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Meet Your East Valley Moms Blog Team

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Abby Gibson


 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 three children Asher, Jace, and Maggie who are all under the age of 5.

 As a mom of three 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. Abby is extremely excited to write for East Valley Mom’s Blog and share her experience and semi-expertise as a mom of three ages 3 and under.

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! 

Ali Mills

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Ali was born in California but has lived in AZ for over 20 years and loves being here, even in the summers! She has two rough-and-tumble princesses and has been married for over 7 years. She’s the writer behind Our Happily Ever After, a blog about her little lives, the adventures they go on, and her little hobbies.

Ali is a huge Disney fan, bookworm, baker, musical lover, and lover all things magical! She loves being able to help other moms plan their Disney trips with the tips she’s learned as both a guest and former cast member. She’s been obsessed with unicorns since very young and fully believe that kids should be allowed to believe in fantastical things as long as possible. She tries to bring a little fun to what could be a very boring life by adding sparkle and fun colors. You’ll often find her with a Dr Pepper and fudge cookie in hand! Because life doesn’t happen until mom has had her Dr Pepper!

Ashley Lessard


Ashley is Disney-Obessed Momma to an adorable little girl named Charlotte and two lovable pups. She has an amazing husband who she met in second grade, and together they enjoy all things East Valley.

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 rain outside!

Ashton Kelly


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.


Billie Tarascio

 Billie Tarascio is the mom to four children between the ages of 13 to 2. She is an attorney and the owner of Modern Law, a family law firm in Mesa and Scottsdale. She moved to Arizona from Oregon with her husband and their then two boys in 2009. Since then, they added two additional babies and have built a successful law firm and legal technology company. Billie is a frequent speaker and author on business topics, management and culture in the workplace, legal technology, and work-life balance. She has authored two books, and speaks nationally to the legal industry.
Her Oregon roots have created an unusual combination of a home birth, essential oils, naturopathic, organic loving, full time working mom with a nanny. From the oldest son Sebastian, a musical prodigy and rebellious preteen, to the youngest Julia who is as sassy and bossy as her momma, this family has stories to split your sides and roll your eyes. Billie frequently applies lessons from business to family and vice versa. Join her for strategic planning sessions and personality testing applied to families and children to get a new perspective on – hopefully- raising full functioning, well adjusted adults.

Britney Aumiller


Born and raised in Iowa for 20 years where she spent her time on the honor roll and competitively dancing. Shortly before turning 21 Britney decided to up and move to Arizona and attend ASU to finish off her Psychology degree. Britney and her husband Joshua have two boys (5 and 1), two rescue dogs, and one giant furry black cat!

When shes not busy with my family, Britney is working at Arizona Autism United or running her blog, The Busy Boy Mama. She defines herself as a self-proclaimed semi-crunchy mom, who loves yoga and vegan food. In her rare spare time she enjoy adventure or Marvel movies, wine, bitter black coffee, and being active.

Cara Lespron

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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.

Heather Kucenski

Heather is an Arizona native and Chandler resident for the last almost twenty five years. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have three boys : Nathan, Aaron and Preston. Heather is also a columnist with a few other local publications. 
When Heather isn’t writing and chasing her boys around, she loves to travel, see movies, read and spend time with friends and family.  She enjoys getting to know, explore and support local businesses. She’s also into healthy living unless there’s a Snickers bar put out. 

Julie Mc Coy


Julie was born in Colorado and has traveled with her parents around the world until she was 13 years old. At that time, she settled in Belgium with her mother and 2 brothers, where she eventually went to college and started her professional life as an attorney. In 2014, guided by her heart and gut, she realised that she had come to the end of her journey in Europe, and decided to move back to the US – and Arizona specifically to be closer to family. Julie then engaged onto another path that led her to become a yoga instructor and to meet her significant other, Harrys. Eighteen months later, their beautiful baby boy, Theodoros (Theo), was born.

Julie loves to travel, get outside, read, meet up with her friends and cook (when she can). When life does get a little crazy, she unwinds on her yoga mat.

Kayla Lindholm


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


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 baby girl that was born in December of 2017.

She enjoys game nights with her friend tribe and sharing a good laugh. When she is not working hard at her social media job or writing blog posts, you can find her volunteering her time as an adviser for her sorority, walking through the Gilbert Farmer’s Market, or watching reality TV (definitely a guilty pleasure). Sometimes you’ll also catch her up north camping with her family and soaking in some fresh air. Follow her on Instagram to catch a glimpse of her new mom journey.

Kira Henning

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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.


Kristen Carter


Kristen Carter is a professional family & event photographer who lives in Gilbert with her high-school sweetheart, their 3 kids (two tween girls and a fun little boy), and 2 German Shepherds. Almost a decade ago, she and her husband stuck a finger on a map, and uprooted their family from Central California to Arizona and it’s been an amazing adventure ever since! They left behind an entire network of family & friends, but have built a new community and are loving every minute of desert living. She fully embraces the chaos of life, trying to find balance as a work from home mom.

When the family isn’t traipsing off to yet another school performance (both girls are music/theatre nerds like their parents), or keeping a ninja boy entertained, they are traveling around the state, finding new walking/hiking trails & fun stuff in the East Valley, or enjoying their little village of Power Ranch in Gilbert. Her personal hobbies include photography, consuming caffeine, cooking for her crazy crew, enjoying craft beer & food festivals and being artsy fartsy.

Find Kristen on professional portfolio & blog

Lauren Snow


Lauren Snow is a proud momma of two adorable little boys, happy wifey, one of fours sisters, a graduate of Arizona State University, mini dachshund owner, licensed aesthetician, makeup artist, beauty expert, and small business owner of Lauren Snow Beauty located in Downtown Chandler. Of all the roles she is proud to have, she is most rewarded and blessed to be the mom of Dean and Dylan. She’s fully embraced her life as a “boys’ mom” and loves learning about all sports and bugs. Going from glam to dugouts is all in a day’s work for this momma! As a small business owner, Lauren makes it a priority to shop and eat local. And stop by her studio in Downtown Chandler to say hi and support local.

Find Lauren on her:

Blog //  Instagram


Marisa Greenwood


Arizona Native, born and raised- growing up and currently living in Chandler. Marisa is “new” mom to a beautiful baby girl, 2 fur babies and married to the most handsome man on the planet (she’s a little biased). A busy full-time, working mama with very little downtime, but she loves to spend with her family. She enjoys pretty much anything outdoors, camping, hiking, shooting, bike riding, snowboarding, and trying new restaurants and beers. When she’s stressed (pretty much work related) Marisa loves to bake, cook and try new recipes.

Marisa is heavily involved in her community and volunteers with different charities, everything from JDRF, American Heart Association to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, every year raising money for them and participating in their walks.

Disneyland pretty much runs through her blood, so most of their vacations are spent at the happiest place on earth. She’s your gal for any Disney advice!

Nicole White


Nicole is a born-and-raised Arizonan living in Chandler. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, Lance, for 10 years and is a proud mama to two sweet babes: Archer (3) and Ayla (1 in June). Nicole has a deep love for reading novels, eating pizza & ice cream, Broadway musicals, traveling the world, drinking tea, bucket lists, having kitchen dance parties with the kids, exploring the outdoors, and taking pictures of food. 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!

Rachel Bonin-Rutledge

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Rachel was born in California but grew up in the Pacific North West. Eugene Oregon is where Rachel grew up catching fish, camping, hiking, and swimming in rivers. Rachel has called the east valley home for about seven years now. Rachel and her Husband just bought a home near Dana Park.

Rachel has worked in the early childhood field as a teacher, social worker, child protective service worker, domestic violence advocate, and many other hats within that field.

Rachel is the mother to a lively little girl and a husband that sometimes requires as much attention as a child. Rachel is an avid pet lover and has two fur babies Munchie and Cheddar. In Rachel’s free time she loves to venture around the east valley, explore coffee shops, farmers markets, parks, and shop local. Rachel’s weekends usually involve target, meal prepping, working out, and family outings.

Rochelle Sonberg


Rochelle, born and raised in California, moved to Arizona 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with it. She met her husband Ryan here in the East Valley, and they currently live in Queen Creek with their threenager, baby girl, and two dogs. Health and fitness are a big part of Rochelle’s life and she is a Certified Personal Trainer and Holistic Health Specialist. She has worked in the fitness industry for the last 6 years and has successfully helped several clients reach their health and wellness goals.

On top of being a busy mama to two children under the age of 3, Rochelle owns a personal training studio and gym in Queen Creek that she operates and runs alongside her husband. When Rochelle isn’t busy chasing after her kids or training clients at her studio, you can find her hitting the gym herself. She fully believes in practicing what she preaches, and that exercise is a celebration of what the body can do. Rochelle also enjoys coffee, coffee, and more coffee!

Savannah Ivanitski


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 (3) & Nikolai (1).

Savannah starts each day at the gym and with lots of coffee. She leads a local marketing agency during the week, and spends her weekends riding dirt bikes in the desert, keeping up with her boys, and exploring Arizona.

Tabitha Dumas

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Tabitha is a “Southern belle turned cactus hugger,” child of God, wife and mother of two sons with a baby due in September. She calls herself an imperfectionist, a recovering people pleaser, a grace collector and a “get ‘er done” type and she blogs about her journey on
When she’s not holding Style Strategy appointments in her Chandler home studio, you’ll find her speaking, teaching, tending her roses, shopping or volunteering at Central Christian Church and the Gilbert Historical Society. She’s also the creator of Discover Your Signature Color and the founder of God Knits Ministries.

Talaya Russell


Talaya is originally from Indiana (go Purdue), but has been in Arizona so long that it is practically home. She is the happily married mom of a princess; staying at home with her is the most challenging and fulfilling job Talaya has ever had. She spends most of her time chasing around her preschooler or trying to keep her busy.

But, in her spare time she enjoys watching movies or sports with her husband, reading, attending community or cultural events, writing, and of course, shopping. She also enjoys meeting new people, encouraging others, and being active in her church and community. Talaya sometimes finds herself daydreaming about taking a real nap and has an ongoing battle with her to-do list, but overall she loves her life & knows she is truly blessed.