MAURISSA TANCHAROEN WHEDON ON PARENTING, HER FAVE BABY PRODUCTS AND HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon and Jed Whedon

She’s a dear friend and an inspiring one I’ve written about a few times.  Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon has been hailed a Lupus Warrior hero, an untouchable Hollywood titan (she is the creator and showrunner of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., alongside husband Jed) — and now her newest feat is accomplishing the role of a doting, loving and loved mother to daughter, Benny Sue – a baby girl who has already defied all odds and is taking on the world, just like her parents.


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Maurissa and Jed Whedon

Despite her physical setbacks (suffering from Lupus since her early teens), Maurissa is probably one of the greatest role models for Asian American women and women in general.  With a mere 100 lbs to her name, she’s a defiant heavyweight who accepts no obstacles.  Because of her health issues, she has always been very conscientious about what foods and products went into and onto her body.  So it’s of not surprise that she uses this same wise meticulousness when it comes to her child.

Here, Maurissa tells us what she has used since her daughter was a newborn and what she recommends for yours.

She, too, shares with us  how her life has changed since becoming a mother — and her top tips on how she survived her previous seemingly insurmountable career struggles and landed where she is today.

Enjoy!  And congrats to Maurissa and her man!  


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Top 4 favorite baby products / items

1.  Babo Botanicals Product Line

My little one was born early at 29 weeks and  spent the first three months of her life in the NICU.  So when we finally brought her home, we wanted nothing but the purest, most organic, non-toxic everything for her.  Babo’s line has a very clean ingredients list and smells heavenly without any synthetic fragrances.  Their diaper rash cream uses zinc oxide along with natural soothers like Vitamin E, watercress and beeswax.


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Babo Botanicals

2.  Aden and Anais Sleeping Bag  

I’m obsessed with everything they make.  Beautiful prints on soft, breathable cotton.  The sleeping bag is a lifesaver, especially if you have a baby that likes to move a lot in her sleep.  It’s an extra layer over her long pj’s during the colder months, and it breathes enough to throw over a onesie during the summertime.  It also zips open from the bottom so late night diaper changes are a breeze.


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Aden and Anais Sleeping Bag

3. Boiron Camilla

Homeopathic teething relief that comes in single oral liquid doses.  Don’t get me wrong, we definitely break out the Children’s Tylenol or Motrin when the shit hits the fan, but Camilia does help to ease the pain.


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Boiron Camilia

4.  Biobu Bambino Kid Set 

When it comes to meals, I like any dinnerware that is dishwasher safe because it makes my life 100 times easier. We basically use this set for every meal at home or on the go.  Biobu’s durable dinnerware is great for toddlers and a nice alternative to the traditional plastics.  Everything is made with bamboo, a highly-renewable natural resource, so this line is not only practical, but eco-friendly to boot!


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Biobu

Top Ways Life Has Changed Since Becoming A Mommy

I thought I had a good handle on who I was.  Or at least who I perceived myself to be.  It took me damn near forty years to figure all of that out and to be fairly comfortable with the conclusion.


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Then I met my daughter and she turned my entire world upside down.  With that said…

  1. There are bits of avocado and pasta in my hair right now as I type this.
  2. I’ve embraced primary colored plastic contraptions as part of our home aesthetic.
  3. Every fiber of my being is now wired to my beautiful little daughter and I can’t believe how happy/confused/exhausted/grateful that makes me.
  4. My heart is bursting every day.

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Top Tips on How to Achieve Your Dream

1.   I will never forget what my mentor, David Milch, said at one of his many lectures on writing, “Absent action, all animals are sad. And whenever you think about writing, when you are not writing, you are going to feel sad.”  I believe you can apply that rule to all pursuits.
2.  Stop telling yourself it’s too late or that you don’t have the time or the means to pursue what you really want to do.  Excuses and procrastination will not only crush your dreams — but eventually, your soul.
3.  Be patient. As the saying goes (and as unpleasant as the prospect seems), “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”

 +++ And there you go.   Thank you, Maurissa — and congrats on life, parenthood and your everyday. xo

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A joyful, blessed and very healthy – Benny Sue Whedon

+++ AND STAY TUNED READERS:  COMING UP ON THE BLOG IS AN INTERVIEW WITH THE STUNNING ASHLEY BORDEN, CELEBRITY TRAINER TO RYAN GOSLING,  REESE WITHERSPOON AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA — AS WELL AS AN INTERVIEW WITH THE INCREDIBLE + MULTI-TALENTED, SARA GILBERT, EMMY NOMINATED ACTRESS, AUTHOR, CO-HOST + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE TALK, YALE GRAD, MOTHER AND WIFE.  It’s going to be good!

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