5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

At four and a half, my daughter is excited for the world of reading to open the doors to all the wonders of the world. She is constantly telling me, "but mamaaaaaaa, when can I read it ALL!" The fact that she isn't reading is frustrating, but by offering her simple books - early reader books - in which she can recognize sight words or sound out others, her excitement for literature grows. I'm at the Tampico Mom Blog this week offering our favorite 5 Early Reader Chapter Book for Little Girls. All of these books we have and love! But, in addition to those, I started researching books I can … [Read more...]

 

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Baby Massages, Bubble Baths & Happy Babies Oh, how I'll miss our bedtime rituals when my kids are too big to have them. I can hardly believe how fast my second child has grown and, I have to admit, I took that bonding time with my son for granted. Now that he can hardly be called a baby, I'm holing onto these special moments like crazy. He's our last and this time is precious. When my daughter was young, she loved the baby massages best. My son? He LOVES the water! But for mama, I enjoy the soothing ritual we have (and Daddy, too, since he started doing night time duties over the last … [Read more...]

 

On Ray Rice, Ferguson and Raising Multiracial Children

On Ray Rice, Ferguson and Raising Multiracial Children

When you're overcome with worry or have too much to say, how do you respond? Do you fight, or fly away? I envision myself as an ostrich, sticking her head in the sand, letting the weight of the earth push her eyelids down, choosing not to see the ugliness that is bound to impact her world - my children. I take flight. I never fight. After the incident with Ray Rice, coupled with the heartache of Ferguson that never really healed after the acquittal of Trayvon's murderer, I finally decided to add perspective on raising (black) sons. At eHow, I discuss how family values should govern the way … [Read more...]

 

Her Own Britax Car Seat Style: Embracing Independence

Her Own Britax Car Seat Style: Embracing Independence

Do You Let Them Pick Their Own Car Seats? Despite being a Britax Ambassador, I'm still very particular about the car seats my kids sit in. I have a few friends who are constantly researching the newest child safety products on the market and I tune into their opinions regularly to ensure the choices I make are the best ones. Even though I work with the company on a regular basis, my kids sit in Britax car seats and strollers because they are the best and offer 5 point harnesses for much longer than other options. I don't allow my girl to choose her car seat - based on fabric options or style, … [Read more...]

 

5 Family Travel Tips To Create Meaningful Meals

5 Family Travel Tips To Create Meaningful Meals

Family Travel Legacy: Creating Meals That Mean Something If I’ve learned anything since beginning my partnership with Barilla and Share The Table, it’s that parents simply cannot underestimate the importance of creating meaningful meals. Children with consistent and quality mealtime routines describe themselves with varying social and emotional attributes positively – such as happy, respectful, confident, independent and hard working – in higher percentages. And it’s not just that – meaningful meals have also been shown to have a higher impact on our kids than extracurricular activities and … [Read more...]

 

Our Multiracial Family Is Wholesome, Too

Our Multiracial Family Is Wholesome, Too

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own. Giving birth to my daughter was like giving birth to a new identity. The magnitude of motherhood often overwhelmed me, and in no small part was that due to the fact that we are a multiracial family. As a Latina mom, with a cultural heritage to pass on, I wondered if our white-or-black world would accept my mixed children as such. Would our society avoid seeing the Latino in my children – the me in them – … [Read more...]

 

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