About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

Weird and Unusual Holiday Cuisines

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Imagine asking your family, “What’s for Christmas dinner?” and the answer being something like, “Oh, probably a mixture of the fat of hunted reindeer, seal oil, and crisco mixed with berries.” Huh? NPR did a report recently on unique holiday cuisines, and the first piece was on traditional Alaskan food. And would you believe that […]

My Christmas Wish: I Hope You See the World Around You

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A Letter to my Children, In the midst of the holiday season, I thought I should take a moment to write you and tell you what my Christmas wish is. And being that you’re only 7 and 4, this might not make much sense to you yet. You see, when I ask you what you […]

Dear Expecting Parent

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Dear Expecting Parent, Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Your life is about to change in ways you never imagined. It’s such an exciting time—having your first. You have 9 months to plan your new arrival and, before you know it, the big day will be here! So here are a few things I […]

The Great Chocolate Caper

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The seconds creaked closer to bedtime like the seesaw motion of an old wooden ship. I sat hunkered in my 6-year-old’s bed reading the usual story time book when I heard it. THUNK… THUNK… THUNK… THUNK… I sat up in the bed and the look of the 6-year-old had trouble written all over it. “What […]

Music for the Mind

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My mother dragged me to piano lessons for 12 years. Every Tuesday, we hopped in the car and drove to the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where I had been taught by the same teacher since I was a 1st grader. And every week, because I would rather have been horsing around or watching TV, I […]

A Little Haunt Won’t Hurt

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I’m a big fan of Halloween. BIG. FAN. From the time I was a child, I loved every creepy little thing about it. A few little ghost stories never hurt anybody. If anything, it builds the imagination. Look at writers like Neil Gaiman, directors like Tim Burton, or composers like Danny Elfman. What do they […]

Lunch Art Dads

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School’s back! And for those of you crafty parents out there looking for some artistic outlets, consider checking out these websites of dads who got a little crafty with their kids lunches: Beau Coffron’s website Lunchbox Dad, started making “Fun Lunch Monday” for his 7-year-old daughter. He walks you through how he makes each presentation in […]

Accidental Homeschooling

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Recently, we had the opportunity to enter our 1st grader into a Spanish Immersion program. When we first looked into it, we thought: this is amazing. And I still think it’s great. But as the summer wore on, we started thinking: maybe we want to keep homeschooling? FYI: this is totally weird because when we […]

Superman and Tinker Bell Have a Tea Party

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It’s possibly the cutest tea party you’ve ever seen – a tea party with water, that is! Baby Bullet blogger Maia Rodriguez shows us her kids at play for a little bit of Friday fun. Do your kids have tea parties?

My Parenting “Don’t” List

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I’ve had many different parents with many different parenting styles over to my house over the years, and it’s a real treat to watch their dynamic. More often than not, it’s the child and not the parent who calls the shots. At dinner time, the child asks for something else to eat. I don’t say […]