Maria F

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Maria F. is a high school English teacher who naturally finds herself reflecting upon the beautiful struggles that accompany the routine and randomness of each day as a working mommy. She relies upon humor and some sort of chocolate or frozen treat as survival tactics. She and her husband live in East Norwalk with their three kids, Abbie (born 2012), Charlie (born 2014), and Phoebe (born 2018). You can find Maria F. driving in her beloved dream car, a minivan, listening to audiobooks during her commute or singing along to Kidz Bop as she shuttles her little humans around town.
A woman catching her breath after running on a track.

Starting to Run, One Baby Step at a Time

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I am not a runner, but I started running the other day. More accurately, I did some running within 22 minutes. I ran for a portion of four laps around the track. I didn’t know I...
A woman holding a child reaching for a computer.

The Voices I Hear When You Say “This Too Shall Pass” or “It’s Just...

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“This too shall pass” and “It’s just a phase” are two of my least favorite phrases.  I will preface by saying that I wholeheartedly believe that fellow parents voice these expressions with sincerity after listening...
A soccer coach talking to his players.

“Taking One for the Team” as Parent Volunteers

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The pandemic has made much more visible how stretched thin parents are. Everywhere you scroll, there’s another article or video about how exhausted, tapped out, and spent we are. It’s great (sort of) that...
Hands getting a manicure.

Paint Yourself Pretty :: A Round-Up of Fairfield County Nail Salons

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Mamas, it’s finally spring! Your hands are so done with being chapped from winter. They’re ready to clap at spring sports games. They’re ready to hold mimosas at outdoor brunch spots. Your feet are...
Parents complimenting a child.

Here, There, and Everywhere: Pass Around More Compliments

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January 24 is National Compliment Day. Did I know that off of the top of my head? Absolutely not. But now that I do know, it got me thinking about the nature of compliments. How...
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When I Catch Myself Wondering about You

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Sometimes I catch myself wondering about your future self. I wonder if you will have crushes on or date any of the children who’ve been your elementary school classmates? Children who’ve been your partner...
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Inside Mind Factory: Exhilarating Escape Rooms in Black Rock

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You know those memes where moms have to decide what to do when they have a limited amount of free time? Often by the time that moms have settled on what to do, they’ve...
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Better Safe than Sorry: Go Get your Skin Checked!

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An Important Request I’m going to ask you to do me a favor by the end of this summer. It’s a simple request that will definitely give you peace of mind. All you have to...
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Cheers to Summer ’21

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Cheers to a return of more normalcy this summer. We're more than due to having some fun out in public this summer.  If you're anything like me, part of summer fun involves sipping sweet and...
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Thank You for Your Professional Labor of Love

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Dear Labor and Delivery Nurses,  On behalf of all us mamas who delivered at your hospital, thank you! This one post during National Nurses Week is to honor and applaud all that you do.  We know...