Welcome to Memphis Moms Blog!
However you found us, we’re so glad you’re here and hope you’ll stay a while, browse, and enjoy our site!
We are a team of moms who live in the Memphis area. We raise our children here, we work here, and our kids go to school here. Local moms writing for local moms: that’s who we are!
On Memphis Moms Blog, you’ll find relevant, timely and fun information about parenthood and discover a positive parenting community. We regularly plan events and playdates in the greater Memphis area to connect moms and families, so we hope to meet you in person very, very soon!
Simply put, we are a locally-focused parenting resource website written by Memphis moms, for Memphis moms.
Love our group and individual photos? They were taken by the very talented and wonderful Emily B. Photography!
Meet Our Executive Team
Lindsay "LB" Ball
Owner and Founder
Originally from Austin, Texas, Lindsay is a transplant to Memphis, and is excited to bring this wonderful resource to the moms of the Memphis area! She has one firecracker of a son, Grady, who was born in November 2011. Lindsay was a standalone parent to Grady until she met her heart’s other half (and now husband), Danny, in March 2014. In April of 2016 Lindsay and Danny had a huge party… oh, and got hitched! When it comes to free time (what’s that?!), Lindsay enjoys spending it outside with her mutts and family, reading a suspenseful novel, or writing about the awkward and wacky adventures of motherhood.
“She loved three things ― a joke, a glass of wine, and a handsome man.”
-W. Somerset Maugham
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”
Community Engagement Manager
Ailee, has lived on the East Coast, West Coast, and now the Middle of the United States. A relatively new resident of Germantown, she moved here with hubs, Omesh and daughter, Sophie in Summer 2015. Omesh and Ailee are college sweethearts (#ChargeOn UCF!), married since 2003 (he’s her lobster). Their family was complete when they brought home Sophie (May 2009) from South Korea in July of 2010 (she’s her sunshine). Self described weekend warriors, they can often be found exploring Memphis and looking for new adventures. In addition to full time Mom-ing and Household CEO-ing, Ailee stays busy as a photographer, volunteer, amateur barista (her coffee game is strong, y’all), Pinterest addict, and cleaning up the never ending trail of glitter Sophie leaves on everything. She loves reading non-fiction science and history books, has no idea how to fold a fitted sheet, and has never met a macaron she didn’t like.
“I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere that I needed to be.”
Social Media Manager
Jenny is a stay at home mom and writer living in East Memphis with her husband Jason, who has spent his entire life mastering the art of the “dad joke.” Her daughter Calliope was born in July of 2014, much to the annoyance of her two dogs (they’ve warmed up now that Calliope is older and the Cheerios are flying.) She enjoys coming of age novels, board games and magic tricks. You can read her retweets at @HelloJennyOh.
“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”
Emily is a native Memphian, and after a few years of living on the West Coast, she is excited to raise her family in her hometown. She’s mom to Evelyne (December 2006), Harris (January 2009), Sullivan (July 2011), and Elaina (June 2014), and wife to Clay. Health and wellness are very important to her as well as issues of equality and justice. She can most likely be found dancing in her kitchen with small children underfoot or reading a book in a quiet corner (or playing Candy Crush while hiding from her children)!
Meet Our Contributor Team
Misty was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and became a brand new Memphian in 2015. She married Aaron in 2008, and together they have three girls: Eden (March 2012), Elyana (Sept 2013), and Elise (June 2015). Since 2007, Misty has worked in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about helping women, children, and families grow and heal. Misty recently became a stay-at-home mom and is soaking up all the extra time with her little ones as they explore the big city of Memphis. When she’s not playing dress up and painting tiny toes, she likes to read, eat Cajun food, and cheer on her alma mater, the LSU Tigers. Misty and her crew live in Arlington.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
A native Memphian who did a 5-year stint in Knoxville for undergrad+grad school, Kathryn loves Memphis. Being a Memphian by birth and by choice, she takes any opportunity she can to share her favorite spots with anyone who will listen. Kathryn is married to her high school sweetheart, a fellow VOLS graduate who is in his residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and a (relatively) new mom to Ruthie, born January 2015. After being team #midtownismemphis for (almost) her whole life, Kathryn traded in bunaglows and original hardwood for closet space and access to Target. She’s adjusting to being an East Memphis mom, but luckily still makes it to all her favorite Midtown spots. Being a mom is the hardest but best thing she’s ever done.
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous… it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”
– Elizabeth Stone
This mother of two teenage boys, Robert born August 1999 and Matthew May 2001, is loving life. Being a divorced mom is not easy but together with her family, Belinda makes it work. Born in the Windy City of Chicago, she moved to Memphis at a young age. Belinda is happy to raise her sons in the Hickory Hill area. She loves the big city life with the small town feel. When she’s not playing chauffeur for her sons, you will find Belinda at a thrift store or watching her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers during football season. By day she is the Director of Community Outreach for a local non-profit that helps empower women to plan their futures. Belinda’s purpose in life is helping others be successful, not just in her own community but the world’s community.
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”
Amanda is a 20-something stay-at-home-mom to 2 canine children (Bella and Bentley) and 1 human child (Madison) who arrived punctually on her due date: February 9, 2015. Amanda is a Tennesseean from birth and became a transplant Memphian in 2010 when she and her husband (Tyler) moved from East Tennessee for continued education. After living in downtown and midtown, the Parks family now calls East Memphis home. Amanda could easily eat Mexican food every day– best case scenario also includes a sunny day, a patio, and a margarita. She enjoys reading suspense novels and any book about a dog, but topping the list is shopping– Amanda is constantly on the hunt for bargains and always feels her best in pink lipstick and killer shoes.
“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”
– Donna Ball
Alissa, a native Memphian, is a tried and true VOL fan. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum at a private school in East Memphis. Alissa is mommy to Jack (January 2010) and Julianne (August 2011) and husband to Scott. Alissa lives in Collierville with her family and their lab, Abbie. She is a type-A planner. Organization is a must for her – both in her professional and family life. She hates odd numbers, onions, and people who drive slowly in the left lane. She loves pedicures, Matilda Jane clothes, the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Kristin is a little bit of the South and the Southwest rolled into one. After being carted around both regions by her military family, after graduate school she ended up back south of the Mason Dixon line (Hallelujah!) in South Cordova. Kristin is a freelance writer (when not chasing kids around), runner (when not pregnant), mama and not-so-domestic wifey (all the time). Convinced that “balance” is a myth, she frantically parents a diva named McKenna (June 2009), a honey badger named Meda (May 2013), and a not-yet-nicknamed baby, Rockie May (December 2015), as well as her 30-Something husband. She is the author of the devotional ebook, “Thou Shalt Not Kill: Encouragement for When We Want to Kill Our Kids,” and blogs at www.KristinFunston.com.
“But He knows the way I take, when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
Originally from a small town in Middle America, Mary moved to Denver, CO on a whim after attending the University of Iowa. It turned out to be the best move she has made as it was here she met the man of her dreams, Aaron. Shortly after they got married, Aaron accepted a job offer that brought them to Memphis. The wife of a pilot and mommy to two little ones just fourteen and a half months apart, Josephine (Joey), born November 2012 and Ari (Danger), born January 2014, Mary finds herself exploring (usually un-showered and a little disheveled) all that the city of Memphis has to offer with her wee ones. A resident of Memphis, Mary likes to write, cook, eat, drink wine, read, and look for the end of the Internet in her spare time, which doesn’t really exist.
“The best advice I’ve received is, ‘No one else knows what they are doing either.”
Mama to little girl, Ella (almost 2), French Bulldog, Snugs, aka Pup-Pup, and wife to a Mississippi native husband. Lauren is a Yankee born and raised in a suburb of Washington DC, then New York City for the adult years, where she then met said Mississippi heartthrob. Relocating to Memphis 2 years ago, Lauren couldn’t be happier with her excuse to use “y’all” as freely as a serving of sweet tea.
Sarah is a wife and working momma. She grew up in Memphis and Germantown. After earning her BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005 she moved home to be near her family. Shortly after she met a boy with a great sense of humor and beautiful blue eyes. His name was Christopher, and three months later she knew he was the one. It took him another two years to come around, but that’s neither here nor there. She became his wife in June of 2009. Together Sarah and Christopher have two beautiful little girls Evie (March 2011) and Emma (July 2014). She also has three dogs and one cat she sometimes claims as her own. Sarah and family currently reside in Olive Branch. Her philosophy on parenting is “fake it ‘til you make it.” When she’s not chasing children, dogs or cats she’s most often found creating something in the kitchen or with her Nikon in her hand.
“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, heart, talent, and guts. That’s what little girls are made of, to hell with sugar and spice.”
Jeanie is a perfectly imperfect psychologist, transplanted to Cordova fresh out of graduate school. She and her husband, Matt, had no intent on making Memphis “home” – but ten years later, they’re still here (and love it!). They have three saucy gingers, Wayland (August 2007), Bella (May 2009) and AnnaClaire (September, 2013), along with four “fur babies”. Between homeschooling and teaching graduate school online, life is never boring in the Whinghter house. It’s no surprise that Jeanie fancies coffee, but she also loves bargain shopping and embarrassing her children with her questionable singing/dancing skills. She’s had more #PinterestFails that she can count and has perfected the art of giving a good pep talk (watch out, puberty!). Motherhood has slowly transformed her into the “uncool” Mom she thought she’d never be, yet she’s never felt cooler or more content with her life.
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”
Crady is a native Memphian, but she left for twelve years only to return at the end of June. She is wife to Brad, who is a pediatrician in the ER at LeBonheur. Together, they have three children: Cooper (August 2010), Semmes (March 2013), and Katherine Cobb(brand new). Cooper has special needs, so she is constantly balancing being a special needs mom and a typical mom. She lives with her family in High Point, where she spends her days wrangling children and trying to limit screen time. She loves vacations, book clubs, dinners with friends, and a hoppy IPA at the end of the day. She hates kids’ TV shows, people who park in handicap spots when they aren’t handicapped, and tomatoes.
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”
Courtney is a small-town Texas gal who moved to Memphis in 2007 to work at the University of Memphis…oh and for this guy who would become her husband almost one year to the day later. Fast forward 9 years down the line and she loves the Memphis life, specifically East Memphis and Midtown, and has three amazing children who were all December babies! Doug (2009) is the loving watchman for his two younger sisters, Adlee (2013) the free spirit and Nora (2014) the easy going baby. When she isn’t working, pretending she’s a cool Pinterest mom, going to school parties, cleaning house or momming in general, Courtney loves to read fiction and self-help books, follow college football (Go Tigers, go! And Gig’ em Aggies!), rearrange furniture (to the level of it being a talent and hobby), DIY house projects for their 1938 home, laugh with her girlfriends and spend time with that sweet guy who brought her to Memphis all those years ago for this crazy, amazing life.
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Erica Baumer was born and raised in Memphis and currently resides beyond the suburbs in the rural town of Rossville. She married her high school sweet heart and together they are parents to Savannah (born September 2008) and Lincoln (born April 2013). When this full-time working mom is not on the job or chauffeuring her two little darlings around town, Erica enjoys bubble baths, Netflix marathons, and eat cookie dough. (If you don’t think those are hobbies, try doing all three at the same time!) Her greatest parenting advice is to be yourself and encourage your children to do the same. Live outside the box, color outside of the lines, and remember that big messes often make bigger masterpieces.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Roxanne was born and raised in Memphis. She spent 5 glorious years in the beautiful city of Knoxville before returning back home to Memphis where she met her husband and personal therapist, Brent. They now spend their days with their two girls McKinley (July 2011) and Palmer (May 2016). They love spending time trying all of the amazing places to eat around Memphis. Besides spending time with her family, Roxanne’s true passion is teaching preschool. She works with a nonprofit organization benefitting The Angel Program, which is a program for children on the autism spectrum. Roxanne would best describe herself as a hot mess mom who is skilled at making others believe she has it all together. She credits coffee and prosecco for helping her keep it together every day.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach them, maybe we should teach the way they learn”
-Ignacio “Nacho” Estrada
Lauren is a true blue 901er. She lives in Midtown where she pins way too many projects for her husband and their 100 year old house, while chasing after her 3 year old boy and hourly reprimanding her 3 dogs for barking at the wind chime. She loves to travel, being a fairy godmother, black coffee, pies, Bravo & MTV reality shows (judge away), Pancho’s YELLOW cheese dip, the entire month of May in Memphis, Broad Avenue, black & white movies, green chile on everything thanks to her stint in New Mexico, obsessed with Apple Music and Moscow mules/red wine depending on the day.
“I’m an unholy mess of a girl.”
Lorrin is a born and raised Memphian who juggles family life, a full time IT job, and an in-home sewing and monogramming business. She graduated from the University of Memphis in August of 2001 with a BBA in Management Information Systems. After several years in the corporate world, she made a move into the educational sector and is currently the Data Systems Administrator for an area K2-12 private school. That move turned out to be a complete blessing to her and her family. After dating for 7 years, she married her husband, David in 1999. She and David have 2 very protective big brothers, Reece (September 2007), Dylan (November 2009) and a sweet little girl Emma Grace (February 2014). In her free time she enjoys walking Emma, Cardio Barre, sewing, cooking (something other than chicken nuggets) and family trips to the beach. A little on the obsessive compulsive side, her latest addiction has been binge watching the Curse of Oak Island and Hunting Hitler on the History Channel.
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
Emily was born in Louisiana and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She met her husband in college and moved to Memphis in 2002 right after they got married. They first lived downtown and then in East Memphis, before settling further east in Germantown in 2011. They had their son, Gray, in October 2007 and their daughter, Hayes, only 20 months later in July 2009. Emily’s kids are only one grade apart and are often mistaken for twins. Emily loves red wine, peanut butter, all things homemade and DIY, hot baths, and laughing so hard you cry.
“I adore spontaneity, providing it is carefully planned.”