Meet Our Contributors

Karen, Sales Manager

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Karen is a former NICU nurse turned work-from-home mom. Karen found “blogging” when she was transplanted to New Orleans for her husband’s fellowship. In an effort to find community and connection she reached out to the women of the New Orleans Moms Blog (best decision ever). Her role has morphed several times from contributor, to events calendar management, Events & Sales Coordinator, and her title has now become Sales Coordinator. She recently moved back to South Florida (home) but strives to carry the spirit, spunk and fun of New Orleans with her. Currently her days are spent running from the grocery store to pre-school pick up while simultaneously fielding sales calls and scheduling sponsored posts and social media. Her favorite past times include drinking wine, “trying” to love working out, and explaining the difference between mommy blogging and FULL FLEDGED PARENTING WEBSITES.

Jamie, Events Coordinator

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Jamie is a stay at home mom to her three vivacious boys, AJ, Christian and Braden. After over 11 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 is enjoying planning events that bring moms together.

Amanda, Events Coordinator

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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, a glass of wine, hitting the gym and cooking; in no particular order.

Myndee, Social Media Manager

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Myndee is a 34 year old native New Orleanian and work at home mom. She has been married to her husband, Luis, for 10 years. When she’s not out and about with her three kids, Myndee makes local coffee shops her “office” where she works as a social media manager. She also strives to ensure her family is living an eco-friendlyish lifestyle. Myndee is a lover of wine, social media, Disney World, photography and writing. When she finds the time, she places all her random thoughts on her personal blog, Random Myn.

Mary, Events Assistant

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Mary is a caffeine addicted boy mom to Noah, Liam and Luke. When she isn’t zipping through a coffee drive thru headed to carpool and after school activities, she is a stay at home mom. Mary has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2007. She is a founder of Delivering Hope NOLA and the Vanessa Wolff Scholarship Fund at her Alma Mater. Mary is passionate in the local preemie community and has been heavily involved with the March of Dimes since her sons Liam and Luke were born premature. She blogs about her family on her personal blog, Micropreemie Mom.

Marie, Project Coordinator – Graphics

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Marie is a professional event planner currently staying at home with her one-year-old son. She spent nearly a decade living in New York City, where she met her husband of three years, Jeff (a New England native). Early in their relationship, Marie told Jeff that New Orleans is the only place where she would want to raise her children. As soon as she got pregnant, they started shopping for houses. They moved back in December of 2012, welcomed Benjamin in March of 2013, and are expecting a baby girl in Fall 2015. Marie now spends her days entertaining Ben with silly songs, designing posters for her Etsy Shop, and exploring the city she’s missed so much over the years. Marie blogs at Seersucker Arcade.

Lindsay, Project Coordinator – Guest Experience

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Lindsay is a native New Orleanian, displaced only by her years at Mississippi State University, where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in English. She graduated shortly after Katrina, came home to work as a zookeeper, and be a part of the rebuilding of her beloved city. She dragged her now husband, Drake, a Tennessee native, along with her. He’s since adopted New Orleans as if it were his own. Their son Bennett joined the family in 2010, and in early 2014 they welcomed identical twin girls, Genevieve and Kellen Clair. Now she works full time as an environmental scientist and part time as a floral designer for family and friends’ weddings. Powered by espresso, cake, and craft beer, her happy place is on a beach or in the woods. Need to identify a plant, tree, or animal? Lindsay’s a wealth of random knowledge. Always adding to her jack of all trades repertoire, she loves to cook, pretend she’s a runner, photograph her kids, and be crafty. You can find her neglected personal blog begging for attention at With a Little Love and Luck.

Linzy, Project Coordinator – Media Relations

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Linzy, a NOLA native, has been married to her high school sweetheart, Paul, for ten years. They are parents to beautiful girls- Annelise, 6, and Emmeline, 2. 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 to balance home and career life. Linzy is mom to a peanut allergy child with a passion for avoiding the bubble and letting her be a regular kid. Catch her blogging professionally on PR Breakfast Club, an AdAge Top 150 Power Blog.  You can follow her chronicles of learning to be a parent in her personal blog, <a href=”http://www.crawfishtales.com/”>Crawfish Tales</a>, a featured blog with <a href=”http://www.nolababy.com/”>NOLA Baby & Family Magazine</a> and <a href=”http://brparents.com/”>Baton Rouge Parents Magazine</a>.

Angelina, Project Coordinator – Media Relations

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Angelina was born and raised a New Orleans girl and returned after obtaining her undergraduate degree at LSU. She furthered her education with a MBA from UNO and planted roots here with her husband of 10 years, Josh. Angelina is a stay at home, work from home mom, freelancing marketing and consulting. She also loves skin care and all things glamour, and channels that passion into her business as Rodan & Fields Executive Consultant. Angelina loves yoga, barre and strength training, but her most rewarding workouts are the compliments of her energetic 4year old son, Jude and lively 1 year old, Elijah. Weekdays are mostly organized chaos, attempting to balance work and kid’s activities while cleaning toy cars out of her purse. 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 kids.

Tara - Events Team Lead

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Originally from Ballston Lake, New York, Tara now lives in New Orleans with with her husband and four children. She received her B.S. in Business Management and M.S. in Education, and currently works as a full-time Financial Analyst. Tara enjoys everything from crafting & creating, to reading, strategy & organization, to party planning, coffee and Oreo’s. During Mardi Gras (her favorite time of year), you will find her people-watching, figuring out whose turn it is to ride on Papi’s shoulders and dodging beads to-the-head.

Pam

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Pam is a Happiness Engineer for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, 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.

Jaime

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Jaime, originally from Florida, has called Louisiana her home for over 20 years. She lives on the Northshore with her husband, Patrick, and son, Dillon, where she also teaches high school English. After recently finishing graduate school, Jaime can say she mastered the art of balancing work/school and family. Though she spends most of her time chasing her toddler son and working on lesson plans, Jaime enjoys cooking Rachael Ray meals, teaching herself how to crochet, reading her latest book store buy, and watching way too much Netflix. Likely to have a coffee in hand and start a sentence with “I was listening to this podcast…” Jaime loves to work on her writing on her personal blog, Whole Latte Nothing.

Aimee

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Originally from the New Orleans area, Aimee spent a brief stint in Baton Rouge where she graduated from LSU with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in Art History (because she’s a total sucker for both art and history.) Aimee resides in a renovated 1840s shotgun house in Algiers Point with her husband Jeremy, son Linus and very best dog friend Buster Rhymes. Aimee enjoys traveling, yoga, the occasional Zumba class, cider and collecting vinyl. She began blogging during post-college years with a humorous dating blog. Though, once she realized she would be settling down with her now husband, her blogging shifted focus to DIY projects and traveling. In her spare time away from family and hobbies, Aimee works as a project manager at an advertising agency.

Emily Z.

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Emily Zielke is a local landscaper and single mother to a very energetic little boy named Oliver.  Originally from the Shawnee National Forest region in Southern Illinois, Emily grew up climbing trees and sneaking tomatoes and beans straight from the vine- a lifestyle she is also cultivating for her son and other families through urban agriculture and native plant landscaping.  She earned a BA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago while working at the nations largest library dedicated solely to green technology and infrastructure.  Interested in bringing the benefits of natural habitats to urban settings, she completed a double Masters program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University in Washington DC.  Since then she has worked in community gardens, after-school gardening programs nationally and internationally, taught high school environmental science courses, started a sustainable landscaping company and is currently attempting to open a native, edible and wetlands plant nursery that is staffed entirely by other single mothers.

Sarah G.

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Sarah is a wife and mom of 18 month old, Mary Ellen. She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and works PRN for EJGH Outpatient. She is also a representative for a thriving wellness company where she educates on holistic health and helps busy moms find balance in their lives. She is a native New Orleanian, but after attending LSU moved around the southeast attending graduate school and following her husband to pursue his career in hospital administration. After 13 years of living away from home, Matt finally brought the family back to New Orleans when he found a job at EJGH. Sarah and Matt are active in their church and enjoy traveling (especially for LSU or Auburn football games!), fitness, cooking and reading.

Sarah M

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A native New Orleanian, Sarah distinctly remembers the moment she learned that Mardi Gras wasn’t celebrated in any other city in the country and quickly decided she could never live anywhere else.

A full-time working mother of two little magnolias, Sarah earned her B.A. in print journalism from the Manship School at LSU while working for the student newspaper, The Daily Reveille. Sarah moved home and married her college sweetheart Zach and the two started their next chapter as native New Orleanians Uptown. Nine years later, the two still live Uptown but with a bit more chaos in the way of two strong-willed, energetic daughters and a lab/pit mix.

When Sarah is not binge watching shows on AppleTV while simultaneously Googling spoiler alerts, she enjoys running, cooking, trying new restaurants (mostly eating in general), reading and counting down the days to the upcoming Mardi Gras. Between unsuccessful attempts to keep her girls out of her makeup drawer and jewelry chest, Sarah and her husband enjoy indoctrinating their girls to all the traditions and riches that the New Orleans culture has to offer.

Tracy

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Tracy is originally from Ruston, LA, and now lives in Houma. After moving several times across several states, she and her husband, Lance, vowed if they ever moved back to Louisiana, it would be South Louisiana. They are now happy to call Houma home and are grateful and excited to be so close to their “Soul City,” New Orleans. Tracy graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. She now spends her time as a stay-at-home mom of two children, Barrett and Juliet. Tracy enjoys volunteering for numerous events and festivals in Houma, is a member of the Krewe of Cleopatra of Houma, and is a member of The Bearded Oysters of New Orleans. Needless to say she loves all things New Orleans, especially Mardi Gras!