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About: María José

María José Ovalle was born in Chile and moved to the Washington, D.C. area when she was 11 years old and continued to split her time between the nation's capital and Chile. She has her Master's degree in Public Communication and Public Relations from the University of Westminster in London where she lived for six years until October 2011. A busy mamá to a 4 1/2 year old bilingual son and a daughter born January 2013. she manages her blog Very Busy Mamá {life, beauty & style} www.verybusymamablog, does freelance PR and Social Media work and tries to fit in running for fitness.

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Fun Songs To Get Your Kids Speaking Spanish

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¡Hola! It’s been over a month since I posted — my daughter, Lucía, was born on January 29th and needless to say it’s been very busy times! But I’m slowly getting used to my life as a mamá of two and trying to manage it all. I’m still not sleeping much, but they say sleep is for the weak, right?! Anyway, back to business! This week I wanted to share something a little different. I often get asked, “how do youRead More ...

Traveling Flash Cards: Munchkin Review {Giveaway}

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I have a very curious four-year-old bilingual boy at home who is eager to learn his letters and numbers. He traces them with his fingers, and has learned the letters M, P, and O. “M” for of course, Matías (his name), Mami and… Mono, “P” for Papi and “O” for Oma (what he calls his abuelita). But here is the real kicker, I only taught these to him two weeks ago when Munchkin, the children’s safety and learning toys brand,Read More ...

Getting my Husband to Speak More Spanish to Our Kids

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I rarely make resolutions for the New Year. I tend to make them year round as I see fit, that way there is a better chance I will actually achieve them. And as far as New Year’s Eve, I was lucky to be awake anywhere near midnight as I’m so tired and just ready to have my second baby (due very, very soon!) But recently the SpanglishBaby team asked us what our resolutions were as they pertained to our kid’sRead More ...

Naming Our (Future) Bilingual Baby

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Next week I will be 33 weeks pregnant with our second child, and my husband and I are still deciding on a name. With our first, we agreed early on that we wanted a Spanish first name that was easy to pronounce in English (more importantly one that my husband felt comfortable with). It was important to me that he stay connected with his Chilean side and I wanted to start with his name. Oddly enough, it was my AmericanRead More ...

Memories Of My Bilingual Childhood

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Before the age of 5, I had never spoken or heard anything but Spanish. My father was transferred within the Chilean Navy to Washington, D.C. just before my fifth birthday. It was supposed to be for two years and it ended up being five before we stepped back on Chilean soil. During that time, I began school and of course had to learn English. My father lived in a Spanish-speaking world due to the nature of his work, and myRead More ...

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 Carseat

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Here at the very busy familia, we are getting ready for baby número dos in February and of course a new car seat was on the list.  Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a new policy which advises parents to keep their toddlers rear-facing in car seats until the age of two. Did you know that? I sure didn’t! And I can guarantee many other parents out there are unaware of it as well. When Graco and SpanglishBabyRead More ...

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