Maureen Zhao

Maureen Zhao
Maureen is an educator and a mom to a sweet and wild seven year old named Leo and newborn named Remy. She and her family can be found digging in the dirt, seeking adventures outside, traveling, hunting down thrifty deals, visiting local museums and parks, discovering new global flavors at local restaurants, and looking for resourceful ways to be involved in their community together. Maureen is eager to connect with those around her regardless of where they come from and is passionate about raising a son who cares for the world around him. Both her and her family have a strong desire to be where the action is, yet yearn for the solace that is found when they're surrounded by nature. When not in the city where home and work is, they can often be found venturing north and setting up camp where the only thing they need to worry about is where to bike that day and where to find the best view of the sunset. You can follow Maureen and her family's daily adventures on Instagram {@maureenshealer}.
But I Want to Keep Them Safe | Twin Cities Mom Collective

But I Want to Keep Them Safe

The other night our oldest fell off his bike. It wasn’t the usual fall that just requires giant knee bandages and some Neosporin. It was the kind of fall that had me rushing to...
Thank Goodness September is Gone | Twin Cities Mom Collective

Thank Goodness September is Gone

I hate September. I hate August as well, but I hate September the most. It's September that gives us anxiety and throws off our groove and causes us to feel weird. It's September that takes my...

Our Baby Got Kicked Out of Daycare

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The Reason I Over-Scheduled Our Family’s Summer

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Honoring the Refugee Moms in Our Community

Every evening I hop in bed, pull out my phone and scroll through the news. My mama heart is tugged in all sorts of directions. Sometimes the troubles of the world can be utterly...

The “Only-Runs-On-The-Playground” Lady

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Our Rescue Dog Adventure

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When Did I Become the Grown Up?

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Seven Benefits of Returning to Work

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New Year, Same Me

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I Am Not a Fan of the Newborn Stage | Twin Cities Moms Blog

I Am Not a Fan of the Newborn Stage

I am not a fan of the newborn stage. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than bringing home a fragile little baby that I do not know yet. I recently saw a meme that said...

Remember When It Was Just You and Me?

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When Sleep Deprivation Gets the Best of Us

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Accepting Our Family’s Current Season of Life | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Accepting Our Family’s Current Season of Life

Every summer I have plans for my family. They are never very grandiose or over the top. They are always the simplest of plans; to sit on the back porch while my son plays...
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