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Meet Francesca Walker of Macaroni Kid North East Miami and Miami Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Francesca Walker.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Francesca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a thirty-something mum of a four-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy, a grateful wife, daughter and sister, a full-time worker… but most importantly… I am my household CEO, the non-TV activity Coordinator and an Archaeologist specializing in inside the closet digs. Switch around the order depending on the day.

Born and raised in Italy but of German descent and married to an Englishman, in my pre-baby life I lived in Spain and the UK, moved house 14 times, traveled up and down Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, North America and Canada. I used to get up in the morning at exactly the time I wanted to, I never had Goldfish in the house (or in the car!) and I did laundry only once a week. (Does this last bit sound familiar to you?)

To prepare mentally and emotionally for motherhood, I read baby books, attended parenting classes, interviewed my family and friends with kids. No one ever said that I would suck boogers out of my kids’ nose, that a salon pedicure would feel like a tropical vacation, that I would be able to function and actually take care of another human being on no sleep and that I would have to hide sweets like they’re a contraband substance. (Does this sound familiar too?)

In my tenure thus far as a mother, I developed ninja warrior-like moves to wrestle my children into their car seats, I became a rocket scientist to open (and close) the freaking stroller and I gained super speedy reflexes necessary to keep my children still when changing over 8,000 diapers. I want a medal.

Our family moved to Miami in August 2016. Whilst my husband and I were trying to settle down and adapt to the new surroundings, we wanted to keep our kids entertained. I soon found out that here there are many things to do with children but there was not a single place where I could learn about all the family-friendly things happening in my area. It was all spread out. For this reason, I decided to start Macaroni Kid NorthEast Miami and Miami Beach.

This free newsletter and website want to be families’ trusted go-to place for ideas on how to spend quality time with their little ones and how to make parenting a bit easier by sharing with them fun, entertaining and unique events, programs and places that our community has to offer.

Parenting is hard. Period. There’s too little sleep, too many dishes and not enough hours in the day. My goals with Macaroni Kid NorthEast Miami and Miami Beach are to help families save time, to give them new ideas that benefit parents/caregivers and the kids, and to make their life easier.

Has it been a smooth road?
I didn’t start Macaroni Kid North East Miami and Miami Beach with a smooth-road ideal. I have quite a few half marathons under my belt – preparing for and running a 21K thought me that undulating and unpredictable ups and downs are part of the game.

So far my biggest struggle along the way has been to pace myself – to be ready for a long-term commitment and to create a sustainable environment for myself and my family.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Macaroni Kid North East Miami and Miami Beach story. Tell us more about the business.
Macaroni Kid North East Miami and Miami Beach is a weekly newsletter and website where Macaroni Moms and Dads (from North Miami Beach to Downtown and Miami Beach) learn about activities and events happening for kids and families right here in the area.

As a mom in Miami, I know how difficult it is to keep track of the fun and enriching events and activities available for kids. I’m extremely excited to bring Macaroni Kid to our community and look forward to the opportunity to support the many cultural, not-for-profit, school and just plain fun things there are to do in North East Miami and Miami Beach.

On top of this, I am proud of showing readers the amazing family-friendly local businesses operating in the area.

What sets me apart from others: this is a hyper-local publication focusing on a specific area – NE Miami and Miami Beach.

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