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Meet Your Dallas Moms Blog Team
Abby is a wife to Logan and Mom to Stella (January 2013) and Chloé (March 2015). She was raised in Lake Highlands and moved back after college to pursue her Corporate Marketing career with two major retailers here in Dallas. All her goals and plans changed after a whirlwind weekend in California where she experienced love at first sight with a Frenchman. A year later they were married and moved overseas to embark on a 2 year fairytale living and working in France at a B&B in the French Countryside. After her daughter was born, they made the bittersweet decision to come back to Texas to plant roots. Now she spends her days juggling 2 little girls and running a couple of businesses part-time from home. She enjoys drinking French wine, spends way too much time picking out the perfect Emojis for her text messages, refinishing furniture, and is a complete Netflix snob. You can follow her blog Bonjour, Y’all or find her on IG overgramming pics of her darling girls at @mrsfrenchy.
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Amanda is a co-sleeping, wine drinking, homeschool teaching, Bravo/HGTV watching, wife/mom/step mom. She married her fun hacker husband, Tony, almost 9 years ago and became a stepmom to 2 really cool kids, Nick and Izzy. Then she had 2 more cool kids – Miles and Natalie. Recently moved back to Dallas (from Frisco), Amanda and family can’t get enough of urban living. Check out her blog at Miles Away From Suburbia. All the pictures she posts of her kids on IG. And all the dinners she’ll never make on Pinterest.
Born and raised in Dallas, Dana left only temporarily for college in Abilene. There she found a husband, Louis, and dragged him back to Dallas as quickly as she could! She used to call teaching 5th grade science her passion, but now her focus revolves around Carter (Nov. 2012) and Carrie (Apr. 2015), as well as her fur babies, Sadie Jo and Griffey Girl. She is still working in education as a Preschool Director, and fills whatever space is left with reading, baking, church activities, eating Mexican food, shopping, and snuggling in front of the tv with her husband!
Megan and her husband, Daniel, moved to North Dallas in 2011 and have been falling in love with the city ever since. She stays at home with their spunky little girl, Elli (February 2014) who loves to play in the dirt while wearing a tiara and sunglasses. A graphic designer in her ‘pre-mommy’ life, now she shares free printables, DIY projects, and the adventures of motherhood on her blog, Wit & Wander. The way to Megan’s heart is through dark chocolate, HGTV, and a big basket of craft supplies. Join her little family’s adventure on Instagram.
Gabby Cullen arrived in Dallas by way of Northern California in 2013. After a full-time career in Media Relations, she now works from home as a freelance writer and editor. She’s the proud mama of a pixie princess (October 2009) and a lil’ man (November 2013) Her love of hustle and bustle gets the family out exploring as often as possible–it’s been a pleasure to discover all Big D has to offer. You can find her looking for the most local craft beer on tap, dancing to Michael Franti and Spearhead, enjoying good food, wine, books and friends.She blogs about her adventures in motherhood at CAmamaindallas and loves to tweet at anyone willing to read her 140 characters. Find her on Instagram @dncegrl!
Cassidy and her husband Jackson live in Garland with their daughters, Evelyn (March 2010) and Penny (June 2014). Both she and Jackson consider themselves wanna be foodies-neither are great at cooking but love eating great food. You can follow along with their Dallas Foodie adventures on Instagram @JustEatDallas. Beyond eating, she enjoys traveling, afternoon naps, and reading blogs. Follow her at www.ThePhantasticLife.com
Katy moved to Dallas in May of 2015 after calling Austin home for 20+ years and loves all the aspects of big(ger) city life. She and her partner Judy share their North Dallas home with 3 dogs, 1 cat and their 9 month old daughter, Harlow Jillian. Prior to being solely employed by Harlow, Katy worked in Medicaid policy for the State of Texas and has a passion for working in public health. A runner looking to get back to distance races, Katy has enjoyed getting to know Dallas with her jogging stroller. Her favorite activities include making to-do lists that will never be accomplished, watching almost anything on Bravo, hanging out at local breweries and eating chips and queso, though usually not all at the same time.
Kristi was born and raised in Dallas, moved away during college and graduate school, and came home to land 7 miles from the house she was raised in. She is a fitness instructor by trade and lover of chocolate and Jesus by choice. She has been married to David, a Dallas firefighter/paramedic, for 16 years and loves having the bed all to herself every third day when he’s at work. She is mom to 3 boys – Ethan (15), Chris (14) and Sam (12), and thinks she won the lottery of life in that deal.
Rachel has been a wife for a decade and a mother for 7 years. When she has all 3 of her kids at the grocery store she is inevitably told that she has her hands full (she does). Her heart is full too, from: exploring foreign cities with Tim (married in ’05), adventurous eating with Lowell (6yo), living room dance parties with Ansel (4yo) and taking orders from her adorable drill sergeant, Rosen (2yo).
Hallie is a proud East Dallas resident who relocated to Dallas from Oklahoma City 6 years with her husband Chase. Hallie works from home for a web technology company while also trying to keep up with her two girls Molly (4) and newest addition Ellie (1). also writes on her personal blog Chasing Hallie where she shares her truth about motherhood and family life. Hallie and Chase love being outdoors with the family, winning championships on their kickball team, watching any and all sports and hanging out on patios around town with friends.
Natalie was born and raised in Dallas, went to Georgetown and spent her college years in DC, then lived in New York and LA as an actor and later in production. She and her husband decided to come back to Dallas to be close to family when she was 32 weeks pregnant…with twins! It’s a good thing too, since her life took some pretty dramatic turns. After living through a long list of difficult health problems, she accidentally founded a non-profit organization, Mommies In Need (www.mommiesinneed.org), which provides free childcare to stay-at-home parents temporarily disabled by illness or injury. She is now a mommy to twin 4-year-old girls, wife to an amazing husband, President of Mommies In Need, and cancer survivor. You can read more about her adventures at www.mysupercrazylife.com.
I’m a North Dallas wife and mother of two slightly over-scheduled teen girls and a happily overweight golden retriever. Living between the pulse of the city and tranquility of the burbs makes it easy to take weekly jaunts throughout the community in search of an interesting story lead, or just a good cup of coffee.
Although I grew up in Oklahoma City, I’ve called Texas home for nearly 20 years. I guess that means I have dual citizenship on both sides of the Red River.
When I’m not carpooling, I spend most of my time assisting a variety of nonprofits, schools and civic organizations in marketing and public relations throughout North Texas.
My family and I recently returned from an epic 4,000-mile road trip, which is like driving further than Dallas to Honolulu. The experienced inspired me to write about building intentional family moments through the wonders of travel around town and across the U.S. in my blog, Mommy’s Minivan Monologues.
Deb, originally from Houston, has called DFW her home for more than 30 years. Deb is a mommy to 3 children, ranging from middle school to preschool. She and her husband recently celebrated 17 years of marriage and currently reside in Mesquite. Deb stepped out of her comfort zone last year by resigning from her teaching position to become an entrepreneur. Being her own boss has allowed her to be more available to her children and participate in their afterschool activities. Deb owns and operates an in home licensed Pre-K program, Busy Bee Preschool, in the Mesquite area. Not only is she a strong advocate for early childhood education, she also enjoys running half marathons in and around Texas, all the while bringing her family with her on these running adventures and making memories along the way.
Gabby like most moms, wears a multitude of hats. She is the wife of a children’s pastor, an elementary school librarian, and a certified boy raiser. She has been married to her best friend Titus for thirteen years. During their early years of marriage, they were the typical DINK family (Dual Income No Kids): both working full time, both in grad school, spontaneous, taking fun and relaxing vacations. When they decided to start a family, they faced infertility and realized that their Plan A all along was adoption. In 2012, they began their adoption journey and became the proud parents of two handsome little boys. Working full time in a career that she adores, being a pastor’s wife and parenting her boys ( now ages 5 and 3) keep Gabby on her toes. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. During those rare occasions when she is able to squeeze in a few quiet moments for herself, she enjoys practicing the piano (her bucket list item before turning 40!) and writing letters to friends (the BEST way, with pen and paper).
Mary-Emily lives in southwest Dallas with her husband, Steve, and their little girl, Adeline (born in April 2015). Originally from San Antonio, she lived in Austin for a bit before moving to the Big D nearly eight years ago. Chasing after Adeline is her current full-time gig, with a little freelance writing on the side. She loves all things Target, enjoys a good margarita and Tex-Mex, and is currently teaching herself how to hand embroider. Mary-Emily and her husband have always loved traveling together, and now include Adeline in their globetrotting getaways. She documents their fun and travels on her blog, Joy Forever, and shares everyday moments on her Instagram.
Jessica and her husband Tom are Georgia transplants, but after living in Dallas for nearly six years (and having one child officially born a Texan!), they are happy to call Lake Highlands home. With a background in public relations and event management, Jessica now considers herself a full-time managing partner at the McGahee Home for Strong-Willed Children. Those three children (with three wildly different personalities) are Ansley, 8, Claire, 7, and William, 4. After Jessica attended, loved, and eventually coordinated a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in East Dallas for several years, she parlayed that passion for encouraging other moms through sharing the small victories and big struggles of parenthood to her blog at crumbsandgrace.com.
Katherine and her husband, Christopher, grew up in Dallas and met at SMU (Go Ponies!). They have been married 12 years, and although they love The Great State, they lived in DC and Baltimore for seven years, where they experienced actual seasons and great seafood! They made their way back to Texas five years ago to be closer to family. While working full time and pregnant with their curly-haired Little Man (February 2015), Katherine completed her Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She continues to work full-time as an Executive Assistant for a REIT in downtown Dallas. Katherine loves dining in Dallas’ local restaurants; chips and salsa are her weakness! When she’s not running after her family or busy with church activities, you might find her working on a homemade craft or two. You can catch up with her on IG @withlovebykitty
Kristen recently relocated to Dallas from Houston with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. She has been working hard raising humans for five years and is now working hard for the money with the launch of a family flipping business. She enjoys yoga, traveling with or without her kids, working up a sweat, sleeping through the night, and day dates. Follow her @Adeline.Residential and read more on her blog Long Days, Short Years, Stiff Drinks.
Nili recently relocated to Dallas with her husband and 3 children ages (5, 2.5 and 3mo.) after spending 7 years as an expat in Germany. Born in Israel and raised on the East Coast, Nili studied opera and international relations. She lived the nomadic NYC artist life for a few years, moved abroad for her singing career (and met her German husband!), and has performed professionally on stages from Chicago Lyric Opera to NYCO to Oper Leipzig. Along-side her performance career, Nili works as a public relations and social media consultant in the arts. While on maternity leave with her second child , she and her SIL wrote and designed a ‘post-baby book’ called Toddler Tales: My Very First Book of Memories and Friendship.
Raema is a mother of four and works as the Direct of Communications for Treasured Vessels Foundation, she also volunteers as a staff pastor and project manager at Shoreline Dallas. She is the author of The Struggle is Real and Because Crack is Illegal and her career started as a Navy Journalist and a Search and Rescue Swimmer. She graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelors of Religious Studies, continues to serve in ministry and writes a weekly blog (www.raemam.com)
Rachel Randolph writes and speaks with humor and honesty encouraging moms to live more nourished lives, even in the midst of raising babies and toddlers. An East Texas native, she and her husband Jared, a high school football and baseball coach, live in Forney with their funny adventurous little guy Jackson (July 2011) and his smiley independent little sister Corabelle (June 2015). And yes, she did plan their births around baseball and football season. Rachel co-wrote Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep and We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook with her mom, Becky Johnson (both published by Zondervan). She likes to write about cooking with kids, self-care for mamas, natural and gentle parenting choices, and the funny and poignant things her kids say and do. Read more from Rachel at The Nourished Mama .
Dr. Carly Bendewald
Carly loves being the mom of her wonderful daughter, Hazel (January 2016). She and her fiancé Adam live and work in East Dallas. Probably the only person you’ll meet from North Dakota, she moved to Dallas in 2008 and opened her own Chiropractic office, Crescendo Chiropractic. She has been active in the Dallas community through several organizations, including the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce where she was president the year she found out she was pregnant. As a mompreneur, Carly is on a mission to help people find their stress solutions using well-rounded wellness.