eyes open long enough to make sense of the pages).

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Rebeccadsm Rebecca was born in Texas, but quickly moved to and grew up in Oklahoma. After marrying and having two boys 13 months apart she moved to Georgia and was awed by the tall trees and winding roads. Life in Georgia was great and included the birth of another baby boy. Just about the time she quit getting lost navigating the Atlanta streets, she moved to sunny Florida when 34 weeks pregnant with boy #4. Rebecca spends her days refereeing arguments, and chasing runaway toddlers. Her nights are spent trying to catch some sleep in between kids waking up and making sure no one is roaming the house at 4 in the morning. She blogs about the madness and joy that goes along with raising four boys 6 and under at Life With Boys.




JoynerHeadshotRebecca blogs at Country-Fried Mama, where she writes about being a Yankee “mutha” raising two little girls in the deep, deep, DEEP South. 

Rebecca was born and raised in Massachusetts and went to college in New Hampshire, but her first job after school was as a reporter in Alabama.  She met her Georgia-born husband at that job and later dragged him North, where he reluctantly lived in exile for nearly nine years.  But there are only so many spring snowstorms from which a Southern boy can shovel out before he wants to go home. 


Rebecca and her family landed back in Alabama in 2007 and are settling in to life in Birmingham.  When Rebecca isn’t chasing after the kids or rambling on Twitter or Facebook, she works part-time as a freelance writer and editor.  She is grateful for her Deep South life, and expects the culture shock to wear off anytime now. 

21monthsB 009_edit A 20-something first-time Mama, Sarah has called Arkansas home since childhood. She met her husband in Fayetteville, they settled in the land of the Razorbacks in 2006, and added a munchkin to their family in 2008. 

Sarah’s blog at Musings of Mother Hood is a place for her to get all those live-and-learn parenting experiences, stories of work/life balance (she works full time in advertising) and adorable toddler photos out of her system. Through it all there are traces of sarcastic humor, (over)dramatic ranting, and an unhealthy obsession with righting the world’s grammatical errors – though she most commonly describes the content there as “fun and harmless nonsense”. Sarah also writes for NWA Motherlode all about technology that Moms can really use. She promises not to bore you with tech-talk, just suggestions for a few cool, new websites or fun gadgets or geeky advice from another Mama just trying to make it in this here 21st century.

She loves Seinfeld reruns, Chick-fil-A, going to the movies by herself, and peanut butter. And since, like any reasonable person, she’s a slave to digital social networking, you can also find Sarah on Facebook and keep up with her fun and harmless nonsense on Twitter.


LR_Shanna_Bio_Portrait  Shanna is a 30-something mother of 3.   She married at 20, and then experienced the monthly ups and downs of unexplained infertility for 8 years.  After having a miscarriage, she knew she wanted to be a mother, and didn’t care how the children came.  She adopted a daughter, and then 15 months later they found another opportunity and added twin boys to the family.  She adopted all of her children as infants, and enjoys an open relationship with their birth families.  Going from zero to 3 in 15 months was quite the adventure, and most of those early years are a blur of diapers, bottles, baby kisses, and sleepless nights.  Her children are now 5, 4, and 4, and she is beginning to rediscover her love of reading, quilting, and travel. 

Shanna moved to the Atlanta suburbs when she was in high school.  She went to college in Alabama (War Eagle!), where she met and married her husband.  After graduation, they moved back to Atlanta when she hopes to stay for a very long time.  She is involved with community adoption education and advocacy.  She is a former and future nurse, and current grocery buyer, craft project coordinator, referee, holiday planner, finder of shoes, and maker of meals, 3 per day.  She blogs about family life and whatever else pops into her head at 3cutekids.



195183496-Th Stephanie D. calls herself a true Texan, despite spending her first few years of life in North Carolina. She grew up in a rural North Texas town of about 3,000 people. After a college stint in windy West Texas, she made a strange and wonderful circuit of the three largest cities in Texas before finally settling down and living in the ‘burbs outside of Houston, Texas. Contrary to what her hometown friends and family might think, she has not “gone all city” on them. She can channel her inner-redneck at will, and isn’t afraid to proudly show her roots when necessary.

A career writer who has dabbled in everything from broadcast news, to technical and freelance writing, magazine editing, and public relations/events planning, Stephanie feels most at home when sitting with a big ole’ glass of iced tea and her bare feet up on the coffee table, pecking at her laptop. That pecking could or could not include obsessively posting statuses on social media outlets, happily blogging, frenetically playing online games or emailing unsuspecting friends in the wee hours of the morning. 

Married to her college sweetheart, a technology consultant with unending patience, Stephanie also finds great writing fodder from her two children and one very stinky labrador retriever. You can catch more of Stephanie’s writing at her personal blog, Cattywampus Life, as a guest contributor at Diabetes Daily, or at her work gig as City Ambassador at HoustonMomsLikeMe.com.



Stacia Stacia writes and mothers in the heart of Texas. Southern born and bred — save two strange years in the Midwest — she loves wildflowers, college football, Dairy Queen, and air conditioning. Rodeos and mosquitoes? She could do without.

Before swapping her red pen for sidewalk chalk, she worked as a writer, editor, and proofreader. Now, she reads Goodnight Moon instead of the AP Stylebook for fun. She's traded debates over the serial comma for lectures on why the cat doesn't need a princess dress. And though she tries really hard not to, sometimes she can't help but diagram the sentences in Curious George Makes Pancakes.

Visit Stacia at Fluffy Bunnies, where she blogs about parenthood the glass-half-full way.



Mom Texan Mama is all Texan at heart, even though she's only lived in the DFW area since 2008. She started blogging soon after moving to Texas and has never looked back. Her home on the internet is at Who Put Me In Charge Of These People??? but she also is a contributor at Mamapedia and Burbmom.

Texan Mama, a.k.a. Gretchen, had great intentions of being a high school Math teacher forever, but once she met Texan Papa, and he swept her off her feet, she put that dream on hold to stay at home with her five little Peanuts. (So far) she's got Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, and Violet. Oh, and Snoopy too.  



Tiffany Although born and raised in The South, Tiffany didn't truly claim it until she spent a few years in sunny Southern California. Only then did she realize that not everyone drinks sweet tea or appreciates a perfectly deep fried vegetable. She was more than eager to return home to The South, and currently resides in the swamps of Southeast Georgia.

In her former life Tiffany did such noble things as investigate child abuse and sex crimes, teach high school and Community College, and create the perfect lattes in a busy Metropolitan coffee shop. Now, she's the over-caffeinated stay-at-home-mom of a teen, a toddler, and a baby, and tries to tell herself diaper changing is a noble profession as well.

Tiffany has been blogging since December 2006 on her personal blog, Lattes And Life. She sometimes writes in other places and tweets far too much. And she's desperately trying to get the word out that not every place in Georgia is a suburb of Atlanta.


052 Born in South Carolina, Tina grew up all over the world courtesy of her father’s military career, but a true southerner at heart, she planted roots in central North Carolina in 1996 when she met her high school sweetheart turned husband. Living in what she affectionately refers to as ‘the sticks,’ she can’t imagine raising her 3 kids anywhere else.

A former marketing manager and graphic designer, she now spends her days working from home, stepping on Legos, finding lost socks and washing a seemingly ending pile of laundry. She can also be found blogging about her everyday life on My Own Party of 5.



FOUNDING TEAM:

Jill_asher018_2 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CO-FOUNDER: Jill Asher is the co-founder of Silicon Valley Moms Group.  The idea came to Jill over two years ago (March 2006) to start Silicon Valley Moms Blog, after she finished her one year "Presidency" of PAMP. After inviting friend after friend to join this "crazy idea" that moms would want to write about parenting experiences in their regional area, Jill has watched Silicon Valley Moms Group blossom into over nine collaborative blogging communities.

By far, her biggest challenge and greatest joy is motherhood. Jill and her husband are the proud parents of two elementary school aged daughters.  Jill admits that she is NOT A PERFECT PARENT and fears her daughter's teenage years. Her girls can be heard running around the house screaming, "Mommy is blogging again!" and she needs to bribe from time to time them with treats.  Is she allowed to admit that? On the bright side, Jill really digs living in Silicon Valley and tries her best to blend in, praying that no one will hear her "New Jersey accent". Unless, of course, she is royally upset. 

Jill handles PR, Marketing, Business Development and outreach for this collaborative community.

Tekla_n_017crop_2 PARTNER, SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Tekla S. Nee, a cofounder of the Silicon Valley Moms Group, serves as editor-in-chief and CFO for the network of blogs. She has been writing about parenting for more than 25 years for magazines like Parenting, BabyTalk, Working Woman, Special Reports: Family, and Better Health and Living. She blogged for five years before there was such a word, writing a weekly column about about her life with three kids for the Palo Alto Daily News. She's published three books, The Mommy Rescue Guide First Year; The Mommy Zone: Tales from the Trenches of Parenthood; and The Everything Baby's First Year Book (also published in Russian and Chinese). And that's just in her spare time, during the day, she masquerades as a mild-mannered technology journalist working for a major metropolitan magazine.

Bethblecherman_150x200 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY MOM: Beth Blecherman is a techie turned blogger mom who is in charge of blogging technology and development for the Silicon Valley Moms Group network. She also works on the outreach/development to obtain new bloggers and organizing events for the network (including proudly reaching out to Los Angeles Moms!). 

Beth started her career in application development, then system auditing and her last role was Senior Manager, Computer Process Integrity, for Deloitte.  Beth's personal blog is on tips, tricks, and discussions about parents use of technology for their families (Techmamas).  When not blogging, she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and tooling around other new online social networking sites...

Linsey Krolik profile-1 PARTNER - SILICON VALLEY MOMS GROUP: Linsey Krolik joined the management team of Silicon Valley Moms Group as a Partner in October 2009, after serving as the company's lawyer, book club editor, and a contributing writer for Silicon Valley Moms Blog since July 2007. Linsey has been a technology, media, and business lawyer and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for the past ten years.  Before operating her solo law practice, which she started shortly after the birth of her twins in 2004, Linsey was Corporate Counsel for ARM, Inc., a United Kingdom-based intellectual property company and worked for a variety of tech companies in the Silicon Valley, including Palm, Inc, OmniSky Corporation, and 3Com Corporation. Linsey holds a combination JD/MBA degree from Santa Clara University School of Law with a concentration in High Technology Law and in Marketing and has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 2002. She is the co-author of the book "Virtual Incorporation: A Lawyer's Guide to Forming Virtual Corporations," which was published by the American Bar Association in 2009. She is a speaker and teacher, having spoken at BlogHer'08 and taught at Solo Practice University and Outside the Cube. Linsey is very active in her community, sitting on the board of several local organizations as President and in other Board of Director roles. She is a twin mom (plus one more makes three kids aged 6 and under), a twin herself, and a cancer survivor. In addition to writing at Silicon Valley Moms Blog, she writes at her personal blog, Me Too You, and at her twins club's blog Mad About Multiples. Linsey handles business development, advertising and legal issues for SV Moms Group.

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