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.
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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!
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.
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.