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Westside Mommy is a lifestyle blog based in Los Angeles, written and edited by Ruby Hunt.

Ruby and Aria

Hi! My name is Ruby Hunt. My life changed in 2013 when I became a Mom to my daughter Aria. I didn’t have a lot of mom friends at the time, so I researched kid-friendly activities, classes, and groups. I started this blog to document and share our discoveries and experiences.  Whether it’s a park, class, activity, store, or product, every day is a new adventure!

I named this blog Westside Mommy because I live in West Los Angeles. But, we explore all over Los Angeles and it’s environs. Additionally, I’ll post about fun things we do when we travel.

I’m happy to say since starting this blog, our knowledge-base, friends, and contributors have grown significantly! I’m also happy to announce, i’ve recently become one of four new volunteer “leaders” of UBC Mom’s Group in Westwood.

We’re PR-friendly. Contact me to chat!

In August 2015, I started writing for Mommy Nearest. Click here to read my articles.

 Contributors

Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey)Melinda Blechner and Elizabeth Avila

Melinda and Elizabeth are co-owners and certified trainers of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) and Karna Fitness (Culver City and Marina Del Rey). They are passionate about health, fitness, and nutrition. Baby Boot Camp classes focus on helping moms reach their personal fitness goals at their own pace. Karna Fitness offers fitness and nutrition programs exclusively for women in private and small group training programs such as: Karna Camp, Restore the Core, Karna Power, Half Marathon Training, and Nutrition Solutions.

Melinda and Elizabeth also host several “moms’ night outs,” that help build the community of moms. Babies and children are always welcome to accompany moms for Baby Boot Camp classes, and Saturday workouts are open to partners.

Read more about Melinda and Elizabeth:

Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey)’s Website

Karna Fitness website


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Maria Aldana

The Sweet Potatoe | Earl Grey Style

Maria is a mompreneur. She started the “hip, soft, modern” children’s clothing line The Sweet Potatoe shortly after the birth of her son Skye. Her personal style and designs are influenced by her travels – studying in London, D.C., and New York; interning at Cynthia Rowley and Vera Wang; and living in Spain, D.C., Seattle, and now Southern California.

Launching mid January 2017 is her curated online shop, Earl Grey Style. It will offer self-care bundles, beauty & bath products and small home decor items – all from handmade shops & artisans.

Read Maria’s Wardrobe Makeover Series on WestsideMommy.com

See posts about The Sweet Potatoe


jonnaJonna Coleman

Jonna is an inventor, photographer, and a very active member of the West L.A. community. She grew up in Southern California and knows just about everyone. She’s been on several game shows and has made an appearance in a few music videos in the past.

Click here to read Jonna’s posts (and mentions)

 


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Shelby C.

Shelby is a bright student who has a talent for writing and art. She is our “Tween” thermometer and provides honest and excellent reviews.

Click here to read Shelby’s posts (and mentions)

 


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Emma Foster

Emma Foster is a British reporter and a mom who lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes for The Daily Mail.

Emma on Twitter: @emmamariefoster

Eh-Oh, The Teletubbies Are Back!


ai_contributorAi Fujii

Ai is from Japan and a mom of three girls. Her family enjoys camping in their RV and have visited many campsites across the country and even Canada! They have many adventures, take fun classes, and are enjoying their time in the U.S.A. before they have to head back to Japan.

South Bay Galleria Adventure To Santa 2016


Ronni Garcia

Ronni Garcia is a millennial who loves all things Harry Potter and Disney. When she’s not working on her novel or at Disneyland, you can find her mixing concoctions at the Boba Tea and Me truck, or utilizing her black belt skills helping kids learn Taekwondo at Tae Ryong Brentwood.

From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood


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Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall is a bi-costal writer who lives in Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Virginia. She recently wrote a pilot, CLARKE AND KELLY, which mixes crime-fighting and former musicians in a small town setting.

See the pitch bible for Clarke and Kelly HERE

Read Ashley’s post (and photos): Mendocino Farms Owners/Husband & Wife, Parent Team Mario Del Pero & Ellen Chen create a space filled with health and warmth for adults and kids alike at Mendocino Farms El Segundo


josh2Josh Hunt

Josh is Ruby’s husband and the unofficial “Westside Daddy.” He works in the editorial department and visual effects for movies and television. He enjoys hiking, comedy, and delicious food.

Josh on IMDB


Aya Kimura

Aya is a professional esthetician. She also is an avid organizer, loves to clean, and is an excellent cook. Both her children benefit from babywearing, organic meals, and her interest in innovative baby products. Aya loves attending baby-centered events, foodie events, and has a natural talent for bringing people together.

Kayo Body Care Review


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Bethany Phillips

Bethany Phillips is a freelance writer and work-from-home-mom whose years in the entertainment industry prepared her well for dealing with a toddler. She dreams of one day having a clean house and clearing everything off the DVR.

Bethany on Twitter: @bgirlla

Brands to Buy Your Tall Baby


Nick Quan

Nick (Nickie) Quan owns Tae Ryong Taekwondo School in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He is a father of two and a car enthusiast. Gilligan’s Island is one of his favorite shows from the past. Him and his wife Aya love gourmet donuts, food delivery, and Korean BBQ.

LA Auto Show 2016 Review by Subaru-driving Dad Nickie Quan


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Claudia Segoviano

Claudia is from Mexico and speaks Spanish and English. She has a background in graphic design and science. Some of her interests include: fitness, art, mom activities, sushi, and traveling. She lives on the Westside with her husband, teenage daughter, and young son.

A few of Claudia’s posts:


 Guest Post Contributors

Francine Michelle

Francine Michelle

Video Baby Books

Francine Michelle is the owner of Video Baby Books, a video creation service for preserving your baby’s and family’s memories. Francine is an award-winning filmmaker whose foray into her Video Baby Books business stemmed from the birth of her son, Xander. She creates wonderful documentary-style videos that capture the stories you wouldn’t think of creating yourself but will cherish forever.

Check out Francine’s Guest Post: Get Yourself In the Picture!


 Think TrustsSteve Araiza, attorney

Think Trusts

Steve Araiza is a work-from-home dad that says his primary job is taking care of two kids.  But when he’s not wrangling them, he spends his spare time preparing estate plans.  He graduated from UCLA Law in 2009 with a specialization in business law, specifically focusing on taxation.  After finishing law school, he worked with Southern California Edison until her first born came along and decided to build his own legal practice.  You can find him online at www.thinktrusts.com.

Read Steve’s posts on Wills and Trusts:


 trish_contributorTrish Alegre-Smith

So Your Life Images

Trish Alegre-Smith is an American photographer (soyourlife.com) working from the Eifel region of Germany. She is a mother of three and previously served in the Air Force, where she met her husband and father of their children. They moved to Germany a little over a year ago. As a military family, they are used to big changes.Transitions can be tough, but exciting. I asked Trish to give me some insight on her preschool equivalent search for her youngest child. Her post and photos are below.

Read Trish’s post: What Preschool is Like in Germany


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