:: Social Media Assistant ::

Hi friends! My name is Christie Elkins and I am a cop’s wife and the mother of three awesome children, Eden, August, and Titus. We reside on a farm in LaFollette, where I am the Executive Director of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, newspaper columnist for the LaFollette Press, and small town blogger at lettersfromthenest.com. In my spare time, I feed and wrangle farm animals, paint my nails, tend to our garden, write articles after the kids are in bed, and drink way too much coffee. I am a huge cheerleader for all things small town/simple living, as we love sweet tea and East Tennessee and cannot imagine calling any other place home.

:: Assistant Graphic Designer ::

Hi, I’m Jenny and I am not from East Tennessee.  But I do love calling it home!

I actually grew up in a small town in Kansas where I had quite a view from the center of the country. I spent much of my childhood traveling (or dreaming of traveling) so it was no surprise that I ended up in Southeast Asia after college. For the better part of six years overseas, I lived an incredible life: I met my husband, learned two languages, ran three half marathons, and became the person I was created to be. But I never dreamed that my greatest adventure would come in 2011 when I gave birth to our first child, Penelope.

Now, in our new life back in Tennesse, my husband is a corporate accountant while I am work-at-home Mommy to Penelope and Eldon. We live on the edge of Blount County where we love serving and being a part of our church and little community. In my free time I love drinking coffee (alone or with friends), serving on the PTO, and sneaking away to the mountains with my kids- partly to relive my memories of former adventures, but mostly to create beautiful new ones!  

:: Project Coordinator/Assistant Event Coordinator ::

Who needs to climb mountains, jump out of airplanes or go deep sea diving when you’re living with a preschooler and a baby?  Not me! All the adrenaline pumping adventure I need is at home sweet home. 

Hello, I’m Beth.  I’m a former TV news producer turned stay-at-home mom to my loving daughter Madeline and sweet son Bennett. I’m wife to my funny (and patient) husband Andy.  And I can’t leave out our fur kid Reagan.  She’s a very friendly—and did I mention very tolerant?—black lab.  We call the LC (aka Lenoir City) home.  As a family, we enjoy grilling, gardening and exploring East Tennessee and beyond.  While I may stay at home, Madeline, Bennett and I strike out in our minivan nearly every day to one of our fun activities with new and old friends.

I’m a coffee addict, book lover, fashion-phile, occasional cook and bargain hunter. My guilty pleasures include Pinterest and bad reality TV.  I believe a sense of humor is an essential survival skill!  I hope my musings on being a mama—whether it’s practical information or matters of the heart and spirit—resonate with you.  Please join me on this exciting journey and follow my posts here on the Knoxville Moms Blog. I also serve as the “Momambassador” for the Lenoir City/Loudon KMB Neighborhood Group.  I look forward to getting to know you!

 

:: Assistant Media Relations ::

Hey y’all!  I’m Lauren and it’s so nice to meet you!  I’m married to my college sweetheart and am a mama to four precious children.  Three of my children are here with me and one is in Heaven.  Our second child passed away shortly after birth.  My husband, Tommy, and I have adopted two girls out of foster care, and we are constantly learning how to be the best parents to all of our kids with their special needs.  About a year after our son passed away, I launched Project Gabriel in honor of our son to reach women who had also lost a baby.  In my free time, I love cheering on the Tennessee Vols, expressing my love of Tennessee falls, being outside, blogging, and wearing boots. I blog at Adventures of Jack and Me.  Also check out my organization Project Gabriel.

Back when I graduated from the University of Tennesse {GO Vols!!}, I never thought that one day I’d be working a full time job, getting to raise two amazing kiddos with a pretty great husband, oh and by the way starting a small custom gifts business out of our house {check out Two Blooms!}  I grew up in the Buckeye state, and between college and now, my husband Chris and I did a brief stint in the Windy City.  Living in downtown Chicago was amazing, but it has made me appreciate Knox-vegas even more!  There are so many things to do and see here, and we are always on the go enjoying activities and trying to keep our little guy, Collier, and sweet girly-girl, Emerson, entertained.  Just like my scatter-brain, I’m looking forward to sharing all sorts of great random tips, tricks and finds with other mamas in Knoxville. We’re all sharing this crazy life together – and that’s the part of being a mom that’s the most fun for me!

My name is Caitland, but feel free to call me Caity. I’m wife and best friend to an amazing guy named Nick, who just so happened to turn my world upside down when we met in college. After 12 years together and a short-term relocation to Charleston, SC, we traveled back to my native town of Knoxville. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing/Communications from Maryville College, but my greatest accomplishment is being a mother to two kids, Evaleigh and Kellan. During the week, I work full-time at the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors as Communications Director and love what I do! When I’m not working, I try to make the most of every weekend with my family, hanging poolside, taking trips to the zoo, or just making it up as we go along.

 

I’m Kara, wife to Creed and mama to Reese (born 2010), Preston (born 2012), and Hadley (born 2016). A Florida native, I relocated to Knoxville 8 years ago to pursue a master’s degree where I promptly fell in love with the endless supply of sweet tea, southern hospitality, and peach cobbler. When I’m not at the hospital caring for sick patients, I enjoy caring for my three littles and spending time with my friends and family at local events downtown.

An Etsy enthusiast, nothing makes my heart skip a beat more than a perfectly planned party complete with swirly paper straws and sprinkled cake pops. Given my love for fashion and live music, you can find me impatiently waiting by the door for my next Stitch Fix delivery or singing along at the next concert that comes to town. I revel in the Florida State Seminoles and all college football, savor a good S’more more often than I probably should, and relish in a date night out at one of my many local favorite eateries.

You can find more about my family, the things we fancy, and our adventures around Knoxville at Living Happily After. I look forward to hearing from you all on the blog and meeting you at an event one day soon!

 

Hey, I’m Mary Beth! My family moved to Knoxville when I was 6 weeks old, and I just never had the heart to leave. My parents raised me to love God, honor family, and cheer on the Vols! I met my husband, a PK (pastor’s kid) from Illinois, during my senior year of high school and never looked back. My plans for my life did not include getting married at 20 nor starting a family at 22, but if there is anything I have discovered in the last decade, it’s that my plans pretty much never work out. I am learning to trust God as I go.

After graduating from Maryville College, I went through a semester of grad school at UT and several different jobs trying to find myself in the professional world. Shortly before having my 3rd child, I finally took the plunge to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. Five years later, being a SAHM is officially the longest job I’ve ever held down, and I think I deserve a raise! We welcomed our 4th child in 2015, and let me tell you, it has been a whole new experience. I am a very novice cook, a wildly mediocre crafter, and a sometimes-when-I-feel-like-it gym rat; mostly I consider it a win to keep everyone alive and fed every day.

My kids range from infant to elementary school, but I get lots of time with teenagers too, thanks to my hubby’s long-time career as a youth pastor. I love to tell stories, I try to be funny, and I always keep it real. You can read more from me at Unthank You Very Much. I hope to help you get a little laugh and maybe not feel so alone in this mothering ordeal. I’m looking forward to connecting with you!

I am a Knoxville transplant from northern grounds, but I can’t imagine being anywhere else. My blue blood has strangely become orange and I get chills when I hear Rocky Top. I became all things mom in 2013 and it’s crazy to think how much life has changed. I love temper tantrums, watching Toy Story over and over, and making food that doesn’t get eaten. Welcome to the Toddler Years. When I’m not doing that, you can find me running, reading, shopping, or taking pictures {check out Adara Photography!}
 

Hi there! I am Crystal and I am an East Tennessean/Knoxville native…sort of. I actually was born in Detroit, Michigan but moved to Knoxville at age 14 and have been here ever since. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee and love everything about our great region, especially the southern hospitality. I recently transitioned from a SAHM of 6 years to a full time WIC nutritionist. I love helping women make healthy choices for their families and supporting breast feeding moms.

I am wife to Matt, mom to Billie (age 16), conjoined twins Joshua and Caleb (9 years in heaven), and Harper Grace (age 6).

As a family we love to snow ski, tent camp, hike, and play on the lake. Some of my favorite things are ice cream, reality TV, cool fall days, boots, and scarves! I spend my free time cooking, reading, writing, sewing, and supporting others through difficult pregnancies, infant loss, and premature births. I love to share my nutrition knowledge with others, as well as spread awareness about colon cancer and conjoined twins. You can find me sharing my heart on my blog at Miracle Twin Boys. I am so honored to be a part of this Knoxville Moms Blog team, and can’t wait to get to know all of you!

Hey Ya’ll,

Okay, that is still going to take a little while to get used to…

I’m Andrea, a very new-to-Knoxville transplant. Born and raised outside of Chicago, IL with a stint in Boston for college and study abroad experience in Spain, you can definitely say moving to the South is a great new adventure for us!

My husband and I share a passion for travel and the great outdoors. We discovered the Smoky Mountains about 5 years ago and completely fell in love. When a job opportunity arose in the Eastern Tennessee region, we jumped at the chance. This area feels like a “vacation” to us, with all of the incredible outdoor opportunities it has to offer. We are so excited to get out and explore it with our 4-year-old son and 15-month old boy/girl twins. We truly love it so far and continually marvel at how niceeveryone is down here!

With our fresh start here in TN, I decided to pursue my passion for writing by starting my blog, Stroller Savvy where I talk about all things motherhood. Being a mother is more incredible than I ever dreamed, and even though our days are utter chaos riddled with exhaustion, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I am truly honored to join the ranks of the KMB team- an incredible resource that has made the transition to Knoxville far easier.

Can’t wait to meet ya’ll! (How many times do I have to say it until a habit forms? And please don’t “bless my heart”- I’ve learned what that means!)

Hi friends!  I’m Katherine, a mom of 3 year old twins and a fur baby named Peter (the sweetest beagle in the world).  My husband Jay and I have been married for almost 12 years and we had no idea what we were in for when we became parents.  Any time I tell people that we have twins I hear a few things right off the bat: 1. You must have your hands full! 2. Do twins run in your family?   It’s true that we always have our hands full but, more importantly, we always have our hearts full too.  No amount of books or advice could’ve prepared me for what life is like with twins but it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.  The moments these two share and the bond they are forever creating is why I get up every morning and hug them so tightly.  And no, twins did not run in either of our families – we used fertility drugs.  And it was a painful long road to meeting the kids we had always dreamed about but boy was it worth it!

My husband and I met in college and were married months after graduating.  We went to Berry College – a small liberal arts school in GA.  After graduation we lived in Atlanta for a few years, I got my Master of Arts in Professional Writing, and then I was ready to return home.  I grew up in Clinton, TN and while the small town charm made me ache to leave as a high schooler, it also beckoned me home as someone who had learned that being close to my family was way more important then almost anything else in this world.  I just missed them too much! But Clinton seemed a little too small for my Atlanta raised husband so Knoxville was the perfect compromise.  We are so happy to call this place home.  And don’t worry, he’s a Vol fan too!

When I’m not chasing my 3 year olds who are undoubtedly chasing my dog, I am working as a photographer.  To say it is my dream job is an understatement.  I love to capture the emotion of weddings and families and create images that burst with love.  And I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years now, which almost feels impossible.  But yes, juggling some little ones and a small business has a lot of challenges too.

I love me some real hot yoga, broadway musicals, road trips with my girlfriends, anything chocolate, snuggles by a campfire, and days warm enough for bare feet.  I’m really looking forward to sharing some of my journeys with you!

Single mama to Maddox, Walker, and Finn; working from home running a small furniture restoration business and teaching voice lessons at a local non- profit. Downton Abbey was my gateway drug, fueling a British period drama addiction I’ve not yet recovered from. Will frequently stop in the middle of the road to rescue furniture and turtles. I love Biltmore Estate, fuzzy socks, summer, and I sleep with too many pillows. At any given time I have had the same load of laundry in the washer for 3 days. Caffeine is my love language, Charleston SC is my happy place, and it’s never too early for wine. If I tag you in memes, my love for you is deep and real. Livin’ large in a tiny stucco bungalow in North Knoxville with all these boys, Charlotte the Yorkie, Ladybird the Beagle mix, and Spongebob the immortal 4 year old goldfish.

Hello! My name is Jenny and it’s wonderful to meet you. I grew up in East Tennessee and graduated with a BFA from the University of Tennessee. Go Vols! I met my husband, Nathan, during our time as collegiate runners. We love calling Knoxville our home and raising our two boys, Caleb (6) and Noah (3) here. In addition, we both own local businesses in our community. You can follow my adventures in life and shopkeeping at @shopbpm and @xoxo_jennyleigh on Instagram.

My passion for art and creativity runs deep. I made my love for good design into a full time business in 2013 when I opened my lifestyle shop, The Back Porch Mercantile, located in Bearden.   I am blessed to have assisted many people in our community with creating beautiful spaces that they love. My other favorite job is being Mama to my sweet and active boys. They keep me busy with their love for the outdoors and crafts!

Some of my favorite things are traveling, gardening, running, design, art, local places of interest, pets and the lake.   I can’t wait to start blogging again with The Knoxville Mom’s Blog and picking back up with my past blog on www.thebpmercantile.com.

Hey everyone!  I’m Autumn Longmire.  My family and I live in a small town about an hour North of Knoxville.  We live on a big farm in a cozy home with our dog, Polly.  We raise chickens, cows, and a pony named Lil’ Sebastian (any Parks and Rec fans out there?). My husband Luke and I met in high school at the J. Frank White Academy (Go Knights!) I am a teacher with a degree in K-6 education and am also obtaining my master’s degree at Lincoln Memorial University.  I deeply love children and watching them explore and learn.  Our own child, Amelia, just turned 4 years old.  She’s the definition of spunky and sweet.  Our second child, Lincoln, will be joining us in October.  We are so excited to meet him!  My husband currently serves in Army National Guard while also doing real estate and auctioneering full time at our family business, Longmire Realty.

We attend the La Follette Church of Christ, and one of my favorite things to do is work in the church helping my husband to plan events and VBS activities.  I love seeing our congregation grow and thrive.  I also enjoy writing, seeing movies, traveling, US history, camping, and all things comic book and star wars related.

People would describe me as really positive and happy person.  I would have to say Joy from ‘Inside Out’ is my spirit animal.  I get my happiness and joy from the Lord, who keeps and sustains me [Psalm 54:4].

Hey, y’all! I’m an adventurous wanderer who put down roots here in East Tennessee back in 2014. My little family moved here from the wilds of suburban Alaska in 2014, and just love all that Knoxville has to offer. My husband and I have two chaotic little boys, ages 18 months and nearly 4 years old respectively, though how they’ve grown so fast I can’t understand. They are super energetic, strong-willed kiddos so we are often quite exhausted. Our two dogs are female black labs, to help balance out the boy-ness of our home. 

My hubby and I are both Florida State alumni, so if you’re looking for us on any given autumnal Saturday, we’re most likely rooting for our Seminoles (and the Vols, of course!). We also love exploring Knoxville and the surrounding areas, especially in the Smoky Mountains. My other interests include baking, especially if it involves pumpkin or chocolate; books of all subjects, shapes, and styles; and all things Disney. I’m a Disney addict! You can find me fan-girling over my Disney love at my blog, Paw Prints in the Sink (www.pawprintsinthesink.blogspot.com). Sometimes I write about other things, too, but be prepared for at least a little Disney mention in any post.

I’m a big fan of all things even remotely dessert-like, and I drink coffee like a Gilmore Girl. My favorite scent in the world is probably that of Barnes and Noble- fresh coffee and new books! Yum. Excuse me while I drool just thinking about it. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been able to add Lincoln Log architect, Lego contractor, and sibling mediator to my resume. I’ve always been a bit of a jack of all trades, as I’ve worked and/or volunteered as a tutor, teacher, circus instructor, bookseller, amateur baker and, of course, writer. I remind myself of this as I tell my kid not to sit on my other kid’s head.

 

A warm and glowly hello to all! First and foremost, I’m a proud mama bear to Jasper, Caulder, and a new, rather exciting bump that should be on the scene in Summer 2017.

My passions include writing, drawing, rescuing vintage items for project purposes, and occasionally hiding from my children at the end of a particularly long day. 
 
Technically I’m a work-at-home mom, running two small online businesses in my spare (ha!) time. Realistically, I’m a little bit frazzled, a little bit uncoordinated, and a whole lot joyful about spending time with my little family in the undeniable beauty that is East Tennessee. 
 
Originally from England, I now proudly call Knoxville my home, and I’m finally beginning to learn the rules of American Football – we’re the ones in orange right? 
 
Oh, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t any get better than this. Blessings to all. 

Hi! I’m Laura, and I claim Knoxville as my hometown even though it’s not. I lived in Knoxville for a brief time as a child. That brief time happened to include the Peyton years and a football national championship. You just don’t forget that kind of magic. Though my family relocated to Middle Tennessee 20 years ago, I returned to Knoxville to attend UT, where I met and married my handsome husband Chris. Our wedding vows required me to move back to Nashville with him while he pursued his doctorate in physical therapy. Very recently (as in we still have unpacked boxes), we took a leap of faith and returned to Knoxville. Lord willing, we fully intend to call this our forever home!

During our time in Nashville, we were blessed with two sweet children. Our daughter Caroline is 3 years old. She’s a social butterfly with a thirst to know everything about everything. Our son Colin is 1 and is quite the determined adventurer. He loves his mama fiercely and is passionate about food. They are my very own tiny versions of Hermione and Peter Pan. 
 
When I’m not making my children their sixth meal of the day or begging them to sleep, I run an Etsy shop for monogramming and appliques. It’s the perfect excuse to play with little baby clothes without having to birth said baby. My husband and I are also “mom and dad” for a group of college students at Calvary Baptist Church.
 
I am a former second grade teacher and have a master’s degree in early childhood education with a background in child development. I love filtering my motherhood experience through these lenses. I certainly don’t have all the answers. In fact, I’ve learned there is truly no amount of education that can prepare you for your specific child. We’re all making it up as we go. I’m excited to be on this journey with you!

My name is Haley and I really only have one hobby: words.  I can most often be found with my nose in a book, or at the very least, my hand.  Any spare time that I have from my day-to-day, you can either find me reading or writing.  If I could be anything that I want to be when I grow up, I would be a book editor or maybe an English teacher.

On the flipside though, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and I work as a consultant at a company in Knoxville that I have been with for 4 years.  I love what I do even if it isn’t the ‘dream’.  Having a career makes me feel like I still have a piece of me where mommy and wife has consumed the rest of me and it’s about keeping the perfect balance.  While I cannot be a SAHM, I spend most of my days working from home now, as opposed to commuting ~10 hours a week like I used to.  I was born and raised in Jacksboro, Tennessee where my amazing husband Brandon & I are raising our one and only baby girl, Harper Capri, and our fur baby, Esme.

We attend Faith Promise Church at the Campbell Campus where we serve as a family in the worship ministry and love every moment.  My joys include all things Jesus, Christmas, fall, Harry Potter, fountain Coke, literature, hosting people in our home, Disney movie cuddles with my girls, and family.  I try really hard to have it all together but the reality is that I’m taking it day by day.  My life is a series of unexpected events drenched in grace and I wouldn’t trade it for anything

Being a wife and mother is my greatest adventure through all the highs and lows.  Nothing has ever inspired me like wifehood and motherhood, and that’s what started my small outlet blog You, Me, & Harper Capri where I primarily write about family, the struggles, and conquering the hard stuff.  I firmly believe that this is the moment I have been created for and that I should be a shining light of hope in an otherwise dark world.  I’m so excited to continue this journey alongside everyone at KMB and do my best to shine my light.

 
Hi, I’m Rachel, and I’m a Florida girl who has been calling Knoxville home for the last three years. I was born and raised right outside of Orlando, and I lived in the same house (and the same bedroom!) for my entire life until I graduated high school. I was really sentimental about my home growing up and heartbroken to leave, but once I started college, my life took a turn towards adventure!
 
I attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) and that is where I met my husband, Justin. We got married when we were still babies, right after graduation, at 21 years old. We recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary! For the first several years of our marriage, we moved around from place to place, pursuing better jobs and a better life. I’ve lived in Boone, North Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and even Zhejiang, China. We have really enjoyed each of those places, but we never really found a place that felt like home until we moved to Knoxville, Tennessee.
 
Knoxville has been on our hearts for a long time. In fact, we talked it up so much to my parents that they moved here a couple of years before we were able to! When my husband’s company in Pittsburgh offered to transfer him to their office in Knoxville, we snapped up the chance and it felt like we were finally going home. We bought our first house, and we have settled in here nicely with our boys Jake (three years old) and Teddy (one year old), and our cat The Fonz. When I’m not at home taking care of my two little loves, I’m pursuing my other love–teaching. I’m a high school English teacher, currently teaching 10th grade at Concord Christian School. You can read about my latest shenanigans here: www.yourfavoriterachel.wordpress.com
 
 

I am a writer and photographer living in the rolling foothills of East Tennessee. As an Army brat, I was raised to embrace life on the move with a passion for exploring new places, an appreciation my husband and I have passed on to our two sons. Together, we enjoy the outdoors, college football, and board games. Our family was made complete with our black cat, Salem, and bluetick coonhound, Major. Unfortunately, they hate each other.

My first newspaper byline appeared in 1995, when, at 17 years old, I started writing for the Teen Times section of the Chattanooga Times. I went on to study journalism at Middle Tennessee State University, where I served as editor in chief at the student newspaper, Sidelines. After graduation I began an eight-year stretch of writing weekly columns in the Chattanooga Times Free Press about life in my 20s as a newlywed and, eventually, a young mother. We moved to Amarillo, Texas, in 2008, after which I took a position as the features writer for Amarillo Magazine. By 2011, we were back in Tennessee, where I continued to freelance for the magazine while designing and editing a coffee table book about the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay: A City and Its Team. Go Pack Go!

Today, I am a freelance writer for numerous print and online mediums, a local photographer, and the creative writing and composition teacher at our homeschool co-op. When I’m not writing, reading, or wrangling kids, I am training for my next half marathon. Read more at jenniecreates.com.

Hi! I’m Sara, native to Knoxville in birthplace only.  After living here for the first two years of my life, my dad joined the Air Force and moved us around the country every three years for the next 20 years.  I hightailed it back for college at East Tennessee State University, where I met my husband, Jimmy.  We lived in Middle Tennessee for a bit but the mountains of East Tennessee kept calling us home.  We were thrilled when a job opportunity for Jimmy, a licensed professional counselor, opened in Knoxville and we moved to the area in 2014.

Previously an elementary school teacher, I gladly welcomed the chance to enter my dream profession of stay at home mom in 2013 when I had my daughter. In 2016, we added our son to the family.  We enjoy time at the park, trips to Trader Joe’s, library outings, play dates with friends and local events.  I love keeping up with all the festivals, new restaurant openings, and kid-friendly activities happening in Knoxville.  I’ve been waiting to “belong” to a hometown for my whole life and I’m throwing myself into a Knoxville love affair with wanton abandon!

When I’m not out romancing the city, I love to be in my kitchen.  I cook out of necessity and boredom with the same meals every night but I bake as a catharsis.  I dream of owning a bakery someday as my third career and am working on a short list of names (submissions accepted).  I’ve always loved the written word and am excited for a creative outlet here at Knoxville Moms Blog.  At the end of the day, human connection around shared experiences and emotions is what makes life beautiful. That and fresh baked goods.

 

Hey, y’all! I’m Leah. I am a proud wife, mama of two, and volunteer, both as a University of Tennessee alumna (and Vol fan!) and as someone who loves being involved in this wonderful community. Knoxville has been home my whole life, even when I didn’t live here. My dad’s military career moved us around, but East Tennessee roots run deep. I guess it wasn’t a surprise when I married a Knoxville-native Marine. After a few years following USMC orders, we were happy to return to Knoxville ten years ago. It is the perfect place to raise our family.In 2014, I left my job in higher education to become a stay-at-home mom. During this season, I have had the privilege to serve on local non-profit boards, which has fueled my passion for helping the community while meeting inspiring people. I love to encourage other women and moms and strive to lead by example, but I need grace daily. Parenting has taught me to let go of perfectionism and to laugh at myself and at life’s unpredictable twists.

In our free time, my family loves visiting with friends and relatives, spending time outdoors, attending sporting events, and exploring Knoxville’s local venues.  When I’m not chasing or chauffeuring, I enjoy Bible study, reading, group fitness classes, dressing up, daydreaming, and planning my next adventure. I am delighted to share some of those adventures on Knoxville Moms Blog.

 
 

Hi there, I’m Haley, a middle-aged-momma to Lukas, my precious 5 month old bundle of joy whom God finally blessed me with at the ripe old age of 36.  I met my husband Dan on Match.com and we’ve been best friends ever since I tripped over a speed bump at our first real in-person date.  We live in Northeast Knoxville with our baby boy and two fur baby girls in our dream home with a huge yard and great views of hay fields, creeks and cows.  We both have roots in the country, so it feels like home to us.  I grew up in east Tennessee and have lived here for most of my life, and I have the most amazing southern drawl to prove it.  I work full-time as an architect and marketing coordinator at an architecture firm in Knoxville, and (mostly) love what I do.  In my free time you’ll find me reading, spending time outdoors, exploring our great little city, letting my creativity run wild, decorating cakes (and eating all the frosting), and writing about creativity and facing fear on my blog at www.haleymcmanigal.com/.  I’ve only been a mom for like a minute, so I am certainly no parenting expert, but I do look forward to sharing this strange and important journey here with all you great mommas and learning a few things along the way.

 
 
Hi, I’m Rachel L., and I’ve lived in Knoxville almost my entire life! I live with my family in West Knoxville and love being in such a great area to raise my son! I am a wife to an amazing man named Daniel and mom to an almost-toddler boy with enough energy to power a house! 
 
If I’m not reading another urban fantasy novel, you’ll find me planning meals, window shopping with my husband, and writing about self-care and learning to be a parent over on my blog, A Life With A Little (www.alifewithalittle.com). I love writing and have several almost-completed novels in my “someday” list of goals to complete. My favorite hobbies are crafting, cooking, reading, and window shopping. 
 
I’m a Halloween baby who loves traditions. Birthdays, holidays, and family traditions make me happy. You can always follow me for updates on when and where to get free donuts because I’m a bit obsessed with finding free donuts. (My favorite donuts right now are at Status Dough, and I’m a sucker for an opportunity to dress up for free donuts, like on Talk Like A Pirate Day!) 
 
I’m happiest with a cup of coffee in my hand and something sweet to eat. I love making new friends and look forward to sharing some of my favorite things with all of you!
 

Hey ya’ll, I’m Ashley. I’m a Tennessee native, born and raised in Byrdstown and Cookeville. I adore all things Southern like: sweet tea, biscuits and gravy, and the liberal use of ya’ll in conversation.

I met my husband, Matt, back when we were young whippersnappers in college. He had long hair, wore birkenstocks, and had the whole ‘nerd’ vibe working for him. We worked at the same restaurant, Bellacinos, and I’m pretty sure that my oogling of him resulted in many a grinder being made wrong. We went to the same party, played truth-or-dare and BAM, five years later we were married. Wait, what? Yes, we took a long way around. We moved to South Carolina, I graduated with an education degree (second time is the charm, right?), he beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and THEN happily ever after. 

We have two children, Evelyn (born 2013) and Theodore (born 2017). Growing up, I never dreamed of being a Mom and especially not a stay-at-home mom, yet here I am, killing it. Kidding. Just when I start to think I’m rocking this Mom gig, we go to Target and one of my children will remind me that I still need training wheels. 

I love bookstores, crafts, walking around Target, Dr. Pepper chapstick, and collecting recipes. I’m a hobby collector but not necessarily a hobby follow-through-er; my office is currently the space where projects go to die. You can find me over at (www.3momcircus.com) writing with my two cousins about all things motherhood.

My family loves to visit the zoo, hold living room dance parties, watch St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and play trivia. We love getting out and exploring Knoxville—we fall more in love with this city every day!

 
Hi, I’m Angelica. I’m a single mom to a darling little girl and I’m brand new to Knoxville! I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, where I met my daughter’s father. We had her, and shortly after realized we were not good for each other, so we decided to part ways. It was difficult and at first and the weirdest thing trying to stay friends and co-parent effectively, but now we’re pretty much pros! (haha, is anyone ever really a pro at parenting? ;))
 
It was during some of my darkest times of life that I was found by Scott Moore, CEO of Maple Street Biscuit Company. When I say the phrase, “a biscuit saved my life,” I mean that in every way possible. I was a struggling single mom with $3.73 in my checking account, with no clue as to how I’d make ends meet and…he found me. He taught me business and I opened my first location in St. Petersburg in April of 2018. Fast forward to now, and I’m here in the most amazing city (EVER!) with two locations!
 
The struggle I went through taught me that we as mothers and women need other women to empower us and build us up. I’ve been through rough family patches, being a surrogate, multiple miscarriages, poverty, homelessness, opening a business, and stroke…all to find out all things are only possible if you have a {TRIBE}. Now, I make it my mission to show women that they are more than they can even imagine. Every momma needs her tribe and her peeps! I will be your shoulder, your cheerleader, and the momma to keep it real with you at all times, and make you laugh. I promise.
 
Also, I’m super awkward, and I love Harry Potter. 
Hi, my name is Kailey. I am a nurse, wife, and now a mom! My sweet Brady (any football fans?) was born in August 2018 and our lives will never be the same. I am a Knoxville native and absolutely love the area. Where else can you drive to a beach, major city, or mountains in less than 6 hours? I married my husband 2 years ago and we dated on and off since he was 16. We are both nurses so are our lives are crazy and unpredictable. 
 
I was an ICU nurse for 3 years. I have been fortunate to experience life being brought into this world as well as life being taken away. I have moved on from the ICU, but I will never forget some families I cared for. Yes, in the ICU you take care of much more than a patient. This is the worst day of many peoples lives and it’s important you care for everyone. Nursing leaves an imprint on your heart no matter the type of nursing you chose. I am now a triage nurse, where I talk to people on the phone. While this is a completely different nursing than I have ever done, I am able to be a “stay at home mom” during the week and I work weekends from home. The sacrifice of working weekends is worth every day I spend with my son.  
 
If we aren’t at work or home you will find us traveling or planning our next trip. We have a passion for traveling, our goal is to visit all 50 states. My “side hustle” is planning vacations for families. I have been a travel agent for 3 years and absolutely love it. At the end of the day all we have left are memories, I make sure each and every family creates lasting memories. When you don’t find me working, planning vacations, or playing with my sweet boy, I will be by the pool. I’m most certainly not an expert on being a mom, but I hope to add some experiences and outlooks being a “millennial mom”.

I’m Jordan, and I have small town, southern Florida Panhandle roots that have been transplanted to Maryville, just south of Knoxville. The Smoky Mountain view I get from my front porch each day has made me feel more at home than anywhere else I’ve been and we plan to keep our growing family here for quite some time! I am a very proud wife to Justin, mama to Henry, and dog mom to two, Heidi and Ella. We love to be outdoors, travel, spend time with our families back home in Florida, sit on the front porch, and you’ll always find us at our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Sunday.

My husband and I met in high school and the rest is history! Married at 19 and made parents at 22, we haven’t necessarily taken the traditional route but we have loved every minute of it. I’ve dabbled in writing for years, even as a child, but really held on to it in college. I’ve written for a handful of blogs and even published an organic chemistry paper in a science journal. My degree from the University of West Florida in Biology has served me well, and will continue to do so I’m sure, but I am currently a stay at home mama. While that job title took a long time for me to get used to for many reasons, I really couldn’t see myself happier doing anything else! My husband is a tried and true Vol fan (pronounced Vahl for any transplants like me that say Vol like bowl), and a new MBA student at the University of Tennessee, so I am learning to love the Big Orange. My toddler son keeps me on my toes daily and if I’m not running around after him then I am inevitably dealing with our human-like hounds.

 

Hi!  I’m Heather!  I’m a wife, a step-mom to adult daughters, and an adoptive mom to T.J. (age 7). We currently live on a 25-acre farm in Jefferson Co., about 30 minutes from downtown Knoxville. I grew up in upper east TN and have lived in and around Knoxville for the last 20 years. I always thought I would be a big city girl, but I LOVE small town living!  I’m a dreamer and a planner and sometimes I am a bit type A.  I love routines, rhythms and to-do lists.   I enjoy beach trips, sporting events, reading, being on the water, good food, and anything that has to do with the VOLS!  I have as serious addiction to peanut butter, coffee and breakfast food.

Our family loves being outside and exploring all that the area around us has to offer and we love to travel! I blog over at The Smoky Mountain Mom about all kinds of family adventure options in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains, along with adventures at home and adventures in travel! I also run a travel business from home and get as much enjoyment out of helping other’s create memories as I do make them in my own family! I can’t wait to connect with you as we all continue on the greatest adventure of all…motherhood! 

Hey everyone I’m Jasmine! I was born and raised here in Knoxville, which is why I love sweet tea by the gallon. I also love coffee, and probably drink way too much of it in one day. I’m a wife and mom of 5 little ones, plus one hyperactive Weimaraner! I get asked all the time if my kids are all mine, and even though the answer is yes, I always laugh when asked. It’s funny I never saw myself having a big family, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Our days are loud, chaotic, messy, and so full of love. In between breaking up sibling feuds, cleaning spills, and changing diapers, I work seasonal in an emergency department. I get summer off to be home fully with my family and I love it! In the summertime we love going to the parks, lake, and all the splash pads! And fall here is my favorite next to summer, you can find us jumping in the leaves and doing all the fun fall festivities. 

You will usually always see me with coffee in one hand, and a good book in the other. I also do photography occasionally and I love to blog. My passion for writing ignited back in elementary school when I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest. It opened up a whole new world for me, putting my thoughts to paper. I had so many journals and old school diaries with a lock and key. I never shared my stuff until becoming a mother. I had so many emotions, and desired to write and connect with other moms. I started writing a lot on Instagram connecting with mothers from all over, and writing posts for other websites. From there I took the leap and created a blog. Writing has become part of who I am. I believe in sharing our stories, because that’s where the connection and healing starts. I hope to not only encourage others through my words, but to be encouraged by others along the way. Because we are all in this motherhood thing together! So pull up a seat, because there’s always room at the table here for you! You can find daily posts on motherhood, faith, and my crazy filled life here on Instagram. And for more longer posts you can check my blog Raising The Martins out here.

Hello! My name is Lauren Bouch. I am a Knoxville native and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I am married to my college sweetheart, Daniel. He works as a Civil/Structural Engineer, and I am a stay-at-home mom to twin girls. We never dreamed that we would have twins, but here we are two years later with the sweetest girls, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

In my spare time, I love to read. Classic literature is my favorite, and if Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, anyone?) wrote it, I have read it. In fact, both of my girls’ names have literary ties, and I even have a dog named Gatsby. I also enjoy running, drinking coffee, re-watching Gilmore Girls (for the millionth time), going to concerts, and spending time outdoors.  

My faith plays a huge role in how I mother. I strive to be an encouragement to other moms and that’s what I hope to do here.

¡Hola! I’m Meredith. I moved to Knoxville when I was 8 years old so I have always considered Tennessee home sweet home to me. We especially love the VOLS! I am a Maryville College graduate. I also have a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and an education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. I am a high school Spanish teacher and have been teaching for 13 years. I love to travel and have visited 14 countries.

I have been married to my husband, Nasaem, for 11 years. We have two children, Hunter (age 9) and Sophia (age 6). My kids keep me on my toes and I feel like I always have a crazy story to tell. Our life is one adventure after the other and we never know what is going to happen next. We are also the family that is always late for everything.

We spend most of our time at the soccer fields with our daughter and the baseball fields with our son. When they are not playing sports, we enjoy traveling. We love big cities, especially Chicago and Atlanta. When we travel, we usually do not have a plan so we tend to stumble upon really neat events and find really interesting places. I used to be the type of person who had to plan everything out, but once I became a mom, I had to let go of that and learn to go with the flow, which is actually much more fun and exciting. I’m looking forward to sharing our adventures with you all! 

I live in East Knoxville with my 3-year-old daughter and husband.  I own Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints, a company in the wedding industry offering Event Planning, Gourment Favors, and Wedding Stationery.  I am also co-owner of The Bride Link, which offers expert wedding planning advice, including a Youtube Channel and Podcast.  

I am a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, although I am limited to only owning one cat (but I still feed the strays!).  I am currently learning how to navigate owning my first puppy, and isn’t sure which is harder to raise, the puppy or the toddler.  I have a Masters degrees from WVU in Industrial Relations as well as a MBA. Originally I am from WV, but has lived in Knoxville since 2011.  Who would leave this place with all these great lakes nearby?  It is perfect for a summer get away for a day!  
Hi there! I may not have been born in East Tennessee, but I definitely consider it home. My family moved to Oak Ridge from Southern California right before I started high school, so I’ve been here since 2004. After high school I went to Lincoln Memorial University in the small town of Harrogate, TN for my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. A couple of months after graduating I married my husband, Zach, and soon after we moved to Knoxville. After spending some time trying to find my niche, I ended up back at Lincoln Memorial University but this time as an employee at their Knoxville campus, and earning my MBA. I really enjoy getting to work with college students as an adviser, and helping them achieve their educational and career goals!
 
Faith and family are very important to us. After being married for five years we had our son, Will, who is now one. Every day is so exciting watching him learn and grow! We love to get outside and explore our beautiful area- it’s amazing how much we have to do and see right here in our own backyard!  We also love to cheer on the Vols, even in the tough years. I also love reading, singing (previously in choir, now just in the car!), coffee with too much cream and sugar, and browsing the aisles of Target on an early Saturday morning. I’m so excited to be a part of the Knoxville Moms, and can’t wait for all the adventures we’ll have together!
Hey everyone! I’m so glad to be joining the Knoxville Moms family and look forward to allowing you into my thoughts each month! I’m really good at talking to myself so it’s nice when I can get those words on paper, or in this case, online.
 
I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana as an only child with two incredibly supportive parents, but was surrounded by 3 huge extended families that we saw all the time. I started my college career at Indiana University and then transferred to Ball State University after my sophomore year to major in Telecommunications (TV Production), which inadvertently lead me to a career in advertising for 10 years. After graduating and getting married, my husband and I unexpectedly found ourselves moving to Birmingham, Alabama. I thought that would be a short stop in our history, but it lasted 13 years until we moved here to Knoxville in 2018. And I have to say so far we are loving it! I am a SAHM to 2 girls and 1 boy – Eva (b. 2012), Alex (b. 2016) and Ozzie (b. 2017). I call them my vowel kids. If we had anymore they’d have to start with I and U. But that’s not going to happen. We actually never wanted more than 2 kids, but after #2 popped out I could only picture our family with 3 kids, the baby being a boy. Somehow God perfectly answered that last minute prayer for me. We also have a dog named Snoop (Get it? Snoop Dog) who is 14, but patiently puts up with 3 little kids in his old age. After 3 1/2 years of a long distance relationship my husband Joe and I got married in 2005. We feel complete in our family and happily settled here in Tennessee!
 
I am a blunt person. I don’t sugarcoat things or make stuff sound better than it is. I pride myself on being real. You’ll never hear me say “well bless her heart.” It would come out of me a little more literal.
 
In my minimal free time I enjoy playing the piano, traveling, watching movies, drinking wine, having game nights with friends, taking family walks, getting the occasional massage and writing. My dream is to one day see my name on the cover of a children’s book as the Author (definitely not as the Illustrator), but for now you can catch my posts on the Knoxville Moms and on my personal blog My Groggy Bloggy.

Hey guys…..I mean, Hey ya’ll! (I’m told that first one is not a Southern phrase!)

I’m Audrey, a middle of nowhere, East Tennessee transplant. My husband (and forever crush) Andy and I were born and raised in Ohio State Buckeye territory, where we met in junior high school and married halfway through college. We have 2 tweens here on Earth: Lucas-the sweetest jokester boy you will ever meet, and Alaina-a charismatic and responsible redhead. We were hoping for a bigger family, but it wasn’t in the cards for us.

For years we have vacationed here in and around Knoxville and so when the opportunity came to move here for Andy’s new job, we took it!                       

Prior to moving here, I was first and foremost a Wife and Mother, but filled my days at a special needs preschool, title company, and as a FT volunteer-a-holic. I was VP for the PTO, board member of our district Visioning Committee, 4-H club advisor and wrote for the Dayton(OH) Moms Blog.

In my spare time, I love DIY, crafting, reading and writing.

And I will always be a barefoot farm girl at heart. We raise/grow our own food- and I occasionally even make dinner out of our homegrown goodness- but I hate cooking!

I can’t wait to immerse myself in this sweet, southern community!

Hi! My name is Ashley Allen and I recently moved back to Knoxville after being away for ten years. I was born and raised right here in good old Rocky Top!  I went to Cedar Bluff and Bearden High. From there, I got my undergraduate degree at University Tennessee and I am so proud to be an Tennessee Alum.  After UT, I moved to St. Pete/Tampa area in Florida where I got my law degree.  There I met my sweet husband on a blind date. I don’t believe in love at first sight but I “knew at first sight” that he would be the love of my life! Right after law school, we got married and I pursued my career in law while he ended up medically retiring from the Army due to injuries he got while in Iraq. 
 
While in Florida, we had two beautiful children Violet and Cole and eventually I decided that it was best for my family if I stayed home with them. After ten years in Florida, my husband got a job in Knoxville and we moved back! I was really blessed because my parents just moved out of my child hood home, renovated it, and told us we could live in it. We are in the process of buying it from my parents and I get to raise my children in the home and community that I literally came home to from the hospital as a baby!!  
 
Right in the process of moving we found out I was pregnant with our third baby! So she is my only Tennessee born baby but all three of my children will tell you that they are Knoxvillians through and through! My oldest is Violet, age 8. My middle is Cole, age 4. My youngest is Savannah, age 1. Currently, I homeschool my oldest and we are having a blast with all the adventures to be had.
 
Knoxville is home and we love living here!  My son will tell you “where we live is perfect!”  

Hey everyone! I’m Kelci Parrott and I am a mom to two blonde haired, blue eyed baby dolls, Lillian (3) and Hattie (2). Born and raised in Nashville, TN I met my husband in college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (GO MOCS!) After living in Maryland and California after college, we finally decided to move back to his hometown in Knoxville, while I was 30 weeks pregnant!

After spending the first 5 years post college traveling the country opening franchises for a local moving company, I had a complete change of scenery when I took my current role of an after-school program director.  I spend my afternoons with my 100+ bonus kids who keep me hip and young. I love working with kids and being in the school my own children will attend. I am an expert ice pack giver, temperature taker, and homework helper. It is a blessing every day to spend time with them and be a part of their childhood experience.

 My husband, Devan, also known as dbaby, coaches a local high school baseball team and I still think he is way out of my league, no pun intended. We have been married for 5 years and together for 10! After struggling to conceive our first daughter, we got the surprise of our life when we found out we were pregnant again with a 5-month-old in the next room! My due dates were exactly 13 months apart! When we aren’t chasing around our girls, or spending time at the ballpark we love to explore new restaurants, drink craft beer, and cheer on the Vols!