I Dream of Summer Travel: My 2014 Wish List + $200 Giveaway

I Dream of Summer Travel: My 2014 Wish List + $200 Giveaway

Over the weekend, Daddy D and I took the kids to see Rio 2. I've heard that sequels never compare to an original, but I won't ever tire of visiting Rio de Janiero - even if it's via movie screen. I especially loved the opening scene: an aerial view of the crowded beach shoreline, sweeping down to engulf the party goers dressed in white, even closer to watch as they threw flowers into the ocean, petals all colors of the rainbow. And when the Brazilian beats drummed heavy and the fireworks exploded, I couldn't help but give Alina's hand a little squeeze and whisper in her ear, "one day I'll take … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Enjoy Juice Concentrate (other than as juice)

5 Ways to Enjoy Juice Concentrate (other than as juice)

I'm a huge fan of juice concentrate.It's fresh when you make it, easy, convenient and simple to make. And there are so many uses for juice concentrate. I don't just use it to make juice! So when Walmart asked me to check out Old Orchard - one of my all time favorite brands of juice concentrate - I knew that I'd have lots to say! When I buy juice concentrate, I look for the standard that Old Orchard has. Old Orchard 100% Juices and Juice Blend frozen concentrates contain no added sugar, no artificial flavors and no preservatives. Each 8-oz glass equals two servings of fruit and contains 120% … [Read more...]

L4LL’s 2nd Annual Dia de los Ninos, Dia del Libro Blog Hop

L4LL’s 2nd Annual Dia de los Ninos, Dia del Libro Blog Hop

Guest Post: Author Magdalena Zenaida I'm honored to again be apart of Latinas for Latino Literature's 2nd annual Dia de los Ninos, Dia del Libro blog hop. The Día blog hop has 24 authors/illustrators paired with 24 Latina bloggers to showcase the talent and beauty that exists in our literary community. This is my second year participating, and I'm excited to share the reflections on parenting and bicultural identity of Magdalena Zenaida. Alina and I reviewed her book of a Cuban icon, An Honest Boy, Un Hombre Sincero, and loved her take on bilingualism. Finding a bilingual children's book … [Read more...]

Happy National Sibling Day! 5 Tips to Photographing Siblings

Happy National Sibling Day! 5 Tips to Photographing Siblings

Happy National Sibling Day! I still get sad thinking of the 365 siblings project I stopped mid-year (The Meaning of Siblings). I had just found out that my child's images were stolen. A nervous wreck, I ceased the project immediately. It was the right decision at the time, but I do admit - I wish I would have finished the project. The legacy of siblings has never ceased to diminish in my family. My greatest hope as a mother is that my two children remain a foundation of family legacy after I'm gone. The hopes I hold for my two are as strong as ever. So, in honor of National Siblings Day, … [Read more...]

Easter Crafts Using Plastic Eggs: Letter Recognition Game

Easter Crafts Using Plastic Eggs: Letter Recognition Game

Educational Easter Crafts for Kids We're all about our ABCs in this house lately! At 4 years old, Alina is learning to read and sounding out words. Our little man just turned two, and while watching his sister, has fallen in love with letters, too! I'm constantly amazed at how excited he is to play and learn with letter recognition. So when Walmart asked me to check out this innovative, new product - plastic eggs, perfect for Easter - I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! Paper Magic now sells PLASTIC eggs, in a 12 count carton, that can be dyed and decorated just like … [Read more...]

A Love Letter to My Son at Two Years Old

A Love Letter to My Son at Two Years Old

Before I became a mother, I wrote love letters to my children. In my thoughts, through poetry, in analysis of my self doubt, I started to document the progression of their lives. Before I even met their father, I yearned to have a son to love and mold into the type of man I wish the world had more of. And so, how incredibly blessed am I, as I sit to write this love letter to my son on his second birthday? Beautifully Blessed By You, My Son Querido Sebastian, I wonder if a little boy grows out of needing love letters from his mama? Do you think you'll ever grow tired of reading my words to … [Read more...]

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