Meet our Writing Team

Meet The Colorado Springs Moms Blog Writing Team

Colorado Springs Moms Blog

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Adrienne West

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Adrienne is a Colorado native and would not want to live anywhere else! She spends her days juggling the many demands of three teen boys and a preschooler. When she is not busy deciphering the perplexing teen boy brain, or trying to please her diva daughter, you will most likely find her nose in a book. She is passionate about coordinating a local MOPS group (Mother’s of Preschoolers) and in encouraging other moms. She also loves finding great happy hour places with her husband, Shawn, and acting young and sometimes crazy with friends! She does not spend enough time outdoors (unless forced to) and comes up with any excuse to put off cleaning her chaotic house. She is very grateful for her completely imperfect life. 

Amber Mello

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Amber was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. She grew up in Rockrimmon until she was 9, when her family moved to the eastern plains of Colorado until she was 17. At 17, Amber came back to Colorado Springs and stayed put. She married her favorite guy in 2008 and settled on the east side of Colorado Springs. Amber is mother to two sweet, rambunctious girls, aged 7 and 4. Amber’s two girls share her love of being outdoors, comic books, and Harry Potter. They stay busy (and keep their parents busy) with their creative play and soccer practices and games. In Amber’s free time, she enjoys reading young adult fiction books. She just finished Pax by Sarah Pennypacker and is always open for suggestions for her next read! She also enjoys listening to and telling life stories with friends over a nice glass of wine.

Ashley Hamershock

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Ashley is a wife, mom to two zany little boys and former reporter. She has moved a couple of dozen times through the Midwest, California and Hawaii. She lived in Monument and Colorado Springs for a few years growing up and, having always had family in the area, visited at least once a year since moving away. In 2013, she and her own family made Colorado Springs their permanent home, built a house and settled down. They LOVE Colorado and plan to stay! Ashley has reported, written and edited for The Associated Press, Bloomberg News and other newspapers and magazines. These days, she volunteers at her kids’ school library, paints glass, works out when her boys are at swim lessons and sneaks up to the loft to read when she has a rare free moment. Before meeting her husband, travel was her true love. Fortunately, it was his, as well. Between them, they have visited more than 50 countries. Their sons (4 and 7) have the travel bug, too. They have spent hundreds of hours on planes, trains, ships and road trips – these rugged little boys can’t get enough. They consider themselves lucky to live in Colorado, where countless camping trips and other adventures await them. Ashley is honored to contribute to Colorado Springs Moms Blog because if we all help each other, life is better.

Becky Collins

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Becky is a Colorado native who lives on the east side of the Springs with her 4 year old son Sam, her husband Matt, and 3 dogs and 1 cat. She has been married for 15 years. She has worked in healthcare management for her entire working life and transitioned to working for herself from her home office 4 years ago. She is grateful for the flexibility that self-employment offers but still wishes for more hours in a day to get everything done. Becky has trouble saying no and loves to be involved with a cause or a purpose. If you need someone for a committee or to get things done, she is your girl. She still makes the time to be there for friends and family. When she is not caught up in the busy-ness of her life, she loves to cook, bake, read, craft, watch movies and, of course, write. She is obsessed with cooking shows and loves to try new recipes. Her husband is her willing guinea pig for her creations.  

Bonnie Lorber

Bonnie is a former Air Force Brat who hails from all over. Originally born in Nashville, Tennessee, Bonnie has lived in Alamogordo, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; Biloxi, Mississippi; Eagle River, Alaska and finally settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002. She met her Firefighter Husband, Joshua in 2008, married in 2010 and welcomed two beautiful boys in 2014 and 2015 who are conveniently 14 months apart. Before she became a Stay at Home Mom, Bonnie was a Supervisor at a successful Investment Firm based out of Baltimore, Maryland. When she’s not in the throws of potty training or laundry folding, you could most likely find her in the gym which is like a second home for her. She is passionate about health and fitness and hopes to encourage and inspire her family and others to stay active. While making it through the day on grace and coffee, Bonnie also enjoys DIY, binge watching episodes of Fixer Upper and starting books without finishing them. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of the incredible team at Colorado Springs Moms Blog and is excited for the opportunity to connect with other local mamas!

 

Britni Nash

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Britni is an adventurous mama to 6 kiddos, homeschooling amidst the chaos alongside her high school sweetheart.  Two years ago, they sold all of their belongings and moved into an RV to pursue a more intentional and fulfilling life. They are passionate about serving others, encouraging and equipping married couples, loving orphans through foster care, and eating out as much as possible. Britni enjoys wasting time on Pinterest, pretending to be a blogger on her new blog, and coming up with creative ways to squeeze a family of 8 into 300 sq ft. If she can make it through the day without the 2 yr old peeing on the math worksheets, or the 6 yr old breaking a limb doing Parkour off the couch, she calls it a win. And she really loves Jesus. It is well with her soul.

Crystal Foltz

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Crystal is a Colorado native that grew up right here in Colorado Springs. Although she has left on occasion to satisfy her wanderlust, for Crystal, all roads continue to lead her home.  Before becoming the mama of two darling girls, Calista (Nov. 2012) and Hartlyn (Sept. 2014), she graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in English Literature and International Studies. After graduation, she taught reading, English and drama in the inner cities of Miami and Denver. She then moved back to Colorado Springs to teach at a local high school, right here, in Monument, CO. She is a SSAHWM (single, stay at home, working, mom.) When she is not blogging for CSMB, she is running her event (photo booth) company, www.reddoorphotobooth.com and her tutoring company lamptobelit.wordpress.com. Finding balance is a daily challenge but she is learning to not only find but to embrace the crazy in life. There is peace in every storm and sunshine in every day. She is a mama with a bucket load of faith. In her downtime she seeks out sunshine and water, Netflix marathons and is beginning to find solace at the gym. She loves this community, all things organic, DIY skin care, coffee, treats, laughing until she pees, finding the beauty in the banal, dance parties in the kitchen, quiet moments, finding a great deal, having an adventure, doing nothing and a lot of somethings. Her life song is Garth Brooks, “The River,” and her current life motto is “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –Francis of Assissi. She is honored to be writing beside a team of amazing women.

Dana Barton

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Dana Barton is the Director of Business Relations and Employment Development with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, a federally-funded organization which connects work-ready job seekers to vital employers within El Paso and Teller Counties. Ms. Barton is responsible for the business services, adult programs and youth programs at the center and oversees a staff of over 20 case managers, business services representatives, and training facilitators. She joined the PPWFC staff in 2012, after serving as a member of the Workforce Investment Board from 2009 to 2012 and the Youth Council from 2006 to 2012. She was Chair of the Youth Council and Secretary of the Workforce development Board from 2011 to 2012. Highly involved within workforce development, Ms. Barton was a member of the 2014 inaugural class of the National Workforce Development Professionals New and Emerging Leader Initiative, collaborating with other young leaders across the country to bring the voice of her generation to the forefront of workforce efforts. Ms. Barton is a strategic, business-minded leader with proven success in a director-level position within multiple industries. She has a strong background and passion for workforce development and human resources in order to produce positive outcomes for economic vitality within the region. After beginning her career as the recruiting and operations assistant for the University of Colorado Football Program, she spent seven years with The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At The Broadmoor Hotel, she was quickly promoted within the Human Resources and Recruiting department, with five years as the Director of Recruitment, developing and implementing recruitment programs for 43 departments and up to 2,100 employees. Her other professional experience includes time as a Senior Technical Recruiter with Robert Half Technology in Colorado Springs, Colorado, specializing in placement of technical consultants in a variety of skill sets. Ms. Barton’s leadership extends beyond the workplace; she has on the Board of Directors for Launch High School since 2013, a charter school which employs an entrepreneurship and innovation framework to develop young talent and ambitions. She is also trained facilitator of The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. In 2014, Ms. Barton was recognized as a Rising Star through the Colorado Springs Business Journal and received the Young Professional of the Year award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Ms. Barton grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in food industry management from the College of Agriculture, Michigan State University. Ms. Barton is married to Benjamin Barton of Colorado Springs and they have two young children, Quinlan, 8, and Phebe 5. When she is not working, Ms. Barton enjoys spending time in the Rocky Mountains, raising backyard chickens, and cheering on the Michigan State Spartans! 

Elayne Prechtel

Raised on a farm in rural Kansas, Elayne will always remain a country girl at heart. She has been married to her husband, Matt, for close to 20 years and they have three terrific children (15, 13 and 12). Proud to call Colorado Springs home, Elayne has been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years and has had many other careers in int’l business, youth sports, photography, and publishing. Some of her favorite things are reading non-fiction, taking pics, attempting yoga and marveling at the beauty and mess of motherhood. Her outlook on the importance of motherhood forever changed nearly a decade ago when her extended family suffered a tragic loss. The loss was so impactful, it inspired her to publish a legacy cookbook for her kids, sharing her heart through recipes, photos, and life lessons. This transforming journey transcended into an inspiring mission of “Sharing Life, Love and Food” with others teaching them that life is about living unabashed with open hands and heart.  She joyfully shares these topics, and more, on her blog and would love to have you join along on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  She looks forward to being a part of the Colorado Springs Moms Blog team and connecting with community.

Erica Colston

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Erica grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, after moving there with her family at the age of nine from a small town in Connecticut. Her first marriage to an Airman brought her to Colorado Springs in 2005, and this beautiful city has been her home ever since. While her first marriage didn’t work out, it did give her three of the most incredible gifts ever, her children Audrey, Isaiah and Christian. Erica was blessed with another chance at love and married her husband, Brandon, in the fall of 2012. He brought two children, Devin and Averi, into the mix making them a family of 7. They like to joke that they are almost the Brady Bunch. Erica received her BA in Public Relations and Marketing and enjoys helping small businesses with their social media marketing. One of her favorite jobs was her role as a managing editor and virtual assistant for a top mom blog, which afforded her unique opportunities such as interviewing celebrities at movie premieres and attending media summits for fortune 500 companies. When not busy being mom to her troop of 5, Erica can be found volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, leading worship at her home church, and plucking away at her guitar that she is determined to learn how to play this year. For additional glimpses into her life, you can follow Erica on Instagram

Gretchen Porter

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When not attending football games and practices with her energetic, talkative and super-fun nine year old son, Gretchen works full time at an online business as a content marketer and purchaser. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Together they enjoy playing board games, watching parody videos and staying up too late telling dumb jokes. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, and dream of the next home improvement project. 

Jenny Bishop

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Jenny grew up in South Dakota, right by Mt. Rushmore, but is now firmly rooted in Colorado Springs with her husband, their baby daughter, Clara, and their dog, Milo.  She works in water engineering/water law and helps to ensure Colorado Springs residents have water for the next fifty years. She’s trying to figure out what life looks like with the addition of a little one, but remembers loving to linger over good food with family and friends, making jewelry, playing piano and reading.  Most of all she loves being helpful and hopes that by contributing to Colorado Springs Moms Blog she can encourage others.

Julie Divine

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Julie is a Midwest girl who moved to Colorado Springs as a newlywed in search of adventure. Over 16 years later, Julie and her husband Noah can’t imagine living anywhere else! Three creative and energetic daughters – Avary (10), Evelyn (8), and Piper (6) – know how to bring the fun…and the drama! An infant son – Everett – brings joy and a growing sense of boyhood charm. As a surprised-to- be-homeschooling mom, Julie’s days are filled with opportunities to nurture little souls, making lots of mistakes, learning how to ask for forgiveness, and finding opportunities to bless others. As a part-time grant writer for a local non-profit, Julie loves contributing to community efforts focused on serving our Colorado Springs neighbors in need. When blessed with a bit of free time, you can find Julie exploring one of our city’s beautiful hiking trails, swinging kettle bells, making a list for tomorrow (let’s be honest!), engaged in a heart-to- heart with a girlfriend, or enjoying conversation with her very kind husband.

 

Kate Fugate

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Kate is a Hoosier by birth but knew in her mid-teens that she’d live near the mountains. In college she spent a glorious summer in Colorado Springs volunteering at Glen Eyrie and vowed she’d come back somehow. This summer, she’ll have lived at the foot of Pikes Peak for ten years. She and her husband and one-year-old son live downtown in a home almost as old as the city itself. Kate attempts to garden in her free time, making a commitment to grow something strange and new each year. So far luffa sponges, quinoa, and various pumpkins have fed nothing but the squirrels. Prior to staying home with their son, Kate wrote and edited for a nonprofit that transformed the lives of children all over the world. She is passionate and nerdy and is continually surprised at the joy she has found in this new season of motherhood.

Katie Cordova

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Katie and her husband, Cameron, have only ever known Colorado Springs as their home. A busy mama of her own two Colorado natives, who are conveniently 13 months apart in age. One girl, and one boy. After recovering from the curve ball of two babies, she dove into motherhood head first. Active in MOPS, play dates, and hits up target as often as possible, even when all she needs is to get out of the house. Before Katie became a mama full time, she was an interior designer, and loves it still. Call on her when you want some tips! Loves everything DIY! Be sure to look for some design related posts! Katie lives for runny noses, dirty diapers, snuggles, and kisses. Literally, and in that order. Considers cookie dough a meal. Sarcasm is her first language, and is thrilled to be contributing through her writing, to the Colorado Springs Moms blog!

Kris Helwege

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Kris has called Colorado Springs her home since she was just six months old.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years and is a stay at home mom to their three wonderful children, ages 7, 4 and 1.  When she’s not momming it up she loves to play a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball and tennis.  She dreams of one day having time to coach basketball again after falling in love with coaching a J.V. team for one season.  She loves being in the kitchen baking deliciousness but doesn’t do it as often as she would like, because she also loves eating the deliciousness. She and her husband Mike love watching movies and binge watching good series on Netflix.  Kris has two fur babies as well, a three-year-old Bernese Mountain dog weighing 140 pounds and a one-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that weighs 20.  They keep her almost as busy as her fur-less babies! Colorado Springs has been a wonderful home for her and her family and she thinks it could only be better if it had a beach and a shorter winters.

Krista Ward

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As a stay at home mom to her one-year-old little man, Hudson, Krista miraculously makes it through each day sans coffee and instead opts for tastier treats like hot chocolate or double chocolaty chip frappucinos. She spent the first years of her life in Georgetown, Texas before moving to Colorado Springs, so although Colorado is undoubtedly home, “y’all” still makes its way into nearly every sentence she speaks [or types]. Through a wild turn of events, Krista has MasterDrive to thank not only for her mad driving skills but also her precious husband. Upon following his lovely lady to Denver’s Colorado Christian University, Randy and Krista were married the summer before their senior year and promptly made their way back to the Springs after graduation [they would soon realize this was impeccable decision making to now have both sets of grandparents nearby as free babysitters]. Their little family enjoys the plethora of stunning views that Colorado has to offer while hiking, off-roading, and camping each summer. When she’s not being made more adventurous by her husband, Krista also enjoys simpler things like reading, cooking and baking, online shopping, mommy-dates, exercising, and strolling Hudson around the neighborhood. Having become a mom recently, and subsequently leaving her dream job as a first grade teacher at a local charter school, Krista is navigating motherhood in new ways each day, and she is passionate about sharing both the triumphs and trials of motherhood with other moms in an authentic and relatable way.

 

Kristal Kupferman

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Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now lovingly calls Colorado Springs home. She grew up in a household with four younger siblings and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz.  Kristal has worked in summer camps and after school programs. She and her husband are the proud parents of a seven-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.  After years of renting, they recently purchased their first house in Briargate. Kristal is an active member of her local MOMS Club chapter and PTA board.  In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the aisles of Target, dancing it out in Zumba classes, drinking copious amounts coffee, cooking dinner as a form of therapy, and last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors with her family.

Kristin Shaw

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Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with plans to teach high school math.  But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking….She ended up married to a soldier, and 20 years later they’ve got three kids and a dog.  Along the way she made 7 different places home, lived on 2 continents, volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; managed volunteer organizations, coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers math! She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life (and the Army!) throws her way with a smile and a laugh.  She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!

Lindsay Tallman

Lindsay is a freelance business writer and a mom of 4. Originally from Nebraska, Lindsay fell in love with the mountains on her childhood vacations to Summit County. While attending college in Nebraska, she met her future husband on a blind date and later transferred to UCCS so they could live in the same city. After college, they spent 18 years moving around the country and growing their family through birth and adoption. In 2016, they moved back to Colorado Springs because the mountains have always felt like home. When she’s not busy writing or tripping over toys, she enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with her quirky kids.

 

 

Lindsie Blair

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Lindsie is a Midwest transplant who loves living in Colorado. Her husband Dave keeps her laughing and dreaming. Their family has been uniquely knit together through biology and adoption in a way they never could have planned. Lindsie  gets to stay at home with their four kids and is excited to be on the adventure of homeschooling them. Lindsie also owns a small business that is her refreshing creative outlet. She absolutely loves getting to “work” from home and create while she’s doing it.  In her “spare” time, she loves to drink coffee with friends, write, and spend time outdoors. As loud, chaotic, and messy as life often can be, she strives to find the beauty in everyday moments.

Meg Koning

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Meg is a mommy to three small ones, Gracie, Everett, and Henry. She is married to her one and only Joel, and they look forward to having more adventures together! Meg likes to drink coffee, coffee, coffee and continues to try (in vain) to take a decent “selfie”. She also loves to get candid pictures of her littles as they go about their day, which almost always involves crazy getups and the wrong size shoes.  She is passionate about allowing children to explore the great outdoors at every opportunity; Colorado’s natural beauty cannot be denied!

Melissa Williams

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Melissa is a southern girl at heart and is a happy Colorado transplant from a Virginia cattle farm. She met the man that makes her world go ‘round, on the football field at Liberty University and they have been married for 27 years. She is a retired homeschool mom to 3 mostly grown children, ages 25, 23 and 19 who are off on their own. While they were young, Melissa and her husband hauled their children all over the world, creating a love for travel that is still with them today as they continue their own independent adventures. Her oldest son recently went to Australia on a solo trip; Her daughter is currently studying in South Africa to become a South African Bush Ranger and her youngest son recently took a solo graduation trip to volunteer at a South African reptile park. In addition to traveling, her entire family adores all outdoor adventures together. They regularly backpack, camp, snowmobile, snowshoe and ski as a family. While homeschooling the children, Melissa was also a personal trainer and wrote columns for several local publications. These days you can find her trying to figure out how to be an empty nester! Melissa is a blogger at Fresh Air and False Lashes and when she isn’t writing, she is either trying to crack the code on gardening here in Colorado, hiking in the mountains with their Saint Bernard or enjoying a glass of wine over a fine meal with her husband and friends. She is very excited to be able to encourage young mothers who are still in the trenches. Melissa is incredibly grateful to a part of this exceptional team of women. 

Rachel Fredericks

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Rachel is currently a full-time student at UCCS pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with the intent to continue on to a Master’s program in Counseling, Social Work, or other Human Services (she’s hoping there’s still time to decide). On the weekends, she teaches Sunday School to a group of fabulous K-3rd graders at the church her family has grown to love immensely since they discovered it over two years ago. Rachel is a military spouse of almost seven years and is married to the most incredible man she’s ever met. They began dating in high school 10 years ago and have been inseparable ever since. They have a four year old who loves to read, assemble puzzles, and learn about the solar system, and a two year old who enjoys pushing his older brother’s buttons when he isn’t learning the alphabet and how to count from him instead. Both are hilarious and kind, just like their father. Most days. While free time is rare, Rachel can be found spending some of it with her hubby, on a coffee date with friends, or reading an occasional book (so long as it can keep her attention). Periodically, she can carve out an hour or two to blog under her sentimental pseudonym, Gabby, about her faith, marriage, and other heavy, personal things that come to mind. Her Facebook page is a bit lighter and happier to follow ;). A words-of-affirmation-junkie and an INFJ who wants nothing more than to emerge from her shell, Rachel’s mission is to keep an open mind and to always be learning about the people with whom she shares this crazy, beautiful world.  

Rachel Lawhorn

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Rachel is a native Coloradoan, though originally from the Western Slope. She followed her husband Chris to his hometown of Colorado Springs after having met in engineering school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
Together they have two (almost three) beautiful children, Tommy (2011), Tazzy (2014) and Baby Lawhorn # 3, set to debut sometime in December of 2015. Having a young and active family keeps Rachel on her toes trying to find ways to keep the ship sailing while still meeting all the demands of motherhood. Though Rachel loves her most important role as Mommy most, she also works full time outside the home as a Water Resources Engineer for the Colorado Division of Water Resources. This role helps keep her life in balance, bouncing from detailed and complex discussions relating to Colorado Water Law with her husband ( a mechanical engineer) to daycare and preschool drop off and pick up schedules, while being constantly interrupted by the equally complex musings of her 4 year. When Rachel isn’t busy with work or kids, she enjoys visiting family, making jewelry, baking, photography, writing and seeing how many balls she can keep in the air at once.

Rebecca Cordova

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Rebecca is a Colorado Native, living first in Loveland and then in Colorado Springs. She spent time in the Republic of Boulder for her Bachelor’s degree, and then traipsed out east to Pennsylvania for a Master’s degree, both of which are in Psychology. She works part time as a caseworker at a local nonprofit helping homeless families get back on their feet. She is happy to be a wife to her hard working husband, and a mama to her school age son and daughter. As a mom, she has lots of practice in not sleeping and surviving temper tantrums, and is really good at reading aloud. Her purse and mini van are clean on some days. She is not good at organizing papers and managing to keep in touch with people. She didn’t realize she was an introvert until she was well over 30, but did not have any babies until she was well over 30, so go figure! Favorite things include working out at the gym, travel, drinking real tea, listening to (far too many) podcasts, reading, gardening, exploring the world with her kids and husband, catching up with her network of sweet friends, and trying to make life meaningful.

Sara Lewis

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Sara was born in Colorado Springs, and lived here her entire life until she attended college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. There, she earned her degree in Journalism and Political Science. Sara met her husband, Luke, in the summer of 2008 while working at Wag N Wash Healthy Pet Center, although they didn’t start dating until 2011 – after Sara had graduated from college and Luke had joined the Air Force. They married in 2012, when Luke was stationed in a small town in West Texas. Shortly after moving to the Lone Star State, Sara started her career in local television. She did everything from running the cameras, to producing the five o’clock news, to creating marketing campaigns for local businesses. Sara’s daughter Cora was born in 2013, and Sara got her first taste of being a full-time working mom while living over 600 miles from her own parents. Luke’s Air Force enlistment ended in the summer of 2015, so they high-tailed it back to Colorado Springs as soon as they could. Now, Sara lives near Old Colorado City and works in the marketing department of a law firm in Downtown Colorado Springs. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, biking, photography and playing with makeup (that’ll happen after working in television in Texas).

Sarah Wenger

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Sarah lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Kevin (Jr High Math Teacher) and three boys, Jordan 9, Lincoln 2.5, and Quinton 8 months. She spent the first part of her life growing up in a small town in Massachusetts. When she was 12 years old, her parents moved the family to the beautiful Colorado Springs. She went to college in New York, majoring in Communications and playing two collegiate sports, soccer and basketball. She recently decided to change career paths and went from working outside the home, to a stay at home mom. When she’s not running after three active boys, you can find her playing competitive volleyball, hanging with her close girlfriends, hiking with her family, watching too much reality television or hiding in the bathroom for a moments peace. She is a very proud coach’s wife that loves to support her husband at games as he coaches boys varsity basketball. Sarah loves many things in life including fashion, food, DIY projects, singing, good reads, sports and will blog about it all and more!

Tabitha Panariso

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Mom to a one year old and pregnant with another, Tabitha is a hard core decaf coffee drinker and sometimes nap taker who has lived all over the Unites States, but fortunately landed in Colorado. Her current aspirations are actually finishing an entire book and going to the bathroom without the assistance of her toddler. In her spare time, Tabitha is inspired by a variety of blogs and Pinterest. She can spend hours antiquing and crafting, with the hopes of turning her house into a home. Often that just means rearranging the furniture in the house, just one more time. Ten years ago, Tabitha somehow met the man of her dreams in the aisles of Wal-Mart and life changed forever. No warranty necessary. He challenges her to be wild and adventurous, but mostly to not take herself too seriously. Together they camp, climb fourteeners, and sit in their backyard by a roaring fire. They’re known to debate theology, talk philosophy, and taking one from Seinfeld – joke about nothing. Relationships and community are also very important to Tabitha. She cultivates her love for people in her part-time School Counseling job where she has been helping students emotionally and socially for over four years.  In 2014, Tabitha started blogging as another way to connect with others. Her blog,Tabitha Panariso, is a space where you can find her writing on faith, community, motherhood, and daily life. You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, and of course, Pinterest.

Tonia Nifong

Tonia is a Colorado native who is very inspired by beauty, especially when it is captured in writing, dance, nature or relationships. After studying communications, Spanish, and dance at Colorado State University, she moved to Colorado Springs with her husband, Daniel. Tonia is a mama to one son, Logan (born 2016), who keeps her on her toes daily! In addition to keeping up with her energetic little guy, Tonia also works from home providing website and social media management for a local nonprofit. She is also passionate about using the arts to help individuals reach their full potential in life, and she teaches and dances with an arts-based social advocacy nonprofit.  In all she does, faith is the heartbeat of Tonia’s life, and she genuinely enjoys approaching life with a blend of creativity, compassion and a dry sense of humor. Outside of work, Tonia enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and writing in a great coffee shop and sweating it out in a ballet class. 

 

Tonya Jones

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Tonya grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she majored in Health Promotion (the degree you choose when you know are meant to make an impact but you don’t know exactly how)  After graduating in 2003, her adventurous spirit lead her to pack up her little car and move to Colorado Springs.  Her heart was easily won by the beautiful landscape, the amazing weather, colorful Aspen trees, and the fabulous people in this city. In 2008, she married her love and best friend, Ryan.  They added two amazing boys to the family…Landon (2009) and Kellan (2011).  After a rewarding career as a Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a sales representative for Pfizer, her heart desired more time with her boys.  In 2011, she became a work from home mom, focusing on her very busy boys full time and her health and wellness coaching business part time!  Her passion as a mom includes building legos, trips to the zoo, family hikes, fishing, and camping.  Her passion as a health coach is helping people see their potential, reach goals, and lead a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time (what is that again??), she loves working out, running, and reading.  Her favorite things to do with her handsome hubby include riding bikes downtown Colorado Springs for date nights, hiking the incline, trying new (exotic) foods, spending time with great (adult) friends, and trying craft beers (inspired of course by her husband!).

Tara Odendahl

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Born and raised in a small town in Iowa, Tara attended Iowa Lakes Community College, where she majored in an Associates Degree of Nursing. After graduating in the spring of 2006, she relocated to Des Moines, Iowa to pursue her career and passion as a registered nurse on a neurology floor at Mercy Medical Center. In the fall of 2006, Tara married her handsome love, Steve. They added four sweet children to their family: Ryker {8}, Priya {6} and twin girls, Harper and Haven {3}. In June 2014, with a leap of faith and decided heart, they relocated to Colorado Springs to raise their family in the beautiful state they now call home! After 8 years of working outside of the home, Tara chose to put her career as a registered nurse on hold to embrace the gift of time with her four children. Now a work-from-home mompreneur who is passionate about connecting community, Tara loves the life she now leads as a co-founder of Colorado Springs Moms Blog. A love for all things outdoors, you can find her spending her summer months camping, hiking, & boating with family. Although finding balance is a challenge with 4 littles, Tara has learned to embrace the chaos and be grateful for a blessed & busy home. In her free time (ha!), she enjoys focusing on fitness and a healthy lifestyle, listening to country music, strolling the aisles at Target, spending time with family/friends, and traveling.

 

Photos generously provided by Whitney Elliott Photography

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