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.

5 Discoveries My Baby and I Made on our Spring Walk

Last week the weather finally decided to warm up and everyone in the neighborhood was out. I was sitting at my desk trying to work, but failing miserably.

All of the windows were open, the curtains were blowing in the living room and I could hear children laughing and playing outside. My cousin, who helps me with childcare said she was taking the kids out for a while. I looked back at my screen, looked down at Little L with her arms reaching up to me and I said “You take M and I’m going for a walk with Little L. I haven’t had alone time with her and I need fresh air.”

I put my sweet girl in her stroller and we were off — we walked and walked and enjoyed our girls afternoon out. I felt relaxed and happy I could share this with her. She had her face right in the wind and her little pigtail was just flapping in the wind. She had never really been out in good weather — it’s been a long winter and she’s just now 14 months so this was really her FIRST time enjoying being out.

She made many discoveries that day and reacted to each one differently:

— Pointed at dogs and make barking noises and discovered birds. They were all over the main street and she just stared at these tiny creatures chirping and hopping around. She made her own chirping noises and squealed with delight when they all flew away.

— She closed her eyes and put her face right into the wind and giggling at the tickling sensation it gave her. She and I both love the cool air on our faces!

— She looked at everything and everyone. Taking it all in and I could see her eyes observing and taking “mental notes.”

— We stopped at a baby park and she went nuts! She climbed, crawled and most importantly walked without being interrupted by her older brother. She kept looking around as if my son were there, but once she realized she was at peace, she just took off!

— She knows I love her! For the first time in a long time, I connected with my daughter on a different level. It was just the two of us and I saw a difference in her. She hugged me, tried kissing me and I knew she knew that all of my attention was on her and not on someone or something else. It was magical.

I hope this is the start to many more wonderful walks with my daughter!

Minnie Mouse Catch n’ Count Butterfly Net Bath Toy from Sassy

Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me the Minnie Mouse Catch n’ Count Butterfly Net Bath Toy for free.

Bath toys are a big hit in this house — even the “baby” toys are overtaken by my 5-year-old.

As much as I try to keep him from taking Little L’s things, it’s inevitable. And really, I shouldn’t complain. I’m glad he’s happy with her toys. It means he’s easy to please!

5 Ways I Calm My Crying Baby

Crying babies. As a mama, you can’t escape it! But you can find ways to help your baby (and yourself) keep calm.

Some days, I’m bullet proof — the crying, the whining, the complaining (from my older child) just rolls off my back. But other days, I’m thinking “Oh no! What now?”

Minnie Mouse 3-in-1 Celebration Potty System from The First Years

Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me the Minnie Mouse 3 in 1 Celebration Potty System for free.

Oh my goodness, I haven’t even THOUGHT of saying the P word just yet and then a very pretty Minnie Mouse potty arrives and I’m reminded of what’s to come.

I suddenly had flashbacks of potting training my son and how I went to move the sofa one afternoon and I stepped on a wet spot. Later he finally did do caca in the potty — but before telling me he had done it, he decided to play with it to know what if felt like and painted our bathroom a new shade of brown. Ewwwww!

Minnie Mouse Spring Fashion Picks for Baby

As a mama fashion and beauty blogger I am always looking for creative ways to stay stylish on a budget, shop my own closet and find great sales for myself and the family.

Often, I will create style boards with the latest trends — especially when the it’s time to change up the wardrobe for a new season. While I do focus on my style, I can never resist showing off a super cute baby fashion board!

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