Maya Sutherland

Maya Sutherland
Maya is a full-time SAHM who squeezes in part-time work as a Local Childcare Consultant for an au pair agency.  She was born in Ohio but has spent most of her childhood and adult life in Florida. She is André's devoted wife and mother to 3-year-old daughter Audrey, 1-year-old Mason and her fur baby, 12-year-old Egyptian Mau cat named Midnight. Maya earned an A.S. in Culinary Dietetic Technician and a B.A.S in Supervision and Management from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her professional background is in management and most recently she managed a skilled nursing facility food service department staff of 15.  Maya has a long-time love affair with food and is happiest when she is in the kitchen preparing fresh, homemade meals for her family, utilizing her numerous gadgets and food preparation-specialty items. She also is an aspiring business owner but hasn't figured out what she wants to do 'when she grows up' yet.  In her spare time, she loves painting rocks, coloring using colored pencils,  yoga,  listening to podcasts or audiobooks,  and online shopping. Earlier this year she started a personal blog.  You can follow her at 5spicemomma.com, Instagram @5spicemomma, and Facebook @5spicemomma.
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Baby Shower Gifts New Moms Actually Need

Baby showers are simply a given, and although I am a mother, I sometimes have no idea what I should gift the expectant mom. Frankly, I have forgotten what items I loved during the...
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The Magic in My Family’s Secret Santa Tradition

When I was in elementary school, my family started our Secret Santa tradition. It was my mom’s idea because she wanted to facilitate the spirit of giving in my sister and me and didn't...
body safety

Body Safety: Why It’s Important to Say the Anatomical Terms for Private Parts

In our house, we use proper words for private parts — penis, testicles, scrotum, vagina, vulva, labia, clitoris, etc. Teaching our children about body safety is important because teaching them the correct words instead...

Yes, You CAN Celebrate Halloween This Year!

Halloween always brings fond memories of going to all of the places — fall festivals, pumpkin patches, trunk-or-treats, you name it. The fact that Halloween is finally on a Saturday again is a great...
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No, I’m Not Going to Your Child’s Birthday Parade

At the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine, most birthday parties were unfortunately canceled — but some parents decided to get creative by having birthday Zoom calls and drive-through birthday parades to help celebrate their...
racial acceptance

Teaching Racial Acceptance to Kids with Books, Movies, and TV Shows

It’s so important (even for babies!) to see people who look different than them. But beyond just seeing, it is equally important for children who represent the majority race in their society to learn...

For Better, For Worse: Keeping Marriage Fresh In Times of Stress

At this point, we all have been knee-deep in crazy thanks to a pandemic, racial discord, and debates about wearing a mask or not. And on top of that, you may be seeing your...

Self-Care at Home: How to Make It Happen

Self-care shouldn’t be a once-a-year event that women only get to do on Mother’s Day. It shouldn't be a day where your children suddenly "see" you and acknowledge all that you do on a...

Have You Seen My Hair?

I have spent countless hours over the years sitting in my stylist’s chair as she tames my tresses for special occasions — and just everyday life. Without her, I look like Sideshow Bob (ask...
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A Beautiful Distraction: Raising Butterflies with Our Children

Butterflies have always had a special place in my heart. I'm not sure when the fascination with them began, but I do know I loved monarch butterflies so much that my husband and I...

How to Survive Working from Home with Kids

Are you a work-at-home mom? You're in good company! Whether your kiddos aren't in school yet or they are, and it's spring break or summertime, you know the struggle all too well of trying...

10 Ways to Get More Sleep (From a Tired Mom’s Perspective)

Okay, moms, we all know sleep is important. I will save you the boring lecture on why sleep is important, but did you know that you're typically asleep for approximately one-third of your life?...