Fairfield County Moms Blog Team

Meet Your Fairfield County Team

Michelle

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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 at a local public school. When she’s not doing laundry, creating lesson plans, and picking up toys, Michelle enjoys hosting her book club, watching Bravo TV, eating dark chocolate, and enjoying an extra large glass of wine.

Aarika

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Social Media Coordinator & Contributor

Aarika is a mom to two strong-willed daughters (July 2013 and December 2015) and her world will soon be turned upside down when she becomes a boy mom (September 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. Her family has called Trumbull home since 2014. When she’s not spending hours commuting to work on the Merritt Parkway listening to true crime podcasts, she enjoys baking, good food, summer days spent at Pinewood Lake or on vacation in Cape Cod, and mindlessly streaming too many shows on the couch with her husband. Her favorite time of day is early morning before her kids wake up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.
 

Elisabeth P.

Sponsorship Coordinator & Contributor

Elisabeth is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Fairfield with her husband Andrew and three daughters (born in 2010, 2013 and 2016). She grew up in Litchfield County and moved to Fairfield from Stamford after having her second child. Elisabeth was previously an elementary school teacher but now feels very blessed to be home with her children (although it’s not an easy job!). She loves to bake and cook, go to the beach with her family, and share a glass of wine with friends!

Jana

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Jana is a stay-at-home mom, currently living in Greenwich with her husband, Iain, and daughters, Laila and Nora. Jana is originally from Westchester County, NY, met Iain at college, married in June 2011, welcomed Laila in December 2012, and welcomed Nora in August 2015. On any given day, you can find her playing, reading, or out and about running too many errands and taking advantage of some of the many perks that Greenwich and Fairfield County have to offer.

Maria S.

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Contributor

Maria is a full-time mom, teacher, wife, and daughter who feels pulled in too many directions! Her older son Michael took over 24 hours to be born, and at six-months-old was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs, soy, shrimp, and wheat…all after exclusively nursing because she was SO SURE that would help him be a healthy kid. Luckily at age 1, he began to outgrow some of his allergies. Fingers crossed the others will soon follow because that plus a husband who doesn’t eat any veggies and Maria always battling her weight makes for three meals to prepare every night. Luckily, Christopher, her younger son, is a cooperative eater! Unfortunately, sleep is minimal. No wonder she’s so dang tired! It’s a good thing she loves to cook and doesn’t require more than 7 hours of sleep since she often gets far fewer than that. She is addicted to Scandal, Nashville, How to Get Away with Murder, most cooking shows, and Jane the Virgin. Most nights, she’s content to surf Pinterest and pin way too many crafty pins she will never do.

Hilary

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Hilary was born and raised in New York City. She moved to Connecticut after college to go to graduate school, where she met her husband Dan on their very first day. She now lives in Ridgefield with her husband and their two rugrats, a daughter C (born 2013) and a son L (born 2015). She works from home as an attorney, which would be completely impossible without coffee (for mom) and television (for the rugrats). She spends most of her free time (when there is any!) reading, drawing, DIY-ing, and listening to lots of music. You can find her over at on Instagram at @apinchofsaltus where she documents her life as a mom through all things colorful.

Daria

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Daria lives in Norwalk with her husband, son (born 2015), and daughter (born 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.

Meghan

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Meghan is a mom of twins and two rescue dogs. But most importantly she’s a wife, planner, and organizer of her family. She’s been in education for the past 13 years. She graduated from Bank Street School of Education with a dual Masters in General and Special Education in 2007. She started her career in New York and has been teaching in Connecticut since 2014.

Maria F.

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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 treat as survival tactics, at home, at work, and, of course, in her beloved dream car, a minivan. She and her husband live in Norwalk with their three kids, Abbie (born 2012), Charlie (born 2014), and Phoebe (born 2018). Maria F. loves exploring all that Fairfield County has to offer, and as a native New Yorker, she will continue her search for a true good slice of pizza.

Kate S.

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Kate S. is a mom at home in Fairfield with her 4 kids (2 girls and 2 boys). 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, and finally another boy in 2018. Kate and Chris’s parenting motto would probably be, “Just take them with you.” As a family, they continue to enjoy activities like skiing, kayaking, and hiking by taking turns to teach the older kids or strapping babies into backpacks. A former English teacher, Kate keeps in touch with her passion for childhood literacy by running book drives, book fairs, and shopping events for Usborne Books. 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.

Caroline

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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 3 months. She enjoys reading, tennis, cooking, baking, and grocery shopping!

Sonique

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Sonique lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her family. Although she is a part-time working wife and mom, she is not too busy to enjoy a few of her favorite things. She enjoys cooking traditional Jamaican dishes, getting lost in a good book, and catching up on good sleep whenever she can.

Caitlin

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Caitlin is an elementary school teacher who lives in Shelton. She has a Master’s degree in Reading and a second Master’s degree in Educational Technology. She married her husband Tim in July of 2015, had their first baby Liliana in June of 2017, and very quickly after welcomed their second daughter Kinley in July of 2018. They have a golden doodle named Boomer. She enjoys traveling to sunny and tropical destinations, spending summers in Newport with her family, dancing, chocolate, and going on adventures with her babies.  

Erika

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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.

Kate M.

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Kate is a working mom who is constantly trying to balance the chaos of a full-time advertising career with caring for 2 children. 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!

 

Charity

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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. You can follow her personal blog at: www.coldfoodandcarpools.wordpress.com.

Jasmine

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Jasmine is a local mom who lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children (born 2010, 2013, and 2018). She is a psychotherapist with a focus on women in life transition and has a private practice located in downtown Fairfield – www.betterselfct.com. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and Netflix and chill date nights with her husband of 12 years.

Maria O.

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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.

 

 

Jessica R.

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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.

Christy

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Christy is the Artistic Director of local theatre company, Fairfield Center Stage, as well as a professional actor, theatre educator, wife, and mom to son CJ, daughter Melody, and two dogs. She enjoys baking, writing, music, and watching Bravo.

Clara

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Clara is a part-time working mom that lives in Trumbull, CT. She and her husband, Joe, were high school sweethearts that began their journey in Upstate NY (think capital region part of NY). Together, they moved to Fairfield County in 2006, after college graduations. Clara will forever hold the magic of Disney in her heart, as she and her husband got engaged in Epcot Center in 2010. She married Joe on a cruise ship in 2011. Clara is the proud mommy to two girls Abby (September 2013) and Sofia (May 2017). In addition to being “Mommy,” Clara is an Early Childhood Consultant. Outside of her two jobs, you may find her on a cruise or traveling to New York to visit family.

Lauren

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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.

Jamie

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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.

Emma

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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.

Leanne

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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!

Melissa

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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 are also able to 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.

A huge thank you to Karen Morneau Photography for photographing the Fairfield County Mom contributor team. Karen specializes in photographing families, children, maternity, newborns, and babies. She loves capturing moments such as those special first days in a baby’s life, baby milestones throughout the first year, and the bonds and closeness within families. Karen’s sessions take place in her Wilton based studio, the privacy of your home, or one of the many beautiful outdoor locations in Fairfield County. From the moment of first contact, Karen will be there to guide you through preparing for the session, the session itself, and she will follow up until you have a beautiful display of photos in your home. Not one detail is overlooked when you hire Karen Morneau Photography.

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