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.
Jane lives with her husband and two daughters, Haven and Vivienne, in the East Mountains. She describes herself as Tex-Mex. Growing up in Texas until the age of 14, she moved to ABQ her freshman year of high school. She has moved back and forth to Texas twice, but the mountains keep calling her back. She fancies herself a hippy who brews her own kombucha and loves to hike, but in keeping with her Texas upbringing rarely leaves home without mascara and lipstick on. Her passion is writing and she holds a degree in Creative Writing from UNM.
Tacheny Perry relocated to Albuquerque about five years ago for her husband JT’s work. And though she enjoys the southwest, she still wears her Nebraska Husker gear around proudly. While attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Tacheny earned a degree in music education. Now, she is a stay-at-home mom for her three boys–Aodhan (November 2011), Hugh (January 2014), and Robert (November 2016)–and an aspiring children’s author. Check out more about Tacheny and her writing at tachenyperry.com.
Martha is an Albuquerque wife, Mama!, sister, and friend who enjoys coffee and doughnuting around. In her spare time, she teaches Language Arts and makes up ridiculous songs while swaying her youngest to sleep.
Colleen is a stay-at-home mom and dog trainer who moved to Albuquerque in 2010 from Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. She and her husband have a 1-year-old daughter, 4 dogs, and a crested gecko. Colleen enjoys reading, cooking, and being outdoors with her family.
Mandie is a stay at home momma to two sweet girls, ages 3 and 1. In a former life, she blogged frequently, slept in a lot, and loved to sew and sell on Etsy, but now she sleeps very little, changes a lot of diapers, and hasn’t seen her sewing machine in months. She enjoys play dates, grown-up dates with her husband Gabe, and pretending that she has a green thumb. Oh, and food. Definitely good food. She’s pretty active on Instagram, too, at @mandiesegura.
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 mama to Tatum and Silas, has lived in Albuquerque the majority of her life. She graduated from UNM with a degree in print journalism. Currently, Andrea works part-time as a marketing assistant, but spends the greater part of her days adventuring with her kiddos. She has found that connecting with and befriending other moms has been a very fulfilling and enjoyable aspect to having children. Andrea has a passion for nurturing her little family and finding gratitude in each day. She also enjoys fitness, reading, writing, binge-watching Netflix after the kids are in bed… Oh, and COFFEE. ALL THE 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.