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A fun look into the lives and lifestyles of some of our favorite mamas.

Melissa Pastora

Catalina Gonzalez

A fun look into the lives and lifestyles of some of our favorite mamas.




By Catherine Hill

This month I sat down with the beautiful Melissa Pastora, Mama to Everlee and Emmie, to discuss how her own mother and upbringing impacts the way she raises her sweet girls. 


What would you say is the biggest difference being raised in California and now raising your family here in Texas? 

Both of our parents are very traditional, so my husband Joe and I have always wanted to teach our children the importance of traditional family and Christian values.  I loved growing up by the water in California and being able to be active outdoors year round, but I also think Texas is a fantastic place to raise a family.  There are great things about both places.  Dallas is a really close-knit community grounded in traditional family values, which is one of the things we love most about raising kids here! 


What is one thing you admire most about your mom? 

There are so many things I adore about my mom, but the one thing I admire most about her is the fact that she always put our family’s needs before her own.  Now that I am a mom myself and have two young girls of my own, I understand first hand the many sacrifices parents make daily with loving hearts.   She always taught me to love your kids with all your heart, but above all else, your marriage comes first. 


How do you balance working for your family business and raising your girls?

I think its important to show our girls that anything is possible, and to follow their passion.  I love bringing the girls along with me to design showrooms and to the different real estate properties we own as much as I can.  I think its a great learning opportunity for them.  



How would you describe the way you dress Everlee and Emmie?

I love dressing the girls in traditional clothes, but they need to be comfortable too.  I believe that we should “let them be little” as much as we can, so when I do put them in something a bit dressier I love to pair it with a cute pair of leggings so they can play comfortably.  Of course its impossible to resist a darling pair of knee highs, and big bows are definitely a staple around the Pastora house!  


What is your favorite Dondolo outfit and why? 

I love everything Dondolo!  I’m a huge fan of dressing the girls in matching outfits so I love any of their coordinating outfits that they offer in both the girls’ sizes.  


Being a mom yourself how does it make you feel to know that when you buy Dondolo clothing you are providing warm clothes to needy children in Colombia?

It is so wonderful that Dondolo is creating such a beautiful product all while giving back to families in need.  I can’t even imagine how hopeless you would feel as a mother if you were unable to provide for your own child’s basic needs.  Dondolo is giving these women the opportunity to provide for their families and create a product that they can be proud of at the same time, which is definitely something worth applauding.