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 photos? They were taken by the very talented and wonderful David Tigrettt!
Meet Our Executive Team
Erika is a stay at home, homeschooling mom to her 3 little men: Persson (8), Boston (5), and George (3). She absolutely loves being a boy mom and all the roughhousing, dirt, and craziness that comes with it. Erika is grateful to be the wife of her best friend. Scott is a Global Financial Leader with an international supply chain and logistics company here in Memphis. He also holds the special ability to cause Erika to laugh no matter how unhappy she might be feeling. She and Scott moved to Memphis 7 years ago from the Boston area where she grew up. Erika has been involved and passionate for high school student ministry for 15 years in both staff and volunteer positions. She currently serves at Highpoint Arlington where she and her family attend church. When no one is around, Erika can be found pretending she’s a master beat boxer and freestyle rapper. She believes in the existence of Bigfoot as much as she believes in you, and she hates writing about herself in the third person.
Crady is a native Memphian, but she left for twelve years only to return at the end of June 2016. 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 (September 2016). 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.
Originally from near Pittsburgh PA, Lori moved to Memphis 8 years ago. She has a passion for working with special needs children as an ABA therapist and also teaches swim lessons out of her own pool each summer. Lori is mom to four great kids: Ali (April 2007), Asher (Dec 2009), Kates (Oct 2012), and Paige (April 2014). Lori loves Jesus, lattes and grocery shopping alone. She’s not a fan of getting up early in the morning!
Meet Our Contributor Team
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.
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, along with three “fur babies”. Between homeschooling and chairing graduate Psychology departments 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 mother of two boys, Robert (1999) and Matthew (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 Crosstown area. She loves the big city life with the small town feel. Belinda is an avid thrift shopper and sports fan. 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.
Mama to little girl, Ella (Valentines 2014), French Bulldog, Snugs, aka Pup-Pup, and wife to her Mississippi native husband. Lauren is a Yankee born and raised in a suburb of Washington DC, then living in New York City for the majority of her adult years, where she met said southern heartthrob. Relocating to Memphis in 2014, Lauren couldn’t be happier with her excuse to use “y’all” while basking in the pleasure of mild winters.
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.
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.
Kristen was raised in a small town in central Arkansas. She received her B.A. from the University of Arkansas — Fayetteville in 2002 (Go Hogs!) with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In 2003, she moved to Memphis where she fell in love with the city and her now husband, Blake. They are parents to Barrett (April 2011) and Elizabeth Ann (March 2016) and a black lab called Hunter. They live in Germantown and attend Highpoint Church’s East Memphis campus. Kristen has nearly ten years experience as a strategic marketing consultant and freelance writer. Kristen is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Turkey Trotters. In her seemingly rare down time, she enjoys a strong cup of coffee and a bold glass of red wine, traveling, family dinners, late night Netflix binge watching and girls’ night out!
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.
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 4 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.
Lorrin is a born and raised Memphian who juggles family life, 3 kids, 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/Registrar for a local K2-12 private school. She married her husband David in 1999 and they have two sons, Reece (September 2007), Dylan (November 2009) and a sweet little girl Emma Grace (February 2014). In her free time she enjoys walking Emma, cheering her boys on from the stands, sewing, cooking (something other than chicken nuggets), and consignment sales. When she gets the remote to herself (which is never) you will find her watching Curse of Oak Island, Fixer Upper (yes! she JUST started watching it) and Good Bones on a loop.
Ashley is a blogger, aspiring picture book writer, boy mom to Franklin (2006) and Teddy (2012), and wife to Robert. Originally from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, she has lived in Memphis for over a decade, and her heart belongs to Midtown! When she isn’t wrangling her two crazy kids, you will find Ashley writing and Instagramming for her children’s literature blog, Booktomato. Ashley loves Murder She Wrote, sewing, and unlimited access to good lattes. She hates clutter, toys with too many pieces, and salads with iceberg lettuce.
Aubrey is a very busy single mom, originally from Houston, TX, who has lived in the Memphis area for 14 years. She loves everything that Memphis has to offer and loves living downtown. Aubrey went to college at Arkansas Tech, graduating in 2002 and works at the happiest place on earth – St. Jude – full time. She has 3 amazing daughters that she is very proud of: Jasmin was born in 2001 and performs with the color guard in Hernando. Emma was born in 2004 and loves to play percussion and sing! Madyson – born in 2013 – clearly runs her house and keeps her big sisters in line. Aubrey is passionate about serving at Highpoint church and is very involved in her girls’ band program activities. Currently, she is also on a special journey as a gestational carrier for a local Memphis couple, carrying twins which are due in March of 2018.
Nicole is first and foremost a daughter of the King, a wife to her wonderful husband Chris, and a mother to a blended family of 5 awesome children: Christopher (May 1992), Julianna (October 2001), Kayden (May 2003), Samarah (September 2008), and Franchesca (April 2016). She is a Pacific Islander, born and raised on the island of Guam; however, Memphis has been home since May 2001. Nicole is an Operations Manager for FedEx Express and has been with the fortune 100 company since August 2001. She loves spending quality time with her husband, dolphins, swimming, creating new memories with her favorite people, eating out, serving others, all things purple, chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo If she had it her way mornings would start at 11am.
Cici is a rehabilitated former corporate attorney now working as a Sr. Director for Human resources in the health care industry. Originally from the Philippines, she has lived and worked in 3 countries and speaks 4 languages. She has been married to her very patient husband for 12 years and is mom to two rambunctious kids, Skye (born 2008) and Hunter (born 2012). When not working or traveling for her full time job, she works a second job driving her kids to countless sports activities around town. In her non-existent free time, she tries to exercise, catch up on her Goodreads goal of 50 books a year, and watch makeup tutorial videos on YouTube.
Brandy hails from Paris, TX. She has always admired Memphis: the culture, the kitsch, the city life it offers. So she moved here for a job and to be closer to family after many years of traipsing around the U.S. Brandy spent her 20’s school hopping from state to state, eventually finishing her undergraduate degrees at the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville and her graduate degrees at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where she met her wife, Theresa. In 2009, they moved to Minot, ND where Theresa was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. In ND, she survived three blizzards and a flood before moving to Memphis in 2011 to teach writing, literature, and gender and women’s studies at the University of Memphis. Brandy and Theresa were married on a rooftop in NYC in 2012 and welcomed their son, Finnegan (Finn) in 2015. Brandy likes to pretend she’s a juggler or a trapeze artist in the circus flying from role to role: wife, mother, writer, editor, teacher. Sleep? She doesn’t remember what that is. She loves a good cup of half-caf in the morning and a light bubbly bottle of prosecco on the occasional evening out. Her first novel, The Palace Blues: A Novel (Spinsters Ink) was a 2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Lesbian Fiction and winner of the Alice B. Readers’ Lavender Award. Her writing has appeared in Ninth Letter, Pank Magazine, Sinister Wisdom, and Lumina among others.
Michelle Stevens is a single mom by God’s design to two amazing kids and a fur baby named Mister. She is a former caseworker in residential care and foster care; but presently serves maternity clients and adoptive families. A year ago she became a “momprenuer” as a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant. She likes a hot bath in a dark room lit by candles and nights out with friends, but dislikes mean people.
Audrey is a stay home mom. She and her husband are both originally from France. They moved to Memphis for her husband’s job 10 years ago and have loved it since then. They now have three boys: Matheo (July 2010), Hugo (July 2012) and Stanislas (February 2016). They live on Mud Island and love going on a family bike rides around the island.
Madeline is a native Memphian. She played soccer at Coastal Carolina University before attending law school at Ole Miss. She’s a practicing family law attorney. She’s mom to Ransom (June 2015) and fur baby Monster. She likes LaCroix, the number 8, and appliquéd outfits on boys. She doesn’t drink coffee in the morning and is tired of going to the zoo with her son EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND.
Sarah Townsend Leach is a fundraising, communications, and leadership consultant living in Collierville. Sarah grew up in Nashville and has lived in quite a few places, but thanks to visiting grandparents in East Memphis throughout her childhood and attending Rhodes College in Midtown, this has always been a second (and now a primary!) home. She is an expecting first-time mom with Baby Girl Leach due in June 2018. Sarah and her husband met through both of their work in the Episcopal Church in 2015, after knowing all of the same people for several decades and never having met each other! In 2017, they got engaged, adopted a senior hound dog Zack, got married, bought a house, and discovered there was a baby on the way! Follow her journey through 2018: focusing on learning how to be a parent and finding a new life balance out in the burbs. Sarah loves trying new things, being outside, yoga, and crafting. Check out her Etsy site: Wayland Needle Works
Jessica was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA (Go Braves!) She has a BA in Psychology and a teaching certification, which she used to teach K-2 self-contained autism classes before her children were born. She moved to Memphis 6 years ago following a job for her husband. Their whole family fell in love with this city and now her mom and brother-in-law’s family have moved here too! She has a 9 year old daughter, a 6 year old son, another 6 year old son (not twins – adoption rocks!), a five year old daughter, and a live-in mom. It’s a busy house but always an adventure! Jessica home schools 3 of her children and one is in public school. Two of her children also have chronic illnesses so she spends a lot of time on the phone and in doctors offices, and just trying to keep up with life in general – not to mention the laundry! Jessica and her husband, Jody, are planting a church in downtown Memphis called Riverdeep Church. They just celebrated their church’s 1 year anniversary and spend most of their free time renovating their 100+ year old building. When there is any other down time, Jessica has developed the ability to sleep on command and does so whenever possible. She also enjoys cooking for her daughter who has very specific dietary needs, coffee with friends, dating her husband, and watching people’s faces when she blasts the rap music in the minivan.
Ashlei is a native of Memphis. She is a single mother to Addisyn (June 2013). After receiving her nursing license (2004) in the military, she has continued to practice nursing. She enjoys music, traveling, sports (except for baseball), and eating good food. She dislikes rude people, chocolate ice cream, and people who aren’t true to themselves.
Tiffany Puerto grew up in Asia for most of her life because her parents were missionaries for over 35 years. She returned to the US for college in the late 1990’s.She has lived in Memphis for 19 years, 18 of which she has been married to Marco, who is originally from Honduras. They have been blessed with 3 kids: Luke (February 2003), Lilia (May 2004), and Daniel (2012). Daniel is our miracle baby, born at 29 weeks. He was diagnosed with SPD, Sensory Processing Disorder, at the age of 2 and continues to receive OT twice a week. She homeschools all 3 of them, so she doesn’t have free time for hobbies or “me” time. She enjoys organizing, exercising, and watching TV when she gets the opportunity.
Theryssa was born and raised in Collierville, TN, but is now a bona fide East Memphis resident, original hardwood and all. After graduating from The University of Memphis way back in the nineteen hundreds, she journeyed to Fort Worth, Texas for graduate school and snagged herself a Texas boy. Two kids (Samuel and Kate) and 15 years later, they all moved to Memphis. When she’s not homeschooling kids, running shuttles to basketball practice, and making dinners no one will eat, she can be found playing the oldies on her ukulele, fostering dogs, and picking up “junk” off the curb.
Rachel is a mother of 5, a wife of a recovering congestive heart failure patient, a runner, a sewist, a teacher, a dog mom: you know ALL THE THINGS! She has lived in the South her whole life and her family is a Jewish family. She is also in grad school to get her EdS, and her kids range in age from 16-2, so they stay busy!!