A Note from Amber

I am so excited to finally launch my contributor program! This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but I wanted it to have its own special section on my blog. So, now we have a little section off to the right you can click on to see posts from other bloggers I love and I wanted to take the time to introduce them in today’s post. The reason I wanted to do this program was because I wanted to share more content that I personally love, but can’t create on my own. For example, I love to find delicious creative recipes. I don’t cook a lot, but David and I like to cook together for fun every now and again and you know I love to bake with the kids. But I am not one to go make a recipe post because that is not my strong point. Plus, I feel like I can only spend my time creating what I am good at and what comes easy for me. So, this way I can share new, fun content with you guys and hopefully introduce you to new bloggers you might love to follow as well. These are some of the contributors now and we will be adding more as we go. Be sure to check the feed on the right side of my blog to see updates. The contributor posts will not be in my main feed, those posts will remain my content only. I hope you guys enjoy and I linked to the contributor’s Instagrams, so check them out and give them a follow.

Contributor Section

Amy Hutchens

Beauty

Hey, I’m Amy! My two most favorite things in the world are my husband Andre and my puppy Groucho. I’m a Master Esthetician and skincare has been my forte for the past eight years! I love flexing my creativity muscles through makeup, fashion and baking/cooking.

My favorite food is pizza, because its perfect— I would eat it daily (hourly, even) if it were socially acceptable. I believe that life is full of magic, that love is our highest power and I believe that no matter what, if you can see it and believe it, you can achieve it.

I am passionate about skincare, makeup, cooking, positive vibes and promoting self love.

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Bailey Van Tassel

Lifestyle

Bailey Van Tassel is a writer and urban farmer, raising babies and veggies in Orange County, CA with her husband and mini golden doodle. You can follow along with her at baileyvantassel.com.

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Bethann Wagner

Health & Family

Hi, I’m Bethann!  I’m wifed up and have two rambunctious kids. My family and I live in Los Angeles (in less than 1,000 square feet) and I love sharing bits of our life and writing about skincare, fitness and motherhood.

When I’m not chasing kids around or hustling through the influencer grind, I’m looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. I’ve recently challenged myself to give up shopping for a whole year.  It’s given me more more time for things I really love, like weightlifting, making protein smoothies, hanging out with my crazy family or sipping on a big ‘ole glass of local red wine.

You can find me online at www.bethanimalprint.com

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Britney Vest

Fitness & Health

Britney Vest is the fitness and wellness blogger and influencer behind the weight loss journey and lifestyle blog and Instagram, FittyBritttty. She is also a certified personal trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness and 200-hour RYT. Britney transformed her life completely over six years ago by walking into a Weight Watchers meeting at over 250 pounds. In 14 months she lost 85 pounds and has kept it off for six years. Now she shares her story, her knowledge, her encouragement, positivity, and motivation to thousands of men and women. Britney thrives on helping others to learn to love and appreciate their bodies, make time for themselves and to live a healthier lifestyle, not by dieting but by making a real lifestyle change. When she isn’t caught up in social media and blogging, you can find Britney sweating it out on her yoga mat, drinking green smoothies and lots of coffee, hanging out with her family, enjoying a glass of Rosé and shopping — because that is totally cardio, right?!

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Brynn McDowell

Food & Health

Hi everyone, I’m Brynn from The Domestic Dietitian. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we live in Northern California with our two kids – our daugher Sophie, who is 5 (going on 13) and our son Race, who is 3 and the just the sweetest little guy you’ve ever met.
I’ve been a Registered Dietitian for over 13 years and love sharing easy to create recipes and tips for living a healthier life.  I left my corporate job in 2014 to start a family and am so happy that i get to live the best of both worlds.  Needless to say, my days at home with my kids are much different than my corporate career days, but I still have the same passion for health and wellness, especially when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle for my family.
We’ve been extremely lucky to be able to travel and while spending time in France, Italy and Greece, I became captivated by the Mediterranean lifestyle and diet. I believe the basics of the mediterranean diet can not only help with disease prevention, but also lead to a better relationship with food and put the fun and family back into meal time. I love sharing recipes, tips and tricks for incorporating a mediterranean inspired diet and lifestyle that fit into everyday life.
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Casey Wiegand

Beauty & Family

Hi! I am Casey Wiegand, mama to 4 littles, wife, blogger and dreamer. We live in Dallas, Texas and we are raising our sweet kiddos- ages 9,7, 5 and 1!

I have a heart for people and love sharing our life and our journey as a way to meet people where they are at. After multiple losses, I was sent down a path I NEVER expected. We began our journey into being conscious about what was in our products, our water, our home. We switched products in our house , fell in love with oils and changed our whole lifestyle.

I also blog where you can expect pieces of life, faith, kids, loss, marriage, fashion, home, travel, with touches of art, creative inspiration, projects and things we love along the way! We see beauty in our everydays and love celebrating the big moments and the little ones too! You can find me on my blog thewiegands.com, my essential oils website here and on instagram here.

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Christina Loewen

Family & Parenting

My name is Christina and I am a mother of two little girls: Scarlett and Georgia. We live in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia called Kelowna.

I am most passionate about photography and writing in all of its beautiful forms. I love to capture all of our adventures big and small. I am a full time mom and I deeply cherish all the time that I get to spend with my children. I am a sensitive soul and love to find magic in the everyday.

You can find me on my blog at thescarlettdoor.com.

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Claudia Redel

Lifestyle

I’m Claudia, the girl behind Olivebell! This is where you will find me with flour on my nose or glitter in my hair. I love lace, ruffles, gold glitter, and being in the kitchen. I believe that gold spray paint can fix almost anything, I also believe that if you just put a little extra effort into something, you can make almost anything look magical. I love baking, creating, and making.

I’m mother to Miss Olive Rose, my little gem who keeps me on my toes, keeps things interesting and has made me the happiest.

I’m wifed up to my best friend of 15 years, who just also happens to be my high school sweetheart. He loves adventures, and I love following him on them, so we’re always on the next adventure together.

Here at Olivebell you will find lifestyle inspiration, recipes, DIY’s, and so much more. I’m so glad you stopped in, please say hello and stay awhile. Don’t be afraid to get some glitter in your hair and some flour on your nose.

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Fatima Dedrickson

Parenting & Fitness

HELLO! I’m Fatima and everyone calls me Fatty. I grew up in Sweden and then attended college in Utah at Brigham Young University. I ran track in college and had ran professionally after I had my first (Noah). I met Ben while in Utah and now we have 3 little crazy kids. Besides being a wife and mom, I love all things fitness, fashion, photography as well.

Exercising has been a part of my life ever since I can remember, and I plan to keep it that way as long as I can. When something is a priority in your life, you make the time for it! It doesn’t mean it will be easy every single day, but well worth it.My motto is this “Doing your best doesn’t mean that you will crush it everyday! It means you do what’s best in YOU, in that very moment”.

You can find me at stylefitfatty.blogspot.com or on
my Instagram here.

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Haley Stutzman

Fashion & Lifestyle

Hi there, I’m Haley Stutzman! I was born and raised in Arkansas, but I’m totally not a country girl. I have always had a deep love for fashion and started my blog as a creative outlet in college. It has turned into so much more than just a fun little hobby and has grown into my own little world beyond just fashion. I share everything from fashion to beauty, travel, and home decor.

I love to paint, am passionate about skincare, the beach is my absolute happy place, and I’m so obsessed with my grey kitty, Maui.

You can find me on my blog www.haleysdailies.com.

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Jennifer Vatthongxay

Fashion & Lifestyle

Hi! I’m Jennifer, I am a mama to two – Ryland and Rori. I work from home full time doing administrative work while attending University of California, Davis studying Human Development. I created my blog www.piecesofemerald.com as an outlet from my busy life, it’s a place for me to be creative and inspire other women. Pieces of Emerald is a platform where women can go and feel inspired, while connecting with other like minded women that have a love for all things fashion, beauty, and motherhood.

A question that I get quite often is how I came up with my blog name: Pieces of Emerald. Truth is, it came very natural to me because I was born in the month of May and so were Ryland and Rori – May’s birth stone is Emerald – Through my blog and social media, we are sharing a piece of our life.

Fun favorites of mine: I am a terrible baker, but I love sweets and enjoy the baking moments with my children. I am a foodie, I love all foods especially spicy foods – Thai food is an absolute favorite!

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Jenny Bess

Fashion & DIY

Hello, I’m Jenny! I’m a DIY fashion blogger, beach bum, and dog mom of 2. I was born and raised in Florida and find myself loving anything tropical. I’m a self-taught sewist and love designing and making my own clothes, accessories and home decor. When I’m not creating, you can find me on photoshoots with my boyfriend Will, swimming in the ocean or taking a nap (because let’s be real, life can be exhausting).
My motto has always been if you can’t find it or afford it, make it yourself. In addition to making things, I’ve taken an interest in sustainability and being more eco-friendly. I hate going to the beach and finding trash left behind, I also hate being wasteful. That’s why I love thrifting and making use of old things while also being mindful of the products I use and the items I buy. You can find me at SweetTeal.com, P.S. I love anything teal!

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Jessica Hetherington

Parenting & Fitness

Hi, I’m Jessica Hetherington. My family and I are currently living in Montana raising our two nature babies at the foot of the mountains. Thomas and I have been married for 12 years now. Goldie is four and half years old and was born in Manhattan. River is 17 months and was born here in Montana.

I am a vintage loving, yoga mommy that loves being outside with my babies. As a family we do everything together. We thrift shop, we do yoga together, we explore the outdoors. We are rarely ever apart and I love it that way. What I am passionate about in life, I want my children to experience with me. It’s truly magical to observe them adventure day to day life, to see through their eyes brings a newness that makes even the smallest things so exciting.

You can find me on my blog and online store sheandwolf.com

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Katelyn Kosinski

Lifestyle

Hi there, I’m Katelyn! I am a lifestyle blogger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I’m currently residing in sunny Sydney, Australia! I whole-heartedly believe in following your intuition and the flow of your life (so cheesy I know) and that has lead me to living in 4 different cities in the past 3 years. Some of my favorite ways to spend my time are reading inspirational nonfiction books, sweating it out in group exercises classes and sipping a soy latte while strolling through a city with friends. I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology which has influenced my desire to share about personal growth and wellness on my blog, Katelyn Now, where I also write about my passions of fashion and travel!

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Katerina Seigel

Lifestyle

Hi, guys! My name is Katerina, but you can call me Kat for short. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, where you can find me walking around with a camera in hand. I am a photographer, blogger, traveler, and overall lover of life. My hobbies include cooking, taking pictures, trying out new restaurants, online shopping for the latest trends and exploring new places.

Most days, you can find me in my kitchen, cooking up something delicious, or shooting and styling my new favorite outfits. After transforming my diet in college to combat some stomach problems, I became really passionate about healthy food and wanted to share what I learned with others. Sincerely Katerina started as a small creative outlet to share recipes but has grown into a fashion, food, travel, and lifestyle blog, where I share not just one, but all of my passions.

You can find my plant-based recipes, daily style inspo, and other life tidbits at Sincerelykaterina.com, and @katerinaseigel.

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Kylie Thompson

Lifestyle

Hey there! I’m Kylie; a 25-(ish)-year-old photographer enjoying life with my husband and fluffy golden retriever.

If we sat down for a cup of tea and macarons, I would tell you that I believe laughter and dancing around your house lip-syncing to Whitney Houston can cure almost any sadness. I’m passionate about family, travel, writing, and photography. I love using my camera to capture the sweet moments of beautiful souls like YOU.

When I’m not working, I’m enjoying the shoreline of Lake Michigan in rain, shine, and snow, or snuggling with my husband and golden.

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Luci Wormell

Parenting & Health

Hello, my name is Luci. I am a mom of two from Arizona. I graduated from ASU with a degree in Social Work. However, after college I wanted to become a mom. My son was born in April 2016 and about a year later my daughter was born. They are my Irish twins who I adore and love very much. Motherhood has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve learned to be more patient, more loving, more open-minded, and more selfless. It has made me become a stronger woman.

I have struggled for many years with depression (before having my children). It played a huge part after having my daughter. In March of 2018, I collaborated with The Commit Campaign and shared my story on depression and motherhood. It reached many hearts and I received many heart-breaking but inspiring messages. I had a platform I never knew existed. By being transparent with my struggles and sharing my story, it had helped many people to feel and know that they are not alone. I cannot wait to share with you all some of the things that has helped me with my mental health and how we should take care of our mental health as a woman and as a mother.

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Scarlett Bendixen

Food & Cooking

My name is Scarlett Bendixen I am a mom of 4 with 2 older boys followed by 2 younger girls. My kids ages range from 9 to 2 years old. I have been married for almost 11 years. I currently live in Gilbert, Arizona. I grew up in a family centered around food and sports. My days are now filled with sports practices, games, dance recitals, and trying to keep all 4 of my children alive and well!

I love to cook, throw parties and travel as much as possible. I own a food truck called the Hot Cookie Truck with my mom that goes out almost daily. We serve warm cookies topped with ice cream and a variety of toppings also called pizookies. Food is my love language! I love making, tasting, and serving others through my cooking. Dinnertime is my favorite time of the day when my table filled with my husband, noisy kids and usually a couple neighbor kids as well. Thats when I receive the most joy! I hope you all can see and experience the joy that comes from cooking as you taste and try out my recipes.

You can find me on my blog at madeitateitlovedit.com.

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Stephanie Delacy

Lifestyle

Stephanie is a coach and writer, passionate about inspiring vulnerability, connection & courage. Based in Cleveland, she writes about her journeys traveling the world solo, trying to date, learning to love her body and how she lives authentically. You can read more of her writing at www.alifeenroute.com.

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Malena Paz

Family & Wellness

I’m Malena, I’m a mom of two and have been married for 10 years now to the love of my life. I’m a southern girl-born and raised in Atlanta Ga but my family is from Argentina so I have a little of that Latin flare.

When I became a blogger one of the hardest things I had to do was come up with a name. I researched, looked around to see what everyone else was doing and honestly went crazy trying to come up with the perfect name. I like to write and share so many different aspects of my life that I couldn’t just focus on one thing, so my husband and I came up with “Living with Paz”.  So simple right? We wanted to take you along this journey of life with the Paz family. BUT…

What you may not know is that Paz in Spanish means peace, and that is also what I hope to express through my blog. I want you to live a life in abundance, full of peace and joy. Living your life to the fullest and being the best version of yourself. Not only for personal growth and happiness but also for your children, family and loved ones.

You can find me on my blog at www.livingwithpaz.com.

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Tayler Malott Gilbert

Fashion

Hi y’all, my name is Tayler Malott Gilbert. I am a Life+Style blogger living in Houston, TX. I am newly wed, married to the most amazing man and college sweetheart. I am a southern girl, with a deep love for feminine, chic, everyday style. I believe in dreaming big, and living the best and most beautiful life you can.

My passions include, my family, faith, music ( fun fact: my degree is in music and I have been singing my whole life), traveling, meeting new friends, cooking/baking, living a healthy lifestyle, and of course fashion.

You can find me online at TaylerMalott.com.

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Rachel Valverde

Beauty

My name is Rachel Valverde and I am a licensed aesthetician and laser technician. I enrolled in aesthetics school in 2005 in hopes of figuring out how to conquer my own acne. I’m obsessed with all things skincare and love helping people feel more confident in their own skin. I’ve spent the last 6 years working in Dermatology and it keeps me learning every day.

I love my career and helping people feel like the best version of themselves. There’s nothing better then hearing my patients tell me they feel beautiful without makeup on! I was born in San Diego but have lived in Phoenix for most of my life.

You can schedule an appointment with me at Desert Sky Dermatology by calling  480-855-0085.

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Victoria Schneider

Fashion & Lifestyle

Hi there! I’m Victoria Schneider and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I married my best friend and heartthrob, Ian, and we have two little boys named Cove and Jettson.

I cry a lot (95 percent of the time it’s happy tears). I’m a drink hoarder, Chick-fil-a fanatic and my treat of choice is always dark chocolate. My hobbies include frequenting bagel and coffee shops with my boys, watching sunsets and traveling as much as possible.

My boys are my heart and my joy. Being a homemaker is truly a gift. When I’m not taking care of/or with them, I enjoy documenting and writing about life, faith, fashion and styling on my blog, The Southern Trunk. Blogging is something I’ve found so much joy in over the past few years. I have loved being able to connect with so many people and having the opportunity to document this life we’ve been given. Even though it’s considered a job, I see it as more of a passion project.

You can read more over on The Southern Trunk here or on Instagram here.

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  1. One suggestion though is to have maybe a little more mothers who are contributors because I know you already have some moms but it would really be nice to hear their experiences and posts since you are a gat mom yourself! It’s just a tiny suggestion…

    Abby

  2. I’ve been following your blog since you wee just pregnant with Rosie! It’s so cool to see you and your blog getting better and better!

  3. I love this blog amber! So many different beauties who are contributing to this blog, I love it! I can’t wait to read all their posts! I adore your posts by the way! I think it’s good to give feedback to a growing blog 🙂

    Abby

  4. I can’t wait to see the content these amazing women create!

    Themodernlunchbox.com

  5. Love this idea and can’t wait to see all the content. If you need someone to cover a DIY/Crafts section, I’d love to contribute! I make clothes and accessories and home decor to name a few! 💙

    -Jenny
    http://sweetteal.com

  6. So honored and blessed to be a contributor along with all of these gorgeous women. Seriously so thankful and can’t wait to see all that is in store.

    You are the best girl!

    XO,Tay

  7. Hi Amber, first of all I just followed all of these girls and I’m so excited to see their content! My friend MacKenzie and I are huge fans of yours and have followed your blog since your first years in NYC! I’m helping a boy to “prompose” to her and I think it would be so cool if we could incorporate you into it! If you could just reply and say “MacKenzie, go to prom with Alex!!” Or “MacKenzie say yes!” I could print it on a poster and it would be so fun!!

  8. As an African American who really really loves your blog I wish diversity in the contributors was considered. It’s disheartening as a consistent and loyal reader to see the lack of diversity in the women selected.

    xx Danielle / danielle@glamme.com / http://www.glamrme.com

    1. Yes, Danielle, I agree! This first group should be more inclusive!!! Why wait?

    2. Hey Danielle! As addressed above, I agree with all of this feedback. We have many contributors and this was just the intro. Please be patient as this is a long process to work with so many people’s busy schedules! Thanks everyone! Xo

  9. So exciting!! Are you taking applications for more contributors? Currently I’m a contributor for Style Me Pretty but would love to continue to write for BFB as well! 🖤

  10. I grew up in Kelowna!! Ya! I wouldn’t call it a small town though. However, I do currently live in a town with a population of 4000, so I may be biased.

  11. This is SO awesome!! I just went and followed them all on IG! LOVE that you’re doing this Amber! Babes supporting babes!!

  12. Cool series, but I think some bloggers with diversity would be even cooler!

        1. Girls! Thank you so much for this feedback and I couldn’t agree more! You guys will love the girls I am introducing next month! Stay tuned, they are darling!