Meet the writers

Cheryl Hazelton, editor / writer12901261_10100157858834478_8950721144570157321_o
Since becoming a mother in August of 2015, I have come to cherish and crave community with other moms. A journalist by profession, I naturally turned to writing as a way to find connection. I also love editing and have my own photography business, and hope to use all of my skills to bring the moms of Northern New York closer together. We need each other: we need to share our experiences, find encouragement on our journeys, point out resources, and know we are not alone.
I’m actually a Canadian, swept off my feet and across the border by my dashing husband, to the little house he built near Massena. We have two gorgeous blonde-headed gals, and another baby due in the spring of 2019.

Michelle Mattison, writer
I’m a homeschooling mom of four, married to a retired US Army soldier. We downsized to a travel trailer in 2016, and spend half the year in upstate NY and half the year adventuring all over the United States.


Erin Weinzapfel, writer
I’m a stay-at-home mom of three crazy active kids. My husband and I have been together since I was 16, and married since 2003. We have done our fair share of moving, and with them have learned many things about each other and gone through a lot of hurdles.
I’m very dedicated to everything I do, including my children’s well-being. I try to look on the bright side of most things and enjoy every moment I have, whether it’s with my speedily growing kids, a quiet minute to myself, or a little one-on-one time with my hubby. You can’t get back time, so I take advantage of it.

Akaycia Colbert, writer
I’m 31 years old and I’ve lived in Northern New York for most of my life. I’m married to a veteran, and we just celebrated our tenth anniversary. We have four children, ages 4 to 9 – three boys and a girl. The two youngest are just six months apart. In November 2016, we were able to adopt our daughter, who we had with us for over two years.
I enjoy waterskiing and spending time at our family camp. I also find pleasure in helping out at my children’s school.

Michele Laramay, writer
I am a mom to five sons, ages 18 to 28. I have been married to the love of my life for thirty-two years and may be a bit spoiled by him. He is my best friend and number one supporter in all that I do. Because of his hard work and dedication to our family, I have been able to be a stay-at-home, homeschooling mama all these years, which has made me very happy and maybe a little crazy. I love making a home, whether it be decorating and making it cozy and inviting, cooking good meals or even keeping up with the housework…see, a little crazy. But, I’ve also learned over the years that I have to take care of myself and not just my family, so I also spend my time focusing on my health, be it diet, exercise or just some me time with a good book or the Good Book. As the saying goes, “If Mama ain’t happy, (and I would add healthy), ain’t nobody happy.” I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts, ideas, and my heart with you here.

Cheryl Hazelton
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