Passionate about Building a Bridge
from one Heart to Another

Meet Our Local Contributors

Richmond Moms Blog on Cary St. Photography by Courtney Taylor Bowles

 

Aditi Wardhan Singh is a resident of Richmond, Virginia and a stay at home mother of two adorable kids. She enjoys writing, cooking and choreographing events and dance dramas. She also volunteers for the non profit organization Circle of Peace International and is a regular blogger for the the Huffington Post. Her passion is to help parents find that fine balance of parenting, culture and self.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Angie Trueblood is a Midlothian wife, mom of two kiddos, meal planning consultant and blogger at Meal Planning Mama and lover of all things Richmond! Angie has been helping busy moms simplify dinnertime through meal planning and prepping for almost 3 years. When she’s not helping other moms, she loves exploring the city’s parks and playgrounds with her kids, checking out new restaurants with her hubs, and laughing about motherhood over cocktails with friends.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Annie Turner moved to Richmond in 2015 with her husband Robbie and their two young children, and they’ve since added a third to their brood. Annie grew up on a farm and thought she could never live outside the Blue Ridge Mountains, but she has grown to love her new city, and enjoys exploring it via foot, pedal, and minivan. She has a rich knowledge of the local doughnut culture, and enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, cooking, dance parties, and long walks without having to push a stroller. She majored in English and History at the University of Virginia, and is excited to get back into writing while connecting with this wonderful community of Richmond moms. You can also find her writing at Mothering Beyond Expectations.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Becca Campbell is a Mechanicsville mom who claims Lousiana and Virginia as home. After graduating high school she moved to Baton Rouge, claiming to never return. A masters degree in Elementary Education, marriage, three years of teaching, and two daughters later…She is over the moon to be back in Virginia. Becca is proof that life has a funny way of changing you…especially when kids come around! She and her husband, Chad, experienced dating and falling in love for the first time together, and tied the knot one year after meeting. Together they have taken huge leaps of faith, including moving to Virginia. One of those leaps came as Becca traded in her Science centers and lesson plans for a career as a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She is passionate about helping families find healthy sleep. On the weekends you can catch Becca, her husband and two daughters exploring new parks and playgrounds or making a mean homemade pizza on a Sunday night.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Bunny Young is the proud mother of five year old Ryann Grace, whom her family affectionately calls “Rocky”.  She is also Chairwoman of Pawssible Service Dog Connection and the Founder & President of A Better Place Consulting. Her passion for supporting individual strategies for success in companies and teams has given her the chance to travel nationally to lead workshops and retreats, and to share her mission to help build a world where individuals love what they do, why they do it, and who they are.

Bunny is extremely grateful for the experience of motherhood after suffering four miscarriages prior to being blessed with Rocky and has been a volunteer with the March of Dimes since going into preterm labor at just 28 weeks. Bunny has lived in China and volunteered in Ecuador—experiences which were eye- opening and humbling for her.  She advocates for those who are differently abled: “Growing up with a heart condition, I understand what it is like to have a disability. Being able to empower others for independence and show my daughter that being different is beautiful and that she can do anything is the most important thing to me.” She enjoys spending time with her family including her service dog Goose, a 120 pound Great Dane. She volunteers with Dreamcatcher’s Therapeutic Riding, the Alzheimer’s Association, and serves as the Chair of Louisa Lead Share, an active member of TRIAD, serves on the Extraordinary Women’s Exchange Committee and a Member of the Hanover Council on Aging.

Catherine Brown is an RVA native who was drawn back after many years away. She loves being back and is thrilled to run into old friends in the unlikeliest of places. Catherine has spent her limited free time over the past thirteen years writing about parenting, education, and noteworthy people. For most of her waking hours, she throws her heart and soul into raising her three lively, talkative girls with her funny and charming writer husband.

Chastity Hise is a happily married, mother of two amazing children and two furry puppies. She is one of the owners of Smoke and Mirrors Salon and is a total book nerd.  She can be found exploring delicious eateries with her foodie family (kids included) or cooking in her own kitchen on the weekends.  You can also find Chastity on her personal blog.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Christa Threlfall spent several years growing up in Richmond before moving to Charlotte, NC. In early 2017, she moved back to RVA with her husband and 4 children. She is most grateful for her relationship with Jesus Christ – beyond that, she loves being outside with her kids, drinking good coffee, laughing with her husband, and eating Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, and pretty much any other kind of delicious food. You can find more of Christa’s writings on her lifestyle site.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Christina Amen is a Richmond native and calls Chesterfield County her home. She is married to her husband Chip (a St. Louis native) and mom to her fantastic 4, Kareem, Kiersten, Kendall and Kassidy. Christina is passionate, creative and loves to inspire others to share their voice to impact change. She began her journey as an entrepreneur in 2009. Today, Christina helps moms live purposeful and passionate while balancing motherhood, life and business. She is a speaker, consultant and strategist, as well as the founder of Super Mommy-n-Me. Along with cooking, crafting, traveling, homeschooling and ministry, Christina also creates time for lots of reading and her love for technology.   

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Colleen Nichols was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and became a Richmond transplant in 2012 when her husband’s job relocated them to the area. After growing up in Northern Virginia and attending college in Farmville, Virginia, Colleen is convinced that Richmond is the happy medium.
Colleen graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 2010, married her college sweetheart the following year, and earned her M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling in 2013. In graduate school, Colleen was so Orange is the New Black and worked with male inmates (yes, in prison) but found her niche in the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) field here in Richmond.
After her first son was born in 2015, Colleen quit her job and is now in that weird work/stay-at-home-mom limbo. Colleen stays at home, but also owns a life coaching business and blog, both of which are geared towards empowering women and shining a light on the “real life” side of motherhood.
Colleen lives in Moseley, VA with her husband, 18-month old son, and their Great Dane, Penny all of which are anxiously awaiting baby boy #2 who is due in December. When she’s not writing or working (or pregnant), Colleen enjoys red wine, sushi, and yoga pants.

Colleen Wallace is a former electrical engineer who now stays home to relish in the trials and tribulations of life with three boys four and under. The city of Richmond has her heart and after meeting her sweet husband Sean at VCU, they decided to call the Museum District home. She is always seeking true authenticity and when not chasing her crew, or backyard chickens, she pursues a passion for birth work as a Doula through To Love Radiantly. Oddly enough she financially contributes to her family more regularly by hand modeling…for real! When time allows, Colleen can be found happily outside or attempting to be a “minimalist” but mostly for sanity purposes! She and her husband enjoy long runs through the city that count as “the best dates ever” and typically is riverside with the boys getting dirty. Emotions are worn on her sleeve and being an open book is something she just can’t control. Colleen is excited to be a part of RMB and is hoping to share the fierce love, evolving pains, and of course profound happiness that motherhood brings.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Deanna Seymour has called Richmond home for over 15 years. In the past two years she got hitched to her awesome husband Matt, gave birth to her baby girl Ruby Jean, and decided to leave teaching art full time to focus on her photography career. She’s super passionate about empowering kids through portraiture with Wild Design Photography, and couldn’t be happier about the path that she’s on. When she’s not hanging out with other people’s kids, you can find her chillin’ with her own family, sneaking in some reality tv, or eating at one of the amazing restaurants Richmond has to offer.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Emma Fitch Harrison is a Richmond native. She and her husband, Davis, have been friends since childhood, eventually fell in love, and tied the knot in the fall of 2016. Emma is mom to Ava (2) and is expecting her first child with Davis this summer! Although her favorite job is being a mom, Emma is currently a student at Regent University, studying communications. When she graduates in May, she plans to continue blogging, while pursuing a career working to promote local businesses. Emma is also very passionate about health and fitness and is a certified Personal Trainer. In her free time she can be found lifting weights in the gym or going on adventures with her husband and daughter.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Erin Rice, a graduate from VCU and an RVA girl through and through, works full-time as a Preschool Director at Rainbow Station’s flagship school, where she gets to be a kid at heart and remind parents that we really have all been there. She and her husband, Rick, married in 2008 on the same beach where they fell in love. They have three wild children, Cooper (born 2010), Griffin (born 2016, and Avery Quinn (born 2016) and a boxer mutt, Fletch, who is the oldest puppy you will ever meet.

A self-proclaimed eternal optimist, she and her family enjoy living life and turning everything into an adventure. She loves trips to Target (alone at 8am), iced coffee, baking, cheering for her Rams, staying healthy, fresh air and introducing her kids to real music. Keep up with Erin on Instagram @1erinrice and at her personal blog

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Holly Curell is an 8 year RVA resident. She and her husband, Ken planted roots here after growing up in Western Michigan and spending a two-year stint in New York City where she worked as an executive assistant. Though she is still actively trying to “just survive” the hot Virginia summers, she can’t imagine raising her young family anywhere else. Holly resides in the Westend and is mom to three children – Mia (7), Tristan (3.5) and Hurricane Harper (2.5). An active member of her church community, Holly serves on numerous committees and organizations. Living and dining in community with others is what brings her joy, and if she could live on cheese, bread and wine alone she would! She also enjoys bad reality TV, her two cats Nessie and Violet, preschool-level crafting and themed parties.
Holly also writes for her own blog – Holly at Nap Time. 

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Kaira Boston is a Richmond native who has ventured beyond the city and state quite a few times, coming back in between living elsewhere and this latest time settling in RVA with her husband, nine-year-old daughter, and two dogs. A big Someday Goal she has tackled is creating a business she loves that helps other business owners remove someday off their calendars and work towards those lofty goals today, learn more here. When not working, Kaira enjoys creating mixed media that conveys our many layers that fit together so nicely. She also enjoys connecting with others via creative conversation over a tasty caramel or vanilla latte.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Kate Fletcher was born and raised in Virginia and has been an RVA resident since 2002. Married since 2004, Kate and her husband, Gary, have three boys: Matthew (age 9), Wesley (age 6), and Henry (age 2). All three boys have autism, so the Fletcher family is very active in autism advocacy, awareness, acceptance, and research. They are members of the Autism Society of Central Virginia, and Kate periodically writes as a guest blogger for Autism Speaks. She also works full-time as a middle school history teacher in Chesterfield County and is pursuing National Board Certification. When not at school or shuttling her boys around town, Kate enjoys spending time outside, especially at Virginia State Parks and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, shopping, eating, and lots of coffee. Follow her personal blog at www.farbeyondzebra.com.

Kim Alley moved from Texas to Northern Virginia for work in 2010. Even though Snowpocalypse occurred less than 6 weeks later, she decided to stay…and questions that decision every time the thermometer drops below 35 degrees. She married John (a Richmond native) in 2013, moved to Richmond in 2014, and had Caroline in 2015. A full-time working mom at one of Richmond’s large corporations, Kim loves cooking, reading, quoting musicals, historical jokes, Texas Aggie football, and believes cheese should be its own food group. Kim, John, and Caroline live in the West End with their imperious fur-st child, Cardinal Richelieu, Chat (a tabby).

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Raised in Virginia Beach, Liz Baker made a trip to Richmond to consider VCU as a college option. As she turned the corner on Main Street and saw the colorfully-painted row houses, she decided that RVA would be a cool place to study art. Her high school sweetheart, Dan, also came to VCU, and after graduation, they married and made Richmond their home. That was over 20 years ago. After earning a fine arts degree in glass and ceramic art, Liz worked in telecom and spent a year as a local radio DJ. She moved into digital marketing and is now an inbound and content marketing pro. Liz and her husband Dan (recently an extra in the AMC series TURN) have two children, Ryan and Rachel, who are students at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield. They live at the top of a hill in Bon Air where the sunshine, shade trees, and breezes are plenty. They can be found walking up to Joe’s Out for pizza and Bev’s ice cream or welcoming guests at the front door of Forest Hill’s newly launched United Church at Huguenot High School.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography

Lucretia Anderson is originally from the Washington, DC area.  She set off to earn a BFA in Theatre at West Virginia University in 1999 before following her star and her then boyfriend to New York City for a couple of years. Deciding that she rather enjoyed eating and green space, she moved back to DC and worked for a number of years as a Theatre Educator/Arts Administrator for various arts organizations. After 10 years of marriage, she moved to RVA in 2013 as a single mom to a pre-teen daughter Alana (11) and spirit-filled son Parker (7). She and the kids dove head first into new adventures in the River City and have fallen in absolute love with all of its charms, including her partner Danny. A lover of Shakespeare and all things literary, she is passionate about writing, teaching and yummy chocolate goodness (trust her, they all go hand in hand). On the weekends she can be found running around the city (literally, she is an avid, albeit slow, runner), attempting to maintain something that resembles an orderly home and finding something fun or interesting to get into with her family.

Courtney Taylor Bowles Photography