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Eliel’s First Trip to the Little Gym

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As a parent, I love to try new things with my son–especially things that have to do with being active!

 

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For this segment of Parenting 411, I headed over to the Little Gym of Albuquerque to try one of their classes with my son. We tried their Sporty Beasts class, mainly since that was one of the classes for Eliel’s age group.

 

 

Overall, we had a blast. Since it was Eliel’s first class at the Little gym, he was skeptical at first. But after 10 minutes of meeting the other kiddos, singing, clapping, and so on, he felt right at home.

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All the activities offered for Eliel’s age group was exactly what we were working on at home–throwing and catching balls, following direction, and so on. The Little Gym focuses on positive reinforcement and offers kids ages 4 months to 12 years a variety of programs to increase endurance, focus, and skill.

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Let me know if you plan to try one of the classes at the Little Gym. I might run into you if you have a toddler too!

xoxoxo,

Monica Bencomo

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Handling Separation Anxiety

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When my son was a baby, he did not want me out of sight for more than an hour or two. But now that he is a little independent toddler, he takes pride in venturing off and doing his own thing. Now that he’s 2 1/2, mama is experiencing more separation anxiety than he is.

Thankfully, I have an adorable son who has a support system of trusted family members who like to look after him from time to time. To get over my bout of separation anxiety, I reminded myself that in order for my son to have secure attachment to his father and I, spending time with others is a good thing for him, as it helps him feel more safe and loved in the world.

Check out the latest segment of Parenting 411 and tell me–how do you handle separation anxiety from either your child or yourself?

xoxoxo

Monica Bencomo

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Parenting 411: No More Mommy Wars!

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Have you guys seen the commercial by Similac that brings awareness to the mommy wars? (If not, fret not–it’s included in the Parenting 411 video above:)

I think this video has grown in popularity because it illustrates how absurd being a judgmental mommy or daddy really is–and does it in a funny, unique way.

I honestly think I am more judgmental on myself and my own parenting style than anybody else. I am so busy keeping up with my crazy toddler (whom I adore!) that I don’t have much time to sit around comparing myself to other mommies.

How do you think you are when it comes to judging other parents for their lifestyles? Do you put yourself on a pedestal
for solely breastfeeding, look down on moms for choosing to stay at home (or return to work)?

I think this commercial serves as a great reminder that the most important factor when it comes to parenting is the safety and well-being of the child. Not ego based decisions we choose to–or not–to do!

If you were judged on something you did as a parent, let me know in the comments below–how’d you handle it?

xoxxoxo,

Monica Bencomo

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Valentine’s Day Treats

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Happy Monday!

 

As every Monday, I’m bringing you today’s Parenting 411 segment from 2 Kasa Style.

 

I wanted to offer parents a festive Valentine’s Day activity that is kid-friendly, and well, why not make some yummy, sprinkly cupcakes?

 

What makes this recipe unique is that when you bite in the cupcake, you’ll find a red heart shape in the center!  Let me know in the comments below; how do you plan on treating your family for Valentine’s Day?

 

xoxoxo,

 

Monica Bencomo

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Happy Monday!

 

For this segment of Parenting 411, we discussed simple, yet impactful ways we as parents feel we can be even more effective with our kids. Check it out and tell me in the comments below–what are some habits you’re passing along to your kids that you deem effective? I’d love to know!

xoxoxo

Monica Bencomo

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Juicing for the Family!

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I love juicing. If you have a copy of my book, 7 Habits of a Healthy, Happy Mom, you already know this. What I love even more–is when I can get my picky toddler to consume nutritious, healthy meals. And when it comes to getting my son to eat his veggies…let’s just say I have much more luck getting him to drink them.

 

My son, Eliel’s favorite juice recipe lately has been an apple carrrot orange juice blend–it’s simple–just juice an apple, orange, and fistful of carrots and viola! A naturally sweet, nutritious drink for your family.

 

Blender used for demo: Omega Mega Mouth Blender

xoxo

Monica Bencomo

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Moms, Don’t Sabotage Your Sexy!

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In Chapter 2 of my book, 7 Habits of a Healthy, Happy Mom, I discuss how important it is for moms not to sabotage their sexy.

 

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After I became a mother, I was plagued with ideas (perhaps society overall instills) that I had to hang up my heels and wear mom-jeans and flats everyday.

 

 

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Then miraculously, a term popped in my brain one late night after soothing my then newborn to sleep: Moms Wear Heels. “Moms wear heels! I like it!”  I thought, sleep deprived. I bought the domain name that night.

My own insecurities about putting authentic self out there is what inspired me to start this blog and write my book.

And I thank my biggest inspiration, my 2 year old son Eliel, everyday for motivating me to live past my fears and into my true nature.

 

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When my boy was under a year :)

 

Chapter 2 of 7 Habits of a Healthy Happy Mom touches on how vital it is for us moms to take care of ourselves physically–working out, eating healthy–so that-yeah, we look good, but more importantly we feel good.

 

You see, the formula is simple: The better you feel about yourself as a mother (in every way) the more benefits your child reaps as having such an awesome, happy mom!

 

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And while I may not wear stilettos every day, I do enjoy glamming up a couple times a week to 1) keep my husband on his toes ;) and 2) remind myself I still got it ;)

Below are some looks I got from onehottiemama.com that reconnects me with my inner goddess! I love this company since their mission is to empower women to feel confident during pregnancy and postpartum.

 

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I have a special gift just for my subscribers! If you want to receive 10% off anything on onehottiemama.com, just use the coupon code: MWH10!

 

So, remember hot mamas, no one needs to give you permission to look and feel your best. Do you! Everyone else’s opinions of how you should look, dress or be postpartum is none of your business. ;)

 

PS If you liked this post, please share it with your friends! Don’t be shy!

 

xoxoxo

Monica Bencomo

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Public Parenting

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We’ve all been there. You’re trying to get that grocery list or enjoy family dinner when your toddler erupts in a tantrum. Check out the latest segment of Parenting 411 to discover ways to prevent this from happening, and what to do if it occurs anyway.

 

 

XOXO

Monica Bencomo

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Making Your Health A Priority in 2015

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Happy Monday!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Above is the latest segment of Parenting 411. We discussed tangible ways in which parents can make time to take care of their wellness this year.

 

Many of you have asked me about how I “find” time to workout. Simple, I chose a gym that offers free childcare. (And my son loves it by the way). More info can be found on their site defined.com.

 

If you like my dress I’m wearing, check out the site I ordered it from here and use MWH10 as a coupon code and receive 10% off!

 

Let me know what you guys think about today’s topic in the comments below.

 

xoxoxoxox

Monica Bencomo

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My Resolutions for 2015

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We’re a week into 2015. How you feeling?

 

If you are like the majority of the population, you may be feeling disappointed for not yet releasing all the old habits that may be detrimental for your growth. (You know, the late night brownie binges, cigarettes, or procrastinating important projects…) But I come bearing good news and a friendly reminder: It’s never too late to get inspired and make positive change in your life.

 

The beginning of the New Year was an interesting, busy one for me so far. I welcomed a new nephew into the world (Happy Birthday, Ev!), moved my family across town into a new home, and had several auditions/interviews for various projects. I honestly feel pretty tired to be so young!

 

I know when my energy is lagging, I need to re-prioritize, regroup, and make some healthy changes. But I also know that if anyone wants to create lasting change in their lives, a plan of action is required. We need to get as specific as possible as to what we want to accomplish, why, and develop action steps to get us there.

 

I invite you to create a journal of your intentions for 2015. First off, it’s a great idea to revisit 2014: What did you do right? Reflect on accomplishments both big and small to get your inspiration rolling. Check out my resolution video on my Youtube here. It got me inspired!

 

Next, you want to write down your intentions, or goals, for 2015. In your personal journal, write down why you want to achieve said goal. This will keep you motivated when most people quit!

 

Below are my personal intentions for 2015. Happy New Year!

 

1. Get More Organized.

Why: Organizing my life from where I put my keys to how I pay my bills will ease stress and actually free up more time in the long run. I specifically wish to get more organized in my home (clothing, shoes, memorabilia, papers).

 

2. Cook more.

Why: I’m quite good at it! I’m creative. It’s fun. Cooing more food will also please my hubby. I love the satisfaction of making dinner for my family. Specifically, I want to cook Elvis more breakfasts and also learn recipes to use with a crockpot.

 

3. Get more in touch with my Puerto Rican heritage.

Why: I am half Boricua. I want my son to be aware of all his family’s traditions; not just one or two. Learning Spanish and going to PR to meet my relatives are some ways I plan on doing this in 2015. (And not to mention cooking more Puerto Rican dishes. I nailed this one!)

 

3. Eat more foods from Earth and less made in factories.

Why: Don’t let the fancy packaging fool you. Most food you find in the center of the grocery store is packed with preservatives and chemicals wrapped in fancy packaging. Eating more natural foods will increase my energy and leave me feeling my best. I want more of that in 2015.

 

4. Make more Youtube videos.

Why: I love creating content–blogs, vlogs (video blogs), Instagram posts–you name it! I also rejoice in looking back at old videos I made in the past. I plan on making more videos starting this Friday. Make sure you subscribe to stay up to date!

 

5. Aim to be respected instead of aiming to be liked.

Why: Being the youngest of 5, my role growing up was being the entertainer (to distract from dysfunction), and this morphed into people pleasing as I grew up. I plan on instilling the value of the importance of gaining respect instead of acceptance for my son. Your own authenticity and self-respect is much more important than being liked by everyone and their mama. #Justsayin

 

 

Well, folks, there you have it. My resolution Intentions for 2015. It’s never too late to do what your heart is calling you to do. Everyday is a fresh start; a new opportunity. Never let your past dictate your future! ;)

 

xoxoxoxo

Monica Bencomo

 

 

 

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