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Meet Your COLLIN COUNTY MOMS BLOG Team

Katie Wells

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Katie resides in Plano and is a Stay-at-Home mommy who rarely “stays at home”!  Katie and her husband are both Mississippi natives and alumni of Mississippi State University.  (Insert cowbell ringing.) They started out with a four-legged child, Manny, and five years later decided they were ready for the “real thing”.  Greyson was born in October 2014 and has proved to be “a little Texas Tornado.” Her favorites include ANYTHING chocolate, SEC football, Netflix binge-watching, small town festivals, shopping the clearance aisle at Marshall’s, and throwing theme parties. You can read about her adventures, victories, failures, and everything in between on her blog, Two For One Wells.

Taylor Arriola

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Taylor was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she met her husband James. They lived in Arizona and California, and recently moved back to live in West Plano. They have a 2 year old daughter and a son on the way! Taylor was a stay-at-home mother for over a year and then returned to work as a licensed counselor in the mental and behavioral health field. She enjoys yoga, exploring the parks and nature preserves in the area, and eating Mexican food!

Jessica Grubb

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Jessica, a native of North Texas, lives in Wylie with her husband of 8 years, David. She is an elementary teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned preschool teacher. When she’s not up to her elbows in a random project, writing and re-writing lesson plans, or reading (trying to finish?) a good book, she and her husband are busy raising their three incredibly amazing kids: Emily, who just started Kindergarten, loves science, and wants to be a chemist when she grows up, Liam, a 3-year-old who can always be found playing with trains and building intricate tracks, and Charlotte, a 1 ½ year old who enjoys dragging her Lambie around and belting out songs in the middle of the store/doctor’s office/library.

Jessica graduated from UT Dallas with a degree in Literary Studies and then went on to receive her teaching certification from Texas A&M Commerce. She has taught private school in Garland and public school in Plano ISD. She is currently teaching at a preschool in Wylie where her middle and little also attend. She thinks it’s great that she’s right down the hall from them and is happy to be back in the classroom!

She loves to write and recently started a blog about being a mom, wife, and teacher: https://imsorryforwhatisaidwheniwastired.wordpress.com/

Amanda Krahel

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Amanda was born and raised in San Diego, California. In 2016, she and her family packed up and took the 1,500 mile trek to north Texas, happily settling in Collin County. Amanda was a hairstylist in California, but is currently taking a break from the world of beauty to care for two young beauties of her own. When she’s not chasing after her kids, sprinting through the neighborhood with her high energy dogs, or vacuuming her house like a mad woman, Amanda enjoys exploring Texas, shopping, cooking, and catching up on her favorite television shows. Although she sometimes misses the palm trees and salty ocean breeze, she is proud and excited to call Texas home. Stay tuned for more on her adventures living the SAHM life in Collin County.

Alice Robison

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Alice and her husband, Sean, live in the town of Fairview with their two active and entertaining boys Mason (Dec 2010) and Harrison (Sept 2013), and their crazy puppy Isebel. She grew up in Collin County and recently made the decision to move back to the ‘burbs from Dallas to raise her family. Now a stay-at-home mom, she previously worked in marketing for a Big Four accounting firm. She spends her time taking her boys on adventures throughout the metroplex, volunteering for their schools and organizations, and hunting down the best fashion and home décor deals. Favorites include cooking with her husband during their date nights at home, just about any adult beverage, and checking out new restaurants with her girlfriends. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram.

Sarah Humphrey

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Sarah is a midwestern girl (Illinois) turned full on southerner after moving to Dallas at 19 to follow her older sister, Whitney, and get out of all that nasty, cold weather!  Sarah has been married for 11 years to Taylor, a total stud, and together they have a super ornery 6 year old girl, Lila, and 2 precious puppies, Hank and Chuck.  Sarah lives in Frisco, but works in Dallas (which makes for a LOT of time spent on the Dallas North Tollway) as a medical esthetician at a physician’s office.  She is passionate about everything beauty and health related from laser aesthetics, injectibles, and cosmetic services, to the latest trends in makeup, hair, fitness and fashion!  Although most days you’ll find her in scrubs (work) or yoga pants and workout gear (maybe or maybe not for ACTUAL exercise),  she LOVES any excuse to get all dolled up.  Other obsessions include: binge-watching tv, puppy kisses, traveling and travel planning, and BLUSH.

Julie Janes

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Julie is a NOLA girl at heart who is setting down roots in Texas. She is married to her high school sweetie, Christopher. They are raising their sweet boys Harrison (Oct. 2014) & Douglas (Feb 2016) and crazy GSP puppy Liuzza. They live in McKinney and spend their weekends yelling “Geaux Tigers & Who Dat” wherever they are!. Julie lives for play dates, mom dates, friends, and family. She can be seen watching her DVR’d shows (even if it takes days to get through one show), reading the same book for months, playing outside with her kids, taking nice relaxing bubble baths with a warmish cup of tea, cooking her newest pinned dinners, starting 17 different crafty projects and just enjoying what life has to offer.

Amanda Stewart

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Amanda moved to the Dallas area as a child, moved away for college, but then returned “home” with her husband and new daughter. Now five years later, she and her family are putting down roots in Collin County. Her educational background is an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Studies. Most days you can find her doing her best to put her knowledge to work with 3 of the sweetest students around- born in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Once bedtime hits, you can find her doing some instructional design work, blogging, or finding the next great series on Netflix, usually with a cookie in hand. You can read more about her collection of thoughts on everything from motherhood and parenting to DIY and fitness, and whatever else is on her mind at her new blog This Collective Life.

Sarah Shiplett

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Sarah is a yoga teacher and stay at home mom of two beautiful darlings. Born and raised in Plano, TX, she moved away for college at the University of Kansas. After studying Journalism at KU (Rock Chalk), Sarah moved back home to attend SMU where she received a MA degree in Advertising and studied abroad in India. Married in 2012 to love of her life Kyle, they took to the suburbs in Allen to start a family. She is now is a stay at home mom with her two babies, Everett Brave (2 years-old) and Winnie Grace (6 months-old). Sarah is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and teaches Vinyasa and Prenatal Yoga in the Allen and North Dallas area. Former Lululemon Ambassador for Dallas, she loves being part of the yoga community and sharing the gift of yoga to people of all ages, levels and life stages. Sarah believes she was put on this earth to be a mother, teaching her children the importance of love and kindness along the way.

Mary Bost

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Mary is a self-proclaimed trophy wife to husband Jonathan and has been for the past 9 years. They have lived in Frisco with their two children, Lucy and Henry, since 2012 and love calling Texas home! Mary grew up in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama before moving to a farm in Northwest Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas where she received her Degree in Architecture that she proudly holds but has never used… (she meant to). Instead, she feeds, clothes and chauffeurs her kids to school and various activities.  Mary writes a blog, Trust Without Borders, where she shares about being a mom, life, and her favorite thrifty finds! When not mommin’, you’ll find her watching Netflix, thrifting, eating peanut m&m’s, exercising the m&m’s off, pinning pins on Pinterest, and Instagramming pictures of her kids and random other things and events! 

Sarah Crilley

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Sarah Crilley lives in West Plano with her son 6 year old “dinosaur expert” son Caleb! With hands full balancing “working mommy-life” Sarah assists in managing one of the fastest growing PR firms in Dallas, Real News Public Relations. She is a lover of coffee, attending community events, and writing!

She enjoys reading and sharing with other moms. We are truly in this all together! 

Ashley Chan

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Ashley was born and raised in Carrollton and settled down in Frisco. She met her husband while playing intramural basketball at UNT. Ashley taught Pre-K and then was a trainer for a technology company until having her little one.She loves cooking, going for walks with the whole family and watching HGTV and Food Network. She’s loves to keep up with the latest tech gadgets and is the nerd of the family. She and her husband own pandachans productions, which specialize in video production. Ashley is always looking for the cool new places in Collin County and loves to eat and explore with her family. 

Julia Wallace

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Julia and her husband moved from Southern California to Texas in 2014. They love exploring their new home state and finding fun things to do with their son who was born in 2015. She studied Theology and Fine Arts in college and enjoys using that unique combination in daily life!  She’s spent many years working at her church with the children and youth ministry.  Before moving to Texas she owned a dance studio where she loved to help people realize their passions and talents in dance and acting.   She is now enjoying the daily adventures of Mom life while writing about faith, family life, photography, and healthy food on her blog, Southern Mercy and on Instagram @southern_mercy. Recently, she and her husband have started on a Foster to Adoption journey and are looking forward to the adventures that await.

Jennifer Schnell

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Jennifer is an Oregon native, transplanted to Princeton, TX in June of 2016 with her “high school sweetheart turned husband”, Stephen. She worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for just over 6 years before taking on the role of stay at home mom. She has two boys: Wyatt (October 2015) and their little Texan, Henry (May 2017). She loves a good book, crafting, coffee, playing video games with her hubby and, of course, snuggles from her boys. She is still adapting to the heat, humidity, traffic and everything else that is different from back home, but enjoys all the storm watching and exploring new areas!

Nadia Sherwin

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Nadia was born and raised in Collin County and currently lives in Wylie. She is a former Kindergarten teacher, but is staying at home for the first time this year with her own little students: 2 year old TWINS and 5 month old TRIPLETS. Yes, you read that right, 5 children under 3 years old! Though her hands are very (literally) full, Nadia wouldn’t have it any other way. Nadia always makes time to snap pictures of her littles, have friends over for parties, and go on adventures with her family. You can often find her falling asleep sitting up, nursing/pumping for the triplets, binge watching terrible TV shows in the wee hours of the morning, or surfing Pinterest for meals she’ll never cook and crafts she’ll never make. Nadia’s new-found love is exercising and taking steps day-by-day to become the best version of herself. You can follow our family’s shenanigans on Facebook or our blog, Sherwin Full House

Lisbeth Van Daalen

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Lisbeth is an east Texas native who was drawn to the big city lights (or more accurately the sprawling suburbia of North DFW) after attending the University of North Texas. Her past several years have been spent inside the chaotic walls of a public school classroom, but now she turns her sights to the adventures of being a SAHM to son Levi (February 2015). She’s a compulsive iPhone photographer obsessed with documenting her ordinary days on Instagram. Many of those days involving the balance of story time at the local library, throwing a thrifty meal into the crock pot during nap time and keeping up with her mommy girlfriends. She shares this messy, fun journey with her husband, Kevin. Most weekends, you can find them exploring the McKinney square with baby in tow in search of the best summer pie or a plate of BBQ.

Vanessa Sias

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Hi, I’m Vanessa. Wife to Jose and mommy to three loving, rambunctious boys ages 9, 4 and 1 year.  They keep us busy in the best possible way.  I was born an raised in Dallas, Texas and am a hard-core Dallas Cowboys fan. My husband and I moved to Allen in 2006 after finding our ‘just right’ home.  I taught kindergarten for seven years (in Garland and McKinney) and after having our third son decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Aside from the three boys occupying my time, I’m also a family, children and maternity photographer.

Ashley Pease

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Ashley has lived in Collin County for most of her life, with the exception of the 2 years she spent working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Now she is a stay-at-home mom and the Disney expert in every room she enters. She lives with her fiancé, daughter, dog, and cat. When she is not traveling to and from Orlando with her toddler, you can find Ashley planning her wedding, volunteering with a local cat rescue group, and spending as much time as possible with her family. Ashley has become quite the expert at flying with her almost-2-year-old, Addison, and is always eager to help other moms prepare for travel with a toddler. Ashley enjoys watching documentaries about The Royal Family, musicals, and the bonus features on all her favorite movies. She is always on the hunt for the best lipstick and is determined to prove that it is possible to be a regular mom and a cool mom at the same time. 

Sarah Bergman

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Sarah Bergman is a sought-after Travel Coordinator based in Collin County. Embracing diverse life experiences, Sarah has worked for law firms, professional sports teams, hospitality companies and in various marketing positions. This enables her to develop a genuine rapport with clients from all walks of life. Currently, she is the Agency Owner of Park and Preston Travel, LLC, where she helps hundreds of families to live out their travel dreams each year. Sarah specializes in Disney, Universal, and Sandals/Beaches Resorts… but also loves working with clients on new and exciting trips all over the world!

When she is not helping others to make their travel dreams a reality, she is probably chasing her beautiful daughters around, training for her next runDisney challenge race, cooking, or enjoying a cup of tea with her husband Brandon.

Sarah Bergman

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My name is Tami, and I was born and raised in Texas. Yee-haw! I currently live in Anna, Texas with my husband (total hottie), two wonderful daughters, and our black lab named Dr. Pepper. Yes, she does have a degree in medicine. Besides working full-time and going to nursing school, I love cooking, reading, hiking, and having dance parties with my family. I also enjoy yoga and photography…but let’s be real, I mostly enjoy sleeping in until one of my girls decides to jump on me or kick me in the face.