Meet the Orange County Moms Blog Contributing Team
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As an Army Brat, I’ve lived all over the country, but have been fortunate enough to call Orange County home for nearly 20 years. In 2008, I received my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from California State University of Fullerton. Since then, I’ve enjoyed writing both professionally and personally. I have a small obsession with crocheting (and all things yarn, really) and enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and sipping on a nice glass of red wine. My husband Justin and I have been married since 2012 and recently welcomed our daughter Samantha Jewel into the world. As a new mom, I look forward to being a part of Anaheim Mom’s Blog and connecting with you all through my posts.Jill grew up in the Irvine bubble. She went to school in San Diego and gravitated back after graduation. She has been working for the same company for the past 15 years as the Marketing Manager of a label company. One of the biggest perks is going to wine and craft beer tradeshows (need we say more). She met her husband through Match.com and has been married for 6 years. She has a 4 year old daughter, Lily, a 13 month old son, Caden, an 11 year old dog, Montana, a 11 year old cat, Chloe, and a 8 year old cat, Spike. To say her house is a zoo is an understatement. When she’s not vacuuming the hair off the ground, or cleaning the food off the walls, she loves spending time with the family going to Disneyland (new AP) and finding new parks to play at.I grew up in Orange County then went to Los Angeles (with a short detour in Santa Barbara) for college and spent the next 12 years there thinking that was home until I met my amazing, now husband on Jdate.com and moved back here to start our life together. After years of helping out with family and friend’s kids I finally have one of my own, a 10 month old active, healthy, happy boy. I take Working Mom to a whole new dimension with a private mental health practice, a part-time hospice social work job, Oh and I blog too! It sounds like a lot but the decision to quit my full time job working for someone else to take my career and family life into my own hands was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family.Megan Phillips is a licensed clinical psychologist who owns a private practice that specializes in helping women and moms in Orange County (www.cottonwoodpsychologycenter.com). She is from the Pacific Northwest, but she and her husband decided to escape the rain and move to warm, sunny Southern California in 2012. Since then, she became a mom to a smart and funny little boy and an adorable baby girl. Megan enjoys cooking and taking in the local sights, and she is always up for a fun mommy’s night out.Heather Moulden loves all things Orange County. Heather met her husband of 10+ years at Canyon High School and graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. degree in Communications. These days Heather juggles being a REALTOR® in North OC, and keeping the family bonds tight. She has two wonderful, school-aged children who fill her days full of joy. She is active in the community, at church and makes her friendships a priority. (Because as we mamas know, friendships are important!) Some of Heather’s favorite things include staying active in the gym, finding new ways to cook healthy food and home design. Heather is happy to be a contributor to Anaheim Mom’s Blog because she has also been passionate about writing since she was five, where she used to create fake magazines with high fashion and intriguing articles.Heather grew up in Northern California and migrated down to Southern California to attend Chapman University. After graduation, she worked for the Angels Baseball Club, Anaheim Ducks and Quiksilver apparel company. While working for the Angels she met her husband Aaron and they have one son. Heather stays home with her toddler son, teaches yoga and is co-owner of Purify Sauna Lounge in Anaheim Hills.Eleven years of OC living, seven years of teaching high school English, a husband, and two babies later, Katie is now experimenting with stay-at-home mom life. She used to think staying at home was easier than teaching full time, but after having two she’s not so sure. She has found that writing allows her to ponder the joys and struggles of motherhood while using vocabulary that contains more than one syllable. Katie is always open to life’s possibilities except when those possibilities interfere with nap schedules. If there were hidden cameras in her house, they would show her eating treats far too often to call them “treats” and sipping on the same coffee throughout the day. She also does her fair share of cooking, social media stalking, pinteresting, and podcast listening. When she used to have time for hobbies, she enjoyed coffee shop hopping, Netflix binging, shopping, decorating, crafting, and DIY’ing.I am Cynthia, a full time working mom to two beautiful pre-teen and teenage daughters. I am married to my best friend and have been together for 25 years and married for 18, practically high school sweethearts! I am lucky to say I am an Orange County native exploring everything here and beyond with my daughters, husband and sometimes with our two pups in tow. In my spare time, I love blogging at https://themillerseffect.com to share about all of our foodie and travel adventures and get in a little “I Love Kickboxing” in the wee hours of the morning & night. I mean, who needs sleep anyway? I am an event planner that loves all things food, adventure, entertaining friends, and organization. Oh, shoes and clothes. Confession: I am a bona fide shopaholic. For the LOVE of shoes!!Dr. Joanne Suarez Martinez attended UC Irvine, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology ,UCLA Dental School for her DDS degree, and USC for her Pediatric Dentistry certificate.She belongs to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society and American Dental Association. As a parent herself, Dr. Suarez Martinez understands the importance of compassion and caring for her precious patients. She currently treats young children and adolescents. She has been practicing in Orange County for 19 years (www.underthesea2thdr.com) and is a native Californian. She is happily married to her husband Zach and has two boys, Zachary and Caleb. Dr. Suarez Martinez enjoys spending time watching her boys play Ice Hockey and traveling.Allison is best known on social media as the helpful mom that is always around to help out. Growing up as the youngest of six kids, it was just expected that she pitch in an help just as her parents did for people in the community. When time permits you can find her at her church food pantry rolling the shopping cart and giving tips on how to use the pantry food or stretch food budgets. Because of her type A personality, she has bounced around from job to job during her 20’s. Ranging from retail to hospitality and many office jobs. But every day she was stuck inside she would day dream of being outside in the elements doing hard work. In her early 30’s she turned an odd job business of going grocery shopping and folding laundry for people into a part time business, but with full-time pay. Every day is something different. One day could be planting bulbs for spring and the next is doing a garage clean out. Being a single mom has given her great strength to get out of bed every day. She enjoys being with her church family and spending time her daughter. She has a tight budget but always manages to have fun times and do things on the weekends. She used to be a coupon teacher and teach people how to leverage coupons to pay off debts or save for their vacation fund. She will tell you about how she found this or that on sale or used with a coupon.Brenae grew up in Southern California and moved to Houston, Texas nearly 8 years ago. She’s been married to her husband, Matt, for over 4 years and they have two young children, Silas (2) and Verity (5 months). Brenae spends her days home with her babies, blogging over at www.brenaebradley.com, taking photos, avoiding cleaning, driving through Starbucks way too often and indulging in all things interior design.I recently moved back to Anaheim Hills after spending some time in the Bay Area. I’ve been married to my best friend, Todd, and I had our son, Ethan, in 2016. We are a Disney loving family of foodies with two cats and a music obsession. I am sarcastic, awkward and I love puns. I laugh at inappropriate times, I give the benefit of the doubt and I always try to see both sides. I am the queen of “frankenwords”, I like board games and my favorite smell is petrichor. I am a blogger, product advocate and also the proud owner and founder of Essential Moms. I help families find natural solutions to their health and wellness challenges, mostly with dōTERRA essential oils. Visit askessentialmoms.com and follow me on Instagram @essentialmomsKylee Modoc was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley yet never learned to code. After high school, she attended California State University, Fresno where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. Regretfully, she admits that she never spent enough time thinking about or researching career options until after she had graduated in 2008. Still, she attributes the success of finding a position and “moving up the ladder” to her willingness, (when she’s in the mood), to be coachable. In 2013, Kylee left her corporate life in the financial sector to start a family. She describes the choice to stay home with her family as both a blessing and an identity crisis. Fortunately, writing has become an enjoyable outlet for her in addition to traveling, reading and serving in the Mothers of Preschool Ministry. Kylee and her husband, Serg live in Anaheim Hills with their two daughters. They are expecting their first son this Summer 2018! Kylee is still unable to code.I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls Kylenn (6) and Karter (1). I’m married to my husband for 2 years and been together for over 7 years. I had my oldest at 17, we both have grown so much together and I wouldn’t have changed it. I’ve lived in Orange County since I was a young girl myself. I am an introvert but trying to break out of my shell. I enjoy hula and have been dancing since I was 8. Growing up, art and soccer was my passion. Now I have a blast playing soccer with my girls!Alaina Nunez is the professional photographer who specializes in documenting unforgettable moments in a lifestyle and documentary way. She has been called "The Baby Whisperer" on numerous occasions and enjoys teaching moms how to document their memorable, messy, blessed days during her Moms with Cameras workshops. Home is in sunny Southern California with her husband and 6 children. Alaina likes to spend her (free) time with her family exploring nature, reading good books, creating tasty and good for you foods in the kitchen and heading out on road trips whenever possible.