Mom of the month: Hazel Laguardia Salinas

Where are you originally from? Bay Area of California

When did you join FIT4MOM? I joined Fit4Baby when I was pregnant with my eldest (almost five years ago!)

What classes do you attend? I attend Stroller Strides, HIIT Drop-In, and I've done the Run Club twice.

Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)? Caden is two and Cassian is four

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM? I love the flexibility of the instructors and the classes. I like that you can make the classes as challenging or low impact as you want as long as you are comfortable in your pregnant or postpartum body.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)? I am a stay-at-home-mom and an aspiring writer :)

Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village? I love how welcoming and friendly all the mamas are even though we are all so different and come from different backgrounds. I have never encountered any shaming or guilting, which is so valuable in a society that isn't always supportive of moms, especially those of really little kids. Motherhood brings us all together!

What is your favorite beverage? A boba milk tea

What is your favorite dessert? I've never met a dessert I didn't like :)

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do? Sit under a tree and read a good book.

What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination? Marrakesh, Morocco

How has becoming a mother changed you? It has helped me advocate for myself and prioritize breaks, self care, and forced me to listen to my body.

I am happiest when... my kids are actually playing together and getting along.