Meet Your Palm Beach Moms Blog Contributors
Heather is a busy working mom of two little girls. She is happily married to her high school crush and love of her life. Some of her favorite things include the sound of her kids laughing, listening to 80’s music, the smell of cookies baking, and coffee. Actually, put coffee first on that list. No coffee, no laughing. Her hobbies include reading, writing and long walks on the beach. Just kidding. She doesn’t have time for hobbies! After 10 years of infertility and pregnancy losses, Heather is now balancing work, marriage, boo-boos, birthday parties and play dates, not to mention crow’s feet and progressive lenses. Heather is finding that dreams do come true, but that doesn’t make it easy. Sometimes we live happily and hectically ever after. You can learn more about Heather and what makes her tick on her blog, Hectically Ever After!
Stephanie is a South Florida native, originally from Royal Palm Beach, who now resides in Wellington with her family. She attended The University of South Florida in Tampa where she met her college sweetheart turned husband, Tyler. Together they have three small children, Addison who is five and one year old twins Ainsley and Asher. Stephanie spent eight years as a teacher in both the middle school and high school settings before becoming a stay at home mom. Now instead of spending her days correcting teenagers, she spends them chasing her busy twins and trying to convince them that nap time is fun and something they should really do. Stephanie loves coffee, desserts of all shapes and sizes, a good book and solo trips to Target. She is a mostly natural mama who loves a fridge stocked with organic foods and wishes she had time to take yoga but also has an intense love for gel manicures and makeup that she just can’t quit. She shares her love for all things lipstick over on her Facebook group, Peaceful Pout.
Melyssa Edmunds is an LDS wife blessed with the stewardship of raising three Christian, rowdy little boys. Melyssa is a couples therapist and has a passion for helping others. Melyssa enjoys blogging about couples research, daily tasks, and family life.
Melissa is a native Florida girl, originally from Boca Raton. She is the proud wife of a firefighter and mother to Jackson (3) and Juliet (1). She admits there are challenges, but enjoys balancing the busy yet exciting life of a firefighter wife, part-time teacher, and full-time mama of two. She loves writing, discount shopping (maxxinista mama!), trying new fitness classes, COFFEE, reality TV, going on adventures with her family, exploring new places in PBC, AND all things beauty (can you ever have enough lipstick?). Melissa is passionate about supporting fellow mamas and showing them how to “map out their month” to make the most of their precious family time, which combines her two favorite things – planners and family! Melissa’s ultimate dream is to be a published author. Keep up with Melissa on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and read her favorite articles about motherhood, affordable style, party planning, and organizing, plus her latest discount finds!
Aimee Romano is currently a stay at home mommy in beautiful west Boynton Beach, FL where she and her loving husband Jake are busy raising their adorable and spunky 22 month old son, Aiden Penn. She is a proud native of NJ, visiting every so often to spend time with her family and friends. Aimee was a teacher in Palm Beach County, but is currently on a hiatus while being lucky enough to stay at home and raise Aiden. As much as she loved teaching, after Aiden was born she gave up 150 “kids”, for 1. He is worth the trade! Aimee also works on call/freelance as a set tutor/studio teacher for countless talented children in commercials, movies, television shows, and more.
She is also very passionate about helping others and giving back to her community. When she has some free time, Aimee enjoys traveling, spa days, exercising, bike rides, and shopping! She is thrilled to be a contributor for Palm Beach Moms Blog and at almost 40 years old, she is hoping to be the voice for the older moms of toddlers out there.
A native of Wellington, FL, Michele proves that life is full of unexpected surprises. After graduating with a degree in English studies at Florida Atlantic University and years of a long distance relationship with her now husband, Giuseppe, Michele moved to Sicily, Italy to embark on a new chapter! Teaching English as a second language and living, immersed in a culture that was very different from that which can be found in the states, Michele was given a new outlook on life.
After 8 years in Sicily, a new business opportunity brought the couple back to Wellington, Florida where they live today with their three children, Ottavio, 4, Alessandra, 2 and baby, Sophia.
Though it is no secret that some days are easier than others trying to juggle work, home and family, Michele believes that with a strong support system, communication and A LOT of patience, anything is possible (it just takes a bit longer sometimes than expected)!
Jennifer came from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Palm Beach County in 2002, seeking a college degree near the beach (with a much more mild winter). She fell in love with both the area and her husband at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and the rest is history. Jennifer and her husband have four (yes 4!) young daughters ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, and she currently home schools the two oldest girls. She has always had a love for baking and reading, the former of which was not doing her waistline any favors. After her fourth daughter was born, she decided to learn a new way to indulge in her hobby and has since dropped 50 pounds. Jennifer is now very passionate about helping other moms and dads achieve their own health goals, while at the same time encouraging them in their journey to feed their families well. Follow Jennifer on Instagram @FamilyFuels.
Megan was born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from Liberty University in Virginia and has been living in South Florida for the past 4 years with her husband. She is a stay at home mom of two boys, who are three and under. She spends her days chasing after her crazy energetic boys and lets not forget the endless piles of laundry! She started her blog when her first born was a year old in hopes that her stories would help other moms realize that they are not alone in “The World of Motherhood”. When she isn’t busy mommying, she works her two at-home businesses. She has a passion for educating families on ways to encourage their children to read. When her kids go to bed she hosts Facebook parties and helps families fill their home library with the best children’s book available, Usborne Books! She is also an Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide, a health and wellness company; Megan is using her health promotions degree to share with others how healthy living is of the utmost importance in raising a family these days.
Tracy is a Florida native who was born and raised in Ocala and has been residing in Palm Beach County since 2005. She graduated from The University of Central Florida in Orlando where she met her husband, Jeff. She is now a stay-at-home mom to their son, Caleb (5) and daughter, Lydia (2). Before she filled her days with library story times and park playdates, Tracy worked in the hospitality management and higher education industries, including The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Of all the titles Tracy has held, she loves being a wife and mom the most. She is always up for an adventure and enjoys all things food, wine and travel. Tracy has embraced the crazy, beautiful life she and her husband have made. She strives to teach her little ones about the simple pleasures in life and to always “stop and smell the roses.”
Amanda grew up in North Philadelphia and moved to Palm Beach County in 2012, seeking a break from bad romances and harsh winters. Since then she met and married her bodybuilder husband, Jason. She’s worked for a Latin American Video on Demand company, a Christian radio station, and most recently joined the ranks of Palm Beach Stay-At-Home-Moms in 2016 with the birth of her daughter. Lately she has fallen in love with the Spanish River Library, Palm Beach’s hidden beaches, and cooking up family recipes from Cuba & Colombia, as well as a few recipes mined from her husband’s Jewish heritage. Amanda’s guilty pleasures are cheesy show tunes, telenovelas and historical fiction novels. She maintains a personal blog at coffeeduringteatime.wordpress.com
Born in Queens, NY and raised in Boynton Beach, FL, Laura has lived a full life here in the sunshine state. A mommy of three boys and married to her own Prince Charming, Laura has a crazy busy life. She enjoys reading, painting, sing alongs in the car with her kiddies, Disney trips, and many a nights binge watching her favorite shows with her husband.
As a registered Dental Hygienist, Laura feels extremely passionate about kids having proper oral health care and knowledge. She’s currently a stay at home/work on Saturdays when Daddy is home mommy. Any rainy day can carry a rainbow if you just look for the sunshine and she tries to live her live that way. Laura is excited to share her knowledge, stories and humor with this team and all the great mothers and care givers that read Palm Beach Moms Blog!
Melanie was born in North Carolina but spent most of her life in Georgia before moving to Palm Beach County in 2015. Before moving to Florida, Melanie was a librarian, and now she is a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Mark, have a blended family with five (yes, five!) children: Elizabeth, Grace, Calvin, Maggie, and Lily Mae. The five kids keep her pretty busy, but when she has time for herself Melanie enjoys reading, eating the chocolate she hides from her family, and she recently began competing in triathlons. Like a true Southern girl, she bakes a mean batch of biscuits and loves anything with a monogram.
Christen Thompson has lived in the Palm Beach area for the past seven years. In addition to being Editor of Palm Beach Moms Blog, she is a stay at home mom to Nicholas (6) and Luke (2). She is married to PGA Tour player Nick Thompson, and their family enjoys traveling, trips to Disney and Legoland, and spending quality time together. Christen attended law school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, and worked as a junior associate at a Palm Beach area law firm, before becoming a full time stay at home mom. Welcome to Palm Beach Moms Blog!
Brazilian-born and South Florida raised, the beach is where Renata spent most of her days. See what I did there? Now on to our introduction. Renata and her family reside in West Boynton Beach. She met her husband of eight years at Quiet Waters Park when they were nine-years-old (Yes, you read that right!). You could say that every now and again fairy tales do happen. On the weekdays you can find her working as a Prospect Researcher for an international relief organization in Coconut Creek; she likes to think this is setting her up for good karma. She only came to know true exhaustion in July of 2014 when she began her journey into motherhood. Speaking of motherhood, Renata is known as mommy to her spit-fire, sassy daughter who is three and her rambunctious, but oh-so-sweet momma’s boy who is one. Her favorite things include: copious amounts of coffee, books & planners, good food, clean sheets, and gangster rap, not necessarily in that order. Even though she may seem to have it somewhat together, do not be fooled. Renata is still trying to figure out the perfect life balance and she would love for you to take this ride with her. If you are looking for zero judgements and endless laughter, Renata is the gal for you.
Sabrina, 38, is a first-time mom to a very active infant boy, Benjamin, who acts more like a toddler than a baby. She grew up in North Carolina and always thought she’d move back to raise a family. Then she met and fell in love with Mike, a Florida boy who had no plans to leave the state before retirement. She’s the editing team leader for Cox Media Group’s newspapers — The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Hamilton Journal-News. She also designs her fair share of newspaper pages while troubleshooting tech issues and putting out whatever fires pop up daily. She finally admits she’s not as motivated or productive as she used to be (toddler baby snuggles are the best distraction). She’s still learning how to juggle the demands of being a wife, a Mommy and a professional who balances working from home with time in the office. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys working out at Orangetheory Fitness, hanging poolside with her hubby, taking Ben for walks around the neighborhood, trying to get caught up on her Kindle and catching up with the friends she made playing adult competitive kickball.
Daphne resides in her hometown of Royal Palm Beach, FL with her husband Steven, her daughter Brittan (2), their cat Pebbles, and new puppy Sophie. Growing up in beautiful south Florida, Daphne’s passions for swimming and horseback riding made her choice to attend Florid Atlantic University an easy one. While at FAU she and Steven were both members of the Marching Owls band, and shared a love for sports. In her final year she was also a member of the FAU Equestrian Team. Although her original plan post college was to work in the journalism and photography field, her passion for Aquatics took her in another direction. After graduating she pursued that passion and has worked as a swim instructor, swim team coach, and lifeguard instructor at aquatic facilities in both central and south Florida. Now she currently juggles working as a swim instructor and swim team coach, with play dates, mommy and me classes, grocery shopping, and trying to remember to text her friends back! In the rare free time she has you will most likely still find her either at the pool, taking a trip to Disney, or cheering on the FAU Owls!
Kim is a mom of two boys, Matthew(12) and Dominick(10). She resides in Lake Worth with her husband, Matt, and their 2 kids. They moved to South Florida in 2002 from Long Island, NY. Kim was a teacher for a couple of years until she had her first son. For the last 12 years she was running a home based business. When they decided to close the business, Kim decided she should do something she is more interested in and started blogging. She has a personal blog, feedingthefam.blog that focuses on food, fashion, beauty and more. She is a home body that loves writing, cooking and spending time with her family. You can keep up with her on her facebook page, Feeding the Fam.
Nichelle grew up in Michigan, Connecticut, and Hawaii, but has called Florida her home since 1993. She met her husband, Minh, while graduating from Lynn University in Boca Raton, where he owns his own Marble & Tile installation company. They have two daughters that are the light of their lives and also keep them on their toes, Tristynn (age 7), and Harleigh (age 4). Nichelle teaches 5th grade Language Arts, which goes right along with her passion of Reading. When she’s not caught up in a great book, she enjoys going out on her boat with family and friends, taking self defense classes, doing arts & crafts (Yay, Pinterest!), and taking naps. Nichelle has written 3 fictional books for (and about) her daughters, through a program for her elementary students, and is very excited to be writing for Palm Beach Moms Blog. She works hard to find the balance between work and home life, and wants other moms to know that they aren’t alone in trying to create that sense of balance in their lives.
Jazly Pizzuti was born in Colombia and raised in Texas. She has always had a love of children and knew from a very young age she wanted to be a mother, which is why, in her twenties, she worked as a teacher: preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school abroad. She has driven cross-country twice and has visited 23 states, and has lived in Texas, Oregon, New Jersey and Florida. She’s been to many places but Palm Beach is by far her favorite!
Jazly moved to Florida drawn to its amazing weather and to attend Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College in Jupiter. Having majored in Women Studies with a double minor in English and Spanish Literature, she is very passionate about the female experience and writing about it, whether creatively or academically. It is one of her favorite ways to empower other moms and to share the different experiences women go through while balancing their lives as mothers, wives, working moms/stay-at-home moms and individual women on a daily basis. As women, we wear many hats! Because she and her husband struggled for several years to get pregnant and then went through an extremely high risk pregnancy (double diagnosis), motherhood and pregnancy have become a focal point in her writing.
Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading, photography, and cosmetics! No matter how tired this momma is she can always start the day off right with some lipstick, Starbucks and yoga – not necessarily in that order! In her spare time she enjoys cooking, snorkeling, traveling and exploring Florida’s natural beauty with her soulmate and husband Dale and daughter Mila Rose (1).
Joey was born and raised in New York. She met my husband after college and he is her soul mate. They have a wonderful life together in south Florida. They moved down here in 2010 for a promotion Joey received. Joey works in the liqueur industry. She is a national sales and marketing manager for a family owned company. They have a portfolio of Italian cordials and a whiskey sold through the distributor Southern Wine & Spirits. Joey’s hobbies are photography, cooking, yoga, pilates & blogging. Her youngest son is 6 months old (Nico) and her oldest Cayden just turned 4.
Heather is a Wellington native who has been traveling around the country the last few years growing her science career along the way & is excited to come back to her familiar stomping grounds to raise her two young boy. She married her high school sweetheart whom she met when they both worked at the Wellington Cinemas. Between juggling karate lessons, baseball practice, and family game nights she loves spending time at the beach, hunting for fossils, exploring the great outdoors, or rock hounding! She is passionate about cloth diapers, promoting science education and empowering other moms throughout motherhood’s journeys.
Native Floridian. Mom of Three Ava (6), Charlotte (6), Harrison (3). Wife to her Ahhmazing Husband (John Paul). Household CEO. Fitness Obsessed. Social Seeker. Avid School Volunteer. Curious Traveler. Wine Enthusiast. These words best describe, Laurie Canzio, the newest team member of Palm Beach Moms Blog.
In 2006, Laurie moved to Jupiter after graduating from the University of Florida with a Hospitality & Event Management degree. Working as an event planner for an event company in Delray Beach. Then moving on into Healthcare management. She decided to retired after delivering her twins daughters in 2012. Still resides in Jupiter Fl… #lovewhereyoulive! Jupiter has so much to offer to families and moms looking for activities every day. Laurie loves the comradery of the Palm Beach Moms Blog and is thrilled to be part of a community where we can laugh and figure this whole motherhood thing out together!