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Tabitha Frost of Carlsbad is a health and wellness blogger at All Natural & Good, contributing writer for San Diego Moms Blog, and mother to three kids, ages 5, 3 and 21 mos. She is a former breast milk donor whose story about donating 20,000 ounces of breast milk to babies in need was featured on Good Morning America and Inside Edition. She survives mom chaos by drinking coffee and working out.
local moms who have walked the pregnancy, baby or toddler path recently, or are on it right now. Here are this issue’s expert mom contributors. You’ll find their advice and shared experiences peppered throughout the publication.
Christina Furnival of San Carlos is a licensed mental health therapist, blogger at Real Life Mama, and mother of two kids, ages 3 and 1. She was rocked by postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first child. It has improved with time and therapy, but still isn’t completely gone. Christina has a huge sweet tooth, which has been passed on to her kids, but she admits, “When they’re playing nicely, you’ll often find me in the kitchen, secretly eating something I don’t want to share.” Daphne Gaghagen of Chula Vista is a body positivity advocate and editor for San Diego Moms Blog. Her kids are ages 5 and 3. She loves traveling, beer, chai, absurd romcoms, baking competitions, weightlifting and writing. Daphne has lived in five different states. Find her on Instagram @ mommyiloveyousobig.
Victoria White of Santee was a military kid and now is raising three military children, ages 10, 9 and 5. She loves to cook (but says, “I can’t bake to save my life!”) and shop out of season for the best deals on kids clothing. Victoria is currently in school to obtain her Masters in social work. She encourages moms to chase their dreams while simultaneously “chasing” their children. Melissa Varela of Rancho Peñasquitos is a former healthcare dietitian who became a skincare consultant so she could be home with her kids, ages 7, 3 and 1. Four years ago she started a Facebook group called PQ Moms to make new friends in her neighborhood. Now there are 1,100 members in the group! Melissa enjoys exploring San Diego with her family and playing monthly trivia at Pitchers Sports Bar with friends.
Anne Malinoski of Santee is an award-winning contributing writer for San Diego Family Magazine. When she’s not entertaining her two boys, ages 6 and 3, she’s likely reading, making pie or checking out San Diego’s newest restaurants. Anne is a native of San Diego East County and proud alum of USD (“Go Toreros!”). She is a self-proclaimed “culture nerd”, noting that her family spends most weekends exploring local museums.
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