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Maria Goncalves

Maria Goncalves
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Maria Ines Goncalves is yet another Portuguese mom named Maria (like most of the women in Portugal), but now she is a Portuguese mom in the USA. Born in Portugal, Maria graduated with a degree in Political Science and believed she was not ready for motherhood, wanting to pursue her career and travel the world, although not wanting to live overseas. Guess what? She turned into a stay-at-home-mom of three (2007, 2010 and 2018) and moved to St. Louis due to her husband's job in 2017. Changes are a pattern in her life and, when she’s not adjusting to another life change, she loves to dance, bake, photograph, sew, draw and paint with the kids. But mainly she loves to enjoy the beauty and craziness of motherhood, her real and most precious purpose in life.

Sorry I Missed Your Calls. I Have Been Busy Surviving.

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Missed calls, texts, and smoke signals? Sorry, this mom has been busy surviving.   To all my family and friends,    I am sorry, so very sorry. I am writing this message to let you know that I...
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Cheers to You, Moms, with Fruity Probiotic Mocktails

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  There was a day in my life when a new purpose emerged. The sun shone the same as the day before, and people rushed on the streets as they always do. There was another turn...
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We Are In this Together | A Quarantined Mom’s Testimony

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During this unprecedented pandemic, creating structure at times, while forgiving a lack of structure at other times, will help us strike a balance and keep our sanity intact. Pandemic, virus, social distancing, quarantine, flatten the...
a teen's feet next to a skateboard standing on the street as the sun shines brightly behind and moms wish for teens to Connect with me

Connect With Me: A Premiere Season in Mothering Teens

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Learn about Connect With Me, a program developed by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen the bond between parents and their kids. It was 7.23 pm on a Wednesday and, for...
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The Untold Truths About Traveling with Kids and Why It’s All Worth It

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 I grew up in a family mostly made up of women. There were all kinds and conditions of women: married, widowed, divorced and forever single; pianists, ballerinas, full-time moms. Biological mothers, adoptive mothers, childless...

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Are you ready wanting to get back to your pre-pregnancy self? Or are you a gym rat looking to push yourself to your limits? Whether you are a beginner or an advanced athlete, ultiFIT...