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and the Moms Who Live Here

Meet Our Contributors

Meet Your West Valley Moms Team

We are so excited to announce our 2017 team of Contributors! All new faces will make their appearances early February! Our open call is over but if you are interested in writing a guest post, click here

Beth Ellis

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Beth is a SAHM to three wild and crazy boys, she’s married to a molecular biologist, and she recently sold the full-time business she started back in 2008 so she can focus on her growing family along with their new kid’s t-shirt line, UPsketch. The designs are inspired by her six year old’s love for drawing and Jesus and they hope to encourage kids to stand up, speak up, and lift up those around them!
 
She is Michigan-born and Florida-raised, but feeling more and more at home here in the desert (as long as there’s a cold pool nearby). Beth is super proud to be a boymom, but wouldn’t mind adding a little pink into the mix at some point. She appreciates a good Netflix and ice cream date with her husband once the boys are in bed, and likes her workouts short and her food tasty. Camping with all her guys, leading worship with her husband, having coffee and real talk with her girlfriends, and thrift shopping on goodwill half-off Saturdays are some of her favorite things to do and she can’t wait to share more of her life with you.”

Danielle Zaitz

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Danielle is an Arizona Native. She is new to blogging and absolutely loves it. She finished a dual bachelors program at ASU W.P. Carey Business program with a degree in Accounting and Communication, while working a full time career as an Accountant for 5 years. She plans on furthering education at ASU. She has a daughter that was born June 2015. Her daughter has completely changed her life. Danielle was very career driven and nothing in the world mattered more than striving to be the best at her workplace. Since her daughter was born she has decided to give up her career and become a stay at home mom. Even though she sometimes misses her competitive drive she would not change it for the world. Being a mother to her daughter is everything she could ever imagine.  She has an amazing partner that has been able to make her motherhood dreams come true and an everyday supporter. He spends a lot of time working as a Sales Director for the Earnhardt Auto Group. They are very lucky because this company is such a family driven group that they tend to come up to visit Dad at work. Other things they enjoy are going to the gym and taking their daughter to the park with their pups. They have a little zoo at home that includes a Mastiff, pound rescued Rottweiler and a mix rescue that showed up on their front door step. The typical family day includes parks, trips up north visits to Williams AZ or simply just hanging out at home.  Danielle can’t wait to share her experiences and be a part of a growing community.

Gretchen Pahia

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With more than 15 years valuable experience in both media and public relations, Gretchen is a wife and mother of two. Over the years, Gretchen has used her media and public relations skills at a variety of firms in the valley and is now Principal and owner of Media by Connection. Gretchen is a firm believer that building lasting relationships with her clients is a strong background for achieving solid and visible results. She uses those same techniques at home with her family and boys. Keeping busy is her game, running around with two very active kids, who are growing bigger every day. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised here and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She lives in Peoria and keeps active herself while enjoying running, working out, playing sports, watching movies with her husband!

Jaime Bravo

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Jaime is an Arizona native, living in North Phoenix with her husband (who is from England) and three beautiful children + Baby No. 4 on the way! She is an expert hair and make up artist, and has spent 12 years specializing in weddings and special events.

She recently made the switch to full time blogging and is teaching other moms the tools and skill she has obtained over the past years of juggling all the things life throws at her.  She is obsessed with everything beauty, all things baby and anything to do with time management. Jaime loves traveling the world with her family and their favorite places to go have been London & Spain. She is a secret bookworm and has a serious obsession with Amazon Prime. She is a foodie at heart, a coffee lover, ice cream is her jam and her faith is her rock. She is so excited to share her favorite beauty routines, quick tips and tricks and so many of her “busy mom” tools to help keep any mom sane!  Catch her on social media: IG – @TheJaimeBravo Twitter – @TheJaimeBravo Facebook – Jaime Bravo 

Kim Patterson

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Kim  has called Arizona her home for about 15 years, she loves to  travel but Arizona would always pull her back! Kim is a Full time “mom-dad”, a single parent, new blogger, doing it all; starting from all the good morning kisses to the good night stories, she is covering all the bases for the apple of her eye, Rome Alexander who is nearly 3.  Kim and Rome love to be outdoors especially playing T-ball and making mud castles. Kim’s outlet through all the daily choas; is CrossFit. She always strives to take fitness to the next level, if you don’t find her outside or in the gym you will find her in the kitchen whipping up great healthy meals that even Rome enjoys! Kim finds joy in crafting, organizing, thifting for new DIY projects, dance parties with her little Romey Rome, and of course working out, and always living to praise Jesus.

Kelsey Burkhart

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Kelsey is a brand new mom to a beautiful little girl, Maelyn & wife to a loving husband, Craig. She’s into all things crafty and sells bath, body and home products for a company called bath·ologie. Kelsey works for a big box retailer on the weekends and plays with her mini me on the weekdays! She is semi-makeup obsessed (when she get’s the chance to use it) & loves eating, dancing and having cozy nights in with the family. She couldn’t ask for anything more!

Malia Battilana

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She’s a native to Arizona living with her most supportive husband and 3 kids.  After being an elementary school teacher for 6 years, Malia decided to close the teaching books and pursue her passion and shutterbug skills of photographing newborns and expecting mamas. She believes capturing life’s moments and making heart felt connections. Along with being a full time professional baby photographer, her heart and other passion is mentoring other passionate photographers online and in person.  When she is not running the household and a full time photography business she can be found at the local antique stores, the west valley’s hot coffee shops or binge watching the latest Netflix movie series.

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