I am a Northern/Yankee transplant to Memphis. (I still say “you guys” 90% of the time but have started sneaking in “y’all” 10% of the time.) Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, I went to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and moved to Memphis immediately after graduating in 2006, with the intention to “just stay a little” before moving back “home” to The North. Only weeks after moving here, some friends introduced me to a true Memphis Boy and I ended up staying. I’m here for good now.
My first career was in Marketing for a Memphis security company. I got my real estate license, earned my MBA from the University of Memphis, and had my oldest daughter all in the same year. My husband and I opened two restaurants (one has since closed) with a very dear friend, and for awhile I schlepped my baby to the restaurant and she screamed in a Pack & Play while I did my work there. After daughter number two came along, I scaled back from restaurant work but still help from time to time with their website. Today I still practice real estate, occasionally teach yoga, spend a lot of time at my kids’ school, and do a lot of laundry. I’m a member of Junior League of Memphis, DAR, and Germantown Presbyterian Church.
I love spending time online. I feel so blessed to live during a time we have this amazing wealth of information at our fingertips. Over the years I have bounced from being an avid blog reader, to an addicted Facebook user, to a dabbling web designer, to a huge eBay user, and back to Facebook for all the resale sites!
I cannot thank the readers enough for helping me by providing information for this site. If you’re interested in advertising on East Memphis Moms please email me for a media kit. [email protected]
This site was started in 2011 by Suzanne Johnston (LinkedIn). She built this amazing Memphis resource from scratch and I can only hope to continue in her footsteps in a similar manner. She currently runs the website Plano Health & Fitness. I purchased this site from her on March 1, 2017.
Awards, Articles & TV Appearances
under Suzanne’s Tenure
Memphis Parent magazine Family Choice Awards 2016 – Best Local Blog (silver)
Memphis Parent magazine Family Choice Awards 2014 – Best Local Blog (gold) (no 2015 contest)
Commercial Appeal 2014 Memphis Most Awards – Favorite Blog
News Channel 3 – May 2014
Memphis Parent magazine Family Choice Awards 2013 – Best Local Blog (silver)
Good Morning Memphis – August 2013
Interview with Kontji Anthony of Action 5 News – February 2013
Memphis Parent magazine Family Choice Awards 2012 – Best Local Blog (gold)
Commercial Appeal – Women to Watch, March 9, 2013
Memphis Parent magazine Family Choice Awards 2011 – Best Local Blog (silver)