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Colette 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.Christine is a writer and photographer and the owner of Christine McShane Creative. When she's not creating content for clients or shuttling around her active children, you’ll find her at the beach, curled up with a good book, taking photos of random things, or indulging her coffee and chocolate addictions. Never without a camera, Christine has trained her family to just smile for the picture, because no matter what, "this picture is happening."Carlee lives in Gardner with her husband of fifteen years, three of their eight children (ages 14-23) and five pets. She is a momma to three and step-momma to five, four boys and four girls with life experience raising a blended and biracial family in Central MA. When she is not wearing her mom hat, she is busy working on the three side business she loves that focuses on healthy living, essential oils, and nature! She started her own business, Peaceful Roots that focuses on providing nature-based learning opportunities to all ages with a concentration on our overall mental health. When Carlee is not at home with her family, you can find her hiking all over New England taking nature photos, reading a good book, gardening, or doing yoga with alpacas!Jenny 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 young daughter. 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 a confident and kind daughter and learning from and alongside other moms.Brittany and her husband, Harry, met during their freshman year of college in Worcester and fell in love with Central Massachusetts. A lot of things changed quickly once they graduated from college. They were married in 2017, had their first child in 2018, recently bought their first house, and baby #2 is on the way. Having grown up in Connecticut and Maine the couple wanted to create a home in New England not far from their families. Brittany spent three years after college in her lifelong passion, teaching. She was a third-grade teacher and now implements her teacher mindset while staying home with her son. Brittany loves meeting moms in the area, taking her son on adventures outside, and exploring local parks and libraries. She believes resources for new moms are a must and she is excited to be a contributing writer for Central Mass Mom.Cyndi 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!Emily 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.Autumn 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!Kayla is a married mom of two boys, a three-year-old and a newborn. 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 rewatching The Office, 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.Kelly was born and raised in Central Mass before spending her mid-20s experiencing other parts of the country with high school sweetheart husband, Mike. Since settling back in MA in 2017, Kelly has been a stay-at-home-mom to Shelby (2017), Blake (2019), and their 7yr old mutt, Bella (whose life was way more fun pre-kids). She loves spending time on the water or a restaurant patio with friends, family, and a glass (or two) of chardonnay. She fully embraces the good and bad of motherhood and believes that if you don't laugh, you'll cry. Kelly thinks splash pads are the greatest invention since spill-proof cups and bottom-zip PJs. She loves connecting with other moms and is thrilled to be raising her family here in Central Mass.Kara is a Perinatal Fitness Specialist and Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach. A momma of two amazing littles, lover of the beach, former college athlete who has never met a pizza she didn’t like. She lives in Central Massachusetts with her husband, 2 kids, 2 crazy dogs, 5 chickens, and a beta fish named Nemo 2.0. Through her online and one on one coaching, Kara helps women find joy in motherhood through movement using rehabilitative and corrective exercise strategies. She is on a mission to dispel myths that leave women fearful of movement and empower women with knowledge and confidence to help them better navigate their new role as a mother. Kara thinks all problems can be solved with either a chocolate chip cookie or the ocean, and loves checking out local small shops and breweries. Her favorite type of movement right now is hiking with her dogs and is grateful to be surrounded by so much natural beauty here in New England.Kristina is a mom, wife, and sexuality & pleasure educator. She grew up in Spencer, and now resides in North Brookfield with her husband of 9 years, Paul, their two daughters (born in 2011 and 2012), and two cats, Smudge and Yoyo. Kristina has two “beside hustles” - working in a grocery store bakery decorating cakes, and talking to people about sexuality and pleasure. She loves doing her “edutaining” show at events like home parties, workshops, and Naughty Bingos, and she has recently started holding multi-vendor fundraising quarter auctions in Central Mass. Kristina enjoys kayaking, crocheting, and crafting, and she loves connecting with other local parents. You can check out her site at www.MyGoddessKristina.com.Ari is a native of Princeton, MA and recently moved to nearby Clinton with her husband, Sam, and 11-month-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.Melody lives in Brimfield with her husband, three children, and a deaf dog named Bruce. With five years of cloth diapering, she has spent many hours folding laundry. With her third child she is finally comfortable using woven wraps. All of her kids started their food journey with baby-led weaning. She loves supporting her husband in his personal training business to guide others in their journey to create better lifestyles for themselves and their families. In order to balance life as a full-time mom and entrepreneur she created many systems at home for time management, organization, and meal planning. Through her business, Family Stories by Melody Joy, she offers on-location, lifestyle family photography and filmmaking. She loves capturing families’ everyday moments because pictures and films have a unique way of putting us right back into the moment to relive memories, again and again. She believes everyone has a story that deserves to be remembered. Her films and photos bring together treasures of everyday life that hold meaning and bring joy. Her work gives her the opportunity to change people’s lives for the better by giving them new eyes to see the beauty of life, exactly the way it is.
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