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 Kellsey McDermott!
Meet Our Executive Team
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 almost 10 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 married to college sweetheart, Ryan, an archaeology professor at the University of Memphis. Together they have four great kids: Ali (April 2007), Asher (Dec 2009), Kates (Oct 2012), and Paige (April 2014). They are expecting “fiver” August 1. 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 mama, 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.
Alia is a stay at home mom with one daughter, Hanna (2017) and a baby boy due in July (2019). She comes from a huge family on both sides, so loud dinners and get togethers are my thing! She is a native of Memphis and has a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Memphis. Go Tigers! She loves to go out to the occasional dinner and a movie, but quite frankly, is more of a homebody. Her guilty pleasure is getting in an episode of Judge Judy while eating some junk food in peace during nap time.
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.
Dalhya Grace, mother of Evan Darnell (January 2012), is a Tennessee transplant, moving here when she was 16. She bleeds BLUE; she attended The University of Memphis her first year and a half of college, dropping out when she had Evan her Sophomore year. In true Grit and Grind Spirit, she finished up with a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies at Christian Brothers University, C/O 2017. She loves all things Memphis, but she also has wanderlust in her DNA. She and her son love to explore all of the things to do, food to eat, and places to go here in Memphis and in other cities. Working a full time job while being a single parent who tries to juggle self care, fun quality time with her son, and occasional travel is just that – a juggling act. But dropping the ball is out of the question when you have someone who solely depends on you.
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.
Yasmin is a Southern newbie. Raised in the United Arab Emirates to a Californian mom and Syrian dad, she is a typical third culture kid (but avocado hummus is still blasphemy). She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.Sc. in CIS in 2001, spent eleven years in the corporate world, and escaped before the nylons were permanently grafted into her skin. Yasmin is a mom to two (Jul 2012, Sep 2014) and wife to one (Mar 1981). She knows a little about a lot, is a founding member of the Institute for Overanalysis Paralysis, and is addicted to reading reviews and sharing awesome finds. She enjoys building IKEA furniture, pilates and barre classes, following cookbooks, and taking things apart.
Patricia is a Memphis native and LOVES Memphis to her core. She is the mom of 4 kids, Aiden (June 2008), Elliott and Elijah (January 2012), and Eve (November (2013). *Please ignore the lack of an age gap between the twins and Eve…things happen. Patricia is the wife of a tall, dark, and handsome man, Anthony. She graduate from the University of Memphis in 2007 and 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a Masters Degree in Arts in Teaching. She earned her Library Endorsement from the University of Knoxville (hooray for online education.) Patricia is a school librarian and a blog writer,. She loves to read, write, read, cook, read, run, read, travel, read, and hang out with Memphis. Yes, you read that right, she likes to hang out with the entire city. Life has dealt Patricia a series of highs, lows, and “why-me” moments, but you will never catch her without a smile in eyes, ignited from her soul within.
Anna Claire is a native Alabamian who now calls Memphis home, along with her husband, Nate; Caleb (December 2018); and two pups, Milo and Libby. She’s a proud Auburn University alumna with a B.A. in journalism (War Eagle!) who has worked for a variety of B2B/B2C magazine publishers and a corporate content marketing team, before becoming an East Memphis SAHM. Her son is her greatest joy and proudest accomplishment, and she is so thankful to spend her days keeping up with him. She’s a self-proclaimed word nerd who loves a good em dash — when used properly. She enjoys iced coffees, late-summer days at the beach, and quality time spent with family and friends. She’s never met a stranger, so don’t hesitate to say hi if you see her around town!
Originally from Tupelo, MS, family and friends have dubbed Niki an honorary Memphian. She loves all of Memphis except Collierville, because of a speeding ticket that one time. Mom to Aria and Hayes and wife of 5 years, but high school sweethearts for 13 years. As a Memphis Realtor, you may spot her placing a “For Sale/Sold” sign in your neighbor’s yard. She also works as the Creative Director and Social Media Manager for downtown lifestyle boutique, Stock & Belle. Wait, there’s more! She also directs and styles photo sessions for local photographer, Jarvis Hughes. She is an advocate for self-love, equality, healthy eats, mother nature, and the 4-hour work day. If you’re wanting to get more personal with Niki, visit her personal blog www.ikinb.com.
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.
Originally from Kansas City, Kristin met her husband, a Seattle native, in Germany. The military brought them to Memphis, and they chose to stay after transitioning to Reserve duty. While it is hard to be away from family, they love this city so much that they bought a house in Midtown where they are raising two spunky daughters, E (May 2013) and L (January 2016). Kristin considers herself to be primarily a stay-at-home mom, but she occasionally escapes the shenanigans to teach college-level writing classes. If she had any spare time, she’d spend it curled up with a good book in a blissful state of hygge. Her family is happiest when on an adventure, especially camping, riding bikes, or enjoying all Memphis has to offer.
Erin grew up just outside of Nashville, but has been in the Memphis area for 9 years now. She’s a former middle school language arts teacher turned C.O.O. of the Lewis home (according to her hubs). She’s Mama to Livy (2013), who loves to sing, play soccer, and has special needs, and Will (2017) who is adorable and destructive, and wife to Chris (her college sweetheart) who is a pharmacist. Between volunteering herself to be the room mom (face palm), driving Livy to zillions of therapies, and keeping Will alive (aka: breastfeeding), life is busy. Erin loves the beach, a good cup of coffee, Target vacas by herself, and anything Harry Potter related (she ships Dramoine!). She hates high heels, rude people that stare at cute kids in wheelchairs, and bad tippers.
Sabrina is not a Memphis native, but 901 is definitely her home. She works in accounting at one of Memphis’ top engineering firms. She has four kiddos: BP (2009), JP (2010), CP (2013), and IP (2014). She loves Jesus and the 49ers! If the Powes aren’t on the ball field, you’ll likely run into them at the Memphis Zoo or CMOM! She has been fostering for 4 years and has a passion for helping kids. Her favorite color is orange and she can quote any Disney movie you throw at her.
LaShaun is a stay-at-home mom who moved to Memphis almost two years ago. She and her husband have seven children between the two of them, ranging from age 6 to age 25 (yes, you read that right). LaShaun enjoys exploring all that downtown Memphis has to offer with her family, walking with her husband or her GirlTrek friends, and experimenting with recipes found on her social media timelines (according to her husband, that can be a good OR bad thing). She doesn’t watch much television but her youngest children (ages 6 and 8) occasionally lend her the TV for “Law & Order” and “NCIS” marathons. But let the record show that no marathon will ever be as great as a “Monk” marathon in her mind. LaShaun also believes in advocacy, in both education and foster care, and runs a small nonprofit — Duffels4Kids — that provides free duffels to children in foster care.
Cara is a freelance journalist and strategic communications consultant living in Germantown. Born in Illinois, she moved to Memphis at a young age; and, having moved away a few times for college, graduate school, and other adventures, she likes to joke that she’s moved TO Memphis more times than anyone she knows. Mom to the cutest little boys, Everett (March 2017) and Gavin (October 2018), and wife to Rob, who works as a financial planner, Cara is adjusting to her new gig as a stay-at-home mom after almost 20 years as a magazine editor and corporate communications practitioner. When not “momming” or consulting, Cara spends her time volunteering with the Junior League of Memphis, where she served on the Board of Directors for several years. Admittedly, Cara has an unreal obsession with escape rooms, an unhealthy addiction to Frappuccinos, and an uncontrollable desire to correct every grammar and punctuation mistake she sees. Learn more about Cara at https://carasievers.weebly.com/.
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 a first-time mom to a baby girl. 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! 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! 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, planted a church in downtown Memphis called Riverdeep Church. She also enjoys cooking, coffee with friends, dating her husband, and watching people’s faces when she blasts the rap music in the minivan.
Kathryn is a pediatric ER nurse who works weekends and stays home with four kids during the week. Her life is basically one hot mess after the next, and most days she is doing good just to make sure everyone is alive, fed, and bathed somewhat regularly. Her husband is her best friend and the funniest person she know. They have been married 13 years and love to travel, go on date nights, and wonder what people without kids do with all their time and money! They have a ten year old, six year old twins, and a 1 year old who came to them via embryo adoption. Their lives are nuts, but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Hashtag blessed!
Ketrice is wife to Solomon Page, and mother to 3 beautiful sweet children- Niylah (March 2012), Solomon Jr. (November 2014), and Elon, (July 2018). She is also a black maternal health advocate and activist. She and her husband are the owners of Page Life Solutions, a life insurance agency. She believes in the power of God, our creator. She also believes in the power of a woman’s body. The fact that the female gender was chosen to grow life and serve as the portal to deliver babies from the spiritual realm to earthside makes us amazing.
Angela has Memphis running through her veins. Born and raised here, she loves traveling but Memphis is always home. There is no other city like it. Angela is the mom of three amazingly unique girls: Jordan (June 2003), Carmen (January 2009), and Norah (June 2014). Jordan has Autism and is a talented artist; Carmen is the entertainer that loves dancing and competitive cheering (yes, she is a cheer mom!), and Norah has Down Syndrome and is full of sass. Besides being a full-time mom and a full-time employee, she is also a full-time advocate for her girls with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her family creating memories, vacationing whenever the opportunity arises, and dancing in the kitchen while cooking. Her mottos for life are: with God all things are possible, every day is a new day to be grateful, and live to love and love to smile.
Lisa is a born and raised Memphian who has yet to call another place home. She’s so Memphis, she even met her husband, Paul, at a University of Memphis football game during her senior year of college in 2004. Go Tigers Go! After dating for only 6 months, they were married! Paul and Lisa now have 3 boys Quintin (2007), Emmitt (2010) and Walter (2014) who fill their house full of potty humor. They recently went all in with their business, Easel Town, opening their first brick and mortar location. Needless to say, staying busy is not an issue. Currently, Lisa is facing her biggest challenge. In December of 2017, she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Her battle with Lyme has forced her to constantly adapt to how it has changed her life; she works everyday to get back the things it took from her.