Meet Our Favorite Miami Moms

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We are so excited to be heading to our 8th Gearapalooza stop in the Magic City of Miami on May 30!  It’s going to be so great to bring this ultimate baby gear and registry event to the city — as always, we will be featuring TheBabyGuyNYC who will have the BEST baby gear, products, services + safety information in one action-packed night!   If you’re a new or expectant parent this is a DO NOT MISS event!  The gift bags are also incredible and there are thousands of dollars in giveaways (strollers, car seats, carriers, and so much more)!

To celebrate our arrival down south in Miami, we want to introduce you to some of our favorite Miami moms!  We are so lucky to have these amazing women as part of our BCB community & most will be joining us at Gearapalooza so be sure to stop by and say hi!

We Want You To Meet…

1) Name: Bessy Barbeite

Age: 35

Kid(s) and Ages: David 9, Jacob 7

Where do you live? Miami, FL

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: I’m a full time blogger at www.simplybessy.com. What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Anytime my kids hug me and tell me they love me without prompting them, it warms my heart and feels so rewarding. That and the moment my youngest stopped needing me to wipe him in the bathroom. Equally as rewarding to be honest.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) BABY WIPES! Take them anywhere and everywhere because they’re good for more than just wiping bums. I use baby wipes for cleaning my car, car seats, my purse, shopping carts, tables, boogers, to remove makeup…you get the idea. My kids are well into elementary school and baby wipes are still a must have for us.

What is the best part about where you live? Target is literally 5 minutes away from me.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Go to our local zoo or park for some time outdoors.

Favorite date night in your hometown. The movie theatre Cinebistro at Dolphin Mall. It’s one of those dining experiences so you get dinner and a movie in the theater in big seats that recline. Also, wine! Best date night ever.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? Black leggings, coffee, sneakers, netflix for the kids, and my mom.

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Even though my kids are big and well beyond diaper years I actually still love using diaper bags because they’re made for moms. My 5 must-have items are baby wipes, first aid kit, water bottle, sunscreen and an extra phone charger.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Zone out and watch trashy TV

Who are your “mom” idols? My mom is legit a superwoman. I wish I were half the mom she was (still is) for me.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? It may be corny but I kind of feel my Instagram friends are my mom tribe. I can count on them to be there when I need tips, advice, or even if I just need to rant.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? This is hard but it’s okay. You are allowed to fail and make mistakes but you will get through it and find your own way.

How do you balance it all? I don’t. I rely heavily on support from my husband and family. I don’t believe anyone truly balances it all, we all just try to do the best we can.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? In this moment, Broken & Beautiful by Kelly Clarkson is really sticking out. Love the message in the song and I resonate with it so much.

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. My blog, Simply Bessy, is my passion. I aim to connect with moms that are just like me; scared that we are doing it all wrong but able to laugh at ourselves in the process. My mission is to make moms feel okay about not being okay. It’s fine to mess up and it’s good to ask for help. I hope to reach moms that are struggling with anxiety, depression, or have a special needs child and create a space where they feel seen on social media. I just like to keep it real and hope it resonates with other moms. www.simplybessy.com Instagram.com/bessybarbeite Facebook.com/simplybessy Twitter.com/bessybarbeite Pinterest.com/simplybessy

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2) Name: Joceline Raad

Age: 32

Kid(s) and Ages: 3 under 3 – Caleb Beau (2 years 9 months), Olivia Joy (18 months), Darla River (3 months)

Where do you live? Pembroke Pines, FL

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: Currently a SAHM and blogger & online shop owner.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Being able to stay at home and watch every stage of my little ones grow to be kind, loving humans.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Have a ROUTINE (set daily schedule). Having a routine for my little ones is how I am able to get things done.

What is the best part about where you live? I love our neighborhood. It’s great for walks and it feels safe to raise a family.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Play outdoors, go to the park, head to the beach, and go to the zoo.

Favorite date night in your hometown. Walks on the beach and dinner by the beach as well.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? Boppy pillow, children’s books, magnet letters, my double stroller, baby-wearing carrier.

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Waterwipes, Buttpaste, extra onesies, extra toddler underwear, sunscreen.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Take a LONG shower! Read. And work on my blog, and online shop.

Who are your “mom” idols? My mom who had 8 kids (I’m the youngest); My mother-in-law who is the sweetest of all; My pastor who is a Colombian Senator and mom of 5.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My mom tribe are my sister and best friends. We met at church since our youth days.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? To be prepared mentally and emotional for the lack of sleep which is the toughest part especially if you’re breastfeeding because it means that you will be the one waking up every 2-3 hours at night for about 5 weeks straight!

How do you balance it all? To be honest, JESUS. I lean on Him completely. And also, my husband who is the best father to our babies. He’s superdad! And also being highly disciplined with our daily routine. It’s what keeps me sane and makes me actually get things done with joy.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. My mission behind my blog is to encourage women (pregnant and new mommies) to view motherhood in a positive light. When I was pregnant with my first-born, I remember reading a lot of negative things about pregnancy and motherhood and felt like it can scare women from truly enjoying this wonderful stage. I want to show a different side of motherhood that perhaps society fails to demonstrate – that although there are ups and downs, overall, motherhood is the most extraordinary stage in a women’s life. www.ARaadStory.com www.instagram.com/ARaadStory www.facebook.com/ARaadStory www.twitter.com/ARaadStory www.pinterest.com/ARaadStory https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89ZC-NpRFwkZWJJ4Bix5PQ

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3) Name: Jenise Subervi

Age: 33

Kid(s) and Ages: Caleb – 4, Chloe – 14 months

Where do you live? Coral Gables, FL

Tell us about yourself…

Work life. I’m a former special education teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned blogger and photographer. I blog about motherhood and the realities of being a mom, and maintaining your “self” while doing so. I’m a portrait and lifestyle photographer, too.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? The biggest reward of motherhood has been watching these little people grow into real humans with thoughts and personalities and manners, and knowing that I did that. An unexpected reward has been finding this version myself that is empowered and feels whole.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) I keep an emergency kit in my car – extra diapers, an extra pack of wipes, a towel, extra clothes for the kids and for myself, a quiet activity book, a blanket, and small garbage bags. It has come in so handy on days when blowouts happen or when we are out later than expected and I run out of supplies in my diaper bag. Also, grocery delivery services are worth every penny. I order my groceries on Sunday night and schedule them to be delivered for Monday morning before 7 am. We start off the week with groceries, and it actually saves us money because we don’t make impulse buys like we do when we are at the grocery store. It also cuts out the stress of going to the grocery store, scheduling grocery trips around naps, and making it out before my kids have a meltdown.

What is the best part about where you live? The sunshine and the culture. My grandparents emigrated from Cuba, and my husband was born in the Dominican Republic. I love having all this culture and Latin flavor all around us, and it makes me happy to see my kids immersed in the culture that I consider such a huge part of myself.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Go to the beach! We don’t get there enough I think, but everyone is always happy and relaxed when we are there!

Favorite date night in your hometown. There is always a new restaurant opening up somewhere in Miami. We love to scout out new restaurants – and hit up some old favorites, too.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? My husband, grocery delivery services, Blueberry Pediatrics (an online doctor on demand service), bribery, and coffee!

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Snacks, wipes, hand sanitizer, diaper disposal bags, a change of clothes.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Exercise, get a manicure, or grab a coffee solo.

Who are your “mom” idols? My own mom! She has taught me so much about being a good mom, but also about making sure you are taking care of yourself so you can take care of everyone around you.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I have a group of friends who I met in college through my husband (my boyfriend at the time), and we all had kids within months of one another. We share parenting wins, fails, we encourage one another, and we laugh together.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Trust your instincts. You know your kids better than anyone. Also, take the help. It’s not always easy to let go of the reigns, but you will be a better mom for it.

How do you balance it all? I don’t! I have come to realize that true balance is unattainable. There are times of the year where I am much busier with work than others. Those times of the year, I spend long hours in front of the computer and away at photo shoots, and my kids eat a lot of macaroni and cheese or food we pick up on the way home. But there are other times where I don’t have much work at all and I get to be at everything with both kids, I get to bake for them and cook healthy meals for them. Once I realized that it was okay not to “do it all,” and that there is a lot more ebb and flow than there is balance, it has made it much easier to come to terms with the fact that I may not achieve balance for a while yet.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? When You’re Smiling by Michael Buble – I’m always smiling, and I feel like the whole world would be a lot better if everyone was just a little happier.

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it: My blog, A Toddler & A Topknot is all about motherhood. I really try to focus on the fact that we are moms, yes, but we were someone before we became someone’s mom, and it’s okay to want to be someone besides Mom, too. My kids are the biggest thing in my life right now, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to have a life of my own and take care of myself so I can be the best version of myself for them. I want moms to know that it’s okay to want to look cute and put together on a daily basis, but if they want to rock yoga pants and a topknot every day, that’s okay too! On my blog I share anecdotes about motherhood, lessons I’ve learned, and tips, tricks, products, lists and recipes for surviving it all. On Instagram  I share the realities of my day-to-day life and how I go from mom to photographer to wife and back again. The ups, the downs, and the cute little moments in between everything. I share style and beauty tips, and some of my favorite products that make my life better. I hope to see you around there!

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4) Name: Daniela Dimas

Age: 30

Kid(s) and Ages: Ariana and Camila, age 2.

Where do you live? Miami, Florida.

Tell us about yourself…

Work life:  I’m currently juggling a few things at once. I recently launched an online children’s clothing shop www.shopchildrensdepot.com where we offer the cutest on-trend clothing for the little ones. This has been a dream of mine for the longest and with I was finally able to make it a reality. Additionally, I work full-time for my family’s wholesale business where I’m in charge of the finances and sales as well as anything else that is essential for our company.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? I don’t think anything compares to the joy that motherhood brings. I never knew how much my heart could hold until I became a mother. My biggest reward is seeing my daughters always happy and feeling loved because it shows that my husband and I are doing a good job as parents, although we second guess ourselves all the time. Motherhood is the hardest job in the world and nothing compares to seeing your kids happy and fulfilled.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) I would say it’s the routine I created for them since they were infants. It has been our lifesaver and I believe it to be the reason they have slept 12+ hours at night since 7 months old. BOTH. No one ever believed me when I told them I would get my whole, uninterrupted, 8 hours of sleep at night. Create one that works for them and for you, and stick to it no matter what!

What is the best part about where you live? I love Miami! The diversity of cultures, nationalities, and food! I also love that it’s always sunny and the beach is just a drive away.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Definitely the zoo, always a great idea and they enjoy it so much. Also, the beach! My daughters love the beach and could spend hours playing in the sand.

Favorite date night in your hometown. My husband and I love our dinner and cocktails dates followed by dancing. We love dancing and listening to music.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? 1. As cliché as it may sound, I could not mom without my husband. When you are a twin parent, you need all the hands you can get and since day 1 my husband has been 100% hands on. Diaper changes, baths, feeding, you name it. I can’t imagine doing this without him by my side. 2. My parents and parents in law. They are my strength and greatest help (and the reason we get to go on dates often haha). 3. As I mentioned earlier, my routine. 4. The internet. Everything is a click away. 5. Music, it makes everything so much better and fun.

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? I don’t carry a diaper bag anymore but disinfecting wipes are still a must. Regular wipes, Tylenol, Buttpaste and water bottle.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? The only time I get to myself is late at night so the only hour I have, I use it to write blog posts or catch up on my favorite shows when I really need a break from it all.

Who are your “mom idols?” Definitely my mom. I have never met a stronger and more dedicated woman as my mother. Her sacrifice and will to better herself and her family is what I admire most. She has shown me how the love of a mother goes beyond anything in this world.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My high school friends. We’ve been through it all together and always stayed close no matter what. Also, I recently joined an amazing group of mothers (Miami Moms Blog) who share the same love and passion for all things motherhood. It takes a village and as mothers, we need all the support we can get.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? There’s no such thing as a perfect mom, but you are perfect for your kids. We all make mistakes and learn as we go. Motherhood is a never ending learning process.

How do you balance it all? I don’t, I’m still trying to figure it out. There’s days I feel extremely overwhelmed juggling so many things at once and there’s others when I feel I overthink too much and it isn’t as hard as I believe. One thing I’ve learned in the process is that it’s okay to take a break every once in a while. You don’t have to have it all together all the time.

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it:  I use social media as a way to connect to other moms and women who inspire me. Motherhood is a beautiful and overwhelming journey and I like to share my everyday adventures as a twin mama for anyone who can appreciate and gain something from it. Motherhood isn’t perfect and I like to show my reality and experiences. I love to talk about marriage and the importance of making it a priority as well as everything that comes with being a parent. You can follow my personal account @danielacdimas and @shopchildrensdepot for some adorable children’s clothing!

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5) Name: Karla Richey 

Age:38

Kid(s) and Ages: 7-3

Where do you live? Miami

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: Publisher Miami Kids Magazine

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Every day is rewarding, you learn at each stage of your kid’s ages.

What is the best part about where you live? The different cultures and how much you can learn of each person. We have a variety of restaurants and f course is the Sunshine State! We have sunny days every day.

Favorite thing to do with your kids: Cook together or do some crafts

Favorite date night: an afternoon of bowling with my little ones

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? Antibacterial, Snacks, mini books, water, sunblock.

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Go to the gym.

Who are your “mom idols”? My mom

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Read Miami Kids Magazine with a lot of tips! When I was pregnant from my first child I had so many questions and nobody to ask how to do things that’s why  I created Miami Kids Magazine. Nobody teaches us how to be parents so if good to have a fun guide as the magazine, not only printed in Miami, everybody could access online, on social media and weekly newsletter

How do you balance it all? delegate responsibilities and always show your kids and husband  how much you love them

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I will say a book “What to do with an Idea”

Tell us a little bit about your magazine: Miami Kids Magazine started as an idea when I was pregnant in 2011 when I discovered how important is to have somebody or something that you can trust for advice. When my second child turned one I launched officially the print magazine. Also, I was part of different charitable organizations that work with kids with disabilities and noticed how important it is for everybody to learn about “exceptional kids” and the support we can give to the parents with a simple smile.  We want to provide the best information about kids health, nutrition, behavior, safety, entertainment and much more, for the benefit of raising happy children.

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6) Name: Cierra Bragan + Miami Moms Blog Team (40 Women Strong!) Age: 34

Kid(s) and Ages: 2 year old girl, 6 month old boy

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: As a full-time, work from home Mom of two and Owner of Miami Moms Blog, life is a crazy fun adventure every day! As the Founder of Miami’s Premier Parenting Resource, I lead a team of 30+ women who are passionate about connecting Moms and I create opportunities for Moms to foster genuine community.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? My greatest joy in motherhood is knowing that the work that I do everyday is having a lasting impact on the next generation.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? Wake up at least an hour before your children, do it! It’s the time you can maximize every other Mom hack up your sleeve!

What is the best part about Miami? I love the multi-cultural diversity that Miami offers. It’s an amazing place to expose our children to various cultures and languages. The opportunities to learn are endless!

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. I remind myself that people VACATION in Miami so really any and every activity with the kids can become a special adventure with the right perspective in mind!

Favorite date night in Miami. Walk at South Pointe Park and Dinner at Prime Italian in South Beach (their risotto is unmatched in my opinion!) .

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Dipes, Wipes, Paci, Sunscreen, Lip Gloss – for me of course!

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? A massage or a bubble bath are my #1 most restful indulgences! It’s the best way I know how to “turn off” my brain.

Who are your “mom” idols?  My own Mother!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? I have different women in my life that are resources for different seasons or issues I face in motherhood. Many of them began as writers on our Miami Moms Blog Team and soon became close friends. I encourage the Moms out there to do the hard work of being vulnerable with others. It pays rich dividends in the long run as you develop those lasting relationships. Also, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, we are all hanging on by a bobby pin! 😉

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Motherhood will be the hardest, most rewarding, and simply glorious adventure you will ever embark on. Stay the course, stay connected with others and find joy in giving your life away to love and serve your family!

How do you balance it all? Who says I balance it all? Some days it looks like I have it “all together.” Some days I absolutely fall flat on my face…dishes pile up, the toddler pees on the floor, the laundry is a mountain and the work emails are behind. The common theme is just to do the next right thing while giving yourself a lot of grace. Raising tiny humans is not for the faint of heart! Life is an ebb and flow of a multitude of responsibilities. Do not give up when things mount up or feel “out of balance.” Only tightrope walkers have “perfect” balance and there’s too much fun to be had in motherhood to spend it walking on a tightrope!

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Let’s be serious, “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. 😉

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it: Miami Moms Blog, Miami’s Premier Parenting Resource, exists to encourage and equip Moms with relevant resources and a meaningful community. We produce high end, quality events for Moms and families and our team of 30+ local moms create new content and resources published on our website every day! We would love the opportunity to meet you and connect you with an incredible group of Miami Moms! Follow the fun on Instagram @MiamiMomsBlog and Facebook.com/MiamiMomsBlog Visit our website at www.MiamiMomsBlog.com.

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7) Name: Kimberly

Age: 24

Kid(s) and Ages: I have two girls. Alyssa who is three, and Aaliyah who is seven months old.

Where do you live? Miami, FL

Tell us about yourself…

Work life: I am a SAHM girl mom pursuing my Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education. I created my third baby Mommyhoodjoy (blog) when I was pregnant with Aaliyah and have made it into my business. What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? The giggles, the snuggles, the I love you’s, there’s nothing like knowing I get to wake up every day and be their mama.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? Having a “Grab + Go” Diaper Bag! I like to try and make sure that our diaper bag is always grab + go ready (especially because the hubs has a tendency of grabbing the bag and not making sure everything is in there, lol). So I usually go through it a couple nights a week and make sure it has formula (she’s breastfed but she’s given formula when we are out) – the formula is usually liquid so I like to have two unopened ones in there, a bottle or two, diapers, wipes, change of clothes, bibs, food pouches, spoon, and snacks. That way we can Grab + Go at any point.

What is the best part about where you live? The culture, and sense of togetherness. It’s a city that’s feels like everyone is ONE.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Eat out, Parks, Zoo, Pool, and the beaches. We also love a good Splash Pad! The Miami Zoo has a great one!

Favorite date night in your hometown– We are the going out to eat and have a drink type of people.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? Sound Machine, My Baby Carrier, Snacks for the girls, & Children Books.

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Diapers, Wipes, Clothes, Snacks/Milk, Toys

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Long Walks at target & Mani/ Pedi’s

Who are your “mom idols?”  The Women that raised me – Mom, Grandma, Aunts. I was raised by the strongest group of women I know. I hope that my girls one day think I’m half as amazing as the ones that raised me.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? My best friend – who I’ve known since I was 12. My oldest and her little girl are only 4 days apart. My Instagram mamas also, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting amazing mamas over Instagram and blogging that I talk to regularly.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Everyday isn’t perfect, but every day is worth it. Take it day by day and at your own pace. You are doing an amazing job!

How do you balance it all? A SCHEDULE, ROUTINE, PLANNER. But everything isn’t always balanced. Some days everything gets crossed out of the to-do list, some days none. I just stay in the mindset that everything isn’t always going to go as planned, and some days are just for winging the heck out of motherhood.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it. Mommyhoodjoy Is where I share my experiences and journey as young mom of two (I’m 24) and pursuing a Masters Degree (Life doesn’t have to stop because you’re a mama). When I had my first, I went through really bad PPD/PPA and I never spoke out about it. When I found out I was pregnant again, I created Mommyhoodjoy on a mission to share my struggle with PPD/PPA with others so that they didn’t feel alone. We are in this together motherhood is a ride worthwhile, but its also HARD and you shouldn’t have hard days on your own. I hope Mommyhoodjoy can be a place you come to when you need a smile on your face and need someone to talk too! Blog: https://mommyhoodjoy.com Instagram: https://Instagram.com/mommyhoodjoy Youtube.com https://youtube.com/c/mommyhoodjoy.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mommyhoodjoy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mommyjoodjoy

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8) Name: Rebecca Garay

Age: 34

Kid(s) and Ages: Emilia (5) Cecilia (3)

Where do you live? Miami, FL

Tell us about yourself… Work life: Owner and Lead Instructor of Baby Boot Camp Miami – a stroller fitness program that caters to moms of all fitness levels. Also administrator of the popular Facebook group “Miami Moms,” which is home to over 15,000 local mothers who connect daily about our children and find information about city events, doctors, etc.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? That I serve as the role model for my two girls and they know they are just as intelligent as beautiful inside and out!

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Not so much a “hack,” but I always have diaper/car bags fully stocked at all times (snacks, change of clothes, etc) that way I can always just grab and go!

What is the best part about where you live? The immersion of language, most families speak two languages.

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. We are passholders at Miami Zoo – perfect place to get energy out and explore.

Favorite date night in your hometown. Grabbing dinner and checking out a show at the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center or attending a Heat or Marlins game.

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? The Super Moms Happy Planner, Nick Jr. app, Mountain Buggy Swift Stroller, Claessens’ Kids Sleep Trainer Clock, and my Miami Moms Facebook group

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Babyganics wipes, portable folding resusable travel potty seat, Badger Bug spray and sunscreen, disposable diaper sacks and lollipops

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do? Manicure

Who are your “mom” idols? Cat & Nat, Michelle Obama and Kristen Bell.

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? Such a big mom tribe! I have the amazing moms I work with at Baby Boot Camp, my Miami Moms tribe created five years ago and the moms I met in playgroups when my oldest was born.

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? They’ll sleep eventually, enjoy those cuddles while they’re tiny.

How do you balance it all? I get everything done, but I wouldn’t say it’s balanced. I have a constant battle of if work is thriving, I could be doing more for my family and vice versa.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it: Miami Moms is a group for local moms to connect about our children and find info about city events, physicians, camps, schools, etc. Public group: https://www.facebook.com/miamimomsgroup Closed group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Miamimomsgroup/ Instagram: miamimomsgroup

At Baby Boot Camp we strive to help moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment. Website: BabyBootCamp.com Instagram: babybootcampmiamisouth

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9) Name: Jacqueline (prefer Jackie) Valdes

Age: 31

Kid(s) and Ages: Annabelle 3 & Julian 11 months

Where do you live? Miami, FL

 

Work life: Stay At Home Mom. Prior to that I worked in Corporate Healthcare for 11 years with a physician owned management company here in South Florida.

What has been the biggest reward of motherhood? Being able to witness my kids grow right before my eyes & being the best person I can for them.

What’s your best “mom-hack” you think other moms could benefit from? (We all one at least one time or sanity saving tip that everyone would want to know…spill it!) Pack their stuff the night before so your not going crazy in the morning

What is the best part about where you live? Living driving distance to visit Mickey whenever we want! 😉

Favorite thing to do with your kids in your hometown. Go to the beach and visit new things to do thanks to moms in our local community who share events!

Favorite date night in your hometown. Date night we enjoy dinner and drinks, Brickell City Centre you get bit of both

What are 5 things that you could not “mom” without? Honestly, I cant think of anything specific…. Amazon & Target are my go to’s for everything

What are your 5 must-have items in your diaper bag? Antibacterial, Wipes, Backup pacifier, mini arm and hammer trash bags, snacks

Who are your “mom idols?” My mother and grandmother!

Who is in your mom tribe and how did you meet them? Ive met several local moms since starting this fun venture with my blog. All of these ladies ive met throught Social Media! Bessy – SimplyBessyBlog Sasha – Sasha de Almagro photography Krystal – BambinaDiaries Jacibe – BrighterThanSunshineBlog Jenn- WithLoveJennBlog Jenise – AToddlerandTopKnot

What is one piece of advice for new moms that you wish someone told you before motherhood? Don’t worry about what other people “suggest”, go with your mom gut!

How do you balance it all? I think I don’t, I always feel as a hot mess! But, I definitely am lucky to have support!

If you had a theme song, what would it be? Eye of the Tiger

Tell us a little bit about your blog/IG account/online persona and what is your mission behind it:  I am a Miami Blogger, who is sharing my journey on MommaHood and my side love for fashion and beauty! I enjoy a positive energy and try to encourage that through my life & blog. I enjoy sharing our journey and hope someone can find use of what I share. We’re all trying to do the same thing, we just all do it differently. Blog: www.themommathatcould.com IG: www.instagram.com/themommathatcould FB: www.facebook.com/themommathatcould Twitter: www.twitter.com/mommathatcould Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mommathatcould

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