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Lynda Lantz

Lynda Lantz Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Executive Team Member
& Managing Editor

Lynda Lantz is originally from Côte d’Ivoire, where she lived until the age of 7 when her family moved to Northern VA. She graduated with a degree in music from George Mason University and went on to work with Cru at four universities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She was living in PA when she met her husband, Steve, on eHarmony and moved to Miami in 2011 just a few days after their wedding. Shortly before becoming a SAHM, she was employed as an adoption caseworker and worked part-time with Cru at UM, and later Johnson & Wales University. Since then, she’s been heavily involved in BSF and MOPS. She loves working with Miami Mom Collective and introducing people to this city she’s come to call home, where she lives with her husband and two children. Connect with Lynda @mybalantzedlife on Instagram.

Becky Salgado

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Executive Team Member
& Business Development Manager

Becky was born-and-raised in Miami where she resides with her husband, raising their 4-year-old daughter and toddler son. She is an equal opportunity dessert consumer, Redsox fan and pun lover who listens to Elvis and enjoys long walks down the aisles at Target. She could live off Kraft mac n cheese, prefers coffee over cocktails and loves a good sale. While she dreams of continuing her travels around the world, she is enjoying frequent visits to the happiest place on earth. Though “mama” is her favorite title, Becky also works as a Social Media Manager with a background in marketing and journalism and believes working from home while taking care of her son should be considered an extreme sport. Becky loves motherhood and is thrilled to be part of this online mom community. For more on Becky’s adventures in motherhood, Disney and bargain shopping, follow her at @beckysalgado_ .

Valerie Barbosa

Valerie Barbosa Miami Moms Blog Contributor

Executive Team Member
& Spanish Editor

Valerie is a Venezuelan-American communications professional and full-time working mom of two. She moved to Miami to study and build a career, and while doing so, ended up building a beautiful family with her Brazilian husband. Inspired in her learning experiences as a wife and mom with a career and a ministry, she created Familia with Purpose, a multicultural parenting blog that reflects her trilingual family and their faith in Christ at the center of their lives to find wisdom, strength, joy and purpose. Valerie is passionate about writing to encourage and inspire families. Follow Valerie on Instagram @familiawithpurpose.

Ailyn Quesada

Ailyn Quesada Miami Moms Blog

Executive Team Member
& Event Coordinator

Ailyn is an adventure-seeking, suburb-living Miami girl who embraces her Cuban roots. She is a Momma of 2 sweet girls and has been married to her college sweetheart for 10 years. She is the Owner of a Luxury Event Planning company called Quintessential Party Planning and successfully executes all of Miami Moms Blog Events!

Becky Gonzalez

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Contributor

Becky is a Miami native, and has lived here all of her life.  Married to her husband for over 20 years, they lead a very active lifestyle along with their three teenagers and Riley, their rescue dog.  Becky loves to teach, and has had the awesome privilege of home educating her children for over twelve years.  She’s also had the opportunity to serve as facilitator, tutor, and director of various local homeschool groups/co-ops.  When not teaching academics, Becky loves to equip, encourage, and empower women through the teaching of her group fitness classes.  She loves to remind participants that fitness is for everybody and every body.  She and her husband run the Miami Marathon each year – he completes the full 26.2 miles, and she runs 13.1 miles for the half – while using it as an opportunity to raise funds for various charities.  Becky and her husband lead various ministries, and their family loves to serve the community through the countless opportunities provided over the past twenty years+ in their local church.  She enjoys filling her “free” time with reading, writing, watching movies, and enjoying time with the family.  Becky has a passion for living her life with grit and grace, and encouraging others to do the same.  You can find her on Instagram @grit.andgrace  and on Twitter @grit_andgrace.

Sharonda Stewart

Sharonda Stewart Miami Moms Blog Contributor

Contributor 

Sharonda Butler Stewart is a wife, mother of three and native of Miami, FL. After graduating from Florida A&M University in 2001, she returned to Miami and became an elementary school teacher. After teaching for 5 years she decided to be a stay at home mom. In 2009, Sharonda created Sporty Mommas LLC, a lifestyle brand for women. Sporty Mommas inspires, empowers and encourages moms of all ages to look and feel their best through apparel, events and giving back to the community. In 2010, she self published The Sporty Mommas Cookbook: A Collection of Multi-Cultural Mommas in the Kitchen.

Vanessa Molina Santamaria

Vanessa Santamaria Bits and Pieces Media Miami Moms Blog Contributor

Founding Contributor

Vanessa is a writer, editor, creative director and project manager who is passionate about bringing stories to life with words, photography and design. In addition to managing several travel publications, she enjoys working on brand marketing strategies and launching print and digital products. A University of Miami graduate, Vanessa has worked as an investigative reporter, managing editor and marketing manager. After working with notable brands such as Target, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine, she was named director of editorial and design at a custom publishing company. She’s also a mentor and a speaker at national media conferences. But her most treasured role is being a mom to Grace and Gianna. Vanessa loves to travel and go on adventures with her husband and their two little girls. Follow her on Instagram @BitsAndPiecesMedia

Adita Yrizarry-Lang

Adita Lang Miami Moms Blog

Founding Contributor 

Adita Yrizarry-Lang is a SuperPower aficionado and mother of 2. Her “Journey” started as a fitness instructor 30+ years ago. Since then, she expanded her endeavors, from a biomechanics and resistance training expert to nutritional guru, mind-body coach, author of SuperPowers, A Busy Woman’s Guide to Health and Happiness and SuperPowers of the Family Kitchen, and women’s advocate for healthy living.  Adita holds a degree in Holistic Nutrition, is a Lv3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the Chek Institute, and has been accredited by several health organizations. She has trained thousands of fitness professionals worldwide and often speaks at schools, Fortune 500 companies, and private organizations on the benefits of quality foods, longevity, and amazing health.

Adita’s mission…encourage individuals to live Inspired. She wants to bring out the challenges and offer solutions to make SuperPowers shine and life thrive on! Visit AditaLang.com, to join her for recipes and more.

Mariela Bonomi

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Events Team

Mariela is Mom to Pedro, an adventurous 6 year old boy. She was born 42 years ago in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an only child she always enjoyed being with family and friends. Mariela loves sports and outdoor activities. She enjoys riding bikes and taking yoga classes. Mariela graduated from Law School and worked at The Court House and also as Assistant District Attorney in criminal cases for 15 years. Pedro was born in 2012 and they moved to Miami in 2013. Key Biscayne and Brickell have been their home since then. Now five years have passed and Pedro is starting first grade in August and Mariela will get another year of experience as a Real Estate Agent. They are still getting to know that The Magic City is much more than Miami Beach.

Alejandra Escalante

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Team Photographer

Alejandra is professional family photographer and mother of 2 daughters. She was born into the warm embrace of Mexico, where family connections and memories are truly revered. As she grew up, her father took countless pictures of her and my two sisters with his always ready camera. To this day, those childhood memories are framed on the wall of her parents’ home. As time passed, she discovered she had a passion for photography and began to tell her family story through her own lens.

Marielena Aguilar

Marielena Aguilar Miami Moms Blog Contributor

Contributor

Marielena is the founder of Jesmart Children Development, an educational consultative agency that provides free advice to parents, and educators to promote children’s success. She began her career as an Early Childhood educator in Venezuela where she is originally from. After moving to Florida, she opened a Family Child Care Center. She later became an Early Childhood assessor and trainer. As an assessor, she has observed thousands of children and educators across the state of Florida. Marielena’s #1 job is being a mom to Johana whom she had at the young age of 18. Her daughter shares her passion for education and graduated with double majors from American University in D.C., and has started a Master’s program at Harvard University. Marielena completed her Master of Education at Nova Southeastern University. She has a missionary soul, guided by God, that loves to travel, and spend time with her family.

Holly Farver

Holly Farver Headshot Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Contributor

Holly has built her life around the value of family first. She is a native of Miami and has lived between Hialeah and Cooper City over the years. She is happily married to her husband of 36 years. They have two adult children that are both married with a child each. Pouring into the next generation is a passion she and her husband share as they both work in local public schools. Entering the season of being a Mimi has been exciting and she loves the giggles of toddler grandchildren. Holly’s faith is very important to her and she enjoys serving her community through the local ministries led by her children. Holly also loves music, reading, traveling, and sweet tea. Her heart is to share with other moms that the role of motherhood can be hard, but she is living proof of the great rewards to come. You are welcome to follow her journey of faith and family @hollefarv on Instagram.

Dianna Hill

Meet Our Contributors Dianna Hill

Contributor & Events Team

My name is Dianna Maria Hill. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida but went away to college in Alabama where I met my husband.  I am a military wife and mom of two. I have a daughter, Jessie (4) and a son, Spencer (1).  I am a labor and delivery nurse at Baptist Hospital and I absolutely love my job!  I truly believe that traveling is good for the soul. My passions include watching  football, eating pizza, and being out on the water.  

Janelle Fuente

Meet Our Contributors Janelle Fuente

Contributor

Meet Janelle, a native Miamian, lively personality with contagious kindness and a lover of early morning quiet moments with a hot cup of dark coffee. She’s an advocate of pressing pause on the daily hustle to enjoy the life and the people right in front of us. After building a career she adored in hospitality and marketing, she made some hard career moves once she became a momma. She’s now growing daily on the entrepreneur journey, creating a life she’s able to savor. She invites you along as she shares her favorite hospitality and small business finds across Miami and as she shares self-care knowledge, tips and tricks… not to mention her natural boosts of encouragement for other women! She chases hard after serving her community through her work and leaving something of worth behind for the next generation. She’s a wife to husband, Gio, and momma to sweet little Liv. You’re invited to hang out with them @janelle_fuente on Instagram!

Verónica Lara

Meet Our Contributors Veronica Lara

Events Team

Hi! My name is Verónica, I am an Ecuadorian living in Miami and soon to be a new mom! I enjoy long days at the beach, ladies’ night or afternoons and of course traveling as much as I can and iced coffee every day of my life. My hubby and I adopted 4 dog babies who are our lives, so we enjoy going to the park too. Last year I started with my home business because of my high risk pregnancy so now I make cakes, pastries and more. It’s something that I wanted to do since I was a little girl in addition to being a writer and a mom so I can now say this is my year! After 4 miscarriages, lots of needles and living far away from everything I know I feel ready to share some experiences with lots of mommies that may want a friend.

Sandra Jacquemin

Meet Our Contributors Sandra Jacquemin

Contributor & Events Team

Sandra was originally born and raised in Miami attributing her upbringing to be of Brazilian influence from her mom and French by her father, so soccer, food, and a lust for life are her love languages (besides the 4 languages she is fluent in). After graduating from Gulliver, she pursued a degree in elementary education in college and then earned her bachelor’s with double majors in marketing and international business from FIU. While finishing up her university studies, she opened her marketing agency working with a vast roster of global brands for 15 years. Fast forwarding, she and her husband Julio (aka ‘Marine’), a former U.S. Marine, are first-time parents to son Marcelo. They currently reside in Pinecrest. She is still in marketing, balances life as a new mom, and will soon be launching a new business with her husband. Sandra joined Miami Mom Collective to encourage and empower other moms by sharing her entrepreneurial experience, Disney adventures, and journey transitioning to a nontoxic life.

Bella Behar

Meet Our Contributors Bella Behar

Contributor & Events Team

Isabella “Bella” Behar is a working mom with an MBA and a background in education. She absolutely loves her tropical home of choice, Miami, and its eclectic neighborhoods. In her past-time she used to blog and write about Miami’s well-known sites as well as its hidden gems. Her whole life changed when her son David was born in May 2018. She felt reborn in her role as a mom so she started redirecting her blogging and social media activities to focus on her life as a parent and became deeply involved in Miami’s mom community. She spent her free time going to mom events, mommy and me classes, and other family friendly activities where she met a lot of like-minded mom bloggers and “mom-influencers.” She is more than excited to join Miami Moms Blog. Connect with Bella on Instagram @isabelita305.

Laura Kennedy

Meet Our Contributors Laura Kennedy

Events Team

Laura is a stay-at-home mom of twin girls, Cali and Gianna, and an adopted Labradoodle. She was born in Colombia and grew up in Miami where she met her Denver native husband, Chad, and together decided to move to Denver in 2010. After almost ten years, they decided to move their family back to Miami to raise their girls close to family and surrounded by the diversity of culture, food, and art that only the Magic City could offer. Prior to the mom gig, she worked as an industrial engineer and project manager for American Express Travel and later Travelport. In additional to contributing to Miami Moms Blog, she created her own space in 2017, TwinJamJam, with the intent to connect with other parents by sharing her experiences, easy and difficult, as a mom of twins. She is passionate about empowering families find strength and inspiration in their own journeys as parents. You can follow her multicultural, twin mama life on Instagram @twinjamjam.

Diana Garcia

Meet Our Contributors Diana Garcia

Events Team

Diana Llanso Garcia is a Miami native who is currently living down south in Homestead! She a stepmommy of a 10-year-old and mom to a 4 and 1-year-old. Did she mention they’re all girls? Her poor husband, even their family dog is a girl. She is currently a full-time claims adjuster for homeowner claims. She went to school abroad for college although she is not currently practicing what she went to school for. She loves spending time with her girls and her husband exploring new things in their city. Starbucks and Target runs are a definition of a good time in this household! One thing for sure is their house runs on faith, love and coffee!

Rachelle Haime

Meet Our Contributors Rachelle Haime

Contributor

Rachelle is a public relations manager turned SAHM. She was born in Miami but spent most of her life moving between Florida and Colombia, finally moving back to Florida in 2017 with her husband and 2 kids. Her experience with postpartum depression inspired her to become a maternal mental health advocate, and she started The Plentiful Cup blog and social media accounts because no mom should feel alone or unsupported. Rachelle shares her story in hopes that other women will feel more comfortable speaking up, asking for help, and practicing self-care to support their mental health. Moms gladly do everything for our families, but then what happens to us? She wants moms to know that taking care of themselves is just as important as taking care of their families and that they shouldn’t feel guilty about practicing self-care. We cannot fill anyone’s cup if ours is empty!

Ana-Sofia Navarrete DuLaney

Meet Our Contributors Ana-Sofia Navarrete DuLaney

Contributor

Ana-Sofia is a Miami native that chose to never leave her hometown.  She attended FIU and is an attorney that graduated from the University of Miami School of Law.  Ana-Sofia finally became more than friends with her childhood neighbor after more than 10 years, and now they are happily married! She was a proud dog mom before she became a human mom, and after the birth of their now two-year-old son, Ana-Sofia has been lucky enough to work from home.  She loves traveling with her husband and son but also loves staying home curled up on the couch.  An avid Dave Matthews fan, Ana-Sofia is also a grammar freak, Harry Potter obsessed, Heat and UM cheering, and gardening loving mama that hopes she’s doing right by her son while trying to reduce her ecological footprint.  Follow her on Instagram as she tries to live each day fully @TheAnaMachine.

Rossemary Perez

Meet Our Contributors Rossemary Perez

Events Team

Rossemary is a mom of two, a boy and girl ages 22 and 19, and a wife of an amazing husband who is a very hard worker. She is a dog mom to their Chihuahua, Tina, who is 6 years old and very, very spoiled!  She promises she will introduce each one of them to all of us. Back in the Dominican Republic where she was born and lived most of her life, she had an event planning business–a decoration and a party accessory store. Handcrafting and party planning is her passion so when she moved to Miami two and a half years ago she decided to start @creativebyrosse as a hobby and it has since taken off in a way she could never have imagined. She so grateful for all the support!

Jennifer Espino de Sera

Meet Our Contributors Jennifer Espino de Sera

Events Team

Jennifer Espino de Sera is a disciplined business professional with a strong logistics and strategic planning background specializing in the automotive industry.  Originally from New York, Jennifer moved to Miami at the age of eight and later pursued the art of Flamenco dancing, among other artistic expressions. She received her degree in psychology, and subsequently her MBA at Florida International University where she met her best friend and husband, Julio.  They have two amazing and curious little boys: Julio IV (5) and Joshua (3). Jennifer loves enjoying what Miami has to offer by exploring local parks, Zoo Miami, the myriad museums in South Florida, as well as live music events. God comes first in Jennifer’s life, and that of her family; a message that she aspires to bring to the lives of all of those around her.

Luisa Loynaz

Meet Our Contributors Luisa Loynaz

Events Team

Luisa is a born and raised Miami girl, but don’t let that fool you, there’s some country in this momma! Some of her favorite childhood memories include spending time on her stepfather’s ranch, learning how to ride horses, shoot up some targets, and play a mean game of pool! She studied education at MDC & FIU, but found a new path in life. Currently, she spends her days as a SAHM raising her two beautiful girls, helping run the family DJ/lighting/photobooth/special effects business, and trying to be a better wife, daughter and mother every day. She met her husband in 2008 on Facebook when he would promote his DJ clubbing days and would never step foot in a club. They’ve been married for 7 years and have two beautiful girls, Emma Sophia and Everly Grace. She looks forward to working and helping the Miami Moms Blog community any way she can.

Candice Carricarte

Meet Our Contributors Candice Carricarte

Contributor

Candice teaches female business-owners how to get unstuck while focusing on what brings joy and income. She’s been in marketing and business development for over 20 years and blogging has been a creative outlet for the last 2 years. She’s passionate about encouraging mothers to believe that they are not defined by their accomplishments but they are fully worthy of receiving abundant blessings in life. Originally from a military family who settled in small-town North Alabama, she learned that happiness is a choice, regardless of where you call home. She’s lived in Miami for 12 years and resides with her husband and four young children. Prior to motherhood, Candice was a triathlete and still enjoys an active lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and traveling; she’s overly enthusiastic about many things in life, not the least of which is avocado and sparkling water 🙂 Follow her on Instagram @candicecarricarte.

Jessica Socarras

Meet Our Contributors Jessica Socarras

Contributor & Events Team

Jessica is a mom, wife, and Realtor®. A Miami native, whose variety of life experiences has molded her into the giving and passionate person she is today. Jessica and her husband have been married for 4 years and are currently navigating the turbulent waters of 2 boys under the age of 2. Becoming a mom has inspired her search for a community of strong, encouraging mothers and a willingness to support others on the same journey balancing family and entrepreneurship. Follow along @jessyourmiamirealtor on Instagram.

Amanda Bond

Meet Our Contributors Amanda Bond

Events Team

Amanda grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania as an athlete with a passion for health and fitness. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 2004 and a master’s in elementary education from the University of Miami in 2006. Amanda quickly fell in love with the beautiful city of Miami and has since resided with her husband Craig, daughter Jayda, and son Terrence. Amanda and her family enjoy traveling, cruising to new places, and living an active lifestyle. Prior to growing her loving family, Amanda worked as an elementary teacher and swim instructor. With a passion to continue in the field of health and fitness, Amanda is now a certified coach for The FASTer Way and a Zyia Active rep. She has taken her love of education from the classroom, to the online community where she empowers women to feel confident and be the healthiest version of themselves. Follow her on Instagram @fitfam.mom2.

Gabriela Morales

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Contributor

Gabriela Morales is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2004 from Universidad de Carabobo-Venezuela. She married her college sweetheart in 2006. In 2012, she was transferred to USA because of her job, and came with her family. She is a working wife and mom to her 6 years old daughter and 10 year old son. She has her own clothing brand for kids with skin problems, which was created after her daughter was diagnosed with severe eczema. She is an advocate for eczema sufferers and wants to create awareness about it. She also has her own blog https://sumycotton.com/blog/, where she writes about living with a kid with a chronic condition. She loves to travel, play with her kids, enjoy a good cup of coffee with her peers, and a movie night with her husband.

Esther McCant

Meet Our Contributors Esther McCant

Contributor & Events Team

Esther McCant is a Miami native of Haitian-American descent.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Miami where she met her husband, tech engineer and pro drummer, Donnell. She worked at the Department of Children Child Care Licensing office before she began their family. She began a master’s program in public health: disease prevention and health promotion at FIU. After planning her wedding, she paused to begin their family. She owes her passion for birth work to her four natural deliveries of four boys. After discovering her drive to teach, she trained as a DONA birth doula, midwife assistant, certified lactation counselor and Hypnobirthing childbirth educator. She utilizes the personal growth and business coaching support she receives to run her business as a birth professional to help Miami moms #birthbetter and achieve their breastfeeding goals. She also mentors new doulas who are just getting started. She is passionate about serving moms who want more confidence during and beyond their birth experience and breastfeeding journey so they can contribute to their society. Contact Esther on the Metro Mommy Agency Facebook page and @icandoula on Instagram. 

Illiett Ojeda

Meet Our Contributors Illiett Ojeda

Contributor & Events Team

Meet Illiett! Known to walk to the beat of her own drum. She strives for constant growth and isn’t afraid of the climb to achieve it. Illiett is an energetic and soul-spirited wife and mom to a supportive husband of 13 years and momma to a dynamic duo: Kash and Maui. This pair are collectively her tropical island and the proud owners of all her grey hairs (ha). Her children’s busy sports schedule has allowed her to master the very gracious bleacher hop which she wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a mom is just one of her many passion projects. When she is not working her corporate 9 to 5, she picks up her second wind and works on her side hustle. The need to have a creative outlet and a full calendar has always been something that drives her. Illiett has set out to use her past teaching and communications degrees – as well as her innate passion for inspiring to create connections through motivational speaking and DIY workshops. Her recent project of #Chasinbalance is a platform that allows her to empower and provide resources through intentional vision board sessions, wellness retreats, DIYs, and fitness guidance.  She invites you to follow along @illiett to experience the journey of balancing the unpredictable mom-preneur life. 

Zoe Costa

Meet Our Contributors Zoe Costa

Contributor & Events Team

Dr. Costa is a military spouse who is currently stationed in Miami, FL.  Her husband serves Active Duty in the the Coast Guard.  Together they have two beautiful girls who are 6 and 3 yrs old.  Moving every 3-4yrs made it challenging to pursue her career as a chiropractor, due to her husband’s job. Together, they made the difficult decision to pause her career until both of her girls were in school.  Dr. Costa had the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of the human body teaching anatomy and physiology at the college level when stationed in Long Island, NY.  Since moving to The Sunshine State, she has dedicated and focused her time to raising her daughters while working part-time as an online health and fitness coach.  Dr. Costa continues to educate her clients on how to live healthy and fulfilling lives through proper nutrition and fitness.  Follow along with her @survivalofthefittish_mom on Instagram.

Kristen Llorca

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As a dancer, Kristen was always engrossed by the beauty of movement. Though it wasn’t until her first yoga class over twenty years ago that she realized the importance of the mind-body connection. She has since dedicated her life to guiding others in exploring the relationship between the mind, body, and Spirit. Currently residing in Miami, Kristen regularly teaches yoga and meditation in local schools and online. She is also the founder and creative director of Wild Wonder, a family wellness and travel platform that helps families connect to their inner sense of wonder. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications and journalism and a Master of Music in performing arts management from Florida International University. As a journalist, Kristen contributes to all Wild Wonder publications, while she also enjoys writing fantasy fiction. To learn more visit, wearewildwonder.com and follow on social @wearewildwonder.

Karla Camacho

Meet Our Contributors Karla Camacho

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Karla is a professional marketer, a passionate storyteller. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they are the loving parents of three-year-old Lorenzo. She is originally from Venezuela and moved to Miami 8 years ago to pursue a master’s degree in public relations. When not at work or spending time with her family, she likes listening to podcasts, writing, and spending time with friends. She looks forward to a future where she will work from home on her own business while spending additional quality time with her family. She will be sharing her experience as she journeys on the path of becoming a business owner.

Krystal Giraldo

Meet Our Contributors Krystal Giraldo

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Krystal Giraldo works full-time and is a momma to one rambunctious toddler and step-momma to one thriving pre-teen. Her bachelor’s degree in psychology has really allowed her to excel at work and at home in the role of mom and stepmom. She has lived in Miami all her life (although born in New Jersey, her Puerto Rican mom and Colombian dad moved her here to Miami just shy of 3 months old). She met the love of her life online (like a true millennial) and has embraced all life changes with good books and cafecitos. She tends to overwork and overthink which is what makes her so relatable to other moms. She is also an exceptional planner which helped her land the position as coordinator in the Domestic Violence Unit for the 11th Judicial Circuit. Krystal enjoys traveling, attending community events, eating sushi and trying all the red wines. This momma strives to continue strengthening and growing her village through her family and friends, both local and out of state. And cannot wait to connect more with her virtual tribe within the Miami Moms Blog community.

Rachel Hulsund

Meet Our Contributors Rachel Hulsund

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Rachel was born and raised in the beautiful country of Norway. She’s married to her best friend, Andreas, and together they have two beautiful children, Jayden who’s 6 and Olivia who’s 3. She has a bachelor’s in children’s welfare, and for the past 10 years, she has been working with child services back home in Norway. In July 2019 they sold their house and moved to Miami. Even though she’s new to Miami, it feels like home.

Meli Rentas

Meet Our Contributors Meli Rentas

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Meli Rentas is a Miami-raised girl with Cuban-American parents. She was born in Fort Worth Texas were her dad was attending Southwestern Theological Seminary. After her dad completed seminary, Meli’s family moved back to Miami when she was four years old. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in mental health counseling from Florida International University. She is also a state-certified school and guidance counselor and exceptional student educator. She has worked as a teacher, youth and adult counselor, and loves to help and serve families. After marrying and having her first son, Meli decided to stay home and dedicate herself to this new role as a mom. Throughout the past five years, she has both witnessed and experienced the real mental and emotional hardships of motherhood. It is her desire to encourage and equip mothers with all she’s learned both in mental health and as a mom on navigating this role with joy, love, and peace.

Minerva Roca

Meet Our Contributors Minerva Roca

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Minnie is an outgoing, sweet, caring, and trustworthy 30-year-old Miami native of Cuban nationality. I am a mommy of 3, an 11-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old girl. I am a special needs mom. I love everything having to do with self-improvement for the mind-body and spirit. I have struggled with, and currently have, depression and anxiety. I am book smart, love school and learning, and have managed to finish my associate’s degree, finish a certification in event and wedding planning, and am finishing my bachelor’s degree in human resources and marketing. I have used my knowledge in marketing to build my Instagram, @imperfectlyminnie, am currently launching my own blog, ImperfectlyMinnie.com to help other women and moms, and might look into YouTube in the future. I love to travel and dance and you can usually find me at therapy with the kids, at school, or at my grandpa’s house.

Janeris Marte

Meet Our Contributors Janeris Marte

Contributor & Events Team

Janeris Marte is a mom, wife, professional photographer, Christian, and foster care/adoption advocate. She was born in New York to Dominican parents and transplanted in Miami in 1989. Janeris is empowered by being a strong Afro-Latina. She’s a foster mom and adopted 2 of her girls. Their adoption sparked the passion to photograph adoption families along with traditional families and branding for small businesses. She has been a photographer for over 20 years and is a master in her craft. She’s won several awards and has been published in numerous publications. Her true passion is caring for children and she’s commonly seen advocating for children in the system. She founded a non-profit that celebrates Sweet 16s of teens in foster care and involves the community in her efforts. You can find her on Instagram, telling stories of amazing families she photographs @janerisstudios or on her website Janeris.com.

Cindy Herdé

Meet Our Contributors Cindy Herde

Contributor & Events Team

Cindy Herdé is a pediatric speech and language pathologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. She has over 15 years of experience working within various clinical settings in the pediatric feeding field. Throughout her professional career she has navigated the developmental feeding journey with countless families, working closely with pediatricians, gastroenterologists, nutritionists, lactation consultants, behavior analysts, and of course, parents and caregivers. Becoming a parent in the spring of 2015 completely transformed her professional perspective. She learned first-hand about the anxieties and concerns that come with parenthood. This shifted her focus from therapy to educating families and providers on how to overcome developmental feeding difficulties. As a result, she established her own pediatric feeding consultancy, /Talk Eat Play/, in 2016. Her articles have appeared in several professional publications as well as media outlets. She is a recurrent speaker at pediatric conventions and also an adjunct faculty member at Albizu University. Born and raised in Aruba, Cindy attended the University of Central Florida – Go Knights! – and has lived in different parts of the country, including Orlando, Boston, and Chicago. She now resides in Coconut Grove with her husband and two children. 

Daniela Muir

Meet Our Contributors Daniela Muir

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Daniela is a first time mama to a precious 1 year old baby boy, Oscar. She was born in Ecuador, but was been raised in Miami. She met her husband in law school in South Carolina, and after graduation they moved down to Miami– even though he didn’t speak a word of Spanish! They are creating their own Ecuadorian-American traditions for their family, navigating meshing cultures and trying to establish a bilingual household. Daniela lives in Doral with her husband, her son, and their 1-year-old puppy. Crazy enough, their son and their dog are only 1 month apart. As an attorney, it has been interesting navigating the working mom ropes. She is lucky to be able to work from home some days, which has made all the difference. Daniela enjoys cooking, baking, traveling with her family, and dancing it out in the living room with her son after a long day. She is always interested in finding healthier ways to enjoy food, trying to run a cleaner household, and simplifying the never-ending mom list. All while running after a very energetic toddler! Follow along on @danielasmuir to get a glimpse into their family!  

Lorena Lougedo-Rodriguez

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Lorena Lougedo was born/raised in Miami. She embraces her Cuban roots like a true Cuban-American. A game of dominoes and Latin music (she loves to dance) will make her day. Lorena enjoys laughing and spending time with her family/friends; a good time is always welcomed, as she says. As a full-time gifted teacher with her master’s in education, Lorena loves teaching reading/language arts to her students; she has a passion for reading and writing. At the age of 24, Lorena married her best friend. She has been married for 8 years now. Lorena is honored to be the mother of two children, a 4-year-old (daughter) and a 2-year-old (son). Every single day, Lorena strives to be the best momma she can be, while managing a household and working a full-time job. She is strong like a mother. Lorena is excited to be part of the Miami Mom Collective community.

Ivetsy Fernandez

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Ivetsy Fernandez a single, full-time working mom to a beautiful 7-year-old baby girl named Sophia. She was born in “Quisqueya la Bella,” Dominican Republic and her parents flew her to New York City from a very young age where she was raised with her two siblings. She moved to Miami in 2016 looking for better opportunities, and fell in love with the city and its warm weather! You can follow Sophia and Ivetsy’s adventures on Instagram @Lovelylife_Rose

Aymee Blanco

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Aymee Grace Blanco is a native Miamian with a Cuban heritage. She resides in Pinecrest with her husband, Alex Blanco, and their 2, soon to be 3, daughters, Anabelle (6) and Audrey (3). She attended the University of Miami where she received her B.A. degree in sociology and proceeded to attend and graduate from FIU’s College of Law. She has practiced in the areas of family law, real estate law, bankruptcy, and most recently was a state prosecutor for the Department of Children and Families. In her role as a prosecutor and working with struggling families, she learned the importance of social awareness, community involvement, and compassion for others. She carries these values into her current role as a SAHM and blogger now pursuing her other passions in event planning and interior design via www.thewhitepinehome.com which offers event and home styling services. Follow her at @thewhitepinehome.

Jessica Alvarez-Ducos

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Jessica Alvarez-Ducos was born in Havana, Cuba, where she lived until age 4. Her parents came to Miami, Florida to set their roots and open the doors to endless possibilities. Jessica graduated from FIU with a degree in political science, international relations, and psychology. After working in the legal field for over eleven years, Jessica and her husband decided it was time to start their family. Today Jessica is a stay-at-home mom. In July 2020, Jessica decided to create Game of Moms after receiving much encouragement from her family and close friends. Through her page, she hopes to provide honesty while inspiring unification, fun, crafts, and travel. Follow her on Instagram @gameofmoms

Monica Auslander Moreno

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Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN is the founder of Essence Nutrition, a group practice of 11 registered dietitians who work with pediatrics and adults. She is the dietitian for the Miami Marlins and is the visiting dietitian specialist at Ocean Reef Resort and Club. Before opening her practice, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida and earned her Master’s of Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University. Monica has spoken at national conferences and delivered hundreds of presentations, been featured in various print and media publications, and maintains membership within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group, Integrative Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Collegiate and Professionals Sports Dietitians Association, and Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. She has been a member of the Junior League of Miami since 2011, is the Diversity Liaison for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is a past co-chair and current board member of Jewish Community Services of South Florida’s Young Alliance. She recently won the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman in Healthcare of the Year award. Follow her on Instagram @eatlikemonica.

Kristin Parke

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As a native, Kristin loves living in South Florida with her husband and miracle daughter. As an Enneagram 7, she enjoys being spontaneous and is fueled by being with others and a good coffee! Her Type-A personality enjoys a good checklist which is helping a lot these days as she embraces the beautiful chaos of being a new mom! She enjoys exploring new finds in her city, seeing the sun and palm trees every day, and experiencing the vast amount of beautiful cultures and activities in South Florida with family and friends! A SAHWM, Kristin holds an MBA in international business and works in PR & marketing for a national nonprofit. She has experience working for a pregnancy resource center and in development for foster children and unaccompanied children. Kristin likes to keep it real in a culture of counterfeit and considers community not just nice but necessary. She believes we are all uniquely designed with amazing gifts and enjoys encouraging women to fully utilize those gifts! Follow and connect with her at @kristinparke.  

Ann Keil Dux

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Ann Keil Dux, MBA, is an Emmy award-winning television journalist turned communications consultant, on-camera readiness coach, media trainer, and brand strategist. She founded Miami-based consulting firm Dux Communications with a singular focus in mind: Adopt a journalistic approach to communicating the unique passion and purpose of companies, causes, and their leaders. Her firm’s high-value service areas include public speaking, on-camera media training, virtual presentation, and multimedia content creation for corporate, non-profit, and governmental leadership and their teams. Ann often lends her voice as a communications expert, moderator, spokesperson, or panelist to documentary-style video productions, and educational, in-person, and virtual programming. She has long supported the non-profit sector through advocacy and volunteerism and currently serves as co-chair of United Way of Miami-Dade’s Young Leaders that is more than 600 members strong. Family time typically includes an outdoor adventure with her husband, son, and 90lb Rhodesian ridgeback. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Jacqueline Jebian Garcia

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Jacqui is an old soul and finds joy in all things vintage. If she could live in this VW van while singing old tunes with her guitar, she would! She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from FAU and a master’s degree in speech language pathology from FlU. Through singing, she grew an interest in the relationship between music, language, and the brain. She is passionate about combining music and creativity into her multi-sensory approach in order to improve overall use of functional communication skills in a more hands-on way. She is even more passionate about her amazing husband of 8 years and their two children, Joshua and Jovi. She is a wife and a mama before being an SLP. She is honest and transparent about all things motherhood, marriage, and mental health. She sparks her creativity frequently through singing, music, painting, and DIY as her therapeutic outlet (aside from psychotherapy). She invites you to follow along @diyspeechiemommy on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy to experience her journey of DIY, speech therapy, motherhood, and everything else life brings that falls in between. 

Alexa Gonzalez

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Alexa is a registered nurse and proud mother of two girls. She was born in Miami and raised on croquetas, “café con leche,” and beach days. Alexa works in labor and delivery (at the same hospital where she was born) and has a passion for all things revolving around pregnancy, birth, baby, and postpartum. She often helps new moms in her community on matters such as the birthing process, baby sleep, and lactation. Prior to becoming a nurse, Alexa spent several years as a dance teacher. This gave her an early introduction to caring for kids before having little ones of her own in 2018 and 2020. Alexa owes a lot of her success as a parent to her number one supporter: her husband – a lieutenant for the City of Miami Fire Department. She is also the “mom” to two rescue dogs. Her interests include coffee, shopping, and arts & crafts. Connect with Alexa on Instagram @alexaalt.

Brittany Aquart

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Brittany is a pediatric physical therapist and owner of Lemon City Therapy. She has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings, from the NICU to outpatient clinics to in-home therapy. She and her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, Andrew, are both Miami natives and proud UM alumni. They currently live in Little Haiti with their two young boys. Brittany loves all things culture, art, music, and food-related, and is always down for a good cup of coffee. Pre-pandemic days, there was nothing she loved more than going to a new restaurant with good friends, but backyard hangs are a satisfying trade-off. At home, you can catch her experimenting with gluten-free recipes in the kitchen, or taking a walk to the park down the street with her boys. Connect with Brittany @lemoncitytherapy on Instagram and Facebook.

Meredith Kallaher

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Meredith Kallaher is a Texas native who adores Miami, her home of almost 10 years, where she lives with her 3 teenagers and husband Vince. To cope with the stresses of moving with toddlers across the country to a city where she knew no one but her husband’s new boss, Meredith started writing a blog: “Meredith in Miami” which provided an awesome creative outlet and gave Meredith reason to explore her new town, meet people and share what she found with both new and old friends. The success of this blog led to her purchase of The Scout Guide Miami, a franchised publication guided by the principle that everything you need to live a well-curated life can be found within your own community. Ultimately she opened an agency, Meredith Kallaher Marketing, LLC where she helps business owners use conversion copy and digital advertisements to expand their reach and explode their sales.

Dina Garcia

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After healing her relationship with food and reversing her pre-diabetes, Dina Garcia has developed a true passion for helping others live the happy, healthy lives they deserve, free from preoccupations with food and body image. As a dietitian-nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and founder of Vida Nutrition and Conscious Living, she is all about helping her clients ditch diets, build a healthy relationship with food, and find practical solutions that make healthy eating DO-able. She’s constantly juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship but enjoys the flexibility that being her own boss provides her family. Dina has been featured on CBS Miami and in Bustle, Self, Women’s Health, Livestrong, Thrillest, Simple Most, Business News Daily, and more. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics in 2005 at Ball State University, then her supervised practice in 2006 at California State University, Fresno. You can follow Dina on IG and FB.

Ana Gabriela Caballeros

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Gabriela was born and raised in Guatemala. She left the country when she was 16 to pursue her dreams and complete high school in Hong Kong. She’s married to her sweet love, Manolo, and together they have two beautiful children, Aurora and Samuel. In 2019 they moved to Miami and started a new life. She is a social scientist with a master’s in development studies and is currently dedicating herself to raising her kids. She loves long-distance running and has completed 7 full marathons. Her dream is to travel and participate in different marathons around the world. She also enjoys literature, philosophy and can be found on Instagram as @gabicaballeros

Kristina Fiorentino

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Kristina is a Miami native. Together with her husband Julian, they have three children five and under – Isaac, Olive, and Eloise. Within the last few years, they have embraced “rural living” in Miami. They live on a farm in the Redlands where Kristina runs a hands-on educational program inviting school groups and members of the community to their homestead in order to learn about and enjoy a morning on the farm. She is a former teacher, a life-long learner, and wears many hats – most recently beekeeper. Kristina is big on engaging with the local community; after all, it takes a village! Follow Kristina and her adventures on Instagram @kristinafiorentino and @thelittlefarmmiami.

Angie Irizarry

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Angie was born and raised in Miami, to Cuban parents. She attended FIU where she obtained her degree in hospitality management. She is a self-proclaimed hotel expert and has over 17 years of experience in the hotel industry, holding positions with Marriott, Kimpton, and Hyatt. She now lives in Miramar with her husband, two children, and miniature schnauzer, Bronx. Angie is a mom to a 10-year-old boy and an 8-year-old little girl. Her oldest, Matthew, has autism. Matthew has inspired her to create awareness and to create a more understanding and inclusive world for those on the spectrum. In her spare time, (If she ever has any!) Angie enjoys attending cardio dance classes, baking, attending her church, and spending time with her family.

Alisa Britton

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Alisa Britton was born in Minnesota but has lived in Miami, Florida since she was just two years old. She married her husband in 2012 and they welcomed two baby girls together in 2018 and 2020. With a degree in organizational psychology, Alisa worked in sales and management for 12 years before becoming a SAHM in February 2020. During her time as a SAHM, she has focused on her health and wellness and now coaches with Beachbody from home. She loves all things competitive so you can often find her cheering on her fantasy football team or playing Cuban dominoes with family. She looks forward to being a part of the Miami Mom Collective community so they can share life, love, and laughs together while navigating motherhood in the city. You can follow Alisa as she journeys through family, her health and wellness journey, and life in Miami at @mombodliving.