Thank you for visiting My Pick of the Pack. I am Maria Plasterer, a full time working mom with 2 children. I live in the Chicago Metropolitan area with my husband Paul, my 4 year old daughter Leah, and my 3 year old son Alex. I hope to share my perspective on well designed products, great services and other tips that can make life with small children a little easier and safer.
I’ve spent lots of time with children in the newborn to preschool age range. Prior to having children of my own, I spent about 4 years as a professional nanny while attending the National Conservatory of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I worked on and off with 30 to 40 different families on both temporary and longer term jobs. I got to know many parents, before becoming a parent myself, and witness many different approaches to the work/parent balance. I was able to try out a whole variety of children’s products in all these different households, and have definitely developed some strong opinions. Too much of what is on the market for children is junky or just plain unsafe. This blog is about children’s products, services or information that I’ve determined to be first rate.
I hope you’ll enjoy looking though my top picks! -Maria Plasterer
Below are some pictures of my family.