Mariana is a Milwaukee transplant who feels truly at home for the first time in her life. With over a decade of professional experience in college admissions, Mariana now works in multicultural recruitment for a local university. She has a deep passion for empowering underrepresented communities to pursue education and fulfilling careers. When she's not pulling out toy dinosaurs from her bag at staff meetings, you can find her on the couch, Netflix n chillin' her with her two kids, Gabriela and Oscar, and her partner, Eric.

I Will Always Want A Baby

A funny thing happens when you take the plunge and start having kids: the unending comments begin. When you’re pregnant, comments like, “Are you sure you’re not having twins? Are you feeling ok?” and...

My Son’s Haircut

A funny thing happens when you have kids. Everything you know goes out the window. Growing up, I never questioned how I dressed or what toys to play with. Girls were often doing one...

Parenting Without Patience: A Lesson in Empathy

I am the last woman on Earth that has the patience to parent. In truth, I’m awful with big emotions and talking back. I often find myself walking away from my kids when the...

Your Guide to a Perfect Date Night at Summerfest

This post is sponsored by Summerfest.  Summerfest.  It's the Big Gig. The iconic music festival that draws thousands and thousands of attendees from all over the country down to the gorgeous Milwaukee lakefront year after year to...

A Lesson in Friendship

Friendships are wonderful, beautiful, essential things. They can also be incredibly difficult to understand, especially when you’re a child. These days, my six-year-old daughter is navigating the world of ever-changing friendships. One day her...

Here’s to the Bare Minimum Moms

Here’s to the Bare Minimum Moms. You know who we are. We are the ones who wake up every morning a beat behind everyone else. We don’t engage in any sort of "mommy wars" because...

Working Mom Survival Kit

Like so many parents out there, I work full-time outside my home. I have a job I love that sometimes requires late nights, weekends, and on very rare occasions, an overnight trip. Work is...

Why Kids Should Go the Bleep to Sleep

Sometimes, I think I missed my calling in life to be the female version of Samuel L. Jackson. This is because I am a huge supporter of kids going the  to sleep. I will proudly...

Swimming Success with Swimtastic

In my previous post about Swimtastic, I wrote about my 2-year-old son's struggle with swimming and water play. His first lessons were challenging for all of us but we powered through and he's a completely different kid...

5 Ways to Deal with this Election

It’s no secret that this has been a uniquely tempestuous election year. I won’t delve into taking sides, debating candidates or even what the issues are in this post. The entire Internet has had plenty of...