Grow Gators began in November 2013 when as a new mom, I was on the search for all things Gator-related for my daughter Lily. As we approached her first Gator game at the Swamp, I was surprised at how hard it was to find info about bringing a baby to their first Gator game. Thus, this blog was born!
My husband, Jesse, and I are both Gator alumni. I graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in journalism and went back to earn my masters in advertising in 2007. We both worked at UF at some point or another as well!
We currently live in Orlando somewhere between Hogwarts and Cinderella’s castle. I met my hubby my freshman year outside Mallory Hall and we lived 10 years in Gainesville before moving to Central Florida. I am a marketing professional and have worked in several industries including hospitality, healthcare, horticulture, finance and education. In 2013, I became a part-time adjunct professor for the College of Journalism and Communications’ new online graduate program in social media.
After ten+ years of working in an office environment, I decided to explore other areas in my life including blogging, social media, teaching, and most importantly, being a Mama. In between diaper changing, feedings, and giving too many kisses to count, I love, in no particular order: spending time with family and friends, visiting Orlando’s theme parks, scrapbooking, social media, watching Gator sports, cheering on all the Boston pro teams, baking, planning parties, and shopping (for some reason, more so for Lily now, than for me)!
I also love to travel and am usually on the go with my little family. In the fall, you’ll find me in the Swamp cheering on the Gator football team. I am also my family’s self-appointed historian, taking photos, updating online albums and compiling printed photo albums.
‘Neath the orange and blue’ of this blog, I hope you find some good tidbits to help you grow your own lil’ Gators into proud members of the awesome Gator Nation.