Passionate About the Community
and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet our Contributors

Meet Your {Anaheim Moms Blog} Team
Thank you to Captured by Collins who took our amazing team photos!

Jamie

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As an Army Brat, I’ve lived all over the country, but have been fortunate enough to call Orange County home for nearly 20 years. In 2008, I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from California State University of Fullerton. Since then, I’ve enjoyed writing both professionally and personally. I have a small obsession with crocheting (and all things yarn, really) and enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and sipping on a nice glass of red wine. My husband Justin and I have been married since 2012 and recently welcomed our daughter Samantha Jewel into the world. As a new mom, I look forward to being a part of Anaheim Mom’s Blog and connecting with you all through my posts.

Shelly

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I grew up in Huntington Beach and moved out to go to Cal Poly Pomona where I got my undergraduate degree in Marketing. After working for a few years, I got my MBA at Pepperdine University. I have over 15 years of experience in marketing and sales. My husband and I live in Yorba Linda, and we have a 5 1/2 year old boy and an 11 month old baby girl. I enjoy spending time with my family, working out with my mommy friends and date nights with my hubby (whenever we can make it work). I’m excited to be a contributor to the Anaheim Moms Blog and share my thoughts and experiences with other moms.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Hilary

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Though I was born and raised in New York City, I’ve lived in SoCal for over ten years now and am proud to call this beautiful and diverse place my home. My husband and I have a young son and a second child on the way! Prior to becoming a mommy I spent several years in feature film publicity and acquisitions for Miramax and later as the Creative Executive for Hilary Swank Productions before seguing to the music industry where I did Online Communications for the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. In my ample pre-parenthood free time, I also freelanced as a script analyst and screenwriter. I am fortunate now to be able to devote all my time to my family, but I still love to write so am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this blog! I am a foodie, avid traveler, environmentalist, preschool parent volunteer, and unabashed Disney nut.

Melissa

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I grew up in Orange County then went to Los Angeles (with a short detour in Santa Barbara) for college and spent the next 12 years there thinking that was home until I met my amazing, now husband on Jdate.com and moved back here to start our life together. After years of helping out with family and friend’s kids I finally have one of my own, a 10 month old active, healthy, happy boy. I take Working Mom to a whole new dimension with a private mental health practice, a part-time hospice social work job, Oh and I blog too! It sounds like a lot but the decision to quit my full time job working for someone else to take my career and family life into my own hands was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family.

Erika

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Erika Torres works part-time in communications and is a full-time wife to a firefighter, and full-time mom to an extremely energetic one-year-old son. She has her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. In her very little spare time, she loves to read fiction, work out, and write on her blog, www.survivingthesuburb.com. She lives in Tustin.   

Tracey

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Originally from suburban New York, Tracey moved to La-La Land many years ago to earn her M.A. from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. After an exciting 15+ year career in entertainment, Tracey left the rat race in order to start a family. Being a SAHM also gave her the opportunity to get back to her theatrical “roots.” She now teaches “Broadway Beatz” dance classes to children and adults throughout her community, choreographs and directs musical theatre, and coaches private students. In addition, Tracey works as a freelance writer, contributing blog posts, marketing pieces and scripts for various clients. Tracey met her high school teacher husband, Marc, in a musical theatre workshop (that they are still in!) 10 years ago, and they recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. They live in Los Angeles with their 4 year-old spitfire of a daughter, Marissa, who keeps them on their toes (…and doesn’t let them sleep).

Heather

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I grew up in Placentia and have lived in Orange County my entire life. I met my husband at a bar in Downtown Fullerton 10 years ago. He is also is an Orange County native, from Anaheim Hills. We were married in 2013 in Puerto Vallarta, in the smallest ceremony possible–ourselves, the photographer and the officiant. Our first son was born in 2014 and our (identical) twin boys were born in 2015. So yes, you are reading that correctly; we have 3 boys born 15 months apart. Life is crazy. I love it, but it’s crazy. As such, I am a stay at home mommy and attempt to keep my sanity, keep my house clean, get healthy food on the table (most days!) and try to be the best mommy possible to my crazy, silly, rambunctious boys. Prior to having my kiddos, I was an avid yogi and enjoyed traveling. I try to work in as much reading, baking, cooking and crafty/creative projects as possible–which isn’t much these days, but it’s improving. I love a good debate, dinner parties, and spending time with friends and family. If music is on, chances are I’m singing and/or dancing. I love getting my hands dirty with projects aound the house and hope to have a ’58 Corvette and ’66 Nova in my garage someday. Oh, and I really love sleep and showers. Neither of which, it turns out, are compatible with motherhood. C’est la vie!

Viv

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I am Viv, stay at home mom (mummy) to Edison who is 4 and Arlo who is 3. I am married to my best friend and university sweetheart Steve. In October 2014 we moved 5321 miles from our beautiful Victorian home in Sheffield, England to Anaheim Hills and are loving the wild adventure this move has turned our life into. I am so very grateful that this move has given me the opportunity to quit my kinder teacher role to stay home with my crazy whirlwinds and enjoy the adventures of modern motherhood. I am a make up and skincare junkie who loves farmers markets with my little foodies, antique shops, restoring antique finds, reading, baking, eating out, and trying not to spend everything we have in Target! Oh and chips. I LOVE chips (crisps for any Brits reading this). All the chips.

Allison

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Allison is best known on social media as the helpful mom that is always around to help out. Growing up as the youngest of six kids, it was just expected that she pitch in an help just as her parents did for people in the community. When time permits you can find her at her church food pantry rolling the shopping cart and giving tips on how to use the pantry food or stretch food budgets. Because of her type A personality, she has bounced around from job to job during her 20’s. Ranging from retail to hospitality and many office jobs. But every day she was stuck inside she would day dream of being outside in the elements doing hard work. In her early 30’s she turned an odd job business of going grocery shopping and folding laundry for people into a part time business, but with full-time pay. Every day is something different. One day could be planting bulbs for spring and the next is doing a garage clean out. She really loves that every day is something different and she gets to help a wide variety of people as well. Being a single mom has given her great strength to get out of bed every day. She enjoys being with her church family and spending time her daughter. She has a tight budget but always manages to have fun times and do things on the weekends. She used to be a coupon teacher and teach people how to leverage coupons to pay off debts or save for their vacation fund. She will tell you about how she found this or that on sale or used with a coupon. She also has 32+ food intolerances. Instead of seeing it as a burden, she thinks about all the foods she can eat and is very creative to make tasty meals.

Michele

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I was born in Orange County, raised in Arizona, and now I’m back!   Five years ago I was living in Arizona, raising my daughter as a single mom, and working in the volatile mortgage industry.    I could have never dreamed of what was in store for my future.  I reconnected with an old friend on Facebook,  whom I ended up dating long distance for two whirlwind years.  I then took a leap of faith and relocated my daughter and I to Los Angeles to marry the love of my life.  We lived in LA for just two short years when we decided to move back to my husbands home town of Yorba Linda, Ca.  We had our daughter Teagan a year later and became a family of four.   I thoroughly enjoy making people laugh and am typically being louder than I realize.  Currently,  I am pursuing my real estate license while being a stay at home mom.  I love lipstick, my mom friends, play dates, singing, cooking, entertaining, lunch and dinners at the beach (I will forever be a tourist) and drinking margaritas and wine.

Elizabeth

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Born and raised in Northern California, Elizabeth moved down to Southern California after she graduated college in 2006. Not knowing where life would take her, she took a job as a manager at Barnes and Noble and met the man that would eventually become her husband. She started dating her employee (oops!), Seth, in 2008. They were engaged in 2009 and married in 2010. They welcomed their amazing son, Mason, in July of 2012 and the rest is history! Elizabeth is a full time working mom who loves Target, Starbucks, sunshine, chocolate, sangria, and spending time with her friends and family. She has her own personal family blog and is excited to be a member of the Anaheim Moms Blog team!

Heather Bailey

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Heather grew up in Northern California and migrated down to Southern California to attend Chapman University. After graduation she worked for the Angels Baseball Club, Anaheim Ducks and Quiksilver apparel company.  While working for the Angels she met her husband Aaron and they have one son. Heather stays home with her toddler son, teaches yoga and is co-owner of Purify Sauna Lounge in Anaheim Hills.

Megan

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Megan Phillips is a licensed clinical psychologist who owns a private practice that specializes in helping women and moms in Orange County (www.cottonwoodpsychologycenter.com). She is from the Pacific Northwest, but she and her husband decided to escape the rain and move to warm, sunny Southern California in 2012. Since then, she became a mom to a smart and funny little boy and an adorable baby girl. Megan enjoys cooking and taking in the local sights, and she is always up for a fun mommy’s night out.

Kathy

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Kathy was born and raised in Big Bear, CA. She left the mountains for the beach and attended college at UC Santa Barbara.  After graduating Kathy spent about a decade exploring different cities and lived and worked in San Francisco, Boston and St. Louis.  She settled down in Fullerton, CA in January 2013 and is ecstatic to be back in Southern California living near family.  Kathy is a licensed clinical social worker who works part-time doing medical and psychiatric social work.  She is married to Erik and is mommy to two girls, Elizabeth and Audrey. She is a former long-distance runner who once ran a marathon.  Current passions include coffee, working out with mom friends, beer, and wine tasting, exploring all the kid friendly outings in Orange County and renovating her mid-century modern home and yard.

Katelyn

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Originally from the Boston area, Katelyn left the cold weather behind when she was 25 and moved to sunny California to pursue a career in marketing. While working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Katelyn met her husband through mutual friends. Three years later they were married, living in Orange County and raising their first son, Devan. These days, Katelyn still works in marketing and her family is expecting their second son at the end of the year. In her spare time, you can find Katelyn writing, reading or devouring whatever delicious dessert she’s come across. As a Boston native, she will forever be a loyal Red Sox fan but has happily adjusted to life in Southern California.