Passionate About the Community
and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Executive Team


Owner of Sarasota Moms Blog

Founding Owner

Lauren is the founding owner of Sarasota Moms Blog, as of July 2016. After growing up in northern Virginia and spending time in the Midwest, Lauren decided not to wait until retirement to enjoy the white sandy beaches and the tropical temperatures that Florida offers. She and her two children, Aiden {2010} and Kinley {2012}, moved south to live near her parents in 2013.  As a family, they love spending time outdoors, checking out new restaurants, and simply snuggling on the couch with a book. On top of being a single mom and the owner of Sarasota Moms Blog, Lauren teaches middle school math in the fabulous Sarasota County Public Schools.

Life has been challenging over the past 10 plus years, with multiple moves, a divorce, and navigating how to be a single mom.  However, through it all she always found mom friends to lean on and pick her up in the midst of hard times. Her hope is to connect moms with their local community, support them and encourage them that they are not alone.

To contact Lauren, email her at lauren{at}sarasotamomsblog{dot}com



Managing Editor

Almost four years ago, Melanie married her husband, Eric, in Sarasota, as part of a destination wedding while they were living in Indiana. Fast forward to October 2015, and the couple, along with their now 2-year-old daughter, Colette, moved down here, to seek new, much warmer adventures. Melanie is currently a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer (though this is her first time blogging about herself!). She received her journalism degree from Indiana University and worked as a newspaper reporter for several years, before switching careers and joining the public relations department at a museum. Raised in Latin America, mostly in Lima, Peru, by her American dad and Trinidadian mom, Melanie grew up fluent in Spanish and multi-cultural. This led to her love for international traveling, ethnic food and meeting new people. She is also obsessed with “Game of Thrones,” good books, gummy bears and, of course, her daughter.



Social Media Manager

Ann Sweeney was born and raised in Sarasota. After going away to college in South Bend, Indiana, her husband, Joe, who is also a local, moved back to the city they both love. Since getting married in 2012, Ann and Joe have have welcomed beautiful, Irish Twin boys, Joey and Brendan. They have loved navigating the waters of this new stage of life together and can’t wait to share the good, the bad, and the funny experiences they encounter on this journey!

Additionally, Ann owns and operates Stronger Together Digital Marketing, which supports business owners social media and marketing needs.



Event Coordinator

Barbie relocated to the East Bradenton area a year and a half ago from Pennsylvania.  Her husband Kent and 7 year old son love exploring all that Florida has to offer! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, cooking and spending time at the beach.  Additionally, their family has taken up golf and they love to play at the local courses.

Email: barbie{at}sarasotamomsblog{dot}com



Event Coordinator

A southern belle through and through, Samantha was born and raised in south Mississippi. She earned her bachelor of arts in 2008 from the University of Southern Mississippi. Following graduation, she bounced around all over the Southeast for two years before landing in Florida. Samantha relocated to Florida from her beloved New Orleans in 2010 taking a position as a news journalist in Central Florida. In 2014, she moved to Sarasota and quickly fell in love with and put down roots in this beautiful city. Over the past three years in SRQ, life has been a roller coaster – she made a slight career change and stepped away from full time news reporting and transitioned into the communications and marketing field, broke off an engagement, and started a local photography and event planning company.

Samantha’s first priority in her life is her son Jaden. She and Jaden enjoy playing basketball, volunteering, the beach, bike rides, finding new adventures and exploring together. Having a child was never part of Samantha’s plan growing up, however she has gained strength, gratitude, grace and courage after accepting the gift of motherhood. Watching her son grow and conquer postpartum depression has created a new outlook on life for her. For Samantha, motherhood has been a challenge from day one but, over time, has proven to be the most rewarding aspect of her life.

Email: samantha{at}sarasotamomsblog{dot}com

Hallie Harris


Project Manager

Hallie is a Minnesota native who took a leap of faith and moved across the country by herself in 2010 to “start fresh.” Not long after her move she met and fell in love with her husband, and they were married in March of 2013. Hallie and her husband welcomed their son to the family in early 2015.

Hallie recently returned to her job part time as a Resident Care Director at an mental health focused assisted living facility after staying home with her son full time for 16 months.  When Hallie is not working she enjoys spending her off days exploring SRQ with her son, boating on the weekends with her husband, and scouting out hole in the wall coffee shops around the area. Hallie began blogging in 2012 when the focus of her writing than was simply to keep family updated on her life after her move, but now uses her blog Life:Oceanside to share all her crazy adventures in parenting, marriage, and life in general.

Email: hallie{at}sarasotamomsblog{dot}com

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