Meet The Team Behind Seacoast Moms

Allison, Owner

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Hi, Allison here! I feel like my mission in life is to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. This commitment to see beyond what’s in front of me was fostered by a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College. I’m a book nerd and hoarder, and credit my parents and inspiring English teachers for my love of reading and writing. I earned my Master in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and then taught high school for several years, both in New England and San Francisco. After moving from San Francisco to Boston with my engineer husband, I began teaching yoga and working as a social media marketing consultant.

Now a Portsmouth resident, I spend most of my days with my daughters (ages 8, 6 and 3!). I do my best to find the bliss amidst the endless snacking, dance parties and tiaras. With all the beautiful chaos in my life, I’m grateful to have a partner-in-crime (husband Charlie) and fellow movie quote enthusiast alongside me.

My passion for writing first drew me to Seacoast Moms as a contributing writer, then as SM’s Director of Sales. Now, I own Seacoast Moms and am totally loving it! Being able to write about the ordinary grace present in motherhood, while interacting with incredible Seacoast business owners is a dream come true.

Say hello here: allison {at} theseacoastmoms {dot} com

Aly

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Hi, Hola, Bonjour, Aly here ☺! I’m originally from NH, and 4 years ago a new job led me back to lovely Portsmouth, NH, where I now live with my two daughters (ages 3 and 4 ☺ ☺) boyfriend <3 and puppy. I enjoy living here because my favorite place is to be near the ocean but I also enjoy skiing and hiking. I love running, practicing yoga, hiking, being creative but most of all – spending time with my family.
I work as a UX Designer and have a background in Web Development. I am passionate about getting girls involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from a young age and working towards making sure all of our children but especially our daughters have opportunities in these areas. There are large gender disparities in these fields and selfishly I want to work with more women, because we rock. 
My life has changed dramatically in the past 4 years. I had two babies within 16 months, I went through a separation and a divorce, I’ve dated, moved, switched jobs, pursued a master’s degree, worked full-time, bought my home and the list goes on. I have relied on blogs and websites like Seacoast Moms for support, advice, encouragement and sometimes a laugh. I hope I’ve absorbed some of the wisdom, I certainly can’t say I’m an expert – but I’m a “girls’ girl” at heart so I’m happy to share my journey and hopefully make some friends along the way. See how obsessed I am with my kids at @alyshields17.

Alyssa

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Hi, I’m Alyssa, your friendly neighborhood pediatrician! As a child, I dreamed of serving my community as a physician, thanks largely to my first responder parents, who to this day are a nurse and a firefighter in Connecticut. I had some incredible experiences on my journey to becoming a doctor, including competing as a Division 1 college athlete, singing in an all-female a capella group and touring the world following college graduation, and learning from some incredible doctors at UPenn, where I found my calling working with children. Kids are so funny, honest, and resilient, and it’s such an honor when I get to partner with families on their journey raising them.

After completing my residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center in 2017, I moved to New Hampshire with my husband, who grew up in North Hampton, to raise our family. With a four-year-old daughter, one-year-old son, and high energy dog at home, life is never dull! My other full-time job is at Pediatric Associates of Hampton & Portsmouth, where you may already know me as Dr. Smith. Professionally, I’m especially interested in early childhood development and social justice. I’m currently entering my 7th year of practice and looking forward to many more years of working in this vibrant community.

Airial

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Hello, I’m Airial! Though a New Hampshire native, I moved to the Seacoast in 2003. I am a former business owner and self-proclaimed “mompreneur” (mom+entrepreneur), who made the transition to a stay-at-home parent in 2014. 

I am a mother, adoptive mother, and foster mother, with four daughters and two sons ages nine and under. Yes, that totals SIX kiddos. I have come to recognize my super power is the ability to wrangle large groups of children without losing my mind! I adore home cooking, sensible shoes, and attempting (daily) to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Read more over on my blog: http://thekitchencowgirl.com

Brinn

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Hi. My name is Brinn and I’m an Exeter mom but I have lived all over the Seacoast. I have spent the last 16 years working in the Recreation biz. Currently I manage the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center and the Portsmouth Holiday Parade. Before Portsmouth, I worked for Rochester Recreation & Arena…Some of your children might have been taught to skate by me! I started my career in Boston at the New England Aquarium and pretty much love all animals. In my free time I volunteer for the Marine Mammal Rescue Team at the Seacoast Science Center. Originally from Cape Cod, I moved to New Hampshire in 1999 and live in Exeter with my husband and 4 children. As a full time working mom of 2 daughters and 2 stepdaughters, I juggle work, family and an ever growing schedule of activities for our household. In addition to my children, I also live close to my parents and thankfully they provide Grannie-Uber service on a daily basis. Follow me at @brinnieloohoo on Instagram to learn more about my #forrealmama journey and struggle with sweets.

Carolyn

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A NH native, I spent 15 years in NYC and Boston as an elementary teacher and independent school administrator. When my oldest was a year old, my husband Justin and I made the decision to move back to where we could be at the beach or the mountains easily – why choose? Now a mama to three energetic girls, ages 6, 4, and 2, I spend my days trying to stay in the “thrive” zone with my family as opposed to the “survive” zone. I work part time at the NH Literacy Institutes at UNH and am inspired by the teachers and professors who are equally passionate about education. Nearby grandmothers are my crutch, along with running, my backyard, a minivan, and shameless online shopping. I am always in the middle of a book, because sometimes at the end of the day I just need to read in silence. 

Cindy

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As a life and style contributor, I love pieces that are excellent investments that endure. My style is classic and timeless with a touch of trend. Business ownership, military service, and all the career changes that ensued with multiple relocations and having a husband who travels FT for work give me a broad view of life. 

Formerly a dental hygienist and Les Mills instructor, I launched See Beauty in Everyone in October 2018. I wanted to represent brands and businesses through life and style influence, ambassadorship and market affiliation. My natural influence in real life is now being shared on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

My kids are a blend of Lebanese, Irish, Italian and Korean ethnicity. So much delicious food at the Khoury house! My adult son, 2 teen & preteen girls + 1 baby boy = the loves of my life with the greatest of all time love being my husband Gary. Together we share life, making it through the best and the worst, always emerging with more strength, more humility and an even richer life than before. Check out www.seebeautyineveryone.com

Courtney

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Courtney Daniel is a client relations expert and a nationally recognized award-winning business owner. She works with elite professionals who understand that staying connected via handwritten correspondence is key to maintaining relationships. Because of her dedication, humbleness and ability to build relationships she has has had the opportunity to with top celebrities as a personal assistant.

Damla

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Damla Aktekin is a Healer, Coach, and Writer, who helps other self-healers and healers move beyond their energetic wounds and shine brighter than they thought possible so that they can fully show up in their lives to heal themselves, their families, and their soul-tribe. She is the creator of the Chakra Bliss Healing method that simplifies healing with crystals, author of 40 Days Of Shanti Mantra Journal, and the host of the Conversations With Healers Podcast. She loves holding healing space for those with energetic wounds and teaching bliss-filled healing, movement, and meditation journeys. Visit her website adropofom.com to find out more about her offerings and to take a quiz to discover what your energetic wounds are and how they may show up in your life.

Devin

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Devin was born and raised on the Seacoast. She currently lives right over the border in Massachusetts with her husband and 5 year old son. (puppy pending) Having worked in the medical field in some form or another her whole career, she is currently adapting to her newest job title since COVID-19 : stay at home mom. She felt a pull towards the opportunity to write for Seacoast Moms to be a voice in normalizing all the craziness that comes along with motherhood. She loves home decor, is happiest by the water , a chocolate lover through and through , believes dancing it out can turn a day around & is always up for an adventure ! She attempts to always find the joy in life’s simple things , but feels that traveling and making memories with her family is what matters most of all!

Emily

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Hi, I’m Emily! I’m a New Jersey native transplanted in New Hampshire in 2019 thanks to an awesome job opportunity…for my husband. I spent over a decade as a butt-kicking investigator for the state, now I’m a stay-at-home mom still adjusting to motherhood with 2 under 2 in tow. I’m excited to bring my flavor of humor to readers as I explore the Seacoast and find my rhythm as a mom desperate to hang on to a semblance of my former self. My biggest goals of late include finding decent Latin food and attracting an audience of other bad ass women of color on the Seacoast. Stay tuned! 

Erin

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Hi, I’m Erin!  I’m a Portsmouth native, who after years here and there, settled back in the seacoast in 2010, and now live in Greenland with my three-year-old son.  I’m divorced and a proud part of a positive co-parenting relationship, where I’ve learned that when it comes to raising children, egos have no place. I’m an elementary educator, but unlike most colleagues, I never thought I’d teach. Like, never, never.  However, while jobless after grad school I found myself signing up to be a substitute teacher, and bam! I was hooked! A love of learning, curious mind, interest in family relationships and child development… I should have seen the signs.  I’ve worked in Portsmouth for the past 8 years, 6 of which were spent as a 5th-grade teacher before I made the move to 1st grade, in 2019.  Having a toddler myself, I’ve come to enjoy working with younger students. Specifically, I enjoy fostering their emotional regulation, social skills, and problem-solving communication.  Professionally I have a background in conflict resolution (there’s a lot of that when Legos are involved!) and for the past three years, I’ve worked to bring awareness of ACE Scores and Toxic Stress to my fellow teachers and community. I love sharing what I know and helping parents with strategies, tips and awareness around raising emotionally smart, confident children. 

Heather

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Hello, I’m Heather! Born and raised in New Hampshire, I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to raise our two tiny humans, Stephanie and Uriah, alongside my husband in the beautiful Seacoast community. As a mental health therapist by trade, and full-time mama by life, I find balance in helping my kids to explore the world through deliciously messy play, connecting with other families in the area, having a good belly laugh, and enjoying a strong cup of coffee.

My passions include pouring my heart into writing, getting lost in watercolor painting, spending time along the ocean, and discovering new recipes to cook up for my family. When I’m not chasing after my kids or digging in our garden, I work to educate and share about essential oils use for mental health and holistic wellness.

Heidi

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Hi, my name is Heidi.  I was born and raised on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and I still believe I’m a mermaid.  If I’m not in the water or on the water, I’m wishing I was.  I’m a single mom with three kids who are twenty-three, twelve and I’m a foster mom to my soon to be adopted sixteen year old. I’ve been widowed, divorced, and have found there is life and happiness after tragedy. I’ve learned to thrive with my children thanks to the support of my family, friends, and community. As a middle school science teacher, I love to inspire my kids and get them excited about science. I’m also a science curriculum developer, and love to use my twisted humor to write about my crazy beautiful life.

Janet

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Well hello there!  I’m Janet, a born and raised New Hampshire native now living on the beautiful Seacoast.  I am a wife and mother of a son and daughter, ages 8 and 6, respectively.

With a marketing background in the hotel industry,  I have had the pleasure of working for local New England hotels and resorts including Wentworth by the Sea,  Samoset Resort, Harborside Hotel, and The Row Hotel to name a few.

Over the past year, I have made the difficult decision to leave my career of nearly 15 years to pursue what was once a side-hustle and turn into a full-blown business. Enter SkyHouse.  SkyHouse Creative is a boutique design studio specializing in custom branding, website design and effective marketing strategies for small businesses and entrepreneurs. I look forward to sharing my insight and connecting with you.

Jessica

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Hi, I’m Jessica – a native New Englander with a love for family, the seacoast and the profession that ties them together, real estate.  After spending my college and early professional years in Vermont, I returned home to the Seacoast (a whole 9 months pregnant), to plant my own roots with my husband Joey, our lab, Kona and a whole lot of baby gear in tow.  My days are filled with all things motherhood and real estate.  Our (now not so) baby girl is 19 months and cruising!  I’ve enjoyed following Seacoast Moms over the past 19+ months and am thrilled to now be a contributing writer!!  To be a resource and give motherly love back to the community I was raised in and now raise my own family in is a dream come true.  I can’t wait to navigate the new normal on our beloved seacoast with you all!  Cheers and happy reading!

You can find me @jessicaleighmcintyre and @jessicamcintyrerealestate

Justine

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Hi! I’m Justine. I’m a part-time pediatric speech language pathologist currently working in Early Intervention and full time hot mess mom. I live in North Hampton with my lovely husband, two (mostly) delightful children and a very sweet old-lady Boston Terrier.

When I’m not chasing after my little guy or dodging my pre-teen daughter’s eye rolls, I can be found sneakily enjoying trashy reality TV, oversharing on social media, traveling in search of live music, shaking my crazies out via running and adding to my extensive “to-read” book stack.

I’m passionate about sharing my life through writing, never straying too far from the ocean, helping families and toddlers find their voice and drinking my coffee while it is still hot. You can find more of my writing at www.justinewrites.com and follow my adventures (and disasters!) on Instagram at @justinewrites

Laura

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Hello, I’m Laura! The night I fell in love with my husband, I drank too much Patron and choked on a cherry I was trying to eat seductively. Despite my best efforts, chaos reigns. Ever set underwear on fire? Accidentally flung a brownie at a selectman? Fallen fully clothed into a bathtub of freezing water? I have.

I’m a potty-mouthed mommy of two little girls, farm wife, photographer, writer, and special educator. I’m happiest barefoot in the sunshine, playing with my kids, drinking tea with gal pals, or reading something a little smutty. I believe life’s best lessons are learned in chaos.

Lindsey L.

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Hello, I’m Lindsey! Originally from the West Coast, I moved to the Seacoast after college and found a permanent home with my husband, two kids, dog and cat. I’ve held a lot of titles including Marine Biologist, Wilderness Instructor, Teacher, Writer, and Mom. I am passionate about the outdoors and am always up for an adventure. Part of the joy of being a mom is to share my passions with my children and provide quality learning experiences. I share more family-friendly adventures on my blog The Freelance Adventurer. Follow me on Instagram 

Lindsey W.

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Hello, I’m Lindsey (with an “e” like Anne of Green Gables). A New Englander by birth and upbringing, I left after college and spent 10 years living in Washington, DC before moving back to the Seacoast in 2015 to go back to school and to be closer to family (and the ocean). I’m an environmental policy professional and educator, a City Councilor in Dover, and mom to two kids (8 and 5). My professional work focuses on the science-policy interface, negotiation and consensus building, and collaborative processes particularly as they relate to coastal and environmental matters. My community (and parenting) work overlaps with that and focuses on building strong connections between people and place, bringing multiple perspectives to the table, and trying to ensure there is space for voices that are often left out. Check out my website, eightleggedoctopus.com for ocean and environmental related thoughts and follow me on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for thoughts on parenting and community engagement. 

Michelle

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Hi there!  I am Michelle and I’m a new mom and business owner.  I am from Long Island originally, but we spent many summer vacations in Maine visiting family.  It always had a strong place in my heart.  My husband and I met living in New Jersey and eventually decided we wanted to try living somewhere new.  Well, here we are three and a half years later in Kittery, ME and we absolutely love it. Soon after moving here, we found a charming business for sale in York called Bell Farm Shops. We fell in love with it and took another leap of faith and purchased it. We have owned it for just about three years now.  We sell gifts, home décor, garden décor & backyard bird supply.  It’s been a fun journey and the business is constantly evolving (feel free to check us out and follow along @bellfarmshops).  We had our beautiful daughter about a year ago and I am still learning how to juggle being a mom, a wife, and a business owner.  It’s a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Misa

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Hi, I’m Misa! I’m a certified health coach, educator, mom of 2 girls, and a wife. I enjoy exercising, cooking, being outdoors, playing with my family, and a night out with my girlfriends. My favorite place is the beach. I feel very lucky to live on the Seacoast with miles and miles of coastline to explore. Prior to staying at home with my girls, I was a first grade teacher for close to 9 years. I recently took a leap of faith, and decided to turn my passion for nutrition into a business! My mission is to help families make small, sustainable changes with their nutrition to improve their health. Connect with my on instagram @MisasCleanKitchen, Facebook page, and blog.

Melissa

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Melissa Robinson is a proud MoM (mother of multiples), a postpartum doula, a librarian and an overall story loving mama.  She lives with her amazing wife and their children in Hampton. Her passion is supporting families as they connect with each other and move through all the seasons of their life together. After 18 years as a public librarian, Melissa started her own business, Story Loving Mama, so she could combine her love of books and babies through postpartum doula care, writing and being a community bookseller for Barefoot Books. You can follow Melissa online at www.storylovingmama.com or on Facebook or Instagram:@storylovingmama 

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Hi, I’m Mollie! I didn’t grow up dreaming I’d work in a library but now I’m in my dream job! A children’s librarian in Portsmouth, I live with my husband and 8 year old daughter. While I am a transplant from the Midwest, I felt at home on the New England coast. After a few stops along the way, my husband and I happily settled here 17 years ago. While I do suffer from serious wanderlust, I am happy to treat it by reading excessively, talking to people about their travels, and going on adventures near and far.  

Molly

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Hello, I’m Molly! I’m a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Training Wheels Occupational Therapy in Portsmouth Originally from Rhode Island, my husband and I moved to the Seacoast by way of NYC. I eventually surrendered all of my high heels and now wear Birkenstocks as often as possible.

I lived without a kitchen for six months, while pregnant with a toddler when our house was under construction. Our boys are now two and five, and I am in the eternal quest for life-work balance. When my husband isn’t traveling for work, we are all helping to run his family’s apple farm!

Rachel

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Hello, I’m Rachel! I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Maine. Now I live in Seacoast New Hampshire with my ruggedly handsome husband, our sweet son, dog, and two cats. I received my degree in Marine Biology from Hawai’i Pacific University and soon after graduating I moved to Boston and began working in animal medicine. A few years after getting married, my husband and I found ourselves moving to New Hampshire and expecting our son. Now we have a daughter as well! You can find me teaching yoga classes throughout Seacoast New Hampshire.

I have traveled a bunch, LOVE the ocean, I always have a thousand “projects” happening at once, love a good workout, and have found the perfect balance between lazy weekends and having adventures.

Rebecca

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Hi All, I’m Rebecca! I’ve worked in marketing strategy in the healthcare and wellness industry since college and my MBA for 20+ years (yikes!!). I’m blessed to have combined my geeky professional self with my passions: awareness of and mental health supports for disenfranchised populations and communities. I volunteer in educating the greater community about the real experiences of those in (and out of) recovery from the disease of addiction. I was so honored to give a TED talk in 2019 about removing stigma and shame by simply shifting the language we use, as this is near and dear me. Yet, at the end of the day, my family is everything in my world. I live with my husband Mike and two teenage sons in Lee, along with a crazy cattle dog (Maggie), cat (Leia), fish, 100 snails and soon to be chickens. While a Jersey shore girl at heart, living in MA and NH since the late 90s has fully converted me to a New England sports fan and avid skier, hiker and kayaker. I guess I’m a perfectly imperfect, harmonious, and happy runner, who cares deeply for humans, and Mother Nature. Follow me on Instagram @mommabear5786 to see what life in a house of boys, recovery, loud music, a bit of attitude, and nature looks like!

Sarah

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Hi, I’m Sarah! An upstate, NY native (Fayetteville to be exact), I settled on the NH Seacoast in 2011 after living in Portland, ME, Boston, Lake Tahoe and Burlington, VT. 
 
I’m a lawyer-turned-financial planner who loves helping single women and couples organize their financial lives and plan for the life they imagine, a wife to Dan (co-founder of a renewable energy company), and a mom to our three girls (9, 7 and 2). 
 
My family loves the outdoors and spends a lot of time in Rangeley, Maine — hiking, skiing and biking. I’m an avid reader, podcast listener, home organizer and gardener. I love all kinds of music and smart comedy (a la Midge Maisel). And in the event I find spare time, I beeline to my hammock or the couch with a book. 

Courtney, Founder

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With an extensive background in public relations, brand strategy, communications and graphic design, Courtney felt an instant connection and desire to service and inspire this unique community when she moved to the Seacoast in 2015. Seacoast Moms Blog was launched in May 2015 and continues its mission to connect online, as well as offline, and to inform and empower the families locally and beyond.

She has a son and a daughter and fills her cup by volunteering at the schools and coaching various local leagues, surrounded by those who inspire her most–the kids! Local businesses and supportive content are what directed this project!