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Meet the Dayton Moms Blog Team

Meet Your Dayton Moms Blog Team

Lisa Houseworth

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Hi, I’m Lisa and I’m a 30-something year old Mom to 2 adorable and active boys, preschooler and toddler. I have spent my professional career working with students with an autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I currently work part-time with my husband through Key Behavior Services. As a Mama and Wife, I grocery shop with coupons and try living a frugal life (although I still splurge occasionally). I also like to scrapbook and capture every moment possible. I love to travel. I’m getting better at meal-planning and cooking regularly. My boys and I are on-the-go and always taking advantage of various opportunities and activities around Dayton.

Monica Deal

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Hello Lovely Dayton Mommas!! I think being a mother is the greatest achievement of my life…I am one of those crazy people who LOVES being pregnant – but will now vicariously live through everyone else’s pregnancies – as my husband (Chris) and I have decided that 2 littles are as big as our family will grow. Miles (4) and Miro (2) keep us on our toes – we like to get messy with art supplies, jump in rain puddles, have nightly dance parties, explore parks, cuddle for movies & skip in the halls at school. I work full-time as a Director of Customer Experience and manage a team of 14, in my spare time I am also getting my MBA through the University of Dayton. I look forward to sharing my thoughts, blunders, successes and failures. #parentlikenooneiswatching

Kaity Stuckert

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I am a native of Upstate New York who now resides in Southwest Ohio with my husband and two sons, Charlie (2) and Crosby (<1). I recently traded in my life as a nonprofit program coordinator for days spent with my babies as a SAHM. My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff and my evenings are spent with dark chocolate and a good book. I write about books, babies, and life’s beautiful blessings on my personal blog, BeeautifulBlessings.

Alisha Smith

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As a recent transplant to the Dayton area I am excited to join this team of women and share my perspectives on mommy hood survival. Prior to moving, my husband and I resided in the Quad Cities in Iowa/Illinois for 3 years and Bowling Green, KY where we met during my youthful college days at WKU.

I often say that I not only married my husband but also the sport of swimming. My hubby is a head swim coach here in the community. Following his passion over the last 7 years has provided us with great experiences and the opportunity to work with some truly wonderful families.
Recently, with this move I have transitioned from a career in higher education as an Assistant Director of Residential Life where I flexed my Master’s in Student Affairs saving the world one roommate crises at a time to a SAHM! Living on campus with hundreds of college students is not for everyone but the unique experience of college freshmen cheering your son on as he learned to walk down the res hall floor is priceless. Now the fire alarms are a whole other story! Navigating my new job as a SAHM has not been easy but I am learning as I go. We will be welcoming our next little “turtle” in the fall so I look forward to sharing the joys and tribulations of balancing a growing family, swim meets, and throwing in a little college advice here and there.

Audrey Morgan

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Hello there! I’m Audrey. I’m a Gemini to the core, complete with dueling personalities, but we both agree that family is our favorite thing on this earth! I married my high school sweetheart, Andy in 2004, whom I jokingly call my third child. Jokes aside, I am Mom to 10 Year old Lucas, my empathetic mini-me and 8 year old Alaina, my little redheaded fire child. We live on a small hobby farm, just south of Xenia, in the home where I grew up. I am super lucky to be a SAHM as my main job, but I also substitute in the libraries around the Xenia School District, manage my family’s rental condo in FL, act as V.P. for the PTO at my kids’ school, and make wedding cakes. In my spare time, I’m a farm girl who loves her jersey milk cow, laying hens and organic garden. I also like my high heels and changing my hair often. I’m new to blogging, but have so much I want to say, I’ve been composing blogs in my head for years.

Carrie Chambers

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I’m the first-time momma of an awesome little girl. I grew up in Beavercreek, spent a good chunk of time living in Dayton, and currently live in Miamisburg with my husband, daughter, two cats and a dog. I love getting a good deal and “MacGuyvering” meals out of what I find in the kitchen. I’ve worked in higher education for 10+ years in various capacities, most of that at Miami University. I’m passionate about women’s leadership and helped established a women’s mentoring program at Miami. Becoming a mom has been amazing because it’s made me feel like there is little I can’t do since I have a little human counting on me (and because that cut that little human out of me and I was on my feet 12 hours later taking care of her!). I like to say that everything will be alright because that’s the only option. Thanks for stopping by!

Beth Phillips

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Hi! I’m Beth Phillips lead photographer and owner of Beth Phillips Photography, mom to 3 and Dayton native. Well, both a native and a transplant. My husband and I grew up in Centerville (Go Elks!) and spent many years going coast to coast with his Navy career. This past May I graduated from Wright State with a degree in Fine Art, Photography. My true photography passions are births, new moms and capturing the grace and beauty of dancers.Favorite things to do around Dayton…Dragon’s Games & the splash yard at The Greene.

Amy Krug

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Hi!, I am Amy, a mom, teacher, writer, and coffee addict from Centerville. I live with my husband, three daughters, and several pets. I am a tried-and-true Dayton Flyer, as I am employed there, have two degrees from there, and my husband, mother, and sister-in-law all work there. I am currently grooving on a brand-new Macbook Air that will have to be pried out of my cold, dead hands if any child wants to borrow it to play Minecraft and put her sticky fingers all over the screen.

Stephanie Johnson

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Ciao Mamas! I’m Stephanie, mother of 2 little ladies, neuro rehab occupational therapist, photographer, health & wellness business owner, Sinclair adjunct faculty member and wife of a 6’4 IT guy. What else is left to say? Whoop! After growing up in Beavercreek, I received my BA in Psychology and my Masters of Occupational Therapy, both from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. Against everything I could possibly control (insert – ‘wanted to move far away’) , I moved back to Ohio after grad school, and now you are stuck with me. This mama LOVESSS her hometown and is not leaving. I am a UD men’s basketball junkie who adores roasted broccoli, nut butter, and Guatemalan coffee (not all together mind you). I love my updated yet 1970s tri-level home (for real, they built some solid stuff in the 70s!), early morning power walks, the gym daycare (so I can sweat even more at boot camps), trying new foods, supporting local artisans, small hidden parks, sprinkler time in our backyard, pedicures completed by a professional (because it is just not the same when I attempt them), and I follow a strict ‘flip flops until the first snow’ rule. So don’t judge. I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding non stop since 2011 – so ask me anything about either one of those topics and I am sure I can give you some sort of (comical) insight. My heart is with serving others, helping mamas and kiddos reach optimal health in all forms, and staying connected closely with my Italian-American heritage. I have had the opportunity to travel the world since a small child, and while I continue to hold this passion, we all know its just “not the same” when you are cleaning sand out of preschooler swimsuits and psychotically reapplying the SPF 50-thousand to toddler skin every hour. The time shall come when i can actually lie on the beach, finishing one of the 400 books I own that I have yet to even flip open, while staring blankly at the ocean along with my husband. Until that day comes, it’s all about the Play-doh, splash pad, Shopkins and dress up clothes. Bring it!

Suzanne Hines

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I am a Christian, wife to Theo, Mom to Tera Evelynne, Kiah and foster Mom to some of the most precious foster kiddos placed in our home. I grew up far, far away from Dayton as a missionary kid in West Africa. After graduating from my international high school, I attended Cedarville University. A few months into my freshman year, I met an incredible man named Theo. Although I had sworn off dating, there I was…dating him! We were married by my junior year and the rest is history! We stuck around the area and I am now proud to call the Dayton area home. Theo works for the Dayton Fire Department and I am a stay at home Mom. Most of my day consists of chasing children, feeding children, cleaning up after children and driving them all around to their various appointments (foster care makes for A LOT of driving!!). In my spare time (har har har), I love to cook, run, browse Pinterest and Instagram and read books and maintain my blog (www.suzannehines.org). My family loves to explore outside, to attend festivals and events and to find frugal ways to live in the Dayton area. My favorite thing about motherhood is watching my children develop their own little personality! How did I create this walking, talking, living, breathing, giggling, kissing human being?!? What a miracle!

Pamela Kucinsky

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I’m (mostly) a Beavercreek native; my family moved here in the late 90s and it is where I’ve decided to stay and raise my family. Both my husband and I graduated from BHS but we didn’t know each other until much later when we met through the Army. I’m active duty for the Ohio National Guard, so I spend my days at a Military Police unit in Middletown. I spend my evenings raising my four daughters (yes, all girls), binging on Netflix series, working on my fitness (well, some evenings) and moonlighting as a chef and novelist. In addition to being a soldier and wife, I’m also a MoM (Mom of Multiples); my youngest children are identical twin girls who have absolutely changed my perspective on parenting. I don’t have everything about this gig figured out, but I’m getting there slowly and love to help fellow moms any way I can. I believe there is no such thing as a cookie cutter family, that women should empower one another, and that the Oxford comma is still very much alive. I’m also a serious foodie and devoted coffee addict. I look forward to connecting with fellow moms and sharing a little about my crazy life.

Jenna Whipp

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I grew up in Xenia, OH and moved to Cincinnati in 2004 to attend the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduation, I married my husband Andy and we have been married 6 years. We currently reside in Centerville. Andy and I have two children, our son Liam (4) and our daughter Payten (2). We also have a Bernese Mountain dog named Barkley (5) and a black lab (6 months). I am a certified public accountant. Two years ago I gave up working for a large public accounting firm where I was working 80+ hours January through. I currently work in accounting at a local dental insurance company. My true passions however, include motherhood, being a wife and all things DIY and photography. You will always find my husband and me tiling or painting something, whether it’s our house or someone else’s. I also write a personal blog called Jenna Marie Blog (www.jennawhipp.com) where I document all things life.

Meghan Mettling

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Hello fellow mamas! My name is Meg and my husband Brian and I have lived in the Dayton area for about 6 years. We adore this city for its great brew pubs, lack of traffic, and supportive community and we are excited to raise our children here. We have one little girl, Ellie, who is a bustling and busy toddler. She keeps us on our toes, but we feel incredibly blessed to be able to witness her little life and to discover the world again through new eyes. I work part-time as an academic advisor at Sinclair Community College. Working part-time provides me with great balance and I love that I am able to make an impact in both the lives of my students and the life of my daughter. In my free time (what’s that?), I love to read and scrapbook and on weekends, you’ll find us at the local antique shops, flea markets, and garage sales. We have a great love for “old” things and for great deals. I have always found writing to be very cathartic and find that blogging helps me to process motherhood. I am very passionate about birth choices, breastfeeding, and communities of mamas who support one another, and I am excited to be a part of this community and share my thoughts with all of you. Thanks for reading!

Lindsey Cline

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Hey Mamas, I’m Lindsey! Born and raised in Dayton, I’m married to my handsome hubby, Zach. We were blessed with twin daughters, Lila and Piper (1 year old), after battling through infertility, cancer + a high risk pregnancy. I am an Intervention Specialist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst by trade, working primarily with kids with special needs. I have a passion for learning and am a life-long student! Most recently, I switched careers and am living my dream as a stay-at-home mama + blogger! You can follow along our crazy journey over at Twin Peeks! I love: Jesus, coffee, kindness, working out, people, cooking, wine, reading, DIY, dogs, shopping small + local, exploring Dayton + mamahood. :: Favorite things about motherhood:: Watching my teeny preemies beat the odds and seeing them grow into their HUGE + happy personalities!

Sarah Flach

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I am a mother of three loud, stubborn, noisy, wonderful boys. My husband and I both grew up in Beavercreek and love raising our family here. I stay busy by helping to run a gym, Dayton Strength and Conditioning, coaching high school soccer and stepping on a lot of Legos. I am learning through doing in basically all aspects of my life. I love all things coffee, perfectly fitting jeans and cute sayings on t-shirts. I have a personal blog about our journey, as a family, through my youngest son’s diagnosis and the challenges that have faced him thus far.

Jessica Dennison

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My name is Jessica and I am a wife, mom and angel mommy. I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. When I am not keeping up with my daughter Ella-Grace, you can find me practicing yoga to regain my center. My life experiences have shaped me into the mommy I am today and I hope to be able to share them with you.

Jena Short

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I am married to my husband Zach & together we have a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. I am a homeschool educator, amateur kayaker, hiker, craftaholic, and have a desire to capture everything I can with a photograph. Our family loves to travel and lives by the motto of “play hard, love harder.”

Teri Cremeans

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I am the Mom to one handsome little man, Logan who turns two in March and the wife to my loving husband, James of 3 years. We hope to be adding on to our family soon! We call Fairborn home and it wasn’t until we had Logan that we’ve really been exploring Dayton. There’s so many fun places to go and we really enjoy the parks in the warmer weather. It also helps that I now work downtown (I’m an eLearning Consultant for CareSource) so I’m understanding where things are and what they have to offer. In my spare time I love to do projects around the house, bake, and binge watch my TV shows. That’s me in a nutshell!

Cheryl Brackemyre

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Hi there! I grew up in Centerville and have lived close to the Dayton area ever since. I am married and live in Wilmington. Together my husband and I have 5 kids. Joe, 25 (and a sweet bonus daughter Allison- his wife), Austin -20, Sydney -20, Andrew -16, and Max -3. We are a blended family and say our crew is yours, mine and someone else’s as we adopted Max at birth. Adoption has changed our lives and family in more ways than we could have ever imagined. I am a children’s minister and have served in the Dayton are for over 23 years. Our crew is a crazy one and I hope to be able to share some of our adventures with you!

Ashley Tallman

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Hi fellow moms! I’m Ashley! I’m a Dayton native living in Beavercreek with my wonderful husband Matt and our two kiddos and pup Cameo. I enjoy shopping local, spending time at a local brewery with friends, doing a tree pose, recycling, hiking in one Dayton’s beautiful parks, gardening, and discovering awesome children’s books.

Natalie Fleck

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Hi mama’s! My name is Natalie and I am a born and raised Daytonian. I have an amazing husband who balances me out perfectly! We have 2 awesomely spunky kids, Elias(4) and Paislee(2). We also have a zoo- 3 dogs, 3 cats, a beta fish, and 2 hermit crabs! I am a PROUD OSU alum-GO BUCKS!  I am a veterinary technician turned college professor! I teach at Sinclair Community College in the Veterinary Technology Program. Life is insanely busy right now, and I sometimes wish I had a pause button( we all do right?).
I have started to take more time for myself because I started to lose who I was and forget what made me happy- You can’t pour  from an empty cup. I enjoy working out, helping others with their fitness goals, drinking wine, and eating ice cream and dark chocolate! My family loves spending time outdoors, hiking, swimming, and growing a large garden. Writing is cathartic for me, so I am super excited to grow and learn from this unique community.
Follow my clean eating and wellness page on facebook for real and easy meal ideas! 

Olivia Mitchell

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