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EPISODE 129: HOLIDAY TRAVELS

 

This week on Super Mamas, Paulina and Bricia share their traveling adventures during their annual to trip to Oaxaca. Traveling with kids during the holidays always make for good stories and traveling with four, makes for some great ones! 

Paulina had a long journey from LA. Starting in Ontario, stopping by Guadalajara and finally to Oaxaca. We don't call her bag lady for nothing. Paulina also tell us of her experience getting Mastitis *cue dramatic noise* and how Sabina is dealing with being the middle child. 

After the holiday season, Bricia is thinking twice about having more kids 🤣. Paulina and her talk about the pressures our family and society put on us to have large families and the difference between having traditions and being traditional. 

Overall, there were plenty of tantrums to go around during the holiday season, but we wouldn't want it any other way! Share with us how you spent the holidays, by tagging us or sending us a DM.

Also, want a Super Mama pin to add to your rad pin collection? Leave us a review on iTunes, take a screenshot and email it to us at reviews@supermamas.com. We’ll ship it over to you A$AP. 

Pick or Tip of the Week 

During the entire adventure to Oaxaca, Paulina had Krista use her counting skills to count everything around her. From the people in line, to how many steps she took, to the number of cheerios she was going to eat, counting was turned into a game. - Remember that Talking, Reading and Singing are essential to our children.  Learn more on: First 5 California

Paulina also kept her hands free with her Ergo carrier- the absolute best! 

Bricia's traveling tip is to leave your stroller and opt for a cute backpack instead of a purse. Hands-free all the way!  

 

 

EPISODE 128: PAULINA'S POST PARTUM JOURNEY AFTER ZIXTA

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After her third baby and having the birth experience she dreamed of, Paulina fell into an unexpected postpartum depression. The feelings caught her off guard, leaving her with a sense of shame and unable to admit to herself that she needed professional help. Today Paulina opens up and shares with us her journey. If you have ever experienced any sort of depression, please know that you are not alone, seek help. We promise you, it will get better.

 

 

 

EPISODE 127: GIVING BACK WITH MY SAFE HARBOR

 

This week on the podcast, Bricia and Elizabeth reflect on their Thanksgiving dinners and the lovely ladies from My Safe Harbor, Becky Ahlberg and Zitlalic Domond, join Bricia to spread a very important message - the ultimate gift to your children is to be a role model.

My Safe Harbor is a faith-based nonprofit thats primary goal is to get every woman they meet through the Strong Families Institute (SFI) - an 8-month long program that restores the dignity of mothers who feel disenfranchised, alone and lost to ignites their dreams, strengthen their family, and renew their purpose. 

After conducting a feasibility study, and learning that Orange county had one of the largest concentration of single mothers and as a result tended to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy, gang involvement, domestic violence and high school drop-out rates, Becky Ahlberg decided to make it her mission in life to change this and embarked on a journey in creating strong families.

Becky founded My Safe Harbor in 2009 and since then, she has discovered that by empowering women, you can empower communities. She has given many women back their dignity, dreams, goals and a reason to have HOPE once again.

This episode wouldn't be possible without our amazing sister, Zitlalic Domond.  Thank you for introducing us to Becky and now, to everyone else in the sisterhood!  Remember sisters, this holiday season should be about giving back.

Also, Bricia gives us an update on her #itcanwait challenge with ATT.  Are you joining the 21-day no cell phone challenge?  Let us know! 

To learn more about My Safe Harbor, visit mysafeharbor.org

Show Notes

Sign-up to volunteer

Refer a Mom

Donate to MSH

It can wait campaign

Pick or Tip of the Week

Becky swears to, "1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12" by Thomas Phelan . 

Zitlalic suggests to put away your phone for an hour when you get home. Use that hour of being phone-free to spend more time doing what your kids want to do. 

Instead of simply saying she's going to work every morning, Bricia has been recently explaining to Eddie the reason why she goes to work. She's trying to teach him the importance of working for your dreams. 

 

 

EPISODE 126: THANKSGIVING SPECIAL W/ LATINOS WHO LUNCH

 

This week on the show we have a major comadre session featuring fabulous @Babelito and @FavyFav, hosts of @LatinosWhoLunch! One of our favorite podcasts. 

We talk about the amazing @PodcasterioFest, a LatinX podcast festival, that they hosted with other podcast hosts, such as Luis Octavio from @NosVemosEnElSwapmeet, Pam from @CafeConPam and @LuzWarrior from @LetThereBeLuz

We also read an email from a fellow listener and we talk about normalizing gay relationships, coming out stories, thanksgiving traditions, self love, and much much more. 

Top Tips from FavyFav and Babelito about starting your podcast: 

- Don't think, just do!

- Treat it as a brand from the start, from your logo to website to all your social media platforms. Have your brand ready to go even before releasing your first episode

- Be 👏🏽 consistent 👏🏽

- Google everything! 

Also ladies, we wanted to ask everyone of you to join us super mamas on our #itcanwait campaign. We’ve embarked on a 21-Day challenge with @att, pledging not to use our phone while driving and we want to challenge all of you sisters to join us in this journey. It’s important to understand that although you may be alone in the car, you’re never alone on the road. Let us know if you will pledge with us by using #itcanwait and #supermamas

Show Notes

Latinos Who Lunch

Podcasterio Fest

Our How to Start a Podcast Blog Post

Episode 116: Talking to our children about sex & sexuality

Cabronas y Chingonas Podcast - @CYCPodcast

Basic Braised Turkey

 

 

EPISODE 125: PEOPLE'S YOGA FOUNDERS LEAH & LAUREN

 

Today on the show, Bricia and Elizabeth talk about their weekend watching the absolutely incredible Disney Pixar movie, Coco and Bricia interviews the co-founders of People’s Yoga, Lauren Quan-Madrid and Leah Rose Gallegos.

Lauren and Leah met playing soccer with Futbolistas and bonded over conversations about yoga and the lack of access to yoga in their neighborhoods. In 2012, they started a mobile project, offering donation-based classes at local community spaces throughout the Eastside. In 2014, Lauren and Leah opened People’s Yoga studio, the first and only yoga studio in East Los Angeles. People’s Yoga is your local, family friendly, bilingual English y Español, community yoga studio for all levels and walks of life.

They talk to us about their passion of bringing yoga to communities who don't necessarily know what yoga is, to do yoga. We also asked them about how they got their business started from having zero business experience, how their using yoga to support their motherhood journey and how as new moms, they are shifting their business to incorporate their babies. They are changing the perception of who practices yoga and we absolutely love it.

You can find Leah (@leahrosegallegos) and Lauren (@laurenquanmadrid) on Instagram and People's Yoga on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Show Notes

Las Cafeteras

Small Business Training Courses with Valley Economic Development Corporation

 

Pick or Tip of the week 

Leah’s pick is “The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother” book by Heng Ou, Amely Greevan and Marisa Belger that deals with postpartum. 

Lauren can do anything with her Ergo baby carrier.

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Bricia gushed over Disney Pixar’s Coco. Trust us, you’ll absolutely LOVE it.

Photo cred: Rudy Espinoza

 

EPISODE 124: @YUMI FOUNDERS ANGELA & EVELYN

 

On today’s episode, Paulina updates us and talks about her not-so pleasant first doctor’s visit with Zixta and how she finally registered her! 

We also have Girl bosses Angela Sutherland and Evelyn Rusi from YUMI, a new nutrition and wellness company for babies, join us to speak on how they are revolutionizing the baby food industry. 

Yumi is the definitive source for parents seeking to understand what they are feeding their children and why, offering a science-based early childhood meal delivery program that is the most convenient and nutritional option in the marketplace. Yumi meals are fresh, organic, packed with nutrition and delivered right to your doorstep. 

From Angela sharing a Dropbox folder of children nutrition with Evelyn, to understanding the huge discrepancies between the research and what was being sold on the shelves, and developing their mission of having a 360 degree support system for moms, Evelyn and Angela are changing the game and bringing delicious recipes to your home! 

Evelyn and Angela even surprised us with a discount code for a week’s supply of YUMI for all you super mamás! Thank you, girls. 

You can find Yumi on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as @yumi. 

Pick of Tip of the Week

Evelyn picked up Nurture: A Modern Guide to Preganancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body by Erica Chidi Cohen. 

Angela is staying fresh and clean with True Botanicals Hydrating Mist. 

Bricia says be a rebel and take the pressure of yourself of being perfect. 

 

EPISODE 123: PAULINA & ZIXTA'S BIRTH STORY

 

Paulina came out of maternity leave real quick to share Zixta’s incredible birth story. She talks us through the highs and lows of postpartum, how’s she adjusting day-by-day and goes in-depth hour-by-hour of her labor.  

From when her mucus plug expelled in the bathroom with Krista, to Ramiro jumping into the pool with her and to having all three daughters around her. This was everything Paulina envisioned for herself and Zixta. 

Paulina also reminds us that preparing for postpartum is as important as preparing for labor. We constantly need to take care ourselves and seek support from our community. As Bricia’s life coach says, “you either speak towards what you want or against what you don't want. The focus will cause your feelings.”

WE LOVE YOU @IAMPAULINALOPEZ

Pick or Tip of the Week 

It’s all about Paulina this week! She has two great picks that have helped her feel great postpartum:

Always Discreet Boutique, Incontinence Underwear

L Organic Cotton Pads

Show Notes

Episode 72- Home Births w/ @PearMama

Mindful Birthing Book

doTerra Essential Oils

Madreluz LA

 

EPISODE 122: WORK ETHIC, INSPIRATION AND LOVE FOR FAMILY WITH YESI ORTIZ

 

THE Yesi Ortiz from Power 106 joins us this week! Often referred to as “The Queen of LA” and “The First Lady of Power,” she hosts her mid-day show from 10-3PM where you’ll hear segments like the New@2 and the Noon Mix with DiskoDrew. Yesi shares with us how her work ethic and passion for music led her to become the “voice of LA” and how she went from 0-6 kids, real quick. 

As Yesi was building her career in radio in Las Vegas, she got a phone call that changed her life forever. She takes us on her inspirational journey of becoming the adoptive mother of six children. From finding the lawyer, the trail and to the moment when the judge granted her custody of her children. 

We also ask her how she continues to grow as a person, tips on how she communicates with her kids, the importance of self care and the power of vulnerability. 

Thank you for sharing your incredible story with us, Yesi! You can find Yesi on Instagram as @yesiortiz and on her website, yesiortiz.com.

Pick or Tip of the week

Paulina is learning how to deal with her fear of pain in the days leading up to her home delivery with the book, Mindful Birthing.

Yesi is netflix and chilling Mad Men

Bricia is learning the tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers from Tim Ferris’ Extended Summary: Tools of Titans audio book. 

Show Notes

Nanny 911: Expert Advice for All Your Parenting Emergencies

 

EPISODE 121: NUTRITION AS A LIFESTYLE

 

This week on the show, we welcome Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT. Sylvia is an award-winning author and founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc, a nutrition and food communications consulting company. She’s also a regular contributor to outreach activities on behalf of the Hass Avocado Board and uses her in-depth culinary and cultural expertise to introduce new strategies for wellness to an increasingly health-conscious population. 

Sylvia walks us through strategies and tips on how to introduce our toddlers to solid food and how we can create good patterns from an early age to help our children become great eaters. Here are a couple of snippets and tips from the interview: 

“Don’t be the clean-up plate mom because that promotes over-eating.”

“the simpler the meal, probably the healthier it will be”

“It’s the combination of foods that makes things powerful”

Tips on how to Introduce your toddler to solid foods

  1. As moms, we need to choose food products that are nutrient dense. Meaning, foods low in sugar and rich in multiple nutrients. Example: Avocados have potassium, fiber, good fats, folate and much more.

  2. Add variety in your child’s meals! Switch things up in their lunch boxes. Having variety makes sure that our child gets a wide selection of nutrients from different foods.

  3. Kids like neutral flavors, soft textures and foods that don’t touch each other. Example: Avocados are very mild tasting and soft at touch. Also, all dips and salad dressings should be packed separately in their lunch boxes.

  4. Always check with your pediatrician first when it’s time to introduce your toddler to solid foods.

  5. We need to be very patient. Start one food at a time consult your pediatrician to avoid allergies.

  6. Serving style! Slices versus mashing makes a huge difference when you serve them to your child. Make it fun for them! Have them mash their own avocados.

  7. Don’t add seasonings, such as sugar and salt. Let your child get familiar with the foods naturally.

Tips on creating healthy habits from the start

  1. Introduce nutrient foods by masking it! Incorporate within soups, dips, spaghetti sauce.

  2. We need to make dinner time peaceful. Don't make a big deal about eating healthy. Set up a good example yourself and you will create a good relationship from day one.

  3. Be creative with your recipes and have your kids join you in the kitchen.

For recipes and more information about nutrition, visit: loveonetoday.com , saboreaunohoy.com and hispanicnutrition.com

Check out our IG post for our contest giveaway with Saborea Uno Hoy !!

Show Notes

Episode 44- Learning to Trust our Children

Avocado Recipes for Mommy and Baby

AltaHR Fitbit

Head Strong by Dave Asprey

 

 

EPISODE 120: PASTOR HOLLY WAGNER

 

This week on the podcast we welcome Bricia and Paulina’s Pastor, Holly Wagner. 

Holly and her husband, Philip, are the Pastors of Oasis Church – a growing, relevant, multi-cultural, church located in Los Angeles.  They have been married for over 30 years, love life and enjoy spending time with their two adult children, Jordan and Paris.

Holly is passionate about seeing women become who God has designed them to become, and to see every generation of woman extend a helping hand to the generation that is younger.  Through the women’s ministry of Oasis, She Rises (GodChicks), Holly has empowered thousands of women around the world.  Holly has written several books including Find Your Brave, Warrior Chicks, Love Works, and Awakened.

One of her books in particular, Warrior Chicks, changed both Bricia and Paulina’s lives. As Holly dives into the messages of Warrior Chicks, Bricia and Paulina speak on those life changing moments and how it shaped their view on Christianity and their relationship with God forever,

Holly explains how she found her path to serve, recommendations on how to start reading the bible, self-love, motherhood and the value of finding a community. Paulina asks Holly for marital advice, as Holly and her husband have been an exemplar of marriage to Paulina and her husband for years. Holly describes how her and her husband's book, Love Works, came to be and drops golden nuggets of information,

A couple of quotes from this episode, include:

 “…we’re suppose to love people the way we love ourselves and that’s our problem because we don't love who we are, so don't love other people.”

“We are designed for community.” 

“Only part of my destiny is in me. The rest of it is within other people."

"There’s no such thing as self-made person.” 

“No matter how great you think you are, you will never get to where you’re suppose to be by yourself. Ever.”

“the grass is greener where you water it.”

Thank you very much for coming into the studio, Pastor. You can find Pastor Holly Wagner on Instagram, TwitterFacebook, SheRises.com and Oasis Church

Pick or Tip of the Week

Holly's shares a tip for married couples with kids, "A vacation is something you do with just your husband, a trip is with the kids. If you don't take a vacation with just your husband, you’ll forget why you married him"

Bricia shares her bedside table essential, The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily by Joyce Meyers

Paulina loves how her bible app translates versus and gushes over her latest baby room essentials from Cloud Island

Show Notes

Holly Wagner Books:

Warrior Chicks

Warrior Chicks- Spanish Version

Find Your Brave

Love Works

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She Rises Conference

Oasis Church

SheRises.com

 

EPISODE 119: DREAMING BIG WITH @DULCECANDY

 

Dulce Candy Ruiz continues to reign as one of the beauty & fashion industry’s top online influencers. An immigrant to America, Dulce serves as an army veteran, published author, wife, and mother. With millions of followers across a variety of social platforms, she aspires to inspire young women around the world in finding their passion and working hard to achieve their dreams.

On this week's episode, Dulce speaks on how she manifested her passion of connecting with people into her newly launched YouTube series, Cafe con Dulce, where she shares her experiences and helps other women come to terms with their own journeys. 

We also dive into how important faith has played a role in her self discovery.

She shares her new aspirations and goals as she enters a new stage in life. Make some room, Oprah! Also, how it’s never to late to start anything, especially when it comes to pursuing higher education. 

We ask about her hustler mentality and how she balances work and motherhood at the same time. She also opens up about what her biggest fears were and how she overcame them. 

Dulce has been on our Super Mamá guest wish list since day one, and it’s amazing to finally see this wish come true. She’s such an inspiration and we are so happy to spread her positivity and light with all of you. Keep dreaming big, sisters! 

Find @DulceCandy on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter , Snapchat and website.

Pick and/or Tip of the Week

After a long search, Bricia has found her new favorite mascara- Pixi by Petra Lash Booster

Paulina has said bye bye to washing dishes; her latest obsession with up & up heavy duty paper plates is real. 

& Dulce Candy shares how she stays fit with Barry's Bootcamp

Show Notes

Cafe Con Dulce

Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations Podcast, Episode 6, Rainn Wilson: Why are we really here? 

SoulPancake YouTube Series

7-Step Nighttime Skin-care Routine

Peloton Bike

 

EPISODE 118: SEX WHILE PREGNANT, SEX TOYS, SEX SHOPS AND THE ROAD TO SEXUAL FREEDOM WITH SAMARA FABRICK

 

Sex therapist extraordinaire, Samara Fabrick is back with us on this week’s episode answering some listener questions, as well as our own, about sex. 

How do you keep things sexy during pregnancy? When and how do you get back into having sex after giving birth? What are some sex shop essentials for yourself and partner? Also, how do you work towards freeing yourself sexually?

As an added bonus, Samara’s fabulous 19 year-old son, Zach, joins in on the conversation! As a UCSC student, Zach teaches sex education through workshops on campus. He talks best products for sex shop first-timers and dives into the myths and techniques behind receiving anal for women AND men.  

This mother and son duo had us on our toes! If you haven't listened to Samara's first time on the show, click here

Picks & Tips of the week

Samara’s tips include, purchasing silicone sex toys over plastic one and giving Esther Perel’s Audible series, “Where should we begin” a listen. Also, Paulina shares a tip on how to spice up a regular date night (involves a trip to a neighborhood sex shop) and Bricia shares her favorite sex toy with us. 

Show Notes Links:

@Oaxacking: Help for people affected by earthquake in Juchitan Oaxaca

Email Samara here

Pjur Lube

Sizzle Lips Lube: Caramel Apple  

Light Bondage Kit

Please Chest Website

Pleasure Chest Workshops/Events

Adam & Eve Website

Romantix

Book: For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality by Lonnie Barbach

Uber Lube

Chi Chi LaRue's

Book: The State of Affairs by Esther Perel

Book: Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

Luv Mini Vibrator

 

 

EPISODE 117: BUILDING WEALTH WITH RAMONA ORTEGA

 

Our financial guru, Ramona Ortega from My Money, My Future (Mi Dinero, Mi Futuro) is back! She sits down with Bricia and Paulina to discuss “legacy planning.” Ramona breaks it all down by supplying us with tools and steps on how to protect the wealth we’ve built over generations and how we can keep building on it. 

We dive deeper into life insurance, what a beneficiary is, the differences and benefits of a will and a trust, and how to save for college with a 529 plan. Also, the importance of opening up a dialogue about money with our children and our own parents. 

Plus, Ramona and Paulina give us examples of how they embed money into everyday conversations with their kids, and Bricia speaks on why the best investment you should make is in yourself. 

Show Notes Links: 

JAY-Z 4:44

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

RedFin

Plug to Sabio "Coding Bootcamp"

Robinhood App

My Money My Future IG

My Money My Future Facebook

My Money My Future Newsletter

My Money My Future general email

 

 

EPISODE 116: TALKING TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX AND SEXUALITY

 
 

This week on the show we get honest. First, Paulina shares with us the anxiety and emotion she is experiencing as the birth of her daughter approaches. Hear first hand how to manage those emotions and how to be gentle with ourselves.

Then, we sat down with Laura Vargas from Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to talk about sex and sexuality with our children. We brought in expert Laura Vargas Díaz who has worked in the field of sexuality education for over 25 years. Laura is the Senior Health Educator for the Promotoras Training Program at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, which reaches over 20,000 Latinos every year. Laura works alongside an outstanding group of Latina immigrant women who are powerful resources for their community.

We discussed the importance of having an open dialogue about sexuality beginning when our kids were very young. This isn’t just about “the talk” but about being comfortable talking to our kids about this subject throughout the stages of life. Sexuality is about our bodies, our feelings, our behaviors, values. Our children need trusted and informed adults to speak to these subjects throughout the various stages of their lives.

We also discussed that conversations and expectations about dating should be set when our children are 10 to 14 so they understand what a healthy relationship looks like. Not because we are encouraging them to date but because we want them to prepared for what’s ahead. Before high school we should share with our kids what we think about dating and sexuality. We should also ask questions about their environment and what is happening with their peers and then stating our values and intentions.

Talk.Read.Sing by First 5 California: Laura brought some great books to talk to our kids about sexuality at various stages. They include:

Tip and Pick of the Week:

Laura’s Tip: To maximize communication find the best time to talk to your kids. In my teenagers case, I follow his lead which right now is at midnight. 

Paulina’s Pick- Eco lunch containers are amazing for back to school. I like these.

Bricia’s Pick- My husband and I had loads of fun on our last vacation playing board games. We played this one. I also want to remind you to pre-order Lil’Loteria for your kids.

Show Notes and Resources:

Planned Parenthood for Parents

Information for Youth

SIECUS

Resources for Teens

Video for Parents and Teens About Consent, Bullying and Other Topics

Chat online or text "PPNOW" to 774636 (PPINFO) to get answers about pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception and STDs.

 

EPISODE 115: COLLEGE BASICS WI/ MIRIAM CARRILLO

 

It’s back to school time! This week on the show we had a special guest. Miriam Carrillo has dedicated her career to ensuring kids meet their full potential and achieve their dreams. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her Master’s degree in Education and Counseling from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She currently serves as the Director for the Upward Bound in Corona High School. She came to the show to talk to us about how we can support our children towards achieving their academic and professional goals from the beginning.

Miriam is also in the thick of the first few months of being a working mom to a beautiful baby boy, Franco. 

Miriam told us all about the options available to students that go well beyond the traditional bachelor degree. In fact, students can choose from a variety of trade programs, and pursue their individual interests.

We also go into how we can start preparing our kids for the future from the beginning and how we can build a culture of knowledge and love of learning.

Bricia also opens up a discussion about the financing of college and her views on how parents should approach the conversation about this with their teenagers, life skills, and why even kids need a side hustle.

We also talk about education that goes beyond the classroom and why parents are the most important educators and supporters. And how the power of exposure goes a long way!

This is a great episode for anyone who wants to know how to raise driven, self-motivated and self-sufficient children.

We also get the latest on Paulina’s baby prep, and Bricia’s upcoming vacation!

Talk. Read. Sing Tips:

Miriam: I used diaper changes to sing to my child. This a great way to connect with your child and it also helps calm him during changes. Don’t forget to share more moments with us on social media by tagging us and using the #talkreadsing.

Tips/Picks of the Week:

  • Miriam: I think everyone should watch “The Mask You Live In.” I also want to recommend Spectra Pump with rechargeable battery that is so helpful for working moms. For diaper changes I use Wee Wee pads underneath to prevent stains or wet spots.

  • Paulina: My tip is an all inclusive baby registry that allows you to select things you want all in one place. You can start yours on Babylist.com. I actually referred to our own baby shower registry episode to determine what to put in mine! Listen to that episode and check out the registry here.

  • Bricia: Kopari Coconut Oil. I got to try this after attending BeautyCon, it is as good as they say! I love that I can use this on my baby too!

You can get in touch with Miriam here, and you can also send her a message through our private Super Mamas Facebook group. 

Below is a list of the resources mentioned in the episode:

Higher Education in California

California Community Colleges

California State University

University of California

California Independent and Private Colleges & Universities

Paying for College

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Fastweb (scholarships)

Gates Scholarship

Requirements

A-G Requirement List

SAT

ACT

Photo of Miriam and Baby: Laura Rach Photography