Karen, Events and Sales Coordinator
Karen is a NICU nurse turned mommy blogger and stay at home mom. She was recently transplanted from her home in Florida to Louisiana as her husband follows his passion of becoming a cardiologist. Happy to call Louisiana her temporary home she is enjoying taking in all the sights, sounds, and tastes of NOLA with her little lagniappe (otherwise known as one year old Weston). Her blog Mrs. Mommy Product Blogger catalogues her adventures in life and motherhood while focusing on reviews of products for baby and Mom.
Courtney is married to Jacob and is the mother of little J and little C (Jack and Cora). Jack introduced her to mothering back in December 2009 and continues to lead her on new and interesting parenting adventures. Cora just joined the family in June of 2012 and is a pretty cuddly addition. Courtney and Jacob recently purchased and renovated a home uptown and have put down roots in New Orleans (including those of several fruit trees and a vegetable garden). Courtney works part time overseeing the literacy programs of ReNEW Charter Schools. She is also a La Leche League leader and reactivated the LLL of New Orleans group. She chronicles her family happenings at The Landry Family Odyssey.
Andie was born and raised in the New Orleans area. After growing up in the River Parishes, she relocated to northern Louisiana to attend Northwestern State and obtain her degree in writing. She was quick to return when she and husband, Scott, tied the knot nearly 10 years ago. After a battle with infertility and subsequently completing the adoption application process, Andie & Scott were blessed to become pregnant and welcome their son, Andrew, in August 2011. These days, Andrew keeps Andie on her toes and takes her on new parenting adventures daily along with their pup, Maggie. A full time working wife and mother, Andie loves spending her free time taking photographs, cooking tasty eats, cheering for the Saints and LSU, enjoying time with family and friends, and traveling, especially to the beaches of South Walton. Andie loves exploring the area and is always looking for new and exciting places to discover with her family!
Jennifer is a New Orleans native who met and married her college sweetheart right here in the Big Easy. In 2006, duty called, and Mark and Jennifer spent four years in Beaufort, SC in service to the US Navy. Like most New Orleans girls, Jennifer was quick to return home. Jennifer and Mark have since built their little nest in Uptown New Orleans. In November 2011, they welcomed Jane, who they affectionately refer to as their “Little Birdie.” When not practicing accounting, Jennifer balances (ok, attempts to balance) her time between community service, mingling with friends, the occasional pilates class, and spending time with her family. Jennifer’s version of the perfect New Orleans day would be to take Jane on a walk through Audubon Park before stopping for lunch and a cocktail at a restaurant courtyard on Magazine Street followed by a little shopping spree at one of her favorite boutiques. She shares her family’s adventures in New Orleans at I’m a Nola Girl.
Linzy, a NOLA native and crawfish lover, has been married to her high school sweetheart, Paul, for five years. They are parents to Annelise, a.k.a. Baby Crawfish, who is nearly two. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Linzy is an accredited PR girl with a mix of ad agency and nonprofit experience. This work-from-home, not stay-at-home mom is always on the go multi-tasking her way through each day. She is a little type “A” with a touch of OCD that when mixed with Pinterest results in… “That Mom.” She is the president-elect of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana and immediate past president of the American Marketing Association. She is a contributing writer to PR Breakfast Club, an AdAge Top 150 Power Blog. You can follow her chronicles of learning to be a parent in her personal blog, Crawfish Tales, a featured blog with NOLA Baby & Family Magazine and Baton Rouge Parents Magazine.
Amanda, a native New Orleanian, did not believe that she would return to her city after spending eight years in Baton Rouge at LSU earning her undergraduate and law degrees. While at LSU, she met her husband, George, and following a three year long-distance relationship during which he pursued his medical degree, the two married in New Orleans. As luck would have it, they returned to NOLA one year later, and it was a wonderful blessing to be able to come home. Soon thereafter, they discovered they were expecting their first child and before he turned one, they learned another surprise blessing was on the way. Amanda and George moved to the Northshore, and although New Orleans always feels like home, Mandeville is stealing their hearts. When Amanda is not working, she is chasing after her active, always on-the-go boys. When she gets a moment to herself she enjoys a good book, sitting on her back porch, jogging, and decorating her first home. All of which are enhanced with a glass of wine in hand. She writes about her children, motherhood, and everything in between on her personal blog, The Bensabat Bulletin.
Janie is a wife and mother of two wonderful blessings, Cooper (2) and Camille (1). Cooper is an elite climber and Camille is a copycat of whatever her big brother does! Janie and her husband have been married for 11 years and live in the quaint little town of Madisonville. Her husband, Greg, is a Fire Captain with the Slidell Fire Department. Janie is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion & Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Kinesiology & Health Studies. Upon graduation, Janie worked for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in the Maternal and Child Health Program as the Program Coordinator for Childhood Injury Prevention, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and Child Death Review. She has been a National Child Passenger Safety Technician for 9 years and has a true passion for protecting our precious cargo! She now continues her work in the Health Promotion field as an Independent Distributor for AdvoCare, a world-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance. A perfect day for Janie, begins with her SPARK energy drink, followed by morning kisses from her hubby and kiddos, and a picnic lunch with her family at the Tammany Trace/Kids Konnection playground in Mandeville. You can read more about Janie on her AdvoCare site.
Pam works in IT for a local non-profit organization, and is the mom of identical triplet boys Linus, Oliver and Miles. She started blogging ten years ago while training for a marathon, and over the years has written about weight loss, wedding planning, pregnancy and raising triplets. If she’s not photographing her boys, it’s only because they’re asleep and she’s enjoying the peace and quiet, most likely with a glass of wine. Pam was born in New Orleans but raised in Baton Rouge. She and her husband George married in 2005, and are residents of Algiers Point.
Angelina was born and raised a New Orleans girl and returned to our great city after obtaining her undergraduate degree at LSU. Knowing she wanted to go into business for herself one day, Angelina obtained her MBA from UNO. She combined her passion for health and fitness with her desire to become an entrepreneur when she and her husband of eight years, Josh, purchased Anytime Fitness in Harvey. Angelina recently obtained her Pilates and Xtendbarre certifications, but her most rewarding workouts are the compliments of her energetic 2 year old son, Jude. Angelina spends the rest of her weekdays working on her marketing communications business, Fete. Weekends are filled with happy hour play dates, family bike rides, trips to the farmer’s market, and attempts to make it through Sunday mass with a toddler.
Megan is the mom to two little girls, Pearl and Fern. When she is not busy playing princess, you can find her pushing the latest YA literature to middle school children or hanging out at Danneel Park. Megan is not from New Orleans but has made this lovely city her home. Her and her family are proud to call Uptown home.
Ana returns to her native city alongside her husband, Brad, and their two children. After obtaining her architect’s license and marrying her other half, they decided to take an extended adventure to Chicago where Ana continued to practice her passion. Five years later, their family returns to the Crescent City twice as big and ready for new adventures. Ana became mommy to Elia, in April of 2011, and again seventeen months later to Tomás. When she is not strolling the streets of Uptown with her entourage, blowing bubbles on their front porch or reading about the latest construction techniques, you will find her cooking, painting or planning the next family outing. You may learn more about her architecture practice and watercolor renderings on her website.
Myndee is a 33 year old native New Orleanian who recently left her full time job to stay at home with her three young children. She has been married to her husband, Luis, for nearly nine years. When she’s not out and about with her kids, she assists her husband with his up and coming photography/design company. She also works hard to ensure her family is living an eco-friendlyish lifestyle. Myndee is a lover of wine, social media, Disney World, photography and writing. She puts all her random thoughts on her personal blog, Random Myn.
Mary is a stay at home mom to her sons, Noah (5) and Liam (1) and has been married to her high school sweetheart Clint since 2007. Mary is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism. Her son Liam is a micro preemie, and she is now passionate in the preemie community and the March of Dimes. Mary is also active with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and is a co founder of the VLW Scholarship at her alma mater Cabrini High School in New Orleans, which awards a scholarship yearly in memory of their dear classmate who was killed by a drunk driver. Mary enjoys blogging about her family, New Orleans and all things preemie related on her blog at Micropreemie Mom.
Jamie is a stay at home mom to her two vivacious boys, AJ and Christian. After nearly 10 years of marriage and overcoming several adversities as a couple, including the devastation of hurricane Katrina and the tragedies at Columbine High School, the duo have learned the importance of living life to the fullest. Jamie’s love for New Orleans grew as she watched the city recover from Katrina. After nearly two years spent living in New York City, she couldn’t be happier about their decision to raise their children immersed in the rich New Orleans culture. Jamie earned a BA in English/writing at the University of Colorado and recently began exploring her passion once again.
Photo credit to Little Fish Photography.