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.

Ms. Pickle, Piano Teacher


I’m going to take a moment to stray from food talk. Now before you gasp and say, “But it’s Thanksgiving month. ALL talk should be food talk!” I’m going to go ahead and say that, in my years of writing for Baby Bullet, I’ve looked at it as sort of an all over health and […]

Dear Pumpkin,

yellow pumpkin on old weathered wooden background

I think it’s time we talked. Starting at the end of August, I see signs of you everywhere. “Pumpkin Bread”…. “Pumpkin Spiced Ale”… “Pumpkin-Filled Pasta”… “Pumpkin-Flavored Pumpkin.” I’m going to just say it: there are some things that pumpkin has no business being in. Pasta is one of them. Beer is another. And no offense, […]

How I Save Time in the Kitchen

Vegetable soup, slow-cooked in a crock pot, ready to serve.

This weekend, I had the house to myself — three blessed days of no work, no husband, no kids… no adulting necessary! And I have to admit, just between us, that it was intoxicating to be able to do what I wanted with my own time. I’d get up when I felt like it, walk […]

Eat More Ugly Food!

Fruits and vegetables on a supermarket shelf.

We sit here and talk about food and recipes every week, and every now and then I’m struck by how lucky we are. The fact that we can run up to the grocery store at a moment’s notice to grab a gallon of milk or a bag of apples can often be taken for granted. […]

Baking for Food Allergies


You know the feeling: it’s time to host a party, you prepare the menu, you ask the guests if there’s any food allergies. One replies back with a big “Yes,” and adds, “I can’t eat dairy.” Dun dun DUUUUUN!!! Suddenly you have to rethink all that you’re putting in your food. You have to scramble […]

When I Grow Up…

Young man and his little son preparing shapes for potato printing

When it was my turn to stand up in 3rd grade and tell the class what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to say, “A writer.” But then Irenna Lawrence said, “Ichthyologist.” I was dumbfounded. That sounded very important with a lot of syllables. It occurred to me I should consider […]

Sleep Doesn’t Come Cheap


I really like sleep. I mean, I really, really like it. Other adjectives I can use in regards to my nocturnal behavior include, but are not limited to: covet, adore, enjoy, worship, relish. According to National Geographic’s documentary “Sleepless in America,” 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. How many of those do you think […]

Use the Force, Kid

Jedi Rowan

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi  Some of you may have heard of this little movie called Star Wars. And some of you may be aware that this little movie is coming out December 18th of this year. (But who’s paying attention?) If you’re a scrupulously geeky parent […]

The Best Opinion a New Parent Can Get


A friend of mine recently confided to me that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby. When I hear good couples decide to move forward with this, I always get a little excited. I think, “Welcome to my team!” And then I’m immediately overcome with cautionary words that blink over my head […]

Egg-cellent Easter Tips


My addiction to Pinterest might be considered “unhealthy” by some. I prefer to think of it as “optimistically obsessive.” But it’s not such a terrible thing, since it helped me have one of our family’s best Easters yet. One afternoon, while strolling through its pages, I came across some Easter Egg Hunt ideas. Now maybe […]