Brandie made her way to Jacksonville via South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. She met her Chicago-born husband while in college at Boston University in 2000. After six years of dating, he finally proposed to her. They tied the knot in 2007 on Sanibel Island and from then on he decided to give up the cold to live in a place with sunshine and beaches. Brandie and her husband are now raising their three kiddos near St. Augustine. To help balance the insanity of everyday life, Brandie helps at her kids’ schools, manages the content on SAMB and squeezes in workouts from time to time. When Brandie isn’t spending time with her family, she loves to make a trip to the spa with a good book and a glass of wine.

Why My Response is Always “No We Can’t Get A Dog”

My daughter loves animals. She adores dogs and is neither here nor there when it comes to cats. One day we'll get her a fish... since she seems pretty capable of taking care of...

Why You Should Date Your Kids

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with just my son. My husband had a family emergency back home, and my daughter went with him. So, it was just my son...

Saying Goodbye to Kindergarten: Lessons We Learned Along the Way

Thousands of parents celebrated the end of a 12-year journey this past week here in St. Johns County. Me, on the other hand, celebrated surviving my son's kindergarten year. It seems like only yesterday I walked...
Anastasia Fitness

{In the Mix} at Anastasia Fitness

I love to workout. It keeps me sane, helps me stay in shape and gives me the time to talk to other people besides my kids. But, an overuse injury has had me sidelined...

Happy Birthday St. Augustine Moms Blog!

WOW! As of midnight, St. Augustine Moms Blog is officially ONE YEAR OLD! We can hardly believe 164 posts later we still have more to say, share and celebrate about St. Augustine and the...
Dr Seuss Birthday

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: Celebrating the Author that Shaped Our Childhoods

Through iconic stories like "The Cat and the Hat," "The Lorax," and "Oh, the Places You'll Go," Theodor Seuss Geisel - better known as Dr. Seuss - influenced countless generations with forty-six books for...

Kilwins Ice Cream Run: Benefiting Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech

I'd like to introduce you all to Beckett. Beckett came into our lives at the beginning of the school year when my son and he hit it off as friends in school. And, after...

Breaking Up with Facebook

Facebook, it's not's me. I know we've been together a long time (15 years to be exact)...but, well, it's time to go our separate ways. I know, I know. I've been by your side...

SAMB’s Top 10 Blog Posts for 2016!

Wow! Our first year at St. Augustine Moms Blog has been amazing and full of growth. We are extremely thankful to St. Augustine for embracing us as we continue to write for you - the readers!  As...

ISO — Thanksgiving

Hello, Thanksgiving, are you out there?? Does anyone else realize there is a holiday nestled in between Halloween and Christmas? When did Thanksgiving get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays? I mean, seriously, why...