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Meet Your Scottsdale Moms Blog Team

Angela Barako

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Co-Owner, Business Administrator 

Angela Barako has loved living in Scottsdale for the last 17 years with her husband, Tom and three daughters (plus two dog & two cats). Angela has enjoyed the last 6 years working and writing for Scottsdale Moms Blog, she is also excited to be the owner of SMB. She reads lots of books, is a big college football fan (Go Big Red and Sun Devils!), tries to keep up on scrap-booking, training for a half marathon, attempts to garden, and loves reality TV.

Jessica Becker

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Co-Owner, Managing Editor

Jessica Becker has been living in the Valley of the Sun for eleven years and very much enjoys missing out on the Iowa winters that she grew up in. She is the mother of three extremely energetic boys (5, 4 and 1) and wife to her wonderful husband of five years, Mark. She is a former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom and part time barre3 fitness instructor. She loves to spend time reading good books, running outside, iced lattes, trying out new healthy recipes for her family, and coming up with creative activities to keep her boys busy.

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Michelle is a Wisconsin native, but has been in Scottsdale since 2014 and can’t imagine life without the sunshine and mountains. She and her husband have two sweet children, Graham 4 1/2 and Shea 4 months, both precious gifts through adoption. She spent ten years in PR before launching into the daunting, yet exhilarating world of entrepreneurship. Last year she traded in her e-commerce business for a position as a stay-at-home mom. She still freelances as a business and marketing consultant (PaseoCreative.com), but has savored the slower pace of life and extra snuggles, adventures, and belly laughs with her family. Michelle has a heart for connecting with and encouraging other women, especially moms and she thrives on diving into the difficult and sifting through it to uncover the silver lining.

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Marybeth Bock

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Marybeth Bock is a native San Franciscan, who spent 13 years living and working in two European countries and four U.S. states as an Army spouse. (Faves: Germany and Hawaii).  She’s been enduring the heat of Arizona for 14 years now with her husband, two adult-ish kids, and one crazy coonhound. An alumna of UCLA (Go, Bruins!), she has a Master’s in Public Health and loves to research and write about all health topics, particularly the mental and physical health issues of adolescents and women. Her writing can often be found on the Grown and Flown and Blunt Moms websites. As a new empty-nester, she is thoroughly enjoying the role of “College Mom”, and is finding more time for crafting, hiking, Happy Hour and travel. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Lindsey Dempsey is a full time Mom, a blogger (www.mykidstourguide.wordpress.com) and Marketing consultant during nap time and after bedtime. Lindsey is a former U of A Wildcat and now lives in North Scottsdale with her husband Scott, their daughter Madeline and their dog Harley. Follow Lindsey’s daily findings on her Instagram – @mykidtourguide.

Lindsey Dempsey

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Alison Edelstein

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Alison Edelstein is an Arizona native who lives in Desert Peak with her two girls (ages 4 & 8), her husband, and their sweet Puggle, Luna. She’s half type-A and half scatterbrain and has way too many interests. Some of these include singing Disney songs with her girls, gardening, buying too many indoor plants, early education, drinking coffee, yoga, all things eco-friendly, and spending time with friends and family. Although her main and most favorite job is being a mama, she’s also a Beautycounter consultant and a Speech Language Pathologist (working very part-time at the moment) with a passion for supporting early speech and language development and empowering parents with fun ways to support their little one’s emerging communication skills by focusing on their unique strengths. She has a website that provides parents with free resources on speech and language development called Chirpy Chatterbox. She also blogs about her journey as a mama who is seeking ways to heal her body, mind, and spirit while living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and IBS, at WannabeCalmMom.com. Feel free to follow her on Instagram @ali_edelstein.

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Kate Eschbach writes a lifestyle legacy blog named Songs Kate Sang and is a professional photographer. She enjoys handwritten correspondence, and may break out into musical numbers at any time. She and her husband Brian have been married since 1999. They have four children – Julia, 15, Nate, 12, Riley, 5, and baby Mary Alice. She is a Texas girl and has lived in Arizona for 8 wonderful (and hot!) years. Kate writes from the heart about adoption and miscarriage. She is passionate about encouraging and serving others

Kate Eschbach

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Renee Genetti

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Renée Genetti  From Chicago to Indiana, California to England, and California to Arizona, Renée and her husband Mike are excited to finally put down roots after 10 years of marriage and travel. A former teacher turned mommy, Renée spends her days introducing Luke (3 1/2) and Ryan (6 months) to passions like music, theater, travel and exploring. New to blogging, new to Arizona, and new to being a mom to two little boys, she is eager to share what she learns along the way

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After growing up in The Valley, Beth Grady took a brief 10-year hiatus to see what life was like in LA and NYC before returning to her home town of Scottsdale, 8 years ago, where she’s here to stay along with her husband and two vivacious girls, ages 3 and 6. Two years ago she traded her full-time gig in the corporate marketing world for a position as a stay-at-home mom who moonlights (literally) as a freelance marketing consultant. Now instead of sitting at a desk all day, Beth is chauffeuring, coloring with every Crayola imaginable, and hitting up library story times. Writing has helped her with this transition, along with barre workouts (her happy place), lots of iced coffee, and comfortable leggings.

Beth Grady

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Rebecca Hubanks

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Contributor, Social Media Assistant 

Rebecca Hubanks is wife to Mikel, Mom to 3-yr-old Nolan and baby Landon, & Cuddler of mini-doxies Khaki & Scarlett. She’s an Oncology RN turned Full-Time Mama, Amazing Race Fanatic, Blue Bell Addict & Workout Enthusiast. As a Texas native, she braved 5 long Minnesota winters before moving to Phoenix in July(!) of 2013. Most notably, Rebecca is thankful to be Saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus – and More Awestruck every day by life’s little blessings as “Mom”

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Jamye Jack moved to Scottsdale a little over a year ago after moving 7 times in 10 years and is quickly finding it home to her and her family. She’s been married to the love of her life for 11 1/2 years and is a stay at home mom to a set of miracle twins, Lincoln and Piper. Not only were they conceived after 4 years of infertility, they were born at 26 weeks and given a grim chance of survival and quality of life. But 4 1/2 years later, they are happy, healthy, typical, fully functioning preschoolers that keep their parents busy! Jamye constantly has the travel bug and would pack her bags in a second to jet off to a new place for an adventure. She loves spending time with her little family creating memories and exploring new places, entertaining, and decorating. She also is a wanna be foodie and a sucker for a good novel.

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Ashley Jones

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Hi!! My name is Ashley Jones. My husband and I moved to Scottsdale a little over two years ago. I was born and raised in Denver Colorado. We are huge Bronco fans and still follow all Colorado sports. My favorite thing about Arizona is being able to enjoy the great outdoors 8 months out of the year.  This past summer we welcomed a beautiful little girl into our lives! We love watching her grow and enjoy learning as new parents. We fell in love with Arizona and are very excited to raise our family here.

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Kendra is an East Coast transplant who has happily forgotten winter after calling Scottsdale home for the past 6+ years. Mom of 3.5 year old Tessa and 1 year old Luke, Kendra works as an HR Manager in the tech industry. After attending Bucknell University in PA, she enjoyed young adulthood in the Washington, DC area where she met her husband Greg and followed him West as they began married life. Their family enjoys travel, sports, Target, and spending time with friends. When the kids are asleep, Kendra loves to plan the next trip or holiday, check her Fantasy Football stats, and is an unapologetic junkie of The Bachelor and Real Housewives franchises (all of which go best with wine).

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Jennie Love

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Contributor, Community Engagement Coordinator

Jennie Love is a native Phoenician turned Scottsdale-ite. Jennie and her wonderful husband Scott have two adorable little boys, Robert, the sweet & spunky “threenager,” and baby Weston, who is full of cuddles and smiles. As a family, they enjoy the Phx Zoo, riding the rails at the train park, and exploring hiking trails. Jennie is a yoga instructor at Modern Milk in Scottsdale and routinely subs at Moksha Yoga Phx. While indulging in all things beauty related, Jennie also loves cooking, wine, chocolate, and spending quality time with her family & friends. But her favorite pastime is to browse through Target all by herself.

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Doran Miller is a Phoenix native and mom to one precious toddler. After nearly fifteen years on the east coast, she returned to Phoenix with her husband in 2014. A lawyer by training and writer by trade, Doran recently left her career in public policy to start her own policy consulting business. She is an avid runner, skier, and yogi, and she loves music and food and being outside. Doran is passionate about healthy living, and she documents her cute and wholesome toddler lunches on Instagram @LeviEatsLunch.

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Jennifer Millikin

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Mom to a thoughtful boy and an ebullient daughter. Wife to a fast-talking, handsome man who met his match twelve years ago. Author of Full of Fire, The Day He Went Away, and Our Finest Hour. Arizona native and figurative cactus-hugger.

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Ashley Moore a newbie to Scottsdale, was born near the beautiful mountains of Utah. Ashley obtained her degree at Weber State University, where she had a love at first sight meeting with her husband Scott. Scott’s career brought the couple, to Arizona in 2009. After facing multiple tragedies of a miscarriage, infertility, and a near death accident for Scott, the couple returned to Utah to be near family. In 2014 the pair returned to Arizona, but ventured further south, to Tucson. Around this time, they welcomed miracle boy/girl twins. Before the twins arrived, Ashley worked as a Child Life Specialist; advocating, educating, and playing alongside children and families in the pediatric areas of hospitals. Now Ashley fills her days chasing the toddler twinners, doing freelance graphic design, and illustration work at night. She also enjoys all things arts and crafts, ice cream, and audio books.

Ashley Moore

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Kelli Northey

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Kelli Northey moved to Scottsdale six years ago, after marrying her college sweetheart in Wisconsin. They haven’t missed the cold, snowy winters yet! She is a mom to a sweet and silly two year old daughter who is always on the go. Their days are filled with fun toddler activities, ranging anywhere from library programs to splashing in their pool. Kelli loves being with family and friends. She enjoys volunteering, party planning, making paper crafts, trying new recipes, and going on family hikes. Kelli is new to blogging, but has loved reading the experience of other SMB contributors.

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Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned freelancer writer. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the managing editor for The First Day and her work has appeared in The Washington PostBrain, ChildThe Huffington PostThe Review, ReviewRole Reboot, The Mid and elsewhere. You can also find her musings on her personal blog, Being Rudri.com. She is currently at work on a memoir that focuses on grief and life’s ordinary graces. She enjoys reading, writing and running. Rudri has lived in the Valley since 2009 with her husband and daughter (9). You can find Rudri on TwitterFacebookBeing Rudri

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Stephanie Pletka

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Stephanie – As a Southern girl, who finds humor in the ordinary, I write topics pertaining to family adventure, living a life of intention and the importance of writing your own story. With 2 business, 4 kids and a need to create life’s “slow down” button, this Atlanta family hit the road for a life of adventure: running a tech company and educating kids, as we traveled to 45 states and 10 countries.  We recently moved to Scottsdale, AZ to explore the beauty of the West.  #SouthbySouthWest! For more stories, click spitupandheels.com.

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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jill is a current SAHM with 14 years experience teaching Middle and High Schoolers Humanities in private and parochial schools.  She enjoys reading, crafting, organizing events, travel, and making memories with her three children, ages 4, 2 1/2, and 2 1/2.  In addition to volunteering for valley organizations through her involvement in the Junior League of Phoenix, Jill actively seeks ways to give back to the community.

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Ann Seiden

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Ann Seiden is a native Arizonan who grew up in Scottsdale and Arcadia. After several years in Texas and California, she returned to her hometown and has lived in Arcadia for ten years with her husband Danny and their kids Witt (23 months) and Hope (10 months). Ann recently stepped away from her full-time corporate career in public affairs to stay home with her kiddos. With a background in communications for political and public policy organizations, she now scratches her professional itch by providing communications consulting and writing services for corporate and non-profit clients.

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Sara Solem attended Arizona State University as an out-of-state student from Indiana. This is where she met her husband, Casey, a native of Scottsdale, and made Arizona her home. Sara worked in higher education while Casey finished medical school and then became a stay-at-home mom when their daughter, Grace, was born in 2013. They welcomed their second daughter, Audrey, in June 2016. Sara can be found playing princesses any day of the week, but she also enjoys baking, family walks, hand lettering, ASU football, backyard barbecues, and Indian food.

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Courtney Vitch

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Courtney Vitch grew up in Tucson, and after a brief stop in San Diego, settled in Phoenix to raise her daughter (3 years old). Her mantras are “Dream Bigger” and “Anything is possible”, which are applied daily to her life as a single mom, working part-time, and attending school full time. Courtney loves hanging out with friends and family, running, laughing, being outside, and curling up on the couch with her daughter and kittens at the end of a long day.

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Beth is a stay at home Boy Mama to Hunter & Duke- the loves of her life! These days it seems they are non-stop busy busy BUSY! She was born in Chicago but grew up and still lives in North Scottsdale. For 16 years (before having her boys) she worked as TV News Producer/Reporter. Beth is blessed that she still gets to keep her foot in the door and freelance at the station every once in a while. Her and her hubby Scott try to plan some sort of “adventure” every weekend to get out & about with the boys whether in town or out, but must admit she loves nothing more than curling up with a good book and a cozy blanket!

Beth Beyer Williams

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Sarah Yaron

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