Passionate About the Westchester County Area
and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Team

Meet your Westchester County Moms Blog team. We’re local Westchester moms who are passionate about parenting, Westchester, and connecting other moms.

Meet Your Westchester County Moms Blog Team

Michelle, Co-Owner

Michelle, our editor and co-owner, resides 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}, and Carl the French bulldog, the meaning of hectic has been redefined! Michelle is also a working mom, teaching third and fourth graders at a local public school. When she’s not changing diapers, 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. Email Michelle at [email protected]

Amy J., Co-Owner

Meet Amy, co-owner of Westchester County Moms Blog and Fairfield County Moms Blog. Amy also teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. She married her husband Brien in June of 2009 and is mommy to Dean {May 2012}, Tyler {October 2014}, and Fin {February 2018}. The family lives cozily in their Westport, CT home with two small dogs and one large cat. Besides spending time at home with her family and spending her school days with 13 year-olds, Amy loves to day dream about traveling across the globe, she’ll read pretty much anything that comes recommended, and is probably the world’s messiest cook. Connect with Amy on Instagram {@amyjones112}.


Amy H., Contributor

Amy is a Hudson Valley native and educator working in New York City schools. From a young age, Amy has loved writing.  Amy is a breastfeeding, babywearing mama who is always looking for fun things to do with her toddler, especially outdoors.  Before moving to her current home in Westchester, Amy attended college on Long Island and then spent most of her 20s in Brooklyn and Queens. New York is truly home for her, and she’s thrilled to be living closer to her hometown of Garrison and her large extended family. As a mom, Amy believes in empowered parenting, and she’s passionate about raising her kid to be a partner in the fight for social justice.  Amy lives in Ossining with her husband, son, and pup. When she’s not working or trying to figure out nap time, Amy loves hiking, yoga, swimming, and relaxing with her family.

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Christina, Contributor

Christina Halpin is a Mama of two rabble rousers, based out of Sleepy Hollow. Raised in Yonkers, Christina received her Masters in Media at The New School and completed her undergrad at Manhattanville College (where she was voted part of the “Loudest DJ” team on WMVL radio two years running.) A fan of discovering local eateries, homecooking and somewhat misguided home improvement projects, she works full-time in Ecommerce for & has previously blogged for LoHud Food. She enjoys oversharing on the internet and listening to way more true crime podcasts than is probably reasonable. Also, with as much black as she wears (and the fact that she is a self-admitted a retired emo kid,) the irony of making her home in Westchester’s Halloween Town is not lost on her. Catch her on Instagram & Twitter @teenstered .

Maria, Contributor


Samantha, Contributor

Van, Contributor

Ellen, Contributor


Ellen has spent most of her life in Westchester, and currently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband and three children. Ellen is a pastry chef, and the creator of Penny Lick Ice Cream Company. She documents the trials of running a small food business on her personal blog,

Emily, Contributor

Emily is a native Bronxite who relocated to Yonkers with her husband 6 years ago. Although she was a serious nerd in school, she hated writing papers. In fact, this was a major contributor in her choosing to major in math as an undergrad. Now, in addition to writing here, she also has her own blog at It’s funny how things change. 
In addition to writing, Emily works full time in the insurance industry, is in graduate school (again majoring in math), teaches dance, and is mommy to a 3 year old boy and a baby girl (born May 2016). She met her hubby back in 2007 when they were both taking part in a community theater production of The Music Man. They were partnered as dancers and have been partnered ever since. They were engaged on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and had a Halloween themed wedding on that day in October 5 years ago when there was a giant snowstorm and then the next was beautiful. She is no longer bitter about this. 
Other things you might care to know: Emily has been dancing since she was 3 and has danced professionally for sports teams and dance companies. She was National Mrs. New York 2015. Her son has been singing songs from Sweeney Todd since the age of 2 and is currently expanding his Broadway repertoire. He wants to be a producer. Her daughter was diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism at 6 days old, but she has been on meds ever since and is doing great. Emily is an organizational wizard and a spreadsheet junkie. You can follow her on Instagram @themultimommy.

Ina, Contributor

Ina is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University and a Masters of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist as recognized by the State of New York Education Department and holds a New York Department of Health Certificate in Food Protection. As a Mom and Registered Dietitian, Ina is passionate about good food and healthy living. Her philosophy on nutrition is science-based yet open and fun. Visit Ina at

Jen, Contributor


Jen is three-year resident of Westchester County and a five-year resident of Mommyhood. She enjoys writing, reading, coffee, wine, Disney World, and traveling with her husband, five year old daughter, two year old son, and 13 month old tiny son. She used to teach high school English in the city, but she decided to give up that stress for the stress of being a SAHM. Her least favorite things to do are laundry and dishes, but those seem to be the two things she puts the most energy into, hoping that one day, someone will create a Roomba-like device that will gather, sort, pretreat, wash, dry, fold, and put away the now clean clothes that her children shed like snakeskin around the house. Aside from dishes and laundry, Jen also occupies her free moments traveling and writing for her blog Three Kids and A Car where she provides travel tips and stories she’s collected since she first started bringing her daughter with her while she traveled the world.

Jen, Contributor

Jen lives in Ossining with her husband, two kids aged 16 and 7, and two crazy cats.  She works from home as a travel agent and healthy food blogger. Jen loves to cook, create new recipes and sneak as many super foods into her family meals as possible. She does as much yoga as time permits and hopes to one day learn how to use her fancy camera and improve her photography skills. You can follow Jen’s food blog at

Jennifer, Contributor

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A New Hampshire native, Jennifer has been living in the Greater New York City/Westchester County area most of her adult life. She is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase College where she received her degree in Creative Writing, and her work has appeared in The Madras Mag, The Italics Mine blog and elsewhere. She and her husband Chris are parents to a vibrant three and a half year old daughter, and look forward to welcoming Baby Girl #2 this March.

Jillian, Contributor

Jillian is the queen of procrastination, but always ends up finishing all of her tasks in a bit of a panic. Born and raised in Queens, NY she moved to Westchester just over 13 years ago. It wasn’t until she met her husband that she finally considered Westchester her home. A part time freelance makeup artist, and also a stay at home mom to a sassy stubborn 2 year old daughter. A good book, some wine, and her Playstation 4 keep her sane.

Johanna, Contributor

Johanna was born in the south of France, raised in the Caribbean, and has been living in Westchester County for almost a decade. She is an adjunct English professor, blogger, and stay at home mama who loves to travel, do outdoorsy things, and be creative. Find Johanna at .

Joni, Contributor

Joni Manradge is a wife and a mommy to two littles and lives in lower Westchester County. She loves challenging her body and building the best life possible by focusing on her health and fitness. She loves to lift heavy weights, and loves SoulCycle. She is focused on her weightloss journey. She is also an amateur foodie (read LOVES to go to new and existing food establishments that serve fabulous food) and loves all things wine and champagne. She also loves the outdoors and to sit and listen to the water hit the beach.

Keveney, Contributor

Keveney is originally from small town, Maine (300 people) but moved to Westchester (lots more people) for college. She then spent time in the Bronx, Harlem, Washington Heights, and back in Maine  before relocating to Yonkers. She is the single mom of an active and creative 5 (almost 6) year old boy, a College Counselor in the Bronx, and aspirant writer. In her free time (as if she has any) Keveney enjoys baking, going to museums, listening to live music, and online dating (at least 50% of them). She dreams of one day travelling the world with her son and writing about it. Until then, she is happily teaching, blogging, and momming! 

Leah, Contributor

Leah, who lives in Ossining, NY, is mother to a toddler, a preschooler, and two middle schoolers. After a brief experiment with online dating, she and her then 4 ½ -year old Transformer-loving son met her match and his beautiful Tinkerbell adventure-loving 6-year old daughter. It wasn’t long before they blended and extended their family. In the last 6 years, Leah went from being a single mom, living in New York City, going to graduate school, and working full time to now being a stay at home mom of 4, living in Westchester, and working part time in the Bronx.  Today, she strives to keep her kids super busy with a wide variety and good balance of academic, social, and athletic activities while desperately managing her home and budget.

Melissa, Contributor


Melissa Jacobowitz is a Bronx native who moved to Westchester County after she and her high school sweetheart got hitched in 1997.   She and her husband currently live in Mount Kisco with their two children, Corey (12) and Mia (9).    Melissa spent many years working in Human Resources for a legal services organization in Manhattan.  She currently works for Bright Horizons as an Enrollment Counselor. 
Melissa is a two-time survivor of Postpartum OCD.  In order to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, she became a Warrior Mom Ambassador for Postpartum Progress, which is a peer-to-peer organization to support women with maternal mental illnesses.  Melissa initially became interested in writing to just share her journey with Postpartum OCD, but has found that she hasn’t been able to put her pen down since!  She is a contributing writer with Suburban Misfit Mom and you can find her stories at
Melissa is excited to join the Westchester County Moms Blog team and hopes that you’ll enjoy her stories of the trials and tribulations as a mom of tweens growing up in Westchester.

Rachel, Contributor

A Westchester native, Rachel is a lover of all things DIY, food, and Harry Potter. After graduating from Mercy College with a Masters in Education, she moved to Orlando in 2012 to teach, only to find there is no place like home. Rachel is the wife to one amazing Chef, Lucas, mommy to a beautiful baby girl, Lana, and a very handsome fur baby, Levi. When she is not juggling family and teaching, you can find her exploring all Westchester has to offer.

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