Meet Your Contributors
Rebecca is thankful to be both a wife and mother. Although not a New Mexican native, she has a long history with the state and is glad to be back in Albuquerque after spending a few happy years in the San Francisco Bay Area (which admittedly does have better food…). Rebecca dedicates most waking hours (and some non-waking hours) caring for her three adorable children three and under (Zach, Adeline, and Zoey). Rebecca is passionate about truth, and loves thinking about the rationale behind parenting decisions– whether it’s theological, philosophical, or scientific. In addition to pouring herself out for her family, Rebecca loves a good café and dabbling in photography. She invites you to follow her on Instagram @rebecca_looker.
Missy is an Albuquerque transplant from Iowa. She is wife to Lucas and mom to Everett (2 yrs. old) and Etta (4 mo. old). This Hawkeye family became Lobos as Lucas completes his MFA in Creative Writing at UNM. Missy completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Iowa and has over a decade of experience in nonprofit work. Her favorite jobs have been her years with Big Brothers Big Sisters and her experiences as a psychotherapist. She currently works from home editing and designing Environmental Contractor, a magazine for professionals in the waste industry. Missy loves naps and exploring Albuquerque with her family.
Katie is a native New Mexican who loves living in Albuquerque with her husband, Matt and three kids (Addy, Remi and Britton). With a background in journalism and hospitality, Katie loves to write and is passionate about the beautiful state she calls home. When she’s not changing diapers, searching for lost toys or sweeping food off the floor, she enjoys reading and making fun crafts. While pregnant with her first baby, she re-discovered crocheting and eventually opened an Etsy Shop, Handmade in the 505 where she sells crocheted baby hats. Since becoming a momma, almost five years ago, one of Katie’s favorite things has been meeting and connecting with other moms. Some of her best friendships have developed over conversations about sleep patterns and potty training.
Jessica and her Husband have lived in Albuquerque for over eight years. She is a stay at home mom to three lively and handsome little boys and drinks an appropriate amount of coffee in order to keep up with all of their shenanigans. Jessica studied Child Development at Baylor University in Waco, Tx (Sic em!) and has always had a passion for writing. She loves to bake and eat sweets, dabbles in sewing, and enjoys a good do-it-yourself project every now and then. You can follow along with her on Instagram @jessiemaebox.
Toni Morgan is the mother of a seven year-old son. She is an avid professional and college sports fan and very much delights in watching her son play sports and playing with him. Toni also enjoys gardening, movies, nature hikes, vacations, and spending time with the family pets. Toni is a member of a local church where she volunteers regularly and she delights in being involved in her son’s school activities.
Shannon Qualls is a wife to her best friend and mother to three crazy boys. She enjoys cooking, baking, good wine, cute lunches, dinners with friends, dinner parties, decorating and laughing. Because everyone needs to laugh more. She grew up in Albuqueruqe, attending school here through her freshman year of college at UNM before transferring to ENMU her sophomore year. Like any self respecting collegiate, she changed her major about 5 times before settling on a major in History and Religion. After graduating she moved with her husband to Texas for a year and half before returning to Albuqueruqe. When she’s not hanging with her family finding fun things to do in the city, or with her husband on a date night at new restaurants, you can find her chauffeuring her kids around, blogging, writing, planning parties, taping YouTube videos, doing PTA stuff, or lounging in her pajamas- because what is life without one pajama day a week? You can find more of about Shannon at bunchesolunches.com and shannonqualls.com.
Bernadette is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated with a bachelors of science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. Go Lobos!!! She has been married to her husband for 10 years and together they are raising two boys, 5 and 3 years old, with another one on the way. Currently a working mom, Bernadette is continuously on the go, either to support her boys in one of their activities or traveling for her job. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and playing soccer. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, baking, going to the movies, and trying new restaurants. Bernadette credits much of her success and sanity to her loving and supportive family and friends, who fortunately, live in Albuquerque.
Amanda is wife to a brilliant and creative man and mama to three precious kids. She enjoys long talks over good coffee, being outdoors as much as possible, making food that lights up every taste bud, playing music with her family, and creating a space around her that makes people feel welcome and at home. A native Texan, she graduated with a degree in psychology from Texas A&M and traveled the world for a few years before getting married and settling down in Albuquerque. Her favorite things include summer evening backyard meals with friends and family, reading a good book, drives at night to talk and see the Albuquerque city lights, listening to podcasts while cleaning, impromptu dances in the kitchen, and watching her kids learn something new. Amanda desires to encourage moms in both the mundane and the extraordinary parts of life.
Ericka is a very blessed momma to three wonderful kiddos ages 2.5, 5 and 7 (2 girls and a boy, respectively). Her husband, John, is a supportive and all-around awesome guy. Ericka is an avid reader, even more avid book – buyer and an aspiring published author, a massage therapist and social worker. She loves travel, hanging with her family, browsing bookstores, taking pictures and eating out at new restaurants. Her heroes are Jane Austen, J.K Rowling, and anyone who is brave enough to chase their dreams and be the change they wish to see in the world.
Andrea, wife to Tim and mommy to Tatum and Silas, has lived in Albuquerque the majority of her life. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor of arts in print journalism, and a minor in theater. After several years working full-time in the communications field, Andrea had her daughter, took a year off, earned a fitness certification and became a personal trainer. Now, Andrea works part-time at a local gym as a trainer and marketing assistant. She spends the greater part of her time with her kiddos, soaking in as much of them as she can while they’re little. Andrea joined a mom group after her daughter’s first birthday, and it was one of the best decisions she ever made as a parent. Connecting with other moms and watching her children form friendships has been a very fulfilling and enjoyable aspect to being a mostly stay-at-home mom. Andrea has a passion for nurturing her little family and finding gratitude in each day. She also enjoys fitness, reading, writing, and especially coffee!
Audra is mom to her sweet baby girl, Wryn Eloise (March 2016) and wife to her engineer husband, Sam. She enjoys her Albuquerque adventures after moving from the beaches of Clearwater, FL, in 2013. A self-proclaimed foodie, Audra’s favorite meal is brunch. She’s a stay at home mom and fitness instructor as well as a NASM certified personal trainer. Audra has a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida. Her magazine articles on nutrition and local farming have been published in Tampa Bay GoodLiving. As a former worship leader, Audra enjoys singing, songwriting and teaching guitar lessons. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Audra at the local thrift store, hiking in the foothills or eating anything smothered in red and green chile a.k.a. “Christmas.”
Faerl Marie Torres is an aspiring momma, living on the outskirts of Albuquerque in the East Mountains. Faerl writes fiction in novel form and writes about real life as a one-day-soon-mom, author, wife, and MFA student. Faerl, a native Southerner, loves food, clothes, sunshine, and orchids. She has been married to J for nearly 7 years and they have 1 dog, Marble (3.5 years old).
Vanessa is a word-loving, caffeine-addicted mom of three and wife to her high school sweetheart, Nate. Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her and the desert feels like home. When she is not cheering for her boys’ soccer teams or playing dress-up with her little girl, Vanessa teaches high school English online, enjoys volunteering at church, loves rooting for the University of Florida Gators, and blogs at vanessambush.com. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, opening up her home, cooking for others, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vbush.