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 (16 mo). I am thirty-four 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
Press Release Publication
(Click to see our Media Kit & learn how we can work together)
I enjoy freelance writing, and also blog at PROMOSPRO.
I am also a volunteer worship leader, having written several worship songs with my father, my sister and my husband. My album 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).
Associate Editor &
Hello! I am Vanessa, wife to Matthew and mommy to 2 amazing young ladies Drew (8) and Reese (4 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 enjoy 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!
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 an 8-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.
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 to 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.
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!
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!
Bri Salgado, Contributor
Stacey Herrera, Contributor
Hola! Me llamo Stacey Herrera (I'm continually working on my Spanish since my husband is from Mexico) and I am thrilled to become a part of MBP. I have been married for 5 years to an amazing man who is a pastor and I have 2 children who are 2 and 4. I am excited to get back in touch with my writing and creativity! Somewhere between marrying the amazing man of my dreams, thus becoming a Pastor's wife, having 2 kids and relocating to GA from Florida, my writing fell down a few notches on my list. I adore my family and am a firm believer that balance is achieved by trying (sometimes badly), to nourish my mind, body, and spirit. Most times, this looks like saying "no", staying low-key and making sure my place of refuge, family, and home, are peace filled. Like I said - I try. If there were a worthy effort, it would be that.
Stephanie Roseman, Contributor
Hello! I am Stephanie, wife to Micah and mother of 'C' (age 3) and expecting Baby 'E' any day now! I am a middle school social studies teacher in a local public school in North Carolina. In addition to time with family and friends, I enjoy traveling, running, cooking, organizing and reading. I am passionate about my faith and attempt to live every day serving others. In 2008 my health took a turn and I have since been diagnosed with neutropenia as well as several autoimmune disorders. While the experience of living with chronic illness is painful and scary I consider it a blessing as I no longer take "normal" days for granted. I am excited to step into a new role as a contributor to Mommy's Block Party and grow as a writer!
Alicia Vanatta, Contributor
I'm Alicia, I'm 31, have been married for 9 years, and am a stay at home mom of 4 wonderful kids. Their ages are 9 (son), 8 (daughter), 2 (son), and 4 months (daughter). It's definitely never dull in our house! We live in a small town located in Pennsylvania. I am very excited to be joining Mommy's Block Party as a contributor.
I enjoy good Netflix shows in the evening when I'm winding down, and love to spend free time with family. I am the owner of the blog Chit Chat Mom and have been blogging since 2012. I love to focus my site on travel, parenting topics, and enjoy doing product reviews for brands of kids and baby related items, as well as tech/beauty.
Lindsey Stratmann, Contributor
Hey, everyone! I'm so thrilled to be joining this team of amazing ladies! I would love to tell you a little bit about myself and share some of my little slice of heaven on earth, with you. I am a passionate person about the things that matter most to me: my faith, my "people" and my purpose. The goal is to have all three of these things flow together in harmony and live a peaceful, meaningful life! The more you get to know me through this blog, you may come to know my journey has not always been filled with butterflies and rainbows and in fact, you may find we can relate to one another in more ways than one. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have been blessed to be his wife for over 13 years. God has given us two stellar little guys who are 6 and 5. I know. I've asked myself that very same question more than once, but as it turns out, what we were THINKING is they would be best friends and they actually are! We have two little dogs and if it were only up to me, we would probably double as a zoo. I LOVE animals and have specific interests in this area but this just got boring so moving on! I love all things art whether it be painting, creating, singing, theater, movies, music, and the list truly goes on. I was born and raised in Maryland but am happy to be a Carolinian now as both of my sons were born here! I think I was always a southern girl at heart. I have a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology and this field has taken me down an interesting road. I have been a teacher, a guidance counselor, an early intervention therapist and a tutor but best to date? MOMMY. As overused as this idea is, I really do mean it and currently, life finds me in the role I was born to play which is to be a stay at home mom to my two sons, homemaker to our new plantation home and wife to the guy who gives me wings. I hope we can be friends and I hope you will be blessed!