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and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Contributors

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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.

Roxanna Robertson

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Roxanna is a wife, mom, and lawyer, fueled by cold brew coffee, Tex-Mex, and sarcasm. She grew up in Plano, called Denton home for 12 years, and moved back to Collin County in 2011 with her husband Mike ready to start her career and family. In 2012, along came their spirited daughter with her mom’s opinionated personality and love of being silly. Roxanna embraces the humor in every day parenting. She spends whatever time is left after asking her daughter to put her shoes on for the hundredth time cooking with her husband, enjoying patio time with girlfriends, and figuring out how to use Snapchat without feeling old.

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!

Amanda Krahel

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Amanda was born and raised in San Diego, California. In early 2016, she and her husband, Shane, packed up the life they had known for over 28 years and moved to Princeton, Texas. Amanda was a hairstylist in California, but is currently taking a break from the world of beauty to care for two beauties of her own – daughter Scarlett, age 4, and son Hudson, a newborn (the first Texas native of the family). When she’s not chasing after her toddler, sprinting through the neighborhood with her lively Labrador, or soothing the sweet cries of her newborn son, Amanda enjoys exploring her new city and surrounding areas as well as 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.

Dacia Perkins

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Dacia is a book loving, gluten free eating, former marketing professional who has moved at least 12 times across 6 different states. She met her husband while running track at the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!) and they later moved to Austin to pursue running professionally. After hanging up their racing shoes, and moving a few more times, Dacia and her husband currently reside in McKinney with their 2 kids, Avaya (2010) and Asher (2013). They absolutely love the area, spending time with their community, and are looking forward to putting down roots and staying awhile. Dacia is currently a stay-at-home mom who spends her days washing dishes, folding laundry and chasing after her kids who never seem to sit still. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her family, browsing through shops in downtown McKinney, and is currently training for her first obstacle course race.

Kelsey Skipper

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Kelsey is a wife to Jake and mom to two amazing kiddos. She was born and raised in Dallas and currently resides with her family in Sachse. She is an avid co-sleeper, breastfeeder, cat lover and expert toddler wrangler. Kelsey enjoys baking, photography, and is a self proclaimed Trader Joe’s brand ambassador. She spends her weekends as a team mom for her sons t-ball team and scouring the metroplex for the latest dinosaur exhibit. She loves cuddling up with her husband, son, baby girl and their cat and watching movies on the couch. But her favorite thing is being a mom.

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.

Heather Jones

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Heather is a born and raised Southern California girl gone Texas, who has a strong love for her family, friends, coffee, wine, food, amazing smelling candles, and sunshine.  Heather and Sean moved to McKinney in January 2016 with their curly-haired, spirited, Lightning McQueen-obsessed, toddler son, Luc (joined the world in October 2014) and their obnoxious, Puggle, Teemu.  She is enjoying every moment of her experience in North Texas and building friendships that she believes will last forever.  A former advertising professional, Heather is now a stay-at-home, work-from-home (part time) mom, wife, friend, and follower of Christ, growing her faith each and everyday. She loves to eat and has a passion for cooking, but believes that there is always a little “something” to add to any recipe she finds to make it her own. She loves fitness and living an all-around healthy lifestyle. You can find Heather at www.happyandhealthymama.com and follow her on Instagram @happyandhealthymama.

Jessica Gatlin

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Other than residing in Florida for several months and working as a Merchandise Hostess at Walt Disney World, Jessica has lived in North Texas all her life. After graduating from Texas Christian University, she moved back to her hometown of Denison to work as Marketing Director for her family’s 46-year-old craft supply business. She married Chris, the boy-next-door, in 2012 and this past summer, they welcomed girl/boy twins, Greer & Granger. Besides obsessing over all things Disney, Jessica bleeds a mean purple (GO Frogs!), loves to run half marathons and drinks entirely way too much Starbucks’ Cold Brew. After all the diapers are changed and the bottles are washed, you can find her up to her elbows in flour and butter, baking sweet treats for her food blog, My Baking Heart, and capturing life via her iPhone for Instagram.

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.

Jessica Luckett

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Jessica lives in McKinney with her husband of 14 ½ years, Dan and their two little ginger babies, Caroline (5) and Abigail (3).  A native of Collin County, Jessica grew up in the small town of Farmersville and went to college at the University of Texas at Dallas.  After spending 10 years in the advertising industry working for clients including Pizza Hut, Harrah’s Casinos, Texas Lottery and FedEx Office, she decided to stay at home with her then 1 year old and learn the ropes of crockpots and coupons.  After a few years and one more baby, she decided to re-enter the workforce and balance a career in shopper marketing and a career in carpool.  Since becoming a parent, her fave past-times include solo trips to Target and Whole Foods, Saturday morning breakfast with her family and finding time to connect to her small town roots.  Jessica enjoys blogging about the adventures of raising two strong-willed girls at The Luckett Life.

Leslie Cuevas

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Leslie grew up the Dallas area and has lived in Collin County for the past nine years. She has been married to her husband Cory for twelve years, and they have three beautiful kids. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2000, and has been a nurse for 16 years. Her first six years of nursing were spent in the NICU, mostly during her travel nursing adventures where she lived and worked in Arizona, California, and the Virgin Islands. She met her husband in California and remained there as a travel nurse until after their first son was born when they moved back to Texas to be closer to family. Currently she is a pediatric nurse at Pediatric People in Frisco and is the proud owner of the FIT4MOM franchise in W. McKinney, W. Allen, Prosper, Little Elm, and Frisco for the past nine years and is also a Franchise Support Specialist with the FIT4MOM home office.

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! 

Meredith Holguin

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I am wife to Ryan and mama to Titus (born June 2016) truly living my dream as a stay-at-home mom. I was born and raised in Collin County, left for a season to become a Texas Tech graduate and have recently returned to my hometown of McKinney! I am a Type A, lover of writing, baking, making lists and all things Fall. Ryan and I enjoy spending time at home with our sweet son and exploring all the fun that is the DFW area! I have enjoyed writing on my blog, Hello Sweet Cheer, for the last 5 years and am excited to expand the blogger in me!

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.

Melissa Temling

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Melissa is a DFW girl through and through. She was born and raised in Plano, Texas, bravely made her way south of 635 to attend SMU and is now loving life in the sweet little town of McKinney with her husband, Mike, their little girl, Elyse, and three puppies. Once they welcomed Elyse in late 2014,Melissa chose to leave her director role at a digital advertising agency and be home full time. It didn’t take long before she was squeezing in every creative outlet she could between library and play dates. Melissa is now proud to be an avid cook and recipe creator (the husband always asks for seconds), a sweet-toothed baker (nothing goes unclaimed), party addict (there’s always a reason for a party), flower arranger (just because they make her smile) and laid back hostess with the mostess. Melissa shares her creative explorations on her blog at Fun, Yum & Frills and on Instagram at@funyumandfrills.

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! 

Nicole Santos

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Nicole and her husband, Leo, moved to the burbs about a year ago but have been living in and loving Dallas for just over a decade now. They have two delightful and sassy kids, Gloria, 4, and Nicolas, 6 months. Nicole spends her days peddling lip gloss and mascara as a marketing girl at Mary Kay. When she’s not making the world a more beautiful place, one face at a time, she can be found cooking with Gloria, reading self-help books in a quest to be a more zen-like mom, digging out Shopkins from the couch cushions, or drinking scotch and bullet journaling.

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.