Our newest Piñata Mama, Alexandra, is a fun-loving, crafty mom who loves outdoor adventures, yoga, and good food. In this feature, Alexandria shows us how she manages to include self care in her busy family life, how she keeps her family healthy with veganism, and how she easily keeps her children entertained in rain or shine!
City: Klamath Falls, OR
# Kids: We have a two- and-half-year-old boy, and a 14 month-old girl.
Green Piñata: What would you do if you had a day all to yourself, with no kids?
Alexandra: I think I would do all the things that my children normally crash, like crochet (yarn and toddlers are a rough duo), get the house clean for more than a few minutes. then revel in the glory of a yoga practice that's focused on my body, not my children using me as a jungle gym (even though that's fun, too!). A little extra time to spend crafting cleaners and beauty products from natural ingredients never hurt, either!
I think it's so important to find things that make you feel satisfied without feeling pressured to be exciting, cool, or fun. A little peace can be a truly rejuvenating experience.
Green Piñata: What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent of little ones?
Alexandra: If I had to pick just one thing, it would actually be a person. My husband is such a wonderful partner who always has my back and loves our children so much. He is always on board to take over if I need an assist. To top if off he always makes me feel so confident and beautiful, which is something I think most moms need a little reminder of every once in a while.
Green Piñata: Tell us a little bit about your littles What are some of their likes, dislikes, and interests?
Alexandra: Our son Cielo is almost two-and-a-half. He loves to draw and sing gospel style ABCs, which was an awesome surprise! He will draw with anything he can for hours on end in sun, rain, or snow. He is incredibly affectionate, loves to play together, and fold socks (score). He is even starting to include his little sister in playtime.
Our Daughter, Serenity is 14 months old and is already a MAJOR diva, just like her Daddy, and I love it. She is outgoing, talkative, and is going to be SO much trouble with her sassy head wiggles when she has something to say! She always wants to play with stuffed animals and hair. Coming from a major tomboy, having a daughter has been unexpected and magical – kinda like a unicorn.
Green Piñata: What does a typical day look like for your family?
Alexandra: Food, chalk or crayons, food, water, toys, food, music and – you guessed it – food.
I know food is in there a lot – we are actually vegan – and I LOVE to try new things to make sure we are getting all of the nutrients we need. A lot of our day is invested in/near the kitchen preparing meals and snacks, and cleaning up. The rest of the day, depending on the time of year, we can be found exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, playing with chalk outside, and playing in the nearest body of water!
Green Piñata: What is yours, and your little one's, favorite part about Green Piñata?
Alexandra: Unboxing it together! It's so much fun to sit and open the box, and explore it with my little ones. It's a good learning experience for all of us. As parents, we get to watch not just the fun and discovery, but also take advantage of a great opportunity to learn about how our children think. Each time we open a box I get to learn more about their likes, dislikes and what we have an opportunity to work on together in the coming weeks.
Green Piñata: How do you make the most of your Green Piñata experience with your littles?
Alexandra:I try to experience it with them! These toys are so great for getting parents involved – and having some playtime, too. My babes love to show me what they've built, or their songs on the awesome wooden instruments we sometimes get. It's not only fun, it is also emotionally rewarding for all of us. Playtime with our Green Piñata box is a confidence building experience for my children as well, who appreciate not just the toys, but the quality time we spend together as a family.