Maria Sette

Maria is a full-time mom, teacher, wife, daughter, and sister, who feels pulled in too many directions! Her older son Michael took over 24 hours to be born, and at six-months-old was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, shrimp, and wheat…all after exclusively nursing because she was SO SURE that would help him be a healthy kid. Luckily at age 1, he began to outgrow some of his allergies. Fingers crossed the others will soon follow because that plus a husband who doesn’t eat any veggies and Maria always battling her weight makes for three meals to prepare every night. Luckily, Christopher, her younger son, is a cooperative eater! As someone who has always been committed to making positive change, Maria uses her privilege and position as an educator and mom to work toward a most anti-racisit, equitibile, and inclusive world. Recently, Maria has even started getting up at 5am to workout in her basement. (Thank you pandemic living!) She is addicted to reading chicklit on her Kindle app in the dark, most Trader Joe’s products, and watching TikToks.

TikTok to the Rescue

My name is Maria. I’m almost 44 years old, a mom of two, a wife, and an educator, and I’m addicted to TikTok. I remember when TikTok first started as My students at...
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I’m Tired

I’m tired. I’m tired of always having to decide what is for every meal of every day. I’m tired of constantly breaking up the fights. I’m tired of saying, “We don’t throw balls in the house! This...
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Big Kids, Big Problems

As I transition to being a mom of big kids, I keep hearing “little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems” in my memory. I remember talking to moms of older kids when my...

Confessions of an Over-Functioner

Hi, my name is Maria, and I’m an over-functioner.  What is an over-functioner? According to Will Meek Ph.D., “Classic characteristics of over-functioning include being overly focused on another person’s problems or life situation, offering frequent...
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Keeping It Cool: Splash Pads in Fairfield County

Here come the dog days of summer...where’s a mom to go to keep their kids cool?  Connecticut is blessed to be a coastal state and has many beaches. All state beaches are free with...
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Mom Bod Summer

“Hot girl summer, hot girl summer.” Anyone else tired of hearing this phrase? I feel like that’s all anyone is talking about now that we are “mostly” out of quarantine. As for me, I’m strictly...
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May is Food Allergy Awareness Month

Remember last March, when many of us were bleach wiping everything and wearing gloves, along with masks every time we left the house? For most people, that is the closest thing to dealing with...
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Screen Time Wars

“I HATE THIS! YOU’RE SO MEAN! Door slam. House rattles. Does this resonate with anyone else? I don’t know about you, but the pandemic burnout is real, especially for my older son. He's always been a...
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Searching for the 25th Hour

Oftentimes at night, as I lay awake for the last few minutes of my day, I dream about what I would do if I had one more hour in the day.  Not laundry. Not workout. Not get...
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Top Tips for Meal Planning & Prep

I am frequently asked how I manage four different dinners almost every night. My simple answer is meal planning and prep. Every weekend I carve out some time to review what I have in...