The Fit Bottomed Girls/Mamas are a team originally made up of Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead. While the pair is sometimes so twin-like it’s scary, they both bring different perspectives to the table. Due to the site’s increasing popularity, Jenn and Erin have expanded the team to include a new business partner, Kristen Seymour, and contributing writers, bringing new content and other fun, fresh perspectives to the site.
A Little About the FBMs
Erin Whitehead: After having three kids in less than five years, co-founder Erin is trying to figure out how to fit fitness into a busy schedule and sharing her experiences along the way. Erin is an ACE-certified personal trainer and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. She’s a bit of a word nerd and pun enthusiast. Born and raised in Kansas, Erin has settled in New Jersey after living—and loving—time spent in the Bay Area. Her time these days is spent with her kiddos and husband, working or sleeping. She loves reading if she can stay awake and really loves Netflix.
Jennipher Walters: As co-founder of the site and co-author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet, Jenn has several fitness credentials under her belt: She is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, and advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor. Jenn has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MA in health journalism from the University of Minnesota. She has also written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine, The Huffington Post, SparkPeople and Diets in Review. In her free time, Jenn can be found doing CrossFit-style workouts with her husband, making a mean green smoothie, running with her pup and snuggling with her daughter.
Kristen Seymour: Kristen Seymour is a freelance writer/editor/online media expert living in Gainesville, Fla. She balances her love of Mexican food and white wine with a steady diet of triathlons, volleyball and workout DVDs. She relies on her dogs to get her outside when she’s feeling lazy, and counts on Twitter to motivate her to hit the gym—works like a charm every time. She’s childfree by choice, but weighs in here from time to time on parenting and women’s health topics. When she’s not here, you can find her covering pets over at Vetstreet, at her personal blog, Jeez-o-petes or writing the occasional article for other outlets like TODAY.com and Specialty Food Magazine.
Jenn Andrlik: Jenn has struggled with weight her entire life trying almost every fad diet out there. These days, the former ballet dancer gets her fitness from running after her very active four-year-old son, Spinning, fitness DVDs, and anything she can do at home during her six-month-old daughter’s nap time. Post babies she is ready to get back into tip-top shape and is willing to do anything healthy to reach her goal and feel her best. Anything that is, except give up wine.
Ashley Breshears: Ashley lives in the suburbs of Kansas City with her husband and two handsome boys, ages 6 months and 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and completed her MBA in 2013. When Ashley isn’t juggling being a full-time working mom she enjoys hobbies such as boxing classes, taking her crazy yellow lab “Moose” to the dog park and spending some kid-free time with her girlfriends. This is Ashley’s first time writing for a blog so she is excited to share all the up-and-down experiences that come along with being a full-time working mommy.
Jasmin Cervantes: Jasmin is a less-than-confident speaker, so writing is how she thrives. Through writing, she’s able to consciously navigate life as a wife and mother. She decided to begin her blog, Little Nugget Big Nugget, after her first baby was born. It was through her experiences as a mother that she found the optimist in her. Because of motherhood, she’s had colorful nuggets of experience that she finds a need to share with the world. She believes that by sharing experiences, unity and growth can happen. She loves pregnancy, photography, adventure, food, and cycling, and lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles.
Jessica Hutton: Jessica is a brand-new mom to son Miles, who came into the world on Valentine’s Day 2012 via an unplanned c-section. Jessica enjoys jogging, soccer, backpacking, boot camp and yoga, as well as cooking with her husband. She’s eager to see what her new status (and schedule) as a Fit Bottomed Mama will have in store for her—especially as she heads back to her office job as a traffic engineer. She plans to check in with us from time to time to share her experiences with surgery recovery, parenting and finding a healthy work-life balance. Jessica and her husband, Jim, live and work in Kansas City.
Kara Kramer: Kara writes over at It’s a Dog Lick Baby World, a sometimes funny and a lot of times inappropriate blog about running, kids, and working full time after being a SAHM. She loves pun-based humor and anything to do with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and she’s run multiple ultra marathons, including two 50-mile races. Kara has a MA in Political Science, but she promises to not write about political stuff and a BA in English, but she promises to not mock grammar mistakes in comments. Kara lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, one insane hound dog, and a cat named Cat Mittons.
Julie Krashin: Julie resides in Overland Park, Kan, with her husband and three daughters, two in her arms and one in her heart. Julie balances the demands of two daughters 19 months apart, and learning how to be a mom and a grieving mom at the same time. She shares the heartache of losing a twin daughter, and the beauty she finds daily in life.
Jennifer Schlozman: Jenny is a former Weight Watchers Leader Ambassador, who lost 40 pounds pre-baby and 82 pounds post baby. A runner, triathlete and half-marathoner, she finds comfort in group workouts and loves finding new fit friends. Born and raised in the North suburbs of Chicago but now living in the Kansas City area, Jenny loves long walks in the sun, homemade meals, manicures, the sound of her husband’s voice and slow dancing with her little mister. She recently added a girl to her family mix.
Kelsie Vallacqua: Kelsie is a lifestyle blogger and YouTube content creator over on her channel ItsKelsiesLife. When she’s not writing or talking to cameras, Kelsie enjoys portrait photography, taking her dogs on long walks and getting enthralled in the latest Netflix Original Series. Through her platform, she’s passionate on shedding light on taboo topics, such as infertility and miscarriage. While struggling with both of these issues, she and her husband are now pregnant again and are excited to welcome a new baby this October. She and her growing family reside in small suburb of Kansas City
Cati Winkel: Cati Winkel is a Certified Parent Coach who helps parents learn how to get through to their kids without the use of spanking, yelling, shame, blame, punishments or rewards. Cati has been obsessed with mindful parenting strategies since the pregnancy of her first child. When she found out how hard it was to follow expert advice and not yell, she pursued a career in parent coaching and learned there was so much more to it than just reading a book. Learn more about her at www.theempoweredparentcoach.com.
Currently, FBM is not looking to expand its team. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know!