Maria has had a long flirtation with her passion for writing since childhood. She truly enjoys sharing imagery in a creative capacity through words and photography. When she isn’t furiously typing away at a screen, or clicking happily at a shutter, you can find Maria on the beach soaking up the San Diego sunshine, sipping wine with friends, or making the most of her adventures with her little family somewhere in East County. Maria is happily married and the mother of one daughter and one furbaby.
San Diego Mom and daughter enjoying one of the beaches

To My San Diego Moms, It’s Not Goodbye, It’s Just “See You Later”

To my San Diego Moms, Three years ago, I was just a mom moving long-distance with my family, looking forward to a new adventure. From the Northern California Bay Area to the sunny shores of...
Our home office space for distance learning and working from home

How I Set Up a Distance Learning Space at Home

With distance learning starting soon, I knew I wanted to set up a productive space in our home to mimic a classroom. I felt this would not only benefit my daughter but also benefit...
Sparklers are fun for all ages

Fourth of July Ideas for Celebrating at Home

There may not be the usual fireworks displays and public outdoor events for this year's Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate at home in your own way. For a few...
Father's Day is June 21. Spend time with him out in the sunshine.

Show Those Dads Some Love | Father’s Day, June 21

Here's to the dads on Father's Day who can do it all. They deserve some love too! Father's Day is fast approaching—it's time to get some heartfelt, quality ideas ready for the resident "tough...
Stress Relief

In Case You Needed a Reminder – Stress Relief Ideas

I've been home for so long, I almost forgot how to relieve my stress. Crazy, right? Am I the only one? In case some of you need a helpful reminder, I've compiled a list...
mother and daughter ready to celebrate mother's day at home

Celebrating Mother’s Day – Make it Memorable at Home

This year, Mother's Day might look a little different at home, but that doesn't mean you can't make it a memorable one. Celebrating Mom usually comes with lots of commercialized pressures to purchase flowers...
Reading at Home

A Schedule Shift | The Coronavirus Changed Our Days

The ultimate shift in our schedule has happened. You are probably already living this: our school-aged children are home for the next four weeks or more. It is up to us to keep them...
Family time at Supercross

Supercross Live San Diego is #SDMBApproved

Six rows up from the dirt track, the chilly San Diego evening buzzing with excitement. This was my family's first time watching Supercross bikes race and catch air and we couldn't wait for the...
My 8-year-old in second grade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Through the Eyes of My 8-Year-Old

January is an important month, containing Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday, my daughter’s birthday, my nephew’s birthday, and it solidifies the start of a new year. We’re all renewed with a sense of readiness...
Happy New Year

How to Choose Your New Year’s Resolutions

With the end of the year just days away, there is no better time to reflect on the past year and set resolutions, or goals, for the upcoming new year. Not sure where to...
Prepping apples for apple crisp

Apple Crisp | The Holiday Season has Arrived

Most of us grow up with a lineup of holiday traditions, and this year I’m implementing Bake Day! Whether it’s the cookie decorating, the cleanup, the gifting, or the eating, there is a treat...
All dressed up for Halloween fun

Tricks or Treats? Tips for Staying Safe this Halloween

Here are a few tips for staying safe while you set out on the trek for treats this Halloween. The costumes have been chosen, the houses are haunted, the pumpkins have been carved, phrases...

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Top 5 Reasons New & Expecting Moms Should Attend BLOOM on...

We are SO excited for our annual BLOOM event on Saturday, April 20th from 10am-2pm at Joya Kitchen. Bloom is designed specifically for new...