Moms

8 Charlotte moms you need to know

First row: Sara Kendall, Dr. Phonda Patt, Bess Kercher. Second row: Tammy Garlock, Gi Hallmark. Third Row: Tara McAlister, Mandy Ravin, Michelle Eastridge.
First row: Sara Kendall, Dr. Phonda Patt, Bess Kercher. Second row: Tammy Garlock, Gi Hallmark. Third Row: Tara McAlister, Mandy Ravin, Michelle Eastridge.

You see their stories on the pages of the MomsCharlotte.com site. Now take a moment to get to know the eight Charlotte-area moms who make it all happen.

Michelle Lloyd Eastridge has been working with MomsCharlotte.com since its inception 7 years ago! She is a freelance journalist, PR/social media junky, and mommy blogger who specializes in eco-friendly living, family life, local mompreneur's, and loves exploring her hometown Charlotte with her husband and kids.

Bess Kercher, M.A. shares her wit and mommy wisdom in her "A Few Good Moms...Can You Handle the Truth?" blog. Each week Bess tackles issues facing moms with a humorous and inspiring outlook. Bess lives in Charlotte with her husband and two sons. You can read more of her writing at www.maemucho.com or contact her at bess@maemucho.com.

Tammy Garlock is a mother of three who shares her journey of hope and survival following the loss of her teenage son, Brian. Tammy is an advocate for distracted driving education throughout the Charlotte community and shares her story with young drivers and lawmakers alike.

Gi Hallmark offers a detailed local view on the best family outings in Charlotte in her blog “The Loop.” Gi is a freelance writer, mother of two lovely girls and creator of TheChildren’sBlog.com. For more information about Gi, her blog, and her passion for reading, follow her on Twitter @thechildrnsblog.

Sara Kendall has traveled halfway across the globe with her kids and lived to tell about it. In her “We Go Places” blog, Sara shares the details of family destinations both near and far, and helps make planning a trip with the kids a cinch – whether it’s for an hour, a day or a week! Sara won’t brag about this, but we will: she takes all of the amazing photos that accomany her posts. Check out Sara's travel website at latitudecrossing.com or email her at kendallwritings@gmail.com.

Tara McAlister is known throughout Charlotte as “The Deal Diva”, and stands ready to give readers loads of easy tips to save money. Her blogs include weekly bargains at Charlotte area grocery and drug stores, as well as useful advice around the home and ways to save time and money. Tara can be reached at thedealdiva@bellsouth.net and if you’re looking for more great deals & savings tips, follow her on Twitter @DealDivaCLT.

Dr. Rhonda Patt is a pediatrician with Charlotte Pediatric Clinic and past president of the Charlotte Pediatric Society. Dr. Patt answers questions from local parents in her weekly "Ask the Doctor" blog. If you’ve got a question you’d like answered please email Dr. Patt at: living@charlotteobserver.com and put “pediatrician” in the subject line.

Mandy Ravin is a mom of three who manages the MomsCharlotte.com website in between carpool drop-offs, baseball games, gymnastics meets, homework, laundry and trying to stay sane in the nutty world that is being a mom. Mandy can be reached at mravin@charlotteobserver.com, and welcomes your ideas, events, feedback, resources, and antying else that you be a happier mom.

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