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}.

Our Rescue Dog Adventure

On our dog’s first birthday, she ate a chocolate cake. I spent the day forcing hydrogen peroxide down her throat until she vomited down the center console of my car and in between every...

When Did I Become the Grown Up?

It happened one evening as I walked into my bathroom. There it was. In the corner of the shower, up towards the top where the tile and the frosted window hit. A giant spider. The symbol of my...

Seven Benefits of Returning to Work

I love being home with my kids. Taking the mornings slow and not needing to rush out the door. Drinking my coffee out of something other than a travel mug. Being able to nurse...

New Year, Same Me

The ball has dropped. The calendar has turned. The party blowers have been blown. The fireworks have gone off. Resolutions have been chosen. Gym memberships have been made. Trendy diets have been selected. New running shoes have been laced up. It's a...
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?

It used to be just you and me, kid. I remember it like it was yesterday, but you say you don't remember it at all.  It started with walks along the National Mall, the monuments our...

When Sleep Deprivation Gets the Best of Us

My baby will sleep through anything...except the sound of my head hitting my pillow. I am a lover of sleep. A seeker of all things comfy and cozy. I work hard for my rest at...
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...

My Postpartum Body Is Not Open to Comments

I am one of the countless women going through the process of learning to love my postpartum body. It’s a delicate process and I would like to kindly ask that you don’t interfere by...

Forty Things to do While Waiting for Labor Start

Here I am, waiting for labor. With my firstborn, I was in early labor for many days at home before active labor kicked in. Twenty-four strenuous back-laboring hours after arriving at the hospital my...

Remembering Who You Are in the Chaos of Motherhood

It’s been six years and ten months since I became a mom. And even longer since I’ve remembered I had an identity prior to becoming one. Becoming a mom has changed me in wonderful...

When Your Children’s Age Gap Grows Larger Than Planned

I always thought I’d have a lot of kids. I assumed I’d get married younger, much like most of my college friends, and I assumed I’d stay home with my children, rather than work...

Encouraging Our Son to Talk About His Day

I always miss our son when we’ve been away from each other. I know he’s happily focused on whatever is going on in front of him and doesn’t think twice about being away from...

Finding Joy in Our Children’s Obnoxious Stages

I love my son. I know I don’t need to start off by saying that, but obviously I have some lingering guilt in regards to the subject I’m writing about, and declaring my love...