Maria is the author of The Ultimate Mom, Marketing to Moms, and Trillion Dollar Moms; the founder of BlueSuitMom.com and MomTV.com, and the host of Mom Talk Radio.
How did you come up with the idea for your product? My passion is to empower mothers. Along the way I’ve come to realize that moms find their empowerment in various ways hence I had to develop multiple media properties. Radio was a natural as moms spend more time in their car than any other consumer segment. MomTV.com was a must because moms like to interact with other moms. And BlueSuitMom.com was a way for working mothers to connect with the How Tos of doing it all.
How many children do you have and what age groups? My children are 17, 16, 15 and 11 although it appears I spaced them out, my first two children are actually only 5 months and 3 weeks apart. We were fortunate to adopt while I was pregnant.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Motherhood comes in phases- good and bad- the ones you love and the ones you hate. Remember as you are frustrated with a current phase that a good one is right around the corner.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? The best way I teach my children about eating healthy or any lesson is by example. I never, never tell them “no” to food rather I talk to them about choices. I definitely lead by example. They see me making egg white omelets, eating spinach on my sandwiches, and snacking on almonds.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? This is an unfair question as I’m a fitness freak and a marathon runner. My day begins every day at 5am with a visit to gym or a long run. I thrive on sweat and fitness, and it doesn’t happen this Mommy isn’t very nice.
How do you recharge your batteries? Believe it or not, exercise. It’s the law of physics, an object in motion remains in motion. I use my running time to clear my mind and think. After a good run, I’m good for the day.