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.

Bathtime Fun with Minnie Mouse Stack and Smile Cups

Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me the Minnie Mouse Stack and Smile Cups by Sassy for free.

It’s the simplest of toys that make Little L happy. Oh and if I add water there is just no stopping her! In fact, I have to pry her chubby little fingers from the set of 3 Minnie Mouse cups in order to get her dry and dressed for bed.

Each cup has holes at the bottom to let the water drip out, she loves the mini-shower feel over her mouth — she tries to drink the water!

5 Reasons Little L Loves Her Tía (Aunt) Denise

Family is so magical for children — they are so full of love and are ready to give kisses, hugs, cuddles at any time (well, unless they are in their ‘special’ mood.)

I am lucky to have my family leave close by, and it’s even more beautiful to see my siblings in their roles as tío (uncle) and tía (aunt). They are both younger than me, and to be honest, it took a little bit of time for them to grow into their roles. I personally have not yet had the privilege to be a tía so I don’t know what it’s like to care and love my siblings children (yet!) So I am overcome with emotion when I see just how much they love my children.

Little L Loves Her Minnie Mouse Touch 'n Crawl!

Thanks to Disney for sponsoring this post and giving me the Minnie Mouse Musical Touch n Crawl for free.

I mentioned Little L turned one and how she is a master crawler — she won’t take the plunge and let go of the sofa just yet and walk on her own, but she can get away in seconds on all fours.

Now she has a little friend — Minnie Mouse crawls right with her! The Touch n Crawl has Minnie singing some tunes and moving forward right along side her Little L.

Not Walking at 12 Months: Toddler or Still a Baby?

It happened! Finally my sweet Little L, my precious girl is ONE. She has changed and developed so much and each day brings new surprises and milestones.

She pulled herself up at 7 months and cruising just after. Because she has an older brother she is constantly trying to keep up with I thought for sure she’d be up and walking long before 12 months. After all, she can stand perfectly fine on her own, she has great balance and can sit herself down without falling down — it’s a very controlled move. However, she will not take a step. When it comes to getting from point A to point B, she slowly gets on the ground and crawls over.

Little L's First Hair Clip

It’s official — Little L has *just* enough hair to gather a bit from the front and use a hair clip! This is super exciting as a mama, I mean, she looks extra adorable and more like a girl. She’s been called “little guy”, “little buddy” by passerby’s despite having on polka dot purple leggings!

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