Team Mindful Healthy Life

Meet the Mindful Healthy Life team! For general information on the site, please see our About page.


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Mindful Healthy Life Founder, Editor & Publisher

Jessica is a mother of two, the founder and a leader of the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms hmn_logo - Arl AlexNetwork, and a volunteer in her school and her district on issues of outdoor learning, environmental health, and wellness. Jessica founded Mindful Healthy Life in 2014 and offers consulting services for holistic-minded and family-focused businesses.

In addition to her volunteer work with Holistic Moms Network, Jessica serves as the chair of her school district’s Environmental Health and Asthma committee and is a member of the School Health Advisory Board. She served on the committee to produce Growing Green Schools 2015 and has helped facilitate monthly school garden meetups in her district. She has been a speaker at the Moms Clean Air Force Virginia Mama Summit 2015, an advisory board member of 2014 DC Birth and Babies Fair and a volunteer for NoVA Outside.

CCM masthead-greenA writer working on her first novel, Jessica blogs at and on her personal blog, Crunchy-Chewy Mama: Living naturally, most of the time. Two of her essays were published in the 2013 anthology Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding.

HaveMilkFinalFor more information, read Jessica’s Q&A with herself.

Email Jessica at jessica (at) mindfulhealthylife (dot) com. Find Jessica occasionally on Twitter @crunchychewy and on LinkedIn, follow Crunchy-Chewy Mama on Facebook, and view her writing and consulting page at

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  • Twitter @MindfulHealthy where we share events, news and tips and highlights from local events we attend
  • Pinterest @MindfulHealthy where we’ve just started pinning our posts
  • Instagram @MindfulHealthy where we are even more brand new but hope to share images from events around town and outdoor excursions

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Site Contributors

Katie L. Cavanaugh

Katie is enjoying her first years of motherhood with her little daughter, Charlotte, and fluffy puppy, Eggs, while enjoying all the D.C. Metro area has to offer. Katie is passionate about helping her community find safe, non-toxic home, cosmetic and body care products. She shares her passion for non-toxic products on her Facebook page. Katie also enjoys cooking for health, holistic chronic pain management and is a homeschool alumnus. In addition to her work with Mindful Healthy Life, Katie also writes for Creative Chicks with Babes and on her personal blog, The Life Adventures of Mrs. C.

Joanna Eddy, IBCLC

16406_10101901723238337_5878099303571687594_nJoanna is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with Holistic Mothering Group and Northern Virginia Lactation Consultants in Fairfax, VA. She enjoys supporting families on their journey into parenthood. Joanna is wife of an Engineer (and fisherman extraordinaire) and mom to two young daughters, the first of whom was born on 11/11/11. Joanna works to build a healthy lifestyle for herself and those she loves. She resides in Northern Virginia and her special interests include positive parenting, babyled weaning and support for infant reflux.

Holistic Mothering Group logoContact Joanna at Find the Holistic Mothering Group on Facebook and on online at Twitter @HolisticMothers, Pinterest @HolisticMothers and Instagram @HolisticMothering.

Read all of Joanna’s posts on Mindful Healthy Life. and read Joanna’s introductory Q&A.

Sara Lafountain

Sara is the founder of the popular blog Cook with 5 Kids. She has five children ranging in age from 8 to 20 including a resident chef, several blog helpers (one of them a new blogger), and two children living with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). She lives in Northern Virginia now after living for almost two decades in Rockville, Maryland. Learn more about Sara on  the Cook With 5 Kids About page.

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Cathy Burke

Cathy is the founder of Evolve Yoga Beyond the Mat. She has one daughter and teaches family yoga, yin retreats and more at local studios, including Ease Yoga & Cafe in Del Ray, Alexandria and Journey in Arlington and also as part of the Arlington County Public Library summer program. Follow Evolve Beyond the Mat on Facebook.

Alexandra Hughes

Alexandra HughesAlexandra Hughes is a transformational Life Coach and Mama mentor dedicated to helping busy mothers navigate the messy, stressy world of motherhood so that they can find calm in the daily chaos. She is founder of and the Clear Mind | Present Mama Challenge. Alexandra launched In Essence Coaching, LLC in 2011 after training with the International Coaching Academy to become a Certified Professional Coach. Prior to this, Alexandra worked in International Development research and practice. Alexandra is a recovering Type-A Mom and professional who practices mindful living with her three mischievous and vivacious children, and her frazzled (ever tolerant!) husband. They live, love and laugh together in Washington D.C.

Read Alexandra’s introductory Q&A.

Cynthia Henry Thurlow

cynthia thurlowCynthia is a Wellness Coach at CHT Wellness. She was trained by Wellcoaches, which is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a Nurse Practitioner who holds BS and MS degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Her interests include preventative cardiology, fitness and yoga. Cynthia is functional and holistic nutrition advocate and trained with the Nutritional Therapy Association. The mother of two active boys, Cynthia is a volunteer for Real Food for Kids, Loudoun County, where she previously served as Director.

Find Cynthia at:, on Facebook at /CHTWellness, on Twitter @CHTWellness, and on Instagram @cht_wellness

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Are you passionate about natural living, family wellness or mindful parenting?

Do you have a unique perspective to share about pursuing holistic health and wellness in Metro DC?

If you live in DC or Maryland, consider joining our team to share your talents with us and help others find support in their parenting and wellness journeys!

We are looking to build a team that represents a diverse array of interests including work with communities of color and the intersection of the environment, health, policy, and social justice. We are currently open to contributors who speak to these concerns and are based in DC and Maryland.

By contributing to Mindful Healthy Life, you will get great exposure for your organization, business or group and the satisfaction of knowing you are building a resource that will help more families to holistic health and wellness. Regular contributors are asked to write at least four posts a year and to provide at least three hours a month of assistance to the site to help us expand our offerings and reach more families.

Interested in joining our team? Click here for more details.

Click here for information about guest posts and content expert columns from experienced bloggers and professionals in the family wellness field.

Please email jessica (at) mindfulhealthylife (dot) com about being a contributor or guest poster. Please be sure that you have read our submission guidelines first and understand that not all inquiries will be answered, especially if they contain grammatical errors or inadequate information about the writer’s background.

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