Maria is a mother of three (Cecilia, Ileana, and Xavier) and a part-time adoption attorney. She was born and raised in Indiana and met her husband, Raul, in college in Ohio. They moved to Boston for graduate school and then to New York City. After having their first daughter, Cecilia, they moved to Greenwich where they still reside today. Maria enjoys running, tennis, travel, and spending time with her family.
Fall recipes and crafts.

Fall-Themed Craft and Recipe Ideas

As I was reading up on the October holidays, I came across a list of dates on this website, and October 12th caught my attention. October 12th is Cookbook Launch Day, where schools, churches, and...
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Independent Bookstores in & Around Fairfield County

Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around taking special trips to a local bookstore to discover what’s on the shelves and deciding what to read next. I owe this love for books to...
Outdoor garden.

Outdoor Museums in (and around) Fairfield County

Outdoor museum excursions are a family-friendly way to support art in nature. Here are some options that range in variety and location. Storm King Art Center – New Windsor, New York The Storm King Art Center...
Books lined up on tables at a book sale.

Summer 2023: Summer Reading Activities and Book Sales

Summer is here, and it's a great time to relax and escape into the world of a novel. Encourage the whole family to read and challenge themselves this summer by following these Fairfield County...
A woman reading a book on her couch.

Winter Book Recommendations: Great Books to Read and Discuss

An escape into a great book and getting together with friends to discuss are moments I cherish and look forward to. I enjoy both quiet reflection and social interaction with friends who have great...
A family playing a board game laying on the floor.

Winter Family Fun: Interactive Family Games to Enjoy Together

Sometimes it takes a little more effort and creativity to plan fun activities as a family during the winter months. On the weekends, I find it exceptionally easy to turn on a movie or...
Hands wrapping a gift.

Thinking Outside the {Gift} Box: Gifting Experiences

We love the idea of gifting experiences for the holidays. We asked our contributors for their favorite experience gifts, and we've put them together in this guide, sponsored by Music Together of Fairfield County. These...
forever families

National Adoption Month in November: Celebrate Forever Families

This year, National Adoption Day is recognized on November 19, 2022. However, the entire month of November is traditionally a time to acknowledge and learn about adoption and children in foster care and forever...
A woman standing in a field.

Self-Care Ideas: Take Time For Yourself

The fall season is well underway, and the school routine and after-school activities are in full swing. Schedules are hectic and, at times, overwhelming. As the calendar fills up with meetings, activities, sports, and other...
BYOB to a restaurant.

Local BYOB {Bring Your Own Beverage} Restaurants

Bring Your Own Beverage {BYOB} is a great option at a restaurant, and it's often overlooked when searching for a date night location. It can be a great way to dine out while cutting...