365 Atlanta Family, LLC is a digital resource for families who believe that life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Recently named one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world, we are champions of exploring the great outdoors, seeking out hidden gems, and unearthing the goodness within reach of our home here in the Southeast. We’re encouraging families to step out of the comforts of a regularly scheduled life, and tune into an extraordinary adventure. We also encourage dating your someone-special, and never, ever waiting to open that expensive bottle of wine because every day should be celebrated.
Lesli Peterson, Owner, Editor -in-Chief & CEO, made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. She now serves as the Family Travel Ambassador for Georgia, and freelances for several publications in addition to writing here. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos (Cooper and Elliot) and two bonus teens, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Sue Rodman, Managing Editor & Business Development, is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family.
In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman
Paige Sullivan, Travel and Calendar Editor, recently completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she studied, wrote, and published poetry. She now works as a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time, she freelance edits and dabbles in food and travel writing. Find her on social media at @bpaigesullivan.
Nicole Gray, Events Editor, has been involved with music and theatre since childhood. Whether she is performing on-stage or serving on a production team, music and the arts are a vital part of her life. Nicole is currently the music director for the Theatre Project at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater, and an instructor for children’s music classes at the Mable House Arts Center. A busy mom of four kids ages 7-13, she and her husband Thom reside in Cobb County. @nwgray
Connie Bartlett, Content Editor, is a former corporate marketing director who hung up her corporate career to be a fulltime blogger, virtual social assistant, travel expert and mother. Connie is a native Georgia Peach, and currently resides in North Georgia with her husband and children.
Regular Contributors to 365 Atlanta Family
Andrea Bates. Andrea Bates is a native New Yorker living in NC who has become quite accustomed to wearing flip flops year-round. A licensed clinical social worker, she spends much of her free time volunteering for organizations that support women in the early stages of motherhood. A natural writer, Andrea can be found sharing the ins and outs of her life on her blog Good Girl Gone Redneck where she opens up about motherhood, mental health, and current events. You’ll often find her discussing the latest and greatest book she’s read with lists of favorites and refreshingly honest reviews.
Andrea Botham. Andrea Botham recently started Passports and Pushchairs, a blog extolling the ability to travel with kids without losing your cool. She was born with a passion for many things, some of them realized, like traveling and writing, some still a work in progress, like photography. Her goal is to not only encourage other parents to travel but to inspire them to showtheir kids the World, one city at a time. She lives in Atlanta with her British husband and her half British, half American son and daughter, both of whom use more British words than Peppa Pig.
Becky Beall. Becky Beall is a freelance travel journalist who writes, blogs and speaks on travel. She has a weekly travel radio show syndicated through iHeart Radio and is a local television personality. You can find her blog at www.thetravelvoicebybecky.com.
Kate Gelsthorpe. Kate Gelsthorpe is a former TV news writer turned stay-at-home mom blogger. She is a born and raised Georgia girl who grew up camping with her mom, dad and sister at state parks around central and south Georgia. When she’s not out exploring with her family, she’s having margaritas with her book club, which was founded strictly for the margaritas. She and her husband Kevin are the proud parents of a 5-year-old dinosaur expert and a 3-year-old outdoor-loving fashionista. They reside in Cobb County.
Miranda Haley. Miranda Haley is a mother of two and a preschool teacher. Born and raised in Gwinnett County she has lived all over the the metro Atlanta area. Now as a mother she enjoys traveling with her family in pursuit of the best play time! She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, travel and trying new restaurants with friends.
Kendra Pierson. Kendra Pierson is a wife and mother of two young sons, one of whom she homeschools. She blogs at Headband For Today, a lifestyle blog with a heavy emphasis on parenting and travel. She does NOT make headbands but rather wears a variety of headbands in life as a wife, mother, board member, and community volunteer. She also contributes to Traveling Mom .com and is a freelance writer for a family of hyper-local lifestyle publications.
Bryanna Royal. Bryanna, her husband, 4 kids, and 2 dogs sold everything, bought an RV and have been traveling full-time around the US since May 2014. If they aren’t out climbing mountains, hiking to a waterfall or playing at the beach they are most likely at the local donut shop trying to find the best donuts in the US! They write about things to do with kids at the destinations they visit, deepening your family bond through travel, full time family travel and working from the road at www.crazyfamilyadventure.com.
Lesli always enjoy hearing from her readers….leave a comment or email her. You can submit ideas about where to visit, how to improve the blog, or just say hello…
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