I’m a writer, editor, producer, photographer, travel content creator, digital media strategist, wife, mom, nana, foodie.
I am based in the San Antonio area, although I’m usually somewhere else…at least that was true BP (before pandemic, that is.)
I have three kids through birth and adoption. Ripped Jeans and Bifocals is a play on words to mean the oldest mom with the youngest kid…which I 99.99% always am.
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About this website:
I started Ripped Jeans and Bifocals (I came up with the name on a whim and I have a love/hate relationship with it) in 2014 to share our adoption story and my struggles with depression after our second adoption in 2013. Long story short, writing is cathartic and people that didn’t know me in person read the things I wrote, which I didn’t expect.
While I still write about adoption sometimes – you can check out our adoption archives – you’re more likely find current content about about travel, family activities and mom hacks (AKA things that save time and recipes my kids will eat without making gagging noises, which is always a win, right?)
I served in the military for 26+ years, which went really, really fast. I love being a creative and although I’m proud of my service, I feel much more “in my own skin” on this side of things.
I met my husband at a fundraiser at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. We were selling beer and we shared a tap. I had never poured draft beer before and it showed. The phrase “She couldn’t pour a peer for shit” might have made it’s way into his speech at our wedding reception but it was said with love. It’s also still true.
We have been together for 13+ years. He supports my Disney addiction, my crazy ideas, and never looks at me weird when the words “Hey, why don’t we-” come out of my mouth. He has never once told me my dreams were out of reach. There’s a lot of other stuff I like about him but that’s at the top of the list.
My daughter is 27 and my youngest two are 10. My boys are four months apart and, as you can imagine, people ask us a lot of questions about that.
We love outdoor life, luxury travel, road trips, adventure, and anything to do with Disney, Marvel, and of course, Star Wars. We’re also huge Potterheads and we all know what house we’ve been sorted in, even though I’m in denial about mine.
I like doughnuts, dresses with pockets, leggings with pockets…so I guess pockets in general. I think Cruella DeVil is a misunderstood style icon.
I dislike fruit flavored beer, spiral staircases and beets. My pet peeves are aggressive chewing, vaugebooking, and emails from people I don’t know that address me as “Babe” or “Lovely.”
Popular Blog Posts:
Other writing and press:
My writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, Scary Mommy, Babble, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Ravishly, Your Tango, SheKnows, The Huffington Post, Mamalode, What the Flicka, Blunt Moms, The Good Men Project, Mamapedia, xo Jane, Mamamia, Collective Bias, Red Tricycle and Role Reboot.
I have essays in three anthologies: Mothering Through the Darkness, Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF, and Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees: The Crazy, Wonderful Lessons We Learned From Our Mothers.
Locally, my writing has appeared on Alamo City Moms Blog, The Rivard Report and in San Antonio Woman Magazine. I’ve also been honored as one of Healthline Magazine’s Adoption Blog of the Year for five years running, although my blog isn’t very focused on adoption anymore.
In spite of that whole awkward at parties thing, I’m an experienced speaker and can talk to groups about parenting, adoption, social media and how much I love a dress with pockets.
I’m a three time producer of Listen to Your Mother in San Antonio and an alum of the 2015 Austin cast. Helping other women tell their stories of motherhood is a huge labor of love for me.
I was a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2015, which goes down as one of THE coolest experiences ever:
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