EPISODE 108: LIFE COACH-LESLEY YADON

 

This week’s guest is Lesley Yadon, a life coach who specializes in supporting mothers. She talked to us about how to have less guilt, and more joy in our motherhood experiences.

She explained to us what a life coach is and shared her strategies to help mothers care for their minds, bodies and souls during pregnancy and in the first few months of parenthood. 

She also shares with us how she chose this career after her own pregnancy and birthing journey left her feeling inadequate. 

In this honest conversation, the ladies talk about how we focus on “things” we need to buy to get ready for a new baby but rarely talk about how to prepare emotionally for the changes that motherhood brings.  They discuss how they felt after having a baby and how they navigated their complex emotions. 

Lesley shares her strategies to manage on the top areas of concern for most mothers, guilt and worry.

We also talk about specific exercises that you can start TODAY to increase mindfulness and be a more centered, and calm mother.

Plus, learn more about life coaching, how it differs from therapy and why it’s a worthy investment.

Tip and Picks of the Week:

Lesley Yadon: If you feel scattered or erratic. Take deep cleansing breaths and breathe out slowly through your mouth as if you are breathing through a straw. Take three deep breaths every morning to start the day centered. While taking deep breaths, envision white light filling your body and cleansing tension. In the second breath, imagine filling your body with gratitude and send it out through your feet. During the third breath you set the intention for the day. For example, “Today i’m going to be calm.”

Paulina: My morning ritual is that I open the windows and let air in. This immediately changes the energy in the room and enhances my mood. I follow this by putting music on and that helps me get going and have the kids get ready. Light and music make a huge difference in my life. At night, I open the window and put on candles to help set the mood for sleep time. These two rituals help me transition into and out of my day. 

Bricia: I stretch with my baby every morning. I grab a yoga mat and we do it together. He also follows the breathing techniques. This is a great way to introduce kids to mindfulness and relaxation rituals. It’s also another way to share time together.

Show Notes

Lesley’s tips and recommendations on mindfulness:  

Lesley’s Gifts to Our Listeners:  

  • How to have a happier, stress free morning":  Happier Morning
  • How to create a Blessingway. A ritual for expectant mothers.  Blessingway

Find more of Lesley by visiting her site

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @_supermamas and check out our community page for more! 

 

EPIDSODE 107: CRISTELA ALONZO

 

We are so excited to share our conversation with our dear friend Cristela Alonzo the voice of “Cruz Ramirez” in the new Disney/Pixar Cars 3 movie! There’s so much good in this episode. You don’t want to miss a minute of it!

Cristela is a history maker! In 2014, she became the first Latina to create, produce, write, and star in her own primetime comedy, Cristela. You may also recognize her from her hilarious Netflix special Lower Classy.

We talked to her about life lessons, broken teeth, Selena dreams and being the “good” Latina daughter.

We hear the story about how the Supermamas and Cristela are almost like sisters!

She shares the special message she hopes Cars 3 delivers to kids all over the country and what it feels like to be a part of such a big Disney franchise.

We hear all about the Supermamas that have inspired her, including her mother and sister.

Paulina also shares a story about the pressure our daughter’s face and why this movie was especially significant for her at this moment in time.

Cristela drops valuable knowledge about how to deal with haters and bullies both online and in-person. You don’t want to miss how dealing with a high school bully gave her the resilience to push through defeat in her life.  

This is a dynamic chat you don’t want to miss. Share this episode with a friend!

Show Notes:

Cars 3 Trailer

Cristela

Lower Classy

La Guelaguetza

Paulina’s First Press Junket

Super Mamas Cars Movie Review

Tips and Picks:

Paulina's Tips: Epsom salts are great for swollen feet that can happen to  pregnant mom’s. Check out this recipe for Lavender epsom salts. Another tip is to make sure you have a pregnancy pillow like this one. These two things will ensure you get a good night’s sleep in your second trimester.

Cristela’s Tip: Do things that you used to love as a kid! It’s a great reminder of simpler times. If you have kids it's a good way to let them see a more playful side of you. 

Bricia’s Tip: Get yourself some adult toys and show yourself love from time to time. This tip applies to our child free listeners too. (You’re welcome)

Summer Fun Tips: Plan a playdate for your kids. Create games for them to be outside and active. Remember to allow time just for free play without technology. 

Keep up with Cristela on Instagram and Twitter:@cristela9

 

EPISODE 106: DUDE. BE NICE (AND A BOSS) WITH VERONICA TOLENTINO

 

Veronica Tolentino is the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Dude.Be Nice, an apparel company that is striving to set a new standard by inspiring people’s fashion and lifestyle. Their approach is that fashion and building community go hand in hand and she is the mastermind behind their vision and success. She is also the mother of a 13 month old child. 

We had a super fun comadre session with her this week! 

 We hear her story about starting over at 30 after a 10 year career in the non-profit sector. We also dive into the transition to motherhood, and how she adapted to this big change in her life while building a business. Why sometimes it takes time to bond with your baby, and how to deal with the opinions of others. 

In this conversation, we talk dive into motherhood guilt, balancing it all, and the things that keep us up at night.

 We also learn how this busy mom keeps organized and keeps track of things and the life-changing magic of having a trusted babysitter.

Paulina, also tells us about how she’s thinking about approaching childbirth differently this time around.

Follow Veronica @wearingthat ,Follow Dude.BeNice @Dudebenicela. 

 Show Notes:

Tips and Picks of the Week:

 

 

EPISODE 105: GABRIELLE KAUFFMAN-COPING WITH LOSS

 

This week we welcome back Gabrielle Kaufman MA,LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC a clinical counselor with over 20 years of experience in the helping profession who currently serves as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Maternal Mental Health Now. An organization that works to ensure mothers are receiving proper diagnosis and mental health support during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. 

She is back to talk about loss, grief and how to get through a difficult time in your life, and how to be supportive to someone in your life who has lost a child. 

We talk about the many types of losses mothers can experience and how infertility struggles can trigger the same type of feelings as the death of a child. 

"We should be vulnerable and open with our friends especially during difficult times." 

She also gives advice and words of comfort to mothers and families dealing with a loss and shares tips on rituals and things that you can do to navigate the various emotions you are experiencing. 

Gabrielle shares with us what to say, what not to say, and what to do during these difficult times. Why we should resist the urge to stay quiet and avoid painful topics.

Show Notes:

Museo El Trompo Tijuana

T-Ball Set

Gabrielle Kauffman

MissFoundation.org- Peer led support group for mothers who had a loss

Stillbirthday.com- A pregnancy loss is still a birthday

Tips and Picks of the Week:

Paulina: Seat of the Soul - I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to learn more about the spiritual and the non-physical. If you just went through a loss this book might give you a different lens from which to analyze death. Also, Oprah read this over 30 times! 

Gabrielle: What Not To Say After A Loss- Don’t say “everything happens for a reason” after someone had a loss. I would always shy away from saying things like, “your baby is with the angels.” While these are well meaning things to say they will not be comforting to someone who just went through a loss. 

Bricia: You can be there for your friend just by delivering food, or a cup of coffee. After a loss even errands like grocery shopping can be hard and so you can even have groceries delivered through an app, like Instacart 

Photo: Pixabay

 

 

EPISODE 104: @LAMARYPOSA

 

Trigger Warning: Loss, Grief, Cancer, Rainbow Babies

This week on the show we talk about the grief that has no name. The loss of a child.  Our amazing guest Mary Carrillo reminds us that grief is not a stationary journey but that it can also be an opportunity to love harder, and live an authentic life.  

In 2014 she lost her son Calvin Preston. Mary talks to us about resilience and how to create a meaningful life after a devastating loss.

Mary is the Founder of Calvin Preston Foundation, founded in honor of her son Calvin who was diagnosed with blood cancer and died in March of 2014.

How she has embraced vulnerability since her son's passing.

In this heartfelt episode, she tells us about what she felt when the Dr’s told her there was nothing left to do for her son and the moment she knew it was time to let him go. The difficult moments after his passing and the decision she made to understand his life would never be in vain.

The promise she made to her son, about how she would keep his legacy alive. How she has found her passion, and her drive since his passing. 

We also talked to her about resilience, the decision to be happy she makes everyday. How she has dealt with loss for the last 3 years and how she has resisted the urge to lock herself away.

She assures that there is beauty that lies in front of us but we must choose to find the magic in everyday, how she remains grateful for the years she had and her child. How she got to a place of more peace and acceptance. 

The Calvin Preston Foundation focuses on providing support for children in underserved areas who have been diagnosed with cancer. They offer assistance to families for everything from basic necessities to toys for the Holidays. The raise funds throughout the year. This includes a big toy drive for Christmas and pampering for mom's who are often primary care givers to their sick children. 

She also give advice for anyone dealing with grief or loss. How she took it minute-to-minute. Plus, she shares what messages brought her great comfort after losing her son. 

How she armed herself with the right tools to learn to live with her loss. She reminded us that there is no one-size fits all formula to deal with grief.

The unexpected love that came into her life after Calvin’s passing and how she is dealing with living with grief.

We know some things cannot be healed as they are just carried. She left us with great lessons in resilience, happiness and how the best way to find meaning and healing is to give back.

We are so grateful to Mary for sharing her story, her son's legacy and her light with us and our listeners. 

Follow her @TheMaryPosa and @calvinprestonfoundation

Click here to learn about :The Calvin Preston Foundation

Click here to make a donation to support the foundation's work

The Mariposa Blog

Show Notes:

The Calvin Preston Foundation

The Mariposa Blog

Tips:

Mary Posa: Writing journals help us make sense of the world and navigate complex emotions. A journal also gives us a way to feel less alone in the world. I have been journaling for a very long time. She also started a blog, Maryposa that has helped deal with her grief.

Essential oils have helped her manage her emotional state and have many other uses. 

Paulina: La Santa Cecilia's newest album, Amar Y Vivir, with powerful vocals and the music of our grandparents is a way for us to expose our children to music they wouldn’t hear otherwise.

Bricia: Changing Your Pattern: Find something that you don’t enjoy and switch it to something you do enjoy and see how it impacts your life. Reframe the language or thought process you use to deal with different situations.  This Tony Robbins video touches upon how to start this process

 

EPISODE 103: SUPER MAMAS SOCIAL RECAP

 
 
 

This week on the podcast we share our favorite moments from the Super Mamas Social presented by Target. It was a beautiful afternoon of pampering for moms, fun activities for the kids, inspiring panels and amazing vendors in our Super Mamas Marketplace.

We share all about one of our favorite parts of the social that actually began the day before, when Northgate Markets pampered a few lucky moms at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. Their adventure continued the day of the social when they were treated to makeovers by Cynthia Lorraine and her team, and styling by our very own Vaya Con Fashion.

Hear all about our favorite moments, the panels that made us laugh and cry. The story behind the Super Mamas Social and many more surprises including all about our Beyonce backdrop! 

We also loved meeting all of our mom’s, several who traveled from far and wide to attend the event. Thank you, Thank you! 

This was our second time hosting the event and it exceeded our wildest dreams! We loved hosting the event on Mother’s Day Weekend, so save the day for our 3rd Super Mamas Social May 12, 2018.

We want to thank all of our sponsors:

  • Target
  • Northgate Market
  • Munchkin
  • Ergo Baby
  • I Love Micheladas
  • Califia Farms
  • YMI  
  • Toyota of Downtown LA

Thank you to all of our speakers:

  • Hanna Lim
  • Natalie Alcala
  • Jacqui Saldana
  • Melissa Fumero
  • Rosalyn Sanchez
  • Eric Winter

Big thank you to all of our Super Mamas Marketplace Vendors:

  • Rageddy Tiff
  • Todo Verde
  • Viva Los Cupcakes
  • Love Swirls
  • Meru Company
  • Lollaland
  • LACEEZ
  • The Designing Chica
  • Chus Baby’s
  • La Calenda
  • La Libreria
  • LA Preschool Collaborative
  • Lil Libros
  • La Calenda
  • Los  Angeles Bilingual Preschool Collaborative
  • Food Truck Stops Los Angeles

Thank you to our team that made this all possible

  • @Harlow Planning
  • @BorninJune Creative
  • @Camila Creative
  • @Lily Ro Photography
  • @vayaconfashion
  • Cynthia Lorraine
  • Our amazing volunteers!

Tips and Picks:

 

EPISODE 102: WATER AND SWIM SAFETY

 

Our guest this week is Lisa Cook founder of kidSwim water safety expert. She is a veteran aquatic instructor and coach with decades of experience teaching families to be safe and less anxious in the water.

She created a developmental swim method that teaches kids to love the water at each age and stage, by focusing on specific motor/communication/sensory skill development. She believes when it comes to water safety, we should meet each child at where they are developmentally.  Once they’ve gained confidence and acquired specific water skills, we can push them beyond their comfort zone.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The right age to get your child comfortable in water

  • The do's and don'ts of water safety.

  • The best age to start lessons and how many years of lessons she recommends for all children to be officially, "Water Safe."

  • How to decide between group classes or private lessons and why we are our children's most valuable asset for water safety.

  • She gives us insights on how to raise children who love to swim and have a full understanding on how to swim in different situations.

As we prepare for Summer pool and beach time, you don't want to miss this episode about how to have fun and be safe with your kiddos!

Learn more about Kidswim by visiting Kidswim.Org. or by signing up for their newsletter or find them social media @KidswimLA.

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Super Mamas Social by visiting SuperMamasSocial.Com 

Tips:

 

EPISODE 101: THE SCHOOL OF LIFE WI/ CLAUDETTE ZEPEDA WILKINS

 

Chef Claudette Zepeda Wilkins is a mother of two, an all star chef and a #momhustler extraordinaire. In this episode, the #ChefMom sat down with us for an honest conversation about the challenges she has faced, her successes and her outlook on raising children.

Most recently, Claudette was a contestant on Mexico’s Top Chef 2017, she currently serves as Rise & Shine Restaurant Group’s Research and Development Chef. She is behind some of the most notable restaurants in the San Diego area and has worked alongside some of the hottest names in the food industry including, Javier Plascencia.

While she is currently a military wife, for years she was a single mother of two. She gets real about how she hustled to build her career as a young, single mom in a male dominated industry.

Claudette is a strong advocate for women to travel and see the world even if it means taking time away from the kids. She tells us about her own "Eat, Pray, Love" experience in Morocco and how it helped her find her center and pushed her to re-shape her career.  

How the conversations about breastfeeding ignore the truth about many women' lives. 

We also talk about sexism and discrimination in the food industry and how we have dealt with it throughout our lives. We share practical advice that can be applied to any industry. 

Claudette shares why she rejects the conventional wisdom, "Don't be friends with your kids," and manages to be have fun with them while still being "Mom" when she needs to be. Why she is the Anti-Latina mother and actually wants her kids to leave the nest at a young age. 

She is a prime example of how kids can serve as the motivation to propel us to dream bigger and work harder! This episode will leave you feeling like there is nothing you can't accomplish! 

We also announce more speakers for the Super Mamas Social! Get your tickets at Supermamasocial.com! 

Super Mamas Tip:

  • Have fun with your kids and learn to unplug. Even if it’s to take them for ice cream for 25 minutes without your phone.
  • Paulina: Prenatal vitamins used to be difficult for me to swallow but this time around Nordic Naturals Fish Oil with Strawberry Coating is easy to swallow for those who have a sensitivity to the taste of pills. I highly recommend them. 
  • Bricia: I recently bought my son a kitchen and he is really enjoying the Melissa & Doug Kitchen Toys

Show Notes:

Top Chef Mexico 2017

Javier Plascencia

Rise and Shine Restaurant Group

El Jardin

Breakfast Republic

Instagram: @ClaudetteZepedaWilkins

Super Mamas Social

 

 

EPISODE 100: THANK YOU FOR 100 EPISODES!

 

We are so excited to share our 100th episode of the Super Mamas Podcast!

This week we take a walk down memory lane and talk about how the podcast has changed us, and impacted the lives of many of of our listeners. 

We dish about some of the guests that continue to inspire us, and what we have learned from the many experts and #Mombosses that have been guests on the show. 

We also talk about how the Super Mamas Social went from idea to reality. 

We get personal about what this podcast means to us, and our plans for the near future. 

We also talk about what we do for a living and how working as a family has always been at the core of who we are. 

We are grateful that what started as an idea for a show to talk about motherhood, has become a community of sisters from across the country that come together online, and in-person to support one another through thie journey of womanhood! 

We would not be here without you and we are so grateful for your love and support! Thank you for being a part of the Super Mamas Sisterhood!

Together we can move mountains! 

Don't forget to visit our community page for more great blog posts and content, including our Sister Spotlight! 

Don't forget to join us tonight for a 100 Episode "Ask Us Anything" Facebook Live! Check out our Facebook page for details! 

Show Notes: 

I Love Micheladas

I Love Mole

Guelaguetza

Episode 3: Patty Rodriguez

Episode 4: Linda Garcia

Episode 69: Ana Guerrero

Episode 5: Lily Love 

Episode 67: Jacqui Saldana @babyboybakery

Super Mamas Social

Super Mamas Facebook Group

Tips and Picks:

Super Mamas Podcast Community Page

Paulina's Pregnancy Update

Pretty Little Lies

Photos by: Lily Ro Photography

 

EPISODE 99: JACQUI SALDANA @BABYBOYBAKERY

This week we had one of our favorite people visit us! Jacqui Saldana is back on the show to give us an update on her life and what's new in all things Baby Boy Bakery, Baby Journal and We Cook Kit. She also introduces her newest venture the Toddler Baby Journal, a special book to capture memories of your child between the ages of 1-3. 

She also tells us all about traveling with her daughter to promote her newest project and the many conversations she had with parents across the country at events like SXSW. 

The ladies also talk about the transition from infancy to toddlerhood and the different things we carry as our kids grow older. Why it's ok to do the best that we can, whether it's be a screen-mom or make your own baby sunscreen. Why Jacqui is a no-judgment mom, and why worrying about being a good mom is a sign of being a good mom. 

How her son inspired her first project We Cook Kit, and how she got started on this venture. A beautiful way to get cooking with your kids and build lifetime memories. How moments of stress and hurry are actually opportunities for us to bond with our children. 

Finally, she shares with us how happiness is choice she makes everyday and how she honors the legacy of her son everyday. 

See more of Jacqui and her amazing products at the Super Mamas Social on May 13th! Get your tickets today

Show Notes:

Baby Boy Bakery

We Cook Kit

Baby Journal

Toddler Journal

Super Mamas Social

Tips and Picks: 

  • Garnier: Micellar No Water Cleanser 
  • Make A Video With Your Kids- Use the features on your Iphone to interview your kids to capture them at various stages. 
  • Journaling About Your Kids-write down memories of your likes and dislikes at various stages.  
  • Harmless Coconut Water- The BEST coconut water according to our in-house expert, Bricia! 

 

 

EPISODE 98: PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER,TANYA WHITFORD

 
 
 

This week we sat down with Tanya Whitford is Certified Professional Organizer and owner of “Organizing Wonders.” She focuses on residential organizing and handles all areas of the home from bedrooms to home offices to garages- even inside cars.

Tanya loves making a positive difference in people’s lives by helping them overcome the things that have been holding them back. Whether it is clutter, an overwhelming project, a mental block, or simply something nobody else wants to do.

She also talk to us about how to keep memories, and how to know when we are ready to get rid of our past.

She gives us tips about where to donate our unused items.

She also tells us how to incorporate our children in the process of decluttering and how to decide what memories of theirs to keep.

She also talks about the emotional reasons why we keep things

She is here to help us get organized just in time for Spring Cleaning!

We also get an update on Bricia’s fall and the changes in Paulina’s life!

Show Notes:

H&M Recycling Program

Organizing Wonders

What To Do With Outgrown Kids Clothes

Organizing Toys

Picks and Tips:

  • Don’t let guilt be the reason you hold on to things. Keep a bag  for donation in your closet and this way things won’t build up.
  • Don’t feel guilty about not being able to organize everything in your life. Enjoy your time and your family. What matters is the memories not the stuff and experiences
  • H&M has donation program, if you bring used clothes to donate you receive 20 percent off your purchase.
  • Buy a happy light to boost your mood, and for early risers it helps you wake up since it mimics sunlight.
 

EPISODE 97: LETTING YOUR PURPOSE GUIDE YOU-CAMILA ALVES @YUMMYSPOONFULS

 

We are so excited to share this episode with you! We sat down with Camila Alves, a dedicated mother, fashion and lifestyle expert, philanthropist and Co-Founder of Yummy Spoonfuls. She is also the wife of Academy-Award winning actor, Matthew Mcconaughey and a former model.

She gives us insights on how she juggles multiple projects with grace, while prioritizing her children, and avoiding stress. She also challenges Paulina to a life-changing experiment!

We talk about raising her children ages 8,7,4, her upbringing in Brazil, and how a life of entrepreneurship and hard work continue to motivate her to work hard.

She shared with us how her own struggles to make healthy meals for her children led her to seek healthy options in stores and eventually to co-found Yummy Spoonfuls and expand it to stores nationwide. She gives us tips on how to find out what products are safe for our children.

But because Camila is a #momboss her work doesn’t stop there.

Hear the story of how her and her husband founded the Just Keep Living Foundation after the birth of their first son, Levi. How the spirit of giving back is a core value that drives her and how her parents instilled that in her.

Learn about her newest venture, her lifestyle site Women of Today and why she is excited about the power of online communities.

She shares the benefits of having children close in age and how to find projects that fill your soul!

Listen to the end to find out her model approved way to get ready for the red carpet! You don’t want to miss this one ladies! This woman has beauty, style, humor and candor.

Find Yummy Spoonfuls at Target Store freezer aisles nationwide. 

Show Notes

Yummy Spoonfuls

Just Keep Living Foundation

Women of Today

EWG.Org

Clean Label Project

Parsley Tea

Aloe Vera Pills

Tips and Picks

Camila: Cooking: On Saturday’s I wake up early to prepare beans and dishes that I can freeze to make my life easier on weekdays. 

Dressing Kids: Let kids pick out several outfits the night before to avoid them going to the closet in the mornings.

Bricia: Humidity in homes can lead to increased bacterial growth which could lead to more frequent illnesses. Purchase a humidity gauge to learn where your house’s current levels are.

Paulina: The calm app is great for meditation but it also has breathing exercises. I go to my car and practice deep breathing and it has helped me tremendously.

 

EPISODE 96: WENDY CARRILLO ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND INSPIRATION

 

This week on the show we have our very first Super Mamacita guest! Wendy Carrillo is not a mom, but she is an inspirational woman, sister, and daughter. She is a journalist, activist, and is now running for Congress in Los Angeles' district 34 in a special election that will happen on April 4th. 

We discuss her journey as an immigrant, and her trajectory in journalism. She also talks about her activism, including her time fighting for environmental and water rights and the important role women, and mothers play in these efforts. Plus, the powerful experience that led her to run for office in the same place where she grew up.

We also get back to Civics 101, and she tells us what does Congress does and why voting in local elections matters. 

She also gives us tips on how to raise children who love to read, and believe in themselves. 

Wendy's story teaches us that we can all be the change we want to see in the world and that our perspective as women, mothers and immigrants matters.

To learn more about Wendy Carrillo's campaign visit her site www.votewendycarrillo.com. Find her on Instagram @wendycarrillo or on Facebook @votewendycarrillo. You can also watch the video below to learn more about her campaign. 

Show Notes: 

CD 34 Special Election

Wendy Carrillo: Why I'm Running for Congress

About the Dakota Access Pipeline

What Does Congress Do? 

Tips: 

Wendy: Since she loses sunglasses often, rather than purchasing designer sunglasses, she purchases multiple inexpensive glasses at discounts stores.

Paulina: Teach your kids the value of the dollar by having them write down items and prices of items they want. Even kids as young as 5 like mine can start doing small chores, and "work" to earn money for items they want

Bricia: Even younger children can also do chores at home. Children as young as 2 can sort laundry, help set and clean up the table. The point is to have them perform task not only for themselves but for the entire family. Empowering kids through serving from an early age is a great way to raise good citizens!  

 

 

EPISODE 95: @WEAREMITU'S FOUNDER BEATRIZ ACEVEDO

 

We are kicking off Women’s History Month with a #momboss extraordinaire, Beatriz Acevedo founding partner and president of everyone’s favorite website, MiTú, the leading technology-driven media brand focused on creating fresh and innovative content for the mobile generation.

She is a digital pioneer, Latin media expert and network approved show-runner with more than 20 years of entertainment experience, having created, developed and produced hundreds of original, primetime television shows and award-winning digital series.

She is a wife, mother of 11-year old twins, and an avid cook.

This woman can really do it all! 

She takes us through her origins growing up on the U.S/Mexico border, how she kick-started her career in media at 8 years old! Won Emmy's in her early 20's and how a chance encounter with director Robert Rodriguez led her to Los Angeles and on a trajectory that eventually led her to create her own media company. 

She also gets candid about her own struggles adapting to motherhood and how she deals with #momguilt. She shares what gets her through those tough moments and how she finds balance while traveling and managing her career. She even talks to us about her multi-cultural family, and how it has influenced her cooking. 

We were so happy that she took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her amazing career trajectory.

Her story inspires us all to create the life we want!

Show Notes:

Mi Tu

Gina Rodriguez Interviews Barack Obama

Tips and Picks: 

Calm Kids is great for younger kids. Beatriz meditates with her son every night. 

Watch Babies on Netflix

Swanwick Sleep - Blue light blocking glasses

Leaders Eat Last

Thrive

 

EPISODE 94: POTTY TRAINING EXPERT JENNY PHELPS

 

This week we talked to Jenny Phelps of Oh Crap! Potty Training about all things potty training. Jenny has worked with hundreds of families to create potty training methods and practices that meet their unique needs. She gave us so many great tips and insights that have already helped us potty train our kids! 

She answered some of the most frequently asked questions about how to successfully potty train kids. Did you know there is an ideal age to start potty training? Between 24 and 30 months is the ideal time since children are not going through any other major milestones and so they can adapt to this change with ease. 

The best way to start is to do full immersion where your child is bottomless for 2-4 days and you have the time to focus exclusively on supporting your child and creating the right environment for potty training. She gave us great tips on how to get started! And how to know when to proceed from immersion to the next stages of potty training. 

Jenny also told us her favorite potty's and gear. Including what to do when you are in restaurants and how to navigate daycare and travel situations. 

We also learn how to deal with the setbacks and regressions that are a natural part of the process and how pull-ups could actually be counterproductive to the potty training process.  

Unconventional tips, like how a yellow SOLO cup can help you potty train. 

How to deal with a child that is resisting potty training.

The answer to the question all mom's of boys have, do they pee sitting or standing? 

We also talk about the most common mistake you need to avoid, and the 3 C's of potty training: consistency, calm and commitment. 

We also share about our own potty training methods and adventures. 

Thank You Jenny for coming on the show! Learn more about Jenny's personalized consulting and classes here. You can also find her on Facebook and on her site

Show Notes:  

Primo 4-In-1 Potty

Munchkin 3-In-1 Potty

Polette Training Potty 

Yellow Cup

How to Deal With Potty Training Resistance

Tips: 

Noisy automatic flushing in public restrooms can scare young children. To de-activate the sensor place a post-it in front of it before your child sits. 

Picks: 

Oh Crap! Potty Training Books  

Aqueduck Faucet Extender

Flairosol Stylist Reusable Spray Bottle

 

EPISODE 93: SEX THERAPIST SAMARA FABRICK

 

Samara Fabrick is a California-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an experienced psychotherapist with over two decades of experience teaching couples how to have successful marriages. In this episode, she gives us tips and insights on how to stay in love and keep a strong connection with our partners when we have young children. 

She teaches us how to create a culture of appreciation and affection in our relationships that will lead to marital bliss.  Plus! How to insulate our relationships to withstand difficult times. 

Hear her tips on how to keep things steamy in the bedroom even after decades of marriage. These are guaranteed to increase the romance in your relationship! 

Paulina gets real about how Latino cultural attitudes impact our ability to talk about sex, impact our lives and shares tips on how to get more comfortable talking about the subject. 

Samara also shares with us a life-changing tip to improve intimacy with yourself and your partner that you don't want to miss!

Tips: 

 Express love and appreciation towards your spouse during good times, those expressions of love insulate your relationship during bad times. 

Create sacred space for your relationship for sensual activities like: reading poetry, foot massages, listening to music, take showers together. These activities promote intimacy even if they don't involve sex. 

Compliment your partner on a random day, it will serve as a quick confidence booster.

Get yourself in the mood: Take a shower, light some candles and set the mood for romance. If you build it, it will come.  

Picks: 

7 Principles for Making Marriage Work

The Power of When

Thank you so much to Samara Fabrick for sharing her professional and personal expertise with our listeners!  

Learn more about her and her practice on her site samarafabrick.com. 

 

EPISODE 92: VALENTINE' DAY SPECIAL-HOW WE MET OUR HUSBANDS

In this very special Valentine's Day episode, we share the stories behind how we met our husbands. 

The life-changing moment when Paulina first met her husband and the novela-like story that followed. Learn about the many up's and down's that have ensued in their long relationship and the many different ways that they have celebrated Valentine's Day. 

How a chance encounter led Bricia to find her true love and perfect match. Of course, Mezcal ,Bricia's special charm, and Chinese astrology were involved. Their spiritual and romantic road to happily ever after is quite cinematic. 

You don't want to miss all the emotional and juicy details! 

We also give advice on how to make sure you get what you want for Valentine's Day! 

Tips: 

Date your husband. Your husband comes first! 

Do random acts of kindness for your husband without expecting anything in return. 

Picks:

Liberator Hard Wedge Positioning Pillow

This week's episode was brought to you by I Love Mole! Check out the store for delicious and easy to prepare mole. 

EPISODE 91: MY MONEY, MY FUTURE

 

This week we spoke to Ramona Ortega from My Money, My Future a mission-driven financial tech company that combines tailored content and simple to use tools to help young consumers manage their money with confidence.

She talked to us about her mission to make sure people have the right information about money and break down the stigma about talking about money. In this episode, we discuss the basics of personal and family finances and issues like: credit, life insurance, wills, retirement plans and emergency savings. How to go from surviving to thriving!

Learn about financial triggers and the connection between money and emotion and why it leads to overspending.

We also dive into how to financially prepare for a new child, and how to talk to children about money and building wealth.

She breaks down the importance of credit, and why it speaks to you no matter where you go. Why not having credit is also a problem.

Why making money isn’t the same as having net-worth.

Bricia also gives us an update on her latest emergency preparedness buys and of. course our tips and picks of the weeks can be found below! 

There is so much knowledge in this episode.This episode is great for anyone that wants to go from surviving to thriving!

For more money advice visit her site Mi Dinero, Mi Futuro for more great tips and to access financial planning and budgeting tools. 

Show Notes: 

Mi Dinero, Mi Futuro

Dry Food for Emergency  

Portable Gas Stove and Butane

Fire Proof Safe

Tips and Picks: 

Digit Savings App

Robin Hood Investing App

Ally Online Banking

Things I Know for Sure

 

 

EPISODE 90: SURROGACY, BEING A MOM BOSS & WARRIOR OF LIFE @FRENCHCHEFWIFE

 

This week, we talk to #Momboss, and Warrior of Life, Krissy LeFevre who is Vice President of Ludo Management, Inc.  Krissy is the mother of a twin boy and girl that were delivered via surrogate.

In this powerful episode, she talked to us about her long seven-year journey to becoming a mother, after surviving cervical cancer, a hysterectomy, and a failed adoption.

She goes in depth into the process of retrieving her eggs, finding a surrogate and the surprising egg donor that made her dream of motherhood a reality.

She talked to us about her career trajectory from being an attorney, to being on The Apprentice, to building a worldwide food brand that includes multiple restaurants, and spearheading innovative food experiences across the country with her husband Chef Ludo.

Her experience on The Apprentice and how it prepared her to raise twins.

The reason why she posed for Playboy magazine and the role it played in her becoming a mother.

She also has a candid conversation with us about how to talk to kids about difficult subjects.

This is a perfect episode for anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with difficult circumstances, had difficulty conceiving or anyone who needs inspiration.  

You can follow Krissy and her family’s adventures by following them on Instagram: Krissy @frenchchefwife, her son Luca @lucaeats, and her husband, Chef Ludo @chefludo

Show Notes:

Ludo Bites America

All-Star Chef Classic

Trois Familia

Chef Ludo

Ludo Bird  

Petit Trois

Krissy’s Tips:

Krissy always speaks openly to her children. She has spoke candidly to them about how they were born. She believes in teaching moments, from encouraging her kids to help others, taking her daughter to the women’s march and to talking to them about immigration issues. Honesty is one of her most important parenting values.

Bricia Tips:

The New Yorker

Water Containers

 

EPISODE 89: HOW TO BEFRIEND YOUR TEENAGE SON

 

This week on the show we interviewed Rachel Matos Director of Social Media for We All Grow Latina Network and lifestyle blogger at The Art Muse. She talked to us about her life with her fiance and teenage son, and her experience with a divorce and moving across the country when her son was a child. 

Rachel shares tips on how to communicate with your teenage son, how to set boundaries, and how to foster a relationship as your son goes through various stages. 

She also talked to us about her background in art. Rachel honed her art skills at the School of Visual Arts and Columbia University and later worked in the museum field as a program curator and lecturer/educator for prestigious institutions like The Guggenheim and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We have a special guest during our introduction that you don't want to miss! 

This episode and our “It’s The Little Things,” segment is brought to you by Munchkin, developing innovative, modern and credible products for babies and children that make parents lives easier and more enjoyable by thinking of the little things.

Show Notes: 

Tony Robbins Business Mastery

Cristela Alonzo Netflix Special

The Art Muse

We All Grow Latina Network

Seven Things To Do With Your Teenage Son

Tips and Picks: 

Calm App for Meditation

How I Built This

Kubo and The Two Strings