This week’s Apple Mom is Samantha Marino of Westchester County. Samantha is a mom of a 3.5 year boy in Hartsdale. She has a full plate between motherhood, working and bringing awareness to Nut Allergies in Westchester County as her son says she’s “Wonder Woman”.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me is to try to get up and in the shower before anyone else so I feel I accomplished something that early in the morning. By the time I’m out my son Ben is usually standing outside of the bathroom door asking me for his cars. On the days that he has nursery school it’s getting him dressed, fed and out the door in time. While Ben’s at school I do errands, go to the gym lately have been trying to get involved with new group No Nuts Moms Group of Westchester County, NY. Ben was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy last year and when I walked out of the doctor’s office with a prescription for an Epi-Pen that was a real eye opener for me. Not many are aware just how serious a food allergy can be. In my son’s case one reaction can be life threatening. Being that there is no rhyme or reason why so many children are developing food allergies I feel it’s my job to spread as much awareness as I can. I have found a lot of comfort in talking to others and meeting new friends who also have children with food allergies and that is when I contacted the founder of No Nuts Moms Group and became the group leader for Westchester County.
I also work 3 days per work as a design liaison for an Architecture and Interior Design Firm in Bedford. When I get home from work it’s a juggle to hang out with my son, cook dinner and get him in the bath. Reading a few books together before bed is definitely a calm and relaxing part of the day that I look forward to.
What is your favorite memory of being a mom so far? That’s tough because they’re all favorites but my most recent is the past weekend when Ben started soccer. It was amazing watching him follow direction and listen to his coach while my husband and I cheered him on. I think my face hurt from smiling so much. As much as I don’t want him to grow up too fast I just love watching him become the little boy that he has.
What is a funny mom moment you have had? Recently Ben was not listening to me so I said to him “please listen to me, I’m your Mother” and he said “you’re not the Mother”. I said “well then who am I?” And he said “you’re Wonder Woman”. After laughing I thought to myself that he’s not far off.
In your free time what do you like to do? I enjoy going to dinner with my husband or friends, cooking or just hanging at home with my husband watching movies.
Current favorite show you are watching? Any of the Real Housewives, Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel and The Voice
Book you are reading now? Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is on my night stand but I have yet to start reading it.
In your town/county where are you favorite places to go with your kids/family? Any local playground or park where my son can run and climb, restaurants on the Hudson River when the weather is nice and probably Ben’s favorite, Peachwave for frozen yogurt. We also love hopping on the train to go into the city.
What makes town/county special? We live in walking distance to town and love being able to not take out the car and go for a bite to eat or taking the train into the city. I love that Westchester is suburban but is such an easy train ride into the city to change up the pace a bit.
Anything else you want to share? If you have a child with food allergies please join the No Nuts Moms Group of Westchester County, NY. It is a peanut and tree-nut free playgroup/moms group for all ages. The group will meet up for indoor and outdoor events and outings. We also have adult only outings and are open to any other suggestions. If you are a working or stay at home mother who has a child with life threatening food allergy, please join us. This is a chance for you and your child to develop a lifelong friendship with someone you both can relate to. Our groups are FREE to join!