Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Houston?
Connie: I am an all around Texas girl! Haha. I was born in a small town named Brenham, you might know it as the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream. And, my parents were migrant workers (who came to Texas from Mexico in 1980) and moved often. I’ve lived in many places including Detroit, Michigan and Dallas/Fort-Worth area but I grew up mostly between Houston and South Texas (Mission/McAllen area, where my Dad’s family lives). I last moved to Houston in 1999 when I graduated High School, to attend the University of Houston! Go Coogs!! I met my husband and never left again…
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
I have a son, Santiago who is 8 and a daughter, Camila who is 7 going on 24.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I’m a lazy person. HA. Like if I could lay on the couch and watch food shows on Netflix and sleep all the time, I totally would and I wouldn’t be ashamed of it either. HAHA. But, I don’t. I promise. Ok, SOMETIMES, I do.
Favorite local things to do in Houston?
So many to chose from; our family of 4 are huge foodies, so we LOVE exploring and looking for new food adventures/ eateries of all different types of food. We love Indian food, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, all types of South American and Mexican food, of course, Taco trucks are our favorites, as well as good seafood, we love Crawfish and Micheladas (the parents, not the kids, LOL) and we love when places are family friendly.
We also love finding new local parks, my husband likes to fish so usually the parks must have some kind of fishing pond or lake. But, we also love hiking/nature trails and splash pads. I started a park series on my blog a couple years ago.
Recently we’ve been trying to go to pop-up markets and we love the local nightlife for date-night. Lots of concerts and salsa dancing, mostly in the west and southwest side of Houston.
Do you have a favorite family-friendly restaurant in the area?
There are so many, a few of our favs are USA Seafood and places that sell Pho, like Pho Real or Pho Saigon. We love Banana Thai near 529 and Hwy 6. We explore Taco Trucks all along Hwy 6 or in Katy. Spring Branch area has one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican food place called El Hidalgense. And, there are SO many restaurants that we go to off of the beltway and Bellaire; Kim Son for their Dim Sum, Sinh Sinh and Hot Pot City, several Boba shops and crawfish places like LA Fisherman and LA Crawfish. We recently started looking for good dumplings.
What is your go-to activity for yourself for pampering or for fun?
I love getting my nails done or my hair cut. Strolling through Target, alone. And, meeting up with friends for lunch or dinner and drinks! I also love to just sit and write, it’s why I love to blog. Or lay on the couch and watch Netflix.
Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
Is drinking wine funny and/or considered a routine?? (HAHA. Asking for a friend. LOL Kidding). I do a lot without truly planning it out… which I think is funny because most people think I keep a tight schedule. Some weeks I can and do keep a tight schedule but many times, we just go where the wind blows us… like seriously! HAHA.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I work full-time in oil and gas in the energy corridor in Houston. I run my own lifestyle and parenting blog called Momma of Dos and all of its social media. I also run a local group/organization called Houston Latina Bloggers, with the help of event hosts, admins and a social media coordinator, which I love. It’s been my passion to help these local women not only connect with one another but also with brands to help grow their business. As for business ventures, as a now self-proclaimed entrepreneur, I am constantly seeking new fun business ventures. Currently, I am partnered with an amazing local Momma, also entrepreneur and social media & PR expert, her name is Jennifer Perez Medina of The Socially Connected. She and I created the 2018 Blogger Series, a series of workshops made to help local small businesses and social media/blogger newbies, learn more about how to grow their brands. (Next workshop is on August 4th.) I also partner often with several local Momma entrepreneurs to create other events and to simply collaborate as strategic partners, including Danelia of Beautiful Purpose with whom I have an event this month on June 24th, her events are called Social Shares, where women can share their purpose and experiences in order to connect with others. Danelia is also one of HLB’s group admins.
How has the local community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Growing up in Houston and having lived here for most of my adult life, my experiences have not always been easy but I have found so much wonderful support in my community. It’s been great for growth and learning. My husband and I talk often about moving to a land far, far away and starting over, but there is SO much rooted for us here we can’t even begin to imagine. The rich and diverse culture is truly helping us raise socially aware and conscious children which is very important to us. Plus, both of our families are here which is the heart of our Mexican roots. Plus, it’s HOUSTON and TEXAS, like why would anyone not want to live here? HAHA.
What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering, working, etc)?
I like to be real and raw. So. Here it goes. Don’t think that everyone else has their “STUFF” together, we don’t. We are all running around like chickens with our head’s cut off, just some of us like to post on social media like it’s all peachy and great. So, don’t compare your reality to what others are posting on social media, that’s not a way of life and comparison is the biggest thief of true happiness and joy! Everything you are doing is enough. And, being organized and feeling “balanced” will come when you decide to keep your eyes on what you consider your prize and moving forward.
What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?
“Girl, drink that vodka and get some sleep. And, if you think your life is cray now, HAHAH, nope. Wait for it…….”
Photo credits: Headshot is by Anel of Tender Nest portraits. Houston Latina Bloggers logo was created by Alyissa at the Lofty Mom Art. Headshot of Connie with Jen on the left of the Socially Connected and Danelia on the right of Beautiful Purpose. Photo credit is Victoria of Victoria Garcia Studios.