Meet our Contributor Team

Coach Deena

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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.

Angi

Founding Contributor

Christine

Contributor

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

Contributor

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

Contributor

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.

Alexandra

Founding Contributor

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.

Diana

Founding Contributor

Kim

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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.

Karen

Founding Contributor

Rose

Contributor

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

Contributor

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

Contributor

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.

Tracie

Founding Contributor

Tracie

Joy

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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

Founding Contributor

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 L

Founding 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.

Amy Palma

Contributor

Amy Palma, a TV Journalist and seasoned pro who worked the Miami News Entertainment Beat at WSVN's Deco Drive and Telemundo Network's FuZion and Keepin it Reel before freelancing for various networks, including E! Entertainment Television, FOX, The People's Court, ESPN, & NBC. Amy sashayed onto the local news scene working the dreaded overnight shift (1 am to 9 am), writing for the morning news at WSVN Channel 7. She moved up the ranks and two years later was promoted to Segment Producer at Deco Drive, where she produced stories in Miami, NY, and .....

Violina

Contributor

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

Contributor

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 C

Contributor

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.

Jaclyn

Contributor

Jaclyn Strauss, CPA is a mid-level executive for a Fortune 100 company with multiple passions. Her first passion is her two elementary-aged children. She is the founder of her own company called 2nd Vault and has become a leading efficiency expert by putting her skills and knowledge to work by creating a secure place for families to digitally organize through a guided user experience. Jaclyn leads with her heart in all that she does and has a passion to serve the greater good of her local community and beyond.

Carl

Contributor

Carl is a father to his four beautiful children, Carter, the Twinsies Blake and Blaire, and youngest Zoe, who thinks she is a triplet. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Renee. They are the power-couple navigating and taking on each day as a new adventure! Carl enjoys spending quality time with the family and getting active, and keeping them busy. He loves to play soccer and is very involved in coaching his son's sports teams. He is the owner of The Oasis Firm, which specializes in helping others

Danielle

Contributor

Danielle Jackson is a mom to three active kids and a certified life coach. Her passion is helping stay-at-home moms and those in stagnant careers uncover their unique gifts and skills to translate these into new opportunities, so they can feel purposeful and energized again. Danielle has worked as a marketing professional in both the corporate and non-profit sectors and, more recently, in education, including teaching Conversational English while living in Japan with her family for four and a half years. Her family of five is now back in the sunshine state of Florida...

Vanessa

Contributor

Vanessa is originally from South Florida and loves the Sunshine State. She is a military wife who owns her own essential oil company. Vanessa manages her own business while taking care of her two little ones. Her family enjoys the benefits of being a bilingual family. She has a passion for holistic health and motivates mothers everywhere when they need it most. She is an animal lover, motivator, and that person you can call when you need a quick pick me up, or just a supporter to listen to you when those days seem dark; she will help bring the light back in for you.

Amy

Founding Contributor

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.

Angi

Founding Contributor

Tiffany M

Contributor & Events Coordinator

Tiffany is a former teacher turned multi-passionate entrepreneur. She’s an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and published author of two books. She completed her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She was grateful to have been lectured by some of the leading medical, health, and wellness experts in their fields, including Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Deepak Chopra, to name a few. Tiffany is the go-to person individuals see between their medical visits to seek guidance in implementing their provider’s suggestions.

Connie

Community Outreach & Events Director

Connie was born in the beautiful land of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and works alongside her husband's design firm. Connie completed her education in Pedagogical Science and founded a preschool in 1988. She moved to Hollywood, Florida 1996, with her husband; put her love and passion as a new mom towards her family, kids' schools, homes, and communities. She was a preschool teacher and started a mommy and me group, and was a caregiver to children for working mothers.

Madala

Contributor

From the land of 10,000 lakes to the Sunshine State, meet Madala, also known as Dala! This wife and mom of a toddler girl is a Jack of all trades. Dala is a stay-at-home mom who runs her businesses as an esthetician, full-spectrum doula, fitness coach, and a birth and lifestyle photographer with a little bit of energy work on the side. WHEW! Did you run out of breath saying that last sentence? Probably not as much as Dala does while running behind her toddler, running her household, and

Jeania

Contributor

Jeanie Pierre is the mother of her charming thirteen-year-old son. Jeanie, the Owner of Niajaye Cosmetics, has been committed to inspiring women worldwide to embrace their unique skin types while feeling more empowered with lip wear that expresses their unique personalities. Jeanie is a personal development junkie, and she is always all about women's empowerment. She is the person you call and has a cheerful voice that will give anyone a pick me up!

Glen

Contributor

Glen is known as Mr. Techie, a sports junkie and a super loveable grandfather. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and granddaughter in his personal time. Glen is a Miami Dolphins Fan and what we like to call a volunteer fanatic. He serves on several organizations in South Florida, to name a few, such as a Board Member of The South Florida Tech Hub, Academic Advisor with the Dan Marino Foundation, and Superhero Leadership Academy. He is also involved with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber as a Board Member with the Women’s Council Nonprofit ...

Farah

Founding Contributor

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.

Karen

Founding Contributor

Samantha

Contributor

Samantha Ramnarine, does it all. She is a wife, mom, and business owner. She has two beautiful boys, ages four and seven. She sure is juggling many hats running both her diagnostic company, Diversity MRI, and Car Accident Referral Services. Spending quality time with the family is number one because of such a busy work schedule. Her family loves to keep busy with fun family activities like miniature golf, bowling, traveling, playing games, going to the car park, playing outside, riding bikes, and just having fun. She is an asset in the community by volunteering with several...

Reshma

Contributor & Events Team

Reshma Mulchan is Professor and a Special Education Specialist that works with children in the community. She focuses on children’s growth and development milestones. Her passion is to be the voice of children with special needs, and she believes that all children can learn, if not today, then tomorrow. Reshma also is the founder of Caribbean Network for Children with Special Needs.

Yvonne

Contributor

Yvonne Toledo has grown up and lived in the Broward County area for over thirty years. She finds her daily inspiration from her three amazing boys, husband, and family. She's also a working professional and is a customer success program management and marketing communications leader with more than twenty years in the high-tech industry. Through her personal growth and struggles, she's also found a passionate calling to use and teach strategies like mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, and mental health wellness in...

Karissa

Contributor

Karissa Merrill is a mother, wife, and serial entrepreneur. Alongside her husband, she runs "Pursuing Your Purpose LLC' focused upon aiding companies to fulfillment in professional and personal life. Her true passion lies within her job as "Momma." She started her own company, "Mommy Moments," inspired by her son and the 2020 postpartum journey. Mommy Moments focuses on bridging the gaps and navigating the boundaries of support for postpartum moms.

Lissette

Contributor

Lizzy is a wife, a mother of four girls, a pediatric gastroenterology nurse, and a student pursuing her Masters for Family Nurse Practitioner. There is nothing she can't do once she puts her mind to it. Her number one priority is her family, and the love for them is what brings her joy every day. She loves watching her children grow and the excitement in their faces as they discover new things. She is a foodie and loves exploring new places and the newest restaurants. You can find her singing and making music with the girls.

Jennifer L

Founding 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.

Amy Palma

Contributor

Amy Palma, a TV Journalist and seasoned pro who worked the Miami News Entertainment Beat at WSVN's Deco Drive and Telemundo Network's FuZion and Keepin it Reel before freelancing for various networks, including E! Entertainment Television, FOX, The People's Court, ESPN, & NBC. Amy sashayed onto the local news scene working the dreaded overnight shift (1 am to 9 am), writing for the morning news at WSVN Channel 7. She moved up the ranks and two years later was promoted to Segment Producer at Deco Drive, where she produced stories in Miami, NY, and .....

Tiffany G

Contributor

Tiffany is a proud single mother to her daughter. She is a paralegal, notary, twitch streamer, and soon-to-be signing agent. She is a social butterfly and will make you feel welcomed the minute you walk into a place she is in because she loves to meet new people. She is a foodie, enjoys exploring new places to eat, and her laugh sure is contagious! She balances work life, motherhood, and her social life and always manages to keep it fun. This summer baby loves the beaches and pool and, if she is in the water, she is happy. Tiffany has a kid-like spirit and will jump right in on the kid...