ABQ Moms Blog Executive Team
OwnerVanessa loves her people and loves Albuquerque and has lots to say about both. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids (Micah, Corban, & Evangeline). Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year-round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her, and the desert feels like home. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the Director of Strategy and part-owner of Truly Social Digital Marketing Agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vanessamaebush. View all posts by Vanessa.Sales DirectorBrittany is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque and has a passion for creating a thriving community while supporting New Mexico businesses. She is married to her husband, Jason, and has two wonderfully wild children, ages 4 and 1. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Brittany worked in community engagement and social services. She loves to run, bake, and craft and tries to incorporate her children as much as possible into her hobbies. In 2016, she became a Master Gardener through the Bernalillo County Extension Office and volunteers throughout the year to educate the public about gardening in Albuquerque. Her dream is to eventually live on some acreage with goats, chickens, and maybe a few alpacas. View all posts by Brittany.Project ManagerJessica is an Albuquerque mama who loves spending time with her husband, her son Myles and daughter Kyla. The most important things in the Martinez household are faith, football, and family. When she isn't surviving on coffee, wine, and Bravo reality shows, she is coaching cheerleading at Manzano High School. Writing was not only her major but has been her passion since she can remember. Engaging and connecting with other mamas in our great city is something that she loves to do. Follow her on Instagram @jessicaleanney. View all posts by Jessica.Social Media CoordinatorMandie is a stay at home momma to two sweet girls, ages 3 and 1. In a former life, she blogged frequently, slept in a lot, and loved to sew and sell on Etsy, but now she sleeps very little, changes a lot of diapers, and hasn't seen her sewing machine in months. She enjoys play dates, grown-up dates with her husband Gabe, and pretending that she has a green thumb. Oh, and food. Definitely good food. She's pretty active on Instagram, too, at @mandiesegura. View all posts by Mandie.Events CoordinatorLauren is a mom who is passionate about Albuquerque, her family, and her community. She grew up in Albuquerque and loves living in this incredibly cultural city. She believes in bringing mothers together in a way that creates a lasting community bond. All women deserve to belong to a tribe, and she works hard to create situations to make that a possibility. In 2011 she graduated from UNM and has worked in advertising with local companies ever since. Traveling with her family, eating the best food, and finding the greatest coffee is what makes her happiest.
ABQ Moms Blog Team
Alyssa is a mom, police wife, and dog owner. She works part-time in a chiropractic clinic. Her two children Haylen and Thomas pretty much run the family show. Alyssa and her husband met in high school, and they've have been married since 2011. When she's not busy with her kids, which is never, she loves to drink coffee, watch a good Netflix series, and scroll Instagram aimlessly. She's also a runner, and one of her bucket list goals is to run a 1/2 marathon. View all posts by Alyssa.ContributorAndrea, wife to Tim and mama to Tatum (September 2012) and Silas (June 2015), has lived in Albuquerque the majority of her life. She attended UNM where she earned a degree in print journalism and is currently working part-time as a fitness and marketing coordinator at a local gym. Andrea’s favorite things are her family, coffee, hiking, home organization, reading, binging a good TV show, and anything creative. Her main goal in life is to be a good human raising good humans. She thanks her lucky stars daily for her two incredible kiddos and the privilege of being their mom. Read all of Andrea's posts here.ContributorAngelica is new to Albuquerque but already smitten with the sunshine and diverse atmosphere. She grew up as a military brat but calls Florida home. Angelica is married to Wilmer, who is an Active Duty member, and has two rambunctious kids, Israel (Izzy) and Evelyn (Ev), along with a lazy pup named Yoda. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom with a background in education and childcare and is a full-time student. She enjoys traveling, true crime, DIY, and cooking/baking. Give her a follow on Instagram. Read all of Angelica's posts here.ContributorAnn was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She’s married to her best friend, who she’s known since elementary school, for 11 years. She’s a stay at home mama to three kids, Elliana (8), Caleb (6), and John Luke (2). She loves Jesus, sharing her love for the outdoors, running throughout Albuquerque, baking, and creating. When’s she at home you’ll find her with her husband, kids, and parents (who live in a casita on their property) fixing up the house and yard. Her hope is to show women they can be truly themselves. You can follow her on Instagram for all things Truly Ann. Read all of Ann's posts here.ContributorApril is a wife of 19 years and mom to 2 moody teenage boys. She has lived in Albuquerque since 2015. April is passionate about wine, food, fashion, and is very open about her struggle with hair loss and wearing wigs. She watches ALL the TV and has seen every episode of Mad Men at least 7 times. When she’s not watching TV or scrolling through Instagram (@totalapril), she is a contract specialist for the federal government and likes to joke that she has Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s dream job (Buyer, buying, to buy, etc.) Read all of April's posts here.Events Team MemberBrandi Thomas moved to the Albuquerque area from Houston, Texas with her husband and two children, Devi and Santana, in 2017. She is a former journalist that somehow became a technical writer at a science research lab. She loves to sew, hike, and binge on chocolate in her spare time.ContributorVery shortly after their wedding in 2009, Breanna and her husband planted their roots in The Land of Enchantment from Seattle, WA. Aside from kissing boo-boos, blowing bubbles, and making funny faces with her two little girls, Breanna runs a few of her own businesses while her husband has his dream job at Sandia. Breanna is a full-time Maternity, Birth and Newborn photographer, a health advocate for Young Living Essential Oils, and owner of a marketing business. Running, coffee, and hiking are three things that make this mom happy! View all posts by Breanna.ContributorAn eighth generation New Mexican, Cari Davis is a mom to an adult stepdaughter, two Little Roommates, and a big, slobbery Great Dane. Her husband is a talented woodworker who lovingly and patiently crosses things off her honey-do list. As a parent of adopted children, she is passionate about educating about adoption. She is a high school English teacher and book nerd. When she’s not grading papers, she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her family in the warm New Mexico sun. See all of Cari's posts here.ContributorBorn and raised in Central New York, Charlie recently moved to New Mexico after bouncing around the U.S for the last 7 years. She is a new mom to Lennon, who was born in November of 2019. She and her husband enjoy exploring the mountains with their Golden Retriever, Palmer. Charlie works as an analyst for a digital health company and is passionate about wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, attempting to golf, wandering around Trader Joe's, and binging TV shows. You can follow her on Instagram @C__Danford. Read all of Charlie's posts here.ContributorClarissa is a wifey of 10 years and momma to 3 beautiful boys. She has lived in and out of Albuquerque since 2003. Clarissa loves Jesus, fitness, and all things healthy. (But she does love the occasional pizza, tacos, and chocolate donuts too.) On any given day, you most likely will catch her wearing yoga pants or rocking converse and superhero swag with her boys--even at church! She is a Medical Service Corps officer with 18 years of service, a Public Health Nutritionist, Health/Life Coach, Trainer/Fitness Instructor, Author, and Speaker. Like avocado, she is extra and has a Perfectly Posh business on the side. View all posts by Clarissa.ContributorDaniela was born in West Texas and raised in a small town in Northern Mexico. She usually goes by Dani, since soon after moving to the US 13 years ago, she realized people were just going to keep calling her Danielle. She has been married to her husband for almost seven years and is mamá to two sassy and energetic little girls. Dani is a full-time working mom who is passionate about raising strong, confident, and bilingual children. When she's not working or chasing after sticky little hands, you can find her reading a good book or binge-watching all the shows. Read all of Dani's posts hereContributorErin Garcia-Rimorin is a native New Mexican who was raised in Grants, New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque 11 years ago. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in family studies and peace studies. She is currently back in school for clinical mental health. Erin is married and is so thankful for her two beautiful children. A few fun facts about Erin: she loves the outdoors because they make her feel grounded and she’s a big fan of anything sweet. She thinks it is important to reach out to others and is so happy to be a part of ABQ Mom. Read all of Erin's posts here.ContributorRegina Bryant is an Albuquerque transplant who hails from the beautiful city of Savannah, GA. Regina moved to New Mexico in 2019 with her husband and their three children (Leila, Ramone, and Ava). The Bryant household would not be complete without their adorably rambunctious French Bulldog, Napoleon. Regina works in the wonderful world of Nuclear Medicine. Over the years, Regina has developed the mindset that love and laughter are the foundation of life. Regina and her husband encourage their children to pursue their every endeavor which includes scouting, art, MMA, and wrestling. Regina shares the love of her Korean culture with the founding of her business, Gina Lee Kimchi. Read all of Gina Lee's posts here.ContributorJasmine is a transplant from North Carolina and considers herself Southern with a twist. She is a mama of 2 very opinionated, beautiful girls and has been married for 6 years. She is a marketer for a top DSO and loves to volunteer with local charities in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. When she’s not building community partnerships or spreading the word on oral health, she is hauling her daughters to cheer practice, exploring local eateries/breweries with her girl gang, and enjoying all that Albuquerque has to offer. Read all of Jasmine's posts here.ContributorKandy was born and raised here in New Mexico! She a Christian, a wife, a stay at home mama, and a full-time student. She has two children named Lyelah and Roman and has a passion for health and fitness. She enjoys cooking and finding fun and healthy meal ideas for her family. She also loves to workout and share at-home workout videos for mamas who can’t always get to the gym. You can read all of Kandy's posts here.ContributorKatie grew up in California and came to Albuquerque for college. She met her husband at UNM, and they spent the beginning of their marriage traveling and eating delicious food. They welcomed their sweet baby girl in December of 2017. After five years teaching elementary students, Katie is now a stay at home mom and blogger at Pages & Puddles. Her hope is to encourage moms to love themselves and the people around them well. When she’s not changing diapers, Katie loves baking, exploring new places, reading in her (not so) spare time, and sharing some encouragement on Instagram. View all posts by Katie.Senior ContributorLaura grew up in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. She moved to Albuquerque in 2006 to attend the University of New Mexico, where she earned a degree in creative writing with a minor in military history. Laura has been married to her husband James since 2010, and after two losses, they were delighted to welcome a son, David, into the world in August 2014. Taking care of a busy toddler keeps Laura on her toes. Some of Laura’s other interests include the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, American Sign Language, baseball, hiking, and playing the violin. View all posts by Laura.Community Group LeaderLeigh is a new-to-New Mexico mom. She moved from the humidity of South Carolina to Albuquerque near the end of 2018 with her motorcycle enthusiast husband, adorable, curious toddler, and two large lap dogs. They enjoy taking the dogs for walks and exploring the area. Leigh has a background in elementary education and is lucky to be able to stay home with her daughter. She also works with Usborne Books & More and strives to promote literacy using fun, engaging, interactive books. Leigh enjoys meeting new moms and going to new places by helping to organize play dates for our Community & Conversation Group!ContributorMargo is a proud native New Mexican. Ten years ago, she moved to beautiful Denver, then onto tropical Houston. But while she was away, her heart always remained in The Land of Enchantment. In 2018, the Tapia family made the trek home. Margo and her husband, Abran, are parents to Scarlett, Ezra, and Juliet. Margo is a self-proclaimed outdoorsy mom, who jokes that she has been hiking since before she could walk. She also enjoys running and exploring the state. When she isn't negotiating snacks with 3 children, she is negotiating the biggest purchase of someone's life as a Real Estate Broker. Her motto is, life is what you make it, so make it good. Read all of Margo's posts here.Senior ContributorMartha is an Albuquerque wife, Mama!, sister, and friend who enjoys coffee and doughnuting around. In her spare time, she teaches Language Arts and makes up ridiculous songs while swaying her youngest to sleep. View all posts by Martha.ContributorMartina was born and raised in the beautiful state of New Mexico. She’s an alumni of NMHU and UNM, where she earned a Master’s of Science in Speech & Language Pathology. Martina is a creative at heart and feels the need to refresh her soul daily by finding the simple joys in life and spending time with her family. She is a lover of books, music, yoga, and culture, and she's fascinated by words and the language we use in our daily lives. Martina is currently navigating motherhood with her favorite little guy Ezra Jude and her husband Nicholas. Follow Martina’s adventures through life and motherhood on her Instagram @the_modernessentialist or on her personal blog, The Modern Essentialist. Read all of Martina's posts here.ContributorNichole is a wife and mother of three: Amari (2009), Santiago (2012) and Gemma (2015). She is native to Albuquerque and vowed to never leave after returning from college. Nichole enjoys living and working on her family farm in Old Town, teaching and practicing yoga, being involved at San Felipe Parish, and working with Women’s United (an affiliate of United Way). Nichole has many interests including running, yoga, golf, natural herbs/oils, and real estate investing. Most days, Nichole is trying to balance it all and enjoys helping other mothers do the same. You can follow her journey on Instagram. Read of all Nichole's posts here.ContributorNicole moved to Albuquerque when she was nine and considers New Mexico her home. Nicole has been married to her husband, Luis, for almost six years. In January of 2018, they welcomed a sweet little boy, Lorenzo (Enzo), into the world. They also have two fur babies – a sassy cat named Ziggy Stardust and a rambunctious French bulldog named Otis. Nicole is a full-time working momma as the Community Relations Specialist for Dion’s. When she’s not working or chasing after her toddler, Nicole loves to travel, workout, binge watch shows on Netflix, and listen to true-crime podcasts. You can find Nicole on Facebook and Instagram.Contributor
Nicole is a born and raised southwest soul coming from the tri-border city of El Paso, Texas; Sunland Park, New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where the arid desert terrain and the history of her family are flowing through her blood just as the Rio Grande flows through her hometown. Seeker of knowledge, peace, and cultural awareness, Nicole loves her people and connecting with them and nature. Home is anywhere her familia is, and for now, it is nestled in the northeast heights neighborhood of Albuquerque.Senior ContributorPaige is a stay-at-home mom to three hilarious, energetic boys. In her pre-kid life, Paige worked as a licensed mental health counselor, but she shelved her empathetic listening and insightful questions to change diapers, race cars on the kitchen floor, and mediate toddler wrestling matches. While Paige loves to be there for (almost) every moment with her children, she also loves to get away and connect with other moms for dinner or a walk in the beautiful Albuquerque sun. Paige is married to her high-school sweetheart, Ben, and they work together to raise their three sons with lots of laughter and lots of love. View all posts by Paige.Head Community Group Leader
Rachel was born and raised in New Mexico and on the neighboring Navajo reservation until she was 14. She then attended high school in Connecticut, but returned to New Mexico for college because the mountains will always be home for her. She met her husband while working on a BS in Astrophysics at UNM and working at Dion’s. They married in Tijeras, NM in 2014 and welcomed their son Hunter in 2016. Rachel is currently a stay-at-home mom, wife, yogi, outdoor enthusiast, faithful San Francisco 49ers fan, and amatuer astronomer. If she is not busy organizing playdates and meet-ups for local moms, you can find her at a yoga class, rock climbing gym, or on a trail run in the Foothills where she lives. Since entering motherhood in 2016, Rachel's newest passion has been bringing moms together in a safe space and being the mom friend to others that she wished she had when she was a newly minted Albuquerque mom.ContributorLover of all things leopard print, Rosa is the mommy of Isaac Ray, wife of Ross, and dog mom to Rocky and Harley. Both a proud New Mexican and Mexican, Rosa is originally from Durango, Mexico but has lived most of her life in the Land of Enchantment. She travels back to Mexico frequently to see family, and trips are now all the more fun with little Isaac. Rosa’s passion for her family also stems from a passion in dismantling educational inequity. She is currently on the governing board for Albuquerque Collegiate Charter School and works as a Site Operations manager for a national education nonprofit organization. In her spare time, Rosa’s hobby is adventuring around with her little family in their RV throughout the Southwest. She is excited to bring you into a slice of her life! Read all of Rosa's posts here.ContributorRoslynn is a full-time mother of an absolutely beautiful daughter, Elizah (2009). She is a cancer survivor and is grateful for every moment she spends with her mini-me. Roslynn loves not only her family but her career. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker at the New Mexico Dream Center and provides services to at-risk youth. She is an advocate for victims of human trafficking and women who have been exploited by the sex industry. Roslynn hopes that she and her daughter will someday bear witness to the end of modern-day slavery. Read all of Roslynn's posts here.ContributorRoxanne is a mom of 3. She grew up and lived in Albuquerque until shortly after marrying her high school sweetheart in 2013. Together they moved first to Arizona and then across the country to Pennsylvania. Roxanne was an elementary and preschool teacher until she and her husband moved back home to New Mexico in 2018. Roxanne is now a stay-at-home mother and is continuing her love for education with her 3 children. She is passionate about writing and sharing positivity with other mothers. She believes it is crucial for mothers to have informative and truthful messages related to all things motherhood. You will most likely find Roxanne rocking yoga pants, a mom bun, and a cup of cold coffee somewhere close by! Read all of Roxanne's posts here.Community Group LeaderSara was born and raised in the NE Heights of Albuquerque, NM. She married her stud muffin husband James in 2015 after a short 11-year courtship. Sara and James welcomed their amazing son in 2016. When given with the opportunity to stay at home with her new baby or return to work, that handsome little genius won and turned Sara into a full-blown SAHM. Before taking on her most challenging job of “mama,” Sara enjoyed her life as a Certified Health Education Specialist. Sara enjoys walks by the Rio Grande, playing tennis, binge watching great TV, wearing sweat/yoga pants as much as possible, eating all the food (especially all the carbs), meeting other moms to share war stories and advice with, and spending quality time with her boys! Sara is honored to be one of the leaders of our Community & Conversation group.ContributorSarah is a wife and mom of two (2008 and 2014). She works in small business HR and admin. Born and raised in the 505, she has a passion for the people, small businesses, and moms of Albuquerque. Nerd extraordinaire, she enjoys Star Wars, books, comics, science fiction, and DIYing anything she can. Read all of Sarah's posts here.ContributorSheri has called Albuquerque home for almost 30 years. She is mom to Olivia (2014) and rescue pups Lillie (aka Bugs) and Roxie (aka the Roo) and works in leadership development for Albuquerque Public Schools. Recently divorced, Sheri is learning to navigate a new world of co-parenting, maybe dating (!), and finding ways to build community and friendship with and for moms. She loves tacos and sweet potato fries (with ranch, please), a good glass of white wine, public radio, hot yoga, and reading. She also enjoys hiking and playing in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico. Read all of Sheri's posts here.ContributorTatiana is wife to Evan and a new mommy to a beautiful baby girl, Emerie. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she relocated to Charlotte, NC where she met her husband and fell in love. In October of 2017, her family moved to New Mexico for her husband's amazing opportunity working for a National Laboratory. Tatiana is into all things crafty, photography, graphic design, and absolutely loves a good binge-worthy series. As she's adjusting to being a new mom and to desert life, she runs her businesses The Stationery Muse and women's self-love brand Be You Always Movement. She truly enjoys inspiring women from all walks of life through her experiences. You can follow via her website and Instagram for all things inspired. View all posts by Tatiana.ContributorAfter struggling with hyperemesis gravidarum, a fourth-degree tear, and postpartum depression, Taylor knows the road to motherhood can sometimes feel dark and isolating. She has since felt pushed to challenge herself and help others in similar situations with her writing. She and her husband Christopher were married in 2015 and had their first baby in 2019. Some of the things most important to her are faith, family, and animal rights. She enjoys video games, crafts, hair dye, and vegan food. She hopes to one day have a large farm sanctuary in the middle of Tokyo. (A girl can dream, right?) Read all of Taylor's posts here.Contributor
Tiffany is a transplant to ABQ via California 8 years ago and is a full-time stay-at-home mom to a vivacious and super smart three-year-old. She and her husband both grew up overseas and they both love travel, culture, and languages. They love living in the countryside on the outskirts of town and relaxing under large cottonwoods, swinging in hammocks, and evening walks with the family to all the neighborhood ranches. She is taking a break from her teaching career while she raises their baby girl and finishes her masters in education. Her favorite things about Albuquerque are the quaint coffee shops and Sandia Mountain hikes. View all posts by Tiffany.