Maria is a mother of three (Cecilia, Ileana, and Xavier) and a part-time adoption attorney. She was born and raised in Indiana and met her husband, Raul, in college in Ohio. They moved to Boston for graduate school and then to New York City. After having their first daughter, Cecilia, they moved to Greenwich where they still reside today. Maria enjoys running, tennis, travel, and spending time with her family.
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International Literacy Day: Ways to Recognize and Involve Kids

September 8th is International Literacy Day and an opportunity to celebrate, learn and help others in the community.  International Literacy Day was created by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) to recognize the...
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Family-Friendly Bike Trails in Fairfield County

The end of summer and early fall are our favorite times to plan family day trips. This year's particular interest is family bike rides, as my three children are excited about testing out their...
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Sleepaway Camp and Growing Up

The discussions about sleepaway camp started in our family during the quarantine. My eldest daughter, now age 11, came to us with the idea when we were all stuck inside and feeling isolated. We did...
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Day Trip Ideas for Families

As the weather warms up for the summer season, many families are ready to explore and plan trips. This is especially pertinent this year in light of the fact that businesses are opening their...
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Family-Friendly Hiking Trails in Fairfield County

As the school year comes to an end and the warm late-spring air begins to fill our days, it is a great time to get outside and spend quality time with your family on...

I Am so Thankful: An Appreciation Letter

In a year with many new challenges and difficulties, I want to take the time to write a letter of appreciation to those who supported my family and me the most. After reflecting on this...
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Ideas to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women's Day, and it is an excellent opportunity to celebrate important women in all areas, including politics, science, business, and sports, and to pay special tribute to the important women...
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Indoor Winter Activities & Books For Young Children

One of our family's major challenges with remote learning is figuring out how to keep my four-year-old son busy, engaged, and progressing with his education. When I decided to pull him out of his...
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Wanderlust During Quarantine: Dreaming of Escape and Travel

After many difficult days and winter settling in, I often find myself daydreaming about being far away from the same walls that have sheltered my family and me over this past year. While I am...
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Great Books Enjoyed During a Difficult Year

As the year 2020 finally comes to a close, I choose to reflect on the silver linings of such a difficult year. This year, many of my bright moments involved books and stories shared...