For those of you who don’t already know how our friendship began, Vicky and I met almost nine years ago in a moms’ workout group called Stroller Strength. Having both just given birth to our first babies, we found ourselves struggling with insecurities in this new, isolated world of motherhood–and feeling unsure about how to navigate our new parenting path. As it turned out, we ultimately found our way by helping each other, as well as by giving and receiving support from the other mom friends we met through the Stroller Strength groups. We all thrived in this atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement.

Our involvement with Stroller Strength made us realize the importance of offering vital support resources for moms; this realization became a major impetus for our founding Jacksonville Moms Blog. When Vicky and I launched JMB more than six years ago, our mission was not only to provide timely, relevant information to parents in the Greater Jacksonville area, but also to give them a means of connecting, both online and offline. From the beginning, the overwhelmingly positive response we received validated the need for this type of resource in our community, and we have been happy to provide it. Today, despite our decision to refresh the JMB brand, our underlying mission remains the same.

Just as we all change and grow over time, so has our business. We knew it was time for a fresh, new look, and we wanted to give all of you–our readers–the best experience possible by making our site more user friendly. We love having a team of over 30 local moms who are willing to share their stories and experiences with all of you through the blog, but we also offer a full events calendar, an extensive business directory with the ability to leave reviews, as well as 23 neighborhoods and community groups. We host events as a way for moms and families to connect in person and learn about local businesses; we provide valuable guides to help you navigate Jacksonville, whether you’re a new resident or have lived here your whole life!

Jacksonville Mom will provide you with the same beneficial resources and exciting events that you have come to value, offered by the same team of women that brought you Jacksonville Moms Blog. Our updated look and feel may be different, but nothing fundamental has really changed.

Many thanks to all,
Megan and Vicky

NOTE: Because we know that most of you access our site via mobile, one of our goals was to make the site more mobile-friendly. Please take a moment to explore the new homepage, navigate the menu bar, and take a look around—we think you’re going to love it!

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Megan Kilis
Born in Jacksonville and raised in New Orleans and Houston, Megan attended college in Knoxville, then worked in Nashville. From her nomadic lifestyle grew a love for the beach, as well as a fondness for Cajun food and jazz, Texas BBQ, Tennessee football, and everything Music City. She is a work-from-home mompreneur with a passion for business, fashion, fitness, community, and all things mom. Having fallen in love with her parents’ hot plumber Mike in 2007, she married him two years later in her parents’ backyard. After their spunky curly-haired charmer Kingsley was born in February 2010, Megan decided not to return to her job. While spending time as a stay-at-home mom, however, she realized that Jacksonville was lacking some important resources for moms–so in August 2012, she asked her friend Vicky to join her in starting Jacksonville Moms Blog, now Jacksonville Mom. Megan loves learning more about her city; connecting with other moms, as well as connecting moms with one another; and discovering new local businesses. As the blog has grown, so has her family: in May 2014, she and Mike welcomed a spirited baby boy named Britton. When she’s not working on Jacksonville Mom, you can find Megan sweating it out with other moms, shooting skeet with Mike, or running around on the beach with her energetic duo!

4 COMMENTS

  1. To start JMB has been a lifesaver and lifeline for me since I moved to the Jax area in 2015. It helped me to find doctors, a preschool for my son and more. I am so thankful for the JMB community.

    I really like the new site. The newsfeed is so clean and user friendly. The fresh new look is great!!

  2. I have been a follower since 2014 after the birth of my son who will be turning 5 next month. JM has been a HUGE benefit to me as I’ve navigated the complicated waters of finding things to do, meet new moms and find great childcare. Thanks to all who have made Jacksonville Mom what it is today. I would be lost without you!

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