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Contributing WriterRobin Darling grew up and currently resides in Uxbridge with her husband and their four children and two cats. She has 7-year-old twins, a 3-year-old, and welcomed a new baby in June 2021. She left her career in nonprofit marketing/fundraising to stay home full-time to raise her children. In 2020, she took on a new role as a homeschooling mom. She enjoys camping in the mountains or by the beach, reading a good personal development book, being behind the camera lens capturing moments, and coaching her children's sports teams.Contributing WriterCyndi Johnson was born and raised in Central Mass. She has moved around numerous times, but always ends up back in the same town and on the same street (this is the third time she’s lived on her current road)! Before kids, Cyndi was an avid runner and hiker, a personal trainer, an instructor of group fitness, aerial arts, pole fitness, and yoga, as well as 2 boot camp-style classes and a fitness/ nutrition class. Once having her son Luka (2016), she worked a “regular” job before leaving to welcome her daughter Bodhi (2019) and become a stay-at-home Mom. Cyndi has since gone back to more serious running, but also joins in group fun runs around Worcester County (ask her about it and she’ll try to get you to run). She also brings her kids with her every Wednesday morning to group workouts with November Project (again, ask her about it and she’ll try to convince you to go)! She often brings her kids hiking with friends, and the family goes camping in the mountains a few times a year. If you’re looking for Cyndi, you’ll find her outside somewhere!Contributing WriterAutumn Hotaling grew up in the suburbs of Boston and moved to Central MA in 2014. Autumn and her husband James got married in 2013 and they welcomed their first child, Owen in October 2019. Autumn loves to travel and is always planning her next trip. She has two cats named Opie and Tig. Autumn loves to bake and try new recipes in the kitchen. She enjoys craft and home improvement projects and is known for taking on too much (like painting her kitchen cabinets at 7months pregnant). Autumn and her family now live in Shrewsbury and she is thrilled to show Owen all the amazing things in Central MA!Contributing WriterCaroline Dettman is a married mom of two; an infant daughter and toddler son. Living out her dreams as a stay-at-home-mom, Caroline loves being able to raise her own family in the same MetroWest area in which she was born and raised. Having always enjoyed writing, Caroline spends nap time posting on her blog, Caroline in the Suburbs and contributing here on Central Mass Mom. She is a big sports fan, especially hockey, and has adopted her husband's hometown football team, the Packers. Caroline loves meeting and networking with fellow area moms, exploring new playgrounds and favorite walking trails, and an enormous chai tea latte.Contributing WriterAriana Becker is a native of Princeton, MA and recently moved to Holden with her husband, Sam, and 2-year-old son, Henry, after spending the last 6+ years working in LA's TV industry. This certified yoga teacher is the voice behind The Good Getter - a lifestyle blog that touches on all-things baby, healthy living, and travel. When she’s not working as a full-time social media manager or hanging out with her guys, she can be found shaking it at a Zumba class, adventuring in Maine or scoping out the best coffee in the area.Contributing WriterJenny Gallagher grew up in Central Massachusetts and after more than a decade living out of state and in Boston, she recently moved to Maynard. She lives with her husband and 2 young daughters. She’s a staunch introvert with a love of trail running, swimming, good books, and podcasts. She is a research administrator at a Boston hospital, with a focus on women’s health research, particularly endometriosis, as well as grant management. She’s passionate about raising confident and kind daughters and learning from and alongside other moms.Contributing WriterAs of 2021, Darian Pentikis is a new mom, wife, and business owner. Talk about making a lot of changes all at once! Born and raised in Marlborough, Darian knew that when she got engaged to her now-husband, Nick, they needed to find a place to call their own. They found the perfect spot in early 2021, a quiet Worcester neighborhood in the heart of Central Mass! Soon after moving, they planned to wed before the birth of their daughter. However, little Elinor wanted to crash the wedding and made her debut over a month early in March. They were married a few short months later. After the wedding, Darian leaned into becoming a work-from-home mom, balancing a baby with the launch of her copy and content writing business, Pentiki Copy. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her trying out new instant pot concoctions or snuggled up on the couch with Ellie singing along to their favorite Disney movies!Owner
Annie O'Malley is thrilled to be the new owner of Central Mass Mom! She was born and raised in Massachusetts and is loving raising her family here in Central MA.
Becoming a mom has been such an amazing journey for her and she is so thankful for the community of moms that have helped her get this far. She truly believes that as moms, we all need a diverse, supportive, judgement-free community to lean on, and she can’t wait to share with you all what is in the works for Central Mass Mom!Contributing WriterColette Goguen lives in Winchendon with her husband, four children, dogs, and chickens. After 17 years of working in the Criminal Justice field, Colette left her full-time career to be more present at home and will be continuing to teach CJ students as a college adjunct instructor. A fan of baking for as long as Colette can remember her mom and grandmothers lifting fresh Irish bread from the oven, she is the recipe developer, food photographer & chocoholic at Sundaybakers.com where she strives to create accessible and joyful recipes for busy homes. Passionate about wellness, fitness, and her Catholic Faith, she believes that a good workout, quiet time with God, and a hot cup of coffee set her up for a great day. Colette wishes she was better at gardening and she loves checking out the local food scene when she isn’t chasing kids or trying to get them out the door on time.Contributing WriterEmily McDonald is originally from the MetroWest area but has been in Central Mass for about 15 years. She, first, was a dog mom who loved to travel with her Siberian Husky and Shiba Inu before she met her husband. Then, she settled down in a nice farm town and added two human children to her pack. She enjoys traveling with her family and has a crazy hobby of collecting limited edition cloth diapers. When she is not home (or on an adventure) with her kids, she works as a paramedic and is also a pediatric sleep consultant at DayDream Sleep Coaching.Contributing WriterLaurelle Farrell is a wedding and portrait photographer behind AR Images in Marlborough MA. She also provides photographic and strategic social marketing and web solutions for various small businesses locally and across the country. Laurelle is the co-owner of Timeless Bridal Creations which provides alternative bouquets and decor for brides to be. Laurelle lives in Marlborough with her husband Jon, daughter Amelia and pups Taylor and Bella. When she isn’t chasing her toddler around she can usually be found snuggled up in fuzzy socks with a good book, or enjoying her favorite ice cream.Contributing WriterKayla Buchanan-Craig is a married mom of two boys, Miles (2017) and Taron (2020) . She has two cats, also male. She is currently living in Framingham. While she moved around a lot growing up she has always considered Massachusetts her home base. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Human Development and Family studies. Kayla works as the director of a PCA program, assisting people in Massachusetts with disabilities and other chronic conditions live as independently as possible. In her free time, when she isn’t reading, writing, or running a small craft business (CraftedbyKBC), she is a chapter leader of the Framingham Dignity Matters branch, a nonprofit dedicated to making sure all women and children, regardless of their socioeconomic status, have access to period products.Contributing WriterGina Metras was born and raised in Central Mass. She currently lives in Oxford with her Husband, Scott, and 2 children, Justin (2017) and Julia (2019). Gina works as the Community Services Supervisor for a non-profit Social Service Agency, and is lucky to work a flexible schedule which allows her plenty of time for adventures with her kids. Gina loves live theater and has been involved with several community theaters over the years. Gina runs the Youth Theater Program for the local community theater and is very proud to say her kids love the spotlight! Gina also enjoys reading, singing, crafting, vacations down the Cape and spending time with her very large, extended family. Gina also volunteers for her church and the local Alzheimer’s Support Network. Gina is always up for trying new things!Contributing WriterKate Hayes was born and raised in western MA, before heading to college in Boston to study neuroscience. After graduation, she lived in NYC for nearly a decade and CT for two years, before moving to Shrewsbury in 2021. She has a two-year old daughter and a newborn son. Kate is a full-time working mom, leading the Fellowship program at Echoing Green, a global leadership accelerator. Outside of her day job, she is a trained leadership coach and facilitator who loves to work with moms. When she’s not working, she loves to explore new places, cook up new recipes, practice yoga, and spend time with her adorable children and husband.
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