Meet our Contributor Team
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Deena McDaniel is the creator founder of Christmas Near The Beach, a premier Christmas show in Hollywood, Florida. (Est. 2007). She began “blogging” before the term was even coined “blogging” and what we know it as today. In 1996, Deena began writing her weekly column Positively Beautiful, which is published in a local Missouri paper and more recently in blog form on Facebook. Her background includes TV commercial production, Evening News promotion, and hosting her own radio request show, “Sunday Drive.” She has a passion for fitness.
Lynda Louis-Jacques is a Business Branding and Spiritual Life Coach whose mission is to help women see themselves through the lens of Jesus Christ and outside of societal labels. Lynda is the Founder of Ladies’ First LLC, a community centered around creating authentic sisterhood. Lynda is also a writer seeking a degree in Social Work at Palm Beach State College. She enjoys spending quality family time with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
Feuza Reis is the Founder of Soflo Biz in South Florida. She is a SEO strategist and personal brand photographer originally from Brazil but spent most of her childhood years in New Jersey. Even though she is Brazilian-born, her infectious loud laugh can tell you that she is definitely from Jersey. She is the mom to two rockin’ teenage boys and a stepmom to a beautiful teenage girl. She moved to South Florida in 2017, and it reignited her desire to do what she loves most as a creator. Her passion is in everything that involves digital marketing.
Eveline is South Florida lifestyle blogger and was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, married for 20 years; She has two teenage boys, 19 and 13. Typically you will find her working on a house project, trying a new restaurant or recipe, finding unique skin/beauty and fashion brands online. She loves unboxing and sharing various styles for women that are 40+ year-old and all the experiences that come with being a mom. She focuses on topics like body changes, mood swings, wellness, fashion, and skincare with her audience.
Amy Dial-Padilla grew up in Broward, and she is a Child Care Specialist with over 10 years of experience working with young children. She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate so she can advance in her career. Ever since she could remember, she loves doing anything crafty, allowing her to bring out her creative side. She has 4 kids, Isabelle(10), Logan(8), Bruce(6), and Gordon(4). Sometimes people think she is their older sister because she is not afraid to jump in and just have fun! She has a free spirit that is so pleasant to be around.
Cristine Reyes is a mother of three kids ages seven, three, and one year old. Her NICU miracle baby, stepmom of three, the oldest being twenty-four, her blended family sure is loving and unique. Her previous experience of eighteen years as a teacher in General and Special Education allowed her to build a skill set and the resilience to take on any task. If she is not at Disney, you could find her at the beach! She loves photography, spending quality time with her family brings out her crafty side, creating fun activities for them to do together.
Nicole Gonzalez-Cumberbatch is a proud wife and mother. She is also a podcast host, discussing honest, raw, and real conversations about motherhood, life, and all of the craziness in between. Professionally, Nicole is a small business consultant. She successfully supports small business owners with the mundane back-end tasks of bookkeeping, human resources, administration, and operations, allowing them to grow their business. Her addition to serving the moms in our community is priceless, as she continues to show up daily to educate, empower and support them.
Bianca is a firm believer that life has many seasons, and she loves to help women find the "EXTRA in the ORDINARY." She is an Emmy award-winning journalist and corporate communications professional that transitioned into a digital health coach who manages her business from home while parenting her fifteen-year-old son and thirteen-year-old daughter. Her passion comes from knowing that we can't pour ourselves into our businesses and families without self-care and wellness.
Alexa Is the Founder of Kids Activities with Alexa, and has over fifteen years of experience working with children; she is a strong believer that children learn through play. In 2018 she launched her business and welcomed her son into the world! She is a sensory teacher, bilingual mother, stepmother and believes that learning through play is essential in every child’s life. Alexa moved to Florida when she was fourteen years old and has always enjoyed working with children.
Brittany was born in Birmingham and grew up in the Cahaba Heights community. She recently moved back to Birmingham after spending the past twelve years in the Huntsville area. Brittany graduated from Auburn University and is an elementary teacher. Since moving back to Birmingham she is a special needs paraeducator. Brittany and her husband, Brent, have three kids, ages 10, 6, and 4.
A travel expert with over 8 years of experience . Her passion and love for travel is seen through her dedication to helping people fulfill their dreams of exploring new cultures through amazing travel adventures. Her favorite travel locations are Marrakesh, Dubai, Palawan, Tokoyo, and Crete to name a few. Sydney, and Seoul are cities that she hopes to cross off her bucket list. When she is not working on travel she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Talisa Samaroo has a background as a Customer Service professional with over 12 years of consumer relations experience. She has 2 kids, Nailah (3) her son Kamran (6MO); her days are pretty busy as she is juggling her new role at home. She appreciates spending time quality time with her husband, listening to music, hanging out with family and friends, and enjoying a delectable glass of Merlot. She loves to try all new recipes and cook specialty dishes to make it fun for her and Nailah to do some activities together!
Farah Rosales studied abroad in Spain and completed the International Study program with Shiller’s University where she obtained her Bachelors in International Business. However, she did not exactly stay in that field it equipped her with understanding the dynamics of different cultures, inclusivity and its importance in society. She is a Creator by nature pursued her career in what she absolutely loves! She is a Skin Care Specialist and Licensed Esthetician. She is that mom that you call when you need to find out all the details on the new stroller.
Rose Zamor is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over fifteen years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is a mom of two children Nora age four and Keylor one year old. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2010) at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and her Master of Science in Nursing at Winston Salem State University (2016). She is the owner of Hydrip Health Wellness Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her focus is health promotion, disease prevention, post surgical care, and wellness coaching.
Michelle was raised in South Florida and recently returned “home” after being away for over 10 years. She is a Christian single mom of an amazing 8 year old. Starting out her career as a social worker, Michelle decided that it would be best for her family to make a change and she Dave Ramsey’d her way through grad school earning her Master of Education in School Counseling. You can typically find Michelle taking her son outdoors, eating her way around town, playing board games, swiping left on the dating apps, unintentionally killing the garden she’s trying to grow, teaching her son good music (Bon Jovi > 2021 top hits), and drinking way too much coffee.
Claudia is a native Californian and a citizen of nowhere. She can usually be found hiding in the bathroom, strolling the aisles of a local thrift store, or watching TikTok videos in the parking lot of CVS and Walgreens looking for a great coupon deal. She's a former elementary school teacher with a passion for multicultural children's literature. She always has a snack in her purse and a Costco flat of cokes in her hall closet. She is the perfect addition to a community of moms that keeps it real.
Bobbi was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she graduated from the University of Alabama with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and later moved to Birmingham in 2010. She soon after met her husband who she has been married to for 6 years now. She has two children, Charlotte and Jacob.
Although Joy Acaso was born in the Philippines, she has made South Florida her home for the last 25 years. Joy appreciates the life that she and her husband are building here together with their children, a 13 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. She is fascinated by the diverse cultures that surround her everyday. In her practice as a Family Therapist and Anxiety Support Coach, she values the integrity and uniqueness of every family and individual she meets.
Zee was born and raised in Miami and attended the University of Florida. Then she spent about fifteen years up North; while building her family and expanding in her career, she always knew she wanted to connect more with the community. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and three children, ages 5 years old, 5, and 6. Yes, twins! Zee considers these moments that she spends hanging out with them a joy that will last until adulthood. She moved back to the Broward area about 2 years ago.
Khadijah Alli is a Compensation Analyst specializing in Human Resources and completed her Bachelor’s degree in HR Management. While attending Florida International University, she knew she had a passion for helping others succeed and would often help her friends and family devise a plan to accomplish their goals. She is originally from New York and moved to Florida when she was thirteen.
Jennifer LFounding Contributor
Jennifer Johnstone Lopez is a mother of three kids, Cameron and Caroline, and her newest addition this year Carly. She is also the wife to serial entrepreneur, Ricky, and together they own a few local businesses in the Fort Lauderdale area. During the day - Jennifer is an international award-winning digital marketer, and co-founder and managing partner of Jalapeño Digital, a successful digital ad agency serving clients across the globe.
Dr. Bhattacharyya (we get to call her Violina) is the owner and CEO of WonderKidz Pediatrics and a mom of two, ages seven and eleven. She did her medical schooling in India and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. She has been in practice for the last eleven years in Miami and will be opening her new office in Broward at the end of this year. A typical day for her can be super busy and yet exciting because every day as a pediatrician is a new adventure.
Helen Vella is a writer, speaker, and motivational specialist and makes a difference in others lives by teaching from her personal experiences and also teaching some great empowering strategies. She is full of wisdom and can brighten any room when she walks into it! She is a mother of one and has two grandchildren. She is a true believer in the saying by Napoleon Hill “Whatever your mind can think and conceive you can achieve”. Helen Vella enjoys spending time on the beach and reading in her free time.
Jennifer Cohen has devoted her life to helping others. As a child, her passion for animals compelled her to speak out against animal suffering. At age 10, she started raising money and promoting fundraising events she organized to help animals. Word got to the local media and Jennifer was featured on multiple news channels and on the front page of the local paper. She quickly learned the power of the media. This led her to a career in public relations. After a successful PR career, she eventually segued to working as a professional fundraiser.