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

 

 

EPISODE 154: KEEPING UP WITH THE SUPER MAMÁS- OUR VERY DIFFERENT LIVES

 
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This week on the show, we answer YOUR questions! Inspired by Instagram’s new “questions” feature, we open up and give advice on so many different topics:

"Ask us Anything" Questions

( 7:27 ) : Why it's never okay to ask when someone is planning on having a baby 

(14:22) : What do you recommend a young educated Latina do before she has a family? 

(20:10) : What are Paulina’s best tips for traveling with kids?

(21:55) : How do make time to work out, take care of beauty and be a good mom?

(31:54) : Favorite herbs?

(33:31) : If you had the opportunity to run our government for a week, what would you do?

(35:36) : Do you ever plan on having a fan on the show as a guest? 

(36:19) : Any advice for fellow mom bloggers? 

  • Stacie episode coming soon!

(39:39) : What is the biggest misconceptions about Oaxacans that you want to dispel? 

(43:46) : Where are your husbands from? 

(49:05) : What are some of your morning routines favorites

Pick or Tip of the Week 

(1:04:07) : Paulina - Ergo Baby 360 All Positions Baby Carrier

(1:05:27) : Bricia- Milk Frother

 

 

EPISODE 153: Couples and Relationship Advice

 

This week on the podcast, we are focusing on maternal mental health & how to strengthen our marriages with licensed clinical social worker, Denise Vite. 

Denise has been working in mental health for 12 years and is committed to providing mental health therapy that is compassionate, empowering and culturally responsive. She provides therapy and workshops to children, teens and postpartum moms in her part time job at a Kaiser Permanente psychiatry clinic. 

After going through her own personal struggles as a new mama, Denise realized how critical it is for mamas to have more support and how much more needs to be done to break the stigma around maternal mental health. It inspired her to specialize in the treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and start her private practice, Compassionate Wellness Counseling, in 2017.  Denise supports couples through their transition to parenthood utilizing a research-based workshop called Bringing Baby Home. She also facilitates pregnancy and motherhood circles at Unfold Yoga in Brea, Ca. 

We talk ...

  • The research-based workshop called Bringing Baby Home that guides couples through their transition to parenthood
  • How to get our partners more involved in child rearing (because sometimes we moms feel like we need to do everything)
  • Dealing with postpartum depression/anxiety
  • The principles to making a marriage work (see graphic below 👇🏽) 
  • Avoiding divorce by acknowledging the 4 major indicators (see graphic below 👇🏽) 

To inquire more about Bringing Baby Home workshop dates, receive a free phone consultation, or to discuss bringing this workshop to your organization, please contact Denise by email & visit her website for more details.

www.compassionatewellnessoc.com

Contact: 949-216-0897

Email: compassionatewellnessoc@gmail.com

IG: @compassionatewellnessoc

FB: @compassionatewellnessoc

Pick of Tip of the Week

Denise recommends practicing the relationships tips we discussed with the Gottman Card Decks app. 

Paulina & Bricia's date night tip: switch out the typical dinner & a movie night with:

  • An activity where you can actually talk with your partner (you can't actually talk during a movie)
  • Opt for a wellness day. Infrared saunas with your husband, anyone? 

Links & graphics 

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EPISODE 152: 4TH OF JULY SPECIAL WITH ACTOR & ACTIVIST, KENDRICK SAMPSON

 

Happy 4th of July, sisters! When we think of this particular holiday, it’s all about backyard fun & fireworks. But considering our political climate today, we brought in actor, activist and our friend Kendrick Sampson on this show this week to speak on current issues & subjects we usually feel uncomfortable talking about. Kendrick’s activism revolves around reforming the criminal justice & immigration system while advocating for intersectional racial justice as a whole.

Before we into it, Paulina and Bricia recap how their keeping up with the World Cup (Remember, drink a tablespoon of apple cider with warm water in the morning) & the progress of our GoFundMe Campaign

We talk …

  • Our relationship being bi-cultural and embracing both of our countries
  • What it means to be an American POC today
  • Speaking to our kids about current political issues without “dumbing” it down 
  • Being comfortable asking uncomfortable questions 
  • Oppression associated with the American Flag 
  • The word “minority” & the US census 
  • How to chose an issue to advocate for 

& overall getting more WOKE 

You can follow Kendrick on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter as @Kendrick38. 

Pick or Tip of the Week

Kendrick recommends picking up When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Paulina encourages watching the Netflix documentary 13th to learn about America's prison industry and it's mass criminalization history. 

Bricia just finished listening to the podcast, Making Obama by WBEZ Chicago. Queue it up! 

Links

@Undocumedia

Check The Police

Reform L.A. Jails

 

EPISODE 151: FITNESS & OVERCOMING LIMITING BELIEFS W/ ARTHUR SMITH

 

This week we talk fitness and how we can overcome our limiting beliefs with personal trainer, Arthur Smith Jr. Before that, Bricia and Paulina talk about the start of summer break and what their plans are for their kids. We also touch on the progress of the GoFundMe campaign that is benefiting Red Mexicana De Organizaciones Y Lideres Migrantes in helping Guatemalan Mayan interpreters  travel to help the children and their families who were separated at the border get the proper interpretation services they deserve. If you would like to make a donation, visit us here: 6 Guatemalan Mayan Interpreters

& back to the interview! Arthur is the founder of The Training Ground Zero, an online fitness and nutrition platform that specializes in helping women find their true superpowers while learning the principles of working out and making the best choices based on their current situation(s). 

We talk...

The 5 foundational physical movements we need to perfect and why:

  1. Squat 
  2. Sit-ups
  3. Push-up
  4. Plank hold 
  5. Dead lift 

How the accumulation of stress affects our bodies:

  • Stress suppresses your immune system and you're not able to fight off inflammation 😱

Arthur's 5 essential steps when starting your fitness journey:

  1. Specify a goal & timeline
  2. Identify your current obstacle- What has prevented you from accomplishing your goal in the past (time, discipline, education, etc.)?
  3. Create a detailed plan of action
  4. Get the right coach for you
  5. Receive a nutrition & work-out plan

The 3 barriers we face when making a change to our nutritional habits:

  1. Belief 
  2. Environment 
  3. Habits (action) 

The influence women had, and continue to have, in Arthur's life

Paulina's "lightbulb" moment of realizing her relationship with eating healthy and working out

The importance of learning how to overcome our limiting beliefs to achieve a healthy lifestyle

The perfect food to eat in the morning

To learn more and get in contact with Arthur, follow him on IG, @ArthurSmithJr and send him a DM!

Pick or Tip of the Week

Bricia's tip is to opt for foods that you want your child to eat, rather than foods that they want to eat. Read her latest blog post where she explains meal planning and her favorite recipes, here: bricia's meal planning tips

Paulina's tip is to find a physical activity everyone in the family can enjoy together. Her family's is dancing, what's yours?

Arthur's tip is to understand the power we all have within to help ourselves accomplish our #goals. We all can do it! Also, if you're shopping for gym equipment, rather than the traditional weights, invest in comfortable shoes, a yoga mat and the right coach for you. Gym equipment isn't always necessary because your body can act as the best resistance training. 

 

 

EPISODE 150: THE POWER OF WORDS W/ WORDAFUL'S LIZ HERNANDEZ

 
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This week's guest is Liz Hernandez, creator of WORDAFUL. Liz is a Mexican American Emmy-nominated television and journalist born and raised in Southern California. Power106 fans, where you at? 🙋🏽‍♀️

Liz's passion for connecting people inspired her to create WORDAFUL, which is derived from the phrase "words are powerful." Currently featured on the OWN Network and through weekly videos and live experiences, Liz showcases feelings of inspiration and motivation that have depth and meaning. 

She sits down with us and speaks on:

  • her career
  • WORDAFUL's purpose
  • the importance of the words we choose to identify ourselves with
  • her morning ritual
  • the value of practicing gratitude and affirmations on a daily basis

Here a couple of 💎's she dropped along the way:

“We learn through behavior”
“Our parents voice becomes the voice in our head”
“We are creating our reality with the things that we say, theres an energy to it. They don’t just disappear into the air.”
“ I AM are the most powerful words in the universe. Whatever follows that is one or the other”
“You are diluting your water with your words. Your either polluting or cleansing your water”
“Whatever you think is what you become”

You can find Liz on Instagram, as @LizHernandez and watch/follow her series, WORDAFUL on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Pick or tip of the week

Liz Hernandez's book suggestions:

Liz also gives us a great tip: learn a new skill right before going to bed! It will help you retain the information even better. 

Paulina is loving all things baby right now, especially her Dr. Brown's baby bottles. She uses these wide neck glass bottles with Zixta all the time. 

Bricia is obsessed with HBO's series, Being SerenaBeing Serena is a documentary series chronicling tennis icon Serena Williams at a pivotal moment in her personal and professional life. It's AMAZINGGGG!!

 

 

EPISODE 149: FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL- OUR DAD

 

Happy (almost) Dia de los Padres to all the Super Papás out there! This week we have a special conversation with our own Super Papá/ Super Abuelo, el Don Fernando Lopez. But first, Paulina and Bricia reflect on their emotions from the past week regarding mental health. 

We talk so many different subjects with our dad- from how he decided to move to the US, his childhood, the secret to raising strong women, marriage advice and how his connection with God changed his entire life. 

Father’s day isn’t the only day you need to show appreciation to your significant other or your dad, so reach out and tell them how much you love and appreciate them! 

If you are still looking for the perfect Father's Day gift from your little one to their super papá, you all should check out the book "Papá, Tu Eres Mi Mejor Amigo."  This book displays the unbreakable bond between a son and his dad while promoting healthy habits and positive teaching.   You can find it both en español and English at http://www.bffbooks.com  They are now offering a 25% discount to all of our listeners by entering the code: supermamas (all one word) at check out.  Enjoy ladies!

Links

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EPISODE 148: REIKI 101 W/ MILLANA SNOW

 

This week, Paulina is officially back to tell us ALL the chisme from her Oaxaca trip. From spending 7 hours in the Tijuana airport with 3 kids, to her husband getting into a freak accident (FIREWORKS ARE NOT TOYS) & to rebooking her airplane ticket for the second time 😳 - to say the least, the universe and/or her chakras were not aligned. To speak more on chakras (& so much more), we have the FABULOUS Millana Snow as our guest this week on the show. 

Millana Snow is a former New Yorker now living in Venice, CA with her German Shorthair Pointer, Aria. A model and actor for over 12 years, Millana is also a Reiki healer, meditation teacher and Founder of Serene Social, SereneBook.com and the new WellnessOfficial.co; an interactive online marketplace that features the best-of curated practitioners and brands from the global wellness community -launching S/S18. 

Her passion is to connect, empower and support others to heal themselves by expanding consciousness in their everyday lives. Millana, has always lived in a world of contrast, spending her childhood reading the Bhagavad Gita and her tarot cards, she went on to the world of fashion and entertainment becoming the winner of Project Runway and working with clients like YSL, Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Gant as well as working behind the scenes in publishing, public relations and creative direction for VIBE, Uptown Magazine, Vespa and Porsche. Today Millana has integrated these worlds by leading workshops, meditations and talks at NYU, Syracuse, Summit LA17, Soho House, Lululemon, Alexander Wang and more.

We talk & ask...

What is Reiki? 

What do ~*vibrations/high & low frequency*~ mean?

How many chakras do we have? & what are the colors/meaning of each chakra? (we go IN on this subject)

How can we get aligned with our chakras? 

What is our third 👁 used for? 

What are some tips for people who want to start meditating/ be more connected with themselves?

The wide spectrum of meditation (ex. TM, guided meditation, etc.) - ROS PLACE

Breath work

Connect with Millana at MillanaSnow.com or on IG @MillanaSnow

Pick or Tip of the week

Millana HIGHLY recommends this transformational reading, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Paulina is loving Oprah & Deepak's 21-Day Meditation Experience App

Bricia receives her daily affirmations at work to give her a push & inspiration from Affirmators! at Work

 

 

EPISODE 147: LIVE FROM #SMSOCIAL18 W/ CHEF & AUTHOR MARCELA VALLADOLID (PART 3 OF 3)

 

Our third and final part of our 3-part Super Mamás Social series is coming to an end 😩 We have the incredible Chef & Author Marcela Valladolid to close it all out. Also, Paulina is back (but we're going to save the Oaxaca "cheese" for next week)!

Marcela Valladolid is an Emmy nominated celebrity chef, lifestyle personality, designer, author and businesswoman.  She most recently appeared as a co-host on the Emmy nominated show “The Kitchen” for the Food Network and will next be seen as a celebrity budget in the second season of “Best Baker In America” for the Food Network which premieres May 7th.  Her last book, CASA MARCELA, was a national bestseller and she is currently working on her 4th book “Fiestas at Casa Marcela.”

The theme of the panel was "My MAMA made me" and we asked Chef Marcela how her mom influenced how she parents today & if there are things she does today that she vowed she'd never do as a parent. 

We also talk about self care, who see considers part of her tribe and how she keeps Spanish alive in her household. 

Thank you to our sponsor, AT&T for making our dreams come true! 

 

 

EPISODE 146: LIVE FROM #SMSOCIAL18 W/ CELEBRITY STYLIST, MONICA ROSE (PART 2 OF 3)

 

Part ✌🏽of our Super Mamás Social Panels is here! We are so thrilled to relive our MOMboss Life interview with celebrity stylist, Monica Rose

Distinguished as one of the most socially viable celebrity stylists in the world, Monica Rose has successfully converted emerging talent into bonafide tastemakers. Current and former clients include: Chrissy Teigen, Chanel Iman, Miranda Kerr, Nicole Trunfio, Behati Prinsloo, Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid and the Kardashians to name a few. 

Monica is a self-made entrepreneur who continues to create and curate signature looks for some of the industry's most-watched A-listers and influencers alike while raising her three children with her partner, former professional skateboarder Sal Barbier.

During the panel, we discuss: 

  • How she discovered her love and passion for fashion
  • Her first big break
  • Overcoming self doubt
  • The importance of being present for her family
  • How the clothes we wear influences our confidence
  • key pieces every women needs in her closet

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

 

BONUS EPISODE: PREGNANCY NUTRITION & AVOCADOS

 

We have a very special mid-week episode for all you sisters who are expecting! We welcome back registered dietitian Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger, spokesperson for Aguacates Frescos – Saborea Uno Hoy to speak on the benefits of eating avocados during your pregnancy.  But first, Paulina discusses her recent travel nightmare 🙈

As Sylvia explains, fresh avocados are a great option for expecting mamas. The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics lists avocados as a healthful fat that can help women achieve a balanced diet and have a healthy pregnancy. Healthy avocados contain naturally good fats which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the baby’s central nervous system and brain. Plus, fresh avocados provide a good source of folate per serving which is important for developing a baby’s brain function and reducing the risk for premature births and birth defects.

Paulina also discusses how she incorporated avocados into her own diet while she was pregnant, especially after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes & it was so easy! Avocados are incredibly versatile. We also receive great tips on how to pick the right avocado at the supermarket & what to do with those avocados that are passed their ripeness #selfcare.

For more information on pregnancy nutrition, visit Saborea Uno Hoy's Maternal Heath Advice section. 

Don't forget, for all you pregnant super mamas out there with the same love (and crave) for avocados, we have a very special contest opportunity for you taking place on Instagram now until May 30th. In the ABC’s of Prenatal Nutrition- Avocados, Bellies & Cravings contest you can share why you’re eating avocados during your pregnancy for a chance to win some great prizes. Check out our #SMSOCIAL18, AVOCADO CONTEST & OUR PREGNANCY CRAVINGS blog post for more details! 

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EPISODE 121: NUTRITION AS A LIFESTYLE

 

 

EPISODE 145: LIVE FROM #SMSOCIAL18 PT.1

 

Sisters! We are back with the first panel of our #SMSocial18, MAMAhood: The hardest Hood and Balancing it All with hustlers Rachel Gomez, founder of Viva La Bonita & Gemma Marin, actress and fitness model. This is the first part of our three-part series of our Super Mamás Social panels.

During this interview, we ask: 

How are you able to incorporate your babies in your work life routines?

Do you find that you can accomplish more now that you have a baby?

How do you manage to make time for you and your husbands/significant other

For all the ladies who couldn't join us this weekend, this is for you! Stay tuned for the upcoming panels with celebrity stylist Monica Rose & Chef Marcela in the coming weeks. 

 

EPISODE 144: SWIM Q&A W/ LISA COOK

 

This week on the podcast, we answer all your questions about water safety with Kidswim CEO & Master Swim Instructor, Lisa Cook. You asked and we answered!

We cover when’s the best time to introduce your child to swimming, the truths and misconceptions of dry drowning, how to deal with kids being afraid of the water, pool/ocean safety tips and pool toys. Whether you have a pool at home or visit the beach and/or community pool, you will takeaway tons of valuable information that will help your child (and yourself) become more comfortable with swimming. 

A couple of key takeaways:

Age-related 

  • Every 6-month old baby is ready to begin swim lessons (yes, you heard right!) 
  • Lisa always recommends mommy & me classes starting out

Dry Drowning 

  • Dry drowning is super rare (phew!) but Lisa provides us symptoms and action steps you can take if you suspect your child is experiencing dry drowning: Keep an eye on them for at least an hour after getting out of the pool, if you see signs of weakness or a abnormally bloated abdomen- call your doctor.
  • Always keep a cup of water by the pool to prevent your child from dehydrating

Dealing with fears 

  • Being afraid of bathing and the pool don’t always correlate
  • Start swim lessons without asking too much of your child. Ease them into it and don’t put too much stress on them. 
  • Definitely stay away from dunking your child’s head into the water

Water Safety

  • Always keep a phone by the pool in case of any emergency & have a raft ready in case you need to pull someone out
  • Take a CPR class! It’ll make a huge difference. Here's a link to American Red Cross' CPR Classes in Los Angeles
  • When at the beach, use the lifeguard as a resource. Don’t shy away from them

Pool Toys/ Life Vests

  • Puddle Jumpers are the best option, like this one: Body Glove
  • When you and your child is recreationally swimming and you're deciding whether or not to put them into a puddle jumper or life vest, here's a good rule of thumb:
    • If you have an independent child: put him/her in it
    • If you're handling both a toddler & baby: put the toddler in it
    • If you're on vacation or at a pool party/ hotel where there is a lot of activity going on: put him/her in it
  • You don’t ever want to have them in life vests during swim lessons

Thank you to all the Super Mamás for your questions! The winner of the kidSwim giveaway who will receive either a 50% off a six pack of lessons OR 50% a Parent-Child Class is ....

@ileana_82!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Please contact the kidSwim office at info@kidswim.org or by phone at 1- 888-579-7946 to claim your prize.

For more information about swim lessons, water safety or any other questions please feel free to contact Lisa and her team, here: 

Kidswim.org

IG: @kidswimla

Facebook: kidSwimLA

email: info@kidswim.org 

Pick or Tip of the Week

Lisa shared with us a couple of the best sunscreen for kids:

Paulina's daughters have eczema and their doctor has advised against bubble baths BUT she found these awesome bubble pods that work perfectly with her daughter's very sensitive skin, TruKid Eczema Bubble Podz. Hooray for bubble baths!

Bricia recently finished remodeling her backyard and her tip for everyone is to invest in outdoor lighting. It makes a huge difference and will create the perfect ambience for any backyard occasion. She got her's at Lamps Plus and wrote this perfect blog post about her Backyard Remodel Journey, here

Show Notes

WSI program

Hyland's Earache Drops, Swimmer's ear

 

EPISODE 143: THAT BILINGUAL LIFE

 
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The Super Mamás dynamic duo is back! Bricia has returned from Oaxaca and she and Paulina catch up on the last 3 weeks. Like, what is up with Paulina’s hand? & did Eduardo adapt to speaking Spanish while in Mexico? 

We also read an email from a fellow super mamá about the pressures and judgement of not being fluent in Spanish. To all the haters:

As Paulina and Bricia share their own experiences with being bilingual, they realize a lot about themselves and put their own Spanish to the test which will make you LOL.

Also, the winner of the Delta Giveaway is announced! Congratulations to @CindyLunares! YOU’RE COMING TO THE SUPER MAMÁS SOCIAL! Thank you to everyone who shared your #SuperMamasMoment with us 💗

Pick or Tip of the Week (brought you in Español)

Paulina's pick is Hot Yoga aka "Yoga Caliente" & her favorite pose is non other than "Perro viendo hacia al infierno" 🤣

Bricia's tips include watching Sophia Niño de Rivera: Exposed on Netflix, getting yourself some ziplock bags for traveling & basically, “no gasten dinero en chingaderas” 🤣🤣

 

 

EPISODE 142: NATALIA KOEGEN, #MOMBOSS BEHING SUEÑO SHOP

 

This week on the podcast we have our girl Natalia Koegen, founder of the Original Sueño blanket. Natalia started Sueño when her middle son, Jasper, was drawn to the colorful colors of the serape but could not take it to bed because it was too itchy. After not being able to find a company that had paired the serape with a backing, she decided to make it herself. 

Natalia is an entrepreneurial force of nature and during the interview she provides us with valuable advice that you can apply to your own business. We cover how Sueño got started, her strengths, her greatest business mistakes and how we all can’t do it alone. 

If you own a business or if you’re sitting on idea that you want to turn into a business, this episode is for you. Don’t wait for “the perfect time,” just do it.

We also catch up on Elizabeth and Paulina's eventful weekend. While Elizabeth was in Portland, Paulina and Krista embarked on a community service trip with Scooby-Doo and Generation On! If you're interested in getting involved click here.

For more information on Natalia and Sueño, check her out: 

website: www.suenoshop.com

Instagram: @sueno_shopᐧ

Facebook: /shopsueno

Pick or Tip of the Week 

Natalia is loving these two tech startups: Bolt, simple shipping with fast delivery & great rates and Indigo Fair, a platform that connects retailers with brands. If you're looking into wholesale, check this app out.

Paulina recommends Quickbooks online for small business. It's super easy to use and only $10/month.

Bricia gave her take on both SquareSpace and Shopify. While Squarespace is more user friendly, Shopify offers more plug-ins and has more detailed analytics. Depending on what you're looking for, each one has it's strengths and weaknesses. Definitely do some research.

Show Notes

Vía Raíz, Portland, Oregon & online store

Fashion Mamas

Our Scared Women

 

EPISODE 141: TRIBE & FRIENDSHIP WITH MOM LIFE YO!

 

Happy New Episode Tuesday, Super Mamás! Today on the show, we have the incredible dynamic duo from Dash Radio's Mom Life Yo, T Lopez & Breegan Jane. We cover A LOT of different topics with these ladies that you don’t want to miss. But first, Paulina and special co-host of the week, Elizabeth give us their weekend update. 

Bricia, Paulina, T and Breegan talk sex, pregnancy glow/blues, what both ladies are excited for this year, the unexpected way T & Bree became friends then creative partners. Their friendship is the perfect example of why we all need our mom tribe and a mommy best friend(s).

Be prepared to laugh and say, “this is mom life, yo"

T Lopez is an award-winning Latina recording artist, and TV host from Southern California. A former member of the music group Soluna, T Lopez has toured the world with Grammy artists Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony; she has also recorded with top artists T-Pain and Lil Wayne. Now a solo artist and mother of two little girls, T Lopez is serving up bilingual entertainment on the stage, television, big screen and behind the mic.

Breegan Jane is an interior designer, entrepreneur and creative influencer from Southern California. She styles exclusive elegance for top-tier residential and commercial developments and seemlessly transitions from kid snuggler to interior designer to DJ and music curator. She loves every moment of being a single mom to her two young boys and sharing their story along with child engagement tips on her blog.

You can listen to T & Breegan on Mom Life Yo every Wednesday at 1PM (PST), 4PM (EST) on DASH Radio.

Find T on Instagram as @officialtlopez and on her website officialtlopez.com

Find Breegan on Instagram as @breeganjane and on her blog breeganjaneblog.com

Pick or Tip of the Week

Breegan is all about day movie dates with her two sons, because sometimes the park isn't always a good idea. 

Instead of getting her two girls back into a sleeping schedule, T is opting for a movie instead. Hey, no judgement here! 

 

EPISODE 140: LIFE COACH WENDY AMARA

 

Let’s get 👏🏽 it 👏🏽 together 👏🏽

This week on the podcast, we have strategic life and business coach Wendy Amara on the show! We all want to become a better version of ourselves and what better way than with an expert, amiright? She has coached thousands of people over the past 12 years into achieving powerful goals. Her results-oriented, no holding back approach, opens up new possibilities and helps her clients stay accountable to producing extraordinary results.

One of Wendy’s strengths is teaching her clients how to manage that overwhelmed feeling, which Paulina related to a lot. She walks us through the process of how she helps her clients achieve measurable results with consistency and action. 

Wendy’s 3-step plan:

  1. Gain Clarity. Get 100% clear on what you REALLY want 
  2. She will create a map that will help you get from A to B, which will be specific to you
  3. Follow through with the map &  she will keep you accountable throughout the process

We also learn what tangible tools we can use to turn our anxiety into action:

  1. You have notice how you’re feeling and make a decision. It’s all about mindset! 
  2. Ask yourself what is it that you really want to feel or experience and replace the anxiety with that emotion. She suggests using her *remembering the moment* technique. How it works: You remember the last time you felt courageous, confident, etc. and get your mind to relieve that emotion again. You can chose to replace that anxiety with courage, confidence, etc. 
  3. When you wake up in the morning, start by asking yourself, “what are the things that are working in my favor?” Start counting the things that are happening FOR YOU.

Remember mamás, we are habit-forming machines so even if those negative thoughts are still there, things take time and work! Be consistent and stay with it.

You can find Wendy, here: 

www.WendyAmara.com

Contact: 818-395-2645

email: Wendy@wendyamara.com

wendyestevezamara@gmail.com

IG: @WendyAmara

Pick or Tip of the Week

Wendy is LOVING spending time with her friends. We all need some girl time to recharge and destress. Make plans with your girl friends for a fun night out! She is also offering a free 30-minute strategy session to our Super Mamás! Visit her at WendyAmara.com or call her directly at (818) 395-2645 and mention us.

Paulina is taking on a 21-day ‘happiness hygiene’ challenge. Every day for 2 minutes, she asks herself and her daughters what they are grateful for. She got the idea from Oprah’s interview with Shawn Achor, which you can listen to here

Reiki healing has found itself to Bricia. She’s very much in love with this and recommends it to everyone. Her healer of choice, Millana Snow