Meet Our Contributors

Meet Our Contributors

Las Vegas Bloggers

RECESS is the online woman’s magazine written by women for women.  As the premier blogging network and cross-media platform, RECESS is written by women just like you.  Our network of bloggers and Contributors continues to grow as our readership grows.  Meet some of the fabulous and creative ladies behind Las Vegas’ hottest new community of women.

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Toni Spilsbury is a blogger, brand strategist and social media producer in addition to being a philanthropist and mother…. but not in that order. From busy corporate gal to even busier mom of four, one with special needs, Toni established an online connection with today’s on-the-go moms as someone who understands the unique demands of working moms. In 2005, Toni co-founded the Nevada Blind Children Foundation and began working to build the first school for the blind in Nevada. With a passion for cooking, creating her own recipes and a desire to merge her family life and career, Toni wrote a book The Organized Cook in 2009 before embarking on a journey through branding, blogging, social media and e-commerce that gained her an insight and passion for the unique niche of content-driven e-commerce. Toni’s second book, Because of Connor, is due out in late 2013 which gives readers an insight into the unique struggle of life’s ups and downs when set against the backdrop of caring for and coming to grips with a severely medically fragile son.


UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a “voice” for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she’s joined the sandbox revolution!



Melly Allen is the creative blogger behind Pretty Simple Great and Our 702 Life as well as a virtual assistant for two national deal websites. Melly co-founded COLV: Couponers of Las Vegas in 2012, a money saving resource group on Facebook for Southern Nevada residents that wish to learn how to trim their household expenses through frugal living avenues. In addition to her online presence, Melly is in the process of writing her first manuscript, due out in 2014. As a mother to three school-age children, Melly promotes holistic ways to raise her family, which include mental positivity, drug-free natural childbirth, breastfeeding and self healing techniques. She is an advocate of natural home childbirth and has had two drug-free home births herself. The betterment of life, family, education, and relationships is her passion and life mission.

As the Community Director and Editor of Recess, Melly Allen is the Founder of the Recess Sandbox Revolution where she strives to unite Southern Nevada women by giving them a voice and place to connect and share. Melly is also a major Social Media Producer and Blogger at Pretty Simple Great and Our 702 Life.


Lisa Drake is a crazy, busy working woman, wife, mom, community advocate, student and social media practicioner. Her personal and engaging approach to social media has earned her both a good number of followers and great friends in the social media world. Her friendly and fun attitude, and mad, multi-tasking skills, translates well into her role as Social Media Manager for Recess-reaching out to our Recess community to make sure everyone takes a little time out for to enjoy life! Lisa’s other passion is wine and you can read about her adventures in wine-land in Recess and on her blog This Mom Wines. Cheers!


IMG_0959Kathy Meisler originally hails from Chicago and spent 12 years in Canada, and 10 years on the island of Maui. Since arriving in Las Vegas in July 2007, she has discovered all that Las Vegas and Southern Nevada have to offer, finding a rich array of natural and man made playgrounds that never disappoint. Kathy has been a Business Manager and Marketing Professional in industries from entertainment to law, interior design to transportation and much more. She has a diverse combination of accounting and analytical expertise coupled with creative talent in writing and strategic marketing. Having started her career on the cutting edge of technology at the inception of computer based graphic design, music and video production, and the development of the internet, she has great enthusiasm for the power to intertwine our technological and inner selves. Kathy has also been a professional dog trainer for over 20 years and has a deep passion for all animals. “Recess to me is the opportunity to solidify the sense of community that so many Las Vegas women desire and deserve.” Kathy is the Business Manager for Recess, in addition to her roles as writer and editor.


Brandie Valenzuela is a wife, mom, writer, and food blogger in Las Vegas who loves cooking, baking, modern day recipe keeping and making memories in the kitchen.


Danielle is the Chief Marketing Officer of FitFluential LLC. She has been blogging for 9 years at Kitten a Go-Go. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two hairless cats.

 I am Abbie, mom to my three kids and girlfriend to my darling husband. Lover of God, life, big bows, feathers and all things sparkly. I’m a little compulsive, a lotta crafty and always busy! My life is filled with faith, family, friends and is quite often chaotic, but I love it! Lovin’ Our Chaos is where I share the passions of my life, which include church, fashion, bargains,dieting/exercising, crafting, {diy} projects, simple meals, my thoughts on life, death, and the adorable spawn of Mr. Chaos and myself. Come and hang out, I promise you will enjoy and love our chaos!



Las Vegas knows trendy. The people, places and things that make up this city are tuned in, but it can be hard to keep up. This city is always evolving so, I’m on the hunt for some of the best haunts to hang your purse and soak it up. I’m a local woman with a love of what is new and happening. Join me and take the pulse of Las Vegas as it grows and changes with the seasons.



Ronald Smith is a Las Vegas-based professional clothier and image consultant. He has styled some of the most prominent personalities in Las Vegas. Smith is also the creator of Well Suited Wednesday, the most stylish social hour which meets monthly in some of Las Vegas’ most posh and intimate venues.Follow the Style Smith’s fashionable journey on Twitter or Instagram: @StylesmithSays

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