Meet Your Charleston Moms Blog Team
Celina was born and raised around New Orleans, Louisiana. She married her best friend, Chuck at 25 years old and was blessed with two boys shortly thereafter. Cullen is five and Camden is three. Their energy and pure love of life keep her going. She has recently planted new roots right outside Charleston, SC where they still say y’all. Although she is currently a stay at home mom (S.A.H.M.) she has a doctorate in pharmacy. She is slightly obsessed with scrapbooking every picture her family has ever taken, loves venturing to the beach almost every chance she gets and experiencing everything southern!
Jennifer was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Child Development and Special Education. She and her husband moved to the Charleston area in 2003. They have three daughters ages 10, 7, and 5. Jennifer is a stay at home Mom and a writer. You can find her blog at www.my3grits.com
She is also a group leader for Proverbs31.org Online Bible Studies. Jen’s passions include connecting to and encouraging women on their journey of motherhood. She enjoys walking on the beach, reading, exploring Charleston restaurants and spending time with her family and friends.
Aurore, a French native, moved to London, UK at the age of 21 to learn English. She met her husband, a British/American, while working for an IT firm there. They married in 2009 and moved to NYC that same year.
When she got pregnant in 2010, Aurore and her husband started looking for their next home. They discovered Charleston in a movie, came to visit and loved it so much they moved 7 months later in early 2012 when their first daughter was 6 months old. They currently live in West Ashley with their two daughters and Scarlett the pug. Aurore and family are ready for their next adventure! They decided to follow her American Dream, sell everything and start traveling cross country in an RV with the family. The big departure is planned for spring 2017! You can follow their journey at French Mom with American Dreams. In order to provide for the family on the road, Aurore is taking a break from working as a birth doula and natural childbirth educator to start her own Ecommerce business with Rodan and Fields.
Heather, born and raised in New Jersey, has always loved the South, and showed her family what living here could be like when they attended her brother’s wedding. And just like that, the decision was made! Her family fell in love with Charleston and decided to take the leap and move. She moved in 2015 with her husband Brian and their 4-year-old son, Henry. Shortly after arriving, they welcomed a new addition to their family, an English Bulldog named Deacon! They are excited for this new chapter and look forward to all that Charleston has to offer.
Prior to moving, Heather was a therapist in a private practice working with children and adults on the autism spectrum as well as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and processing disorders. Taking some time off from being a full time therapist, Heather is enjoying exploring the area and spending time with her son. Heather is passionate about reading, anything pop culture, meeting new people, and being a foodie, checking out all the wonderful cuisine the area has to offer.
Kristy is a Pennsylvania girl at heart, but has lived on both the East and West coast after graduating from college. Kristy has called Charleston home since 2008, when she and her husband ventured to South Carolina for their careers. Kristy is forever attempting to find the magical equation to managing life as a career-driven pharmacist, professor and momma. Kristy is passionate about living a healthy life – and attempting to get her daughters to eat their vegetables. Her home is filled with a lot of laughs and drama with Kenzie, her fierce 6 year old and Kearyn, her kind-hearted 4 year old.
Active in both state and national pharmacy professional organizations, she is passionate about advocating for the profession of pharmacy. Kristy travels routinely presenting on medications, patient education and teaching philosophies. She is also a proud member of the Center for Women – Charleston.
Kristy attempts to maintain her inner peace with yoga, barre, running and a fair share of good wine.
Ali has lived in California, Texas, Arizona, and Oregon- her dad was in the Army so she experienced living in several cities as a child. In 2015 Ali and her family decided that they wanted to live closer to family so they traded in their home for a travel trailer and spent a summer traveling across the country with the end goal being Charleston, SC. Ali worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for ten years (yes, she has some fantastic stories!) Ali later decided to follow her true passion and start working full time as a nutritional therapist. After experiencing her own health scares she saw firsthand the difference that food could truly make in one’s mental and physical health. Ali runs Island Health SC, a nutritional therapy practice on James Island and also works as a nutritional consultant for different restaurants in the Charleston area.
When Ali is not busy geeking out on nutrition she is driving her 13 year old daughter and her 11 year old son to soccer, basketball, football, and track practice. She also loves spending time on the beach with their German Shepherd. Ali and her husband are really enjoying eating at the wonderful restaurants that the Charleston area offers. (Photo Credit: Five Waters Photography)
Shara taught special education in Rockville, Maryland before moving to the Charleston area to settle down. In 2009, she and her husband Dave welcomed their oldest daughter, Jayna, and Shara decided to become a stay-at-home mom. She started to chronicle her family’s life and share pictures online for extended family. But instead, her DIY posts, recipes and parenting tips took over, and her blog, Palmettos and Pigtails was born! In 2011, Amelia was born, followed by Lincoln in 2014. Three active kids under 7 keep her very busy, but somehow Shara still manages to teach her readers how to do simple projects at home, give parenting tips and share all of the fun things her family does! She also loves to sew for her kids, and sells her baby accessories at many craft shows in the LowCountry.
Betty Sweet Atkinson
Betty Sweet (double name like Mary Anne) was born in Macon, Georgia and raised by a very Southern and obviously eclectic family. There she attended a small K-12 school and 4 (and a half) years later graduated from the University of Florida with an English/ Creative Writing Major, believing she might just be a poet one day. She returned to Macon and after a few glorious years of teaching elementary school, reckless ebaying and drinking wine with her mom she decided it was time for big changes. In the summer of 2003, she fell hard for the easy going pace of Charleston, South Carolina, and a year later fell hard for a Citadel boy. They were married in 2007 and now reside in Mount Pleasant, the proud parents to three children, all of whom seem bright and none of whom seem civilized.
Betty Sweet works part-time as a research assistant and full-time as a wife and mother. She is hopelessly devoted to her family and her friends and in her free time, she deeply appreciates good conversations and thoughtful gestures (but cold cocktails and warm laughter will suffice). She’s known to stay up late searching for the right words to capture what it is to be here, in this place called adulthood (which surprisingly isn’t anything like Melrose Place). She always tries to live vulnerably and she sometimes uses her good china. You can read more from her at bettysweetwrites.
Caitlin is a new mama to three month old James and has enjoyed the Charleston life for 5 years. She is learning how to balance a full-time job and motherhood and has found through this short yet full journey so far, that she is passionate about supporting other mamas! When she’s not working as the MLS Coordinator for the Charleston area, or writing for her blog, Gold&Grace, she’s usually exploring Charleston with James and her husband Parker, and eating at their favorite restaurants.
Marie began teaching and coaching track following her 2001 graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a Masters in Secondary Education and Undergraduate degree in English. Marie and her husband Mike met in Northern Virginia, and soon after their marriage in 2006, they started a new adventure in Mount Pleasant. Marie taught and coached at Wando High School through 2014. When Mike and Marie welcomed their daughter Macey into the world, Marie became a full-time mom. Creating art projects, reading stories, running, dancing, playing in the driveway, and taking beach trips are the best part of her family fun with Mike, Macey and their dog, Pippa.
Mary grew up in the coastal town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC. I have been a beach lover my whole life which is what brought me to Charleston. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS in Exercise Science. I met my husband, Chris, in college. After living in the city for many years, we felt a pull to get back to the coast. We moved to Charleston in 2004. In 2011 we decided it was time to start our next adventure. We have two daughters; 4 years old and almost 1. My family and I love exploring the city and being outside. If it involves outdoors or water, we are there! I have a full time work at home job that I work with the children at home. My days are busy, fun, stressful, exciting, exhausting, and adventurous.
Allison escaped the frozen tundra of Minnesota for the sunshine and beaches of Charleston a little over two years ago . She now lives with her husband, toddler, and American Bulldog on James Island and is expecting her second boy in October (she’s totally outnumbered with a house full of boys)! Balancing working from home for the business she owns with her husband and raising two boys under 2 will be Allison’s newest challenge! She loves exploring Charleston with her little family and writes about their day-to-day adventures on her blog, Happy Little Honey.
A South Carolina native, Erica is originally from the Upstate and has recently moved back to Charleston with her family after a 10 year, traffic-filled hiatus in Atlanta, GA. Having lived in only two states she likes to explore different cultures through travel and food.
Aubrey is a mid(ish) 30’s gal, born and raised in Atlanta, but has affectionately called Charleston home for the last 10 years. She spent a good many years traveling the states and abroad after college while all of her friends were settling down and starting families. Once she settled here, she met her husband of five years through a series of random circumstances and friends- however, don’t be surprised if he tells you it was MySpace! Ha!! They have three fur babies and just recently welcomed “the twirls” (twin girls) after years of struggles, through a combination of faith, science, and lots of love (and needles, and appointments, and amazing docs,etc..). She is an advocate for the infertility community and being real through the process of it and now mommahood. You can most often find her working out (or dressed like she did), drinking lukewarm coffee, or at a local brewery- yes, with her hubs and twirls in tow! She chronicles her escapades at For the Love of Mom Genes on Instagram and Facebook, and is revamping her blog so stay tuned for that.
Amber is a native Texan who moved to Summerville with her family in June 2015. The transition from career banker of fifteen years to a stay at home mom and moving halfway across the country where they knew no one was a challenge, but totally worth it. Now settled, Amber has become a paint brush wielding interior decorator who loves to build new things through her business, Chandler by Design. But her most important job is to be an example to her kiddos, Lily (8) and Luke (5). Amber’s newest hobby is running and now that she has completed her first individual 5k she is headed towards a half marathon.
Amy grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her dream was to make the world a better place by improving the environment for everyone. After getting her dream job in Texas, she met the love her of her life, Evan; they had a beautiful daughter Maggie, in 2012 and moved to Mount Pleasant in 2013. Amy intended on continuing to work in the field of Sustainability (all things green and ecofriendly) but ended up being a SAHM. Although she found it a blessing to be able to stay home full time with her daughter, she struggled to find herself in her new identity. In 2014, her family expanded with a son, Max, and with his birth she began to be more confident as a mother, Beautycounter Consultant, and lover of the Lowcountry. She loves being at the beach, having an adventure, connecting with new people and is always looking to learn something new.
Shannon is originally from the Midwest, but has lived in the South for all of her adult life, most recently moving to Charleston from Mississippi in 2012 for husband’s medical residency at MUSC. She has been married since 2009 and has two sweet girls, Wylie (4) and Avery (1). Her career has been in the hospitality industry as both an event planner as well as hotel sales. However, when welcoming their second child in April 2015, she found a new calling in being a stay-at-home-mom. Outside of taking care of things at home, her hobbies include: travel, food and wine, college football, and shopping.
Christine is a 30-something full-time mom and full-time wife with a full-time job, as well as several part-time hobbies and side hustles. She does her best to balance it all while staying half sane. She’s originally from Pennsylvania where she met her husband. They got married in 2010 and moved to Charleston in September 2013. Their sweet, spunky son was born in 2014 and he’s been keeping them on their toes ever since. She’s also mom to three fur kids (beagles), who she believes are just as much a part of the family as her human kid.
Christine works from home for a large software company as a senior user experience designer, which gives her the perfect excuse to grow her athleisure fashion collection. She also works part-time with small businesses and startups as a visual designer and product strategy consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communications (journalism and graphic design) from Temple University and Master of Fine Arts in merchandising and product development from Academy of Art University.
When she’s not working or wrangling a toddler and a few beagles, it’s highly likely you’ll find her hitting the pavement for a run or blogging about her running (mis)adventures on her blog, Into the Glimmer. You might also find her designing jewelry, painting or drawing, messing up recipes in the kitchen, paddleboarding, hitting the barre, or trying to invent the 36 hour day. She’s also an unapologetic beach bum and is thrilled to finally be living the beach life.
Elizabeth O’Conor lives on James Island with her husband, 2 year old daughter and 2nd baby girl due in January. A native of South Carolina, (from Hilton Head Island) Elizabeth moved to Charleston about 5 years ago. She loves to travel (especially with the family) as well as stay as healthy as can be. She is currently in school for Holistic Nutrition and cannot wait to help our community with any health and nutrition needs! Her family is very natural minded family and she loves showing her daughter how to grow her own food in the garden and take care of their chickens.
Ingrid was born and raised in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History, which is also where she met and married her husband who is an Engineering Duty Officer in the United States Navy. In almost 8 years together they have lived in Kansas, Washington state, and California; they are excited to call Charleston their home for the next 3 years. Ingrid is a stay at home mom to Anna (5.5) as well as Larsen and Finn who are 14 month old twin boys. She enjoys running, taking classes at the gym, playing tennis, traveling, taking pictures, and finding new recipes to try. She has a passion for helping others struggling with the heartache and loss of infertility after going through 3 rounds of IVF to conceive their twin boys. Her blog details their whole journey of ups and down to become a family of 5 at The Unsilent Struggle. She is so excited to join the Charleston Moms Blog team!
Lauren, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, has lived in the Charleston area for 14 years. She attended The College of Charleston where she received her B.A. in English Literature, followed up by two years at University of South Carolina for an M.A.T. in Secondary English Education. For the past nine years, Lauren has been an English teacher and cheerleading coach (rah! rah!) at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant. In 2012, she met and began dating her husband Will, who interestingly enough grew up just a few miles from Lauren and attended her rival high school (their parents still live Columbia just a few miles apart!).
In March of 2015, Will and Lauren welcomed little Leighton to the world. Since then, Lauren has decided to make the switch from full-time teacher of classes of 30 18-year-olds to full-time mama of one sweet girl. Lauren is nervous about leaving the structured world of working and camaraderie behind; however, she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, her girl, her beagles Cooper and Lilly, and her cat Cooper (yes, she and her husband named their pets the same thing before they met one another). Lauren also owns a calligraphy business, Calligraphy by Day, and enjoys reading, running, boating, exploring, eating, craft beer, and decorating (and re-decorating) the house.
Originally hailing from Wyoming, Katie moved to Charleston four years ago from Portland, Oregon where she met, fell in love with and married her husband, Ken. She followed him to Charleston so that he could begin his studies at MUSC. Katie is a stay at home mom to toddler and newborn. In her spare time she enjoy walks downtown, painting the same canvas over and over again, saving scraps and junk to potentially make into something else, listening to “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and other NPR podcasts and rearranging furniture.
Lauren is a South Carolina native who fell in love with the city after attending the College of Charleston. Lauren is a wife and mother to three kids ages 6, 5 and 1. These little guys bring much joy and chaos to her life. She also works full-time for her family’s business, The Backpacker. She has been working for her family since she was a little girl, wrapping presents at Christmas time and now managing their shop in Mt Pleasant, a job she loves. Lauren is an aspiring writer with hopes to write a novel one day. Now she writes for her own blog at Embracing the Essentials. When she’s not working, you can find her at the beach or in the mountains with her family. Life has gotten a lot busier in the last 6 years and Lauren is trying to maintain focus on the meaningful moments in her life, writing helps her do that.
Melissa recently resigned from her career in higher education and was promoted to her new title as Dr. Mom to two-under-two. Her quest to have a family involved a long road of infertility struggles. She has a son named Rowan who is 21 months old and a girl named Ildi who is 6 months old.
Meredith was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where she met and fell in love with her husband Justin. They married in 2009, and decided to make Charleston their honeymoon destination. Charleston quickly became one of their favorite cities, and in the back of their minds they had hopes of one day making this city their home. Meredith received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UNC Charlotte and taught Kindergarten for three years. After her second son was born, Meredith’s dream of being a stay at home mom came true and she have been living that dream ever since. She spends most of her days learning how to be a mom to her three little boys: London-age 4, Reece-age 3, and Jackson-age 1. In June of this year, God provided a great job opportunity for Justin, and their hopes of one day living in Charleston became a reality. She is so excited to for her family to begin our journey in this great city!
Stephanie is an only child, married to an only child, raising an only child! Stephanie and her husband (Brian) are Pittsburghers at heart, but made the move to Charleston in ’08 after moving around the country. Stephanie has a background in television, and has a (not so secret) dream to start a talk show and to publish books. She’s currently working on her first book and recently started a blog, called Speaking of Today, with her friend and fellow mom Dawn.
Stephanie loves to spend every spare second with her daughter Kennedy. Kennedy was born 12 weeks early and spent the full 12 weeks in the hospital. Thankfully Kennedy is totally healthy, but the experience of being a preemie mom certainly changed Stephanie’s life! She looks forward to sharing stories of mommyhood with the Charleston Moms Blog readers.