Meet Your Dayton Moms Blog Team
Photo Credit :: Katie Blauser @ Blink of an Eye Photography
I am a stay at home mom to two boys, Sammy and Ollie. I enjoy cooking, theater, traveling to see friends, and using my limited free time to sip on a cappuccino. I am originally from Rochester, NY where great Italian food abounds. My husband Kevin and I have lived in several different cities throughout our marriage and we really enjoy Dayton and all it offers to a growing family. I am looking forward to being part of a wonderful team here on the Dayton Moms Blog.Hello! My name is Amy! I am married to my wonderful husband who works at Target! How awesome is that!?! I have three very beautiful girls. Savannah is in first grade, Lacie is in Kindergarten and Emma is my wild two year old! I work full time managing a team of escalated help desk associates at a call center. I'm completely addicted to Iced Chai Lattes and Starbucks. I love getting out and about as much as our hectic schedule allows - either exploring new places or revisiting our tried and true favorites!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 in 2004, and we have a son and a daughter, both getting alarmingly close to the teen years. We live on a small hobby farm, in the home where I grew up. I spent many years as a SAHM, but now work at a Preschool and a Title Company, positions that both allow me to be off work when my kids are off school! I'm a volunteer-a-holic and do so for the PTO, our 4-H club and by managing my family's rental condo like a boss. In my spare time, I'm a farm girl who loves her tiny goats, laying hens and organic garden. I also like my high heels and changing my hair often. Writing is one of my favorite ways to express my creative side, and I thank you for taking the time to read my blogs!I am a Dayton native who vowed to pack up and leave for bigger sights but never made it further than Centerville. I've been married to a fellow Daytonian for five years, and we currently play house in the Englewood area. I have two bonus kiddos - a daughter (13) and a son (11) - and one daughter (3). When we aren't playing soccer or hockey, our family enjoys checking out our Metroparks and visiting local farms that host family events. To detox from life's stressors, I love running, eating mass quantities of chocolate, and praying -- sometimes all at the same time.My husband, Michael, and I are both from northern Ohio and settled in Dayton last year after a detour to sunny South Carolina for a few years. I never thought we’d be back to Ohio, but we learned that Ohio just feels like home. I’m a brand new mom to a sweet girl, Helena (name possibly influenced by Harry Potter), and a fur-mom to two dachshund mixes, Rosie and Larkin. I did my undergrad at the University of Akron in biochemistry and went on to dental school at the Ohio State University. I’m a practicing dentist here in Dayton and work with an amazing group. I love trying new restaurants and recipes (especially after binge-watching the Great British Bake-off), I tolerate running (keeps me from feeling too guilty about all the above-mentioned food), I can’t live without black coffee, red wine, or face masks, and I’ve been learning so much more about myself (and my husband) after becoming a parent!Hello, I’m Carrie! A transplant to Springboro from Cincinnati, always in search of new adventures and fun for my family. Married for five years now, I have a two-year-old little dude and am a stepmom to an 11-year-old (going on 16). Trained as a Social Worker (LISW-S), I left my job of 10 years to temporarily dive into the life of a SAHM. In my “spare time,” I love to hit the trails for a run, travel to distant lands, or dabble in photography.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 6 kids. Joe, 26 (and a sweet bonus daughter Allison- his wife), Austin -21, Sydney -21, Andrew -17, and Max -4 and Eli -1. We are a blended family and say our crew is yours, mine and someone else’s as we adopted Max and Eli 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 area for over 23 years. Our crew is a crazy one and I hope to be able to share some of our adventures with you!Hi, I’m Dusty! I’m a southern Ohio girl, living smack dab in between Cincinnati and Dayton. I’m a wife, mom, stepmom and work full time, so my life feels very busy most of the time! My husband and I have been married since November 2013. We are parents to all girls! We have 3, so needless to say, he is outnumbered in our little family. I’ve always enjoyed blogging as a hobby, so I am very excited to be a part of this Dayton Moms Blog! I hope everyone enjoys my thoughts and perspectives on motherhood!I am California grown but currently reside in the Dayton, Ohio area. I am a full-time wife, mother, and type one diabetic. I spend most of my days caring for my little family and trying to live my best life. I have been with my wonderful husband for almost 12 amazing years and we have two beautiful children; Addie who just turned the big 10, and Russ who just turned 3. Together they make up my whole heart. Between juggling the busy schedules and trying to get healthy I also advocate fiercely for the JDRF. My passions include; trying to read, writing, taking photos, learning new recipes, and spending time with my family. You can find me blogging at Life, or something like it. and tweeting about my everyday life.Hi, mamas! I’m Emily, born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, and now raising my family in the Champion City. I’m married to my college sweetheart (he’s from Springfield, too, and we knew each other in high school, but we didn’t make it Facebook official until our freshman year at Ohio State). We’re proud parents of a precious yet oh-so-rotten baby boy, MJ (b. November 2016), and a fur baby named Bentley. Needless to say, I am the queen of our household! I work full-time as a PR pro for a marketing-communication agency and am always striving to find the perfect work-life balance. I’m a Joanna Gaines wannabe, lover of all things rose gold and a self-diagnosed Target addict… I mean c’mon, what mama isn’t?!Hey there! I am the wife to a handsome airline pilot and the mommy to a gorgeous and hysterical two-year-old little girl. When my husband is home we love to travel, spend time with good friends and family, LAUGH, relax on the porch with a cold beverage, or do projects around our home. I am a stay at home mom and we currently live in Springboro, OH.I am a wife, mother, and all-around busy person! My twin girls and little boy keep me busy with their activities and adventures in the evening and I work full-time in the communications office of a private high school during the day. We live in Springboro, but also called Huber Heights our home for eight years. I am excited to share stories of what motherhood has been like for me so far!A Dayton native, I live with my partner and our three children. One has a color name, the middle a place, and the last sounded good with the other two (third child problems). I am passionate about conservation and recycling (it’s one of my love languages). Patterns and colors speak to me as a creative but I wish I made more time to express it (see aforementioned children). As a family, we love board and card games with an extensive collection and our own game table. Being a SAHM I enjoy finding local activities and grocery shopping (mini momcation if I grocery shop by self).Hi! I’m Katie, boy mama to 2, wife of a picky eater, photographer, business owner, exercise enthusiast, and food lover. I grew up in Kettering but moved away for college at Ohio University where I got a degree in Commercial Photography. After graduating college I moved to Columbus where I fell in love with my husband and the charm of the capital city! We quickly found ourselves back in Dayton after having our first baby. I never really thought I’d end up back in Dayton but we soon realized how much we wanted to be close to our families after starting our own! We love being back home. I love exploring local restaurants and shops all around Dayton and you’ll probably see me snapping photos to share on Instagram! I run my photography business from home, Blink of an Eye Photography, and even though trying to get things done as a work from home mom is anything but easy, I wouldn’t want it any other way!Social Media Manager; ContributoVandaliaI am Mom to five-year-old Layla and three-year-old Joey. I've been an Air Force wife for 9 years, retiring from teaching at the ripe age of 25 to spread her wings and fly to exotic destinations like Dayton, then Germany, and back to Dayton. She spends most days being dragged around the block by a rambunctiou13-year-old dog while trying to chase down her kids on their bikes. And no, I will never get a bike myself.Originally from Louisiana, my family and I moved to Dayton in the fall of 2015 after my husband completed his commitment to the US Navy. I’m a SAHM to two sweet little boys (born in 2014 & 2016), and I love getting out and exploring everything that this city has to offer with them. My hobbies (when I have time… ha!) include crafting, photography, & baking.Project Manager; ContributorCentervilleHi Everyone. I’m Lisa. I am a wife to an amazing husband and mama to Ella (almost 9), Liam (5), Aiden (5) and Adeline (1) My family and I love exploring the local area, especially since neither my husband or I grew up here. We came for college (GO WRIGHT STATE) and never left! After working as a caseworker for 12 years, I now work full time as an Adoption Recruiter (a new position that I started before I had Adeline.) My spare moments (not that I have many) are spent taking photos, reading, or spending time with my twin mama friends!Hello! My name is Mallory, and I am a Troy native. I now live in Beavercreek with my husband, Derrik, and our two-year-old daughter, Greer. The first two years of parenthood have taught me that I still have so much to learn! I’m trying to figure it out with a little bit of humor and a lot of humility. I believe that we are our best selves when we are on vacation, that life should be more like a Hallmark movie, that local restaurants are far superior to chains, that birthdays should be week-long celebrations, and that you can never have too many library cards.I am a mama of two awesome little girls! I stay at home with them during the day and go to Wright State University part-time. I also have two part-time jobs that help keep me busy! In my free time, I enjoy exercising, meditating, and watching Netflix with my husband. I am excited to share, learn, and grow here with Dayton Moms Blog!I am a modern farm girl, university instructor, wife of 25 years to husband David, mom of three – Makenna (15), Jaxon and Dylan (11yo identical twins) and I am working on my first novel. I look at life from a no-nonsense perspective and claim that my ability to always be able to go with the flow is my superpower. I love writing about my farm adventures while raising pre-teen and teenage kids who hate everything about living somewhat off the grid.Hello! I’m a SAHM living with my husband and our 4 kiddos. My husband and I have been married since March of 2017 and couldn’t be happier. We actually met online a little over 2 years ago and fell head over heels in love almost immediately. That’s one message I’m extremely grateful I opened! I have two biological daughters, Charlotte (7) and our newest addition Freya, who was born in December. I’m also a proud step mama to two wonderful kids that help round out our “perfectly imperfect” blended family. In our spare time we enjoy traveling, good food and drinks, local events and being outdoors. We are also BIG animal lovers and have two crazy kitties that think they run our household. (Okay, they kinda do Ha!) In my personal spare time I enjoy writing, reading, and drinking as much coffee as I humanly can. I’m really a pretty average midwestern gal and kinda love that about myself. Life here in the Gem City is pretty great and I can’t wait to see how it continues to unfold.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.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. Life is full, & fun! My heart is with serving others, my faith, helping mamas & kiddos reach optimal health in all forms, & staying connected closely with my Italian-American heritage. I have had the opportunity to travel the world since a small child, &we love taking our girls on trips where we all can explore together. I am all about transparency and hold close to having this shine through in how I present motherhood. It's messy & glorious. It's challenging & adventurous. It's delightfully wonderful and exhausting. Follow me on this journey, friends!Hello there! I’m Suzanne! I’m married to a law enforcement officer, and we are parents to three or five children, depending on how you look at it! Two are biological, one is on the way, and two were in our home (through foster care). Our home is usually chaotic, a little bit messy and always full to the brim with laughter and love (although sometimes that love looks more like a choice than feelings). In my spare time, I love to cook, bake, read books and go for a nice, slow run. My biggest passion is writing, and I do so at my own little corner of the internet (www.suzannehines.org) and here on the Dayton Mom’s Blog!Hola mamas! I’m Whitney. I’m a part-time ESL/Spanish Teacher and spend the rest of my days at home with my three little girls– Eliana, Evangeline, and Emory. My husband Nathan is the best “Girl Dad” we could ask for! We try to spend most of our free time outside and subscribe wholeheartedly to the whole “no bad weather, only bad clothes” concept. Outdoor exploration and nature connection in early learning are some of my biggest passions. We’ve lived near and far from Dayton (Mexico to Columbus and back) and couldn’t imagine settling anywhere else. Dayton is the most amazing place to raise a family. Give me all the kombucha, dark chocolate, and local adventures and I’m a happy woman. My 2018 goal is to keep all the succulents I can’t stop buying alive. Wish me luck! I am all about letting my girls take risks and watching their confidence and abilities soar. When I get a little “me” time it’s usually to do a little reorganizing, DIY-ing, or sewing. I’m thankful to be able to share the ins and outs of our days with you!