Meet the Contributors

Amber D.

Amber Dawkins

Amber was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, and despite a few fabulous years in Nashville, has always called Olathe home. She lives with Cystic Fibrosis and CF Related Diabetes, and she is still on the quest to finding balance in the business of motherhood and medications. After an emotional journey down the road of fertility treatments, Amber fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a mother. Oliver was born with red spiky hair, an empathetic heart, and a contagious smile. Amber recently resigned her position as a middle school teacher to focus on another passion of hers: photography. What started as a mother-daughter hobby slowly grew into a small business, and she still shakes her head in awe at the blessings that Amber Dawkins Photography brings to herself, her family, and her clients. Her photography philosophy is woven throughout her Life as Art project and blog. Amber loves sushi, singing karaoke, binge-watching Netflix, and filling Oliver’s life with new experiences. Most recently, she finds herself in search of Pikachu.


Audrey S.
Audrey is a former art historian and educator, current poet, mama, and rescuer of animals. Born and raised in Kansas, Audrey spent a combined 10 years in Boulder and New Orleans before returning to Kansas City two years ago to be closer to family. Upon realizing neither of them wanted to do yard work anymore, she and her husband sold their suburban piece of the American dream to rent an apartment in the heart of the city. She spends her days leading a public-health nonprofit where she campaigns for healthier foods in schools and hospitals. When she’s not working, you can find Audrey stalking cute animals online, spending time outside, and of course, loving on her three-year-old, Ada. Audrey is a fan of living simply, vegan red beans and rice, and impromptu dance parties. 

Britt L.

Britt L. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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 C.

Brittany C

I’m Brittany, a wife to Jimmy, mom to 4-year-old Charlie, 2-year-old Maddie and baby Mikey (who we welcomed to our family in July 2016). My husband and I are Kansas City born and raised and we love exploring all that our great city has to offer now that we are raising our own family here. By day, I am a finance manager at a global stock exchange and by night, I play the role of mom, friend, daughter, wife, house cleaner, cook and DIY-er. Other items on the top of my love list include working out, freezer cooking, budgeting (Excel is my everything), Quik Trip fountain drinks, blogging, shopping online and catching up on the latest Netflix shows.


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I’m Cali. I’m a wife, co-parent, and mom of twin boys who are soon-to-be 6, as well as brand new step-mom to 3 young adults who are 19, 16, and 14. I was born and raised in the Northland, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else…unless you were to offer me a beach house, or a villa on the coast of Italy or France. I have been a public educator for 21 years, and I currently teach middle school, which I truly believe is the very best age in all the world. I enjoy reading, cooking, and traveling, and I believe ice cream is an acceptable meal any time of the day. I drink entirely too much diet coke, and my floors are rarely clean. I joined the mommy-club later in life after an 8 year struggle with infertility. I’ve decided being an “old mom” is a pretty great gig.


Courtney L.

Hi! I’m Courtney, mom to 2 and a half year old busy guy James, and partner to Scott. A New England native (born and raised in Connecticut, college in Boston, vacations in Southern Maine and Vermont), 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.


Diana Wiard

Wife of 12 years to Brett, and a laid-back SAHM with a crew of three girls (7, 4, 2) and a boy (newborn) through birth and adoption. A Kansas girl from the start, she grew up in Lawrence, went to SBU, then taught everything from pre-K to high school. After nine years in Austin, she’s back in the KC area balancing introvert tendencies and active children. Her happy place is in the kitchen, trying new recipes and experimenting with old favorites. When not hugging her minivan or slow cooker, she’s pursuing eating well and dressing well – on a budget! She talks food, family, and fun on her blog Life on Olive Street.

Emily C.

Emily C. | Kansas City Moms Blog

Born and raised in KCK, Emily now lives in Overland Park with her husband Joe, a high school English teacher, and son Fitzgerald (1).  Emily teaches STEM to elementary students and after earning her doctorate degree recently, she added on a gig as an adjunct instructor at a local university. When she’s not writing, grading, or looking up STEM challenges for her students, 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. 


Jen C.

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.


Jessica J.

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 S.


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 | Kansas City Moms Blog

Jollene is married to her dream guy and a mama to an active, 2-year-old boy. She is expecting a new baby in the fall of 2017. Growing up on the coasts (CA and NJ), the Midwest took some adjusting to. After graduating from Mizzou, she moved to KC and has fully embraced the BBQ, sports, and arts this city offers. Primarily a SAHM, she works from home on occasion and 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, crafts, fashion, volunteering, music arts, bargain shopping, and taking 100 pictures of her son–daily. She is grateful for family, adventures with her son, and a loving Lord.

Julie B.

Julie B.

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.

Julie H.

Julie Heckman

I’m Julie and my family consists of myself, my husband, Gary, step-daughter Charlotte, 9, step-son Joel, 8, Dylan who is 18 months old and our faithful cocker spaniel, Presley. As a Johnson County transplant, I live in the Northland and love it. I’m a Kansas Citian from birth and love being here with all of our families close by. I am a tech geek by day writing software for an agriculture technology start up and a homemaker by night cooking, sewing, crafting and creating. I’m always on the lookout for ways to simplify life, save more money, spend more time with our family and squeeze in date nights with my handsome husband. We can often be found at nearby parks, Royals games and kid-friendly events around town.


Katie B.

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 B. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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 R. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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.

Marsha R.

Marsha Roth | Kansas City Moms Blog

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 L. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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.


Robyn F. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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 A.

Stephanie A. | Kansas City Moms Blog

Stephanie lives in Shawnee and is a newbie to the KC area. After living in the state of Utah collectively for about 10 years, she decided she really missed the humidity of the Midwest and convinced her husband, Lance to move closer to her home state of Nebraska. A few months later, they added to their collection of redheaded children by welcoming their daughter, Allison (9 months), who has only one goal in life: get all of her big brother, Jack’s (3 1/2) toys. Although new to the area, Stephanie has already acquired a healthy supply of KC tees and tried several of the local craft brewery offerings. Her love of sports runs deep and though she bleeds Husker red, she has also fallen in love with the Boys in Blue. When she’s not working full time from home, or trying to convince her two kids to sleep, she enjoys running, knitting, reading, attempting to bake, and catching up on Bravo reality TV. Above all, she loves exploring this new city with her family and everything that it has to offer. You can follow her day-to-day snippets on Instagram (@stephavey) and her occasional ramblings at Run, Knit, Hitched.


Stephanie C. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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 K. | Kansas City Moms Blog

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 Other than that she has a house full of chairs and a cabinet full of wine open to friends in Prairie Village.


Victoria D | Kansas City Moms Blog

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.