I am an eco-friendly mama, trying to live a healthy life, with as little chemicals and processed foods as possible while also maintaining a balance. I believe in natural, gentle & attachment parenting, living a green lifestyle, enjoying life to the fullest, questioning everything and above all, raising my children with love and listening to my inner voice.
My passion is to help and empower moms in their parenting journey, to travel and this blog. I love breastfeeding and babywearing so you will probably run into me doing one of those two thing. I’m also known for having a love affair with chocolate and I can’t live without my cup of coffee. 😉
Welcome to my blog, where I share about holistic and positive parenting practices, green and natural living, all things motherhood, fun kid activities, non-toxic products and even a little of family travel. I am not perfect, nor 100% crunchy (green) but I am constantly trying to find my path, evolving as my children grow and this blog is a reflection of that.
My name is Carolina and I’m the writer behind this blog. I’m half Polish & half Costa Rican but I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I moved to Washington DC, U.S.A. in 2011 when I married the love of my life, Graham. We currently live in the D.C. area.
I studied psychology and preschool education but half through my career I dropped out of school and started following my dreams. I am one of those people that needs new challenges and loves plunging into unknown territory. Eventually I started a business in the sports industry which I ran for about 6 years before I quit to be a full time stay-at-home mom.
I am now a stay-at-home mom to my two daughters, who I call in this blog “Cookie” and “Jelly”. Cookie is 4 years old and Jelly is one. I love traveling almost as much as I love my family and I hope some day I’ll be able to take my daughters around the world.
What you will find in this blog
This blog entails the life of a mom that’s obsessed in researching what’s best for their kids, from foods to toys and anything in between. It’s place where you will find information about parenting, breastfeeding, baby wearing, some recipes, travel tips, the different phases of child raising and living a non-toxic lifestyle while trying to maintain the middle ground between our society and these “crunchy” beliefs.
My wish is that this blog will help other moms in their journey, whether to help them make a decision of what non-toxic toy they should get or to realize that they are not alone in this journey.
You can find even more detailed information about this blog on my “start here” page.
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Mama Instincts in real life
Mama instincts is more than a blog, it’s a person! You might have seen me:
- At The White House
- At Local Workshops
- On Good Morning Washington
- On The Huffington Post
- On The Organic Report magazine
- On Great Day Washington (and also doing a live on their Facebook page)
- As one of Mamavation’s top 100 Healthy Mom Blogs
I love being a speaker and hosting workshops on green living and gentle parenting practices. If you’re interested in hiring me, please write to [email protected]
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How this blog was born
On May 2012 I found out I was expecting my first child, a baby girl.
As soon as I found out, my thirst for knowledge and for giving her the best of the best took over. I began a never ending search, always looking for what resonated with my beliefs, the most current information on child raising, what made sense… Little did I know that this would lead me to discover a whole new world.
My baby girl was born on January 2013. She became my teacher. With her cues, she would show me what she wanted from me, which prompted me to research even more. Every time I had an “hunch”, I followed it, I would research and it would lead me to new information, validating that what my instincts were telling me was right for her, my baby. I do have to admit, there are many things I did, do and will do because my inner voice, not a book, tells me it’s right for my daughter. I am a believer that each mama knows what’s best for her own child and I try to listen to my intuition while balancing that with the research I do.
This blog was born because I kept sharing all my findings and thoughts with my husband. He insisted I start a blog and share my “discoveries” with everyone. I was hesitant at first, being a mom is a full time job and on top of being a mom, I also worked from home. Close to my first baby’s 5 month birthday I took the plunge…
If you want to know more about my parenting philosophy read A peek into my philosophy.