Good Bye, Nevada.

Good Bye, Nevada.

Today is Nevada Day, did you know? Today, this state in which we've lived for almost ten years turns 150 years old. As a state holiday, the kids have the day off from school. My bank is closed. All so the citizens of Nevada acknowledge it's legacy and history. In July of 2005, I drove my car into the valley and the thermometer read 115 degrees. I didn't have much, but that didn't matter. I had just bought a house and was hopeful that the relationship I was bringing along with me from California would turn into the happily ever after I yearned for. Back then, to me, Vegas symbolized … [Read more...]

 

Day of the Dead DIY Floral Crown for Little Girls

Day of the Dead DIY Floral Crown for Little Girls

There is so much beauty in traditional Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. Often misunderstood, perhaps feared as well, the traditions and symbolism behind Dia de los Muertos is becoming more mainstream with each year that passes. And for bicultural Latinas, that's great news! I've written on why celebrating Day of the Dead with kids is such a great idea. We continue to expose the kids to celebrations of life that the Dia de los Muertos embraces because, quite frankly, waiting to learn about death from attending funerals seems like a very sad alternative. Mexican Day of the Dead Floral … [Read more...]

 

Mother’s Day Gifts for Your Nanny and/or Babysitter

Mother’s Day Gifts for Your Nanny and/or Babysitter

Tips + Suggestions for Mother's Day Gifts to Our Caregivers My parents are divorced and I grew up with an outstanding step mom. My grandmother and great-grandmother were also important factors in my everyday life as a child, caring for my brother and I while my mom went to work. Because of this, honoring Mother's Day was not a singular celebration. I always handed out multiple Mother's Day gifts. Walmart has asked me to share my experience with Mother's Day gifts and this we're adding someone to the list. While my hope is that my children never have step parents, they do have grandmothers … [Read more...]

 

Easter Traditions for Kids and Family Legacy To Be Proud Of

Easter Traditions for Kids and Family Legacy To Be Proud Of

Easter is this weekend and I am so excited for the memories and family legacy we've been creating through fun holiday traditions. Alina's preschool is a religiously based institution, so she is well aware of the sacrifice made during this time of year. But also, she is so young that she still doesn't understand (or expect) the traditions of candy and gifts surrounding this now very secular holiday. This is what we have been doing lately to celebrate Easter... We started our Easter celebration a few weeks ago with a cute bunny pancake breakfast. Inspired by a fellow Vegas blogger over at The … [Read more...]

 

Losing Lola: The Legacy Of Our Sweet Doggie

Losing Lola: The Legacy Of Our Sweet Doggie

This week I left the kids with a sitter, D met me at the vet, and we said good bye to the very first baby girl we had as a couple. Almost 11 years ago, I picked Lola as my own. But before I did, I consulted the guy I had just started dating. It had only been a few months, but I felt like he should know: I was buying a pooch that could live upwards of a couple decades... and secretly, I was hoping he would be around as long, too. Lola had a slow growing tumor that had spread before we sought help. In reality, our pups (we have two Shih Tzus) had suffered a fall from grace of sorts after … [Read more...]

 

Black History Month for Multiracial Children

Black History Month for Multiracial Children

Raising Multiracial Children You can't be afraid or hesitant to celebrate cultures that aren't your own when raising multiracial children. It's our responsibility as parents to ensure our biracial babies feel whole in their identities by celebrating the entirety of their legacy. My kids are mixed, Latino and African American, and I want them to know how I cherish Daddy D and the African American culture that raised him. I'm honored that Walmart has asked me to share how we celebrate Black History Month, as it's important to show multiracial families honoring African American history - for our … [Read more...]

 

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