Past Rochester MN Moms Blog Contributors
Rochester MN Moms Blog is fortunate to have a diversity of voices and motherhood perspectives. Contributing to that collective voice is also the valuable writings from our past contributors. The following writers have contributed to our site and we are thankful to them for their support and contributions!
Allison Loftus is a hometown girl born and raised right here in good old Rochester MN. Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast and she finds it hard to pass up a hot cup coffee with plenty of cream and a sprinkle donut. Occasionally, you may find her daydreaming about traveling to Paris. As well as being a great wife to DKL and mom to three awesome kids, Allison is licensed professional counselor with a heart for women. Allison’s love of supporting moms began with her own personal story of loss. On Father’s Day 2007, she miscarried baby Loftus at 13 weeks gestation. Out of her heartbreak she co-founded HOPE ministry, Hearts Overflowing with Prayer and Encouragement. Helping families heal from the heartache of baby loss gave her the courage to go back to school and get a MA in counseling and psychology. But her willingness to open her heart to vulnerability doesn’t stop there…in 2014 she started Flourish Counseling, which focuses on meeting the mental health needs of women and teen girls in Rochester MN. Her witty, genuine, and supportive personality adds a special touch to her writing as she goes about her business helping women develop lives in which they flourish.When Amarilys played house as a little girl, she would nominate herself as a single career woman… she’d be flying first class to big meetings, not racing home through traffic to make dinner. But her steps lead to a different path. She instead chose to marry her college sweetheart, move to the other side of the world and back, and hunker down in nippy Minnesota with her boys. When Amarilys is not corralling her two sons, you’ll find her painting in her at-home studio. Working as a commercial illustrator has her listening to Christmas music year-round while drowning in watercolored flora and fauna. Her personal work is an outworking of her faith and life experiences. Walking in the wisdom to know what matters most for the moment is an ever-revolving struggle–one worth painting about, blogging about, and encouraging others in. The Puerto Rican Murphy Brown -turned- sassy mommy of a trilingual home wouldn’t change a thing. Except maybe the flying first class part. See Amarilys’ Illustration Work at Watercolor Devo.Amy moved to Rochester from Wisconsin in 2012 with her husband of 13 years, Adam, and their two children. Since moving to Rochester, they welcomed child number three to their fun-loving crew. She and her family are very happy to call Rochester home. In 2007, Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Art with an emphasis in Painting. She spent the following 7 years as a Stay at Home Mom and Artist. In 2014, she put on her dancing shoes and became a licensed Zumba Instructor. Since then, she’s been immensely entertaining to her family with her impromptu dance parties in the kitchen. When Amy isn’t busting out her mad dance skills, she’s usually chasing after her kids with camera in hand. She also enjoys being active outdoors with her family. Other hobbies include attempting to garden, running, DIY-ing, eating Korean food, making handmade jewelry, teaching painting classes, going on dinner dates with her hubby and singing in the shower. You can find Amy at her Zumba classes at the Rochester Area Family YMCA and Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio and learn more about her art at AKrause Studio.A Rochester-area native, Amy is a Midwestern girl to the core. She loves each of the four seasons equally, lives by the “Minnesota Nice” philosophy, and prefers lakes to oceans. Amy always has her hands in a project or two. She knows how to orchestrate one heck of a party and loves planning adventures whether near or far. Her passions also include searching for vintage treasures, tacos, reading, arts and crafts, and trying new things. In her free time, you can find her along with her husband, Alex, and their two-year old son, William (Willy), checking out local events and happenings.Brittany is not a Rochester native but happily lives in nearby Pine Island with her teacher-husband, Tyler and their two sons, Riley (December 2013) and Thomas (May 2016). Her husband is from Byron and she moved to the area shortly after marrying Tyler in 2012. Brittany works full time as a Postpartum Doula and Assistant to the Director for Student Reach Minnesota. She is a co-founder and co-owner of MedCity Doulas and is the writer behind Blessed Momma, and an avid-babywearer (founder of Rochester and SE MN Babywearers). She can likely be found doing any of the following with her tots in tote (one in front and one in back): hiking the trails at Oxbow, thrift shopping, attending art openings/musical concerts or in front of her computer playing freelance graphic designer. She loves wearing many hats and making relationships.With four young kids within five years of each other, Heather’s hands and heart are absolutely full. She’s passionate about good food, literature, social justice, handmade items, and making her house a welcoming and comforting space for all. She also spends a lot of time nursing her long-term relationship with coffee. Heather and her husband Michael blog about homeschooling, living life with a hearty mix of both abandon and intentionality, their future working with refugees in France, and other sundry topics at Those Kinds of People.Jessica is a Rochester transplant from Texas, and she loves the look on people’s faces when she tells them she loves Minnesota winters. She adores the life of being mom to two hilarious boys (5 and 3,) wife of her high school sweetheart, Independent Ambassador for Noonday Collection, and Assistant Director at Rochester’s storied Aldrich Memorial Nursery School. She grew up lucky enough to travel the world with her parents and sister, and she learned that while language, culture, architecture, and lifestyle are greatly varied from one place to another, beauty, kindness, and human connection flourish everywhere. When she’s not working, writing, arguing politics, or chasing her boys, you can find her unplugging with a good movie or (let’s be honest) sleeping in broad daylight. Follow Jessica’s juggling act on Twitter, or on Instagram (also here).Katherine is a full-time, stay-at-home mom to the three most huggable, squeezable kids in the world. When she’s not wiping everything imaginable surface, she’s cooking warm, comforting meals for her family. She believes that life is too short, so you should eat from the heart. You can find her during the week driving like a madwomen to get her preschooler to school on time, catching frogs or other living creatures, or relaxing and sipping tea from a singing Fisher-Price tea set with her daughters.Agriculture has been intertwined in Mamie’s life since birth, as she was raised on a dairy farm, and was a member of both the 4-H and FFA Programs. After a semester as a high school agriculture teacher, she took a job with the UMN Extension as a 4-H Program Coordinator, and completed a Masters Degree. She met her husband Paul at the County Fair. Together they moved on to a small farm and started raising chickens, sheep, and their 2 daughters, Clara and Hazel. Mamie is an “agvocate” and loves to teach others about agriculture and farming. Her daily adventures include collecting dozens of eggs, cleaning straw out of her washing machine, using her hair dryer to warm baby lambs, and raising 2 little girls to love livestock and farming as much as she does. When she isn’t getting her hands dirty on the farm, she’s busy with her career as a Training and Development Liaison at the Mayo Clinic.Sarah is a 30-something-year-old Minnesota native who is married to a very kind and exceptionally patient Irishman named Barry. Sarah, Barry, and their 15-year-old rescue pooch named Lady welcomed baby number one (a girl!) into their little Irish-American-Rottshepanese family in January of 2016. Sarah’s journalism experience includes several years as a freelance writer for a handful of regional publications, including the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Prior to the arrival of baby Catherine, her parenting credentials included keeping a dog (the same dog!) alive for the better part of two decades and creeping on BabyCenter’s “January 2016 Birth Club” message boards. When she’s not changing diapers or repeating “please don’t put that in your mouth” x100, Sarah enjoys reading, DIY projects (especially those involving spray paint), and watching murder shows that make her husband uncomfortable.Shawna is a long-time writer, an avid reader, a wannabe photographer and a genuine Minnesotan. Most importantly, though, she’s the proud mom of two beautiful daughters – Sophia and Savannah. A single, working mom who built her family through adoption and biology, Shawna is also a Product Manager at Mayo Clinic, a chronic dreamer, a big idea generator, a frequent laugher and a daily coffee consumer. The O’Reillys love game nights, living room dance parties, cooking dinner together and family story time, which sometimes includes books and sometimes centers on elaborate, spontaneously-generated tales not yet committed to paper.Stacy grew up in Rochester, but spent the next several years of her life traversing the globe, temporarily setting down roots anywhere and everywhere. Stacy is extremely passionate about the world of adoption and foster care, having spent a year in Uganda adopting her oldest daughter in 2008. Now a wife to Jesse and mama to three little loves, aged ten to one, Jesse’s career brought their family back “home” in January. Stacy obtained a Master’s degree in child psychology in 2007, but currently uses it only on her own children! A stay-at-home mama since moving back to Rochester, Stacy has stayed busy keeping her children alive and relatively entertained. She loves her little crazy crew fiercely and is enjoying exploring Rochester through new eyes. When she’s not chasing her kiddos, Stacy is likely traveling or daydreaming about traveling. She also enjoys coffee shops, silly amounts of “cop drama” shows, and perusing pinterest for ideas that have little chance of ever getting done. But they’re good to have. Just in case.