Episode 174: Our SM 2018 Baby Holiday Gift Guide- explained & #SMPosada18 Recap

 
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This week on the podcast, we talk all about our FIRST-EVER baby holiday gift guide brought to you by Target! Paulina walks us through each pick and discusses why you should grab this gift for your friend, sister or even yourself.

For the full list of links, visit our blog post: Super Mamás 2018 Baby Holiday Gift Guide. When you spend $50 on baby toys at Target you get a $10 coupon in return! This ends 12/15 so hurry! While you’re there, check out Cat & Jack for the outfits for your kids. It’s Holiday Portrait Season so #BePrepared. Don’t feel like getting out of your car? Try out their Drive-Up feature via the Target Cartwheel App. Watch our adventure on our IGTV!

We also talk all about the #SMPosada18, how it all got started, what happened behind the scenes & Bricia’s Christmas PJ Party the night before. It’s was one fun and inspiring-filled weekend ⚡️

Want to make your own board at home? Check out our blog post on how to make a vision board, here. Also, want to make the night more interesting? Invite a couple of friends over, ask them to each bring 3 $5 bills and play Bricia’s game-night go-to Left, Right, Center. Someone can walk aways with $120.

Thank you to Harlow Planning (& dad), Madre Florals, Luz Warrior from Let there be Luz Podcast, Wendy Amara, Melissa Banos, Churro Service, Violeta, Liz Trejo and Liz Lopez for making our Super Mamás Vision Board Posada the best yet!

To see everything from #SMPosada18, check out our blog post: Vision Board Posada 2018.

For more information on Manifest Day, check them out here. Also, want a little inspiration of what to write in the back of your vision board. Here is Melissa’s letter:

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Episode 173: Our SM 2018 Holiday Gift Guide-explained!

 
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This week on the show, we talk all about our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve reviewed and selected some of our year’s favorite picks (plus a few new ones) and created a guide that is perfect for your fellow super mamá/sister/comadre. Before getting into it, we also talk about the spirit of Christmas and tree decorating.

For the full list and links of the items on our gift guide, visit our blog post! Comment below which gift you’re planning on gifting or the item you want for yourself ;)

 

Episode 172: The Power of Giving with Cynthia Perez

 
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This week on the show we have our dear longtime friend Cynthia Perez to talk about the power of giving. Since Cynthia was young, she knew she wanted to be a donor and this year, Cynthia’s dream was realized. She donated her kidney to a family friend without any hesitation. She takes us through her journey and talks about some of the challenges she faced, her husband’s undeniable support, her family’s reaction, her recovery and the misconception around organ donation in the Latino community. Cynthia takes the power of giving to a whole new level.

Before the interview, Paulina and Bricia talk about their Thanksgiving plans (check out this Harper’s Bazaar article), Paulina’s “Spartan Race” (LOL) and Bricia’s eventful weekend with her husband in Santa Barbara.

Check out Cynthia’s yummy baking creations by following her on the gram, @pastelcakeandconfections .

Our conversation with Cynthia Perez

Who is Cynthia Perez- tell us about a bit about yourself?

Who is Julian to you? 

What was the process of donating your kidney like?

How long did the entire process take from your decision to donate your kidney to the procedure?

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced?

How long was your recovery?

Did you go through some sort of therapy beforehand?

How did you explain to this your family? 

How has your body been affected post surgery? 

What lesson do you hope your daughters/husband/family/our listeners can take from this?

How is Julian today?

How do we confront the misconceptions regarding donating an organ? 

How is your life today as a donor?

Lifespan of a living kidney donor

If you or someone you know is interested in donating an organ, here are a couple of resources with plentiful information: 

www.unos.org – living donation organization

www.kidney.org – help people affected with all kinds of kidney disease;

www.georgelopezfoundation.org – helps raise awareness with underprivileged children, military regarding health and education and awareness with kidney and organ donation

www.donatelife.net – Register yourself to be a donor.

Pick or Tip of the Week

Cynthia’s tip is to never underestimate the power of feeling gratitude, but also expressing it. Say thank you not only this week, but every day. Also, make your appointment with the Santa at The Grove, they offer incredible service.

Paulina and Bricia’s tip is to visit Target for incredible Black Friday deals like these:

 

Episode 171: Business Owner, Mom & Veteran, Blanca Bribiesca

 
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This Tuesday we are honoring all those who have given their service to our country with an interview with business owner, mom and veteran, Blanca Bribiesca. Blanca served 15 years in the United Stated Marine Corps and is now a business owner of the boutique HABITAT in Joshue Tree. We talk about how her time in the Marines manifested into motherhood, why she decided to serve, her experiences with each deployment and her journey as a new business owner. Thank you for your service, Blanca!

You can find Blanca on IG as @casa.de.bribiesca & her shop @shophabitat2.

Before the interview, Bricia talks about the wedding she’s attending and Paulina talks about her upcoming Spartan race. Has anyone done the Spartan Sprint?? Comment below any tips/tricks!

Our Interview with Blanca Bribiesca

Tell us a bit about yourself.

What did that bravery come from?/ Did you always want to do that?

How was Marine Training?

Deployment & the differences between men and women in service

How has being in the marines manifested in motherhood?

What do you remember from each deployment that has made an impact on who you are today?

What is the message you’ve learned from your time?

How or do you even explain to your children of you and your husband’s experiences?

How do you practice that center-ness?

What are some military routines (for kids & adults)?

Tell us about how you started with HABITAT?

How is living in a base?

What are some misconceptions that you hear about your service?

What are some of the biggest challenges you faced when opening HABITAT?

How are you going to celebrate Veterans Day?

Pick or Tip of the Week

Blanca is loving Yerba Mate Tea right now. It gives her the caffeine kick she’s looking for without the inevitable crash of coffee.

Paulina pick is Amy Schumer’s movie, I Feel Pretty, which you can stream on Netflix! It’s a movie about body positivity and self love- & we all need some of that. Paulina also looking to Cat & Jack for the girl’s Thanksgiving dinner outfits. Who else dresses up for Thanksgiving when you’re only going to be around family?

Bricia’s pick is the audiobook, Own the Day, Own your Life by Aubrey Marcus. It’s basically the ultimate self help book that will guide you to optimize every single moment of your day. If your master your day, you can then master your life. It’s a great listen on your way to work.

 

Episode 170: Getting a hold on our relationship with Time with Life & Business Coach Wendy Amara

 
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Happy Holidays! It’s finally November, Thanksgiving is two weeks away and the year is almost over. Where did the time go?! Well, returning guest and life coach Wendy Amara will help you answer that question. Today we talk all about time management, strategies we can apply to our own lives to increase productivity, how we can change our perspective of time to create and build a healthier relationship with it, how everyone should start their day, the difference between urgent & important, & more.

Before the episode, Bricia and Paulina gives us an update. Bricia with Eduardo and Paulina with sleep training all the girls, especially Zixta.

Get in contact with Wendy by visiting her website and schedule your free introductory call at WendyAmara.com or give her a call at (818) 395-2645. ALSO she’s having an amazing event on November 11th, for more information check out manifestday,com & @manifest_day on IG.

Our Conversation with Wendy Amara

(9:00) What is a life & business coach? Check out our last episode with Wendy, here

(11:50): What is time management

(14:07): What are some productivity strategies that we can apply to our lives? Some of the questions we must ask ourselves:

  • How am I spending my time? Where is my time going?

  • What are my priorities? What do I want to spend my time doing?

  • What is the experience/feeling I want to have?

  • Do I respect my time? Do others respect my time? What is my relationship with my time?

(17:25): Being 100% in control of my time BUT how do I with 3 kids?

(19:21): A mom’s relationship with time

(28:00): How should someone start their day? 

(30:00): What millionaires do at the beginning of their day?

(30:48): How far in advance can we plan our lives?

(33:45): Should we be writing all these things down?

(35:00): How do we eliminate distractions?

(44:55): What is the difference between things that are urgent and things that are important?

(47:35): Why do you think it’s so hard for us to delegate tasks to other people? 

(51:10): How can we motivate ourselves? What are some examples of motivation?

Pick or Tip of the Week

(56:35): Wendy suggests naming your calendar. It’ll help you learn how to own your time and start building a relationship with it.

(58:10): After building her workspace, Paulina’s tip is for you to do that same. Clean out your clutter, get yourself a happy light and get to work.

(59:55): Bricia’s this week is Target’s new service, Drive Up. You basically, go into the Target app, place your order and then drive up to your Target and the items will be brought out to your car! You can get baby food, snacks, diapers and basically everything that is non-perishable & it’s super quick and super easy.

 

Episode 169: Spooky Halloween Stories with the Super Mamás

 
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Boo! It’s Halloween and the Super Mamás talk spooky stories and picking out supplies for their DIY costumes at their favorite store, Target. From Paulina’s Disney family inspo, to the King of Pop, we got Halloween on lock. Also, Bricia talks about her scary/weird story with lil Eduardo and Paulina talks about her Halloween story with “Amanda” at her old apartment back in the day. Happy Halloween Super Mamás!

Happy Halloween with the Super Mamás:

(3:00): Paulina’s halloween costume inspiration

 

(7:40): Baby Eduardo’s DIY Halloween costume

(9:00): Earning your mom badge with DIY activities, school projects and cooking

(12:09): Bricia’s scary/weird story with her son

(24:28): Paulina’s ~spooky~ story

(32:40): The difference between the US and Mexico during Halloween

Our Pick/Tip of the Week

(33:20): Struggling to find last minute costume ideas today? Visit your local Target and pick up something like this: Unicorn Mascot Costume Head

Also, in a rush? Download the Target App and use their new Drive Up service. Bricia has been using this A LOT lately. You place your order directly on the app, then once you park, your items are brought out to your car by a Target member! Easy peasy.

Episode 168: Sleep Training & Beyond with Sweet Dreams LA's KIMBERLY VON SLOMSKI

 

This week on the show we talk sleeping! From the youngest to the oldest in the family, how can we all get more sleep? How can we deal with the upcoming time change? What is the best Sleeping routine? These and many more questions are answered by sleep training expert, Kimberly Von Slomski- founder of Sweet Dreams LA.  Kimberly has worked with babies and children for the past 23 years and is a Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and Lactation Educator Counselor. She believes that babies and parents alike need sleep for happiness and well being (Yaaass to more sleep!!).

Before the interview, Paulina and Bricia talk #LibraSeason birthdays and their upcoming plans for the holidays. Bricia just wants a white Christmas, is that too much to ask for?! 😫

You can find more information about Kimberly by visiting SweetDreamsLA.com & by following her on IG at @SweetDreams.LA.

Our Interview with KIMBERLY VON SLOMSKI

(11:40): Tell us a little bit about yourself/ how did you get into this profession/ how long have you been doing it?

(14:16): What age range do you specialize in?

(14:45): What is sleep training?

(16:00): What is your position on the cry-it out sleep training method?

(19:00): Paulina’s experience with the crying out method

(20:20): Is it harder to train babies a year later?

(21:50): Babies sleeping alone vs sleeping with siblings

(23:50): Breastfeeding & Sleep training recommendations

(25:13): How does a session work with you? How do you determine whats the best action for a baby?

(29:00): How many hours of sleep should a baby be getting?

(31:00): Daylight savings is coming up, do you have any tips we can implement in our sleep routines?

(32:50): Tips for Daylight Savings time for older kids

(33:48): How do you determine sleep problems in kids?

(38:10): What is a good bedtime routine for babies/toddlers?

(40:50): How do you stop kids to coming into your bed?

(42:20): Babies moving into their toddler bed tips

(43:20): It’s the weekend and I want to sleep more, how can my kids sleep more?

(46:35): Traveling! How do you adjust your kid to a new time zone? & thoughts on melatonin

Pick or Tip of the Week

(49:28): Bricia’s Cloud Island Blackout curtains were/are key for her getting Eddie to sleep & after this conversation she is 100% purchasing the Hatch Baby Rest Night Light & Sound Machine

(50:12): Paulina's tips are 1. Get a great baby monitor 2. Wink Naturals Kid's Sleep Melts

(52:48): For families who travel or are planning on traveling, Kimberly recommends packing black trash bags and painters tape to tape the windows in hotel rooms for instant black out curtains! Genius 🙌🏽

 

Episode 167: The Love & Strength of a Mother with Cindy Shank & Rudy Valdez from HBO's, The Sentence

 
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This week on the show, Paulina sits down with Rudy Valdez and Cindy Shank- the brother and sister behind the new HBO documentary, The Sentence. The Sentence explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing through the story of Cindy, a mother of three young children and told through the eyes and camera of her younger brother, Rudy Valdez.

HBO’s The Sentence is now on demand on HBO GO, HBO NOW! Make sure to check your local listings. Also, follow the movie on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Our Conversation with Rudy Valdez

(7:58): What part of Mexico is your family from?

(9:00): What got you into filmmaking?

(10:50): How did this experience change/affect your family? How did it change you?

(13:05): How are your nieces now?

(14:50): You fought many years for the freedom of your sister. I imagine that you had moments of weakness ... how did you overcome them?

(16:56): How did the family react to the idea of filming a documentary and exposing the family situation to the public?

Our Conversation with Cindy Shank

(23:10): Tell us a little bit about what happened leading up to your prison sentence (so listeners get a better background of what happened)

(24:00): What did it feel like to be away from your family for so long- what was going through your mind when they came to your door?

(25:10): The importance of the father

(26:30): How did it change you? How did you come out of it?

(27:50): The issue on shame

(28:50): Describe the feeling of finding out you had been granted early release.

(29:35): How did this whole experience affect your daughters? Any tips to pass along to our mothers/mothers who may be going through the same/similar experience or know someone who is?

(31:20): The ultimate bond between a parent and a child

(31:55): How did you acclimate to life outside? Did you find many things had changed? Any issues with new technology?

(33:45): Favorite memory since your release?

Shownotes

Mr. Quentin Bacon - @quentinbaconphoto

 

Episode 166: Starting your own business with Ramona Ortega from Azlo

 
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This week on the show Paulina and Bricia sit down with third-time returning guest and financial guru, Ramona Ortega and talk entrepreneurship. She covers the first questions you have to ask yourself before opening your business, monetization strategy, business finances and structure, the differences between a sole proprietorship, LLC, C-Corp and the benefits of opening up an online business checking account. If you’re thinking of making your side hustle a business, this one is for you.

Before the interview, Paulina and Elizabeth sit down and discuss their weekends and their Oaxaca trip. While Elizabeth had a not-so-great weekend, Paulina gushes about her new at-home office project and HBO’s new documentary The Sentence, which we’ll be hosting a viewing party at Bricia’s on October 15th at 8PM & we would love it if everyone joined in and watched with us via IG! After the movie, we’ll be going Live to discuss the film. See you all there!

Our Conversation with Ramona Ortega

(11:52): Start of the interview

(19:40): Understanding what you’re selling- what problem are you solving? Are you a service or a product?

(20:40): To whom are you selling to?

(21:50): How big is the market?

(22:10): How are you going to make money? AKA your Monetization Strategy

(24:00): Bricia’s Life Example- Why asking is the most important attribute in business

(24:27): What is it that people need to grow their business?

(27:35): Business Finances & Legal Structure, “It’s easier to prevent something than to fix something after it’s messed up.” Explaining Sole proprietor

(29:40): LLC, “When you start to grow you want to think of of different structures”

(31:09): C-Corp Explained

(32:06): Keeping your money STRAIGHT! Taxes, invoicing and getting paid

(35:17): How do you prove your potential for growth?

(35:45): The Benefits of online business checking with AZLO

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(39:20): How to capitalize your company and how to track it

(40:35): Write-off and (more) tax advice

(44:15): AZLO: free, no minimums, integration of third-party apps (Shopify, quickbooks, stripe), workshops on negotiation, resident alien on-boarding, no international transaction fees

(46:35): What would you say to people who are hesitant of going online rather than a traditional banking center?

Pick or Tip of the Week

(50:45): To the people who have a passion project, Ramona wants you to write down how your going to make that project into profit and figure out what your next steps are to go forward. Also, for business advice gems, follow @AzloNow on Twitter.

Ramona is also reading Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb to learn how to build your resilience and how to make yourself strong & catching up on Dexter on Netflix

(52:40): Paulina 110% recommends Netflix’s new Spanish series, La Casa de la Flores AKA The House of Flowers. It’s AMAZING!

(54:35): Bricia wants us all to listen to this podcast episode from The School of Greatness- EP. 679 THE MIND IS WHAT CONTROLS THE BODY. It’s sounds of this world, but you will learn a whole lot of breaking patterns in your life.

 

Episode 165: Zixta is ONE, reflecting back on my first year as a mother of three

 

This week on the show, Paulina sits down with Bricia to talk about her first year as a mother of three. Time flew by and baby Zixta has already turned one! We talk birthday party planning, how this celebration is Paulina’s way to celebrate herself more than the baby, the ups and downs of the past year and how after all this time she is finally getting the hang of life with her three girls. We also discuss the different ways she has mothered all three kids and what has made her life easier now that she has he hands full.

In conversation with Bricia and Paulina

(6:00): Zixta’s first birthday party & Paulina’s party planning process

(8:35): Party planning ideas with @HarlowPlanning

(10:30): What is soft play?

(13:37): Remembering childhood birthdays (and lack thereof lol)

(15:50): Third-time mom update with Paulina

(17:50): How taking a trip changed Paulina’s mindset and marriage

(19:40): How having 3 girls have become the norm and how much her girls have helped her this year

(24:01): How is mothering Zixta different then the other two?

(29:40): When you look at their personalities, is it different personalities come with different ways you speak to them? Or do they bring out different sides of you? How is that towards three different children?

(33:08): Do you still read up on milestones compared to the other babies?

(34:50): Party planning 2.0 with Target Spritz and outfit shopping with Cat & Jack

Pick or Tip of the Week

(38:18): Aside from Target Spritz, Paulina wants YOU to have fun planning any birthday because at the end of the day, it’s all about what you want. Also, tip 2.0- don’t forget to spend time with your hubby/significant other.

(41:15): Bricia’s tip isn’t directly tied to birthday parties BUT it’s helpful for storing things for birthday parties LOL. She encourages EVERYONE to get Damp Rid Moisture Absorb to take care of excess moisture and prevent the smell of must in your closets, pantry, etc.

(47:40): Questions Game (copy and paste into your notes!)
1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling ... “

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.



 

Episode 164: Let's talk Autism with Autism Speaks Family Representative Kameena Dawkins

 

This week on the show we have Autism Speaks Family Representative and World Autism Ambassador, Kameena Dawkins speaking to us all things Autism. Kameena is the first and only Multi-Ethnic/ Afro-American Parent Partner to hold several posts in the Autism Speaks Network and is a resilient single mother of a 16-year-old on the spectrum. She answers all our questions regarding ASD, such as: What’s the earliest age we can see signs of Autism in our kids? What are the first steps to take as a parent? What is the best way to approach a family with a child on the spectrum? & more. We also talk about the disparities in care that families of color receive when dealing with ASD and resources available for low-income families. 

Before the interview, Paulina and Bricia talk mom fails, puppies (lol) and re-sleep training little Eduardo.

Our Conversation with Kameena Dawkins

(14:44): A brief introduction of who you are, Autism Speak organization & the work you do for them?

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(17:25): What is ASD? 

(21:55): How common is this? What’s the earliest age that we can see signs of Autism in our kids? 

(22:50): The color issue (in regards to Autism)

(25:30): What are the first steps to take as a parent if we see signs in our children? 

(27:38): What is the best way to approach a family with a child on the spectrum?

(29:00): What is code Adam?

(33:50): Do we know any signs of prevention? 

(37:50): What is residential? 

(41:10): Is there a higher prevalence of Autism in people of color? 

(42:40): Are there affordable resources available for low-income families?

(47:18): You recently published a “Puberty and Adolescent Resource Tool Kit,” Was there an experience you went through and you were said “this needs to exist”?

Reach out to Kameena via IG, @kameenaspeaks and email her, kameenaspeaks@gmail.com. Also, be on the lookout for her new book, “Black & Blue: The Inside Job to Healing in Autism through Self-Care” on her blog healingselfcare.wordpress.com

Pick or Tip of the Week

(54:45): Kameena cannot say enough good things about the Disney Cruise. As she said, your kids will never forget this experience.

(59:10): Paulina has been all about the Babyganics insect wipes to prevent bug bites & lavender/peppermint essential oil for sooth bites. They’re the best!

(1:01:01): Bricia’s tip is make your way down to Valle De Guadalupe wine country and enjoy some yummy food and delicious wine.

 

Episode 163: Julissa Arce- The Power of an Immigrant Dream

 

This week on the show we have our friend, political commentator, speaker, writer and best-selling author of My (Underground) American Dream, Julissa Arce. Julissa is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. We talk about her & our experiences as undocumented immigrants, the most valuable lessons she learned from her parents and her new book, Someone Like Me- which is available now.

Before the interview, Bricia and Elizabeth share their weekend in Valle de Guadalupe and their Christmas conundrum. Get to planning your holidays, ladies!

our conversation with Julissa Arce

(10:20): Let us know who are you (on the quick lol)?

(11:40): Where are you from? Where did you grow up? How did you find yourself in America?

(15:00): Takes us through your journey of being a undocumented to becoming a wall street executive.

(17:00): Becoming undocumented at the age of 14

(21:00): What do you think set you on this successful path? What are the most valuable lessons your parents taught you?

(27:09): When do you think you experienced the most growth?

(31:00): When did you decide to write a book/ how did that come about? At what point did you leave your wall street job?

(35:11): Tell us a little bit about your new book, Someone Like Me: How one Undocumented Girl Fought for her?

(38:55): If you could back to your 11 year old self, what would you tell her?

(40:10): Ascend Educational Fund- AEF is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, regardless of their ethnicity, national original or immigration status. How can we get involved?

Follow Julissa on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Pick or Tip of the Week

(42:10): After hearing a story from her friend, Paulina URGES everyone to have a fire extinguisher in their homes. Order one on Amazon today!

(45:20): Pre-order/buy Julissa’s new book by visiting her website, JulissaArce.com & register for her at the book launch in LA, by clicking here. Also, wanna get that Julissa glow? Get yourself the Nars Highlighter- Ibiza.

(48:50): Are you a toaster or toaster-oven kind of person? Bricia is in L.O.V.E with her new the Smart Oven Pro Breville toaster oven. 10/10 would recommend.

 

Episode 162: Learning to Give Back with Global Gift Foundation's Alina Peralta

 

This week on the show we have #MomBoss Alina Peralta, founder of Global Gift Foundation USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to working on projects that benefit women and children. We talk about her journey in building the multinational organization, why it is important to teach our children to give back from a young age and the many ways that we can give back even when it is not within our budget. 

Bricia is back from Oaxaca and she tells us a really funny story about little Eduardo. She also recommends us to check out the RISE Together podcast, a relationship and marriage podcast.

You can find more information about the Global Gift Foundation by visiting their website GlobalGiftFoundationUSA.org, following them on IG as @GlobalGiftUSA and Facebook.

our interview with Alina Peralta

(7:14): What is the overall mission of the Global Gift Foundation

(8:01): What was your first job? 

(9:26): How did you get from that first job to creating your foundation?

(10:34): How did you end up in Europe?

(13:33): What do you think prepared you for your job today?

(19:33): Do you think that the only way we can teach our children is by example? 

(23:40): Tips on how can we teach our children to give back & how do you start your own non-profit?

(27:13) Do you have tips on how much we should give back? Is there a right amount?

(30:40): Are there any other ways to give back that doesn’t involve money?

(34:55): How do you think that [being brought up by women] shaped who you are today?

Pick or Tip of the week

(42:36): Alina dropped some major picks: Dove’s Exfoliating Body Polish, Blueberry Açaí Facial scrub from Trader Joe’s and Olly Vitamins (women’s multi, vibrant skin, restful sleep, endless energy, goodbye stress & kids multi + probiotics are her favorite)

(46:20): Bricia also LOVES the restless sleep Olly vitamin. She only takes one and it gives her the best sleep ever without feeling groggy in the morning.

(48:50): Paulina recommends us calling 211 or their website for general information on mental health, housing, heath care, income & employment, etc.

 

Episode 161: Conscious Parenting with Somos Padres, Yesenia Mendoza-Menchaca

 

This week on the podcast we have our friend and co-host of the Somos Padres Podcast, Yesenia Mendoza-Menchaca. We discuss Yesenia's 6-episode Summer Series podcast project in which she deconstructs the meaning of parenting. We ask her questions such as: what is your definition of discipline? How do we set limits on our child in a healthy way? Is parenting a selfish act? We also do a dive deep into quotes from the ultimate conscious parenting expert, Dr. Shefali Tsabary.

But first, Bricia is away in Oaxaca so Paulina and Elizabeth sit down and chat about their long Labor Day weekend. 

You can stream Somos Padres on iTunes and find them at somos-padres.com and on Instagram as @somos.padres. Follow Yesenia on Instagram as @Iam.Yesenia

Our conversation with Yesenia Mendoza-Menchaca

(12:50): How did you come up with the summer series idea?

(13:50): Episode 21: Summer Series (Ep.1): Deconstructing Parenting

(15:00): Episode 22: Summer Series (Ep.2) Discipline

(17:30): Episode 23: Summer Series (Ep.3): Conditional vs Unconditional love

(24:50):  Episode 24: Summer Series (Ep.4): Inequality [in our homes]

(28:28): Episode 25: Summer Series (Ep.5): Is Parenting a Selfish Act?

VIDEO: Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations - Dr. Shefali Tsabary: Conscious Parenting Can Change the World

(35:30): Deconstructing- “we not only want them to represent ourselves but the better part of ourselves that we haven’t even become yet”

(38:40): Deconstructing- “Raising our children without a hierarchical view - what kind of children are you going to have if you’re not in charge?”

(40:38): what is true self-care?

(45:00): Deconstructing- "Parents would rather believe that they have a bad child then accept that it’s an inner problem for themselves. the unacceptance of our child’s essence, every manifestation of that is where we have to grow. We are scared to drop our ego’s”

Pick or Tip of the Week

Yesenia suggests that we take a parenting class that speaks to us specifically, start looking with ECHO. Also, curious about her reading list? Click here and add the The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer to it. 

Paulina is all about the Oprah podcast. Listen to her interview with Dani Shapiro: What Do You Believe?

Bricia's ultimate spiritual read is The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav. Tip: Listen to it via audible because it can get DEEP. 

 

EPISODE 160: Twins, career & fun at the LA county Fair with Cielo Castro

 

This week on the show we have mom boss Cielo Castro, Chief of Staff at Fairlplex to speak on how she navigates motherhood of TWINS and her new job/ career move. We also speak on work-life balance with a 10-12hr day, putting her mom guilt aside for her career and how she makes it all work at home with her husband's help. We also talk about all the new exciting things at this year's LA County Fair in Pomona. With Cielo's help, the fair has become so much more family-friendly and she shares with us all the ways we can all save. 

Before the interview, Bricia and Paulina reminisce on our Super Mamás Night Out event! Thank you ladies for making this one the best event yet! For more information and pics, click here

Also! Want to visit the LA County Fair this year? Visit our SM IG to learn how YOU can win a family 4-pack to the fair and/or use the LACOUNTY code for 6.60 entry on September 2nd! The fair runs from Aug. 31 – Sept. 23 (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays except Labor Day, Sept. 3).

For more information about the LA County Fair visit the LA County Fair website, Facebook Instagram and Twitter & Fairplex's Instagram. 

BIO- Cielo is Chief of Staff at Fairplex, a nonprofit, 501(c)5 organization that leads a 487-acre campus proudly located in the City of Pomona.  Fairplex is a public-private partnership with the County of Los Angeles and is home of the LA County Fair and more than 500 year-round events.  She came to Fairplex after serving as Transparency Officer for the City of Los Angeles Office of City Administrative Officer, acting as executive liaison with external stakeholders and providing oversight support for the City’s $8 billion budget.  Cielo was previously Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, where she was responsible for discretionary grantmaking; staff hiring, recruitment and development; and policy issues including immigration, housing and community development.   Cielo served the Obama Administration as Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC, where she advised the Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development on policy and political matters regarding a $50 billion grant portfolio and over 1,200 grantees.  Previously, she had seven years of experience working with elected officials as Director of Constituency Services with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and in outreach roles with the National League of Cities.  

Our conversation with Cielo Castro

(11:27): How did you get started with Fairplex?

(13:32): Tell us how amazing it was working for the Obama administration

(14:53): Where did you get your masters?

(17:20): What is life with twins?

(18:17): How did you transition from your new role & motherhood?

(20:01): How did having kids help you in your field?

(21:44): How do you plan your schedule? 

(25:30): What did you family say about your marriage dynamic? How did that conversation start?

(33:45): What is it inside of you that helps you put your mom guilt aside?

Get your Kicks...at the LA County Fair

(38:50): How long have you been prepping for this?

(39:10): When does it open? & where is it?

(40:15): Have the twins been out to the fair yet?

(41:28): The theme of this year’s fair! 

(43:40): Stay saving at the LA County Fair- The LA County Fair has $6.60 admissions deals for LA County residents on Sept 2nd. Here is a link to more than a dozen ways to save 

(46:25): How big is your team?

(49:56): Fairplex app 

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(51:42): Date night ideas 

(55:21): Animals at the Fair! 

(58:12): FairKids field trip programs

Pick of Tip of the Week 

(59:24): Cielo recommends everyone sign up for that Amazon Prime subscription! Get on it, ladies. 

(1:00:42): Paulina's secret to her under eyes is OLEHENRIKSEN's Banana Bright Eye Crème & OLEHENRIKSEN3 Makeup Wonders Kit

(1:01:56): Bricia is getting prepared for the LA County Fair with her SPF 50 spray from SUPERGOOP! & here's the photo of Bricia's ideal driving situation: 

 

 

EPISODE 159: KEEPING UP WITH THE SUPER MAMÁS - BACK TO SCHOOL

 
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Our keeping up with the Super Mamás episode is back with a special back-to-school themed episode. The first day back to school is right around the corner and we discuss Paulina’s experience with Sabina’s school, Bricia’s efforts to get more involved, uniforms & school lunches, the ratio of kids to teachers and our school year goals. But first, Paulina talks about her weekend with all 4 kids (is baby #4 on the way? LOL) and Bricia fills us in on he romantic trip to Nashville. 

We want to know what your school year goals are! Comment them below. 

In conversation with the Super Mamás

(3:05): Paulina's weekend with all 4 kids

(5:45): Bricia's trip to Nashville!

(8:24): Expectation vs Reality 

(14:25): Is baby #4 on the way anytime soon?

((16:37): Bricia's welcome to pre-school packet 

(17:39): The reality of not being involved at your child's schooling 

(18:31): Bricia's tip to getting more involved & the ratio of kids:teachers 

(20:28): Being empathetic with your teachers 

(21:45): Being present and noticing the slight differences with your kids 

(24:44): The consequences Paulina noticed of not being involved with Sabina' schooling

(25:15): Uniforms & school clothes 

(34:44): School lunches 

(38:40): Homework 

(39:30): TK / Preschool questions. Listen to both of these for more information:

EP-08: Bilingual Struggles & Episode 30- Early Education 101

(42:40): Craving a routine/consistency 

Pick or Tip of the Week

(45:23): In a rush to a birthday party and not prepared for a gift? Hit up your local Barnes & Noble, pick up a book and get it wrapped for FREE. Yes, free! Thanks, Paulina! 

QUICK STORY (50:16): The most graceful mom in the airport 

(52:47): Bricia's in love with her ABLE bag that she purchased in Nashville & her Goe Oil from Jao Brand. Also, if you're ever in Nashville, hit up White's Mercantile!

 

 

 

EPISODE 158: SINGLE MOM BOSS, MARI RONQUILLO FROM LYME LITE MEDIA

 
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This week on the podcast we have the ultimate mom boss, Mari Ronquillo from Lyme Lite Media to speak on the challenges of single motherhood, building her very successful business from the bottom up, her pure hustling mindset and the motivation behind achieving her dreams. Mari keeps things very real and opens up about all the struggles she faced to show us all that no matter what obstacle you face, you can & will overcome.  

Before the interview, Paulina and Bricia discuss how both their summers are going. Bricia is heading to Nashville this weekend, while Paulina is going to take care of her kids plus little Eddie. We also get into to Bricia's first playdate experience and the proper ettiequte. What are your playdate guidelines? Comment below! 

Lyme Lite Media and PR was founded by Mari Ronquillo in 2007. Raised by immigrant parents, mother from Mexico and her father from the Philippines, they instilled hard work and passion into her at an early age. While working as an intern producer at 93.5 KDAY Los AngelesMari realized that her gift was far more then production, but to help artists get exposure. Her first opportunity to get an artist exposure ended up becoming a success and led her to event coordinate all in one for one of the biggest concerts that year.

Mari then Graduated with her BA in Multi Media Production from Cal State Northridge, and started Lyme Lite Media -a full service Public Relations firm that would soon become one of the most sought out boutique PR Firms within the business. 

You can follow Mari Ronquillo on Instagram, @lymelitemedia

Our conversation with Mari Ronquillo

(16:52): Who is Mari Ronquillo?

(17:50): How did you get started in the industry?

(23:34): What got you through those moments when you felt like you couldn’t do it?

(25:35): Her biggest break & asking for help despite her pride

(27:30): Family & tough love

(33:20): Let's brag real quick 

(34:40): What do you attribute your success to?

(36:03): Tell us your motherhood journey

(42:40): Therapy & checking up on your strong friends

(45:16): How has being a single mom has empowered you? 

(46:57): Do you practice self-care/ how?

(48:26): What would you say to other single moms?

(51:25): Getting rid of mom guilt

(54:46): Dating life 😘

Pick or Tip of the Week

(59:08): Mari's pick is a book she could not put down on her vacation, Angie Martinez's, My Voice: A Memoir. Highly recommends it! 

(1:00:02): Paulina's HeartMoon Organics deodorant never fails her, especially during these hot and humid days in LA. Her favorite scent is the lavender one. 

(1:02:12): Bricia lists sooo many baking soda hacks. Did you know that if you can mix it with vinegar and clean the inside of your washing machine with it? Listen for more hacks.

 

 

EPISODE 157: Data, marketing, advertising & empowering the Latina community w/ Nielsen's Stacie M De Armas

 
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This week on the show, we have the incredibly knowledgable Stacie M de Armas from Nielsen to shed light on the power of the Latina community and how we can leverage hard data to empower ourselves. Stacie is a single mom of 2 and is the Vice President Strategic Initiatives & Consumer Engagement and a Public Affairs Leader within Nielsen’s Diversity & Inclusion practice. For those of you interested in marketing, advertising and brand building- this one's for you! 

Before the interview, Bricia and Paulina discuss their weekends. Bricia talks lashes, from RevitaLashToo Faced Waterproof mascara, to the reason why she and Paulina have short eyelashes. Also, is the tooth fairy actually real? It looks like she is in Paulina's house. 

Stacie M. de Armas is a subject matter expert, a thought leader and a frequent speaker on the U.S. Hispanic market.  

She works with major brands, multicultural organizations, advocacy and community leaders and consumers to uncover trends, and better understand and tap into the power of the U.S. Hispanic market.

de Armas joined Nielsen in 1998.  She has previously served as vice president of community alliances, vice president of multicultural advocacy and marketing, and director of Hispanic marketing.

Stacie sits on the advisory council of the Association of National Advertisers- AIMM Initiative; and sits on the Board of Directors for the Culture Marketing Council (formerly AHAA). In 2017, she was honored by the Imagen Foundation as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Latinas in Entertainment and in 2014 as one of LATINA Style Magazine's top ten Latina executives. She is also an adjunct professor of Qualitative Research at California State University, Los Angeles in the college of Business & Economics. 

Follow Stacie for stats and data on the Latino community on twitter, @StaciedeArmas & LinkedIn

our conversation with Stacie M. de Armas

(11:00): Who is Stacie? 

(13:40): How did you get started in the industry? 

(16:42): What are some challenges that you faced during your journey? 

(18:42):  What have been your breakthrough moments? 

(20:56): Dealing with Mom Guilt 

(27:34): Nielsen came out with a report last year, Latina 2.0, which you spearheaded and it shines light on the power of the Latina. Where does the millennial Latina mom/ single moms fits in there? 

(31:35): How can we leverage this data to empower us?

(36:42): how can we position ourself to go after those general market dollars? 

(41:39): Whats next for Stacie? 

Pick or Tip of the Week

(51:53): Stacie's Google Home is her frictionless access to everything she wants (Maluma included). 

(56:26): Paulina opens up the "poop gates" and we talk everything #2. Her obsession right now is Poo-Pourri. Also- know of a poop-specialist? Send Bricia a message.

Other mentioned picks: Poop like A Champion (DRINKS LOTS OF WATER), Apple Cider Vinegar, Squatty Potty

(1:02:32): Luis Miguel redeemed himself and Bricia's OBSESSION is with the new biographical television series, Luis Miguel la serie. Download the Telemundo Now App today and be like Bricia and watch the show at 5AM or in the bathroom 🤣

 

EPISODE 156: SKIN CARE basics W/ Afterglow beverly hills, NATALIE AGUILAR

 

Hello ladies! This Tuesday we have an episode that'll make you keep a gallon of water right by your side. We have the amazing Natalie Aguilar- Human, Woman, Nurse, & Aesthetician in the studio and we talk EVERYTHING skincare. From the absolute necessary products you need, serums, facials, jade rollers, dark eye circles, IV drips, micro-needling, botox & so much more! But before we get into all that, Paulina's kids are back & Bricia speaks on the passing of LA Times restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold. This is a long one, BUT you'll for sure have all the tools you need to get your GLOW on. 

As a women practicing skincare for over sixteen years, Natalie Aguilar has been able to combine her medical knowledge, as a nurse, alongside her expertise as an aesthetician to create some of the most luminous, and healthy skin, that you see in Hollywood and around the globe. As a proud owner of Afterglow Beverly Hills, Natalie has fulfilled one of her many prestigious physicians, and brands, in the world including La Mer, Shu, Uemura, YSL and Chanel.

Natalie serves as a global educator, for others in the skincare industry, and loves to teach her methods and protocols for customized skincare. She proudly believes that healthy skin is truly the most important factor in achieving a beautiful, luminous and radiant complexion! 

Follow Natalie Aguilar & Afterglow Beverly Hills on Instagram @AfterglowBeverlyHills

our conversation with natalie aguilar:

(13:34): Who is Natalie Aguilar?

(14:35) When did you open AfterGlow & where is it located?

(19:40) Stress, Stress, Stress! What does stress do to our bodies? 

(21:20) What is pigmentation? 

(23:06): Natalie’s 1st skincare tip for every type of skin

(26:08): Natalie’s 2nd skincare tip

(26:26):Natalie’s 3rd skincare tip

(26:40): How do I determine what to buy? What’s right and what’s not? 

(27:29): Skincare basics/essentials

(27:54): Advanced skin care - what’s up with serums? 

(29:00): Do you recommend rotating out your serums? Or stay with the products we love? 

(30:05): Skin care starts the day that you’re born

(31:19): Skin care tips for kids with eczema/psoriasis

(31:52): Benefits of grape seed oil! 

(32:30): Skin care products we MUST have & the 4 benefits of liquid vitamin C

(34:00): What does collagen do for you?

(34:56): How often should I get a facial? 

(36:27): Whats up with Jade rollers? 

(36:49): What exactly is a facial? 

(38:04): What is the best face cream for wrinkles on the forehead & under eye? 

(39:28): Retinol - Vitamin A explained

(40:15): How do you start using Retinol? 

(41:36): What is the best thing for dark circles under your eyes?

(44:00): Elizabeth’s under-eye peel procedure

(46:00): What chemicals in products should we avoid? 

(47:49): Skin tag removals O_O

(49:50): What is an IV drip? & what are the benefits? 

(52:46): Whats the difference between getting vitamins through a serum and getting them through a drip? 

(55:14): Micro-needling, Micro-dermabrasion, Micro-stamping, Micro-rolling 

(58:50): Darth Vader Mask A.K.A Sun Visor Hat

(1:00:13): What is the best treatment for manchas aka Malasma and how to prevent them?

(1:00:36): Paulina’s tanning experience LOL

(1:03:38): MASKS!!

(1:05:26): What are some recommended treatments for acne rosacea/ acne scars?

(1:08:36): At-home skincare recipes

(1:09:03): How often should you scrub/exfoliate your skin?

(1:09:30): Botox- is it safe? Would you recommend? Any alternatives?

(1:12:36): What are fillers? 

(1:14:34): How can I improve my skin through diet?

(1:21:20): What's a good eye cream? amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream

Pick or Tip of the Week

Natalies new obsession: PCA's C-Quench® Antioxidant Serum

Paulina's go-to's: Teddie Organics Rose Water & Bio-Oil

Bricia's ultimate loves:

Neutrogena eye makeup remover / Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream All-Over Miracle Oil

Caudalie Grape Water

FARMACY Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

 

EPISODE 155: combining entrepreneurship & passion w/ Veronica M

 

Happy Tuesday, ladies! This week on the podcast we have Veronica Monroy-Ferrer, better known as “Veronica M”.

Veronica Monroy-Ferrer first joined the fashion world in 1996, selling her well known miniskirts at the Fairfax swap meet in Los Angeles, California. Daughter of a successful Peruvian seamstress, Veronica learned early on the secrets to designing clothes and acknowledging the modern woman as stylish, strong, and career-minded. Among a handful of auspicious local fashion designers, Veronica has made a name for herself by designing the perfect fusion of classic styles and vintage patterns with a bohemian twist. Growing up, her weekends consisted of fabric shopping with her mother and helping to cut out patterns at the age of seven. It was then that she realized the endless fashion possibilities by collaborating with bright colors and lively prints. The Veronica M brand is now synonymous with fun and bold prints.

In 1997, the demand grew for Veronica's amazing fitted miniskirts and she opened her own store, Scala on La Brea Boulevard. Soon after the opening of her store she began receiving request for "Veronica M" for local boutiques and private label chains. This began her wholesale division that is still expanding today. In 2000, Scala closed and reopened as Veronica M located on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Though it has since closed, we thank all who have supported this location throughout the years. In 2014, PeopleStyle watch named Veronica M jumpsuits the most flattering, perfect jumpsuit: "It skims your curves in just the right way." Veronica M continues to make a statement and strong impact on fashion. Veronica believes that every woman should not only look their best, but also feel their best."

But first, we address a sensitive topic that we thought it was necessary to discuss.

our conversation with veronica m:

(18:40): How did you get started? 

(21:01): How did you go from Swap Meet to having a little store?

(22:47): Where did you get inspiration for your designs?

(25:19): How much was the 5-page purchase order? 😱

(27:30): Tell us about all the ugly parts of your business journey

(30:36): When did the kids come?

(31:26): Giving our husbands credit & addressing mom guilt

(33:38): What fashion trends should we look for this summer and upcoming fall?

(34:24): Tell us about your fall line

(35:50): Veronica's advice to all women

(38:10): Acknowledging our individual craft and instilling work ethic in our children and others

Pick or tip of the week

(40:00): Veronica M is LOVING zumba! Pick a sport or activity that will make you feel incredible about yourself.

(40:40): Paulina's tip is to keep hydrating with LOTS of H20. 

(42:50): Bricia is on the dry-brushing your skin trend.

 

Shop Veronica M at VeronicaM.shop