Playdate 13 | Katie Hintz-Zambrano At Children’s Creativity Museum

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Hi friends, welcome to a new playdate! Today, I’m so thrilled to have you meet one of my favorite duos, Katie Hintz-Zambrano, co-founder of the newly launched parenting site, Mother, and her 14-months old son, Diego!

I had the pleasure of meeting Katie (during her pre-baby days) when she first moved from NYC to SF as the Senior West Coast Editor for Refinery29. After several encounters at events we became friends, and it has been such a pleasure for me to get to know Katie. She’s smart, genuine, and a lady with a lot of wit! We also happen to be neighbors who share the same zip code and go to the same La Boulange.

Fast forward to a few years, Katie is now a beautiful mama and a savvy entrepreneur. And because we both have young babies and have lots of talented mama friends in our circle, we started a local moms’ FB group called “Cool Moms Club Bay Area” – the name is half ridiculous and half awesome, you can laugh. It’s just what happens when you have a top-notch editor naming your club. :) It has become such an amazing network and support group, we seriously love it!

We met up at Children’s Creativity Museum in SF Downtown, and took the kids for their first carousel ride ~ such a good idea! It was definitely nice chatting up with Katie and playing with baby Diego – he is one affectionate and adorable baby! It has also been really inspiring to see how Katie’s life has changed since motherhood, and to hear about her new adventure, Mother. I’m sure you would too. Let’s check it out!

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What inspired you to start Mother? And why is this important to you?

I always wanted to launch my own website, but I never had the perfect idea/something I felt the web needed. Then, pretty much immediately after having Diego, I saw my priorities shift and noticed a gaping hole in the market for a full-service, style-leaning parenting site. Basically, the sort of site that I was looking for and that didn’t exist. A place where you can get inspired daily, but also be informed on the more hard-hitting motherhood topics. I think it’s important to have a site catering to this new generation of mother, who doesn’t want to lose sight of who she was before she had kids, but also wants to be realistic about and celebrate the giant shift that has happened in her life. I also want it to be a place for non-moms to enjoy, too!

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How did you know you were ready to be a mom?

I’ve actually wanted to have kids since I was a kid! It was almost a running joke. My sister and I would say that I would be like The Old Lady In The Shoe, who ‘had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.’ I ended up having Diego after being married for 4 years and in a great place in my career. So, I actually felt that it was the perfect time to have a baby. And I think it was!

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What’s your typical day like?

Diego wakes up around 7 a.m. and we get one hour of quality ‘mommy-and-me’ time before my babysitter comes at 8 a.m. I then hop on the computer and start writing, editing, updating social media, checking email, hoping on phone calls, etc. Depending on the day, I’ll fit a shower in there, a photoshoot, or an in-person meeting. At 2 p.m., my sitter leaves and I watch Diego for an hour and a half before he goes down for his second nap. And, during that second nap, sometimes I have to nap, too! Because, once he’s up again around 5:30 p.m., I’m with him all the way until bedtime, which is around 8:30 p.m.. When Diego and I are together, we love to play around the house, snack, and go to the playground, which we do every single day! Sometimes we’ll meet up with another mom or a non-mom friend. Once Diego goes to sleep…it’s back to working on Mother! And, of course, I’m in touch with my business partner James (who lives in Nashville) all day long!

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Most challenging part of being a mom? Most Rewarding?

The most challenging part is finding ‘me’ time, amongst all of my mommy duties and Mother duties! I desperately want and need some alone time to relax, be inspired, and connect with myself. Of course, the trade off is that I get to wake up every morning and cuddle with this fleshy ball of love and see him develop. The tradeoff is also the reward!

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Favorite characteristics of Diego?

How sweet he is, combined with how rascal-y he is! He’s already got a great sense of humor and is constantly described as ‘chill’ by other people. I like that! Seeing him grin from ear to ear is just the best. It’s such pure happiness!

Where do you go for tips/advice for motherhood and parenting?

Our local moms’ group, Cool Moms Club Bay Area, would be my first place to go if I was having an issue with Diego. It’s such a great resource. I can just throw a concern up there on our Facebook forum, and within minutes I get thoughtful advice from moms I trust.

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Do you own a diaper bag? If so, which one do you use?

I don’t! I just throw his things in a lightweight canvas bag, or in the Fjallraven Kanken bag that hangs on the back of his stroller. I keep my stuff separate, by keeping them in a pouch by Shawn Burke x The Podolls.

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Your favorite baby gadget?

Do books count? I love curling up with Diego in our rocker and seeing his expression when he remembers and is entertained by scenarios in his favorite books. I hope to foster a love of reading.

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Your favorite thing to do with Diego?

It’s hard to pick a favorite! I love curling up with him and snuggling when he’s still hazy from a nap. Then, I love when he does a big stretch and smile. I love having breakfast together in the morning and watching him stuff his face with berries. I like sitting on our stoop, wrapped in a blankets, watching dogs, kids, fire trucks, and MUNI trains. I love seeing him explore the park on his own two feet (and sometimes knees). And I love watching him strut around our house with such authority!

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On Me: Striped Tee, Uniqlo | Chambray + Jeans, Gap | Locals Tote, Honey & Bloom | Sneakers, Adidas. On Hadley: Chambray, Pants & Hair clip, H&M | Catgirl Onesie, Kira Kids | Sneakers, Adidas

What makes a cool mom?

HARD QUESTION…DO I NEED TO ANSWER? hehe.

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Any advice on marriage after kids?

 I wrote an article on it!

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SST: The Quaker Chewy bars have been such a great handy snack! Love that I can just grab and go for the kids, and that I can have some too. :) 

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And for this summer, Quaker is teaming up with NERF to help families get out and stay active together. When you buy three specially-marked boxes of , you can enter the codes online to get a free NERF sports item!

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SF or NYC?

NYC for being young and ambitious and growing your career. S.F. for a great quality of life (cliche but true!), raising a family, and being surrounded by genuine and positive people.

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On Katie: Overalls, ASOS | Sweater, Forever 21 | Shoes, Freda Salvador | Necklace & Tote, Jessica Winzelberg | Sunglasses, John Varvatos.  On Diego: (All gifted clothing!) Chambray Shirt, The Children’s Place | Leggings, Hansel from Basel leggings (via The Podolls) | Dinosaur Socks, Cotton Sheep. | Stroller, Bugaboo 

Where do you shop for yourself?

On any given day, I would say I wear a combination of ‘thrifted or gifted’ clothing. I have been so lucky to be given gorgeous pieces from some of my designer friends, like The Podolls, Freda Salvador, and Jessica Winzelberg. I’ve also received lots of little perks here and there through being a fashion writer. So, that’s where my higher-end stuff comes from. The rest, I thrift. I’m a Crossroads addict (more so before I had the baby, when I had time to sift through it all). There’s something about bargain hunting that flips a switch in my brain. I absolutely love it! And I’ve found awesome pieces to mix into my wardrobe. I also love ASOS if I’m looking for something trend-specific. I’m a sucker for free shipping and returns!

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Where do you shop for Diego’s clothes?

I have hardly had to shop for him! We’ve received so many great gifts and handmedowns, I think we’ll be good until he’s 24 months! The things I have bought for him have been from Chloe’s Closet in Bernal Heights or Peekaboutique in Noe Valley. I’m a thrifter!

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Where do you find inspiration for your personal style?

At the moment, I’m inspired by the idea of mixing and matching what I already have in my closet. Also, I’m probably subconsciously inspired by what my friends wear, what I see on Instagram, and while visiting online shops. I wish I had more time to read blogs and magazines for inspiration, but I just don’t.

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Secret to your beautiful curls? I also wrote about it here!

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What’s next on your agenda? Work wise? Kids wise?

Work wise, we’re looking to redesign {Mother} mobile site, since we know so many moms access content through their phone. Kids wise, we want to focus on raising Diego bilingual, so that he can eventually go to a Spanish immersion school preschool.

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What advice would you give to a first-time mom?

Build your mama and non-mama network! Motherhood is tough, and it’s something you shouldn’t do in isolation. I’ve been so lucky to have a fantastic network of mothers that I leaned on for support and advice in the early days, and who I am constantly meeting up with on playdates now. And don’t forget the non-mama friends! My girlfriends without kids were the ones who dropped off food and came and watched Diego so that I could hit the gym back when he was itsy-bitsy.

Thank you so much to Katie and Diego for joining us for a playdate! So much good advice here. I hope you enjoyed it as well, and don’t forget to follow Mother  ~ it’s such a good site for today’s mothers! 

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This post is kindly sponsored by Quaker, serving up wholesome goodness in delicious ways. Quaker Chewy helps give kids the energy they need to play. That’s why Quaker and NERF are teaming up to fuel backyard fun, helping families get out and get active together, right in their own backyard. When you buy three specially-marked boxes of Quaker Chewy, you can enter the codes online to get a free NERF sports item!

All opinions shared here are my own. Many thanks for supporting my sponsor and my playdate series! xo Jeanne

Photography by the lovely Ashley Batz

  • I love this! You two are two inspiring mamas. Also, Katie, those overalls are amazing. xo

  • KHZ

    Thank you SO much for having us! This was such a fun day! xoxo

  • oh hey! cute sneaks ;)

  • Lisa Jackson

    Love love this you guys!! Always so stylish :)

  • Jamilla

    This is Embarassing. Pandering and insipid. Shilling for Quaker granola bars? As if these SF mommies would EVER buy those. Also, way to spend several whole hours each day “watching” your kid, Katie! Muy inspirational!

  • Clarke

    Hi, I absolutely love your blog and I was wondering where’d you get your Pinterest plug-in?