Barista Kids

Georgette Gilmore and Kristen Kemp, co-owners of Barista Kids, partnered with Baristanet in March 2009. Barista Kids offers local parenting news, event information, resources, discussion, family travel, and so much more.

Barista Kids’ mission is to make life a little easier and a lot more fun for parents. You can also follow us on Twitter, on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Google+, and on Instagram.

Please send your press releases, news tips, review submissions, and any other questions to tips@baristakids.com. For information on advertising, write to ads@baristakids.com


kristenKristen Kemp
Founding Editor
Kristen Kemp created this parenting site in August 2008 because she was new to town, and she was so not in the know. She longed for a resource to find out about preschools, pools and other parents. She wanted a website that could be the city-minded suburban family’s one-stop shop for all kid- and parent-related news. She’s a longtime freelance writer for Parents, Glamour, Cosmo, Self, Seventeen, CafeMom.com and many others. She’s the author of seven teen novels for Scholastic, and wrote a book called Redemption for Random House. These days, she still writes but focuses on teaching yoga at several studios in the area including Powerflow, JaiPure, Starseed and more. She and her husband are raising twin girls and a little boy in Montclair.
georgette gilmoreGeorgette Gilmore
Georgette fell in love with Montclair while majoring in art at Montclair State University. She settled here 12 years ago with her husband and they had two very adorable daughters, aka The Gilmore Girls. Georgette started as the Events Editor for Barista Kids and in less than a year, she became co-owner of the site and took over as the Barista Kid boss and tour de force. As Editor in Chief, Georgette helped build the site, making it an indispensable resource for local parents. She can also be found over on Baristanet writing about “grown-up” news. (georgettemgilmore@gmail.com)
brianBrian Glaser is a writer, editor, husband, dad, Maplewood-to-NYC commuter, and regular contributor to Baristanet and Barista kids.
lisaLisa Davies is a lover of fresh, local food – the basis of all the recipes she prepares. She is contributor to the What’s for dinner? colum and writes about feeding her family and sharing those recipes on her blog. She is from a long-line of European foodies.
kristin waldKristin Wald is a bossy know-it-all, mainly due to being the eldest of three sisters all her life and a teacher for more than a decade. Her children and husband allow her to believe she is the boss of them. Kristin is discovering the ins-and-outs of the Montclair area while still adjusting to being in a car far too often. She blogs for herself, and she writes for Barista Kids.
annaAnna Sandler is a mom and writer living happily ever after in the land of disco fries and jug handles with her charming husband and three delightful kids. She contributes regularly to Barista Kids and also blogs about motherhood and mayhem at RandomHandprints.com.
chandaChanda Hall is an artist and freelance photographer who moved to Montclair from Brooklyn several years ago and never looked back. She loves Baristaville for its beauty, its diversity and its dynamic citizens. A mom to two daughters, she loves to photograph kids being kids, which she gets to do often as a regular contributor to Barista Kids..
randiRandi Mazzella is a freelance writer and mother of three. She primarily writes about parenting issues and her own crazy family for Barista Kids and several other publications like NJ Family Magazine. When she is not writing about kids, she is hanging out with her kids – driving them somewhere, doing their laundry or making them something to eat. She also spins, runs and watches way too much reality tv..
melissaMelissa Klurman is an award-winning travel journalist and mom who writes about families and family travel for Family Fun, Parents, and Working Mother among others. Her favorite travel experiences include her son and her husband, who always seems to be wearing a belt through security. Together they’ve explored family fun spots ranging from the Crayola Factory to beaches of Maui.
emilyEmily Klein is a writer, wife and mother of two young daughters. When she is not with her girls, she spends her time writing about them. She has essays scheduled for publication on Literary Mama and in The Healing Muse and an anthology about moms of children with special needs (title TBD). She is also on a quest to find the most decadent chocolate cake… ever. Cake recommendations are welcome.
jenJen Lange is the mother of two confident and courageous girls that inspire her work. She designs and illustrates for various childrens’ websites/authors. When she is not in front of her computer you can find her in the classroom teaching graphic design as well as STEM enrichment classes. She hopes to inspire creativity and promote empowerment through hands on exploration.
kuaeKuae Kelch Mattox is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states dedicated to supporting stay at home mothers of color. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years experience in the print, broadcast and online media, and a former television producer. She has been married for 21 years to her husband Ted, a multimedia business owner, and they live in Montclair, NJ with their three children, a dwarf African frog and a guinea pig.

Michelle Longo headshotMichelle Longo is a lifelong New Jersey resident who enjoys writing about the activities available for kids in and surrounding her Belleville community. She blogs about family life and other mishaps at themichellelongo.com and is a contributing editor at yeahwrite.me. She is also currently working on a memoir. Michelle is married with one son.

annetteAnnette Batson, Director of Sales, is also a world traveler, urban explorer, gourmand, and venture humanist. Annette has been working with Baristanet, since 2005. ads@baristakids.com