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.
Takeallah Rivera is a Full Spectrum Doula, Educator, Writer, Mother to a lively son born on April 10, 2013, and Activist. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she relocated to Seattle, Washington after becoming a mother for a fresh start and new adventures and opportunities. Since relocating, she has grown exponentially as an educator, doula, and activist, and brought all of her knowledge and resources back to her Memphis, Tennessee to promote changes in reproductive health, mental health, and education. She credits her Southern roots for the feminist, mother, doula, and activist that she is today. Boasting a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Governor’s University and a Certificate in Women’s Leadership from Cornell University, as well as being a Certified Community Health Worker, Mental Health Peer Counselor, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Takeallah hopes to continue her education by pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Work, a Master of Science in Public Health, and a Ph.D in Women, Gender. and Sexuality Studies. Armed with coffee, donuts, and self-deprecating humor, she works tirelessly to spread her feminist gospel and to promote reproductive justice, mental health awareness, and education equity. You can learn more about her work at TakeallahRivera.com and MakeLemonadeSupport.com.
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.
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.
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.
Wife to Timothy for 8 years and mother to Wallace (October 2012) and Ari (July 2016), Laura believes in encouraging women in all seasons of their lives, and especially in the season of motherhood. She’s a first-generation Memphian, an advocate for adoption, a lover of words and the Word, and an avid science nerd, fascinated with GI physiology. Did you know the absorptive area of the human intestinal tract is roughly the size of a tennis court? Fascinating, right? Recently, she completed her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. She’d like to say that she is a coffee aficionado, but she can’t. She navigates life un-caffeinated albeit mildly obsessed with hydration; she’d be more likely to forget what day it is before her water bottle. In recent years, friendship, wholeness, motherhood, and family have been the song of Laura’s heart, as she has been reawakened to the see the depths of love and grace. She counts it a great privilege to walk beside friends in the easy or the difficult, the ordinary or the unthinkable. For right where we are, there is grace enough, sufficient to carry us through the day.
Michelle moved to Memphis to attend the U of M, and graduated with a degree in hotel management and hospitality. That passion for hospitality and all things Memphis led her to her position as a sales manager for a downtown hotel. Michelle met her fiancé on Cinco De Mayo 9 years ago, and they will be (finally) getting married in Mexico this May (2018). However, the best thing to happen to them in the month of May was the birth of their baby boy in 2017. Their now one year old is a ball of silly, happy energy, and they love chasing him around! Michelle also loves squeezing in time for group fitness classes, pinteresting, meal prepping, and enjoying cold beverages with friends.
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 two kiddos: BP (2009) and JP (2010). 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.
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!!
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.
Megan is a Memphis native. She is a mother of four, Logan (November 2005), Christian (December 2007), Alicia (February 2010), and Isabella (March 2016). She has been married to a Guatemalan native, Jorge, since 2005. They are a bilingual family. She is a teacher with a voluntary prekindergarten site for Shelby County Schools; teaching children is her passion. She is advancing her education at Western Governor’s University. She also enjoys writing, reading, baking, cooking, going to church, and Hispanic culture.