Maria Goncalves

Maria Goncalves
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.

American Halloween By A European Mom

This Halloween post originally ran in October, 2019.     I do not like horror movies. I always ran away from jokes related to spiritualism and all mediumistic activities. I hate seeing blood, and I only dare...

Different, and Together, We are Stronger

April is International Celebrate Diversity Month. Let me start by asking you a question. Have you ever been pointed out for being different? If yes, Was it done with a positive or a negative approach?...
vegetarian warm potato salad

World Vegetarian Day | Recipes to Please Even the Pickiest Eaters

It’s World Vegetarian Day!       St. Louis has some fab vegetarian spots. If you’re looking to dine out, St. Louis Magazine has reviewed some yummy ones HERE!     If you’re staying in to cook, here are some vegetarian...
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Would You Mind if I Age, with Grace?

  Once when I was 18-years-old, my mother told me, “Go get yourself a hair coloring product, or you will feel older” wiith all those early silver hairs coming in. I did not.   Today I am...
gluten-free chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate icing

Gluten-Free Baking Week :: Free of Gluten, Full of Yumminess

This week is National Gluten-Free Baking Week!     Have you ever wondered how exactly a liquid cake batter transforms into a fluffy, light, and delicious cake? We could simply call it magic or praise the excellency...

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

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

The weather is warming up, the grills are on, and a fresh cocktail wraps up the perfect picture for that sunset on the deck, right?! Right! But what if some of your guests do not...

My New Purpose Emerged on an Ordinary Day : A Journey to Motherhood

  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

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

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...