Meet Your Sarasota Moms Blog Team
Angela was born in Miami, FL to Colombian parents. She does speak Spanish, but English is her first language. She is married to Tony for 18 years and has three amazing kids: Ethan is 14, Chaz is 11, and the little princess, Skyla is 6. In 2014, they moved back to Florida from Hendersonville, NC and currently live in Lakewood Ranch. Now that her youngest is in school, she has become a local Birth Doula and continues to utilize her Florida Facial Specialist license. She enjoys experimenting with natural healing, helping support moms in their birth journey, and helping those with acme. In her spare time, Angela enjoys the beaches, exercise, yoga, gardening, fishing, dining out, creating art and having a blast with all that the kids do.
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.
Erika is a rare “native Floridian” and was born and raised in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. She and her husband of 13 years met at the University of Florida and spent the next eight years relocating around the southeast while he completed his medical training. Now back in the area for good, she is a temporarily retired teacher and full-time mom to her four kids, ages 7, 5, 5, and 4. She is passionate about adoption and Young Life, and spends her days making snacks, answering questions, mediating sibling rivalries, and cruising around town in her minivan. In her elusive free time Erika enjoys sewing, crafting, reading, home décor projects, running, triathlon training, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Lindsay is a professional interior designer currently adoring life as stay at home mama and blogger. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Sarasota has always been a family favorite vacation locale and before her senior year of high school, her family made the move to enjoy the sunshine and live in paradise all year long. She received her B.A. in Interior Design from the top ranked design college, Ringling College of Art & Design located in Sarasota, and has worked in residential, commercial, hospitality, and healthcare design. She met her husband, Kevin, at a church group and they have been happily married for 7 years. Together, they are the blessed parents of a very sweet and energetic two year old boy. Now she spends her days snuggling, playing, kissing boo-boo’s, teaching and enjoying quality time with their son, all while tackling the never ending to-do-list that comes with being a stay at home mom and wife. Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, exploring, date nights, shopping, reality tv, making her house into a home, having fun on the beach, playdates and drinking coffee. You can find her sharing her journey of mommyhood and her passion for interior design on her blog, A Design Story.
Jess is a 29-year-old mother of two little boys, 13 months apart. While she can’t proudly announce that she has Irish Twins, she continues to receive looks from people when they learn of how close her boys are in age. She is grateful to skate through life while trying to keep up with two tornadoes. She enjoys every moment of it.
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.
Myrdalis was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She finished her BA on Biology, Medical School, and her Anesthesiology internship on the island. Has worked on scientific research projects at both, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Then, she moved to Portland, Oregon. Left Puerto Rico with her high school sweetheart and husband, Tomas. Finished her residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Pain Medicine. Eventually , in 2006, had her wonderful twins, Ana and Miguel in Oregon. She moved to Sarasota at the end of 2006 to be closer to her family on the Island. Was Medical Director for the Comprehensive Pain Center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Since, she and her husband have opened three medical offices/practices, here in Sarasota, and developed an entertainment business in Miami, along with collaborating in other businesses. Myrdalis has been Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University. Now, is Instructor of Medicine for the Florida State College of Medicine at the Sarasota Regional Campus. She has authored and co-authored different chapters for medical books. Has a special interest for healthy aging and aesthetics. When she is not working, you will find her simply dedicated to her family, including their goldendoodle, in school, sports, music events, enjoying different restaurants, and traveling. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. And, is very grateful to be able to enjoy the beautiful city of Sarasota.
Vivian has lived in seven of the most random cities in the US (Rancho Cucamonga, anyone?), but if hard pressed will say she grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Having chucked her ice scrapers and earmuffs in the garbage, she now spends her sunshine-filled days in Lakewood Ranch, FL. In a former life, she was an advertising agency copywriter, but today teaches full time in the Advertising Department at Ringling College of Art and Design. She’s an avid reader, jewelry fiend and bona fide foodie with the 3-star Michelin restaurant receipt to prove it. When she’s not enlightening young minds or writing, she’s cooking for her 3-year-old son, Logan, who eats like an NFL linebacker, or binge-watching TV with her husband of 9 years, Steve.
Amy is a New Jersey native who has called the Sarasota area home for the past 13 years. Amy and her husband met as complete strangers at a concert in 2009 and got married on the beach in 2012. Their son Jonah joined the family on Christmas Eve in 2015. She is currently working full time as a registered nurse in a neuroscience ICU. As a working mom on night shift she has mastered functioning on minimal sleep and maximum caffeine. Weekdays off are controlled by her 8 month old and are filled with play dates, swimming in the pool, and exploring the Sarasota area. On the weekends she enjoys trips to Disney, hosting cookouts and happy hours, and lazy Sundays filled with church and brunch. During baseball season you can find her at Tropicana field cheering on the Tampa Bay Rays and managing her fantasy baseball team.
Rebecca is from Macomb, Michigan. Her parents were in the Military and she traveled the world. Out of all the States she has been to Florida was her dream location to raise a family. In her former life she was a School Secretary, Dispatcher for the US Border Patrol and Event planner but now she is a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, wife, and mom of two amazing kids. She loves sports and runs her own girls football fantasy football league.
Karen Wain has been married to Troy Wain for 3 years, together for 12. She was born in Kentucky, raised in Florida, and recently relocated back here from San Diego, CA. Her husband is a Native Floridian. They have a 7 month old daughter named Morgan, a 2.5 year old daughter named Makenzie, and a 20 year old son, who attends college at USF, named Brendan. They are an active family who loves the parks, splash pads, Aquariums, zoos, theme parks, laser tag, Zumba, the local mommy groups, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Karen says that every day is a new adventure with little ones.
Kaye Sowder is a #bossbabe, work-at-home momma and future wife to the love of her life, Scott. She started chasing her entrepreneurial spirit in 2009 and started a home-based business prior to graduating college. She has studied abroad and traveled the world. During the fall of 2015, Scott and Kaye uprooted their lives from Virginia and moved to Sarasota to live closer to her parents. She was then pregnant with their adorable son Kennedy. She is fashion obsessed, a travel junkie, lover of all things girly, true foodie who adores exquisite restaurants, and enjoys working up a sweat at Pure Barre and LA Fitness! She has quickly fallen in love with Sarasota’s culture and all it has to offer! Kaye is honored to a part of Sarasota Mom’s Blog and is looking forward to sharing her voice, experiences as being a new mom in town and creating a fun platform for mom’s to connect and learn from each other. You can follow Kaye’s adventure on Instagram + Facebook.
Savannah is a mother, wife and a business owner. She is extremely passionate about mentoring and inspiring women to help them achieve their goals both personally and professionally.
Melissa, a former advertising agency copywriter in London, recently relocated to Sarasota from the U.K with her husband and nearly two-year-old son. She is loving the Florida way of life and her little boy can’t get enough of the beautiful beaches. They try and make the most of every day. Getting out to enjoy everything that Sarasota has to offer. As a new mum in the area she can’t wait to share her adventures on getting to grips with life in a new country with you.
Barb Hagan was born and raised in Sarasota. After moving all over the state of Florida, the birth of her daughter prompted a return to Sarasota for it’s better school district. Five years later, she loves rediscovering Sarasota through her daughter’s eyes. In her spare time she enjoys reading, pretending to garden, spending time with friends, and watching cooking shows.
Ryann is a homeschooling mom of 5 boys. She and her husband of 17 years relocated their family to Sarasota from Monmouth County, New Jersey five years ago. Her boys are 13, 10, 8, 2 and 3 months. Ryann stays active within the home-school community and is the secretary of the local cooperative, the Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project. When she is not busy schlepping her tribe to various extra-curriculars, you’ll find her covered in paint, glitter, wine, chocolate or coffee (and on really bad days, all of the above).
Allie is an intentional mama working hard to be an intentional wife; a sister, a daughter; a gal with an attitude and heart for kindness; an advocate and constant learner; a teacher of exceptional children; an intentional essential oiler; a mistake maker and sometimes a learner from those mistakes but not always; a lover of God and the grace He gives me are all pieces of the woman she is but not limited to.
Moving from Ohio to Sarasota when she was eight, and moving to Oneonta, NY when she was 19 for college, she considers herself more of a Floridian as she doesn’t jive with cold. She resides in Sarasota, with her best guy (her husband), her sassy yet sensitive six year old daughter who loves unicorns and dinosaurs, and her two year old son who is one. She blogs about life, her little bottles of gold, and seeking intention in all things she does here: https://theintentionaloilerproject.wordpress.com/
Ashley Murphy is a mom of two who married her high school sweetheart. She is also the owner/instructor of Mama’s Got Groove, a prenatal and babywearing dance fitness program based out of Sarasota. Ashley grew up in Venice, and shortly after graduating from UCF with her bachelor’s degree in English, she moved to Sarasota. Over the years, she’s worked in various marketing and technical writing positions before starting her own mom-focused business. She is also the creator of the Do Your Best Sanctuary, a blog for lifestyle inspiration and insights. Her favorite pastimes include dancing with her kiddos, playing softball with her husband, and spending time with family and friends. She’s a nature lover and enjoys exploring all the parks that Sarasota has to offer with her family.
Kristina has lived in Sarasota since 1989. She met her husband while attending the same high school in 1999. They moved away to Tampa to attend college and were married in 2004. In 2007, they decided they wanted to move back to Sarasota to raise a family. They have two energetic, full-of-life little boys – ages 3 and 7. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and napping. Their family loves exploring local parks in the area, taking trips to Disney, and spending time with family.