Amy Arias (contributor) is a stay-at-home mom of three outstanding children, one boy and two girls. She’s the wife to one of Illinois’s top-notch litigators, Joe, and spends her free-time writing about beauty, wellness and various other topics for Mama’s Got Flair!
She’s artistic, spontaneous and full of gusto! Amy enjoys being a freakin’ awesome gamer chick with a go get ‘em attitude.
Virtual zombies tremble in fear!
Amy was born in St. Louis, Missouri – home of Yo Gabba Gabba’s biggest star, DJ Lance, which is lucky, because she can’t get enough of “There’s a party in my tummy.”
So yummy, indeed.
Children’s shows are no stranger to her, being the oldest of five kids, she’s seen plenty to last her a lifetime. Now, as a mother of three, she tends to miss the classics. Barney anyone?
After graduating from South County Technical School with her diploma and General Construction Trades Certificate, she decided she was tired of the rough and tumble of big city living and headed to Illinois to find a more happy medium between big city offerings and small town life.
In 2008, after the birth of her second child she decided, along with her husband, to be a stay-at-home mama. Over the years, she has enjoyed every minute of it, but realized that whether you stay at home or work in an office, being a mother is difficult, and many women like her can lose themselves in the chaos of it all.
Jessi Arias-Cooper (owner and founder) is a work-from-home mama of three crazy little men, wife to the fabulous (and uber patient) Brockinator, and freelance writer and editor, by trade. If she were to find a spare moment, she’d spend it watching rad horror flicks and listening to an eclectic array of ditties, from show tunes to hard rock.
She’s all sorts of complex like that.
Jessi grew up on a small farm in the boonies in a big house full of crazy people (aka…the Arias family). Her parents’ philosophy was that every member of the family should contribute to whatever needed to be done, so she’s no stranger to hard work.
After nine wonderful years working with differently-abled adults, Jessi decided to grab the opportunity to fulfill her life-long dream and stay home with her beloved, mini stooges. The transition was challenging for her, because there was never a point in her adult life when she didn’t have a full-time job. After a while, she had a “EUREKA!!” moment and realized that staying home with wacky offspring IS most definitely a full-time job and fully embraced the situation.
Once she became completely comfortable being at home, Jessi started to feel like she’d lost some of her own identity. While she was mega-happy being with her babies, there seemed to be an imbalance in the core of her. She was starting to feel like 70% Mom, 25% Wife, and 5% Jessi. So she decided to embark on a crusade to find herself a constructive way to just be a woman. A pampering of the soul.
Jessi knew that she wasn’t alone in her day-to-day battles with diaper changes, interrupted romantic interludes with the hubz and everything in between. So, in 2010, she founded Mama’s Got Flair, a blog for moms who are busy juggling the complexities of womanhood, motherhood and family life in general.
In 2011, Amy, her beautiful sister, in law and in heart, joined Mama’s Got Flair, first as a contributing writer and now as a full-on partner in crime.
Our backgrounds are as different and complex as we are, but we share a love for supporting other moms as women and understand just how intricately tangled a mother’s life can be.