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.
Jalyssa is wife to her best friend Nathaniel & mama to 3 gorgeous boys, Noah (3), Uriah(1), & Ezrah (4months). She’s a California girl currently living in Albuquerque as her husband serves on Kirtland Air Force base. She’s enjoying this beautiful desert & all it has to offer. When she is not doing all things little boy, she loves to take pictures of people, does women’s ministry, & is an avid Instagrammer. She is passionate about many things, but all of those things come from her love for Jesus. She really enjoys sharing her journey with people via Instgram & her blog.
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. Since becoming a momma, 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.
Lenny has lived in Albuquerque for over 10 years. She grew up in Texas and spent time in Hawaii and Georgia before settling in The Land Of Enchantment. She considers herself a New Mexican and a New Mexican food connoisseur and has recently rediscovered her love of craft beer. Lenny is married to her wonderful husband Matt, and they welcomed their twin daughters into the world in 2016. Upon the birth of her daughters, Lenny put her career in sales and marketing on hold to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. She now spends her time preventing the twins from creating mass chaos, meeting new mom friends, figuring out her identity post having children, and working as a Sleep Consultant for The Cradle Coach.
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.
An Albuquerque native and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Joanna is a Burqueña through and through. A mother, wife, musician, actor, and lover of all things Green Chile and Harry Potter, Joanna welcomed her first baby girl into the world in February of 2017. She’s been spending the subsequent months trying to figure out just how this motherhood thing works and wondering if her house might one day clean itself. Joanna loves to travel, play her guitar, cook, and drink good beer and coffee. She’s a big fan of experiences and memories and hopes to pass that love on to her daughter in the years to come.
Andrea, wife to Tim and mama to Tatum (September 2012) and Silas (June 2015), 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 two sweet little ones, Wryn Eloise (March 2016) and Swift Andrew (July 2017), 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 due with her first baby the summer of 2017 and lives 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).
Laura is a new mamá to her sweet little boy, Alejandro, and happy wife of eight years to her husband, Alfonso. She was born and raised in Albuquerque in a Mexican American home, and is very proud of her heritage. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, which includes finding new places to eat around town, as well as enjoying the history and culture of New Mexico in its various museums, landmarks, and cultural centers. Laura is a professor at UNM, and loves to teach, write, and read. She especially enjoys reading novels by her favorite author, Ana Castillo. Nothing makes Laura happier than enjoying a hot cup of piñon coffee and a good book!
Catherine is blessed to be a mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, aunt and friend, thanks to the people in her life. She believes in honesty to a fault, faith in God, the belief that everything will work out for the best, being thankful for every second she is on this earth, letting others be who they are, enriching the lives of those around her, constant personal improvement, and when in doubt, put some music on porque bailando todo se arregla.
Laura grew up in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. She moved to Albuquerque in 2006 to attend the University of New Mexico, where she earned a degree in creative writing with a minor in military history. Laura has been married to her husband James since 2010, and after two losses, they were delighted to welcome a son, David, into the world in August 2014. Taking care of a busy toddler keeps Laura on her toes. Some of Laura’s other interests include the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, American Sign Language, baseball, hiking, and playing the violin.
Lynne lived in the Midwest and on the East Coast before moving to Albuquerque with her husband. Her three desert-raised children (12, 10, and 5) have no idea how blessed they are to look out the window and see mountains every day. Before having kids, she practiced law and then worked at a historical association. When she’s not herding her kids, she loves to read and write children’s books.
Morgan is an Albuquerque native who runs on green chile, coffee, and anything covered with sprinkles! She’s been married to her Texas boy since 2010 and is mama to two daughters: Sawyer (3) and Hadley (2). She spends the better part of her days playing dress up, rocking baby dolls, and potty training, and she loves every minute of it! Morgan has been a self-proclaimed writer since the ripe age of seven and loves reading, writing, action movies, and DIY projects. In 2016, she founded Simply Sisterhood, a project to support and encourage women to see their true beauty. Her main goal in life is to cultivate kindness in the world and leave a legacy of love and acceptance for her daughters and women worldwide.
Jennifer grew up in Des Moines, Iowa eating plenty of corn, but has now lived in Albuquerque, NM since 2004 where her taste for corn has turned into a taste for green chile. Jenn is married to Adam, and they keep busy with their 2 children. Jennifer volunteers at her son’s school, colors lots of rainbows with her daughter, and participates in many activities at church. Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator, and currently teaches nutrition classes and provides nutrition counseling through the YMCA of Central New Mexico. She also writes at jcbryant81.wordpress.com providing helpful articles and recipes related to eating healthy. Jennifer is passionate about educating and inspiring people to eat well to improve their health, energy, and overall quality of life.