Meet Lesli + Liza

We are so excited for you to meet two more of our new ambassadors for 2016. Today, we have Lesli Peterson of 365 Atlanta Family and Liza Hawkins of (a)musing Foodie and Pursuit Of It All.

Read on to hear their answers to our short introductory interview!

Lesli + Liza

First up, tell us about yourself!

LP: I made my way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. I relish the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale. After 18 years in software development, I bailed on the corporate scene. I now serve as the Family Travel Ambassador for Georgia, freelance for several publications and manage 365AtlantaFamily, a blog about traveling with kids and not for them. When I’m not traveling, I’m hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene. 

LH: I’m a foodie at heart with a laid-back, practical attitude towards life. I consider myself an introverted word nerd who happens to love the hustle-bustle of NYC as much as a quiet night curled up on the couch—surprising, right? My husband and kids keep me on my toes, and yet I still find time to read obsessively, watch movies (and binge TV shows), catch up with friends, and also to travel. Warning: I’m super geeky about social media, content marketing, and copywriting.

Funny tidbit not everyone knows about you…but will now!

LP: I love to make cheese. I’ve made 35+ different kinds of hard and soft cheese- the best was a Gouda that we cold-smoked. 

LH: In my early 20s, I had my eyebrow pierced! 

What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had in your life:

LP: I’ve visited 35 states and 13 countries so far, but one of the most amazing experiences I had was not when on vacation, but while living in Japan. Almost on impulse, I agreed to climb Mt. Fuji with friends. I had no money, no coat, no pack…and the trail 25 years ago was not as friendly as it is today. I felt extremely accomplished when I reached the summit, and I hope to take my own kids back there soon.

LH: In 2013 and 2014 I was asked to audition for a new Food Network show that was being produced about home cooks. Even though it was totally outside my comfort zone (TV – ahhhh!), I still made the trek to NYC to try out. And even though I didn’t make the cut, I made sure to enjoy every minute of the experience.

Favorite movie of all time?

LP: Joyeux Noel. A Christmas story from WWII, based on real events, that shows we all want the same thing. Love, family, our health…not war. Not hate.

LH: Of all time? SO. DIFFICULT. I’ll go with Julie & Julia (but have a healthy obsession with The Holiday, and also the Harry Potter movies, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, too).

Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner?

LP: @ExploreGeorgia is who I love to watch on Instagram; it depicts my beautiful adopted state.

LH: @abrowntable on Instagram. Nik’s food (and regular) photography is unique and stunning.


Thanks for sharing ladies!