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 just about everywhere! I’m happy to say since starting this blog, our knowledge-base, friends, and contributors have grown significantly!
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In August 2015, I started writing for Mommy Nearest. Click here to read my articles.
Melinda and Elizabeth are co-owners and certified trainers of Baby Boot Camp Culver City and Karna Fitness Culver City. 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:
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
- Ten Must-Have Classic Pieces for your Wardrobe
- What to Wear Besides Yoga Pants
- What to Wear for Date Night, Girl’s Night, and a Baby Shower
- Fashion Trends and Where to Find Them
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.
Shelby is a bright student who has a talent for writing and art. She is our “Tween” thermometer and provides honest and excellent reviews.
Lucy is Jonna’s daughter and recently wrote her first post for Westside Mommy!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
- What to pack in your Emergency Kit, A.K.A. Get Ready for the “Big One”
- n/naka: The Best Meal Of My Life
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.
Kimberly and Ruby met many years ago, when Kimberly was in High School, through a program called The Fulfillment Fund. Even after graduating high school, and now college, Kimberly has kept in touch. Kimberly studied Chinese language and culture during a semester abroad at Sichuan University in China. A recent grad of Pacific Lutheran University, Kimberly hopes to pursue a career in her major, Environmental and Global Studies. She is an L.A. native, an amazing cook, and a wonderful friend.
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
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.
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:
- The Mother Company Launch Party and Tasting Event at Target
- Club MomMe event experience
- The International Printing Museum’s Krazy Kid’s Day
Guest Post Contributors
Lauren Wilson is the creator of Mom Game, a comedy video channel making moms laugh one poopy diaper joke at a time. She has over 15 years of comedy, improv and production experience and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. If she can make one other mama laugh and realize we’re all in this together, all the milk, sweat and tears have been worth it. Probably.
Check out Lauren’s Guest Post: NYX Professional Makeup at Westfield Century City
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!
Steve Araiza, attorney
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:
- Wills and Trusts – Planning for “What If…” Part 1
- Wills and Trusts – Planning for “What If…” Part 2
- Wills and Trusts – Planning for “What If…” Part 3
- Wills and Trusts – Planning for “What If…” Part 4
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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