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COVER MOM

BOOK LOVER’S

FOOD FEATURE

NAOMIA MAY

GIFT GUIDE

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Because I said so!

Perfect parenting is poor preparation for the real world. WHEN MY CHILDREN were very young and just the idea of getting out of the house felt like an Olympic event I hadn’t trained for, a neighbor—who must have observed my sleep-deprived, impatient mothering skills—passed on some advice that her mother had shared with her. “Perfect parenting is poor preparation for the real world,” she said, giving me a reassuring smile. Those words have stuck with me and encourage me when I feel like I’m failing as a mom. All of us can feel this way occasionally, especially at this time of year when there’s so much pressure to have the perfectlydecorated house, neatly-iced cookies, clever crafts, unique gifts and that darn Elf on the Shelf. Not to mention Christmas cards, brag letters and all of that shopping. When I feel overwhelmed and not up to the epic responsibility of motherhood, I remember my neighbor’s wise words and feel particularly smug about just how prepared my kids will be for the real world thanks to my imperfect parenting skills! I also remind myself to:

Angela’s children, Catherine and Liam, enjoying an imperfect holiday moment

So if you ever feel like an imperfect parent, remember that your children were not given a perfect mom, just the perfect mom for them. Why? Because I said so!

Take a deep breath Say “no” to holiday parties Dim the lights, so it’s easier to ignore the dirt in my house Log off of Pinterest and all social media Remember that my presence is the best gift I can give my children

Angela Hibbard MOM Magazine Editor-in-Chief

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A message from MOM

How to survive and thrive

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when the lights go out

Unique gifts for the book-lovers

Reindeer Cupcakes.......... 7 Easy to assemble holiday

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Cover MOM

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Every mom deserves a crown, but Cover MOM and portrait photographer, Naomia May, actually has one in her role as Mrs. Tri-Cities. How did this self-described introvert become a pageant queen? Thanks to the encouragement of her kids and a lot of hard work. Now she’s setting her sights on helping other women discover their own beauty and self-worth.

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Naomia Mayreal!

Q& A Who is MOM?

Community/hometown:

West Richland, WA.

Family: Husband, Nathan, personal fiduciary and children: Emma, age 14; Tanner, age 13 and Ally, age 12. Profession: Portrait and beauty

photographer.

Gets

Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours.

My husband, Nathan, is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. We have been married for over eight years and have a blended family with two daughters who are 14 and 12 years old, and one son, who is 13. We do not have any kids together. We have two huskies who are brother and sister, and an adorable fluffy cat. What’s one of your family’s holiday traditions?

Since we have a blended family we take the holidays as time to make memories. The years our kiddos are with their other parents for Christmas we will go on a cruise to the Caribbean. The years we have our kids we will find a new place to travel with them. I believe in making memories with trips instead of gifting toys. Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments?

I am currently Mrs. Tri-Cities and I’m running for Mrs. Washington America. I am extremely proud of this because my youngest daughter is the one who talked me into competing. She knew how introverted and shy I was and wanted me to step out of my shell more. Every year, after the competition, they talk me into doing it again. I find it amazing that my kids believe in me so much. We’re all moms so we know that no one is perfect all of the time, or even some of the time. Tell us about your most recent “Mother of the Year” moment. You know, like forgetting to pick the kids up from school.

Where do I begin? The most recent example, with our ever-so-busy schedules, would

have to be the fact that my kids reminded me that I haven’t made their yearly checkups for the dentist, eye exams, etc. It’s pretty bad when your daughter reminds you she needs to get her teeth cleaned! What is something you swore you would never do before kids that you now do?

I have always been the type of person that had to get ready before stepping foot outside the house. Ever since all my kiddos have started school and afterschool sports, I just don’t have time to get ready every day. Sweatpants for the win! You hear your mother’s voice when you say to your kids “.......”

“I am my mother’s daughter.” The thing my mom always says when she would forget where her keys were or even when she would hide our Christmas presents and then forget where she hid them. I can understand now because that’s exactly what I am turning into. Your biggest wish for your kids is...

Growing up I didn’t have the confidence to do anything like sports, college, etc. I never thought I was good enough and I never want my kids to feel like that. I really strive to make sure my kids know they are loved and they can do anything they put their minds to.

No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home.

I am a portrait and beauty photographer. My favorite thing is when a woman tells me I mommag.com 11


helped make her feel beautiful and confident. Being Mrs. Tri-Cities I do a lot of traveling and volunteering around Washington. I have had the opportunity to teach Junior Achievement, volunteer for The Boys and Girls Club, PTSA and fundraise for sports. As a former surgical technologist I have also been to Guatemala and Ethiopia the last four years to help with eye surgeries. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom?

I truly believe in following your dreams. I have tried time and time again to own my own business as a photographer and failed multiple times because I simply thought I wasn’t good enough to do it. I worked countless dead-end jobs until I finally realized that the only way I was going to be happy was to be a photographer. Now, as a mom, I make sure my kids know their dreams are never too little, and they can be anything they put their minds to if they work hard enough and they believe in themselves. When was the last time you failed? What did you learn?

The first year I competed at Mrs. Washington I didn’t even place in the top 10, which crushed me. I am extremely hard on myself and knowing that I failed, not only myself but my kids who look up to me, was devastating. I realized then that I had no idea who I was. I was this person who wanted something so badly that I put my whole family on the back burner to try to get ahead. I had zero confidence, terrible posture and an extreme habit of eating my feelings. I have come a long way to finding myself and the confident, bold woman I am today. Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years?

Besides being crowned Mrs. America?! But, seriously, I am actually starting a blog called Bold.Beautiful.You. In five years, I hope to publish a book based on my personal story and hope to help women along the way with workshops and confidencebuilding seminars. 12 mommag.com

MOM’s Favorite… ...holiday song: That’s Christmas to Me, Pentatonix ...words to live by: Prove yourself to yourself, not others. ...place to hide and find some peace & quiet:

I may or may not hide in my hall closet and eat cupcakes by myself.

...way to get out of making dinner: Snack night. Basically one night a month we will eat whatever we want!

...inspirational quote: “I’m thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have found my strength.” ~ Unknown

...time-saving app or digital tool: Hootesuite for all the self-employed moms who need to schedule business posts.

...parenting book or philosophy: Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. It’s a great self-care book for moms.


If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you?

My parents always taught me to be a hard worker and that nothing comes easy. This is very true because this is my third year competing for Mrs. Washington. Every year I work harder, but I learn and grow the more I push myself.

ON THE RIGHT: Cover MOM, Naomia May, pictured here in her role as Mrs. Tri-Cities including at the Global Beauty Awards where she won the 2019 Best Titleholder Award. We wish Naomia all the best as she competes for Mrs. Washington in May, 2020.

What is something you will NEVER do again?

@mrs_naomiamay

I will never let my kids talk me into riding a rollercoaster again. We went to Silverwood and I went on the Corkscrew,

Mrs. Tri-Cities - Naomia May

Photo credit: RC ProductionZ

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Q& A which was my first-ever roller coaster ride. I threw my back out because I was so tense. Talk about embarrassing. It’s now the topic of every dinner conversation. What good habit do you wish you had started earlier? Any resolutions for 2020?

Although I know it's a newer concept, I really wish I had found Orangetheory Fitness after having my kids. I love working out there. I am in the best shape of my life and I love that I can share a new healthy way of living with my family. What are you hoping to find under the tree this year?

My husband is terrible at keeping a surprise! So this year I would like a gift he hasn’t already told me about or given to me early. What is the best way that you let off steam?

I used to be one of those people that would never talk about their feelings and just let it all build up. Besides actually talking about my feelings, now I also work out regularly. I really use my time at the gym to let off some steam. What is your greatest extravagance?

Let’s just say that ever since I joined the pageant world I definitely have more appearance outfits than I need. I don’t think I've even worn half of my wardrobe. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

I think most people should use their time wisely to volunteer at least once. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. I can’t tell you enough how amazing it is to go to Guatemala every year and help out in a third world country. Knowing that I helped save someone's life is the greatest blessing in the world. 14 mommag.com

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Morning or Night?

Math or English?

Morning Summer or Winter?

Summer Fly or Drive?

Drive Gold or Silver?

Silver Dog or Cat?

Cat Beer or Wine?

Beer

English Hot or Cold?

Cold Sweet or Savory?

Sweet Hugs or Kisses?

Hugs Ice cream or Chocolate?

Ice Cream Early or Late?

Early

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They say that everyone has a book in them. What’s the title of your book?

Bold. Beautiful. You. Helping women value their self worth. Coming to you in the next five years! It is so important to me that women know who they are, and what they can accomplish. I waited so long to start my photography business because I just didn't think I was good enough, now I photograph models and Miss USA contestants.

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most?

I actually never wanted to be a mother. I saw a lot of hurt between my own blended families and I never wanted to bring children into a world where people could be so mean and careless to their own kids. Knowing and

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experiencing that when I was younger made me a better mom for it. I make sure to tell my kids “I love you” everyday. Who and what has influenced the mother you are today?

My mom had a lot to deal with when we were younger. She is the strongest person I know and between all of the things we put her through, like drugs, parties, pregnancies, etc. she never once stopped loving and believing in us. What advice would you give your younger mom self—what do you wish you knew then that you know now?

I had my kids when I was very young, just right out of high school. I would tell my younger, naive self to never take it for granted because it’s going to go so fast.

What message would you like to share with other moms?

You only have one shot at being a mother. I made a lot of mistakes when I was younger that I wish I could take back. Being a mom is about being a family and valuing your time with your kids. I have my kids half the time because we are a blended family and I never take my time with them for granted.


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intry, stormy weather can lead to loss of power. For a child, power outages can be exciting. Forced time together without modern conveniences means family board games, cuddling by the fire and building lots of forts—it’s like camping inside your house. But for mom, a power outage means no refrigeration (if you’re storing precious breast milk that’s a big deal), no Netflix and, possibly, no heat. Here’s our guide to surviving and thriving during the next power outage.

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how to survive a power outage

Prepare BEF wer outage: Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life. Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports. Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home. Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last. Review your supplies. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water. Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so you know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher. Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

Protect yourself DURING a power outage: Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. Only use generators outdoors and away from windows. Do not use a gas stove to heat your home. Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges. Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices. If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling. Check on neighbors.

Be safe AFTER power is restored: When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher

HOW TO THRIVE DURING A POWER OUTAGE

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or at least retain your sanity

Treat yourself. Have water, drinks and pantry snacks on hand so you can feed your crew without opening your fridge. Make it fun. This is not the time to stick rigidly to your “healthy snacks only” mantra. If you have reason to believe the power will be out for an extended amount of time, go ahead and break into that gallon of ice cream in the freezer—it’s probably going to melt anyway.

Let it glow. Deck everyone out with glow sticks, then turn off all the flashlights for a glow party.

Blow it up. Always have balloons on hand. They’re inexpensive and surprisingly entertaining. Try balloon volleyball or tennis, waddle races, pass the balloon or the classic rub the balloon against your hair to create static energy.

Camp out. Kids will likely want to sleep with you, or at least with each other, while the lights are out. Be ready with extra blankets or sleeping bags to create a common sleeping area in your bedroom or living room. Go for the full camping effect by pitching a small tent.

Make it flash. Put those flashlights to good use by making shadow puppets or playing flashlight tag or freeze dance.

for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor,

Take a break. Your family will likely come to treasure

color, or texture.

this time off the grid together, but that doesn’t mean that mom doesn’t need her breaks. Try to stick to nap or rest schedules and carve out some time for you— sneak away with a miner’s lamp and a good book, or lie down while the kids build a fort around you (it’s dark, they won’t see that your eyes are closed).

If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available. Source: www.ready.gov

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A note for breastfeeding moms.

Freezers, if left unopened and full during a power outage, will keep food safe for about 48 hours (about 24 hours if half full). When freezers are full, the other frozen items help keep the freezer colder longer. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it is unopened. While the power is out, keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as

IS YOUR STORED BREAST MILK okay after a power outage? According to the Center for Disease Control, your breast milk might still be safe, but it depends on how long the power is out and how defrosted or warm the breast milk becomes.

possible. Once the power is back on, check the condition of your stored breast milk. Frozen breast milk that has started to thaw, but still contains ice crystals can be refrozen. If your breast milk has completely thawed, but still feels cold, put it into the refrigerator and use it within the next day or discard it. If you’re not with your baby during a power outage and you need to pump use a battery adapter, manual hand pump or hand express. Some pumps even have an adapter that can be used in your car. The expressed milk can be stored in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours. Once breast milk is cooled it should remain cool until it is consumed, so when the power returns (if breast milk is still cool) transfer milk to a refrigerator or freezer.

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Christmas Treats Walla Walla author Shanna Hatfield’s latest book, A Cowboy Christmas, is filled with traditions, decor and recipes for a fantastic holiday—cowboy style! Cowboy or not, everyone will love making and eating these simple, sweet treats.

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Makes 6 trees

Chocolate Chex™ Trees These yummy and adorable trees are so simple to make and a great project if you have kids at home who need something to do. Set them on a disposable plate, foil-wrapped piece of cardboard, or a large sugar cookie wrapped in cellophane for gift-giving!

INGREDIENTS: Makes 6 trees 3 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal 6 pretzel sticks (the thick kind, made for dipping) ½ cup peanut butter ¼ cup Nutella 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar DIRECTIONS:

Mix the peanut but­ter, Nutella, but­ter and pow­dered sugar in a bowl. On whatever you plan to use for a base, mold the peanut butter mixture around the pretzel stick until it stands upright and forms a slight cone shape. Hold it steady by using the tip of the pret­zel as a han­dle and begin insert­ing pieces of cereal into the peanut but­ter mix­ture in a sym­met­ri­cal pat­tern around the stick. You can tip the cereal pieces up or down, depending on your personal preference. Add more cereal pieces, stag­ger­ing them as you move upward, until you get near the top. For the top of the tree, use broken pieces or cut them in half to get the smaller scale of branches near the top. Use two pieces of cereal back to back to form the top. Dust with powdered sugar. 22 mommag.com

Elf snack mix INGREDIENTS: Serves 8 10 cups popped popcorn 1 package white chocolate candy melt 1 bag red and green M&M’s 1 cup cocktail peanuts 2 cups pretzels ¼ cup Christmas sprinkles (optional) DIRECTIONS:

Mix popcorn with peanuts, pretzels and M&Ms. Set aside. Melt white chocolate according to package directions and pour over popcorn mixture. Stir well to coat. Top with Christmas sprinkles, if desired. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

The combination of sweet and salty in these completely addictive treats is perfect. It’s hard to stop after just one or two bites. Make extra so you have plenty for munching and giving away!

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Everyone appreciates a gift card to their favorite local bookstore. Book-lovers can snuggle up during the holidays in these cozy pjs. basbleu.com

Gift card You can’t judge a book by its cover, but kids will love covering up with these reading-inspired tees. outofprint.com

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Tri Cities MOM | Dec 2019 / Jan2020  

December 2019/ January 2020 MOM Magazine in Tri Cites. In this issue, Cover MOM Naomia May tells her story, how to survive and thrive during...

Tri Cities MOM | Dec 2019 / Jan2020  

December 2019/ January 2020 MOM Magazine in Tri Cites. In this issue, Cover MOM Naomia May tells her story, how to survive and thrive during...

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