Meet Your East Valley Moms Blog Team
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Abby is a native of Arizona and grew up in Gilbert. She is an Arizona through and through and can’t imagine living anywhere there isn’t saguaro cacti! She and her husband recently bought a house in central Chandler and raise their four children Asher, Jace, Maggie and Aiden who are all under the age of 5.
As a mom of four littles her heart is drawn to connecting and encouraging other moms of littles at a local Chandler church where she is a childcare and early childhood volunteer coordinator. When she isn’t cleaning up a spill, playing peek a boo or being a taxi for her little ones, she spends her time outdoors hiking, going to the park and exploring. She also is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves the wonderful local joints Chandler and Gilbert offer.
Recently, her oldest son Asher, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and her journey in finding the best for him will be highlighted as well and she strives to encourage all moms and especially those of special kids!
Ashley is Disney-Obsessed Momma to 2 adorable little ones (Charlotte & John) and two lovable pups. She has an amazing husband who she first met in second grade, and together they enjoy all things East Valley. Ashley is a high school history teacher and wedding officiant.
In her free time Ashley is a basic mom who, like most, enjoys Target, coffee, and wine! She loves sports- and more specifically the 3 B’s of Chicago (Bears, Bulls & Blackhawks). She also enjoys traveling to Disneyland and eating Pineapple Dole Whip. She loves all things sweet and dessert, rain, music, and Disney movies! Ashley’s perfect day (besides a day is Disneyland) would be sitting on the couch watching a Disney movie with a great cup of coffee, and the door open to the rain outside!
Ashton Kelly is a small town girl from Illinois who always dreamed of traveling the world. She met her husband in college while he was playing baseball and she was running the sorority. Life brought them to the East Valley where they never have to shovel snow.
Ashton is a mom of two beautiful babies: one furry and one human. Like many mommas, she’s an avid fan of coffee and wine. A lover of Chicago sports, you can often find her at a sporting event when her teams come to town. Most days she prefers leggings to real pants and a ponytail to curls. Ashton loves traveling, photography, her family and pretty much every dog in existence. She’s passionate about helping others and is always finding a way to give back to her community. When she isn’t volunteering, you can find her roaming the aisles of Target or pretending to grocery shop by hanging out at the wine and beer bar in Fry’s.
Brianna was born and raised in Arizona and moved to the East Valley after marrying the love of her life in 2016. She is a new mama to the sweetest baby girl, Carsyn, dog mom to two crazy labs, and wife to an Air Force veteran that she has known since she was a baby! She is a lover of country music, traveling the world, and anything pink and girly.
Brianna has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona (go cats!) and her MBA from Grand Canyon University. She is a full time working mom for a Fortune 500 company and still learning how to balance work and mom life! She loves a good Target run with a stop at Starbucks, strolling the Gilbert Farmer’s Market every Saturday, and any excuse to Brunch!
Cara is an East Valley native and just recently moved back to East Mesa after living in Tucson for 2 years. Her family is from Tucson and she went to the University of Arizona, but her heart is in the East Valley. She met her husband Joey in 2013 and they married in summer 2014.
She is a stay at home mom and spends her days running around with her two kids, Braylin and Joel. They’re 19 months apart and very much in the thick of toddlerhood. Cara often jokes that she runs on coffee and sarcasm, which is probably true. Never one to take anything too seriously, her sense of humor comes through in her writing. When she has free time she loves trying new restaurants, drinking wine, cooking and spending time with her girlfriends. She is a firm believer in self care and the power of a good laugh.
Chrissy is a newbie to motherhood and Arizona! Her, her husband, and 16 month old son recently moved to Chandler from New Jersey. Chrissy grew up with the hustle and bustle of the city but is falling in love with suburbia life in the Valley with her family. She’s a full-time, work-from-home, Registered Dietitian and an ultimate foodie. Her favorite hobbies include trying local restaurants, hiking the beautiful AZ mountains, cooking/experimenting with new recipes that are both husband and toddler-approved, and documenting it all on her personal blog, Cacti and Kale.
Becoming a mom almost two years ago has completely changed Chrissy’s life and she continues to learn more about raising a little human each day. Although challenging at times (mostly due to lack of sleep), Chrissy feels truly blessed to have such a fun and loving family and is excited to part of the “moms sisterhood!”
Kayla is an Arizona native currently living in Gilbert with her husband of almost 11 years and their four children. They have a seven year old daughter, four year old son, and one year old boy/girl twins. She is a self proclaimed Disney fanatic, lover of all things fall, and Taylor Swift fan. She spends most of her time navigating her new life as a twin mom and discovering all the love, patience and exhaustion that comes with it.
When she not working as a childcare manager and running after her active children, you’ll find her at home spending time with her family, planning their next vacation, or taking long trips to Target by herself. Kayla is an advocate of defending all moms no matter what their stance is on feeding, diapering, sleeping etc. She believes we are all just trying the best that we can.
Kelsey Glynn was raised in the East Valley but has lived in other countries and traveled the world throughout her life. She met her husband in an ASU math class and they still both regularly attend Sun Devil football games together. They decided to buy their first house in Chandler and start their little family. She loves being a mom to three furbabies and a crazy silly toddler, Harper Grace.
She is a working mom who is the owner of a social media management company, Social Graces. Kelsey is passionate about helping small business owners get in the social graces of social media. Aside from her major side-hustle she gets the pleasure of working from home for a start-up auto insurance company.
She enjoys game nights with her friend tribe and sharing a good laugh. When she is not working hard at being a momtrepreuner or writing blog posts, you can find her volunteering her time as an adviser for her sorority, traveling, walking through the Gilbert Farmer’s Market, or watching reality TV or true crime documentaries (definitely a guilty pleasure). Follow her on Instagram to catch a glimpse of her working mom life.
Kim is an Arizona Native who grew up in Mesa, AZ and slowly migrated south over the years. She lives in South Gilbert now with her husband, Andrew, of 17 years and their 5 children. She could never live anywhere but Arizona, who else gifts us these sunsets? Kim and her family love to spend time together in Greer, in the white mountains.
Kim’s oldest daughter, LilyAnna (16), suffers from a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder that causes her to be epileptic, nonverbal and dependent on her family and caregivers for everything. Kim has been involved in the special needs community here in Arizona and loves being a support for newly diagnosed families with CDKL5 and helping other families on their special needs journey no matter their diagnosis.
Mom to Andi Jane(13) stands at almost 6’ tall who loves volleyball, the mall and Dutch Bros. Oliver(9) a competitive skateboarder and recently adopted through foster care, their 2 youngest, Alfonso (3) and Isabella (2) on August 1st 2018 and they couldn’t be happier with their completed family.
Kim recently became a stay at home mom after 16 years of being a working mom. “Life is always evolving and we either have to keep up or fall through the cracks.”
Kira is the busy, proud mama of three chicks and wife to her high school sweetheart. Having moved from Chicago just two years ago, she is still very much in the “honeymoon phase” of living in the East Valley and her family enjoys exploring all that this community has to offer.
As a full-time, traveling/working mom (project manager by day and yoga instructor by night), Kira is always seeking balance (sometimes in the form of wine). When she isn’t working you can probably find her at CrossFit, Target, or in the kitchen. Loves include Starbucks, cooking (almost as much as eating), and dance parties with her girls.
Megan is originally from North Florida but has called the East Valley her home since 2009 when she moved here for grad school. All sunshine all the time for this girl! She has been married to the love of her life, Matt, for 6 years and together they have one sweet kiddo, Jacob, who was born in October 2018. Megan and Matt are currently building a home in east Mesa alongside two other best friend families who will be living right next door. Affectionately called “the Compound,” these three families will be doing life and raising littles together for the foreseeable future, and the Lankfords just couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter!
A former divorce attorney who just could. not. EVEN! with that life anymore, Megan has worked for the past 2 years in many capacities at a large church in Chandler and now acts as their Staff Accountant. YAY SPREADSHEETS! When she isn’t crunching numbers to give her life some semblance of order and control amidst the constant variables of parenthood, she serves on the Steering Committee for a local MOPS group, hosts a small group Bible study at her house, and enjoys running and working out (which now looks A LOT different than it used to). Lover of football naps, her mother’s Italian cooking, and laughing her tush off with her amazing husband, most days you can simply find Megan trying to make up this whole Mom thing as she goes along, leaning on the wisdom and encouragement of her amazing tribe!
Super new to the Mom Game, Megan hopes to chronicle those fumbling and hilarious early seasons of motherhood with authenticity, transparency, and lots of laughs! Her mission while at EVMB is to help eliminate “Mom Guilt” and encourage all women to confidently and unapologetically walk their own path in motherhood and in life.
Melanie is an Arizona native and grew up in North Scottsdale. She met her husband while they were both attending ASU and they quickly became best friends. His baseball career had them moving all over the place for several years but when their son Paxton was born they settled back down in AZ and are now growing roots in Queen Creek. Melanie and Preston have two munchkins. Paxton, who is 4, and a daughter, Finlee, who is 1. They are their sun and moon.
Melanie is a Realtor and Young Living Distributor. She feels lucky each day to be able to work from home in two industries she is passionate about. She loves all things essential oils and even has her own blog dedicated to her family’s oily lifestyle (www.HomeoftheWise.blog). A common thing to hear from her is “There’s an oil for that!” When she finds rare downtime you can catch her touring new home models, reading fiction or listening to the newest true crime podcast. She likes to think she would make a top-notch detective.
Nicole is a born-and-raised Arizonan living in Gilbert. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, Lance, for 11 years and is a proud mama to two sweet babes: Archer (4) and Ayla (2). Nicole has a deep love for reading novels, eating pizza & ice cream, Broadway musicals, traveling the world, and exploring the outdoors. She embraces the chaos that motherhood brings to life and believes that adventure is how the best memories are made. After the kids are in bed you’ll likely find her reading her latest book club pick with a cup of tea or browsing Pinterest to plan where in the world their next family trip will be.
Nicole has always loved being in the kitchen and everything about food, so she began writing her blog as way to share her original recipes, photographs and a little bit of her life’s musings and happenings. She wants to get people excited about making homemade food from scratch and through her blog she hopes to inspire others to get in the kitchen – try new things, make a little mess and eat something delicious!
Shannon is a Mama of one beauitful baby boy and a Stepmom of two awesome girls. She grew up in Colorado and moved to Arizona in 2007 to go to ASU.
Shannon was a producer on 104.7 KISS FM and LIVE 101.5. Now she is focusing on raising her family and lauching her real estaste career. Outside of work and family, she loves her dog Denver and hitting up all the markets and fun events in Gilbert.
Savannah Ivanitski and her husband met at the racetrack, and life has never slowed down for them. Relocating from Colorado, Savannah and her husband moved to Arizona in 2012. They have two boys: Aleksander (4) & Nikolai (2).
Savannah starts each day at the gym and with lots of coffee. She works as a freelance marketer during the week and spends her weekends riding dirt bikes in the desert, keeping up with her boys, and exploring Arizona.