Welcome to the Memphis Mom Collective!

Nominated for the last two years as the top parenting website in Memphis & the Mid-South,
the Memphis Mom Co. is written by moms, for moms.

We know parenting is amazing. We also know it’s tiring, messy, and sometimes downright frustrating.
And that’s why we love our team! These ladies bring you honest (and often humorous) stories about raising kids.
They represent almost every neighborhood in our beautiful city and
when you look at them, we hope you’ll see yourself too.

Those amazingly lovely photos? Yeah, they were taken by local photographer Kellsey McDermott.
She’s amazing (we can’t say that word enough), so you should book her today!

Meet Our Executive Team

Crady

Co-Owner

Crady is a native Memphian, but she left for twelve years only to return at the end of June 2016. She is wife to Brad, who is a pediatrician in the ER at LeBonheur. Together, they have three children: Cooper (August 2010), Semmes (March 2013), and Katherine Cobb (September 2016). Cooper has special needs, so she is constantly balancing being a special needs mom and a typical mom. She lives with her family in Red Acres, where she spends her days wrangling children and trying to limit screen time. She loves vacations, book clubs, dinners with friends, and a hoppy IPA at the end of the day. She hates kids’ TV shows, people who park in handicap spots when they aren’t handicapped, and tomatoes.

Lori

Lori

Co-Owner

Originally from near Pittsburgh PA, Lori moved to Memphis almost 10 years ago. She has a passion for working with special needs children as an ABA therapist and also teaches swim lessons out of her own pool each summer. Lori is married to college sweetheart, Ryan, an archaeology professor at the University of Memphis. Together they have five great kids: Ali (April 2007), Asher (Dec 2009), Kates (Oct 2012), Paige (April 2014), and Gwen (July 2019). Lori loves Jesus, lattes and grocery shopping alone. She’s not a fan of getting up early in the morning!

Meet Our Contributor Team

Kathryn

Kathryn

A native Memphian who did a 5-year stint in Knoxville for undergrad+grad school, Kathryn loves Memphis. Being a Memphian by birth and by choice, she takes any opportunity she can to share her favorite spots with anyone who will listen. Kathryn is married to her high school sweetheart, a fellow VOLS graduate who is in his residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and a (relatively) new mom to Ruthie, born January 2015. After being team #midtownismemphis for (almost) her whole life, Kathryn traded in bunaglows and original hardwood for closet space and access to Target. She’s adjusting to being an East Memphis mom, but luckily still makes it to all her favorite Midtown spots. Being a mom is the hardest but best thing she’s ever done.

Jocelyn

Jocelyn

Jocelyn moved to Memphis in 2015 with her husband, not knowing a soul. Now, it’s as if she has always lived here! Jocelyn is a first generation Asian-American who was born in California, grew up overseas (Thailand), and moved back to the States in middle school. After leaving home (Maryland) for college in the south (Georgia), Jocelyn hasn’t left the south and her childhood friends claim she has a southern accent. Currently, Jocelyn is a School Social Worker who spends most of her time helping little + big humans navigate how to be healthy humans in this world (and all the highs and lows that come with it). She is also on her own journey of discovering what it means to be an introvert and a mom. Jocelyn and her husband welcomed Charlotte (2018) to their family and are in awe of how much fun it is and how crazy it can be to raise a little human. When she’s not working, Jocelyn can be found in fuzzy socks doing a puzzle, enjoying alone time at a coffee shop, scouring Target’s Dollar Spot for things she definitely doesn’t need, and cheering on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Alia

Alia

Alia is a stay at home mom with a daughter, Hanna (2017), and a son, Saif (July 2019). She comes from a huge family on both sides, so loud dinners and get togethers are my thing! She is a native of Memphis and has a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Memphis. Go Tigers! She loves to go out to the occasional dinner and a movie, but quite frankly, is more of a homebody. Her guilty pleasure is getting in an episode of Judge Judy while eating some junk food in peace during nap time.  

Lauren

Lauren

Mama to little girl, Ella (Valentines 2014), French Bulldog, Snugs, aka Pup-Pup, and wife to her Mississippi native husband. Lauren is a Yankee born and raised in a suburb of Washington DC, then living in New York City for the majority of her adult years, where she met said southern heartthrob. Relocating to Memphis in 2014, Lauren couldn’t be happier with her excuse to use “y’all” while basking in the pleasure of mild winters.

Kanesha

Kanesha

Kanesha Morrison is a wife to Chris of 11 years and mother of 7 with one in heaven. Becoming a mother at 18 having and having three children by the age 21, she was determined to not be a statistic. She’s a woman of passion and can become border-line obsessive when she focuses in on her goals to empower women  to know they are worthy of all the dreams and goals they have! In her free time she loves reading, cooking, and exploring the great town of Memphis. Kanesha resides in Olive Branch, MS.

Gina

Gina

Gina spent most of her formative years in Collierville, left for college and graduate school, returned to Memphis in 2012, and has been here ever since. She is a genetic counselor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she assists families in better understanding genetic contributions to childhood cancer. She and her husband live in Midtown Memphis and have a daughter (April 2018) and a son (January 2020). In her spare time, Ginaenjoys listening to too many podcasts, reading, trying new skin care products, and finding her next Netflix binge.

Yasmin

Yasmin

Yasmin is a Southern newbie. Raised in the United Arab Emirates to a Californian mom and Syrian dad, she is a typical third culture kid (but avocado hummus is still blasphemy). She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.Sc. in CIS in 2001, spent eleven years in the corporate world, and escaped before the nylons were permanently grafted into her skin. Yasmin is a mom to two (Jul 2012, Sep 2014) and wife to one (Mar 1981). She knows a little about a lot, is a founding member of the Institute for Overanalysis Paralysis, and is addicted to reading reviews and sharing awesome finds. She enjoys building IKEA furniture, pilates and barre classes, following cookbooks, and taking things apart.

Patricia

Patricia

Patricia is a Memphis native and LOVES Memphis to her core. She is the mom of 4 kids, Aiden (June 2008), Elliott and Elijah (January 2012), and Eve (November (2013). *Please ignore the lack of an age gap between the twins and Eve…things happen. Patricia is the wife of a tall, dark, and handsome man, Anthony. She graduate from the University of Memphis in 2007 and 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a Masters Degree in Arts in Teaching. She earned her Library Endorsement from the University of Knoxville (hooray for online education.) Patricia is a school librarian and a blog writer, realworkwife.com. She loves to read, write, read, cook, read, run, read, travel, read, and hang out with Memphis. Yes, you read that right, she likes to hang out with the entire city. Life has dealt Patricia a series of highs, lows, and “why-me” moments, but you will never catch her without a smile in eyes, ignited from her soul within.

Teresa

Teresa contributor

Teresa Leary Jenkins, Ed.D., is a Tennessee transplant by way of Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina. This busy Mom keeps up with her two kids (September 1999 and February 2007), along with two fur babies, Sammy and Brandi Lou. Teresa enjoys parenting her two kiddos and loves to share her parenting journey with other Moms. Once upon a time, Teresa blogged under the name “Musing Mom,” and she also wrote for a local parenting magazine. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Memphis (twice). Her dissertation research focused on the schooling experience of Black female students at private schools around the country. Her motto, “service is the rent we pay for living” is from her mentor, Dr. Marian Wright Edelman. She is currently presenting her research at conferences, writing a book, and trying to make a difference in her six inches on this earth. Teresa loves all things Memphis, especially the culture and food.

Niki

Niki likes food

Originally from Tupelo, MS, family and friends have dubbed Niki an honorary Memphian. She loves all of Memphis except Collierville, because of a speeding ticket that one time. Mom to Aria and Hayes and wife of 5 years, but high school sweethearts for 13 years.  As a Memphis Realtor, you may spot her placing a “For Sale/Sold” sign in your neighbor’s yard. She also works as the Creative Director and Social Media Manager for downtown lifestyle boutique, Stock & Belle. Wait, there’s more! She also directs and styles photo sessions for local photographer, Jarvis Hughes.  She is an advocate for self-love, equality, healthy eats, mother nature, and the 4-hour work day. If you’re wanting to get more personal with Niki, visit her personal blog www.ikinb.com.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Jennifer was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. With a family history in the Memphis, TN area and visiting throughout the years, she hopped on I-40 and decided to make Memphis her home in June 1999. Jennifer currently resides in Olive Branch, MS with her husband, Kellen and their son, Kellen Jr. (June 2020). She currently works from home wearing many hats, including a t-shirt line with her husband, executive director for a nonprofit organization, and also direct sales. Although Jennifer has experience in the corporate world for over 20 years, entrepreneurship has always been her heart and she loves bringing joy to people that doesn’t include sitting behind a desk from 8-5 everyday. Jennifer loves to travel, spend time with family, read, and inspire others.  Her dislikes include crowds and waiting in unnecessary long lines…who has time for that?

Kristin

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Originally from Kansas City, Kristin met her husband, a Seattle native, in Germany. The military brought them to Memphis, and they chose to stay after transitioning to Reserve duty. While it is hard to be away from family, they love this city so much that they bought a house in Midtown where they are raising three crazy kids, E (May 2013), L (January 2016), and E (November 2019). Kristin considers herself to be primarily a stay-at-home mom, but she occasionally escapes the shenanigans to teach college-level writing classes. If she had any spare time, she’d spend it curled up with a good book in a blissful state of hygge. Her family is happiest when on an adventure, especially camping, riding bikes, or enjoying all Memphis has to offer.

Erin

erin

Erin grew up just outside of Nashville, but has been in the Memphis area for 9 years now. She’s a former middle school language arts teacher turned C.O.O. of the Lewis home (according to her hubs). She’s Mama to Livy (2013), who loves to sing, play soccer, and has special needs, and Will (2017) who is adorable and destructive, and wife to Chris (her college sweetheart) who is a pharmacist. Between volunteering herself to be the room mom (face palm), driving Livy to zillions of therapies, and keeping Will alive (aka: breastfeeding), life is busy. Erin loves the beach, a good cup of coffee, Target vacas by herself, and anything Harry Potter related (she ships Dramoine!). She hates high heels, rude people that stare at cute kids in wheelchairs, and bad tippers.

Sabrina

sabrina

Sabrina is not a Memphis native, but 901 is definitely her home. She works in accounting at one of Memphis’ top engineering firms.  She has four kiddos: BP (2009), JP (2010), CP (2013), and IP (2014).  She loves Jesus and the 49ers!  If the Powes aren’t on the ball field, you’ll likely run into them at the Memphis Zoo or CMOM!  She has been fostering for 4 years and has a passion for helping kids. Her favorite color is orange and she can quote any Disney movie you throw at her. 

Vivian

Vivian

Originally from the Netherlands, Vivian moved to Memphis in 2011. She received a full athletic scholarship to combine her studies with athletics, throwing shot put, discus, and hammer for the University of Memphis. Vivian graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Leisure Management in 2014 and a Master’s in Communication in 2016. After graduating, she started working in education and became a Physical Education Teacher in 2017. She taught at a private school for 3 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to a sweet little girl, Nora (September 2019). Vivian met her husband Travis at the University of Memphis, hit it off in Europe, and married on a leap year (February 29, 2016). Together they own a quadplex in the Binghampton community. Vivian loves traveling and exploring new places with her husband and child. She enjoys hanging out with her fellow international friends, trying new exercise classes, and being creative by coloring, painting, or writing.

Cara

Cara

Cara is a freelance journalist and strategic communications consultant living in Germantown. Born in Illinois, she moved to Memphis at a young age; and, having moved away a few times for college, graduate school, and other adventures, she likes to joke that she’s moved TO Memphis more times than anyone she knows. Mom to the cutest little boys, Everett (March 2017) and Gavin (October 2018), and wife to Rob, who works as a financial planner, Cara is adjusting to her new gig as a stay-at-home mom after almost 20 years as a magazine editor and corporate communications practitioner. When not “momming” or consulting, Cara spends her time volunteering with the Junior League of Memphis, where she served on the Board of Directors for several years. Admittedly, Cara has an unreal obsession with escape rooms, an unhealthy addiction to Frappuccinos, and an uncontrollable desire to correct every grammar and punctuation mistake she sees. Learn more about Cara at https://carasievers.weebly.com/.

Supreeya

Supreeya

Supreeya is originally from California but moved to Memphis in 2019 due to her Memphian husband.  She was born in India, grew up in England, and moved to the US more than 20 years ago.  In retrospect, she has gained much by living in different countries and cities and was excited to call Memphis her home.  She lives here with her husband and darling boy.  She is an Interventional Cardiologist who strives to provide exemplary patient care that focuses on treating various diseases as well as disease prevention.  While she is busy treating patients with heart attacks, decreasing their risk factors for heart disease, and empowering her patients, she also enjoys spending time with her precious boy, husband, and family and friends.  Supreeya enjoys writing and has contributed to Huffington post, Thrive Global, as well as to medical platforms. Now that she has finally discovered what a joy motherhood is, she plans on basking in it completely.  She can’t wait to continue exploring motherhood and put her thoughts to paper.

Chloe

chloe contributor

Chloe Joy Sexton is a recent Midtown to Cordova transplant and is adjusting to suburban life… slowly. She’s a former TV news producer turned Content Specialist for RedRover Sales & Marketing Strategy. Married to 117 Prime General Manager, Tyler Sexton, and (step)mom to Mason (August 2014), Chloe spends most of her time balancing her blended family life, career, and growing her baking business, BluffCakes. Any spare time is probably spent running, reading, at a PTA function, or writing a blog on her site bluffcakes.com. She is a lover of all things made in Memphis, women’s rights, NPR, philanthropy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kathryn

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Kathryn is a pediatric ER nurse who works weekends and stays home with four kids during the week. Her life is basically one hot mess after the next, and most days she is doing good just to make sure everyone is alive, fed, and bathed somewhat regularly. Her husband is her best friend and the funniest person she know. They have been married 13 years and love to travel, go on date nights, and wonder what people without kids do with all their time and money! They have a ten year old, six year old twins, and a 1 year old who came to them via embryo adoption. Their lives are nuts, but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Hashtag blessed!

Ketrice

Ketrice

Ketrice is wife to Solomon Page, and mother to 3 beautiful sweet children- Niylah (March 2012), Solomon Jr. (November 2014), and Elon, (July 2018). She is also a black maternal health advocate and lactivist. She and her husband are the owners of Page Life Solutions, a life insurance agency.  She believes in the power of God, our creator. She also believes in the power of a woman’s body. The fact that the female gender was chosen to grow life and serve as the portal to deliver babies from the spiritual realm to earthside makes us amazing.

Colleen

Colleen

Colleen is new to Memphis (February 2020), but has fallen in love with the area already. She has been married to her husband Ryan since 2015 and they have 2 children; Addison (2016) and Orin (2018). They also have 3 dogs and a Crested Gecko. Colleen was born and raised in Massachusetts, went to college in Florida (go CANES!), and lived in New Mexico before her husband’s job brought the family to Tennessee. She is so excited to be living somewhere green again; the desert was not her thing! Before she had kids Colleen worked in veterinary medicine. She became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her first child and started a dog training business shortly after, focusing on family dogs. Colleen runs on way too much black coffee, loves a good book, baking, and driving fast cars.

Shirley

Shirley contributor

Born and raised in Bahrain but culturally Indian, Shirley has made Memphis home for 14 years now. She’s been married for 17 years to her American Navy veteran, currently employed by Fedex, and they have 6 kids together : Aaliyah ( November 2004), Ari (July 2006), Anushka (July 2009), Abigail (November 2011), Annie (August 2015) and Amelia (February 2018) . She spends her time raising her kids, and she has a passion for Bodybuilding, coffee, and {of course} all kinds of food. One of her greatest accomplishments is learning how to cook Southern food; it makes her soul happy? Being a mom has been a challenging but transforming journey in her life and she’s embracing every moment. You will usually find her out on the baseball fields or volleyball courts cheering on her kids; if you see her, come say, “Hi!”

Kaila

Kaila

Kaila Matthews is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, wife, mother of 2, 8 year educator, and owner of WhatTheDoula, LLC. As a certified Doula, she increases awareness amongst women about maternal healthcare but targets minority women and their unique birthing experience through Birth, Postpartum, and Lactation support. She is a certified yoga instructor and uses her knowledge of movement and breath to help birthing people relax and meet pain in a manageable way. Kaila enjoys mentoring local college students, making hairbows and custom shirts, taking local dance classes, and cooking new recipes for herself and others to enjoy.

Yetunde

Yetunde

Yetunde Aird is a Memphis native. Her parents are from Nigeria, but she was born in the U.S. and grew up in here. She enjoys being able to relate to the Nigerian and American cultures. She went to college at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Indiana, where she graduated with a degree in Finance. She worked for 2 years after college, and then was accepted into the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is currently licensed to practice law in Indiana and in Tennessee. Yetunde is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and attorney with her own private practice. Yetunde and her family recently moved back to Memphis. She is also the creator of the new group called Millennial Moms of Memphis, that can be found on Instagram or going to the website www.millennialmomsmemphis.com. Outside of spending time with her family and friends, Yetunde enjoys reading, writing, and fashion. 

Amelia

Amelia

Amelia Mansfield is a native Ohioan transplanted into Memphis in 2018. She cohabitates with her doctor wife, daughter (born December 2018), cat, and dog in Midtown. Amelia works from home as a full time city planning consultant while caring for her daughter. She’s an enthusiastic bicyclist, mediocre runner, gardener-in-training, and lover of coffee, bourbon, and cats. Amelia is an introvert in an extrovert’s clothing and is always happy to make a new friend.

Christie

Christie

Christie is a native Memphian who loves all things parenting! Her love of being a mom absolutely stems from being the 14th child of 16 children and having been raised and grounded in love and family values. Christie enjoys reading romance novels, writing when she feels that her voice can’t be heard, watching movies, and spending quality time with Jan, her best friend and husband of 14 years. She enjoys regaling others about their love at first sight meeting on Beale Street and dating 9 years before saying “I do!” Christie and Jan, a Navy Veteran, have three sons all of whom attend University Schools: Jason (January 2011), Nicholas (March 2009), Thomas (March 2008) and a bonus daughter Taylor (March 2003) who lives in Alabama. Christie stays busy! She is a 23 year veteran educator who is passionate about the students that she teaches at the University of Memphis Campus School. She also owns and operates “2EDUCATE!” contracting out her services to train teachers in early childhood and school age organizations to love what they do!

Mandy

Mandy

Mandy Stockton grew up in Germantown, moved to east Memphis after college, and then returned to the suburbs. She lives in Collierville with her husband and twin boys (May 2014). When there’s not a global pandemic, she loves wandering aimlessly through Target and Home Goods, and she wonders if they miss her as much as she misses them. She has seen almost every episode of Wild Kratts and knows entirely too much about snakes and sharks, thanks to her predator-obsessed kids. Mandy loves connecting with other twin moms and has a running list of ridiculous comments people make about twins. (Please don’t use the phrase “double trouble” with her.)

Kela

Kela

Kela and her husband, London, are both Memphis natives and have two beautiful children! She is also training to be a Birth and Postpartum doula! Kela believes that mothers should be empowered to make the choices they want to have a beautiful birth story, no matter the route. She is the owner if Mommy by Grace, Co., a soon to be subscription box company that reminds moms that they are called, equipped, and graced to be mamas! She is obsessed with Jesus, her kids, cooking, and motherhood! She loves making friends, the beach, getting dolled up, Target runs alone, and creating, but is not a fan of waking up early or bugs! You can follow her over on Instagram @mommybygraceco

Carolina

Carolina

Carolina Guske is a District Manager for ALDI and moved to Memphis five years ago for the job. She and her husband are high school sweethearts and total opposites. You can almost guarantee Carolina will have a Starbucks cup in hand at any given time of day. Carolina has one daughter, Blair, who is equal parts doll and terror (aren’t all toddlers?).