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Why West U Moms Love Houston

January 6, 2020 | 0 comments

Over the last two years, dozens of interviews with local mamas like you are posted right here in the Meet a Mom archives.  As part of that interview process, we asked how the Houston community has been instrumental in getting them to where they are now and how it has helped them thrive. To remind you all just how much YOU LOVE HOUSTON, we’ve rounded up some of your greatest answers from 2019.  

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5 Ways to Help Moms Stay Happy Over the Holidays

December 16, 2019 | 0 comments

This story was contributed by Caitlyn Dunn, LCSW. Ah…the most wonderful time of the year (wink, wink)! More like the most stressful time of year, especially for all of us “making” the holidays—aka moms. Here are some tips to help actually feel lots of moments of joy during the most marvelous time of the year! Set Good Boundaries It’s okay to say no, even over the holidays. Setting firm boundaries helps us stay present by being more self-aware and less stressed. With strict boundaries, we become less irritable and more compassionate and...

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Amanda’s Picks: 5 Time Saving Business Hacks for Houston Mombosses

September 4, 2019 | 0 comments

My favorite part of running is using my platform to empower local mamas and connect them to valuable, time-saving information and resources. One of the ways I accomplish this is via weekly meet-a-mom interviews where I introduce local mamas who actually run their own brands and businesses. Most recently, I interviewed the owner of law firm that specializes in business legal services. So, with my small-business mamas in mind, I created the following list of time-saving hacks, local to West U, Bellaire, Upper Kirby and more.

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Amanda’s Picks: 5 Houston Resources to Get You Through Every Phase of Motherhood

August 28, 2019 | 0 comments

In a previous post, I introduced you to the owner of company that coaches stay-at-home parents who are considering a return to paid work.  Because I know returning to work isn’t the only challenge you mamas are facing, I’m rounding up my favorite local resources below to help any mama, whether she’s going back to work, looking for extra help at home, trying to get physical, or just looking for a network of other mamas . Did you know we have a Facebook Group? Join the discussion now and get your questions answered by over...

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Amanda with West U Moms sits down with Social Graces Social Club

August 19, 2019 | 0 comments

Social Graces Social Club visit with friend and Houston Chapter Host Amanda Vlastas of @westuniversitymoms. Click Here for...

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Meet a Houston Mom | Meet Margaret Vinson of Martha Turner Sotheby’s

August 5, 2019 | 0 comments

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Margaret Vinson, mother of two, and learned how she uses the power of positivity in her personal and professional life, as a Top Producer at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. Margaret is ranked in the top ½% of all Realtors in Texas and is passionate about helping people with their real estate needs. Margaret is a native Houstonian and a graduate of St. Agnes Academy. She earned a degree in marketing from Texas Tech University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority....

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SocialMama App Gets a Makeover! Download Today

May 29, 2019 | 0 comments

Build a Network of Mamas Like You! Find mamas that are walking on a similar path of motherhood for friendship and mentorship.

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Children’s Books to Encourage Inclusion and Acceptance

May 14, 2019 | 0 comments

With the downtime of summer fast approaching, now is a wonderful time to start exploring new books that foster meaningful conversations between children and adults. Books have the potential to create a lasting impact while gently guiding children through characters and situations that promote important topics, including respect for diversity and acceptance. Help your children understand and welcome peers of all kind – below are a sample of books that help children understand the importance of acceptance. Of course, popping in to one of our...

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Five Apps and Tools To Organize Your Busy #MomLife

April 23, 2019 | 0 comments

Are you pressed for time like most mamas? Organize your cooking, grocery shopping, bills and even exercise with these apps.

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Eyelash Extensions: The Perfect Addition For Busy Moms

February 18, 2019 | 0 comments

The mornings usually start when my 2-year-old son awakes around 6:30 am or even earlier if the dog starts barking at the first signs of dawn. If I’m lucky, I can swig a cup of instant coffee before being thrown into high gear dressing my two young sons, making breakfast, packing lunch and trying to get us all out the door to be on time for school at 8:00 am. Waking up early to spend time in the mirror hasn’t been built into my morning routine because I stay up late after my kids go to sleep so I can work on my blog, West...

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