Anna was born and raised in Kansas City and is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is married to her college sweetheart and BFF, Ryne, who are both educators. They live in Olathe with three littles; Hudson (5), Lincoln (2), and Charlee (9 months) and their two dogs; Kindle and Lucy. Life is chaotic and crazy. But she’s learning to embrace the chaos. When she’s not doing her teacher thing, Anna enjoys just hanging with her people, shopping, antiquing/DIY, decorating, and working on her dream of having her own blog. Anna loves jumping on the trampoline with her boys, eating Mexican food, dating her husband, drinking wine, Restoration Emporium, and being with her friends and family.Audrey Lawson-Sanchez is mom to Ada, her one-and-done four-year-old. Two weeks after meeting her partner Elliot, she was engaged, six months later they eloped and 10 years later they moved back to Audrey’s hometown. A former public educator, Audrey now runs a national public health and nutrition nonprofit. Although she tries her best to not be “one of those vegans” - Audrey loves sharing plant-based eating recipes and ways to sneak more vegetables into every meal (don’t be shy if you have questions!) In addition to talking about kale, Audrey spends her time advocating on behalf of the LGBTQIANB+ community, and putting her poetry degree to good (albeit not profitable) use.I’m Britney! I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. I currently reside in Raytown with my husband, Zachary, and our three children. Two years ago we adopted our first fur baby, a handsome black lab. My active family loves spending time outdoors and going on road trips. I have a degree in the medical field, however, after being a stay-at-home mom for 7 years I decided to rejoin the workforce as a substitute teacher. I absolutely love being able to express myself creatively and over the years have become a serial hobbyist. My hobbies include photography, graphic design, DIY (I’m so proud of our home updates!), blogging, creating videos, and reading too many interior design blogs. If binge-watching shows on Netflix is a hobby, add that to the list. My dream is to earn a degree in interior design, become an interior designer, and run a successful interior design blog.Hi all, I’m one of five Britni’s on the KCMB Contributor Team! (I’m the one who spells it weird, thanks Mom.) I’m a wife to the king of dad jokes and a mom to three daughters, Ella 9 (responsible oldest child), Mia 6 (creative and sassy middle child), and Livy 2 (the verdict is still out on this one). We live on the tip of northwest Olathe where I am a part-time high school business/computer teacher and a part-time adjunct instructor for a few local colleges. When I’m not teaching the youth of America, I can be found helping my husband run the two KC area shave ice stands we own (@jarvys_shaveice) and organizing our event business. In my free time, I enjoy running outside when it’s not above 85 or below 40 degrees, watching my husband grill out so I don’t have to cook, and being perpetually sarcastic. I love nights out with the hubs, traveling with my family, red wine, coffee, ice cream and flare pens. Follow my crazy on IG @britni_jarvis or on all other forms of social media @britnijarvis.Britt is a former nomad, who happily put down roots in the Kansas City suburbs to start her own family close to her parents and siblings. After three professional degrees and a brief stint as an elementary teacher with Teach for America, Britt now spends 40 hours a week working in the legal world. In what little free time she has left over, she pretends to do yoga, install toilets, cans vegetables, quilts, entertains family and friends, and seeks adventure around KC and beyond with her two favorite boys. Though she and her husband, David, are new to parenting their 8 month old son, Benja, they already agree that they love him more than coffee. They just not-so-secretly hope that no one ever makes them choose between the two.Brittany is wife to Jimmy, mom to 6-year-old Charlie, 4-year-old Maddie and 2-year-old Mikey...with one more little boy set to make his arrival in September 2018 to complete their rowdy crew. While she was born in Texas, she has spent most of her life in Kansas City and loves exploring all that our great city has to offer! By day, she works as a finance director at a global stock exchange and by night, she plays the role of mom, friend, daughter, wife, house cleaner, cook and DIY-er. Other items on the top of her love list include working out, freezer cooking, budgeting (she loves Excel), Quik Trip fountain drinks, sometimes blogging , and hanging out with her family and friends. You can find her on Instagram @bcarter85 and follow her health and fitness journey at @yourparadisefitnessI’m a KC girl at heart! Born and raised in Shawnee,KS and currently living in Olathe, KS. Wife to Deron of 6 years and mama to 3 little girls (lots of pink in our house!). Aniston 5, Reese 3, Avery 1. Being a girl mom rocks! Before kiddos, I worked full time as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I have been a stay at home Mom for over 5 years now and feel blessed to spend every day with my girls. We like to be out and about - which sometimes looks like a 3 ring circus with my crazy crew! In my (little) free time, I enjoy a good cup of coffee (and wine), DIY projects, helping my husband with our farmhouse table business and a ridiculous reality TV show.Hi! I’m Courtney, mom to 3-year-old busy guy James. A New England native, I moved to Kansas City for a job in 2004 for a job as a TV news producer and never looked back, except for when the Red Sox are in town. These days I’m the media and public relations coordinator for the award-winning Kansas City Public Library. Our family absolutely loves Kansas City and the people here, though my East Coast snark still comes out from time to time. We spend our days exploring the zoo, neighborhood playgrounds, local festivals, the Nelson-Atkins museum, Crown Center, the City Market, and of course libraries. We live in wonderful Troost Plateau, and I love our neighborhood and our big ol’ porch. And also nachos.Born and raised in Turner, Emily now lives in Overland Park with her husband Joe (high school English teacher and golf coach) and son Fitzgerald (2). Emily and Joe met in college, but later found out they grew up mere blocks from each other and even had the same kindergarten teacher just one year apart! After 11 years of teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades and K-6 STEM, Emily is now an instructor at the University of St. Mary. She likes to explore old and new spots in Kansas City so Fitz learns to love this great city, too! She enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles, and cheering on the Chiefs and Royals. Emily's current goals: Be more organized, make dinner more often, and read more books just for fun!Holly loves to talk. In fact, she spent the majority of her fifth-grade year isolated to the back of her classroom for excessive talking. She was reprimanded for this in various ways throughout her education, including during graduate school. She is now mother to Greer, her incessantly yammering three-year-old daughter. Holly’s parents regularly chuckle at this poetic justice. Fittingly, she works as a Speech Pathologist at a local hospital. She is married to Austin, a third-year emergency medicine resident who works an abhorrent amount of hours. Holly isn't bitter about this at all. In addition to excessive talking, Holly enjoys buying and killing houseplants, rearranging home decor, thrifting clothes for her daughter, and doughnuts. She is passionate about the use of the Oxford comma, women supporting women, and the power of vulnerability in relationships. She struggles with racking up library late fees, writing bios, infertility, and understanding people who desire to go to Vegas.Jen was born and raised in Overland Park. After going to Indiana University for college, then living in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, she grew exhausted of circling for a parking spot and headed back home to be near family. She met her husband, Matt, on a blind date, married, and they are now the parents to an 8 year-old boy and a 6 year-old girl. Jen teaches kindergarten and her husband teaches high school, so they spend time wondering how they’ll relate to their kids during the middle school years. She spends her free time cheering on the Chiefs, Royals, and Hoosiers, snuggling and reading with her kids, enjoying the occasional date night with her husband, and laughing with her teacher friends. Jen also loves traveling, Target, coffee, sunflowers and all things pop culture.I’m Jessica! Married to my best friend and mother to some pretty wonderful little people. My family makes this life pretty exciting and I strive to do my best to make this world better for them. I grew up in rural Colorado but decided to trade it all in for a life changing move to the Caribbean islands. After 3.5 years of world traveling and beach bumming, I decided to plant roots in Kansas City. We now call the charming city of Lee’s Summit home and couldn’t be happier with this amazing community. I am the owner of Lee’s Summit PLAY and work hard to promote learning and adventure in youth. I love to shop small and support all of our wonderful local business owners. My favorite parts of this area of Missouri are the fantastic local breweries, beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, and the passion behind all of the welcoming people. You can usually find me sipping a local brew, working on a community project to spread love and kindness, and experiencing all the Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City area have to offer.Jessica Salazar Collins is a momma of two boys, 9-year-old Joshua Arturo and 3-year-old Trinidad Ramon. Jessica was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., (she lived in Westport before it was cool to) and is the only Jayhawk graduate in a family of Mizzou Tigers. She loves all things Frida Kahlo, chocolate and superhero related (boymom necessity). In her spare time, Jessica likes to search the web for all things about Tangancícuaro, Michoacán (the mother land), low carb recipes and potty training tips. Jessica is a third generation Latina trying to keep alive her Mexican traditions with her sons.Jollene has been married to her husband of 5 years and is a boymom to a toddler and infant. She grew up on the coasts (CA and NJ), but moved to the Midwest for college. After graduating from Mizzou, she moved to KC and has fully embraced the BBQ, sports, and arts scene the city offers. Primarily a SAHM, she also owns a wedding planning/videography business. Being a foodie, she enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, party planning, and eating all the desserts. Her other interests include: traveling, Pinterest-ing, fashion, volunteering, music arts, bargain shopping, and taking 100 pictures of her boys--daily. She is grateful for family, adventures with her sons, and a loving Lord.Hi! I’m Julie and I’m a mom of two wild women, 5 year old Mia and 2 year old Reese. My poor husband Grady is outnumbered big time because our cat, Gabbana, and dog, Marge, are both girls as well. We even have a totally uncool/amazing minivan that has been dubbed “The Glam Van”. I’m a former local TV news Executive Producer who has transitioned to Communications Manager at the City of Shawnee. We live in western Shawnee and spend a lot of our free time doing some driveway drinking, going to parks and desperately trying to have date nights. My likes include the Jayhawks, suddenly having holidays off and ChapStick. My dislikes include samesiders (people who sit on the same side of the booth when no one is on the other side), jerks and grocery shopping.I’m Karen, a KC-metro native, proud to have grown up in Grandview. After graduating from KU, I spent 12 years wearing tailored slacks and makeup EVERY DAY as a project manager and facilitator. In 2013, two years after my son was born, I traded in the black pants, pierced my nose and became a full-time JOCO stay-at-home-parent. I won’t lie – the transition was rough. Not only did I have to figure out who I was without my professional identity, we also navigated our way through failed fertility attempts and my own (mostly unrelated) depression. But! Here we are on the other side and I happily spend my days driving carpool, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and the PTO board, planning our next family vacation, reading too many self-help books, walking our goofy Golden mix, seeing movies with my husband and son, and overloading my camera roll with thousands of photos.Katie is a SAHM mom of three, a bad driver of a heavily dented minivan, a KC native, and an owner of a messy house in Overland Park (and not in a cute “Look at my kids playing in unfolded laundry!” way, but more in a “Don’t stick your hands under the couch until we’ve investigated that smell!” way). She loves long family road trips, dogs with people names, and using her rare kid-free time to go to concerts and movies. She hates speaking in third person and people with dog names. She is most proud of her children when they sing David Bowie songs in public and express independence in ways that cause strangers concern.Kelly is a wife, teacher, and mom of three. She has a very active 2 year old son, Banks, and 7 month old twin girls, Kate and Hayden. Originally a Wichita, KS native, she moved to Kansas City in 2010. After marrying her husband, Shaun, in 2013, they wasted no time starting a family. Having three kids in 2 years takes quite the amount of patience and task mastering. In between picking up toys, chasing monsters, playing in the dirt, potty training, singing songs, changing diapers and feeding babies, she loves planning, organizing, and exercising. The busy-ness of life is what keeps her going, her house looks like a straight up daycare, and her husband works the night shift! Weeee! If reheating a cup of coffee were an Olympic event, she would probably win gold! When life calms down and a date night ensues, Kelly and Shaun enjoy trying new restaurants, going to Royals games, eating BBQ, and sipping a glass of wine on the back porch.Kristin is a recent Lee’s Summit suburb transplant, after living in the Brookside and Plaza areas for over eight years. Raising two young boys with her husband, Jake, has helped her to embrace the messy, wild side of life where love is expressed in bear hugs and body slams. Professionally, she can be found teaching classes as an adjunct professor in the areas of Business, Marketing and PR. She is able to provide her students with applicable, real-life knowledge as she draws from several years working in the corporate sector. “Free time” (ha!, what’s that again?) is spent on an occasional date night to favorite local restaurants, reading blogs on everything from home design to politics, riding her sweet beach cruiser bike and thinking of ways to convince her husband to do yet another home improvement project.At the risk of sounding like a cheesy (yet amazing) song from the 80s, Lindsay is just a small town girl living in a lonely world, except her world is not the least bit lonely. She and her city boy, Daniel, live in Fairway, KS and have 2 little girls, Stella and Scarlett plus a sweet but stinky English bulldog named Diesel. Lindsay works for Hallmark Cards, not as a card designer or illustrator but as something even cooler – a senior financial analyst. Yes, that’s right. Budgets, forecasting and Excel spreadsheets are her love language. When she is not harshing the creative vibes at work with Finance talk, Lindsay loves chilling at home with her fam, laughing, reading, eating sweets and trying to post creative stuff on social media with the hopes of being discovered, by who, she doesn’t really know or care. Don’t stop believing, Linds.Hi! I’m Liz, a busy working mom in Olathe. I’m lucky to have two amazing boys in my life, my husband Joe and my robot-obsessed son William. My husband and I are both from Omaha. We’ve been in town about 10 years and now live about as far southwest as you can get and still be in the metro. I start my day at 2 a.m. to work in local TV news. I love naps because I have to. I laugh every single day with my very silly toddler and his very silly dad. I count my lucky stars I get to come home to them each day.I’m Marsha, the devoted wife of a Nebraska Husker fan, mother to a sweet laid back 7-year-old boy named Kellen and a 5-year-old spunky know-it-all named Rowen. I am a Kansas City native, proud Northwest Bearcat Alumni, and enthusiastic 4th grade teacher! I enjoy stolen moments where I can read in peace, indulging in chocolate chip cookies whenever possible, tending to my vegetable garden and finding new ways to annoy my daughter! My goal in life is to be my authentic self, follow the motto of ‘She did what she could,’ and share that with other moms!Megan lives in Lenexa with her husband, Andrew, and their two amazing kids, Milo (7) and Olive (5). After nearly a decade working full-time as an editor and writer, Megan decided to leave the corporate world to stay home with her kids. Three years in, and she’s still getting used to driving a minivan and being perpetually late. Megan is a big-time coffee drinker, ice cream lover, and book reader. She loves solving crossword puzzles, camping with her family, and enjoying KC’s local beers with her husband on perfect-patio-weather date nights. Together with her family, Megan can be found exploring the fantastic local parks and trails (they’ll be the ones in sun hats, constantly applying sunscreen), hitting up the zoo or Union Station, or attending one of the many kid-friendly festivals in the area. You can read more at Megan’s blog, The Lenexicon.Raised in Parkville, Michelle and her husband have stayed north of the river to raise their son, Maverick, and daughter, Kennedy. As a stay-at-home mom, Michelle thrives off of coffee and to-do lists. When she isn't juggling the demands of her toddler and infant, Michelle can be found wandering the aisles of Target or listening to Dave Matthews Band.
Natalie is a Lee’s Summit freelance writer and mom to a sweet girl, Adelyn, and a spicy boy, Gage. She’s married to David, a dermatologist. This year, they became entrepreneurs together and launched Cornerstone Dermatology & Surgery Group. She’s that mom at the park in the wide-brimmed hat with nine bottles of sunscreen in her oversized purse. Natalie’s first job out of journalism school was as a health and cuisine reporter for a small-town newspaper. This start made her brave to explore, encouraged her high-functioning introverted side and instilled in her an everlasting grammatical pickiness. Today, her continued love for food, fitness, and family adventures are manifested on her lifestyle blog, Lovely Inside Out. Making healthy food from scratch is her jam, and you’ll often find her trashing her kitchen while making cashew butter, protein balls or plantain tortillas.A KCK born and raised "Dotte Girl," living in KCK until moving away to our beloved Manhattan. It is there that I met a nice young man that I would attach my ball and chain to, and make my husband. After college we moved to the Shawnee / Lenexa area, where we've put down roots and call home. Together my hunky fireman husband, Shane, and I are raising two of the coolest kids ever. Ella is 13, and Jackson is 10. They are the light of my life and the pain in my neck. By day I work for a local banking software provider coordinating a team of Technical Business Analysts. By night I do basically the same thing, but it's called being a Mom. Essentially my life is organized chaos every moment of every day, and I would not have it any other way!Robyn grew up in Overland Park and has been a Kansas City Northlander for almost 15 years now. She and her husband Brad live near Parkville with their three year old daughter Claire and their rescue dog Mario. When she’s not working full time in the legal world on the Plaza, she is either at home losing a continuous battle with the laundry and the clutter, exploring all of Kansas City with the family, reading a good book in the backyard hammock, or looking for a good excuse to bake ridiculously lavish desserts. She is a diehard sports fan who loves cheering on the Jayhawks, Royals, and her alma mater Drake University Bulldogs, and loves playing kickball, softball and attempting to do yoga at home with Claire.Stephanie lives in Shawnee with her husband Lance, and two crazy redheaded children, Jack (5) and Allison (2). A born and raised Husker, transplanted via Utah three years ago, she's starting to love calling KC home. When she’s not working full time as a research meteorologist, or trying to convince her kids to sleep, she enjoys running, knitting, reading, attempting to bake, cheering on the big red, and catching up on her DVR. You'll often find her dragging her kids and husband to breweries in search of the haziest IPAs KC has to offer. You can follow her day-to-day snippets on Instagram (@stephavey).Steph is well prepared for the challenges of motherhood. A former officer in the U.S. Army, she led a platoon of soldiers to Iraq where she spent a year and a half conducting combat operations. When she hung up her dog tags to stay at home full time, she knew it was the right decision for her family. She now keeps household operations on point while her husband Adrian serves in the Army Reserves. After 10 years living through the Texas summers, she’s back home in the Midwest and enjoying the Northland. Steph enjoys cooking, eating, drinking coffee (and beer), trying new things (failing at diets), and political discussion. Her mom village includes women that she respects: super crunchy moms, lawyer moms, college professor moms, musician moms, Crossfit moms, obsessively crafty moms, drinking buddy moms, super conservative moms, super liberal moms, Army moms, and anyone she hasn’t yet met. Her favorite thing about the Northland (so far): Penguin Park.Tiffany is a social worker, therapist, furniture enthusiast, sometimes exerciser, garden novice, dog lover, wifey to Daniel and most importantly mother to three: two angels and a beautiful newborn rainbow. Twins, Finnian and Maisie, were born too early to survive, but their brother, Lochlan brightened the world this June. In addition to losing the twins, Tiffany has experienced the tragic loss of her sister when they were teenagers. She writes about her journey of infertility, grief, and life after loss on her blog http://www.lossandlife.com. Other than that she has a house full of chairs and a cabinet full of wine open to friends in Prairie Village.Victoria is a wife and mom of two. Her journey to motherhood was not easy, as their first child, Joshua passed away shortly after birth in 2013. Today they continue to remember him as they raise his little sister, their joyful 3-year old rainbow daughter, Madeline. Victoria and her husband, Patrick, were both born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and are both die-hard Kansas City Royals fans who love spending time exploring the city with their daughter and finding new and fun things to do around town. Victoria is a full-time working mom, working for the same school district that she graduated from and that Madeline will be attending in two short years (time please slow-down). Victoria has a passion for creating and spends way too much time pinning new crafts, recipes, and party ideas on Pinterest. She blogs over at Life with Madeline.