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...]

Culture Party: Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids

Culture Party: Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a Culture Party We had a great time throwing a culture party to learn more about Ireland a few months back, and I had every intention in making them a regular occurrence, but life got the best of me. So with Chinese New Year in full swing here in Vegas, I decided to take the opportunity to teach the kids more about Chinese culture by showcasing the various elements that make up a typical Chinese New Year party. We had a blast! The Chinese New Year is the longest and most ancient celebration in the Chinese calendar, and is often referred to as the Lunar New … [Read more...]

Moments that Matter in Family Legacy: Ultimate Goal for 2014

Moments that Matter in Family Legacy: Ultimate Goal for 2014

Family Legacy and the Type of Mom I Want To Be I've realized that my days as a mama to babies is quickly coming to an end. Have you ever had that moment? When you realize one part of your identity will soon close, ushering you into another identity that you aren't at all familiar with? I suppose that's just part of building a family legacy - moving from one life stage to another - but it feels that as soon as I've got this baby and toddler thing under control, I'm pushed into more foreign territory. Sebastian will turn two years old in a a few short months, and while he has a couple more … [Read more...]

First Trip to Disneyland: The 14 Day Countdown

First Trip to Disneyland: The 14 Day Countdown

Alina's First Trip to Disneyland Our big girl turned 4 years old last week and we celebrated in a big way! Her first trip to Disneyland was to celebrate her birthday and it was everything I had hoped and planned it to be. While it wasn't a surprise for her, my sister and I came up with a Disneyland Birthday 14 Day Countdown to get Alina excited about her birthday adventure. For the 14 days (2 weeks) before we left, upon waking up, I would help Alina read the card for each day. My sister did an adorable job at creating little poems for each day, helping to introduce Alina to the various … [Read more...]

Holiday Traditions: Noche Buena and Christmas {2013}

Holiday Traditions: Noche Buena and Christmas {2013}

Bicultural Holiday Traditions Building our family legacy of holiday traditions that celebrate our bicultural roots is important to us, as parents. Apart from being an interracial couple raising multiracial children, my childhood legacy was filled with various Cuban Christmas traditions from different sectors of my life. While it was fun, I want my kids to have the beauty of holiday traditions - in their home. With their family. I feel like Noche Buena and Christmas this year was exactly that - a beautiful blend of my Cuban heritage, American upbringing and unwavering commitment to my biracial … [Read more...]

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