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.

Cecilia

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I’ve been following Bryan and Lesley’s journey with their daughter, Cecilia, for the last year now. Admittedly, I have those “I’m-feeling-sorry-for-myself” moments in life, but then I get the latest update about Cecilia and gain some perspective. When you’re in good health, it’s easy to take daily things for granted, like being able to walk […]

Confessions of an Introvert

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“I was born as a forest, but I feel overwhelmed by all these trees.” –The Lady Fidgets Disclosure: I wish I’d had a survival guide for getting through the holidays for the introverted personality. Marrying into a large family means Christmas was all about get togethers, huge dinners, events, and copious amounts of small talk. […]

Drinking Water Like a Boss

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There is no way around it. Water is hands down the single best thing we can put in our bodies. And we don’t get enough of it. I’m guilty as charged. The day gets away from me, and I wonder to myself, “What did I drink today? Let’s see… There were those two cups of […]

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 […]