NYC MOM BOSS: Dayana Mendoza shares how she does it all

Dayana Mendoza

Last week I had the privilege to sit down and interview Dayana Mendoza. And ladies let me tell you, not only is  she a business owner, a super model, but also a Super Latina MOM BOSS.

How does she do it all?  Dayana lays it all down for us…

Share your experience being a mom in NYC

Life as a single mom IS NOT EASY, and in NY it takes a lot of planning. You also need to surround yourself with good friends and it is a constant battle to find balance and achieve self-discipline… I don’t even know how things happen sometimes.

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GIVEAWAY: 4 Tickets to an evening with Adam Shaughnessy at The Museum of the City of New York’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center.

Adam Shaughnessy
Adam Shaughnessy

Hola todas! Estoy sorteando unos tickets para ir a conocer al autor de libros infantiles Adam Shaughnessy.

Déjenme saber si alguna esta interesada.. •

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Agenda New York is teaming with Adam Shaughnessy to support a fundraiser for The Museum of the City of New York’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center.  Simply comment on this post or on Agenda New York ‘s Facebook page and you’ll be entered in a contest to be Adam’s special guest for the event!

PRIZE: You’ll receive tickets for two adults and two children as well as personalized copies of Adam’s first book, The Trickster’s Tale.

Winners will be announced on January 28th… Good luck!

EVENT DETAILS:

On January 30th, children’s author Adam Shaughnessy (www.adamshaughnessy.com) will visit the Museum of the City of New York to present an evening of magic, mystery, and storytelling based on his Unbelievable FIB series of books. The evening is a fundraiser for The Museum of the City of New York’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center.

The center serves approximately 50,000 K-12 students and teachers each year, the majority from New York City’s under-resourced public schools. Through field trips, out-of-school time programs, and professional learning workshops, the Center effectively addresses the citywide problem of student underachievement in social studies and teaches children about the city’s rich history and their place in it.

Just comment and enter to win! Easy!

http://www.adamshaughnessy.com

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nicanor and Alejandro at the Temple of Dendur at the Sackler Wing

A fun Sunday at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the great benefits of living in the city is that our children have over 90 of NYC’s best-loved museums, gardens, zoos and historic houses as their playground…

If you are planning a fun experience with the family, is too hot to walk outside, or even if you are suffering from cabin fever, taking our children to one of this cultural experiences is always a total hit!

Today, we chose the The Met Museum-

My children love going there and learning about ancient pyramids and mummies so we picked the Egypt Art exhibit to walk around for an hour or two.

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HELLO FEARS: Fear of Motherhood

“If you’re thinking about becoming a mom or about to add mama to your resume, this video is for you!!!

What was my biggest fear before becoming a mom? Losing my career, my social life, my husband  and the parts of my lifestyle that I’d become quite attached to. BUT THERE’S MORE.

Take a peek at this Mother’s Day collaboration I was lucky enough to participate in with Hello Fears and Michelle Poler Stramwasser to hear what I found on the other side of fear…

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11 Tips to Being a Happy and Productive Stay-at-Home Mom

My first years of motherhood I went through a rough period were I felt lost, overwhelmed with the kids, house chores, work, self image and more! One day I decided I’ve had enough and needed to stop feeling sorry for myself. Why was I unhappy if I had everything?  So, I decided that before I started my search for “happiness” I needed to get my life under control. This is how I did it:

I have to start by saying that even though some days are better than others, I always feel extremely blessed, lucky, proud, and happy to be a mom and wife. Sometimes you will have an off day with kids crying and not feel productive at all, but that’s what being a stay at home mom is.

IMG_5212Stick to a schedule. I have learned that with little ones, it’s so important to keep them on a good routine/schedule. Schedule changes are so hard on children, so try to stay consistent. We try to have the same time every day and night for waking up, naps, play time, lunch and dinner, and especially bed time. I find the hardest times of the day are dinner and bed time so that’s the routine we try to work the most on. One way to make our supper time routine less stressful is by having our family menu planned out weekly. This saves me time on deciding what to make! I use my monthly calendar that hangs in our kitchen !

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Raising bilingual kids is hard stuff…

Raising children to be bilingual has become one of hardest projects I’ve signed up for…

IMG_0372Those of us embarking on the journey of raising bilingual children know that even though we wouldn’t have it any other way, it definitely is not an easy thing to do.  I am a true believer that children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and that they will learn all languages they hear regularly – in my experience this is simply not true. Yes, in the right circumstances children will naturally grow up to acquire the family languages, but this cannot be taken for granted. In order for true bilingualism to happen you have to work so hard in making sure that-

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I am about to lose it…

CARLAHi. My name is Carla. My kids ate toast for dinner. It’s 7:45 pm –the “home stretch”. Yes, I am wearing a tangerine hat and green t-shirt! But they are still filthy. And very loud. I have decided I do not want to parent anymore. I want to be Beyoncé. Ok thanks bye. #agendanewyork #mommylife #nyckids #mommyblogger

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Penpal Idea …

penpalsThanks @natalia.zurcher.kuchen loved the Penpal Idea!! This will be great to help the boys practice and improve their writing skills!!! Can’t wait to read all the fun stories these kids will come up with!! Sooo cute! Does anyone want to join this cute little activity? ?????? Gracias a mi querida amiga Natalia por esta gran idea de “Amiguitos por Correspondencia”. Esto no solo será divertido pero ayudará a los niñitos a mejorar su escritura!! Ya quiero leer todas sus pequeñas y divertidas historias!!! Alguien esta interesado en unirse?

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