Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

I'm a wife, mom to a new baby boy and journalist, trying to balance it all, while still taking time to enjoy life with my boys. I interned with Latina magazine before getting my journalism degree in 2008, then freelanced as a food and theater critic. Currently I'm a freelance journalist, but I'm also a pop culture junkie that can be found in front of the television catching up on my shows, paging through my favorite magazines or engrossed in a novel. Otherwise, you'll find me trolling local markets for fresh foods or experimenting in the kitchen--I make a mean cupcake!

I know I'm Latina when...

...I have no problem rocking sky-high heels at the grocery store.

Shayne's Latest Posts

Nosy neighbor calls cops & CPS on mom for letting son play outside!

A Texas family is in shock over an ordeal involving a six-year-old boy, Child Protective Services and a meddling neighbor. Kari Anne Roy's children had been outside playing at a park across the street from their home, with their mother's permission. Her elder daughter had already returned home, but her six-year-old son remained outside playing and was eventually approached by a neighbor who not only brought him home, but also called the police, resulting in an investigation by CPS. Roy was stunned and embarassed by what ensued.

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5 Fun & affordable DIY headboard ideas


The most expensive part of a new bed after the mattress, is by far the headboard, but it's also the one piece of furniture that makes any bedroom look more grown-up and pulled together. Whether you're trying to put the finishing touches on your own room or you're decorating a child's or guest room, here you'll find some fun, affordable and super-simple ideas for DIY headboards. 

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5 Great ideas to keep your kid's lunches yummy & healthy!

A lot of parents -- especially those who've seen the horrid state of so many cafeteria lunches or those who have picky children -- start off the brown bag lunches with a bang. But, as the weeks pass by and preparing lunches becomes more of a chore and you start to notice that your child is rejecting some of the items you've lovingly chosen and prepared, it can be easy to lose steam.

Here are some tips to help you keep your kids' school lunches inspired, healthy and fun, all year long.

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Simply Saludable

Keep your kids' health on track with these 6 tips

Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!

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Back to School!

5 Easy ways to fix your kids' hair in the morning

I very vividly remember the early morning battles my mom and I had every day before school. I had--and still have--very long, very curly hair, which means running a brush through it before I set off for the day was not an option. Hair was a sit down in the kitchen for 15 to 20 minutes every single day while my mom brushed, combed, oiled, braided, tugged and smoothed the curls growing from my tender little scalp. There was yelling and there were tears.

Now, I'm sure many of you have already been through such scenarios with your little girls or boys with long hair, but I'm willing to bet you'd do just about anything to make it a bit easier, especially with the stress of school starting up again soon, so I've come up with a few tips to help you make those school mornings go just a little more smoothly with their hair, most of which I've learned from doing my own hair and that of my 2-year-old who has a head full of curls I can't bear to part with.

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