Connie, better known as Momma of Dos. Born and raised Texan. Grew up in a small Texas town near the Mexican border. Moved to Houston in 1999 to attend the University of Houston where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Has worked in the non-profit and governmental sectors most of her career. These days she works around the clock to provide for her little Mexican-American family both in and outside the home. Her family is composed of her Husband who is also a University of Houston graduate and “Dos” amazing, children; Camila, 4 years old and Santiago, 6.
Connie has been featured online on Parenting and Lifestyle sites where she shares not only her experiences as a Working Momma but also tips & ideas on ways to improve personal and family life. She also volunteers for local organizations. She has been asked to create & participate in several nationwide brand campaigns as well as coordinate local promotional events.
Blog Name: Momma of Dos
1. When did you start blogging and what made you want to start?
I started blogging in 2008, I had a position in the communications and outreach department for elections here in Houston. I needed to practice my technical writing skills and had not really written since college. About 6 month into my new job, I found out I was pregnant with my Son and I discovered, “Mommy Bloggers” my perspective changed and I shifted to writing a personal blog instead of a professional one. I had my son in 2009 and in 2010 I became pregnant, again, unplanned, and Momma of Dos was instantly born. It all started as a personal journal to share about my pregnancies and my children’s development and just fun stories. Then in 2012, I was invited to my first blogging conference here in Houston and I learned about creating a second or main stream of revenue and fell in love with blogging again, in a different way!
2. When did you first start using a paper planner?
I have always used planners since college back in 1999. I used to buy the Day Runner Planners! They I guess could be considered vintage these days, HA. I still have one of my old ones from when I was finishing up school back in 2005. Flash forward to now. I am obsessed with planners and notebooks. One of my good friends and fellow Houston Latina Blogger Ari of 3twentysix, buys me a yearly planner from Bando, I love it! And, I recently purchased my first custom made Erin Condren planner, I love it as well!
3. What planner are you using for the new year?
I am using both my Bando planner which was a gift and will start using my Erin Condren.
4. How many planners do you own?
Right now about 3-4.
5. If more than one, what do you use each one for?
I will be using one for work and community related events and the other to plan out events and meetings for our local group, Houston Latina Bloggers.
6. What is your favorite pen to write with?
I like pens that don’t run, so I use basic black ballpoint pens or something similar to sharpies.
7. Do you have a planning routine?
If so, please share. I don’t have a super elaborate planning routine,and I kind of plan weekly. I have never been good at planning out further than that, life is so unexpected especially with two young children. We have set routines for their after school activities and we plan our weekends as the week progresses. For work I plan out my week on Monday’s some weeks drag over into the following week so I go from there.
8. Favorite store to shop for planner goodies?
I love shopping and browsing online; stores like A Beautiful Mess (https://shop.abeautifulmess.com/happy-mail) but also stores like Hobby Lobby and Target have a ton of cute items!
9. Any recommendations / advice for someone who is just starting out in the planner community?
Don’t go crazy with buying random or super expensive items. Look for deals and coupons and discounts. It’s what I have done. My Erin Condren planner (https://www.erincondren.com/) was only $25 or so, I received a discount code from attending a women’s conference! I have too many accessories and get overwhelmed. I would start, small buy a few things, get a routine in place and go from there…