Meet Your Boston Team
Alexandra is your resident crunchy and creative mom, art teacher, and fourth-generation Bostonian. She is happily married to her best friend and co-pilot Ben and a ridiculously proud parent of her sweet daughters ages 6 and (almost) 3. She spends her days teaching art to kindergarten to 5th graders, teaching and running Art4YourChild (Saturday art classes for kids!) and the rest of the day playing catch up amidst painting watercolors and throwing dance parties with her girls, while roasting some vegetables and squeezing in a Netflix marathon if she can.
Yes Please: Farmers Markets, beach days, Jon Snow, any/every museum, salted caramels, avocado toast(I thought I invented it), quinoa salads, documentaries, Ted Talks, Pinterest, brand new rainbow sharpies, baby wearing, talking about birth stories, decluttering, essential oils, statement necklaces, healthy eating, my amazing friends, my handsome and hardworking husband and fabulous family, and of course my baby girls who are growing way too fast.
No Thanks: Red Food Dye 40, mean people, long lines, traffic, when my kids are sick, when your kids are sick, when anyone is sick, hashtags (more of a love/hate thing), the mommy wars, black ice, negative attitudes, and Calliou.
Alexandra also blogs at Art is Elementary.
Alessandra moved to Boston from Vermont where she was born and raised (and no, she doesn’t ski, although she used to) to attend Boston University, and she stayed ever since. She currently lives in Dorchester with her husband and one-year-old son. She owns a PR + marketing company through which she works with other small businesses to spread their message and create success.
When she’s not running after a very mobile toddler or running a business, she also likes to work on her backyard vegetable garden, go for walks to the beach with her son, and eat way too much ice cream. Things she used to enjoy when extra time existed in her day (ie before motherhood), include reading books, baking up treats, and binge-watching Netflix shows with her husband. In the last year since becoming a mother, she has learned exactly when and how much coffee to consume in order to get everything on the list done in a day, how to sneak chocolates when no little eyes will see, and how to nurse standing up while typing with one hand.
She believes every mom should be sent home from the hospital with an espresso machine and gift certificate for monthly massages.
Allison grew up in Brookline and didn’t travel far to put down roots. She now lives in Newton with her husband, son (2011), and twin daughters (2014). She has a Masters Degree in Social Work and previously worked as a clinical therapist. Since starting a family she has relished in her role as a stay at home mom and continues to appreciate it as her family grows.
Loves: Summers on the Cape, sparkling rosé, sleeping in (although the meaning of this has changed drastically since becoming a mother), anything on sale, cooking and finding recipes that are quick and easy but taste gourmet, interior design, honesty, sarcasm.
Loathes: People that use the hashtag #blessed, raw onions, bad drivers, family drama, anything before 7am, sunburns, pigeons and most other birds, whining.
Ashley is a Virginia native who moved to Boston — sight unseen — for a library science graduate degree she’s never exactly used. Within a year, she met her husband, a nerdy but handsome health economist. They planted roots in Brighton, had their first child (now almost three years old), and are looking forward to baby number two making its arrival this fall. Ashley spends her days building Duplo fire stations, freelance writing and editing, swimming at Walden Pond, and binge eating dark chocolate in the pantry when her kid has his back turned.
Caitlin has made her way to Massachusetts via Connecticut, Texas, and Long Island. She met her Massachusetts born husband at Baylor University in Texas, and they were married in 2007. After six years of marriage, he finally managed to bring her back to his home state, and she is absolutely thrilled to be living in New England once again! Caitlin is the proud mother of two amazing boys, born in February 2013 and September 2015, who are the best of friends. In between play dates and episodes of Handy Manny, she also teaches college English and works as a writing tutor.
She loves: being the only girl in a house full of boys, her furbabies, the New England Patriots, travel, books, ice cream, the ocean, Leslie Knope, The Golden Girls, Tex-Mex, avocados, folding laundry (but not putting it away) and above all, the amazing life that God has given her
She could do without: spiders, 100 degree weather, humidity, teething (it is the devil!), rudeness, and washing dishes
Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children under 11 years old, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their Boston Terrier and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day.
At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com
Diandra was born in Boston but grew up in the south of Italy. In her late teens, she moved back to Boston to study and pursue a career in early childhood education. Eight years into her teaching career, a sequence of life-changing events steered Diandra towards the study of holistic health and nutrition, the art of yoga, and a desire to travel and to experience other cultures.
Today, Diandra lives in Brookline, MA with her soul mate, and her most precious creation, her curious and vivacious toddler girl. Diandra is a certified health and nutrition coach and yoga teacher and, together with her family, thrives on a plant-based diet.
Through her work and writing, Diandra seeks to inspire, empower and nourish women with the belief that the food we eat, our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and experiences all holistically impact our physical and emotional health and our relationship with ourselves and everyone around us.
You can also find her at her passion project www.OmSheLife.com
Yummy: Raw and dark chocolate (lots of it), herbal teas, yoga, long walks, dancing with her baby girl, traveling, inspiring conversations, cuddles, swimming or anything ocean, creating recipes and finding good eats with her husband.
Yucky: When anyone other than her husband calls her by anything other than her name (love, honey, ma’am), open mouth chewers, cruelty to any living being, public restrooms with no changing tables, and her husbands impersonation of Beaker from The Muppets
After an illustrious career in politics and then reinsurance (yeah, it was a career change…), Emily decided to once again make a bold move and stay at home after her first daughter was born. Daughter number two came shortly thereafter. The Fahle girls keep super busy and active with exploring our new hometown of Scituate and all that Boston and the South Shore has to offer! Emily is currently experiencing getting along with a Threenager and a one year old. She never knew coffee and wine would be such an essential part of her day.
Erin is a Texas transplant to Boston. After graduating from the University of Texas, she began her career as an Art Director in Austin. She married a fellow Longhorn, took a newly alliterative last name, and moved to Switzerland. Erin worked at a large multinational ad agency before starting her own creative boutique with Swiss and French partners, where she created campaigns for banks, chocolate, and watches. 4+ years and many euro-adventures later, she had her first child and decided it was time to move back to the USA. She’s currently a Partner and Art Director at a Boston agency.
A designophile in the broadest sense, Erin loves all things fashion, interior design, and art. Her engineer husband finds her an aesthetic pain in the rear, but someone has to choose the throw pillows. She is expecting a daughter in September 2015.
Originally from South West England, Hannah moved to the US in 2010 to marry her American man. In 2011 she got an American cat and in February 2015 she gave birth to an American boy. She is now well and truly surrounded.
Yes Please: charcuterie, reading and brightly colored rain-boots (wellies).
No Thank You: reality TV, celery and winter
Heather was born and raised in New Hampshire and moved to Boston after graduating from college. She met her husband Adam there, got engaged and was married there! They made Boston home until 2 kids came into the picture and now resides in the Metrowest ‘burbs. Her son J is 4 years old and her daughter M is 2 years old. She works part time as a Bone Marrow Transplant/Leukemia nurse. When she isn’t spending time with her family she enjoys working out, spending time at the beach and shopping.
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Jennifer was born and raised right here in Boston. She has been with her husband for 14 years (high school sweethearts)! She went to college at Lesley University and spent the past 7 years teaching in the Boston area. Jennifer is now a stay at home mom to her adventurous two year old son. She LOVES Boston – which is why she has stayed here all of her life, and also loves helping others find fun things to do in and around the city. People tend to love Jennifer’s optimistic personality, friendliness, and large amount of energy!
Her MOST favorite things: spending time with her family, friends, and her four year old Newfoundland dog; summers in Cape Cod; fishing with her husband; ice cream cake; lobster; carrying on traditions from when she was a child; and most importantly, being a MOMMY!
Her LEAST favorite things: sitting still, unfriendliness, rainy days, spiders, snakes, waking up early, and when she runs out of coffee!
Jenny is a crass and pushy (read = sweet) native New Yorker who has always had a penchant for New England, after attending Brandeis for 4 years, but especially so after meeting her husband Barry, who also happened to live in Boston. After marrying, and creating 3 awesome daughters – ages, 11, 8 and 6 – she and her husband moved to Needham and love it there!
Jenny is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Mindful Eating Instructor and Wellness blogger. She loves writing about how Mom’s can navigate and prioritize their health and positive body image after having children.
When she’s not trying to figure out how the heck to parent a tween, She can be found blogging at the Huffington Post, (healthy living section) and on her site www.jennyedencoaching.com.
Heck yes! – mindfulness, kettlebells, body acceptance, yoga, traveling the word and eating decadent and unctuous (vegetarian) food.
No way, man! – arthritis at 40, allergies to anything, animal cruelty, waiting in line.
Jess is an elementary library teacher currently at home on maternity leave with her 6 month old boy/girl twins. She has loved Boston since she was a kid living in rural Connecticut and always dreamed of living there one day. Her dream came true when she moved up with her then boyfriend (now husband) to go to Simmons College for grad school. They’ve been in Boston ever since (except when they tried to live in CT again but missed Boston too much and returned in less than a year). Their new little family now lives happily in Brookline.
Loves: my sweet babies and hardworking husband, my family, anything involving salted caramel, milkshakes (or frappes as they say around here), running, yoga, athleisure apparel, taking too many pictures, Disney World, warm summer nights, fireworks, flip flops, eating out at Picco, and long walks around the city
Could do without: condiments (except ketchup), icy sidewalks, nosy strangers, traffic, laundry
A Maine native, Jessie migrated down the coast to Boston after college, and it’s been home ever since. In this great city, Jessie met her husband, graduated law school, played in numerous basketball leagues, worked as a travel copywriter, ran the marathon, dabbled in real estate sales, and most recently, is developing a website for people looking to move within Greater Boston. (Stay tuned!) But of all these great adventures, she most loves the one she’s on now: stay-at-home-mom to three energetic and hilarious daughters. Jessie, her husband, and their trio of little ladies live in Brookline.
Kat Rutkin is a postpartum doula who used to be an urban planner. A mom to two almost-feral boys aged 5 and 2, she drinks too much coffee, lovingly cold brewed by her very patient life partner.
She moved to the Boston area from New York City when she was (very) pregnant with her first baby and has since made the move permanent by selling her soul to the beast that is the regional real estate market.
After a rough landing into motherhood, she restructured her life into helping new parents grow their families with calm confidence and couldn’t be happier.
Despite leaving the urban planning scene professionally, she still enjoys enforcing building and zoning codes on lego structures. In her “spare” time Kat can be found running and wishing she’d slept longer. Passionate about politics and equality, Kat also serves on the Somerville Commission for Women.
Although a transplant from New York who knows little about sports, she hates the Yankees with the passion of a native. She lives in Somerville with her husband, two boys, two cats, and some seriously misguided woodland creatures that keep tunneling into her sad urban yard.
Kat grew up in Western New York doing toe loops in footie pajamas in her kitchen and watching the Buffalo Bills lose Super Bowls. She moved to Boston to earn a graduate degree in education. While working towards her Master’s and establishing her higher education administration career, she blogged about her love of sports for fun. Somehow, someway, that blogging turned into a part-time writing career, including a five year stint writing for the Boston Herald where she got to cover a whole bunch of events and athletes she could have only dreamed of.
In 2016, Kat had her first child. When she’s not busy figuring out what sport her son will try first, she works full-time at a university and covers sports when she can.
Loves: coffee, cats and 1990s NFL quarterbacks.
Dislikes: chewing gum, high shelves and baby pajamas that snap instead of zipper.
Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes.
Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity.
Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.
Kim lives in West Roxbury with her hubby, daughter (2015), and 2 cats. She spends her days having tea parties with her toddler and doing other stay at home mommy stuff. When she isn’t chasing around her toddler and cleaning the kitchen floor for the 10th time in a row she has her own coaching, therapy and personal training practice. Kim is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), a Pre and Post Natal Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach who loves empowering mamas to feel their best in mind and body
Favorites: long relaxing walks, play dates at new places, coffee, uninterrupted sleep (what’s that?), strength training, smoothies, pizza, Netflix, the beach, a good book (what’s that?), being outside, chocolate chip cookies, the smell of fall and spring, the simple things, time alone, and women empowering women.
Strongly Dislikes: food shopping, rude drivers, body shaming, traffic, any kind of shopping, stigmas around mental health and substance abuse, busy parking lots, and getting sucked into her Facebook news feed.
Leah is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the MetroWest area. She met her husband in 2006 and they bonded over all things Boston. After moving to North Carolina for 4 years, they realized they had to move back to New England. (love that dirty water!) In 2011 they welcomed a son into their family. Then 2014, 1 week before having their daughter, their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With two kids and special needs in their life, they rely on an amazing support system of friends and family. Leah is a stay at home mom, who is also growing a small business, and enjoying the independence and freedom it has given her.
Loves: Great food (mostly made by her talented husband), playing with the kids, the beach, date nights, The Pats, The Sox, The B’s, new socks and bras, and American history, and movies.
Can’t stand: Cotton balls, weeds, broken crayons, pollen, and vacuuming up Cheerios every half hour.
Lindsay Goldberg is a working mom who then comes home and works there, too. She loves finding quick, healthy recipes to make for her family and lives for her Sunday Yogalates class. She is in constant awe of her toddler and her own ability to barely, just barely, stay sane.
Likes : books, family dance parties, morning snuggles, and drinking coffee when it’s still hot (not that that ever happens at home)
Dislikes : recipes with more than 10 ingredients or 10 steps, winter, and deadlines
Lynzi and her husband Stephen moved to Boston in the beginning of 2015 and are completely in love with the Boston Area. They have 2 sweetie pie little girls: 2 years and 3 months old, respectively. Born and raised in Arizona, Lynzi feels that she now has the ultimate authority to decide which is worse: the “dry heat” or “humid heat.” The answer is most definitely “dry heat.” Lynzi loves to guestimate amounts when cooking and pouring the laundry soap, but believes in being exact when mentally calculating the most direct walking route (which sometimes means ignoring “Do Not Walk On Grass” signs.) Lynzi reads books over people’s shoulders on the plane, dances to the music in her head, and lives to make people smile. She is an active pursuer of free food, and you can always find her skulking in the ice cream aisle, waiting for Ben and Jerry’s to go on sale.
Megan is a Massachusetts native who lives in the MetroWest area with her husband, son (born in 2014), twin daughters (born in 2016) and bulldog (born in 2006). Her family is active, and they love being outdoors and checking out local activities throughout Massachusetts and New England. For over 10 years, Megan has worked in the adoption field. This work has taken her all over the world, introduced her to many amazing people of all ages and given her a passion for helping families come together. Megan also teaches yoga and loves all things related to the practice. She teaches adults, teenagers with special needs and babies. When spare time presents itself, Megan enjoys cycling, yoga, boxing, hiking, gardening, cooking and baking. She loves traveling and planning trips, whether it’s a big trip across the world or a weekend getaway at her family’s little cottage on the Cape.
Megan is a mom of two daughters (ages 3 and 1) and lives with her family in Stoneham, MA. Her love for New England began 10 years ago when she moved from her hometown of Syracuse, NY to pursue her masters degree at Emerson College. Boston holds a special place in her heart as the city she met and married her husband, adopted their beloved rescue dog, and welcomed two beautiful daughters. Outside of her crazy mom world, Megan runs an independent consulting business for Thirty-One Gifts.
Loves: Family, friends, lazy yellow labs, being a mom of girls, theme parties, holidays, fall in New England, picture taking, pinteresting, Target (alone), Amazon prime, pizza & dessert, coffee mornings, beach days, wine nights.
Could do Without: Winter, snow (besides at Christmas), being late, toddler tantrums, traffic.
Meghan was born and raised on the South Shore and attended college in Boston. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and followed him to Charleston, SC and Groton, CT where he served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Military life was an adventure, and after 6 crazy years of service (and two babies later!), the pair decided to move *home* to the South Shore and put down some roots.
Meghan is a proud work-at-home mom and divides her time between homemaking and taking care of her two boys, born in 2013 and 2015, and working for her family’s small business based in Plymouth, MA.
Yes please!: iced coffee, crafts with the kids, date night, wine & a fabulous cheese board, getting a great deal on something, crossing things off of a to-do list, updating and decorating our fixer upper, planning parties, a pen that writes really smoothly, supporting our Military and their families, taking pictures, big family cook-outs, the Patriots, and giving gifts.
Aw heck no!: mushrooms, mean people, GERMS, paying full price for anything, being stuck indoors, and friends who chronically cancel plans.
Canadian by birth, Nancy is originally from Calgary, at the base of the rocky mountains. Before kids she travelled the world, living in exotic locals such as the British Virgin Islands, Paris and Montreal. She also enjoyed reading the New York Times in a leisurely fashion, while sipping a latte, every Sunday morning.
Nancy’s current role is that of ‘house manager’ and ‘primary care giver’ to two perfect little children: Finnegan (4) and Greta (2). Most days are spent playing, cleaning, running and slaying dragons. The Sunday Times now takes a week to read.
Likes: Road trips (even with the kids!), bookstores, good food, good wine, Jack Russell terriers (one day…), Vespa Scooters, walking, watching my kids sleep, hip hop.
Dislikes: plants which are under my care that die, no manners, missing a good sale, over-consumption, reality tv, Donald Trump.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Rachel Ann (and her husband and toddler son) just moved to Somerville after spending six years in New York City. They were drawn by the perfect mix of small town neighborhood and urban easy living and are finally planning to put down roots – something they have resisted so far in life. Rachel Ann is super passionate about supporting other parents in their choices, not making parenting harder than it needs to be and child-directed learning. Rachel Ann also blogs at thelovehive.com.
Likes: Tea, yoga, natural health, being outside, exploring Boston’s parks and beaches, pizza, urban gardening, biking everywhere
Dislikes: When other parents try to helicopter parent my child, parks without good sight lines, any temperature below 30*
Rachel Ann also blogs at thelovehive.com.
Rachel is a native of the West Coast and didn’t know that her straight hair could frizz until she made the move East! After earning a Master of Environmental Management from Yale, she moved to Boston for a job opportunity and, on her first Saturday night in the city, met the man who would become her husband. They married in 2012 and are learning more every day about how to be parents to daughters Annabel (2013) and Eleanor (2016). Rachel and her family recently relocated from Charlestown to the Metrowest suburbs and are enjoying their yard, but dislike shoveling snow from their driveway.
Rachel currently works as an energy and environmental consultant, and wore Birkenstocks before they were trendy.
Likes: her family, her in-laws, cooking ambitious meals and leaving the dishes for someone else, hiking, running, yoga, climbing mountains, reading books, farmers’ markets and her CSA, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, the sound of her daughters’ laughter, and coffee
Dislikes: running out of milk, New England winters, diaper rash, wastefulness, cell phones at the dinner table
Tracy was born and raised outside of Boston, and despite a seven year hiatus in upstate New York she couldn’t stay away. After grad school she was smart enough to move back to Massachusetts and marry her middle school crush (yes, there are in existence fifth grade diary entries such as: “Ryan talked to me today!!!!!). Together they have two incredible little boys who’s imaginations astound her each and every day.
Tracy is Licensed Clinical Social worker who runs a small private practice and works for (and loves!) Early Intervention. She is passionate about supporting families and wants to remind anyone who will listen that mental health is health. Period. Not a separate category.
Tracy loves to cook, run, and re-organize. She used to be an avid rock climber and is trying to figure out how to cultivate an interest in her sons so she has an excuse to break out her climbing gear again. Despite growing up so close to the stadium that she could hear the crowds roar when the Patriots made a particularly impressive play, Tracy is still pretty sure a “tight end” refers to that thing she might have if she were willing to do squats. But out of Foxboro loyalty she will continue start each season trying to understand it all, and end each season making lots of yummy football snacks and Pinteresting during each game.