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Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

For our latest round of Mother Essentials, we tapped Priscilla Vega, a SoCal-based public relations pro and mother of two (Ina, almost 6, and Ozzy, almost 2). The rep for several of your favorite mama brands (Solly Baby, Doodle & Co., Rachel Pally, etc.), Vega is also a small-space advocate, thanks to her family’s recent purchase of an Airstream (they chronicle their frequent adventures here). “When we’re home from a camping trip it makes me see all the waste and unnecessary consumption,” she says. “We somehow manage to have the best time as a family in a dwelling just under 300 square feet, so I’m constantly trying to recreate that in our permanent living space. I know minimalism is a thing and I can’t totally say it’s my cup of tea, but I do believe in essential living.” And with that…her tried-and-true Mother Essentials list below.

The Bulk Bins. “The bulk section at my local Sprouts grocery store is EVERYTHING. I try to casually glide by it, but in my mind, I’m a ravenous hyena. I’m such a sucker for a bag full of chocolate-covered almonds, fruity gummy bears, and my all-time favorite, the Australian licorice bites. If you have an in-person meeting with me that’s expected to last more than two hours, you better believe I’ll have a box of licorice in my bag, ready to bust out when we need that extra boost of energy.”

Leather Booties. “These were my daughter’s favorite shoes and now they’re my son’s favorite. They’re so easy to slip on and off and look good with everything. This is one of the hand-me-downs that look better the second time around. The leather is as soft as butter and they’re perfectly worn in. I’m going to be so sad when the little guy outgrows these, but I’ll likely keep them forever nonetheless.”
Kid’s Botines, $105, Ricardo Medina.

Mug Love. “Some mornings I’m on top of it and take the time to make myself a solid cup of coffee, but most mornings I end up throwing together a cup of instant. However, I never falter on my mug choice. This mug looks gorgeous on my messy desk and somehow doesn’t spill in the car cupholder. It’s basically the perfect vessel for my morning pick me up.”
The Eastfork Mug, $36, East Fork Pottery.

Cardholder/iPhone Case. “This iPhone case is my ultimate hack. I’m not super great with purses, so this simplifies life and helps me keep my head on straight. I promise you, this will change your life.”
iPhone Plus Wallet Case, $49, Mark & Graham.

Signature Scent. “Oh, how I love a good unisex scent. These new perfumes by Midland are the perfect companion throughout the day. I just roll it on and can close my eyes at any point to transport to the peaceful and serene beauty of Taos. They’re gritty, sweet, and warm all in one.”
Scent Roller, $105, Midland Shop.

#1 Kids Chair. “Truly there is no better high chair than the Tripp Trapp. It’s sleek and clean and even the white chair can take a spaghetti night and handle it like a champ. The best part about this chair is that it grows with the child. We have a 1-year-old and 5-year-old and they both have their own Stokke chairs.”
Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair, $249, Amazon.

Pretty Paper Pieces. “I live in a super small town just north of L.A., but we happen to have the BEST stationary store ever! It’s called Smitten on Paper and it’s my favorite way to give myself a break from a busy day. I also love popping in whenever I have a birthday party to go to because they have the sweetest gifts. I love gifting stationary and notebooks because I rely on mine heavily and I would be thrilled to receive it as a gift.”
Classic Sketchbook, $16, Smitten on Paper.

Airpods. “I take most calls in my office, but I often find them extending into the drive to pick up my kids or while I’m making myself a quick lunch. Recently I even took a call during a morning jog! I immediately regretted it, but at least I can say I definitely managed to multi-task on that day. I’m shocked that I haven’t lost these little magical earphones, considering I lose my phone and car keys every two seconds. I also start every conference call with, ‘Hang on I gotta plug in my Airpods,’ so pretty much everyone knows I have these and I love them.”
Apple Airpods Wireless Phones, $159, Amazon.

Bilingual Kids Books. “My grandmother taught me Spanish because she refused to speak to me in English. We speak English in our home and sadly don’t see my grandma as much as we should. She only speaks Spanish to my kids, but they don’t get to see her as much as I did growing up, so these Lil’ Libros books are such a beautiful reminder of all the things I loved growing up: Loteria, Selena, Celia Cruz, the list goes on and on. The creators of these books did such a beautiful job infusing modern day hispanic pop culture into beautiful educational books. Reading these with my littles is nostalgic and fun.”
The Life of/La Vida De Selena: A Lil’ Libros Bilingual Biography, $8.31, Amazon.

The Everyday Dress. “Whether I’m beach camping with the family, need something quick to throw on for morning drop-off or looking for that sweet and simple dress for a date night, my Rachel Pally linen dress is the most reliable dress I own. I wear this dress weekly and never regret it.”
Linen Romi Dress, $121, Rachel Pally.

Podcasts. “In L.A., we tend to find ourselves sitting in traffic a lot. One of my favorite ways to pass the time is by listening to podcasts. Currently, my top two favorites are Hey Girl Podcast by Alex Elle and Holding Space by Dr. Cassidy Freitas. They’re both led by the most lovely women and mamas. One of Alex’s latest interviews is with Doddle & Co co-founder Nicki Radzely. That episode is one of my favorite podcasts, ever. Nicki is so honest and relatable as she discusses mindful motherhood, entrepreneurship, navigating loss, and she manages to bring us all out of it smiling and with a full heart. I just love it all so much.”

Stainless Steel Cups. “We’ve recently transitioned all of our plastic children’s dishes to stainless steel and bamboo. These cups are in constant rotation in both our Airstream and our house. They come with a silicon straw and an easy sipping lid so they can be used with or without the straw. They can also be used without the lid for a little late night glass of wine for me, so everybody wins!”
2 Pack Kids Stainless Steel Cups with Lids and Straws, $16.99, Amazon.

Meditation for Littles. “When I was pregnant with my second I was looking for ways to help relieve stress at the end of each day and I really wanted to soak in every last minute with my first. That’s when I found A Handful of Quiet. This book is a lovely little guide into pebble mediation that is geared towards children but can also be practiced alone. We both really loved doing this meditation together, we would practice just before bed and I think we both reaped the rewards of a smooth transition into rest and sleep.”
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles, $12.58, Amazon.

Portable Speaker. “When I can’t sneak in a jog alone, I bring the little guy along for the ride with our jogging stroller. He gets to hold the Bluetooth speaker and we rock out to Ed Sheeran the entire time. This little speaker also comes in handy during camping trips. There’s pretty much a dance party everywhere we go.”
HiFi Micro Wireless Speaker, $24.99, Amazon.

For more on Priscilla, follow along with her on Instagram. And for more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with Courtney Klein of StorqJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doJeanne Chan of Harlow & Grey, and more.

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