INFLUENCER: Meet The Rhode Show’s New Co-Host Audrey McClelland

RI’s original mom blogger brings her sunny disposition to weekday mornings


You’re an OG blogger and content creator. How did you get started in that space?

In 2004 I was pregnant with my oldest son and anxious to meet other pregnant moms. I ended up finding incredible communities of moms-to-be in forums and platforms online. It was the first time I really experienced the power of the internet in connecting women from all over the world. I loved it so much that I wanted to create a site but have it be a little different, so I partnered with my mom and sister and started a family online diary, otherwise known as a blog.  

As a social media influencer, how do you  choose what to share?

The biggest thing for me is sharing what I love and what I’m passionate about; that also goes for brands I’ve partnered with. Throughout this 18-year journey, I’ve shared just about everything in my life in some capacity. My hope and goal has always been to bring a smile to someone who visits my blog or my social media.

You’ve taken on a new role with The Rhode Show. What do you plan to bring to the show?

I’m very excited about being the new co-host! My plan is to bring fun, laughs, and pieces of myself to the show. I’m a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and entrepreneur… I wear many hats and I’m looking forward to sharing these aspects of who I am with the viewers so they can get to know me better.

You’re a lifelong Rhode Islander and Brown graduate. What are some of your favorite local spots and small businesses around your home state?

I have so many, but a few of my favorite local food spots are Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar (you’ll find me there on date nights with my husband) and Square Peg, both in Warren; Twin Oaks (a family fave) in Cranston; Andrea’s in Providence; and Chelo’s (my kids love it there). Some of my favorite local small businesses are Barrington Books, Mod Mama in Cranston, Wrapped Rhode Island in Barrington, and of course, The Backyard Food Company (I happen to be married to one of the owners).

In addition to all of these things that you do, you pen romance novels! Tell us more.

I have seven contemporary sweet romances that I’ve written, all based right here in Rhode Island. I’ve always been inspired by the beauty of the state. Many times, I’ve taken my laptop and headed to Barrington Beach just to sit in the sand and write, even on colder days. Basing my books here was a no brainer and my hope was to share my love of Rhode Island with my readers.


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