Jessica is a native of Cleveland, OH (well, a small town 30-minutes outside of CLE, Perry, have you heard of it?!) who moved with her family of five to Columbus in 2014 on a giant leap of faith. Columbus has not disappointed from Day One. She is mom to three great kids, Sadie (7), Colin (5) and Elise (3). Somehow the kids ended up each being 26-months apart, something this not-so-mathematically inclined mama definitely did not plan! She’s been married to her husband Brian for ten years and credits him for (mostly) keeping her crazy in check. Her work is one of her passions – she works media relations in the field of organ, eye and tissue donation. Her job brings her great pride and joy and she actually looks forward going into work every single day. Her other passion is advocating for stage four breast cancer research. Jessica lost her mom in 2013, after a two-year, harrowing road with cancer. She tries to raise awareness for the spread of breast cancer and to educate others on supporting causes that fund stage four research to save lives. Jessica recently won her first Blue Ribbon at the Ohio State Fair for “Button Price” a button art (yes, that’s a thing) rendition of Prince (the singer and purple legend), loves Beyoncé, will never turn down the opportunity of a mid-Saturday nap and is excited to continue exploring this great city we live in!Lea has been a wife for nearly ten years and a mom for six and pretty much has neither quite figured out. She enjoys both, though, as well as life in general in Columbus. After moving from West Virginia (which she’ll always call home) for a job at The Columbus Dispatch in 2004, Lea can’t imagine trying to figure out life anywhere else. She left the full-time gig when her oldest was born and now runs her stationery design company, Lea Delaveris Design, while staying home with her two boys. Her hobbies include breaking into song and reluctantly working out. Other interests include the indoors, dessert and John Stamos.Leslie came to Columbus 2 yrs ago via San Antonio, TX. A Kentucky native that bleeds neither red (Louisville Cardinals) nor blue (Kentucky Wildcats). She is a SAHM, homeschooler and Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) by weekend. Leslie and her husband have two boys, ages 6 and 2, and they love discovering new Columbus parks and restaurants! She proudly embraces the title of “boy mom”, even when that means knowing more than she would care to know about dinosaurs. Her everyday wardrobe consists of mainly Nike Dri-Fit and sneakers. Leslie lives for her Burt’s Bees lip balm and a good ole top knot bun. You can always find pull-ups, wipes, hand sanitizer, and Welch’s fruit snacks in her designer handbag. She loves her family, fashion, interior design, working out, being a soccer mom, renovating the families 1962 ranch with her husband, and making a difference in her patients’ lives. She recently became an advocate and volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It is her hope to bring awareness and help raise funds, for a cause that is near and dear to her heart. She is the owner/founder of The Penmanship Lab.Julie is a Wooster, Ohio native whose past jobs include GED teacher, mosaic artist, ACT tutor, group facilitator for homeless children, and picture framer, to name a few! After getting married and moving to Columbus with her husband Eric in 2008, they helped start Capital City Grace Church. Julie got her Masters of Social Work at OSU and worked for a homelessness prevention program for 5 years before the opportunity presented itself to stay at home with her then 2 year old. Currently, Julie is the Children’s Ministry Director at her church and blogs about her experiences exploring the city she loves to call home with her sons, who are now 4 and 20 months. Julie loves trying new recipes and doing creative projects but her most common achievements these days are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and building Lego police stations. Her favorite things include big cities, coffee (and lots of it!), spending time with friends, traveling and ice cream (lots and lots of it!). You can follow her family’s adventures around Columbus on her blog, What Should We Do Today?Cat I is a recent transplant to the Columbus area. She is originally from Colorado but was living in Washington DC when she found out she was pregnant with twin girls. She moved to Columbus in 2013 and has made the Hilliard area her home with her husband and now 2.5-year-old girls. Cat has a love for all things “baby.” She has been a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse for eight years. She is a stay-at-home mom by week, and a NICU nurse by weekend. Cat has been blogging for several years. She enjoys sharing witty insight to all things parenting. Cat enjoys minivans, hot coffee (that wasn’t rewarmed 3 times) skinny jeans, spicy food, all things gingham pattern, pretty décor, her crockpot, and skiing. She looks forward to sharing her simple pearls of wisdom.Erin grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and prior to her arrival in Columbus ten years ago, had seen snow only once in her life (when she was five years old). Due to this early lack-of-snow trauma, she has become a compulsive coat and jacket hoarder. Or maybe she’s just a real Midwesterner now. Erin has a career past in PR, Marketing and Communications and is currently a stay-at-home mom to a Kindergartner girl and preschooler boy. She has dreams of freelancing now that both kids are out of diapers. She also has dreams of buying a sheep farm in Nova Scotia, but the former is much more likely. Erin’s husband is from Derbyshire in England. He has never read Pride and Prejudice, but possibly saw one of the movie versions in school. Erin and her family enjoy not taking long road trips (Driving to Florida? Really?!), entertaining friends at home, and ordering everything through Amazon Prime. As an individual, Erin enjoys walking, listening to WCBE but never pledging (actually she did pledge once and knows she should do it again and promises she will next year), and spending too much time on Facebook. She and her family live in Westerville. You can contact her [email protected]Melissa is a Central Ohio native who’s been living in Columbus for the last seven years. After graduating from Miami University and living in Boston for a few years, she’s happy to call the capital city of Columbus her home. Melissa’s a stay at home mom to Emily, who was born in March 2015. Emily’s a bundle of energy, who loves running around the house, playing peekaboo and feeding the family dog, Lucy, Cheerios! When Melissa’s not chasing Emily around, she documents her kitchen adventures at the food blog Made by Melissa Lee. Following the 80:20 rule, most of her recipes are on the healthier side, with a cookie or two thrown in for good measure. Besides cooking and baking, she enjoys decorating her home, trying out local restaurants, reading a good book and those first sips of her morning coffee. She’s very excited to bring quick, easy and fun recipes to hungry Columbus parents!Malini was born and raised in Worthington, OH. While it’s true that she has a raging case of wanderlust and takes every opportunity to travel far and wide, she and her husband can’t think of a better place to raise their 4 year old daughter and 10 year old Basenji dog, Sparky (aka, Sparks, Sparkles, Spark-a-licious, Sparkle-Pants). She works full time and spends her weekends tinkering around on a passion project that she and her husband have turned into a business. Malini’s favorite thing about Columbus is the amazing food scene – from food trucks to fine dining, Columbus has it all. Basically, she is obsessed with all things food + travel, and you can follow along with her family adventures on her blog www.lakesandlattes.com She fell in love with her husband on a dance floor, and their daughter has certainly inherited daddy’s dancing genes! You can find them dancing around the kitchen, the living room, and the lawn. While it’s painfully true that she has zero fashion sense, she can usually find her way around a kitchen. Her life goals include connecting with others and inspiring them to travel and eat good food!Aaron Taylor is a stay-at-home-dad by day and photographer by evening and weekend. Aaron is forever blessed to be in love and married to Megan, his best friend and partner in parenting. At home, Aaron cares for Xavier, his three-year-old son, and Violet, his one-year-old daughter, who both seem to always be at least one step ahead. As a photographer (www.aarontaylorphoto.com), Aaron focuses on families and events, though he’ll pretty much try his hand at anything. He has been writing for the website Improve Photography since April, too. Before moving to Columbus in the summer of 2016, Aaron was a high school English and Drama teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. He spent ten years in the classroom and earned National Board Certification in English Language Arts. While Aaron misses the classroom and the students this year, he doesn’t yet miss the ever-increasing mountain of stuff to grade. The English teacher in him is ever-present: there are always at least three or four books stacked on Aaron’s nightstand, maybe a fifth or sixth on the floor, too. When he has time, Aaron also enjoys playing guitar, rock climbing (in a gym–no time these days to go outside!), and exploring his new hometown with his family. Without coffee and cookies, Aaron isn’t sure where he’d be in this world.Andrea Connell is social worker, wife, and mom to a smart, active, and sweet toddler, Brady. Originally from Lexington, OH (not Kentucky as commonly thought!), she moved to Columbus in 2001 to attend college at The Ohio State University, and it has been home ever since. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work, and has worked with children in some capacity for over ten years, including as a therapist, case manager, and early intervention service coordinator. She now works full-time for a large social service agency, but a flexible schedule allows her to manage work, motherhood, and domestic duties and keep (somewhat) sane. She met her husband, Brian, through mutual friends about six years ago and they have been married since 2013. Andrea loves living in Columbus and enjoys exploring all the fun places, events, and festivals that the city offers. Most weekends, you can find her and her family at the Columbus Zoo or any park that is conducive to expending toddler energy. She loves spending time with her friends and extended family, which includes ten nieces and nephews! Other interests include reading (when she can stay awake long enough to do so), occasional date nights with her husband, texting instead of talking on the phone, local coffee shops, live music, and attempting crafty projects that may or may not get finished.Emily Bice grew up in a small, Ohio farming community west of Columbus. It wasn’t until she met her college sweetheart and future husband that her mind was opened to living elsewhere. They say love makes you do crazy things which lead Emily and her Texan husband to living in Central America for two years. After much adventure and traveling, she ended up back in Columbus where the real adventure began: motherhood. As the mom of two young boys and wife to the ultimate man’s man, Emily does her best to maintain some level of femininity in her life. She’s living her dream as a stay at home mom but will be the first to admit that she is far from having it all figured out. Her hardest parenting moments are typically around nap time and bedtime and after particularly rough episodes she can be found online shopping. In a former chapter of life, Emily worked in non-profit raising funds and awareness for important causes. Today, she spends her time playing and snuggling with her boys, traveling to and from her husband’s lacrosse company’s events and socializing with friends and family. When she has any free time, she usually wastes it trying to figure out what to do.As a native of Cleveland, Mary came to Columbus to attend THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) where she met her husband during the first week of college! Fast forward: She is now a stay at home mom to three young kids, a job which she finds to be demanding yet equally joyous. With an educational background in architecture, you can find her keeping up with the real estate market as well as going out of her way to see a beautiful historical building (which is, of course, thrilling for her children). Prior to having kids, she traveled on faith-related trips to Siberian Russia, Taiwan, and Brazil. These days, she stays closer to home but still loves discovering new neighborhoods and towns. In her spare time, you can find her out in nature, biking, drinking a good cup of coffee, or enjoying a historical fiction novel. Mary is thrilled to be a part of the writing team and to highlight the awesome, family-friendly places in her beloved city.Liz loves the chaos of raising her four littles, 6 and under with her hubby, who she met on a blind date. She loves it so much she works outside the home full time caring for seniors. She recently become passionate about food allergy awareness when her youngest, identical twin boys, were diagnosed with a peanut/treenut allergy. When she isn't cleaning up the food her twins throw on the floor or separating her bickering big kids she loves happy hour at Forno in the Short North. You can guess how often that happens. Liz has a serious shopping addiction & knows where all the good thrift stores in Cbus are. With her copious amounts of free time she loves scrapbooking, making recipes nobody at her house will touch & eating all the amazing baked goods the city of Columbus has to offer. Think Sassafras Bakery doughnut muffins & Cherbourg's nut free box of the day! She absolutely loves sharing bits of honest motherhood on her Instagram account @lizbon_j and occasionally on her blog www.lizbonj.blogspot.com.Shannon was born and raised in Columbus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) and her Master’s in Special Education and Transition from George Washington University. She teaches adults with disabilities and loves getting to advocate for those who can’t always do so for themselves. She is passionate about spending time with family & friends, baking, traveling and writing for her lifestyle blog My Life in the Blink. She is a sucker for a good bargain! Some might call it being frugal but she prefers to call it being thrifty! Her husband Ryan is her best friend, encourager and partner in crime. Their daughter Quinn is the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. She is strong, independent and loves adventure as much as her Mama and Daddy. Adulting is hard and sometimes all you can do is hang on for the ride. Shannon’s aim in life is not just to survive, but to thrive, to grow and to encourage others to do the same.Jaclyn Groh moved to the Columbus area 4 years ago after living around the mid-west and out of the country while growing up. She now lives in Westerville with her sassy 1 year old and husband. Jaclyn is a clinical medical social worker at Nationwide Children's and professionally, she has experience in parent coaching, attachment work, chronic illness, grief and loss, breastfeeding support, and doula work. She once thought parenting would come naturally to her given her professional experience but her daughter works hard to prove that Jaclyn is no more prepared for this than the rest of us living in "parenting chaos"! Jaclyn spends every bit of free time laughing with her family, exploring the metro parks, boating, or traveling and adventuring with her family. Her parenting style has been sharped by her many life experiences, including the loss of her mother a few years ago. Jaclyn and her family hope to always be kind, always be happy, and never shy away from an adventure in this city we love! You can read more about her at amamasplaceintheworld.blogspot.com.Allyson was born in Columbus but grew up in southwest Ohio. She moved back to central Ohio to attend college and law school at The Ohio State University and decided stay and make Columbus home. She works full time as a public defender with people seeking help for substance abuse issues. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for eight years. Together they have a silly and boisterous two and a half year old son and a colicky but still adorable two-month-old daughter. Not to be forgotten is Mila their beloved dog of seven years. Allyson enjoys the urban lifestyle of downtown living and exploring all its uniqueness with her family. On any given evening, you are likely to find Allyson and her family playing at a local park, grilling out or walking to one of the many delicious restaurants close to their house.Kelli Ciminero-Snowden is a proud boy mom to her two active toddlers; Cam (3 years) and Mack (1). She is originally from Northeastern Ohio from the land of cookie tables (Youngstown area). A Buckeye alum and a Bobcat at heart, she moved here shortly after graduating from Ohio University 9 years ago. Always on the go, she loves everything Columbus and exploring all that central Ohio has to offer. She currently lives in Grove City with her husband and boys.Michael Pistiolas is a father to three little princesses: a bossy 7 year-old with a voracious appetite for books, a comical 3 year-old with a stubborn streak, and an adorable 2 month old with a full head of hair. Along with his superhero wife of 10 years, and a philosophy of “love thy neighbor”, they walk through life, homeschooling, and parenthood in general. During the week, Michael works as a Landscape Architect with The Kleingers Group where he designs outdoor spaces for campuses, schools, parks, and local communities. He is a longtime runner with aspirations to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon; however, currently settles for treadmill time in the early mornings or late evenings when the household is asleep. Additionally, Michael has a passion for all things fantasy and sci-fi, and spends his free time reading and playing tabletop games. He has already successfully converted his eldest child to a Star Wars fan and eagerly teaches her any game she is willing to play with him. His favorite color is blue, his favorite food is spanikopita, and his favorite Disney princess is Belle.Christina moved to Columbus 12 years ago to teach high school English and have a blast living with sorority sisters. Now she lives in quiet London, Ohio with her hard-working husband, Brett, and strong-willed one year old, Belle. When they aren’t at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium visiting Buddy, the sea turtle, or exploring the fun and diversity in Columbus, they can be found playing with their Saint Bernard and Chow Chow in the yard or being pulled around the neighborhood on family walks. As a new mom and a working mom, Christina is always looking for ways to make mundane tasks easier or more exciting for the family, even if it means driving sixty minutes to find the perfect dragonfruit for dessert. Christina’s life is definitely hectic, crazy, and over scheduled, but there is always time for a dance party to the Trolls soundtrack, or reading the over 200 books Belle has accumulated in one short year. Nothing beats giggles, hugs, squeals and family selfies. Lesson planning, grading, and finishing her principal certification often happen in the prime time of 2am – 4am, and she wouldn’t change it for the world. Who needs sleep anyway? Christina looks forward to sharing her experiences as a new mom, reviews of products, recipes, and places to take Fear Of Missing Out toddlers, and of course, her chronicle of no sleep.Katie is a travel obsessed stay at home mom. She grew up in Central Ohio, but moved to New York City after high school to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue her dream of being a fashion designer. Thankfully, dreams can change. After working in the fashion industry she realized it wasn't what she was looking for. So, she moved back to Columbus to be near family. While in New York, Katie met and married her husband Jason (who is a foot and a half taller than her!) Katie is now mom to 3.5 year old Ellie (who has inherited her dad's height). She and her husband love to travel... a lot. Her love of travel combined with her desire to stop her brain from turning to mommy mush inspired her to start her blog, www.zenlifeandtravel.com. This platform lets her share her own travels as well as tips about her hobby, "travel hacking" , aka how to use points and miles to travel for (almost) free! While traveling, Katie and her husband love to explore cities by foot which is great since she has a mild obsession with her daily number of Fitbit steps! She also recently got her open water scuba diving certification so destinations near water are high on her list of travel musts! Katie loves palm trees, yoga, fat cats and is a sucker for anything lined in leopard print. She believes that leggings are pants and purple is the best color. Her ultimate goal is to live a simple, happy life...and to travel as much as possible! In addition to her blog, you can find Katie on Instagram (@zenlifeandtravel), Twitter (@zen_life_travel) and Pinterest (@zenlifetravel).Lydia grew up in a small town in northwest Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in Athens, and majored in magazine journalism. OU is also where she met her husband. Lydia became a mom in October 2016! Isabella is the perfect mix of her parents! Watching Isabella grow, learn, and experience things for the first time is the coolest things about being a mom. Full disclosure: Lydia wasn’t thrilled to find out they were moving to Columbus. It took time but Lydia came around! She enjoys exploring even more now that she has Isabella. Lydia is excited to share her stories, and experiences as a first time mom with you.Tiarra dreams of living in the Caribbean some day, but Central Ohio is the next best thing! She lives in Newark with her husband, daughter (5), and son (2) and is a proud Ohio University alum (go Bobcats!). Don't worry, she's lived in Central Ohio most of her life, so she has plenty of love for the Buckeyes. Tiarra has worked in communications for the last four years; when she’s not at work, you'll probably find her cooking, traveling, or running around with her family. She collects cookbooks, but finds most of her inspiration from meals around town or signature dishes from her travels. New Orleans is her favorite new destination, so she's looking forward to trying her hand at po'boys and beignets. Tiarra also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and her church's children's ministry.Morgan Metcalf has lived in Ohio her entire life. She grew up near Cleveland where she met her husband who serenaded her with 1980s Power Ballads. Fortunately, her husband convinced her to move to Columbus 12 years ago. She is often found chasing after her two rambunctious boys and determined little girl at playgrounds, at home, the grocery store… you get the idea. Because she loves chasing, in her free time you can often find Morgan running or working out to keep up with her active children and then falling asleep reading parenting books. She is humbled every day by the lessons her three children teach her. Morgan is passionate about encouraging and empowering parents and teachers in Positive Discipline. It has changed her relationships with her children in a positive direction. She is a licensed school psychologist and a certified Positive Discipline Educator with The Power of Positive Solutions. She facilitates trainings and classes for parents, teachers, and administrators.Faith McGrain thought Columbus would be a pit stop on the road to someplace warmer, but she and her husband (Matt) quickly fell in love with this city. Six years and two kids later, they're still finding plenty of new adventures in and around central Ohio. Faith works full-time as a communications professional, but her favorite role is being mom to her two energetic children, Tenley (4) and Levi (2). Faith delights in life's simple pleasures: good food, good coffee and good friends. She is a storyteller by nature and dabbles in blogging at Faith, Illuminated. She is passionate about living out her faith through simple actions to add more joy to the world.Chelsea, her husband, and their little dog Honey moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Columbus in 2015 to pursue a career with Honda R&D. In July 2016 they welcomed their first babe who has grown to become a sassy Little Miss and happens to be the light of their lives. Chelsea runs a family lifestyle blog that has a little bit of everything; from making healthy eating easy to bringing thrift store finds back to life. You can read all about it at The Jones Table. When she's not living the blogger SAHM dream, you can find Chelsea dancing with Columbus Modern Dance Company in their second company. If you have any favorite hiking spots send them her way, she and the family love to be outdoors and exploring new places. Chelsea is so excited to get to know Columbus is a whole new way!Shellie grew up in Youngstown. She moved to Columbus in 1992 to attend The Ohio State University and has never looked back. Columbus has been her home and OSU her pride ever since. All three of her children were born at the OSU hospital. Shellie is a full-time mom and wife, part time Occupational Therapist in the NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and part time Health Coach to busy moms who want to clean up their lifestyles. Shellie has a passion for natural health and is always on the hunt for a quick, easy, natural fix when a family member is hurt or sick. She explores and researches the natural health resources available in Columbus. When she’s not working, you can find Shellie walking around the beautiful neighborhood of Worthington Hills, shopping with her oldest daughter, playing catch with her son, or reading with her youngest daughter. When she has free time, you can find Shellie with her nose in a book, researching natural health remedies, or scrapbooking. She has stacks of books all over her house, including on her nightstand, on her desk, living room end tables, and book shelves. Shellie loves to cook, bake, and experiment with healthy recipes. Her family has endured many healthy recipes gone wrong. Her husband disguises the taste of everything with hot sauce. Although discouraged, she never gives up. Shellie has a guilty pleasure and it’s called Days of Our Lives. She has not missed one single episode since the invention of the DVR. It’s a tough world out there, and Shellie welcomes DOOL to take her mind off the heavy stuff and to enjoy the eye candy. Shellie blogs about natural health and parenting at www.shelliebolyard.com.Sara S Chansarkar is an American Indian. She, her husband and son moved to Columbus, Ohio from India in 2004.The city welcomed them with open arms and heart; it has been home since then. She likes the diverse and inclusive culture of Columbus and also its four distinct seasons. She is an Informational Technology professional, wife, and mother of a teenager. Her thoughts find words while she is on her usual Fitbit-powered solitary walks or in the shower. She writes on her blog Puny Fingers, which is a medley of personal essays, poems and fiction––just anywhere her muse takes her.
Sarah has lived in the Columbus area her entire life, despite spending winters longing for tropical beaches. She always knew she wanted to be a mom, so once she had the space, Sarah chose to become a foster parent, a decision that led to meeting and eventually adopting the greatest kids in the world, her now four-year-old boy/girl twins. Together they enjoy exploring playgrounds and parks around central Ohio, having dance parties in the car to Koo Koo Kanga Roo and The Shazzbots, and repeated viewings of Moana.
Sarah somehow completed a master’s in education while her kids were toddlers, though she still isn’t sure how. She previously worked in higher education, however, since becoming a mom her interests have shifted to early childhood, as for her, one of the greatest joys of motherhood has been watching her children play and grow and rediscovering the world through their eyes.
Sarah enjoys finding the joy in everyday moments through photography, finding the right words to express feelings and ideas in writing, and finding the most ridiculous items possible at thrift stores. She is a hoarder of information as evidenced by her lengthy library reserve list, though more often than not all her library books are returned unread -- the siren call of Netflix is too strong.