Meet Our Contributors

Fleur :: Managing Editor, Writer

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Fleur (which rhymes with ‘blur’ and is French for “flower,” in case you were wondering) is a former media relations and marketing professional happily turned mommy to two daughters, a spunky, sweet toddler and a roly-poly infant that is pure sunshine. She always assumed she would return to work full-time after maternity leave, but the role of Mother grabbed her by the soul, and she has been lucky to remain at home while still having an outlet as a freelance writer and the managing editor here at Red Stick Moms. A wandering heart to the core, Fleur and her husband of 10 years have traveled and lived in many places, but are happy to have returned home to Baton Rouge shortly after the birth of their first child. Based on her choices when it comes to motherhood and parenting, Fleur would likely be dubbed a “crunchy” mama, but her husband would just call it making things more complicated than they have to be…for the good of their daughters, he would TOTALLY add {wink wink}. Fleur loves Jesus, coffee, languages and words, hilarity that comes with honest conversations about this crazy little thing called life (solidarity, Sisters), photography, and the idea of sleeping through the night. She’d really love to sleep through the night.

Ericka, Market Manager

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Ericka is originally a New Orleans gal who was raised to begin many dishes with a roux. Since 2011, she has happily embraced the Red Stick life with her husband of nine years, Tyler. Although she met him at an LSU game by chance, they both attended Northwestern State University where she graduated with a Business Administration degree. After graduation, she and Tyler tied the knot. She dabbled in the corporate scene but eventually returned to school to pursue her passion for teaching and earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She was a teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish where she gained a family of students and colleagues alike. She’s traded in her beloved Expo pens and clipboard to stay home with her two little boys (and three yorkies!) She is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the sisterhood of fellow moms. Motherhood has been the best roller coaster she’s ever been on and even at the most challenging times, she tries to remember to embrace the chaos and “bless this mess” mentality. Ericka loves good conversation, coffee, empowering other women, laughing, baking and making memories with her family. There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that sums up her motivation to leave a good mark on this world, especially for her sons: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Karen, Sales Manager

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Karen is a former NICU nurse turned work-from-home mom. Karen found “blogging” when she was transplanted to New Orleans for her husband’s fellowship. In an effort to find community and connection she reached out to the women of the New Orleans Moms Blog (best decision ever). Her role has morphed several times from contributor, to events calendar management, Events & Sales Coordinator, and her title has now become Sales Coordinator. She recently moved back to South Florida (home) but strives to carry the spirit, spunk and fun of New Orleans with her. Currently her days are spent running from the grocery store to pre-school pick up while simultaneously fielding sales calls and scheduling sponsored posts and social media. Her favorite past times include drinking wine, “trying” to love working out, and explaining the difference between mommy blogging and FULL FLEDGED PARENTING WEBSITES.

Myndee, Social Media Strategist

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Myndee is a 34 year old native New Orleanian and work at home mom. She has been married to her husband, Luis, for 10 years. When she’s not out and about with her three kids, Myndee makes local coffee shops her “office” where she works as a social media manager. She also strives to ensure her family is living an eco-friendlyish lifestyle. Myndee is a lover of wine, social media, Disney World, photography and writing. When she finds the time, she places all her random thoughts on her personal blog, Random Myn.

Kristen

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Kristen is still in the middle of her love story. She and her best friend of four years gave in and finally decided to date. Two years later, she was engaged. Two years after that, she was married. She’ll celebrate her 15th wedding anniversary this year. Mom to Ellen (7) and James (4), she works full time in Human Resources outside of the home. Her children have taught her that motherhood is hard. And wonderful. And HARD. Her proudest achievement? Getting socks on her squirmy ten month old that one time he was particularly wiggly. A proud alum of LSU and Johnson and Wales University, she also collects college degrees. (BS in Psychology, AS in Culinary Arts and BS in Culinary Nutrition). She’s lived in Baton Rouge a majority of her life, with sojourns in New Orleans, Charleston, SC and Providence, RI. The south is clearly home. Recovering from a nearly crippling case of adolescent insecurity, she is still the most likely to have the heel of her shoe caught in the hem of her pants.

Misty

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Misty and her husband of 7 years live in Gonzales, LA with their 2  energetic and amazing children, Jax-7 and Elliot-4. She is native to Alexandria, LA and moved to the Baton Rouge area in 2005, where she now works for a large electrical contracting group. Her son Jax was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 8 days old and Misty has made it her mission to fund raise and educate as many people as she can about CF. Misty and her family love to find local (and non-local) adventures on the weekends and playing board games together. She is an avid reader, make-up buyer, and coffee-drinker. She can be found on the sofa binge watching The Office on Netflix and on Instagram at @MISTYROUSSA.

Tiffany

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Tiffany is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Desmond. Together they get to play the roles of Mommy and Daddy to Micah, 10, and Keilyn, 4. She was born and raised in Baton Rouge and has Cajun blood running through her veins. She works full time outside of the home in business administration. She started the journey of motherhood young but wouldn’t have it any other way. Her children have taught her to laugh, play and that sometimes it’s ok not to have a plan! She and Desmond are lucky to be surrounded by a big village of family and friends throughout Baton Rouge. She has a passion for teenagers and is an active mentor in her church’s youth group. In her rare free time she enjoys shopping, crafts, coffee, and date nights with her husband. On family nights, she enjoys nights at home snuggled with her puppy and teaching her children to play her favorite games from her childhood. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and enjoys meeting new people, making people laugh, and spending time with friends and family.

Jenny G.

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Jenny lives with her husband, Joel, and their sons, Judah and Jonas, in Zachary, a suburb north of Baton Rouge. She works part-time as an editor and her favorite part of the week is when she gets to exchange her pencil skirt for yoga pants and pretend to be a SAHM for a few days.  When she’s not toting her sons around town or saving her toddler’s life one head dive off the couch at a time, she is designing invitations, stationery, and logos for local moms, brides, and professionals. Jenny’s been married since 2007, and she and Joel welcomed Judah into their lives in April 2012 and Jonas in March 2015. She loves to squeeze in as many date nights as possible and spends her free time chronicling her family’s adventures and recent designs on her personal blog, the Gilberts.

Jennifer

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Jennifer is a native of Houma, LA, but moved to Baton Rouge nearly 10 years ago to be with the love of her life. She has been happily married for five years and is a proud mom to her nearly three-year-old daughter, Kendall. Jennifer and her husband eagerly anticipate the arrival of their second child, a baby boy, in February. Jennifer works part-time as Speech Therapist treating the adult and geriatric population. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking food from scratch for friends and family, shopping, playing with her daughter, volunteering in the community and exploring the wonderful world of wine! Jennifer believes that love is shown through food (as most Louisiana natives do) and loves to fill the tummies of those she cares for.

Sara

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Slightly unconventional and always willing to listen, learn, and grow, Sara is a teacher turned homeschooling mama to two daughters ages 7 and 4. Her beloved husband of ten years is a nurse, and together they are raising their girls (along with four hens and a garden of somewhat organic veggies) smack dab in the middle of their home city of Zachary. They are passionate about Jesus, each other, their daughters, alternative education, and healthful (and tasteful) eating – in that order.  Sara’s first goal of homeschooling is to cultivate a love of learning and curiosity. Sometimes this looks like taking a break from the math book and studying entomology in the backyard instead! (Don’t worry, the girls are on par in math!) Day to day, she strives to give her daughters a healthy world view by teaching them to serve others with love and compassion and to live a life of contentment and gratitude.

Ashley

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Ashley and her husband, Jason, moved to Baton Rouge in April 2013 from Fayetteville, Arkansas, with their daughter, Etta Mae. Ashley is a DONA trained birth doula who recently went back to work full time in the corporate world. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas and worked in the insurance and financial services field until the birth of her daughter in 2012. She is the co-leader of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) of Baton Rouge and co-coordinator of the Baton Rouge Rally to Improve Birth. She loves shopping at Target, dancing in the kitchen with Etta Mae, couponing, run-on sentences, and cheering on the LSU Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks.

Karen

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Karen is a California native who moved to Baton Rouge about three years ago for her husband’s job. She loves Louisiana and the only thing she misses about living out west is In-N-Out burgers. Karen has two toddler boys and two teenaged stepsons. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Karen was a Senior Communications Manager for a software company. She earned her Bachelors degree from (don’t hold it against her) the University of Southern California, where she graduated Cum Laude. In addition to spending time with her family, Karen enjoys writing, pretending she’s good at making crafts and running.

Jenny C

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Jenny is originally from Kenner, LA, and considers herself a New Orleans girl at heart. She moved to Pineville in 2004 to attend college where she met her funny and always entertaining husband Brandon. Together they relocated to Baton Rouge almost 10 years ago and married in 2008. They added their joyful daughter Salem to the crew in April 2014, and blue-eyed son Declan in July 2015 and now live in Zachary. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from LSU and has previously done some freelance writing. She now works full-time for the State of Louisiana. She and her family enjoy spending time together, making each other laugh and being a part of their church community. She loves wandering around Target, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, having people over and making any kind of craft. Read more about Jenny’s family on her blog.

Kelly

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Kelly was born and raised in California and moved to Baton Rouge shortly after graduating college. A few years later she married a southern boy, Travis, and now they are parents to son, Luke, and fur baby Juliet. Kelly began blogging after they purchased their first home in Spanish Town as a way to share the renovation projects and experiences with family back home. As a full-time working mom, she cherishes her evenings and weekends with her family. If she isn’t walking around downtown with her crew, Kelly can be found cooking, digging in their vegetable garden, trying to make her kiddo giggle, and working on their endless house projects.

Stacy

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Stacy is married to her loving, supportive husband John, and mother to their precocious, charming toddler Charlotte. They are a foster family and are passionate about serving children and families in need. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from LSU, but has chosen to take a break from teaching in the classroom to work part-time, while focusing on ministry and family. You can see more from Stacy on her blog.

Kodi

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Kodi is a native of the Wild West and has moved around since her college days, where she met her husband, Brad. She graduated with honors from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s in Sports Administration, and minors in both Marketing and Communications, just a two classes shy of a double degree. She married her husband in July of 2000. She has had professional experiences in sports management, corporate incentive travel, event planning, marketing and media strategy, social media and SEO, media sales management, creative directing, business consulting and most recently ministry. She works full time at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. She is an avid disabilities advocate, and mom to a terminally-ill medically fragile, technology dependent miracle boy, Braden who is 10. Kodi began her blogging journey at his birth, when they were unexpectedly thrust into the special needs life, sharing their journey with others facing the same road at “Braden Mark Wilson’s Blog: Living with Leigh’s Disease.”  She and Brad adopted a beautiful racially mixed daughter at birth, Laila (1).  Kodi loves to cook, grill and smoke everything (especially bacon) and has published a cookbook as a fundraiser for her son’s medical fund. She loves the Olympics and all things patriotic.

Sarah Joy

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Sarah Joy Hays is a native of Louisiana and graduate of LSU! She returned to Baton Rouge last year after 6 years living and working in DC. She is a proud momma to an enthusiastic, red-haired toddler and is navigating all of this as a solo parent; fully relying on group texts with other moms, coffee, and Jesus. Sarah Joy, or SJ, has devoted much of her abundant spare time to the Woman’s New Life Center, Forum 35’s Uncorked, South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church, and her newly founded Foundation that will focus on emergency disaster response. She claims to love to read, journal, and cook; but only manages one of the three out of daily necessity. SJ dreams of having a Target collaboration based on coffee mugs and dry shampoo one day… till then she will enjoy watching HGTV while planning conferences from her living room!

Megan

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Megan is “Mommy! Mom! Mom-Mommy!” to three: Carson (6), Atticus (5), and Evangeline (twenty-one months? Twenty-two? Almost 2). She is from Port Allen but went to high school and college in Baton Rouge, getting her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Secondary Education from LSU. Megan moved to the ‘burbs in Zachary, where she and her husband of 8 years, Ryan, are teachers at Zachary High School. Megan is Nationally Board Certified in English Language Arts and adores her job, as it gives her awesome opportunities: working with teenagers, gaining perspective on parenting them, and getting to pretend she’s a SAHM over the summer. When she’s not systematically planning and organizing kid-friendly activities and day-cations (wheee!), Megan can be found on the couch, talking to episodes of “Real Housewives of New York.”

Nikyla

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Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.

Cassie

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Cassie is a work-at-home mom to four little boys, Blaison, Kade, Kellan and Matty.  She met her husband, Brent and his charming little man, Blaison in 2005 and soon took on the duty of being a full time mama to Blaison.  In 2010, she and Brent were married and welcomed their newest addition, Kade in 2011.  Though motherhood was no stranger to her, pregnancy was a totally new experience…one that she to this day holds close to her heart.  Up until the arrival of their third son, Kellan, she worked as a payroll administrator for 9 years.  After realizing the costs of daycare for three little ones, and the sudden growth in her business, Cassie Treuil Photography, she left her job to  focus on building her business and raising her four boys.   Her love of all things childhood and the beauty motherhood as whole holds is what drives her business as a children’s photographer.  She and her family live in Port Allen, just a hop over the river in West Baton Rouge.  A typical day in the life consists of a few early risers, lots of bubbles and sidewalk chalk, squeezing in editing and scheduling during naps,  a bit more chalk, a lot more bubbles, a middle school cross-country practice, a walk around the neighborhood and possibly a session…or two!  With any extra time left over, Cassie is designing shared spaces, planning a fabulous party, or dreaming up something new and fun for her clients.….and obviously with her passion of photography, she has her camera attached to her at all times documenting her every day.

Jamie

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Jamie has had more careers than children but still considers wife and mom the role she was born for. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Jared for thirteen years. Together they have Ben, 11, Jack, 9 and Lauren, 3. Jamie grew up in the very small community of Buras, Louisiana, but has lived in the Baton Rouge area since 1996. Although she did not grow up in Watson, she is immensely blessed to have her parents, in-laws and siblings now all call Watson home. Jamie attended LSU law school and practiced law for about two years before becoming a stay at home mom, then later making a career change to professional counseling.  She now works part-time as a marriage, family and individual counselor.  She is also a Designer with Keep Collective, a fun career which allows her to express her creative side. Jamie and her family are active members of her church Live Oak Methodist, and volunteer there in several areas. Like her mother and grandmother before her, she enjoys cooking the foods of her cajun heritage, and in large enough quantities to feed the neighborhood.

Camille

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Camille has always had ties to Baton Rouge even though she didn’t live here until she finished college.  Both of her parents grew up in the Red Stick but she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee.  After graduating from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!)  with a BA in Communication Studies, she moved to Baton Rouge and welcomed her adorable son Caleb (6) less than a year later.  She navigated life being a divorced mom until 2015 when she married her incredibly supportive husband Chris in San Francisco.  Truly a “Jane of all Trades”, she has worked in non-profit, local news, retail management, and owned a successful childcare facility.  She traded all of that in to work part-time so she can spend as much time possible with her family.  Camille enjoys “family fun days” where they explore BR, CrossFit, baking, and craft beer.  She lives with her family in Ascension Parish with their chubby puggle Chloe.

Katie

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Katie, a self proclaimed “momma bear”, enjoys living her busy, country life with her husband of 10 years and 3 sons just outside of Baton Rouge in Tangipahoa Parish. Katie attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she obtained a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Little did she know how her love of children with special needs would grow shortly after she graduated college. Her middle son, Connor, was born with a rare brain disorder called Schizencephaly-he is wheelchair bound, nonverbal, blind, battles retractable epilepsy, and is fed through a feeding tube. Katie and Connor endure the many trials they are put through with a smile and joy in their heart.  Along with being an active member in her church and working for an online public school, Katie regularly advocates for those who experience developmental disabilities at the Louisiana State Capitol.  She is the Region 9 leader for Louisiana Citizens for Action Now (LaCAN) and is a member at large for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs.  When life’s challenges seems too much to bear, Katie remembers this quote to keep forging ahead and being the voice for those who have none, “God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling.” -unknown