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
Back to School!

6 Ways to cope with a crier on his first day of school

Some children (and parents) have a very difficult time being separated from their parents when it's time to start school, whether it's their first time ever attending, or they've gotten a little too used to being at home with their families during the summer. This can mean tears and meltdowns come the first day of school, which is undoubtedly stressful on everyone. It can probaly seem like a hopeless and awful situation to be in, but if you know that your child is introverted, shy or perhaps just very attached, you can prepare for the situation to try and make it go as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

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5 Ideas for building your own indoor camping tents

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If you want to help your kids keep boredom at bay and get their creative juices flowing during rainy summer days, setting up an indoor tent provides opportunity for hours and hours of imaginative fun, family bonding and relaxation. There are so many ways you can do this--homemade or not, theme or no theme, individual or group, etc.

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DIY Projects

6 Genius ways to organize your beauty tools

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Brushes, driers and wands, oh my! If your bathroom drawers, cabinets and closets are bursting with all of your assorted beauty tools, it's probably time to get your beauty stash under control. If you have so much stuff that you're not even sure where everything is anymore--I may or may not be pointing a finger at myself--the first thing you'll want to do is find out exactly what you have and get rid of anything you no longer need or want. Then, use the ideas in the slideshow below to organize your remaining tools so that they are always neat and nearby when you're ready to use them. 

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5 Best apps for toddlers

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We know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends zero screen time for kids under 2 years old, and I totally respect that -- though I admit to not always following that rule ourselves -- electronics can be a a great tool for parents who need a few undistracted minutes to get something important done or for just about anyone traveling more than a couple of hours with a child in tow.

Personally, as a work-at-home mom to a two-year-old, there have been many instances in which I wouldn't have met deadline without breaking out the iPad. That said, I do try to limit usage to a maximum of twice a week and never for more than an hour at a time, and I try to stick with really high-quality apps that have an educational component. 

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4 Fun ways to celebrate your kids' team accomplishments

It's always fun to celebrate your own child's accomplishments with praise, treats and small gifts, but when your child is involved in a team sport, there's great opportunity to celebrate the efforts of everyone as well. Doing so means you'll not only all have a fun time, but it will help to reinforce to your child that when you're a part of team everyone plays a part--win or lose--and that each member of the team deserves recognition for the success of the whole. So the next time your child's sports team wins a game against a rival or makes it to a championship round, consider doing something special in honor of the whole team. Keep reading for a few fun and easy-to-plan ideas. 

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