**This is a “Summer Survival Guide” guest post by Laura Hernandez** This summer is set up to be a summer unlike any other! I am here to help. And instead of adding more crazy to an already chaotic year, let’s get back to the basics. I want to help you set up simple routines and easy systems that take back a little control for you, Mama, and give a bit of control to your kiddos, too. Here are five ways we thrive at home with our ten kids during the long summer days. WORKING There are a few key themes that...

Do I have your attention? The title of this blog post sounds pretty charged, right? At first read, it’s definitely not PC in these volatile times of protests and demonstrations to fight for justice and make sure black voices are heard, and more importantly that their lives matter. Amid all this chaos and noise of the current climate, the pain and sadness I feel and see, this quote, the title of this post, came to my mind. “My Friend’s Not Black.” About a couple years ago, I started the conversation with...

I had the opportunity to interview Meena Harris on my show today! She is the founder and CEO of Phenomenal Woman, a female-powered lifestyle brand that brings awareness to social causes, and the author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea. She is a Harvard Law graduate, entrepreneur and mom, who is now adding the title of Children’s Book author to her resume. I previewed her new book Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea and read it to my 6-year old, and he was into it! The book has great illustrations and the story...

I love the creativity, hilarity and light-heartedness being spawned by the pandemic…and Mother’s Day is not immune! Typically our kids would still be in school and their ever so thoughtful teachers usually assign and create a craft for the kids to bring home to Mom, but not this year. In all seriousness, I am the type who really isn’t expecting or needing a material gift, but I also won’t lie, it is nice to get a little something (from Baby Daddy *hint hint*) to let me know that I am thought of and appreciated....

I don’t know about everyone else, but this distance learning is not easy! It was one thing to help my kids with their nightly homework assignments and try to figure out how to do “common core,” but managing their assignments, tempering emotions (theirs and mine), plus keeping them focused and on track for school, is tough to say the least! A lot of us have questions about online learning, especially as we all learn as we go. I know one of my concerns has been making sure they stay on target as far as meeting education...

My new “normal” of juggling work from home, schooling from home and just being home ALL THE TIME, is making me anxious. On the one hand, I was thrown back to my days of being the stay at home Mom when the kids were still rolling around in a stroller…which is sort of like self-quarantine, because one thing I always craved was adult interaction. Fast-forward, now the kids are school age and while they are self-sufficient in some ways, distance learning and keeping them (educationally) engaged are the new challenges....

We’re at the end of week 4, sheltering in place is feeling a bit more normal. I go from my daytime yoga pants to my night time sweats. The kids have asked to stop going places, because well, we can’t! I’ve had to make sure I get in my steps and take laps around the neighborhood for fresh air, or even just hop in the car for a drive…just to get away. Everyday is a new challenge and while we try to adjust, so do the kids. But is anyone feeling coronavirus cabin fever? I spoke to parenting expert and author...

I’ve been taking my queue from social media and other photos I’ve seen posted by my fellow Mommy friends, as far as activities and things to do with the kids while we shelter in place. An easy, yet fun and creative project is to make your own mosaic with sidewalk chalk! I have also seen this done on windows too. View this post on Instagram ⭐️ #star #estrella #sidewalk #art #chalk #kidart #mosaic #outdooractivity #momlife #53weeks A post shared by Aubrey Aquino (@fifty3weeks) on Mar 31, 2020...

We’re entering week 4 for the stay at home, shelter in place, self-quarantine orders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m pretty sure we are all starting to feel it. When I say “it,” I mean the stress, the fear, uncertainty and challenges of trying to do it all. And one of the most frequent requests from my kids is, ” What do we have to eat?” This question is also a big challenge because I would love to have more time to cook up or even think up healthy snacks and meals to have on tap for...

Spring has sprung and with Easter around the corner and our current “shelter in place” lock down, many of us are feeling isolated and confined to our homes. Well, I’m no expert, but pair that with the sudden home schooling duties with our kids and chaos of being throw in to a different routine, and I am all ears for ideas on how to keep the peace! I’ve been working from home too, and while my regular lifestyle show has been put on hiatus status in favor of additional coronavirus programming, I am finding new...

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