Meet Your Fairfield County Mom Team


Michelle :: Owner & Editor

Michelle is the Owner and Editor of Fairfield County Mom and Westchester County Mom. She has spent her entire life in Fairfield County, growing up in Norwalk and now residing in Fairfield, CT. Michelle married her husband, Chris, in October of 2008. Before motherhood, she thought she was busy, but now life with her son Shane (March 2011), twins, Blake and Brynn (June 2013), Carl the French bulldog, and Hank the Lab; the meaning of hectic has been redefined! Michelle is also a working mom, teaching third grade at a local public school. When she’s not doing laundry, creating lesson plans, and picking up toys, Michelle enjoys standing along the sidelines cheering on her kids, lounging with a good book, eating dark chocolate, and enjoying an extra large glass of wine.


Aarika :: Social Media Coordinator & Senior Contributor

Aarika lives in Trumbull with her husband, two daughters (2013 and 2015), and son (2020). Originally from Ulster County, NY, she fell in love with her husband at a UConn football game when she told him he had nice biceps, and the rest is history. Outside of work and motherhood, she enjoys eating good food, sharing a drink with friends, summer days spent at Pinewood Lake or on vacation in Cape Cod, and mindlessly streaming too many shows with her husband. Her favorite time of day is the early morning before her kids wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.

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Elisabeth :: Sponsorship Coordinator & Contributor

Elisabeth is a mom of three daughters (2010, 2013, and 2016) who lives in Fairfield with her husband, Andrew. She grew up in Litchfield County and moved to Fairfield from Stamford in 2014. Elisabeth was previously an elementary school teacher but now teaches part-time at a local preschool. She also is the Sponsorship Coordinator for Fairfield County Mom and enjoys working with local businesses. She loves to bake and cook, go to the beach with her family, and share margaritas with friends!





Kate M. :: Senior Contributor

Kate is a working mom who constantly tries to balance the chaos of a full-time advertising career with caring for her twins. She is a New York transplant who’s fallen in love with the CT shoreline she now calls home. Kate lives by the beach in Fairfield with her husband and boy/girl twins. When not working or chasing her kids, you can find Kate sweating it out at a Bar Method class or watching reality TV with wine in hand! Having it all may be a myth, but Kate is trying her damnedest to live a balanced life. She hopes you can relate as you follow along on her crazy journey through motherhood!


Caroline :: Senior Contributor

Caroline is a mom of four, D born in 2011 (a son who left us at 3-years-old after significant medical issues), H born in 2013 (daughter), and A & M born in 2016 (twin daughters). Originally from Westchester, she and her husband settled in Wilton in 2010. She became a stay-at-home mom after D was born. She serves on the board of STAR Inc. and is also very involved with the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley, where she stayed for almost three months. She enjoys reading, tennis, cooking, baking, and grocery shopping!
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Daria :: Senior Contributor

Daria lives in Norwalk with her husband, son (2015), and daughter (2017). She grew up in Connecticut (Hartford County) but spent most of her adult life in New York City until recently moving back to Connecticut with her husband to start their family. Daria juggles two young kids and a demanding full-time career. When she’s not spending time with her family or working, she’s daydreaming about where she’ll travel to next.



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Maria F. :: Senior Contributor

Maria F. is a high school English teacher who naturally finds herself reflecting upon the beautiful struggles that accompany the routine and randomness of each day as a working mommy. She relies upon humor and some sort of chocolate or frozen treat as survival tactics. She and her husband live in East Norwalk with their three kids, Abbie (2012), Charlie (2014), and Phoebe (2018). You can find Maria F. driving in her beloved dream car, a minivan, listening to audiobooks during her commute, or singing along to Kidz Bop as she shuttles her little humans around town.

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Kate S. :: Senior Contributor

Kate S. is a mom at home in Fairfield with her 4 kids (2 girls and 2 boys) and one puppy. Kate’s sister introduced her to Chris, whom she married in 2010. They welcomed their first daughter in 2012, a son in 2014, another daughter in 2016, another boy in 2018, and finally a puppy in 2021. Kate and Chris’s parenting motto would probably be, “Just take them with you.” As a family, they enjoy activities like skiing, kayaking, and hiking by taking turns teaching the older kids or strapping babies into backpacks. Kate can be found out and about exploring with her kids, volunteering at their schools, or laughing with other moms at the beautiful chaos of life with children.

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Charity :: Contributor

Charity is originally from CT but grew up in New Hampshire. She returned to CT in 2000 for college and currently resides in Monroe with her husband (married in 2011) and three children (a son born in 2012 and identical twin daughters born in 2017). Charity works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the CT Birth to Three system. She thinks it’s the best of both worlds because she gets to work in a job she loves (and needs to pay off those hefty grad school loans!) and be home a few days a week with her children. Charity enjoys theatre and brings her son often. She’s also a big fan of coffee, reality TV, and essential oils. 

Caitlin :: Contributor

Caitlin lives in Shelton with her hard-working and task-oriented husband, two opposite personality daughters, Liliana and Kinley, and her fluffy Goldendoodle, Boomer aka Boomy, Mr. Boombastic, Boombear. She is an enthusiastic kindergarten teacher and wholeheartedly believes in making school fun. Caitlin loves to drop it like it’s hot on the dance floor, make the house smell scrumptious by baking a variety of confections, and travel to sunny and tropical destinations. She spends her free time going on all sorts of adventures with her girls, never slowing down or pressing pause. She adores childhood and all the ups and downs that go with it.


Melissa :: Contributor

Melissa was born and raised in Fairfield County. She currently lives in Stamford with her husband and their three children. She works in Fairfield as a children’s mental health therapist, which is a dream job for her and brings more joy and fulfillment than she ever had in the corporate world. She spends most of her free time outside of mom/wife/therapist duties, on her Peloton, browsing the aisles at Target, online shopping, or enjoying nights out with her girlfriends. You can also find her on Instagram @the_storied_mind where she creates posts in the hopes of helping others and breaking the stigma for people to reach out for help in terms of their mental health.


Marissa :: Contributor

Marissa lives in Southport with her husband and her energetic little boy (2016). After growing up in Connecticut, she recently moved back to Fairfield County after spending most of her adult life living in New York. Marissa is a full-time working mom. She loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, traveling, and binge-watching a new series as a way to unwind.

Leanne :: Contributor

Leanne is a high school English teacher with a Master’s degree in Special Education who was born, raised, and still lives in Stratford, CT. She married her husband, Chris, in 2012, and they have 3 children; Myles (2013), Nora (2015), and Bryce (2017). Leanne and her family love to keep a busy schedule, and weekends are spent at the kids’ sporting events, dance classes, or with friends. When time allows, she loves to catch up with friends, watch anything on Bravo and write about her hectic life as a mom of 3!

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Jessica :: Contributor

Jessica is a stay-at-home mom of 2 daughters, (2011 and 2015). Jessica was born and raised in central Pennsylvania before moving to New York City to pursue her career in Hospitality Management. After a couple of moves in New York, she moved to Fairfield with her husband and their children. They are happy to call Fairfield County their forever home! Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, volunteering, and drinking wine with friends.

Emma :: Contributor

Emma is a stay-at-home mom to her identical twin daughters, Charlotte and Grace (March 2016), and her son Crosby (July 2019). She currently resides in Fairfield with her children and her husband Mike. Emma is originally from northeastern CT and worked and lived in Stamford and New York City as an attorney until her daughters were born. Though she misses certain aspects of city life, there really is no better place than living by the beach. When she is not being hounded for snacks or trying to pry her kids off the highest point of the playground, she enjoys going out with friends, trying new restaurants on date nights, binging Bravo, and staying active.

Lauren :: Contributor

Lauren is a full-time working mom to Madelyn (2012) and Amelia (2016). Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lauren and her husband Scott moved to Fairfield County in 2008. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” in her spare time you can find Lauren in her favorite corner of the couch, binge-watching whatever “everyone’s” watching.
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Jamie :: Contributor

Jamie is a real estate agent with The Valentini Group and a mom to a daughter (2014) and boy/girl twins (2016). She was born and raised in Westchester County, NY and now lives in Danbury, CT with her husband of eight years, their cockapoo, three children, and a revolving door of foster puppies. Jamie holds a master’s degree in early childhood education, taught preschool for many years, and now enjoys practicing it at home. When she’s not spending time with her family or helping clients find their dream home, Jamie likes getting out with her girlfriends, running, baking, and watching lots of TV.

Jenna :: Contributor

Jenna Addison is a full-time working mom to two rowdy toddlers. Originally from Guilford, CT, she eventually made her way down the shoreline to settle in Fairfield County with her husband. In the little spare time she has, Jenna enjoys true crime podcasts and working out.

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Alison :: Contributor

Alison lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children (a girl 2013, a boy 2015, and a boy 2021). She grew up in Westport, moved to NYC after college, and came back to CT in 2015. Alison is a social worker who specializes in parenting, families, and early childhood development, though she also spent years as a stay-at-home mom. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, cooking, trying new foods and restaurants, reading novels, yoga, drinking iced coffee, and watching Real Housewives.


Maria O. :: Contributor

Maria is a mother of three (Cecilia, Ileana, and Xavier) and a part-time adoption attorney. She was born and raised in Indiana and met her husband, Raul, in college in Ohio. They moved to Boston for graduate school and then to New York City. After having their first daughter, Cecilia, they moved to Greenwich where they still reside today. Maria enjoys running, tennis, travel, and spending time with her family.


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Erika :: Contributor

Erika is a professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and mom to two kids (2010 and 2013) plus two cats (2005 and 2019). A Midwestern transplant who has lived in 32 places, she has happily called Fairfield her home for the past 12 years. At work, she directs a program to support first-generation and underrepresented student success in science. In town, she can often be found driving her kids back and forth to their respective sporting events and teams or sitting in a coffee shop using the wifi to get a little work done before pick up. Erika loves spending time enjoying the water, cooking, theater, reading, and hanging out with her husband.


Rachel. :: Contributor

Rachel lives in Bethel, CT with her husband, daughters (2007, 2009), and son (2011). She is a portrait photographer and has owned her business, Forty Seven Moments Photography (47moments.com), for 16 years. When she isn’t photographing or driving her children around to all of their activities, she daydreams about her next adventure. She loves spending time outdoors, whether in the mountains, on the beach, or in her own backyard. She enjoys traveling, spending quality time with her family, and connecting with friends both old and new.


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Jackie :: Contributor

Jackie lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children (2013, 2016, 2019). She is the author of several novels that encourage tween and teen girls to listen to their inner voice, from saving the family fishing business in On the Line to following a passion for crafting in Salted Carmel Dreams and exposing a friend’s hurtful social media platform in Populatti. She is currently working on a new children’s book series and a novel on new motherhood. She also shares her own motherhood experiences on her Instagram @jnbwrite. When not writing, you can find Jackie and her family enjoying Fairfield’s beautiful coastline, where they love fishing, swimming, and sailing.

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Gina. :: Contributor

Gina is a licensed clinical social worker and photographer in Fairfield County. Gina is also a single mother by choice (SMBC) and aims to support women who are just beginning their journey to motherhood; however it may look. Gina lives in Fairfield County with her daughter and cat Fluffy (aka, sister cat). In her “free” time, Gina enjoys reading, catching up with friends, and spending time in nature.



Nancy :: Contributor

Nancy is a mom of three girls (2016, 2018, and 2022) and lives in Trumbull with her husband Tom, daughters, and black lab Norman. Originally from Farmington, CT, Nancy met her husband while living in Baltimore after college. In 2014 Nancy moved back to her home state of Connecticut, living in West Hartford, Norwalk, and finally settling in Trumbull. Nancy is a full-time high school teacher who loves to make the most of her time outside the classroom. Cape Cod, family dinners, and a fresh manicure are some of Nancy’s favorite things.


A huge thank you to Lydia Patry of Three Anchors Photography for taking our beautiful team photos and headshots. 

Three Anchors Photography specializes in family portraits, maternity, fresh 48/newborns, weddings, and more! To Lydia, photography is about being authentic, minimalistic, and capturing those “natural moments” that light up your soul. With over 10 years of experience, she feels it is important to create a familiarity with her clients that is the right balance of personal and professional. She enjoys creating a “no pressure” vibe at her sessions. As a mother of three, she understands the importance of going with the flow. Her goal is to capture your family in the rawest and organic moments of authenticity, with a few posed shots to create the perfect balance. As a family photographer, it is a top priority of Lydia to remain incredibly flexible, with the ability to adjust to her client’s busy schedules. She offers various affordable packages that cater to each family’s needs, including digital images at no extra cost!