Lil’ Libros Interview & Giveaway

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayWe’re all about supporting mamás that are entrepreneurs, hard workers, and go-getters. Which is why today, we’re ultra-excited to share our interview with Patty Rodriguez (Sr. Producer for On Air With Ryan Seacrest) and Ariana Stein. They are Latina entrepreneurs and co-creators of Lil’ Libros, a set of bilingual first concept books for babies and little ones.

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TMO: How did Lil’ Libros come about?

Ariana: When Patty was pregnant with her first son, she wanted to make sure that he spoke her native language, Spanish.  She searched for bilingual books that not only presented her to a bilingual journey but that it had a purpose to introduce him to the Latino culture.  The idea was submitted to the largest publishers in the country. Unfortunately, many “no’s” were received, and one publisher expressed that Latinos did not read to their children.   That being said, the idea was shelved for a while.

Two years later, I had my first child and realized I shared many of the same feelings about child development and the benefits of bilingualism as Patty.  It was here that we decided to pursue bilingual children’s books and Lil’ Libros was born.

TMO: What prompted your decision to raise your children bilingually?

Patty: I think it is very important that my children know and understand who they are and where they come from. Though it is not a requirement to speak Spanish to identify as Latino, the language does go hand-in-hand with our cultural contributions. To me, it is most important that I raise my children in a bi-cultural environment. I don’t want to teach them per se about who we are, I want them to live it…I want it to be part of their identity and to me, Spanish is very much part of that identity.

Ariana: Aside from all the great benefits bilingualism has to offer such as improved cognitive function, I want to make sure that my son understood where he came from and who he is culturally.  Too many times people lose their identity when they assimilate and acculturate.  Being able to speak two languages has helped me in school and now professionally.  I want to ensure that he’ll grow up having a better understanding of the diverse world he lives in and being bilingual puts him on the right path.

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayTMO: What positive growth or results have you witnessed in your children/family because of their bilingualism?

Patty: Nothing makes me more happy than hearing my son transitioning from Spanish to English and vice versa without even thinking.

Ariana: Being able to transition between English and Spanish as well as understanding what he’s doing at such a young age (3yrs), has been such a huge milestone in our bilingual world.  It makes me realize that I’m doing something right.

TMO: What are some roadblocks you’ve encountered along the way?

Patty: There are not enough tools for parents, but with Lil’ Libros we are hoping to change that. We are working on introducing other amazing products that will help parents raise a bi-cultural/bi-literate/bi-lingual child.

Ariana:  For Lil’ Libros, one of the roadblocks has been not having any mentors to go to for advice.  Patty and I have been on our own since day one.  We’ve made plenty of mistakes but have learned from them and continue to grow as a company and individuals.Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-Giveaway

TMO: What advice or encouragement can you share with other families raising their children bi-/multi- lingually?

Patty: It is not easy. But like everything in life that is worth doing and having, you have to work hard for it. Do not give up, our books are perfect little seeds to help introduce a second language at home. Our books have been created to inspire parents to read to their little ones in two languages.

Ariana: I agree with Patty. It’s definitely not an easy task, but don’t give up, and try as many methods as possible. Continue buying books or tools that will help you lead the way to bilingualism.  Your children will thank you later!

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayA big thank you to Patty and Ariana for this interview and for partnering up with The Mother Overload to give one lucky winner 5 Lil’ Libros. Including their newest titles, Cuauhtémoc and Un Elefante. These books introduce shapes and numbers in both Spanish and English with amazing cultural illustrations. Mia and Lexi really enjoy reading them.

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Follow us on Instagram and be on the lookout for the Lil’ Libros giveaway this week! Click HERE to follow. And stop by Target to check out all the Lil’ Libros books.

 

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

 

 

 

Cereal Con Cariño

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Breakfast time is usually chaotic in our home. The baby wants to be fed quickly and then nursed right after while our oldest, Mia, wants her usual PB hold the jelly sandwich and a side of fresh sliced strawberries or fresh steel cut oatmeal with pasas. But some days, all she really wants is a big girl bowl of Cheerios with a side of fresh fruit. Those days are reserved for when she’s been extra good. But to be honest, it’s a win-win for us to serve her Cheerios as it’s a healthier gluten-free cereal and there’s no cooking involved in making it. Hence, less dishes for this mama to wash.

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And although our big girl already knows how to serve herself, I still love serving her a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I also give her tons of kisses and a big morning hug along with it. It’s my way of giving her cariñitos and showing her how much I care about her and love her. A morning tradition I plan to keep doing forever. Well, as long as she lets me that is.

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Sometimes we just have tea party picnics in our backyard, fill our tea cups with Cheerios and read books. And speaking of, how neat are these Lil’ Libros bilingual books? We love reading books to our girls in both Spanish and English. And more importantly, taking them to events that focus on our cultura. These Lil’ Libros books tie them both (culture and language) perfectly. Be sure to stay tuned for a giveaway this week.Cheerios-Cereal-Con-Cariño

Today, we partnered up with Cheerios for Hispanic Heritage month to share their exclusive “Cereal con Cariño” video series. The videos bring together familiar faces over a bowl of General Mills cereal to chat about how to “demonstrar cariño” to our loved ones.  General Mills believes food brings people together and cariño can happen anytime, even over a bowl of cereal.

Be sure to visit the General Mills site to also download recipes, learn about upcoming Fiestas Patrias and Dia de los muertos events and find coupons and deals on your favorite cereal.

Coffee is My Vice


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Many of you know by now that I’m all about my morning cafésito. It’s the one thing I crave and have to have the minute my alarm clock goes off in the morning (ahem! our 9-month-old). And if you follow on Instagram, you also know that we have a nocturnal baby that keeps us up through the night still. For that reason, coffee is an absolute must around here.

But my love for coffee didn’t just stem from parenthood and all of the sleepless nights it comes with. In fact, It’s always been there since I could remember. I know, sounds crazy but hear me out.

I remember as a kid, my father waking up around 4:30am-5am to prepare his morning coffee before heading out to work. Since he worked long hours, and usually six days a week, I rarely got to see him. Every morning, though,  I would wake up to the smell of his fresh cup of Nescafé coffee and would join him in the kitchen. It was our few minutes of bonding time before he headed off to work. He’d serve me a cup of warm milk and would add a few drops of his Nescafé coffee just to get the milk semi off-white and make it seem as if I too was having a cup of coffee with him. We chatted about school, his work, and our Sunday plans. Sunday being his only day off from work and would spend it taking us wherever we wanted to go.

Nescafé has always been a big part of our familia. And it’s safe to say we’re definitely NESCAFEteros.

Today, we’ve partnered up with Nescafé to invite you to take a chance and make a great moment happen. A private Ricky Martin concert to be exact!nescafé-ricky-martin-concert

Let’s make this concert a reality!! The promotion works by doing 3 easy steps:

Step 1:
Find the NESCAFÉ Clásico jar code.*

Step 2:
Enter the jar code on our NESCAFÉ Clásico website HERE

Step 3:
Finish the registration process and you’ll be joining forces with thousands of fans to make this concert a reality.

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Once we reach our goal, all who registered will immediately get an access to the live streaming concert on the day of the event. On top of that, all who participated gets a chance to go to the concert in person with a guest!
The more you participate, the more chances you have to win!

*The entry code is a ten-digit number located on the back or bottom of your NESCAFÉ Clásico jar. (see GIF demonstrating where to find the code)

 YOU have the power to make this concert a reality!

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

This program is a sweepstakes. It runs from September 6th through November 14th. If the fans make the concert happen it will occur in 2017. Participants can enter once per day. If the concert happens all those who registered will receive a link via email to live stream the concert. 50 lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets each and travel expenses if necessary. Our agency will coordinate with the winners.

10 Baby Tips While Vacationing at Disneyland

Disneyland-Resort-Hotel-Baby-Traveling-TipsIt’s no secret we’re big Disney fans. In fact, if we had it our way, we’d be at Disneyland every day. And since we’ve visited the park multiple times, we have a pretty good grasp on what to bring and do at the park with little ones including babies. 

10 Baby Tips While Vacationing at Disneyland 

  1. Baby carrier – This is hands down the best item to bring to Disneyland. It makes it that much easier to get in and out of rides while having your baby safe and snuggled up against you.  babycarrier2
  2. DisneylandFASTPASS & Rider Switch Pass – With FASTPASS you can save your place in line on some of your favorite attractions while you enjoy the rest of the park or take a feeding break. With Rider Switch, you and your partner will both still be able to ride the same ride with your little ones without having to wait in line twice! Just be sure to inform the Cast Member at the entrance of each attraction that you would like a Rider Swap pass. This is perfect for parents with two children that meet different height requirements.Disneyland-Rider-Switch-Pass
  3. Disney ride wait time app – This app is genius! Download the Magic Guide for Disneyland app before entering the park to see which rides have the shortest wait times. It also includes dining info, park hours and maps.
  4. List of Disney rides infants can get on – Be sure to read this list to find out which attractions are ok for babies to ride. Park Attractions for All
  5. Planning – Plan your day around baby meal/nap times. It’s always a good idea to walk back to your hotel room to take a midday nap or even a dip at the pool.Disneyland-hotel-pool
  6. Baby Care Centers – This is AWESOME! The Disney baby centers offer:
    • Nursing rooms
    • Changing rooms
    • Feeding areas with high chairs
    • Kitchens w/ sinks
    • Main room w/ television, tables, and chairs
    • On-site shops offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and pacifiers for purchase

    Disneyland Baby Care Center is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., next to First Aid. DCA Baby Care Center is located next to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. Across from The Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf.Disneyland-Baby-Care-Center

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  7. Baby Finger snacks/ food pouches: Perfect for on-the-go and traveling
  8. Travel Playard – Yes, Disney hotels offer cribs; however, we prefer bringing our lightweight playard along.
  9. Weather appropriate items: Be sure to check the weather and bring items such as hats, umbrellas, sunblock, etc..Disneyland-ariels-grotto-dinning-baby-tips
  10. Lightweight Stroller – The last thing you want to haul around is an oversized heavy stroller at Disneyland. The UPPAbaby G -Lite and the Jogger City Tour strollers are both lightweight, a cinch to open/close and fold quickly to hop on and off the Disney tram. We love our UPPAbaby G-Lite and found it at the BabyCubby.com.
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And let me tell you. The Baby Cubby store is unlike any other baby store. Their team is made up of parents who have been there, who know what it’s like.

They focus on finding the best and safest baby gear so you can shop confidently. And they even test strollers on a stroller track. But the best part about shopping at The Baby Cubby is that they price match every day – even amazon (so you know you’re getting a great deal), offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and their cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard parenting topics.

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Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

This post is sponsored by The Baby Cubby but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Related Post:   Tips and Tricks: First Timers With Toddlers

 

End of Summer Bucket List

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Say it isn’t so. Summer is quickly coming to a close. And although I’m obsessed with all things fall, I’m trying to hold on to these last few days of summer by checking off our end of summer bucket list.

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End of Summer Bucket List

1. Neighborhood Water balloon Fight – We live in a cul-de-sac and most of our neighbors include families with young children. This means we’re lucky enough to be a part of block parties, annual holiday celebrations and recently added summer water balloon fights. It’s pretty neat to see the kids play together and have a blast on our street.

2. Frozen Yogurt For Breakfast – This one is definitely a one-time thing. And typically a treat right before back-to-school. Pineapple Dole whip with fresh berries anyone?

3. Visit a waterpark/Splash pad – It doesn’t feel right to let summer go without visiting a local water park. The heat in Southern California has hit the 100s numerous times. From simple to extra splashy, local water parks and splash pads have kept us cool all summer long. So why not go one last time before the temperatures start to drop?

4. Make S’mores – Need I say more?

5. Beach Day – Although we live about 45 minutes away from a local beach, believe it or not, we had yet to check this one off of our list this summer. So with Labor Day weekend being the last summer holiday, we knew this was the last chance we had to have a beach day. And that’s exactly what we did.

This was Lexi’s (our 8-month-old) very first time at the beach. We brought toys to entertain her and she absolutely loved these Little Tikes Shake’n Rattle Crabbie Ring and Hide’n Seek Hermie. These toys could not be more perfect, since a) they are animals found at the beach and b) they help Lexi with her baby developmental needs.

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She has learned how to grasp the Crabbie Ring toy with one hand and loves to shake it to see the claws open and shut. And the Hermie toy is such a cute toy that jitters and vibrates when pulled. This toy is great for eye tracking. And did we mention that she absolutely loves to nibble and drool on both? The Crabbie and Hermie seem to soothe her gums now that she’s in the teething stage. That’s a win-win!

If you’re a parent with infants, we highly recommend the Little Tikes Shake’n Rattle Crabbie Ring and Hide’n Seek Hermie toys. These toys are a must as they help address specific baby developmental needs. And you can find them at one of my absolute favorite stores. Click here to find out where.littletykes
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Little-TykesCheers to checking off items on the end of summer bucket list.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

Pumpkin+Red Lentil Soup



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Is it crazy that we’re already talking about all things fall? Sweater weather, apple picking, pumpkin spice everything and delicious homemade soups that will warm everyone up on a chilly autumn day. Yes – we’re ready for it all over here!

Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite healthy fall recipes. This pumpkin-red lentil soup is not only delicious but jam-packed with protein and fiber and has a smooth velvety texture. It’s also more filling than your average pumpkin soup and perfect for family members that prefer savory vs sweet soups.

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We love pairing our fall soup with Annie’s Homegrown organic certified cheddar bunnies. These cute bunny crackers are seriously delicious! Mia, our kindergartener, got us hooked on them. She loves them so much that she snacks on them while at school, while we run errands or during movie nights at home. I always need to make sure we have a box or two of these crackers stashed away in our pantry at all times.

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And did I mention that this recipe is egg-free, vegetarian and made with organic ingredients? With so much emphasis on healthy nutrition these days, it’s so important for our family to purchase and consume organic whenever we can. Annie’s Homegrown helps us eat better and live more responsibly, without having to sacrifice taste. Plus, it sure doesn’t create a dent in our pocketbooks! The Annie’s Homegrown cheddar bunnies are currently on sale at Target, 2/$4 plus 20% off using the amazing Target Cartwheel. Now how’s that for buying organic on a budget?

Pumpkin+Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Pumpkin+Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin (or butternut squash if pumpkin is not in season)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion and shallots
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • A dash of paprika and turmeric
  • Fresh organic dill and Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  • Shredded mozzarella, salt and ground black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add onion and shallots to sauce pan; cook for 1 minute, or until tender.
  2. Add pumpkin, red lentils, and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; gently boil, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until pumpkin is soft and lentils are fully cooked. Remove from heat.
  3. Place soup in a blender or food processor. Leave about ¼ of soup in saucepan to make the soup chunkier or place all of soup in blender to make it completely smooth.
  4. Return soup to sauce pan over medium heat. Add cumin, paprika and turmeric. Season with salt, and pepper, if desired; cook, stirring constantly, until soup is hot.
  5. Serve with fresh organic dill and Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies Makes 6 servings.
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With the help of Annie’s Homegrown, eating organic isn’t just for the elite or health nuts anymore—eating organic is for everybunny! 

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Looking for more delicious organic recipe ideas? Stop by Annie’s Homegrown website for their FREE lunchbox and recipe ideas.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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Breakfast Peanut Butter Cookies

 

rp_IMG_9211-21-1024x756.jpgI’ve teamed up with my talented mamá friend Danielle from momwifefoodie.com to bring you all a zero added sugar cookie recipe. These delicious cookies are perfect for breakfast or to add to your kiddos school lunch boxes.

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Hi! My name is Danielle and I am the face & creator behind mom wife foodie – a lifestyle blog set to inspire my readers through food, fashion, family and our personal lifestyle in our home and travels. I hope to bring inspiration to people through our real life stories.

I’m married to my best friend, living in the mitten state, raising our two little dudes…and life is pretty rad! You can visit me at momwifefoodie.com or follow me on Instagram @momwifefoodie. I am thrilled to be sharing a topic close to my heart – I mean stomach – here with all of Gladys’ readers: sweet treats that have very little sugar! Ever since having kids I just can’t kick the sweet treat craving. So I am always trying to find ways to create sweet treats that are healthier than store bought. This week I am sharing a recipe that not only has very little natural sweets, but also no eggs.

These peanut butter cookies are going to come out light and soft, not crispy.

Breakfast PB Cookies

Breakfast PB Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 prepared flax eggs | ( 1 tbsp ground flax to 3 tbsp water per egg)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. preheat over 350°F
  2. Start by making the prepared flax eggs.
  3. Put 2 tbsp ground flax and 6 tbsp water in a small bowl. Whisk together and let sit in your refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. While you wait, get all other ingredients ready and into a large bowl.
  5. Line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
  6. Mix all ingredients together including your flax eggs.
  7. Scoop out cookie mixture onto your trays.
  8. Use a fork to make a fun design - push fork down in each direction!
  9. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
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Breakfast Peanut Butter Cookies - No sugar addedenjoy! much love – danielle

A big thank you to my mamá friend, Danielle, for sharing this egg-free breakfast recipe! You all know I’m always looking for healthy recipes to make and this recipe is perfect for our oldest, Mia, which happens to be severely allergic to huevos. Can’t wait to make these! They seriously look so good and Mia well is obsessed with PB!

Be sure to stop by Danielle’s blog www.momwifefoodie.com to see other delicious recipes.

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet the Boudreault-Grzeszczak’s

 

Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting JourneyI’ve teamed up with my talented mamá friend Joanna from LazyMomsBlog.com. She loves to cook, bake and craft. This mama has some pretty delicious home-made ice cream recipes up on her blog. Hurry, summer is not over yet!

Today, Joanna opens up about the wins and struggles of teaching her two sweet girls French and her mother tongue, Polish.

TMO: Tell us a little about yourself and family.

Joanna: My name is Joanna, I’m a wife to my best friend and a mom of two sweet girls, Lili and Rose. I’m a writer and content creator at LazyMomsBlog.com, and I’m passionate about interior design and mindful living. I love sharing parenting tips from my psychological perspective, yummy recipes and fun lifestyle ideas.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your children a second language or multiple languages? Describe how you feel it will benefit them down the road.

Joanna: I grew up in Poland and moved to Canada when I was 25 years old, so it was only natural for me to speak Polish to my kids. My hubby is French Canadian, and we live in Montreal, so most of our everyday life happens in French.

But I also truly believe that learning a new language stimulates general development, empathy, and creativity! As a child learns different metaphors he’s also learning different ways of thinking and looking at world in general. ( Not to mention the academic/ carrier/travel /meeting people benefits of speaking multiple languages!)Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting Journey

TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Joanna: My hubby speaks French to kids, and sometimes we speak English between the two of us. So our older daughter is definitely very motivated to learn English and understand our whispers!

TMO: What are some roadblocks/struggles you’ve encountered along the way?

Joanna: At the very beginning it was a bit difficult to be the only person speaking Polish to our first baby, but then I got on track by singing, constantly talking and ended up with a very talkative little girl. With my second daughter, the story is a bit different, as it’s her older bilingual sis that speaks mostly French to her when they play. So my second one speaks more French than Polish at the moment, but I’m definitely not giving up on her!

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And how cute are these little ladies??!

TMO: What’s a tip you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult?

Joanna: I believe that kids will always try to facilitate their life, so if a parent mixes languages while speaking to a child, the kid will pick the language that is more common and won’t speak the minority language. That’s why my most important tip is : stick to one and only one language while talking to/with your kids! Don’t switch! And don’t worry that others don’t understand you. You can explain to family and friends why you’re doing this bilingual thing. But most importantly, be consistent and patient, and it will pay off!

A big thank you to Joanna for sharing a little about her bilingual parenting journey! It is so hard to teach kids multiple languages but we got this! Have you tried Joanna’s suggestion to stick with one language while speaking to your children? Particularly the minority language? Such a great idea. Way to go mama!

To find out more ways and tips on how to raise bilingual children, stop by Joanna’s blog here: LazyMomsBlog.com

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Capturing Moments with our MamaRoo Infant Seat

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Most of you might already know that Lexi, our 7-month-old, is our second and possibly our last baby. For that reason, I’m milking every baby moment and milestone. Even if it means splurging on some high-end products. Ha! Ok – No, I haven’t won the lotto yet but you get the idea. Some items I’ve just had to have. The cute overly priced holiday outfits, shoes, nursery items, etc.. But the one big ticketed item I absolutely had to have from our baby shower registry was the 4moms mamaRoo infant seat.

I mean come on. It’s an infant seat on a whole other level. Equipped with all the bells and whistles. This modern and sleek seat also doesn’t take up much room and it’s so easy to assemble and disassemble. But the coolest part of this infant seat is the 4moms app!4moms-mamaroo-infant seat

So easy to use even our 4-year-old likes to change the motion, volume and speed of the infant seat directly off of our iPhones. How neat is that? I wish I had this with our first. This seat has it all.4moms-mamaroo-infant seat

Ok, so tons of pros but here’s the con. It’s a bit on the pricey side; however, if you can splurge on one baby item, I’d vote for the mamaRoo. Why? It’s the only infant seat currently in the market that replicates parents natural motions. And with 5 different motions, this seat has been an absolute life saver to calm and soothe our little one. Not to mention, get stuff done around the house. But not for too long as she’s sitting up and wanting to crawl already. Insert emoji with tear drop. They grow so fast!

To find out all the options available and how to score the latest 4moms deals and baby tips click here. Be sure to also check out their product page here for additional info.

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Interested in seeing how the mamaRoo works? Check out our short home video below.


And don’t mind us. We’re over here just making memories and I’m that mom trying to capture every single one of them. These two just melt my heart.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet Maria

Bilingual-Parenting-Journey-Trilingual-MultilingualI’m excited and thrilled to hear that you’re all loving this new bilingual series. I really appreciate all the support and love. And I absolutely can’t wait to share with you all some neat posts that are already in the pipeline and filled with great tips.

Today, my sweet mamá friend Maria shares with us a little bit about her trilingual parenting journey and more importantly how she continues to teach her son languages not spoken at school.trilingual-bilingual-journey

Hello! I’m Maria and I live in Montreal with my son Alessandro (7 yo) and my boyfriend Jason. Both myself and Alessandro are trilingual (Spanish, English and French) with English being the primary language spoken at home.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your child a second language or multiple languages? Describe how you feel it will benefit him/her down the road. 

I grew up in a Spanish household with a Nicaraguan mom and a Greek dad so from birth I was exposed to Spanish, Greek, and English (at school). We moved to Montreal when I was 7 years old and within a year I was speaking French as well. I have always known that if and when I had kids they would speak the same languages as me. I am positive that Alessandro can only benefit from this, as I have myself – at work, with friends, through travels, etc. Even if it just means things like ordering food with ease – my dad never learned French and I’ve watched him struggle more than once at the drive-thru 🙂IMG_3593

TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Alessandro’s father is Mexican and we would speak Spanish together so of course, that helped a lot. It was his first language and almost the only thing he would hear. He only starting learning English and French at his daycare which he started at 18 months. Shortly after that his dad and I split up and by the time Alessandro started really talking, he began talking to me in English and we eventually just made the switch. I don’t worry that he would lose his Spanish since he spends a lot of time with my parents (speaking in Spanish) and of course he still speaks to his dad and his dad’s family in Spanish as well. The English and French are a given between school and his life at home.

TMO: What are some roadblocks you’ve encountered along the way? 

It has honestly all just kind of worked out. Alessandro is around all 3 languages so much that he can’t avoid knowing them 🙂 I did try putting him into Greek school for a couple of years on Saturday afternoons and he managed to learn his alphabet, numbers, colors and some words but without the practice in between, it’s hard. That is a big part of why I never managed to be fluent in Greek either because I just wasn’t exposed to it enough. It’s so important! I think I know more Italian than Greek just from spending so much time at my BFF’s house eating dinner with her family.

TMO: What are 3 tips you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult? 

Anything and everything counts. Books, songs, movies, whatever! Be patient and trust that it will come but don’t forget you still need to put in the time. Don’t worry if you’re the only one in your household who speaks the language, one person is enough if you’re consistent. And of course, don’t forget to have fun 🙂

TMO: Would you mind talking about what you do to continue to teach him the languages not spoken at school? 

Throughout his years in daycare, Alessandro spoke French and would question why I would speak to him in Spanish. I never stopped switching between the 3 languages though nor did I ever pressure him into speaking whatever I was addressing him in and by the time he made it to first grade, he jumped on board with all 3. He has French at school 24/7 and he likes reading in French so I don’t worry about it too much, we speak English at home when we’re together as a family and I address him in Spanish regularly so that neither of us loses the habit. His quality time with his grandparents plays a big part in his continued learning as does our reading together. Regular exposure to people who will talk to him in Spanish is what I consider the key, more so than anything else.

TMO: Je vous remercie Maria for opening up about your multilingual parenting journey. Such a great idea to keep another language fresh in kids minds by speaking it with their grandparents. Brilliant Mamá!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys