If you’re like most of my readers, you’re a busy mom with your family’s well-being at the top of your priority list. And, you’re committed to finding health and wellness advice from people that “get you.”
But you’re not just looking for easy recipes; you want insights on how to make real-food healthy choices for your family every day.
You also want to thrive in these areas of your life:
– Your health and mental well being
– Finding time to exercise
– Juggling your work/life
– Keeping it together when life throws you a curveball
– Achieving your personal and professional goals
– Being a great parent
MOM-life is BUSY. Isn’t it?
You have a vision for your life, but you feel like you’re being pulled in many directions -so sticking to a healthy lifestyle is often hard.
When you’re taking the kids to one activity after the next, your mind is often on the things that you could be doing -all while you’re spending precious time in the car being the chauffeur.
That feeling of “I can’t get it all done” never ends. You feel like you’re juggling a hundred things at once and, all too often, the important things like your personal health and mealtimes get pushed to the back burner. Sound familiar?
I’ve been there too.
If you just thought “she’s in my head” you’re in great company because I was talking about myself. For years, I struggled to balance it all and my success came at the expense of my health and my family.
How I got here.
In my teens, I moved to the US from Spain without speaking any English. And while I’m a perfectionist at heart and very driven, motherhood has taught me to pause and appreciate the messy middle.
I graduated college with a degree in Global Economic Relations and met my husband in graduate school while earning my MBA in International Business Development.
I’ve worked the corporate world, quit my job to raise babies, worked from home, now work outside the home, travel for work, became the CEO of a company, my husband quit his job in healthcare… name it, I’ve tried it.
I’m not a trained chef. I taught myself how to cook shortly after I got married in 2003 with the help of Food Network and books from the library and Barnes & Noble. All trial and error -before social media and Pinterest ever existed.
Why your Mom-life is important to me.
I started this blog in 2010 to share mom-life stories with my friends and family. Those included the recipes I attempted to make and my family actually ate! Thanks to the internet revolution and social media, this website grew and I launched one of my companies, MOMables, in 2012.
One day, I woke up exhausted and had a huge health scare. I realized that I owe it to myself, my family, and 250,000 people I reach weekly to lead by example. So, I took back my health and wellness and created a complete overhaul of the type of content that I share online.
I’ve continued to flourish personally and professionally -simply by putting myself first. Sounds selfish? Maybe, but if I don’t put out the best version of myself out to the world, the people I love most also get shortchanged.
I’m passionate about helping you live your best mom-life by helping you navigate through the messy middle.
What you’ll find on this website.
You’ll find my family’s favorite recipes. They are fresh meals you can make for your family any day of the week with easy-to-find ingredients.
There are many posts on post-motherhood health and wellness related topics. If you’re looking to fix your thigh gap, I’m not your gal. I’ve had 3 kids and there’s jiggle some places most would photoshop out. But my body works hard and for that, I’m grateful.
The fitness posts I share are about how to stay motivated and incorporate exercise into your busy life. You won’t see any before and after transformations -even though I’ve gained and lost 40lbs at four different times in my life. 3 pregnancies and when I was an overweight teen.
Eat fresh, live fresh, stay positive. Is my mantra.
Most days, no matter how “put together” I might look on this website or social media… I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I too struggle with the juggle. So there’s that.
How I can help you
I help overwhelmed moms achieve their lifestyle goals, transform their mealtimes, and live their best mom-life.
My mission is to inspire you to live a healthy lifestyle and become the example your family needs to stay wholesome. For that, I give you the tools you need in the form of recipes and programs to stop the frenzy and start living with focus.
Through my cookbooks, recipes, YouTube videos, courses (like Family KickStart, Budgetize, and The Picky Eaters Program), and weekly Meal Plans at MOMables -I’m helping thousands of families take action on what’s best for their life. Every day, I see moms trade overwhelm for balance. I hope you join us!
Get all the Good Stuff
If it’s your first time here, you may want to start by checking out some of the most popular content.
Epic Food Recipes
- All Meat & Veggie Chili – the award-winning paleo chili recipe!
- Banana Overnight Oats – a favorite breakfast idea at my house.
- Healthy Office Lunches – you’re going to love these.
- Pancakes – Find the recipes & tips you need for perfect pancakes every time.
- Healthy Treats – because everyone deserves an epic dessert.
Health & Wellness
- How to Get Started with a workout routine – getting started can be the hardest part!
- Intermittent Fasting – What women need to know.
- My Healthy Lifestyle Podcast – a 5-week journey covering healthy living for moms.
- Spinning for Moms -Should you Try it?
- Working Out After Kids – From finding time to discovering the best workout for you.
My Programs & Books
- Real Food Meal Plans – Weekly recipes, meal prep sheets, and shopping lists -all done for you.
- Family KickStart – Eliminate Processed Foods & Sugars for 30 Days with your Family
- Picky Eaters – Learn How to Teach Your Pick Eaters to Taste New Foods
- My Cookbooks – School Lunches, Snacks, Real Food Meals, Tacos and Clean Treats
You can also check my blog’s archive for any topic or recipe by using the search function on this site. Or simply Google: Laura Fuentes + topic.
From competing and winning on Food Network in 2014, appearing on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Univision, Telemundo, ABC affiliates, and many other media outlets – television continues to be one of my favorite media outlets. It’s fun and fast-paced -like my personality.
My recipes have also appeared in many websites and print magazines; from Parents to the Huffington Post, TODAY.com, Go Gluten-Free, Woman’s World, Readers’ Digest, and more.
A Word about Affiliates and Partners
Some of my blog posts contain affiliate links to products and services. If you click through and purchase, I will receive a very small commission on the sale. I mostly recommend the products I already own, like the things in my kitchen, and products I’ve tried and liked. Read terms here.
From time to time, I partner with companies that are aligned with my mission to create helpful content for my community. Whenever I receive free product or compensation, you’ll see a disclosure at the very top of a post. Receiving payment does not alter my writing or creation of the content and I only work with companies that I personally use or would recommend to my friends and family.
What’s in it for you
Every blog post and resource on this website was created with your needs in mind. Whenever I share a recipe, I ask myself; how could this be made at 6 o’clock at night, when the kids are hungry, I’m tired, and I have a toddler on my hip? What can one do with leftovers? And then, I write that.
To ensure that you don’t miss a thing, why not subscribe? It’s fast, easy, you’ll get a sample of my KickStart meal plan and insight on how I incorporate workouts into a busy schedule -even when I don’t’ feel like it!
Scroll down, to the bottom right, to find out more.
Yes, you can really juggle mom-life without losing your mind, cook fresh meals that say “I care about my family’s health” every night, and hit the gym. So, let’s get started.