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Feature Friday: Lauren Burks

Lauren Burks is a St. Augustine mother of two, son age 4 and daughter age 5. She runs her own business, Braid Bar where she does custom Boho style braids for weddings, photo shoots, birthday parties and other special events. Along with Braid Bar, she run her own skin care business, home schools her two children and volunteers with her local church. We sat down with Lauren to talk about being a mom, business woman, home school teacher and being a local St. Augustine resident.

What inspired you to start your own business? :

I was in corporate America for several years. I did well and I liked it but I didn’t love working for someone else. I have always looked for a way to create my own business. Braid Bar was a happy accident. I braided friend’s for her wedding and the photos were got published in Green Wedding Shoes. After the photos came out that week I was asked to do hair for 5 weddings. That’s when I decided to get my license.

Do you find it hard to balance your business and being a mom?


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This month we celebrate one special mama! Beth joined us early on in her postpartum journey. She is someone who easily came in and showed us all how working out with a little one is truly possible! Beth is one sweet lady who is easy to talk to and relate with. We love having you in our village, Beth!

Here's a bit about Beth!

Name and Age: Beth Olson, 32

Your Little One's Name and Age: William Olson, 6 months

What are some of your favorite things about being a mom? " I love snuggling with Will, making him smile and laugh, breastfeeding (something I never though I'd say with how difficult it was in the beginning), and seeing him learn new things. I also love staying home with him which is a blessing I didn't think would be possible."

Tell us a few things about yourself! "I am a physical therapist and am currently working very part time teaching classes at the University of St. Augustine where I graduated from in 2011. I am married to Bryan who I met while in school and he is also a...

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What do we love most about Our Village?


Every month we celebrate a mother who is a part of our village, and share a bit about who she is.

This month we are celebrating our girl, Karissa. She has been with us for a few months and having her has been a ray of sweet sunshine! She has the brightest demeanor, and a "down to earth" personality.

Here's what Karissa had to share with us!

Name & Age: Karissa, 34

Little One's Name & Age: Hannah, 15 1/2 months

What are Some of Your Favorite Things About Being a Mom? I love watching her explore her world and learn new things; it is really fun to watch her turn into a little person! However, my favorite are all the cuddles and love she gives me!

Tell Us a Few Things About Yourself! I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to FL about 3 1/2 years ago. Before becoming a SAHM, I got a Master's Degree in Architecture and worked as a home designer. I love painting, art, reading, traveling, and...

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We are back at it again with our mama of the month spotlight!

This month we are shining the spotlight on one of our founding mamas, Allie. She has been nothing short of a light and positive source of energy in our classes. She is someone who will always have a smile on her face and a willingness to work hard. It has been such a pleasure having her in our village. Feeling her relaxed and precious spirit amongst us will always be appreciated!

Here's our interview with Allie!

Your name and age: Allie, 28

Your little one's name and age: Isla, 2

What are some of your favorite things about being a mom? I loved experiencing the miracle of growing a tiny human and now watching her grow and learn to be her own little person. It's really fun watching Isla's personality develop and seeing which things she takes after me for and which traits she gets from her daddy. It's a lot of fun that she can communicate now and carry on a conversation. She is hilarious and always has us laughing!


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We are back to it this month with celebrating our lovely mamas!

Our Mama of the month for February is Erin! She initially came to class in November, and was in the first weeks of her second pregnancy. She has been such an amazing addition to our village, and nothing but pure motivation to all of us women when it comes to taking care of ourselves. I have been so thrilled and encouraged by her presence, and the positive influence she has been for all our moms.

Here's a little bit about Erin!

  • NAME &AGE: Erin, 29
  • Your little one's Name & Age: Melanie, "Ellie" is 15 months old, and I am 21 weeks with a boy.
  • What are some of your favorite things about being a mom? I love watching Ellie learn something new! And being a mom has taught me so much about God's love for us, that unconditional love.
  • Tell us a few things about yourself! I'm born and raised in St. Augustine, I'm and Occupational Therapist, but I currently stay home full-time, and I've been married for 4...
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Here at FIT4MOM we want nothing more than to celebrate our women. Each one of us has something amazing to share and offer. At FIT4MOM St. Augustine Beach we are going to feature a new mama each month and hear her story!

Our first and one of our founding mamas is Angela! She is a new mama to little miss Bryn, who is 8.5 months old. From the week and a half that I have known Angela, she is one of the warmest and friendliest women I have met. I am so excited to share a bit of her with you. Here we go!

*What are some of your favorite things about being a mom? "I love seeing things through her eyes. It has been a lot of fun watching her grow and learn, I've allowed myself to slow down and be in the moment with her, so it has kind of been like childhood 2.0. Every day is new and fun! She also happens to think I'm the funniest person in the world, which is an ego boost. I'll do the most ridiculous things to hear her laugh!

*Tell us a few things about yourself! "The husband and I love being outdoors. We're actually in the process of...