Wenatchee Mom Blog is a supportive, social gathering place for local parents. We share stories from the front lines of parenthood: the good, the bad, the funny. Check in regularly for updates about family-friendly events happening locally, tips, recipes and links from around the web, and stories by and about moms (and a few dads) in our North Central Washington community.
Meet Our Contributors
Kelli lives in Wenatchee with her husband, two young daughters, and a good dog named Barkley. She writes a weekly column for The Wenatchee World and manages the Wenatchee Mom Blog.
Carrie Bews is the Coordinator of the Lactation Department at Central Washington Hospital. She has worked as a nurse taking care of mothers and babies for almost 20 years. It is her heart’s delight to see mothers be encouraged in the journey of loving and nurturing their little ones! Carrie is an Oregon girl, transplanted to Quincy, WA, where she lives on a hobby farm with her husband and three children. She loves her chickens and weeping willow trees, and dreams of the day she will succeed in growing a garden.
Dominick Bonny is a soon-to-be fully-fledged father, a step-father, journalist, social media manager and videographer who lives and works in the lovely Wenatchee Valley with his lovely wife, kids and two rambunctious Australian shepherds. He hopes to someday own a ranch and publish the next great American novel, not in that order.
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Kathryn is a Washington transplant born in Southern California who has lived in the incomparable Wenatchee Valley for the last 10 years. When she’s not doing mom things, she enjoys being outdoors exploring our beautiful trail systems, walking her hyper dog through the neighborhoods and parks and sitting down and having a glass (or two) of some local wine in her living room. She adores her family and friends here — her husband and kids especially. Kathryn’s background is in event coordination and digital marketing, and a little micro-blogging on the side.
Rachel has called the Wenatchee Valley home since the age of four. It is here where she’s had the pleasure of meeting her husband of eight years and raising their 3-year-old son, Owen, who is soon to become Big Brother to a little sister. Rachel works full time downtown as a Membership Specialist for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce where becoming connected to a new side of her hometown has inspired her to immerse herself even further into this growing, vibrant community. Some of her favorite things to do are family trips to Pybus Public Market, jogging the Loop Trail, keeping her plants alive, and, most recently, using the joy she finds in writing to give blogging a go. You’ll likely always find Rachel with both her toddler and her high-energy border collie in tow because fully embracing the madness of motherhood is secretly more fun.
It’s been a long road from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Wenatchee, Washington for Stephanie. When her late partner passed from dementia, she moved to Montana for a career change. At the same time, her son traveled further west to study fibers at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. When a career opportunity opened that allowed her to move closer to her son for his senior year, she jumped on it. She appreciated being able to support him in his senior thesis project, which tackled the experience of his father’s dementia.
What’s next? Weaving is a family talent passed down several generations. Never one to compete with her child, she stopped weaving herself to teach him when he started at age 9. She looks forward to picking up her own shuttle again now that he graduated from college in 2018 with a BFA in Craft.
Melissa is a certified labor Doula, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Childbirth Educator who owns and runs New Life Doula Services. Her husband grew up in Orondo and he spent 17 years living in Australia, which is where he and Melissa met, married and had four awesome sons. Melissa is passionate about loving Jesus and the amazing journey of childbirth. Her house is full of kids, a cat, a few chickens, a turtle, fish and a pet snake. She enjoys discovering the things that make the Wenatchee Valley area a fantastic place to live, like the Loop Trail, the hills, camping, snow, water slides, tubing the river, fresh fruit and the gorgeous views everywhere. She loves making her home here in Wenatchee, but along with Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth, she also still calls Australia home.
Eron has been living and playing in Leavenworth for the last 12 years. She is the proud mama of two precocious children and has been happily married to her best friend for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Conservation Biology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!), co-owns Tierra Garden Organics and manages Tierra Retreat Center. She is a Chelan-Douglas Master Gardener, frequently sits on the board for the Leavenworth Community Farmers Market and writes semi-regularly for publications including The Wenatchee World, and her own personal blog Farmertopia. She recently took up ballet at the tender age of 38.9 and loves to climb, snowboard or ski and travel as much as her budget allows. All of this influences her writing, which would not be possible without the assistance of coffee, chocolate and an amazing group of friends and family.
Jana is a Wenatchee native who became passionate about environmental sustainability during her senior year at WSU. After earning her Master’s in Environmental Studies from Evergreen, she was hired as Metro Parks Tacoma’s first Sustainability Coordinator. She moved back to the Wenatchee Valley shortly after having her daughter, now 2. She is the Executive Director of Sustainable Wenatchee, a environmental nonprofit with the mission to promote a culture of environmental stewardship in the valley. She loves camping with her family in their pop-up tent trailer and enjoying live music.
Kaylee was born and raised in Northern California but moved to the Wenatchee Valley with her husband, Alex, who is a Cashmere/Monitor native. They have a little boy who is growing quickly and keeps them very busy! Kaylee is passionate about all things baby and enjoys sharing what she learns with other mommies and daddies. She is an Independent Quality Provider for BabyQuip, the largest baby equipment rental marketplace in the country. Kaylee loves to help traveling families, grandparents, hotels, vacation rentals, and more, breath a little easier knowing they can rent all the gear and equipment they need from her. She services the greater North Central Washington region and considers herself a baby equipment connoisseur. When she isn’t being a mommy or a baby gear renter, you can find her spending time with her family, gift giving, organizing and cleaning (which she loves!), volunteering, recruiting for several companies, and enjoying our beautiful valley.
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Olivia is originally from Buffalo, New York, and spent seven years in Northern California before moving to Wenatchee in 2016. She is a Certified Health Coach who is passionate about healthy living and personal development. Olivia has two daughters and a husband who love adventuring around the Pacific Northwest. She loves to live simply, spend time in the outdoors and curate healthy meals in the kitchen.
Brook enjoys living in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley with her husband, youngest son, and a menagerie of animals while the oldest son is off on his own big adventure. She is a work-in-progress attempting to balance parenthood, a career, marriage and her own passions and interests — happy healthy kiddos, sustainable living, and connecting to the natural world tend to top the list. Blogging is a new way to share the adventure.
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Anni is a mom, teacher and lover of life. Playing pirates with her daughters Seleah (10) and Gianna (5) is one of her favorite activities, along with rock climbing, dancing, making art, reading, traveling, enjoying music, drinking espresso and cooking vegan delicacies. A bilingual educator, she co-founded Joyful Scholars Montessori Elementary, directs Academic Associates Learning Center, and occasionally teaches at the college. She also does a pretty good frog impersonation.
Elizabeth is a Washington native who moved to Wenatchee in 2011. She is happily married to her best friend Andy and together they have two young children. She is a stay-at-home mom who wouldn’t want to spend her days any other way. She is a self-proclaimed “over-sharer” who enjoys documenting her family’s day-to-day life on Instagram, often joking that her children are the most photographed kids in history. Her husband and her children are the center of her universe and if she had any free time, she’d choose to spend it with them. Her family is everything, but she manages to squeeze in some time for football too. She is a lifelong Seahawks fan whose favorite time of year has always been football season and when she’s not cheering on her Hawks, she enjoys watching her husband play for the Wenatchee Valley Rams.
Samantha grew up in Wenatchee until high school, then moved with her family to California, Montana and Oregon. She’s a West Coast girl all the way! She recently moved back home to raise her daughter, Shaunna, in this amazing valley. They are staying with family and looking forward to getting their own place AND their first dog! Samantha is the Ment2B Coordinator for the Wenatchee YMCA, a program that connects mentors with children in our community. These mentors provide a nurturing adult relationship to help successfully transition children to adulthood. Samantha is also attending graduate school for a Masters in Social Work, as her heart is tied to helping others through difficult times. When she is not going to school or work, Samantha loves cooking, baking, drinking coffee and wine, and spending time with family.
Marco is features editor at The Wenatchee World and editor of Foothills Magazine. He and wife Noemi live in Wenatchee, along with their two daughters, Andréa, 9, and Gabriela, 6. To the chagrin of his wife, Marco sweats the small stuff when it comes to parenting … and it’s all small stuff. He’s searching for answers.
Michelle is a lifelong Wenatchee Valley resident who worked 28 years as a newspaper reporter and is now public relations manager for the North Central Regional Library. She is mom to three wonderfully rambunctious young children, two dogs, four bunnies and five honey bee colonies. She’s also a pastor’s wife, Sunday School teacher and youth group leader. In her spare time (whatever that is) she loves to hike, read, dabble in photography and play hockey.
Nancy was born and raised in Wenatchee. She has three grown children — Krystal, 36, Justin, 33, and Cameron, 31. Both Justin and Cameron have Autism, but at different ends of the spectrum.
Justin is non-verbal but does some signing, and has some good self-help (independent) skills. He has caregivers that are there for him 24/7. He loves to horseback ride weekly, and goes for daily walks or to the store. He also works two hours a week in a thrift store. He loves peace and quiet and watching PBS kids shows and games shows.
Cameron is the opposite. He loves people, places and TV. He lives independently in an apartment in Wenatchee. He loves to visit the surrounding businesses and greets people wherever he goes. Everyone knows and loves him. He works two jobs, both janitorial positions. He attends church most Sunday mornings and participates in Wenatchee Parks and Recreation Social Outings for Special Needs Adults, and also in Special Olympics.
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Anna Kae is a former Idahoan who was swooned by the small town and exceptional community of Cashmere almost two years ago. She has decided she will grow old here if her husband is in agreement with her plan. Anna Kae is the Financial and Insurance Coordinator for Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry and also dabbles in marketing/social media for her office. She loves being part of a community-focused, fun and outstanding dental team. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, paddle boarding and “outdoor therapy” in general. When she doesn’t get outside, reading a good book will suffice. Anna Kae has been married to her high school sweetheart and best friend for 15 years and has three children who give her purpose, neverending laughter, and someone to embarrass at sporting events with loud and excessive cheering. Writing for a blog has been on her bucket list for some time, as have many other things. Anna Kae’s husband recently built a storage shed in their back yard to hold all the buckets.
Melissa recently moved back to Wenatchee after some time away to be closer to family. She is a mom to a vibrant and curious toddler. Melissa loves moving her body and getting outside, so you can find her running the loop with her daughter, as well as hiking the trails of Wenatchee. She has also taught yoga classes and is now is chapter lead for Wenatchee Moms Who Run This Town, a free, nationwide running group for moms in the Wenatchee Valley area.
Libby, mom to four, wholeheartedly believes that mothering is her greatest adventure. As much as she enjoys going on hikes, taking pictures, attending births as a doula, working in the garden, baking bread and writing, to her, there is nothing quite as thrilling as watching her children grow. They keep her running, laughing, learning and grateful to be the one they call “Mama”.
Christine has lived in the Wenatchee Valley since she was 6. She is a wife to a handsome bearded husband, and a mom to three boys. Christine is also a photographer specializing in labor/birth, families, seniors, and catching real life emotion in a lifestyle approach. (She is easily bribed with Diet Coke.)
Karissa is a mother to one beautiful, bouncing little girl and has been married for three years. After her daughter was born, she and her husband relocated their family and lives to the small community of Brewster for a more quiet life. In the process of leaving the city behind, she found the motivation through a bundle of resources to clean up, muck out and maintain a life of simplicity and abundance. She currently works a 9 to 5 in Chelan, in finance. She and her husband also have two greats dogs, Gauge and Gunner, and a crazy cat, John Rambo.
Lorna and her husband have enjoyed calling Wenatchee home for the past ten years. They have two children, a boy and a girl. Lorna writes creative nonfiction and poetry, and is a contributor to several literary magazines. She also sits on the board for Write On The River, a nonprofit that supports literary arts in North Central Washington. She can be found walking her dog, hiking, snowshoeing, and dreaming about one day biking again. Lorna grew up outside Chicago and came to Washington via Arizona, Colorado, California, and Alaska. For more of her writing, check out www.lornarose.com.
Hillary works as the Membership & Education Coordinator for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. She holds a M.Ed of Environmental Education, and her passion is sharing a love of nature and human-powered outdoor fun with other people, especially kids. She lives on a farm near Peshastin with her fiancé Chris and their dog Leo, and enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, growing food – the list goes on and on! She blogs about how to encourage a love of healthy nature-inspired fun among little ones.
Sarah grew up in Eureka, California, and went to college in Montana. After getting an M.A. in School Counseling and writing her master’s thesis on the benefits of wilderness therapy programs, Sarah and her husband decided it was time to head off and make their own adventures. They moved to Wenatchee in 2009 for the outdoor opportunities and the family-friendly nature of the area.
Sarah has a 2-year-old daughter who keeps her busy on a daily basis. Parenting has brought her more joy than she could have imagined. Having a child did not come easy for this mom. After four years, two miscarriages and four IVF cycles, her daughter was finally born. These parents sure do realize how lucky having a child truly is.
When Sarah isn’t busy with her squirt, she is working as the Executive Director for Wenatcheeoutdoors.org. Her main passions in life other than being a mom and loving her job are nature, people, wildlife and getting her sweat on playing outside. Her favorite outdoor sports include rock climbing, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and backpacking.
Jeri and her husband are raising six children, ages 1 to 16. She is birth-mother to five, step-mother to one. Jeri was born in Wenatchee and has lived in and around the valley her entire life. She has grown to appreciate the culture and array of outdoor charm that our valley offers us. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom and college student, studying multiple areas of business. Jeri has always been in love with the spirit of Motherhood. She is a growing naturalist, obsessed with the idea of organic living, a free-spirit, dedicated to her faith and passionate about the relationships she has — especially with other women. Jeri enjoys running, working in her yard and garden, decorating, reading, and cooking with her husband.
Tiffany is a food blogger and hobby photographer living in Moses Lake. She originally hails from Guam, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Although it was hard to leave home, she traded the beach for the mountains and moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a degree in journalism. That was 10 years ago, and it has turned out to be the best decision she’s ever made. She spends most of her time in the kitchen with her boyfriend Cotey and documents their creations on her blog, www.hecooksieat.com. You’ll also find her at the lake when the weather is nice, or at her favorite coffee shop.
Brittney was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley. She’s a stay-at-home mom, working hard to raise her young son Dallas to be a kind, independent, healthy, thriving little soul. She was recently married to a wonderful man, who works hard to support their family of three all on his own. Brittney was lucky enough to have her mom at home when she was growing up, and she always admired what a wonderful housewife, cook and mom her mother was to her family of five. Brittney knew from a young age that her goal in life wasn’t to have a normal career, and that being a mom would fulfill her like nothing else would. Brittney’s other passion has always been writing. She also enjoys baking, scrapbooking and taking photos.
Alison is a mama to one rambunctious, fun-loving toddler. She recently started her own business making little healthy moccasins. She has her Dental Hygiene degree as well as her bachelors in Information Technology and Administrative Management — the latter she completed in 2016. She is a lover of the outdoors and gardening. Alison has a passion for finding (and sharing!) healthier alternatives for our homes and lives, which she blogs about on her moccasin website littleRÜTZ (pronounced: little-roots). You can follow her passion for healthier footwear for children on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.
Tara is a farmer’s wife and work-hand on her family farm in Mansfield. She is mother to Hannah Jo, her 5-year-old mini-me, and a fur-mom to horses, dogs, cats and chickens. You could say she’s a stay-at-home-mom… too busy for a paying job! Tara loves God, family, junk piles and turning retro, rusty and old finds into repurposed, crafty, fun and beautiful projects. If she’s not in a junk pile or piecing together new found treasures, Tara is volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving as a school board director, and is active in her local church. She is also a volunteer EMT and a total foodie.
Returning home after living in the Seattle area for six years, Ali is bringing her knowledge and experience to Wenatchee. Owner of Wenatchee Family Fitness, and an ACE certified group fitness instructor, Ali has been focusing on her fitness journey and other pre- and postnatal moms since 2015. A mother herself, Ali has a passion for helping others through motherhood, starting with their fitness.
Marisol (meaning ocean/sea and sun in Spanish) was born in Mexico. She has lived in Washington State for 35 years and in the Wenatchee Valley for 15 years, where she works full-time as a receptionist for the Chelan County Prosecutor in the Division of Child Support. She is the mother of two beautiful girls — Soli, 14, and Sierra, 11 — and two dogs, Poochie (boxer) and Bandit (black lab/chihuaha mix). Marisol lives with the love of her life, Casey Woodward. When not working or being Mom, she is out with mother nature enjoying all seasons in our valley. Marisol loves trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, paddle boarding, hiking, basketball, volleyball and the gym. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
Whitney was born and raised in Leavenworth where she lived for 20 years. She currently lives in East Wenatchee with her husband Ben, 8-year-old son Tyson and their chubby, lovable rottweiler Mila. She’s currently working on building a daughter, who is expected this summer. Whitney works in Leavenworth as a full time EMT and volunteers for the Chelan County Search and Rescue and High Angle Rope Rescue Team (HARRT). Her family and friends are her true passion in life, but she also treasures wine and a good adventure. She especially loves to mountain bike and snowboard, but finds happiness outdoors in nearly any form.