Tag: Mom of the Month

Little Luckies is Creating Quality Huggable Friends

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring woman who is adding love into every creation she creates and that in turn has provided children with some huggable friends. Who is this talented mom?! Her name is Sue Luckhoo and she is behind Little Luckies.

I had the opportunity to connect with Sue to get to know more about this great mom and her neat business.

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

“I am a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to two amazing kiddos and wife to a hardworking man. In my off duty mom time, I can be found tending to my creative biz, Little Luckies. Hidden under sheets of gorgeous fabrics, being swallowed by 30lbs of stuffing all while binge watching dramadies or listening to the radio. I might also be found crocheting, baking and on rare occasions napping.”

  1. What does your company do?

“At Little Luckies, I lovingly make heirloom quality huggable friends. I make a variety of toys and décor from cloth dolls, narwhals, unicorns and cloud pillows just to name a few. I use only premium quality materials including cotton and the cuddliest Minky ever! All my toys are stuffed with hypoallergenic stuffing. Everything is made with great attention to detail, quality and love. I want my toys to last a lifetime, to be cherished best friends.”


  1. When did you start your business?

“I opened Little Luckies in 2013. At the time, I was making toys and crocheted items for all the littles in my life and I couldn’t stop! So, with the encouragement of my family and friends, I created a Facebook business page and an Etsy shop. The first few months was an evolution as I wasn’t certain exactly what I wanted to concentrate on. I finally learned that what people responded to the most was my handmade toys.”


  1. How did you come up with the business name?

“Little Luckies is a combination of my love for my two darling littles and a reference of all the little out there’s. “Luckies” is a shortened version of our family name, Luckhoo, and also how I feel about being a mom to two awesome kids.”


  1. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

“I’m so lucky (there’s that word again) to be able to do what I love while, being at home to take care of my family. I just hope I’m still able to do what I’m doing in five years. My family comes first and we can be really busy so, I don’t really foresee any big changes perhaps small evolutions. If business picks up I might be able to hire someone to do simple piecework, build my own website, and really hone in and concentrate on just a few curated items instead of the menagerie that I’ve got going on now.”


  1. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“Balance is something that I struggle with every day as I can get so focused on building my business and making products. It helps that both kids are now in school full time. So, when they are at school I devote some time to errands and cleaning and, spend the rest of my “free” time in my studio. Working in the studio includes many things from, marketing, social media posts, taking photos, editing photos, and of course cutting and sewing. After school its mom time and I try to stay focused on the kids till bedtime. You know the drill; dinner, activities, homework, downtime, showers and bedtime snuggles. Then it’s back to work! I brew a cup of tea, answer my messages, and work on piece work and stuffing while watching TV.”


  1. Lastly, if someone is interested in purchasing a hand-made doll/plushy, how can they?

“I am always working on new things and more often than not customers message me via Facebook and items are purchased directly from me. Current stock is uploaded to my Etsy Shop. You can also follow my daily studio life on Instagram. Last but not least I have created Facebook group where I premiere all my creations monthly. I also invite selected maker friends to share their creations as well.”


Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Sue of Little Luckies as this month’s “Mom of the Month” as she is such a talented, kind and loving person who is making keepsakes for a lifetime. But her love for her two “little luckies” is what makes her the mom of the month as they do always come first.


Special thank you to Jennifer of Mama at Heart for nominating Sue as our Mom of the Month.

Here is what Jennifer has to say about Sue, “I have been a customer of Sue’s twice now. The first time was almost three years ago to purchase two very special stuffed puppy dogs, one for my son to give to his newborn sister, and one for my new baby girl to give her big brother. And then two years ago I bought one of her beautiful dolls to give my daughter on her first birthday. Sue is extremely wonderful to work with! Very professional, friendly and patient! She gave me different options for colours, fabrics and styles to make the doll and it came out perfectly! Just as I had imagined it! The quality of her work is beyond compare and it is easy to see the love and dedication she puts into each of her creations. Although it’s been a couple of years since my last purchase, I continue to follow Little Luckies closely on Facebook and enjoy seeing all of the amazing dolls Sue makes. I look forward to adding to our Little Luckies collection in the future.”

We are so grateful to have been introduced to this awesome mom through Jennifer.

Make sure to follow Little Luckies and see all the beautiful creations made, follow them Facebook, Little Luckies Monthly Market FB Group, Etsy and Instagram.

Thank you Sue for your time and wishing you many years of success!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga



Helping Families Through Massage Therapy

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is a humble, kind and a happily married woman to her husband Brian, for eight years and has two amazing kids – daughter Alexis who is 5 years old and son Ryder who is 1.5 years old. She is a registered massage therapist for over six years and also has been teaching at The Institute of Complementary and Alternative Therapies. There she teaches physiology, pharmacology, hydrotherapy, assessment and treatment, massage therapy, practice management, professional development and pathology. She spends her spare time with her family and friends, cross training, running, walking, cycling, water sports, and playing baseball.

So who is this great person?! Her name is Heather of Heather Seamone Registered Massage Therapy.


I had the opportunity to connect with Heather to get to know more about this great mom and what she does.

  1. What does your company do?

“I provide massage therapy to people who need to rehabilitate their injuries, often in conjunction with other therapies like chiropractic, osteopathy, and physio therapy. I focus on the client’s goals and use the most effective techniques to achieve their goals. Since stress is a chronic problem with the majority of clients that I see, I focus on providing a slow, rhythmic, relaxing massage, while addressing all their issues and problem areas.

I also practice general Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, and also have some experience with acupressure and ultrasound. It is important the client continues with the appropriate self-care that is going to help them achieve the results they want. So I always recommend some hydrotherapy (hot/cold therapy), deep breathing, or strengthening and/or stretching exercises they can carry out on their own in between sessions so they see maximal improvement.

I am always on a continuing path of education to enhance my skill set and offer new therapies to clients that fit in well with my practice goals.”


  1. When did you start your business?

“Four years ago I started my own business, working out of the basement of my house when I realized its practicality and flexibility with a young and busy family.”

  1. What motivated you to get into this line of business?

“I spent six years working at various corporations in administrative, sales, and marketing roles. I had a hard time sitting all day, as it didn’t seem to jive with my physical constitution, and I was chronically stressed out. Plus, I was unhappy, always looking for different jobs thinking I would eventually find and settle on something that I love. When I realized that wasn’t likely to happen, with the support of my husband, I went back to school to become a registered massage therapist.”

  1. I see that you offer Pregnancy Massage, what are the benefits of it?

“Pregnancy massage is wonderful for expecting mothers. It helps to increase lymphatic flow to decrease swelling that is so common in the legs, ankles, feet and hands. It releases tension in muscles that become overstretched and weak, and those that become short and tight as a result of physical changes to the body that happen as the baby grows. It also addresses compensatory changes that occur as a result of postural changes. And I find so many mothers are stressed out as a direct result of the pregnancy, either because they are concerned about the viability of the pregnancy, or because of the anxiety-impending-demands life with a new child can place on the mother.”

“Difficulty conceiving is also a major issue for many couples. Incorporating massage therapy as a regular part of a stress reduction program can be hugely beneficial when they are trying to conceive.”

  1. I also see that you offer Baby Massage, how does this work? Benefits?

“Massaging babies is so magical. It is incredibly rewarding because there is just something miraculous about babies and often respond well to treatment. Babies can benefit from massage touch very early on and depending on the temperament of the baby, can be practiced on them into their childhood. I focus on listening to the concerns of the parents about their babies, and then focus on teaching the techniques to the parents so that they can feel confident in treating their babies on their own. So depending on the issue, I may see a baby only once or just enough so that the parents can affectively treat their own baby. And then there are babies that I see on a more regular basis to help with possible muscular imbalances, constipation, lung congestion, and postural issues.”

  1. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

“I would like to continue to grow my business in terms of obtaining and retaining more clients. I am also in the midst of taking some more courses between now and the spring, so I will have another exciting service to offer in the coming future. I love learning about new and old techniques and modalities, especially ones that fit well with me and my practice. I will continue to seek these out and offer them if they fit well with my goals. I would also like to have a more interactive website with some self-care videos or tips on my site.”

  1. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“It can be tricky! I have the advantage of having some control over my schedule and the hours I work. I am able to block off time in my schedule to pick the kids up from school and daycare. And I can block an hour off here and there to exercise. When I first started my business, I was working a lot of crazy hours to build it up. I was takings at 10pm, 7am or whatever time suited the client’s schedule. It was also not uncommon for me to work 4 or 5 evenings every week. Since then, I have had to make some rules for myself that I just can’t break unless it is for an extreme client emergency. Now I designate 2 evenings a week, and only work Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as my usually 9am – 5pm hours for clients, otherwise I would have no sanity!”


  1. Lastly, if someone is interested in booking a session with you, how can they get started?

“I have an online booking option on my website which is www.heatherseamone.ca that works really well. I also respond to all email inquiries and can be reached at rmt@heatherseamone.ca.”

When I asked Heather what else she would like our readers to know, she stated, “It has been an honor to be nominated and selected as Mom of the Month. Special thank you to Karen Braga for nominating me!”

Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Heather of Heather Seamone Registered Massage Therapy as this month’s “Mom of the Month” as she is great at what she does and that is why she has been nominated by Karen Braga and selected by Momma Braga. Heather is a hardworking and dedicated professional who truly helps her clients with pain that they are feeling through her massage therapy. Heather also helps pregnant women and babies which is our absolute favorite! Not only does she help them, she also teaches parents how to help their babies through massage techniques. And even though her schedule can be a little hectic, it doesn’t stop Heather from making her loving family as her first priority. She ensures that family time always comes first which is very touching! We at Momma Braga love that!

Thank you Heather for your time and wishing you many years of success!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga


Empowering Parents to Raise Happy, Healthy Eaters

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring woman who is changing the way we parent in the kitchen. She is providing resources to empower parents to raise happy, healthy eaters. This change maker is Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP and I am thrilled to have her as this month’s Mom of the Month. Melanie is an international speaker, author and certified speech language pathologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders, including picky eating.


I had the opportunity to connect with Melanie to get to know more about this great mom.

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

“I love kids, food and families. There is nothing more I would rather do than sit by a campfire with my two daughters and my husband and talk the night away while eating way too many s’mores (make mine with dark chocolate and gluten free graham crackers please. I’m a s’more snob). My career as a speech pathologist took a unique turn when I started working in the NICU with premature babies, helping them learn to breast and bottle feed. I began to understand that feeding is a developmental process, and that many kids need support in learning to try new foods. In fact, 25% of typically developing kids will have significant difficulty and become hesitant or selective about trying new foods. That led to my career as a feeding specialist, which in turn led to writing three books on the topic (2 released in the past ten months!) and creating my second website with my co-author pediatrician Nimali Fernando. It’s called Parenting in the Kitchen.com. Parents want to know how to raise healthy eaters and I want to help them do that.”


  1. What is your business all about?

“I have three businesses: 1. My therapy practice, where I treat kids with feeding difficulties; 2. My Munch Bug, which is the platform for my speaking engagements and book promotions; and 3. Parenting in the Kitchen, the only online video resource for parents and professionals created by a pediatrician (Dr. Nimali Fernando) and a certified speech pathologist who specializes in pediatric feeding (that’s me)!”

  1. When did you start your business?

“My Munch Bug launched in 2010 and Parenting in the Kitchen launched in 2016, after the release of one of my books. Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating. I am honored to have co-authored that book with Dr. Fernando (A.K.A. Doctor Yum) and created a five hour video course that parents and professionals can take at their own pace over the course of 30 days. It’s been a hit and we now have members from all over the globe!”

  1. How did you come up with the idea?

“Like all modern friendships, Dr. Yum and I met on Facebook. We teamed up to create The Doctor Yum Preschool Adventure, a preschool curriculum that teaches both kids and their parents how to introduce new fruits and vegetables and explore new foods! That led us to write “Raising a Healthy Happy Eater” together and it’s been a top seller in Children’s Health on Amazon since it was released just nine months ago!”

  1. How did you come up with the business name?

“My Munch Bug was easy for me, because I affectionately call the babies and toddlers that I work with “munch bugs.” A young child learns to munch before learning to master the more mature, rotary chew. Parenting in the Kitchen was just as easy to come up with! In our book, Raising a Healthy Happy Eater, we teach parents seven different principles: Parent Joyfully, Parent Compassionately, Parent Bravely, Parent Patiently, Parent Proactively, Parent Consistently and Parent Mindfully. When these principles are practiced at mealtimes, cooking and “parenting in the kitchen” they easily spill over to the rest of our day.”


  1. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

“I’d like to take both businesses to an international level, expanding my media presence and providing expert advice to professionals such as Dr. Oz and other health or parenting-focused television shows.”

  1. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“I get better at the balancing act each year, but I am already preparing for 2017 to have a nice mix of family time and business opportunities. The key is to say “no” to anything that doesn’t feel like the best fit for me and my brand. There are always plenty of opportunities, but it’s important to pick and choose what will be most helpful to the company’s mission. For Parenting in the Kitchen and for My Munch Bug, our mission is to help parents raise healthy, happy eaters and get the information to families in the most effective manner.”

  1. Lastly, what inspired you to write two amazing books?

“The inspiration comes from my husband and my daughters. They don’t just encourage me to follow my dreams, they pitch in too! Whether I need help making dinner or creating a website, they always have time for me so that in turn, I have time to write.”


Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Melanie of My Munch Bug as this month’s “Mom of the Month” as she is such a humble, kind and outstanding woman who is making a difference in lives of children (and their parents!). Melanie is providing knowledge, tips and resources to help, inspire and empower parents. This alone makes her awesome and our Mom of the Month. Of course she never forgets to spend time with her family as well which is so great!

“Take the time to make parenting in the kitchen a priority. The benefits of raising kids that love healthy foods is life-long – it’s a gift you’ll give to your children and to yourself. The whole family deserves it – and you can do it!” says Melanie. Beautifully said by an amazing mom!

To follow Melanie Potock (Coach Mel) and learn how to raise adventurous eaters, follow Parenting in the Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To learn more about feeding therapy and extreme picky eating, join Coach Mel at My Munch Bug on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Make sure to check out our book reviews on her amazing books, if you haven’t yet: Baby Self-Feeding; and Raising A Healthy, Happy Eater.

Thank you Melanie for your time and wishing you many years of success!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga

Creating Cake Masterpieces Until There Are no Krumbz Left

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is a wife and mother of two children who keep her on her toes every moment of every day. This mom comes from a long line of creative geniuses both in the artistic and culinary fields. So it was only natural for her to follow in her parents footsteps.

This mom incorporated her love for art and creativity into a delicious way to express herself in ways that make people happy. Everything she has learned about cake decorating has been self-taught through books and lots of trial and errors which have moulded her into the cake designer that she is today. Her work has not gone unnoticed as she has earned many cake decorating awards along the years and has been acknowledged by other professionals in her field.


It is a pleasure to introduce Maria of Cake Krumbz as our Mom of the Month.

I had a chance to connect with Maria to learn more about her and her delicious company for this special feature.

1. What does your company do?

“My company specializes in custom cake designs for any occasion, from weddings to birthday cakes and everything in between.”
2. When did you start your business?

“I started my business roughly about 19 years ago. My first taste of cake decorating was when I modelled a cake topper for my nephew’s first birthday, from that day on I was hooked and I haven’t looked back since.

My sister was a professionally trained cake decorator and needed my help from time to time. That turned into a business partnership between me, her and my mom who brought her many years of culinary experience into the mix. After many years, my mom retired and my sister went her separate way and I carried on with the business.”

3. How did you come up with the idea?

“Ideas for cakes could come from anywhere, it could be a colour, shape or even a certain fabric pattern, which makes ideas truly endless. My inspiration comes from talking to my clients and getting to know a bit about their personalities. I always like to incorporate a bit of “them” into each piece that I create. I think that is the key ingredient to taking an ordinary cake and turning it into something special and meaningful.”

4. How did you come up with the business name?

“My business name came to me after my family had made a comment that every time I made a cake for a family gathering the one thing that was left were the crumbs! And that’s when the birth of Cake Krumbz happened.”

5. What do you hope each creation you make accomplishes?

“My creations not only allow me to be part of the good memories that my clients will have but also my cakes makes the occasion extra special for them, which makes what I do all worth it!”

6. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

“In 5 years, I wish to be teaching full-time. I would like to be able to teach fellow mommies who love to be creative for their kids but don’t quite know how to do it. I have taught fellow cake decorators before and I absolutely fell in love with it. I think being able to get people who really don’t have the experience and showing them what they are capable of doing with their hands and ideas, and seeing their faces light up when they see what they have created is an amazing feeling.”


7. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“I am not going to lie, some days I rise very early and go to bed very late, sometimes I don’t even get to go to bed…..It’s not glamorous but it’s the only way to manage all that needs to be done in a day. Having a good schedule and good time management set up for both home and business is key not to go crazy, although most days things don’t ever go the way you plan but I always manage to get things done.

When I have a crazy week with orders, I am very thankful that my husband steps in and takes on a bit more to help me with meals and the kids. And sometimes he even helps me with my orders which is a bonus when you feel totally overwhelmed. Having a great partner is absolutely a bonus!”
8. If people are interested in ordering from you, what is the process?

“If you have an idea that you would like to bring to life in cake form, you can simply contact me through email or Facebook. The process is fairly simple, I discuss what ideas the client might have such as design, colours, flavours and budget. Then moving forward to booking the order, a deposit is made to save your date and I handle the rest.”

You can follow Maria and all her amazing creations on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cakekrumbz
Instagram: @cakekrumbzdesigns


I have the pleasure to order from Maria and she is a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end. She truly does listen to everything that you want and offers creative designs to pick from to ensure that you stay on budget which I love! I highly recommend her for your special event sweet needs.

Maria is a talented, creative person who goes beyond to ensure that all her clients are happy with the masterpieces that she creates for their special event. She is an inspiring person who doesn’t forget that she is a great mom but also a woman with dreams.


“When we become mothers we tend to make the mistake to always put others first, house, kids and husband. I did that for many, many years until both my kids were going to school full time. Then I finally decided that it was time to remember who I was and what I was passionate about before I had kids. Not only do I feel better about myself but I can see the difference in the way I design things for other people. For all of you mommies out there, it is possible to follow your passion and be a mom too. It takes a lot of sacrifices but at the end it is all worth it,” says Maria.

That is beautifully said Maria and thank you for your time! You are such an inspiration and I am thrilled to have you as our “Mom of the Month.”

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga

Giving Each Event its Own Unique ID with Inspired Designs

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring graphic designer for just over ten years. She also enjoys making and building things. She is humble to say that she can’t draw to save her life, but has a creative side in many other ways.

This rings true as soon as you see the beautiful creations done by Marissa at ID Inspired Designs who is our Mom of the Month.


I had the opportunity to connect with Marissa to get to know more about this great mom and her company.

  1. What does your company do?

We design, print and execute custom paper products for all occasions, such as invitations, loot bags, favor tags, posters, banners and a lot more. We also design, print and execute paper products for businesses, this is secondary though.

  1. When did you start your business?

I started this business about eight years ago.

  1. How did you come up with the idea?

I designed invitations and paper products for occasions in my life and I had many friends and family members who wanted me to do the same for them. With each job came another referral and before I knew it, I was a full blown business.


  1. How did you come up with the business name?

ID is short for identity as I feel everything such as an event and business should have its own unique identity. Inspired Designs came to me since it is my clients who inspire and challenge me to bring their designs to life.

  1. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

To be able to execute every clients design to the way they picture it. I want to be able to reflect what they see in their minds to their eyes.


  1. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

I would love to be doing this full time, to have a dedicated work space and be able to spend all my work time executing what makes my heart sing.

  1. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time to balance it all?

Marissa stated that she sadly does not think she does this very well as she works full time and in her spare time is when she executes designs for her clients. However, I know that even with her busy schedule she still finds time to spend it with her loving son. They even have mom and son dates where they do something fun together outside of the home. So in my books she balances it really well and is humble about it.

  1. Lastly, how can people connect with you if they are interested in ordering from you?

Interested clients can email me or connect with me on our Facebook page.

Email: idinspireddesigns@yahoo.ca
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IDInspiredDesignsCustomStationary/?fref=ts

Also make sure to follow ID Inspired Designs on Instagram @idinspireddesigns to see many more of her masterpieces.

When I asked Marissa what else she would like our readers to know, she stated, “We can work with any idea and any budget. I love to be challenged and I really do love what I do.”


Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Marissa of ID Inspired Designs as this month’s “Mom of the Month” as she is such a humble, kind and extremely talented. We have used her services before and the outcome has always been above expectations. Marissa is also a great mom who is always there for her son and he is always number one in her books.


Thank you Marissa for your time and wishing you many years of success! Keep on dreaming and everything is possible!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga

Connecting the Parenting World Online

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring woman who just loves to read, write and tell other people’s stories. She is also fascinated with people who come up with innovative ideas and try to make it a reality.

This is very fitting since she herself has come up with an innovative idea and has made it into a reality. I am talking about the global online magazine, The Baby Spot.

The Baby Spot

I had the honour and opportunity to sit down with owner and editor of The Baby Spot, Grace to ask her a few questions on her business.

1. What does your company do?

The Baby Spot is a global, online magazine that celebrates the diversity in parenting across the world. We highlight businesses big and small, parent bloggers from around the globe, we have experts, celebrities and most importantly, everyday parents telling their stories and connecting with one another.


2. When did you start your business?

I started this business three years ago when I was noticing that parents were looking for an online outlet to connect with other parents, read blogs, and get product reviews, tips and advice. I wanted to create a parenting magazine that was on a global level so we can embrace the similarities and celebrate the differences of family across the world.

3. How did you come up with the idea?

It came to me when I saw so many great products and bloggers from around the world. I thought it would be nice for an outlet to feature everything on one website. I wanted to be a trusted resource for parents, putting the Mom and Pop business that had a great product beside the big business. We wanted to support everyone and give everyone a voice.

4. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

I hope The Baby Spot provides people with useful information. I hope that those who are having fertility issues around the globe know that we publish up to date information, studies and breakthroughs. I want people to visit us to find the next great Mom and Dad blogger, to read our candid, original celebrity interviews, to bond with our experts and bloggers and to know that they are not alone in this parenting journey. There is someone, somewhere who is going through the same thing you are.

5. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

I would love for The Baby Spot to be a continued trusted resource, to meet even more bloggers and give them an outlet to tell their story, showcase their product or enrich someone’s life. I would love to continue our fabulous business relationships with the hundreds of businesses we work with. I am excited to see us open up an online store of some of our best and most trusted products.

6. How is your magazine unique from others?

There are so many great magazines out there! The Baby Spot is a global magazine. We talk about parenting issues from around the world. We write about the latest discoveries in fertility. We unite bloggers and businesses. People can connect with brands, bloggers and businesses that they may never been exposed to before. A blogger in Australia who writes for us may develop a huge Canadian following. A business in the UK can reach American clients. The Baby Spot is not just a magazine, but a following of parents who unite in the similarities and celebrate in the differences of parenting around the world.

7. What has been your biggest accomplishment & hardest challenge?

My biggest accomplishment is running this magazine every day and meeting some incredible readers, bloggers and businesses.

The hardest challenge was growing the business. I was a Mom with a global magazine goal. It takes time. Day by day. Learning this was my biggest challenge.

8. How do you balance your work and motherhood?

Every day is different. My job is unique so my schedule fluctuates so much each week. I am just lucky enough to love what I do as a mom and as a business owner so I enjoy the adventure of something new. I make sure to forgive myself if I do not complete my laundry list of tasks at work and just to be the best mom and business owner I know how to be!

Connect with The Baby Spot

If you are interested in connecting with The Baby Spot, you can find them on the following social media outlets:

Website: www.thebabyspot.ca
Twitter: @thebabyspot
Facebook: The Baby Spot
Instagram: @thebabyspotca
Google Plus:The Baby Spot
Pinterest: The Baby Spot

When I asked Grace what else she would like our readers to know, she stated, “I just want to thank everyone who continues to support The Baby Spot. We are grateful for each and every one of you!”

Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Grace of The Baby Spot as this month’s “Mom of the Month” as she is such a humble, kind and inspirational person who extends herself to help others. She provides an outlet and platform for parents to have their voices heard and share their experiences from all over the world. Grace is also a great mom who is a shining example of a great role model for her daughter and who is always there for her.

Thank you Grace for your time and for being an inspiration, especially to this Mom Blogger, Momma Braga 😉

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga

Motivated Mom on a Healthy Mission

Being a mom, we tend to forget about ourselves as we are always busy taking care of others and ensuring that everyone else is ok. So it can be difficult for us to find the time to take care of ourselves and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the process.

This is why my “Mom of the Month” goes to Michelle who is a coach with BeachBody.

Michelle is in her 30’s who juggles a lot on her plate. Michelle works full time as a retail manager, is a wife, mother to a 4 year old daughter and in her spare time is a coach for Beachbody. This Torontonian also loves to sing and to dance but admits she is not very good at either one. She also loves to workout, especially with choreographed routines.


I got a chance to catch up with this busy mom to find out more about her mission to motivate others for a healthier life.

1. What is BeachBody and what does it do?

Beachbody is the #1 home workout provider with amazing programs such as P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity and 21 Day Fix. It offers accessible ways for everyday people to get fit, have fun and change their lives. By being a Beachbody coach, I am an extension of the company as I have used many of these programs and have seen great success. You want to lose weight but hate burpees, like me? We’ve got a program for that. Love to dance, like me? We’ve got a program for that too. You want to workout in a puddle of your own sweat while cursing at the trainer on the TV, we can offer you that. Beachbody isn’t for everyone but there is a program for every type of goal, fitness level, interest, etc. And don’t forget about shakeology. It’s like liquid gold. It packs all my nutrients in one scoop which is great for someone like me who forgets to take their vitamins.

2. When did you start your hobby business?

I finally decided to sign up to become a coach just over two months ago. I have been using their programs and products since 2008 but have never made the decision to be a coach. Under great guidance and support over the past few years from my own personal coach and others I have met along the way, I finally decided to do it.

3. What inspired you to start this venture?

It’s not about the money for me. Sure, it does not hurt, but it’s more about helping people. I love making people’s days. I do it every day at work, and wanted to inspire people the way I was inspired. I am not perfect. I don’t always eat 80% healthy, 20% not, I’m not good with meal prep and I hate burpees but….I am a compassionate, realistic working mother who is making the time to get her health together. I have always been chubby and looking back at pics from my early 20’s, I was a lot heavier than I remembered. I have yo-yo’d a lot. I lost a lot of weight with BeachBody’s Turbo Jam from 2008 to 2011 before I became pregnant with my daughter. My energy levels dropped, my nausea and appetite increased and I ate myself into a 70 pound weight gain. I made excuses after her birth and didn’t bother to take the weight off until 2013 and ever since then I’ve worked out and came into my own. I hope to share my story and reach out to those looking for help in getting on the right healthy path.

4. What do you hope to accomplish through your business?

I want to help people find their motivation, be their support and hold them accountable as it’s so difficult to do this on your own, which I’m sure is one of the reasons as to why Beachbody introduced coaches into their programs. I hope to be able to reach out to people, inspire them in some way and build new relationships and friendships. Through my personal workout groups, I have forged bonds with women who would otherwise be strangers. We support and encourage, and offer friendship, guidance and sometimes a good kick in the butt. We laugh, we cry and we sweat. I want to be able to offer that to so many people out there.

5. How do you stay motivated to get and stay fit?

There are many motivators, some better than others. Obviously family is my number one. Everything I do is for them, I want to be there for my daughter every step of the way, be with my husband until we are in the 100’s and show them all about a healthier lifestyle. Health is a huge one. Being fit keeps me out of harm’s way so to speak. Also, it is a little superficial if I’m completely honest but I want to feel good in what I wear. It’s not necessarily about looking good because I can be 15 pounds overweight but if I’m killing my workouts, eating 80/20 and feeling confident, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve always compared myself to others, and have been picked on for my weight a lot, which can be very damaging, and unfortunately that doesn’t always go away. So staying fit and feeling confident helps to fight those old demons.

6. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time and balance it all?

It is all about priorities for me. Family, work, health, faith, personal development, friendship, these are all my priorities. When something is of great importance to you, you will find the time to give it the attention it needs. I love fitness and I love social media, so I schedule my life around getting it done. I have mad respect for those who can get their behinds to a gym to do their workouts, but I would never find the motivation in that, so I pick programs and workouts that I can stick to, motivate me and inspire me to make the time. My life is all about balance now, making sure that my career and family are taken care of, and taking the time I need to take care of myself and my health.

7. For the everyday mom, what tips would you give them to help them start the path to fitness?

Honestly. First thing for me and the first step is setting a goal. An attainable goal with a specific timeline and work from there. Such as, “I want to lose 20 pounds in 6 months.” How can you get to that goal? Will it be by increasing activity, or making a dietary lifestyle change? Who can help me, support me, challenge me, hold me accountable and motivate me to stick to it? What does success look like?

I’m no expert but I know having a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Sensitive) for me, written down is a great way to start. It won’t be easy or free, but anyone can start, it just takes that first step.

8. How can people connect with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MotivatedMamaMichelle
Twitter: @misha_57
Instagram: @coach_turbomisha

Website: http://www.teambeachbody.com/en_CA/member/sn/turbomisha
Email: coachturbomisha@gmail.com

Michelle’s journey to a better and healthier lifestyle is a true inspiration. Her drive and mission to help others is amazing even with her busy schedule. This is why this mom is our “Mom of the Month” on Momma Braga.

Michelle states, “No matter how you plan to achieve your goals, just stick to it. It can be rough and discouraging but everything you do, is in the right direction.”

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact Michelle using one of the social media platforms mentioned above.

“I feel it’s my calling and what I’m meant to do…..help people”, says Michelle. I couldn’t agree more with you Michelle and I wish you continued success!

You have already motivated this momma and now I am off for a walk! 😉

Special thank you to Michelle for taking the time to contribute to this piece.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga