Mariana Cotromanes

Writer, Blogger, Crunchy Mom


Crunchy Mom Goes Oily

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As a mom for the second time, I’m making new discoveries concerning all things infant again. One thing I wish I’d known about years ago, that I’ve just discovered through a friend of mine, is the use of essential oils. 


In the past I’d heard about it in the context of aromatherapy w...

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Elizabeth's First Birthday: A French Provencal Garden Party

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing your baby reach 12 months is certainly cause for celebration! It means you've shared countless memories, and that your baby's met several milestones: teething, crawling, rolling over, first words... It's an amazing time.  I knew when August 17th came around this year, I would want to throw a big blow-out party to honor our daughter--- and that's exactly what we did.

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On Being 'Mom Enough'

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (2)

“Are you mom enough?” This is the unfair, inflammatory question on the cover of Time magazine, along with the image of a mother breastfeeding her almost 4-year-old son. The articles within discuss extended breastfeeding and attachment parenting. 


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Moms Who Rule: My Grandmother

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


I’ve always admired my grandmother (or, Yiayia, as I call her-- it's Greek for grandmother).  She is beautiful, kind, and thoughtful.  And I think that if she were a mother from my generation, she’d be a little bit crunchy! Here are four fun reasons why my (maternal) grandmother is pretty darn amazing:

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The Best and Worst of Motherhood Advice

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Most expectant mothers are overwhelmed with advice-- from loved ones (and strangers!) and all the parenting books.  Personally, some of the advice I received was helpful, some of it was horrible (and absolutely wrong-- like from my former pediatrician), and some of it just didn't fit with me and my baby. 

This got...

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Book Review: The Underside of Joy

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson has a quiet, soulful beauty that captivates the rea...

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Motherhood: (Re)Teaching Writing Lessons

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

With a six-month-old baby girl, the majority of my days are filled with motherly tasks-- nursing, diapering, laundry, LOTS of cuddling and giggles, rinse and repeat-- but I also find myself writing during one of her nap times.  Two worlds seemingly collided recently after giving some advice to new mommy friends: I realized that the best parenting tips I've received (and then shared) are also some of the best writing tips I've hea...

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Baby Girl's Favorite Things

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Baby girl is now 5.5 months old and even at such a young age she already has formed preferences for certain things. It's fun to watch as she embraces certain things with a smile!  Here are some of her favorite things:

Baby Loves...

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Turning Thirty: Great Expectations

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I turn thirty.  It's funny, I don't feel thirty.  Wait... What's thirty supposed to feel like?

For years I've actually envisioned what thirty might feel like, and it was more about goals than about any particular emotional reaction.  Since I turned twenty-two I began dreading birthdays, feeling my youth ...

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Top 5 Favorite Children's Books So Far...

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

As a bookworm I've been reading to my daughter pretty much since she was born! Her bookshelves are overflowing with books, and we already have some favorites that capture her attention:

1. I See Me books.  Personalized story books for children! We got one for our daughter for Christm...

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