Announcing Our New Contributors {Fall 2017}


Corpus Christi Moms Blog has added new voices and perspectives to our writing team! We are so grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with and introduce these amazing Coastal Bend moms!

As Corpus Christi Moms Blog continues to grow, we’re always excited to meet other moms and highlight the diversity of families in the Coastal Bend. We also love to see how much local moms and families have in common. Despite our differences, we all share a passion for our families, our community and this crazy adventure called motherhood.

That said, we hope you enjoy hearing from our new writing team members! We are so excited to have these amazing local moms involved!

Ariana Garcia- Corpus Christi Moms Blog Contributor


Born and raised in Laredo, TX, Ari and her husband, Aaron, now live in Robstown, TX where they are raising their 2 boys, ages 5 and 3, and 1 year old baby girl. Ari is a full-time stay at home mom and is currently working on her first book. She is an active member at her church, City on a Hill Int’l. She loves Jesus, writing, sipping on chamomile tea, Saturday adventures with her family, date nights, thrifting, and all things rustic or vintage.

Bayly Montez- Corpus Christi Moms Blog


Bayly is a working mama with a sweet baby girl (Amelia-born in June 2017.) Bayly has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for ten years and currently works as a Lead Toddler Teacher at a local Montessori school. Bayly has been married to her husband (and high school sweetheart) since 2010. She is a proud born and raised Corpus Christi resident and loves all the unique local things that Corpus Christi has to offer. When she has an opportunity she loves going to the Farmers Market, the Aquarium, and other local attractions. She is a foodie at heart and loves trying new recipes. She attended TAMUCC where she majored in English, but she also has a background in Early Childhood Education. She is Montessori certified and is also pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood with an emphasis in Reading. Her hobbies include: blogging, writing children’s stories, finding new pins on Pinterest, cooking/baking, outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and more. Bayly enjoys country music and watching all sports. She has three pets—a dog and two cats. She is a member of St. Patrick’s Church. She is also a proud Aunt. She is excited to share her thoughts and experiences with you as she tries to navigate mommyhood with grace and a sense of humor.

Becky Garcia- Corpus Christi Moms Blog


Becky is a stay at home mom to three girls, ages 5, 4, and 9 months old. Becky met her husband while attending Texas State University where she studied in Dance and Theatre Arts. She and her family recently moved to Corpus Christi from the Austin area and are enjoying venturing around a new city.

Becky is an ACE certified fitness instructor and is an instructor for Fit4Mom Corpus Christi. She is extremely passionate about helping other moms find a balance between Motherhood and their own health and happiness. When Becky finds a moment that her littles haven’t already taken over, she loves to read, cook and craft.

Erin Hawkins


Erin came late to the mommy game, as she had her son at age 39. She and her husband have been married for 22 years. They have lived all over Texas and the Caribbean. They have visited various Caribbean islands and even Cuba! Erin loves to travel, but had to slow down since her kid arrived. Now that he’s 3 the family is almost ready to start seeing the world again. Erin loves cooking and reading cookbooks like they are novels. She also enjoys going to the movies and once managed a drive-in movie theatre! Erin works from home as a freelance media consultant, looking to keep expand in that area so she can stay home with her little guy as long as possible. She feels very blessed in this life and is excited to be a part of Corpus Christi Moms Blog!

LeeAnn Fox


LeeAnn is a retired Navy veteran, mom of 2 teens and 4 very large fur-babies, and is engaged to the love of her life, Richard. Originally from Houston, she ended her military career here in Corpus Christi and decided that the beach and fishing were just too good to leave! She is now a full-time blogger and self-proclaimed “Girl Boss Ninja,” using the power of the internet to empower women to succeed in life, share her love of Jesus and everything Doberman, and share tips on saving money through her 2 blogs My Veteran Woman Life and Girl Bosses Rock . When she isn’t typing away at her computer, she is heavily involved in several volunteer organizations supporting both veterans and women. She serves as a volunteer and on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Corpus Christi and founded an organization locally to support the many women veterans in our community.

Melanie Shaw- Corpus Christi Moms Blog


Melanie is a working wife and mother of a high school freshman and second grader as well as their beloved 12 year old Doug the Pug! She met her amazing husband through mutual friends and with a lot of love and laughs, they are celebrating 10 awesome years together. She has worked in the Human Resources field for over 15 years and currently spends her days working for the Corpus Christi Independent School District. She loves to travel, and is a voracious reader who can always be found with a book or five to recommend, and it is her dream one day to publish a work of her own. Melanie also loves holiday décor. Whether it be Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, she loves decking the halls of her home in fun festivity and celebrating with her family. She is so excited to have joined the CCMB team and can’t wait to share her experiences with the group.

Paulina Coy- Corpus Christi Moms Blog


Paulina was born and raised in Mexico City. Her husband is originally from California. They met in Brazil on a mission’s trip back in 2006 and got married in 2009 in Mexico. The couple lived there until Paulina graduated college and moved to the States in 2010. She and her husband lived in Albuquerque, NM for 7 years before moving to Corpus Christi in March 2017 to start Snowie Bus of Corpus Christi. Paulina is mama to 4 boys. Her first baby boy, Evan, went to be with Jesus at 37 weeks gestation. Ethan, Jason, and Jackson are 4, 3, and 1. (The couple didn’t waste any time!) Life for Paulina and her family is very unpredictable but they are trying to have fun, enjoy, and learn from this season. Paulina loves to craft and create. She is back on her fitness journey after taking a break during her last pregnancy. She is technically a SAHM but since starting Snowie Bus of Corpus Christi, her job description has expanded to accountant, social media manager, graphic designer, and more!

Stephanie Flora


Stephanie recently moved to North Padre Island from Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, two sons, Wilder (1) and Bouldin (4), and beloved golden retriever, Bodhi. Stephanie grew up in Amarillo, but spent most of her adulthood in Austin where she met her husband. They moved quite a bit as her husband started medical school and then attended ER residency. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Stephanie received a masters in social work, worked for several years in fundraising, and ran a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of breast cancer patients in El Paso. She began blogging as they started moving around with her husband’s medical training- it started with a focus on thrifting, and as life transitioned, the blog also shifted into travel and motherhood. With her husband’s crazy ER schedule, she tries to keep her boys active hiking, biking, and heading to the beach. Stephanie is learning to slow down and soak up every moment with her young boys.

Tracie Brewer


I am a stay at home mom to Mackenzie (11) and Layton (8). We have two older children, Ashlen (27) and Blake (24) who live in Austin. We moved here from Austin in late January so we are new to Corpus Christi! We had been in Austin for 15 years. My husband, Cory, and I were both born and raised in Ft. Worth. I feel I have a unique perspective on parenting due to the fact my children are so far apart in age… we, in sense, got a “redo.” I enjoy working out, being in the water, binge watching Netflix, and WINE. OH…and spending time with my family, of course. I feel as parents, especially mothers, we have to support each other and most of all, keep our sense of humor… without it, we will literally lose our minds. I don’t like to take myself too seriously and prefer to surround my people who like to laugh and have fun! Welcome to my crazy life!

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