Meet Our Contributors

Ondria Witt, Founder, MBP 
Sr. Contributor, Editor

Welcome to the world of The Witts and our extended family! I am Ondria- wife to Sacha and mommy to 'B' (6), and  Baby S (8 mo) . I am thirty-three years old and passionately work from home, managing Mommy's Block Party and caring for my spunky kids. I'm a coffee addict, enjoy Pilates, and music of all kinds. I love organizing, arranging, cleaning, decorating, cooking and doing just about anything that makes a dwelling place an enjoyable home for families. 

I began Mommy's Block Party in 2011, after I became a mom. I wanted a way to connect moms with the brands & products they've been using for years, and to those they may not even know of. As parents, we want the best for our families, and MBP aims to share honest reviews about products, services, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and more, so our readers can make informed decisions when it comes to what they spend their hard earned money on. Through the years, we've become a trusted source for information surrounding household products, fashion & beauty, travel, food & beverages, project ideas, fitness, and more. We believe in 'word of mom' advertising- online & offline. Mommy's Block Party offers various ways to connect consumers with brands & fun opportunities for families, including:

Product Reviews & Sponsored Giveaways
Travel, Entertainment, Restaurant Reviews
Business Directory & Social Media Advertising
Sponsored Posts
Brand Ambassadorship
Press Release Publication
and more.
(Click to see our Media Kit & learn how we can work together)

Fun Facts...
I am also a volunteer worship leader, having written several worship songs with my father, my sister and my husband. My CD of original worship music Songs Along the Way debuted in 2007. My music team consists of myself, my dad, pal Derek, with input from my husband, as well. We have written many new songs for worship, 'Hallelujah,' among the most popular. It is my hope to write and publish a devotional book within the next couple of years.

I'm married to a wonderful man, Sacha (AKA- Aleksandr), who is a graduate of The University of Maryland School of Music, with an MM- specializing in bass trombone performance.
We are both extremely active in serving at our church- St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC. It is like a second home to both of us (it's where we met & became friends in the youth group over 15 years ago), and we spend a lot of time there during the week... and on the weekends.

We're new at the parenting thing... and learn new things about our son and daughter each and every day. We couldn't imagine a greater love than our love for them (and God's love for all of us). 


Stephanie Adler, 
 Sr. Contributor

Hello! I am Steph, wife to Adam, and Mommy to Beckett, Scarlett, and Collett. I am currently 34 years old (did I just admit to that) and a former teacher, who left the paying work world and entered the stay at home mom world when Beckett was born, in November 2006. I couldn’t have made a better choice for our family! I am involved with the Meals on Wheels program in my community and busy volunteering at both             elementary and preschools.

Along with my role as Mommy, I enjoy reading, blogging, geocaching, running, and just doing anything fun with my family.

My son, Beckett, is ALL boy, he loves Soccer, Purdue Football and Basketball, Legos, reading, and a whole lot of other fun things. He is currently in First grade and enjoying everything around him. My daughter, Scarlett, was born in July 2009 and our world has been bombarded with pink and princess ever since. She is currently in her second to last year of preschool and already wants to go to school daily. She is so full of life and laughter, and we cherish every minute of her. Colett was welcomed into our family in June 2013. She is a bundle of happiness and smiles, we can't get enough of her sweetness.

I am love being a part of  MBP and sharing my experiences with all of you!




Vanessa Wigglesworth, 
Associate Editor &
Sr. Contributor 

Hello! I am Vanessa, wife to Matthew and mommy to 2 amazing young ladies Drew (7) and Reese (2 years). I wear many hats, as most moms do. I am a wife and mother first, Avon representative, and most recently an Avon District Assistant. I volunteer at my oldest daughter’s school for the Parent Teacher Group (as a secretary) and pretty much any other activity they ask me to. I love being with my children, and I am one of those parents that enjoys early dismissals, school vacations, and snow days. I also really enjoy cooking and baking, and luckily it’s an activity both of our girls love too, our 6 year old has even talked of opening a restaurant one day! 

My husband is currently working for a local electrical company and is back in school to become an electrician. We have been a “we” since high school, were  married in 2002, welcomed our first daughter in 2007, and her little sister in 2012! We have been blessed with infinitely more than we could have ever asked for or dreamed of! 


I am quite giddy to work with MBP and am looking forward to connecting with all of you! 



Emily Santillo, Contributor

Hi! I'm Emily, wife to Luke and mommy to baby Grant (and furry, four-legged Callie). Although on the later side of my 30s (but just barely!), I'm a newly minted mom and I couldn't have asked for a better parenting teacher than my curious and always-on-the-go son. When Grant was born last year, I traded in my professional hat, which included many years of marketing/communications/graphic design in the art museum world, to stay home with him. I've learned so much in the first 10 months of his life that I often tell people 'this IS my first rodeo' because he keeps me on my toes. I love cooking, crafting, and generally being creative. When the weather is nice, you will find our whole family outdoors. We love exploring our community and beyond. I'm excited for the opportunity to contribute to Mommy's Block Party as I navigate the waters of toddlerdom.



 Penny Moss, Contributor

Hello...I'm Penny and I am so excited to be joining you at Mommy's Block Party.  My husband, Chris and I have a 6 year old son, Aiden.  I have lived in Salisbury my whole life and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.  I am in my 17th year of teaching Kindergarten.  I love all things Kids!!  I am also the After School Director and Summer Camp Director at my school.  I teach Sunday School and help with our Wednesday programs for Children at my church.  I have been blessed in my life to watch so many children grow and learn.  It's amazing to look back and see what they have and are accomplishing.  Reading is a passion of mine that I don't enjoy as much as I would like.  I also just learned to crochet and am busy "pulling strings" to make my little boy a blanket. I am looking forward to getting to know you through Mommy's Block Party.




                                                    Michele Fraze, Contributor
 
Hello! I'm Michele. My hubby and I have been married for almost 13 years and are the parents of three crazy adorable monkeys. Madyson is currently 11, going on 23 ;) , Mia Kate is 6, and Bentley is 5. (Mk & B are Irish twins... 11 months apart from each other... and keep me on my toes all day every day!) I have been employed as a stay at home mom for the last 11 years, and am dreading the fall when my baby boy heads off to full day Kindergarten!! Although I just got my substitute license and plan to sub in our all day, kindergarteners only, local school this fall. I am very excited about subbing in the elementary setting!

I am super involved in all 3 kiddos schools and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all things kids. I love to craft, and nothing says more fun to me than a project that involves my hot glue gun and some glitter! I could spend days on Pinterest looking up new recipes and crafts... Not all are a success, but we certainly have fun trying them out!!


I am SO excited for this opportunity to contribute to Mommy's Block Party and can't wait to share and get to know you all! 

   


Shaun Marie Jones, Contributor

Hello! My name is Shaun Marie, wife to Ryan and mommy to Ethan (8), Aidan (7), Brennan (4), and
Logan (2). The boys keep me on my toes, but I am also a practice manager at a local chiropractor’s 
office. We live in South Riding VA, which is just about as close to living in Pleasantville as humanly 
possible. Our community hosts movie nights and concerts on the Town Green in front of Town Hall 
every week during the summer, and Santa comes to visit the kids in our Clubhouse a few weeks before Christmas! Can you tell I really like where I live? We love participating in all of our community activities.

Being a mom to such a large bunch of boys can be a lot of work, but it absolutely the most rewarding 
thing that has ever happened to me. I love the fact that it always feels like a party at our house because there’s always a kitchen dance party going on, or a four-way Nerf competition happening, or a big boisterous family dinner. We have just begun to embark on new phases of life with the older boys, and I have recently embraced the roles of baseball and soccer mom. My “baby” recently turned 2 and I can’t believe that diapers are really truly about to be out of my life for the first time in 8 years!

I am so excited to be a part of the Mommy’s Block Party community. It’s important to have others to 
share and learn with as we navigate through life’s different paths and I look forward to journeying with all of you!


                                                            
 Bianca Harrison, Contributor

Greetings from our small home here in suburban Washington, DC! My name is Bianca and I'm currently engaged in my most challenging and rewarding job yet: Stay-at-Home-Mom. I left behind a fast-paced career in high-end sales, but there's no way I can compare that to this. I have two beautiful daughters who are exactly 22 months apart. N (three in May) is adventurous, brilliant and always on the move. Her younger sister A (one in March) is extremely sweet, full of kisses and already has a great sense of humor. Their Super Dad, Ray, is a full-time student who also works to support our family. 

We live in what most would consider a small space. Sharing a studio apartment with three other people has had a definite influence over what I purchase. I'm picky about what I buy and don't mind doing the research involved in finding quality products. I'm also pretty merciless about what I keep and what I donate away. We believe in following a minimalist lifestyle. This has proven very practical because it cuts time cleaning and organizing, which allows us to spend lots of quality time as a family.

I am around my girls 24/7, and when Ray isn't busy with work or school, he joins the fun too. We do *everything* as a family and spend a lot of time outside the house whenever possible. During the week, we run errands in our station wagon, visit people we love, and discover new restaurants and playgrounds. I LOVE travel, so we try to go on plenty of road trips during his breaks, and always toss ideas back and forth about where we want to go next. Our goal is to explore as many countries around the world as we can. Food is one of my latest passions. I like trying all types of exotic cuisine (both making and eating!). Recently, I've started collecting rare and hard-to-find cookbooks. I'm on the hunt for ridiculously tasty recipes, and if you have any favorites, please don't be shy sending them this way :-)

I'm excited to start writing for Mommy's Block Party! I look forward to sharing my experiences and hope to write reviews that will help other moms make more informed purchases. Talk to you soon!






Jessica Belair, Contributor

I am a 34 year old mom of one teenage son of 15 and a step mother to a 13 year old girl. I don't believe in the term step mom and consider her my daughter. I just celebrated my 5 year anniversary with my husband. I am currently attending college for my master's degree in psychology.











Karla Adler, Contributor

Well, hi. I’m Karla Adler, mother to Hendrix (born September 2015). My husband, Jon, and I are so thrilled to have Hendrix in our lives now. I’m 30 years young and every day I’m more grateful than the last. I’m formally a teacher to middle school and high school children. After having Hendrix, I couldn’t bear to leave him to return to teaching. My days are filled with laughter, chasing around my little boy, and lots of smiles.

Other than spending time with Jon and Hendrix, I enjoy reading, listening to music, swimming, and zumba. Hendrix is a mover! He loves to crawl, walk with anything he can, read books, swim, play, and make others laugh. Did I mention he already has a shared basketball love with my husband? Go Boilers!

I’m blessed to be a part of this group and very much enjoy sharing my experiences with all of you.




Jessica Edelman, Contributor

Hello everyone, I am writing to you from NC where I live with my husband Mike, son Jordan (4), a cat and two dogs. I have a full time job as the unit secretary of the hospice and palliative care department of our local hospital and have a side gig as an independent Scentsy consultant. I enjoy shopping, long naps and Reese's peanut butter cups. 











Ashley Jones, Contributor

Hi! I’m Ashley. I am a wife, new mother, and nurse.  I have been married to my husband, David, for 3 years and we just welcomed our baby girl, Ruby, this past September!  We also have 2 dogs, a 12 lb Jack Russell Terrier (Jocko) and a 50 lb mix breed (Remy)! We adore our pups, love all things Disney and cheering on the Volunteers, and also enjoy spending time with our church family and small group here in Knoxville, TN.  I am currently taking some extended time off from nursing to learn to be a mommy to my little girl! I love getting to spend time with my growing family throughout this year’s holiday season!  New parenthood is the greatest adventure David and I have been on and we are loving every minute of it!  I am not sure what free time is anymore but some of the new interests this adventure has brought our way is learning about cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding (who knew it was so complex!), and using “clean” products to clean our home!  I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of MBP and look forward to contributing as I embark on this journey of mommyhood!


Bri Salgado, Contributor

I’m Bri, writing to you from Charlotte, NC, where I live with my high school sweetheart and our two kitties. I’m a 22-year-old recent graduate from UNC Charlotte who has dreamed of becoming a writer for as long as I can remember. Currently I am working as a Program Manager for a pest control company called Rentokil North America. Corporate life requires lots of caffeine, which I thrive off of!  I love to read anything I can get my hands on, binge-watch on Netflix, and hang out with my close-knit group of friends. I am thrilled to be contributing to Mommy’s Block Party and can’t wait to see where this experience takes me!


Tarren Pruitt, Health Coach/Contributor

Hello!! My name is Tarren, a follower of Jesus, wife, mom, postpartum nurse, and health coach. I love encouraging others in living a purposeful and fulfilled life that shines into service to family, careers, and hobbies. I live in North Carolina with my family, and enjoy writing, blogging, cooking, and spending time with my family! I blog at www.tarrenpruitt.com


Interested in joining our team of Contributors? Send a writing sample and letter of interest to MBP Editor, Ondria Witt at themommyblog83@gmail.com. Serious inquiries only.