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.

Use the Force, Kid

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“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

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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

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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 […]

Work and Home Balance

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I’m on a bus with twenty-five people. I’m traveling through Florida. This happens once a year for my job. It’s only about 22 days, but it’s 22 days of my husband being a single parent to our children. It’s hard not to feel guilty. While I’m grateful for my job, I feel like I’m missing out on this parenting thing. Is it possible […]

The Letter That Won My Home

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The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to the current owners of our new house in an effort for them to accept our offer. I share this with the world because: Our home is what shapes us from our earliest years. Everyone should have a good home. For families who move a […]

What I Learned From Spock

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“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” -Leonard Nimoy Though the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy was not a shock – he was 83, after all – it was nonetheless a shudder felt across the world. My children might have no […]

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 […]