Yaya’s Attic: Fernandina Mother-Daughter Team “Does It All” for Parties and More

Yaya's Beautiful Cake Pops

It all started with a birthday party for one very special little guy. When her son turned a year old in June 2011, Shannon Taylor wanted to throw him the BEST party. She and her mother, Janet Deonas, made tiny cake pops for the tiny birthday boy. The result was so cute — and so […]

coverLove: A Kings Bay Mom Creates Pillowcases with a Special Message

Pillow Cover Closeup

It isn’t easy to hold a steady job when your family has to pack up and move every few years, but more and more Navy spouses are finding a way to “beat the system” by creating businesses that can move with them. Kings Bay mom Courtney Jeffries is one of those entrepreneurs, and her Etsy.com […]

Kingsland Mama Offers Custom Costumes from her Tutu Sweet Boutique


There are only so many tutus one little girl can wear.   So when Kingsland mom Chelsey Wendt had loaded her daughter Revi’s wardrobe with her sassy, handmade tutus, she decided to start making them for other little girls, too. In just a matter of months, her business — Tutu Sweet Boutique — is catching […]

Meet Woodbine’s D. Marie’s: Boutique Hairbows and Dresses at a Friendly Price

D. Marie's monogrammed hairbows are one of the business's most popular items.

Sometimes your talents find you. That’s how Woodbine mother of four Dianne Alford began her business making boutique-style hairbows, dresses and burp cloths. “I had made baskets for a children’s boutique in St. Marys — Spoiled Rotten — and she was looking for a local business to make hairbows. She knew I was crafty, so […]

Hilliard Mom’s Hairbands & Tutus are a Hit With Photographers & Mamas Alike

Each Inspired By Emily Grace headband is lined with a soft felt that won't leave a mark on baby's head.

I love to tell Mamamelia.com readers about the many talented moms who own their own businesses in our area. This installment in our “Mompreneur” series is about a mom whose talent sort of found her, thanks to her darling little girl. With a logger husband and two sons, Hilliard mom Stephanie Stone Nelson couldn’t have […]

Conversation Salvation: A Hilliard Mom’s T-Shirt Business is Also Her Ministry

Hilliard mom and Conversation Salvation owner Karla Milton, shown here with her sons, designs beautiful shirts with a Christian message.

  Moms who own their own businesses never cease to amaze me. After starting my own venture, Mamamelia, I discovered there is a whole network of hard-working mamas who string together naptimes and late nights to build careers of their own. I highlight  some of these amazing women in this occasional series I call “Mompreneurs.”      […]

Ask the Photographer: Tips to Get the Best Outdoor Photos of Your Family

Boston Photography shares tips for outdoor photo images.

Few scenes are as special as a family having a blast outdoors, but sometimes the photos we take just don’t do those priceless moments justice. Thankfully, we have a Fernandina Beach mom who knows a thing or two about photography to help us out. Guest Columnist Kellie Boston, of Boston Photography, shares some trade secrets […]

Amelia Island Mom is becoming known as the “Bucket Lady”

Once Upon a Bucket creates personalized metal buckets to order in Amelia Island.

It’s only fitting that a mom with a business called “Once Upon a Bucket” has a house overflowing with buckets. “They’re all over the place. It’s insane,” said the laughing Amelia Island mom, Sarah Crosby, who also answers to Bucket Lady Crosby. Thankfully, not ALL of the more than 200 buckets she has painted are […]

Fernandina’s Petal Jayne: Whimsical Baby Items without a High Pricetag


  Petal Jayne owner Brooke Magnuson is the first of many local “Mompreneurs” we’ll be featuring on Mamamelia.com. Our area is full of smart, innovative moms who have found ways to balance family life with great, small businesses that often help other moms, too! Please Note: Our friend Brooke from Petal Jayne moved to Atlanta […]