NATASHA GARGIULO

Natasha Gargiulo

Natasha Gargiulo with daughter Leticia

NATASHA GARGIULO
TV & Radio Personality, Morning Show Co-Host of “Freeway & Natasha in the Morning” on Montreal’s #1 Hit Music Station Virgin Radio 96 & Reporter/Host  for Global’s “Entertainment Tonight Canada”

Wow times flies!  My daughter Leticia just turned 3 in October. Where has the time gone? Out of all the advice parents share with you “enjoy it, they grow so fast” has got to be THE ONE I remind myself of everyday. Sometimes I wish I could stop the clock and enjoy her toddler stage a little longer. She’s growing way too fast…

The TV & Radio industry is fast paced, spontaneous and you are always on the go! I have always been driven by the thrill of chasing a top story, travelling to a cool destination, or reporting from a glamorous red carpet event.  Juggling many things at once was not foreign to me, but NOTHING could have prepared me for the many hats we MOMS wear as parents.

By far, being a MOM is the best job I have…but it’s also been the hardest AND most fulfilling! My daughter has taught me to appreciate the simple things in life & to slow down and enjoy the precious moments that really matter.

Secrets of a WOWMOM
If you know any please share.(lol) Hugs & kisses really do make everything all better.

What inspires me
Ambition…but since my daughter was born it has been EVERYTHING seen through her eyes. It’s amazing! On the weekend she’s an early riser. She rushes to the window and says “mama look how beautiful the purple sky is!”  I never stopped to admire the beauty of an early morning sunrise until she was born.

My sanity saviour (tips & time savers)
Love my Crockpot or Creuset. Slow roasting is easy, no fuss and no messy kitchen. It gives me more time and she loves everything made so far…

My best WOWMOM advice
You need to follow your instincts and do what works best for you & your child. There is no right or wrong way. All the books in the world can provide guidelines, but you need to go with what feels right for you & your child. Create your own rhythm and go with the flow of things. The only right way is the one the makes you and you baby feel comfort.

My WOW moment
I was pregnant and loved listening to Bruno Mars “Just The Way You Are”. Every time the song would play I would sing a long. At that moment, I had a feeling I was carrying a girl. When she was born the only song that would soothe her, or make her fall asleep was by Bruno Mars. It was on repeat for a while in our home.  Bonds made between parent & child are blessings. Make sure to treasure those moments between mom & baby.

My not-so WOW moment
Oh boy… where do I begin?  I remember being a couple of weeks pregnant and I was on my way to interview Celine Dion in Miami. At the airport I got a huge rush or nausea, became light headed and fainted! I remember sitting at the airport talking to my tummy “please not today…mommy can’t feel sick she has to interview Celine Dion!” (lol)  I endured 4 months of morning sickness…but she’s all worth it!

Keeping it WOW (how not to lose yourself)
There is only one Wonder Woman and she is a superhero with magical powers! As a first time mom, we all try and be this superwoman who needs to excel at being the best mom, wife, and career woman. We set the bar high and put such pressure on ourselves.  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Spouse/partner/family/friends are eager to lend a helping hand.  It’s okay to ask for help. Take them up on the offer and take a little time for yourself.

Favourite MOMent of the day
We have started dance shows at home and play princess dress up! My daughter loves a stage, music, and a microphone (lol)! My fave time is bedtime. Last words she hears before dozing off is “I love you princess see you tomorrow.”

Does balance exist?
Yes, but it is so hard to make it happen. Sometimes we are so wrapped up in making everyone else happy and ignore ourselves. Learn how to except the things you cannot change.

My guardian angel
This last year, my mother & especially my two beautiful nieces. Whenever I need a babysitter they are always available & my nieces are always eager to watch my daughter. They have a great time and it gives me peace of mind.

The last time I laughed out loud
Anytime my 3 year old sings a Top 40 song on the radio. Hearing her sweet little voice sing some of the lyrics always puts a smile on my face…she has no idea what she’s singing about and asks me “what’s this song about mama?”

Words Of Wisdom (Mom’s message to My Kids)
You can be whatever & whoever you want to be as long as you follow your passion and be true to yourself. Find something you love and follow your dreams! Dreams are what make us strive, they are what inspire us, makes us creative, happy and give us reason to move forward. Don’t let anyone ever rob you of them. They are yours to keep.  Be true to yourself and always treat others the way you want to be treated.

MY WOWMOM MUST-HAVES
Fave things, places and sanity savers for WOWMOMS!

1.  First family portrait. Such a loving and tender moment captured. So much love surrounds the picture.

2.  My Pandora bracelet w/ my little girl charm & birthstone. Want to build a story with charms and pass it on to her one day.

3.  My M0851 leather bag. I used it as a diaper bag and still use it as her travel bag.

4.  My IPhone. I am constantly taking pics & video of my daughter with it. I know I’m annoying…

5. My iPad. The children’s apps are great entertainment and a distraction when taking long trips.

6.  Baby wipes! Why did we ever stop using these? Carry them with me everywhere.

7.  Jane Iredale BB primer, moisturizer, & mascara. Makes my face happy!

8.  And of course a glass of Barolo or Cabernet Sauvignon Wine!

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