Maria José Ovalle

Born in Chile and raised in the US, María José is a mamá to a four year old boy and a daughter born January 2013 living in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a PR by profession and blogs about her family as well as personal style and beauty for busy mamas on Very Busy Mamá — Life, Beauty & Style. When she does have a spare minute, she actively participates in local theater productions and is known to run a marathon or two. She is set to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Disney Shoes Wish List for Mom

Looking through the Disney Store site I realized that there are some super stylish baby shoes that I found myself wishing they had in MY size. I mean, we adults love Disney too! And as a fashion blogging mama, I’d love to style them with spring outfits.

There were many to choose from, but here is my Disney Shoe wish list. I’m a size 7 please!

Thoughts on Flying Overseas with Kids

I don’t stress out easily, but the idea of flying with two kids, a 5 year old and a recently walking and very active 14 month old and keeping them happy and in their seats scares the life out of me!

I’ve had plenty of experiences traveling to and from the UK and from the UK to Chile and BACK with a 6 month old. I know the hard work it entails. However, I am determined to keep calm so that I don’t pass on my stress and anxiety to Little L.

Power Banana Chocolate Protein Smoothie Recipe

I love smoothies! I have at least one a day, at any time. They fill you up, and it’s a great way to get your fruits and veggies and increase your protein intake.

3 Signs That Walking Has Made My Girl More Daring

Okay, wow! Not sure how or when it happened, but BOOM… Little L is up and walking!

She took her time. Took forever to let go of the sofa, but at nearly 14 months, she let go and literally TOOK OFF! I think she took longer to walk because she never had the space to take her first steps in a tranquil environment — her older brother was always at her heels, causing her to lose balance and just resort to crawling.

Now she is so confident and daring. She walks clear across the living room and takes Papi’s keys from the table. She walks right into our bedroom, once managing to open a dresser drawer and pull out my necklaces. She strolls into the kitchen like she OWNS the place and starts pulling things out of cabinets. (I don’t know how someone so little can be so destructive in a matter of seconds!) Clearly I’d forgotten about this phase. But goodness she is cute. I mean, ADORABLE!

And, this walking thing has led her to further explore the world around her.

— Within one day of truly walking, she has managed to make it half way up the stairs on her own. I couldn’t believe it!

— With walking came being able to swing her legs over the bathtub on her own. Once, I turned around for one second to get soap and there she was, halfway out of the tub. ¡Ayyyyy!

— Lastly, she now climbs up on her brother’s bed, stands at the window talking to the birds, and then proceeds to jump. Yes, JUMP–from the bed to the floor. And we have hardwood floors, so probably not the best idea.

All of this happened so fast that I didn’t even have time to process all of the new changes that walking would bring. I can’t even imagine what she will do tomorrow!

Dorel Glitter Minnie Mouse Music & Lights Walker

Yet another mega cute Minnie Mouse piece of baby gear that your little one will enjoy and look adorable sitting in!

The Dorel Glitter Minnie Mouse Music & Lights Walker which is available from buybuyBaby is sure to keep your little girl happily engaged and entertained. From the comfy seat, an oversized snack and play tray gives her plenty of room for non-stop play fun with 4 Minnie Mouse and friends toys.

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