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

6 Powerful herbs to get you through flu season


Cold and flu season is here in full force. In fact, as I write this I'm nursing a doozy of a cold. These days, I typically choose to avoid the chemicals and additives found in most cold, cough and flu medications and wait it out with an occasional dose of acetaminophen to ease a sore throat or headache and a number of more natural remedies that can help ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. 

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5 QUICK ways to make your bathroom guest-ready

The following post is brought to you by IKEA.

I'm just going to go ahead and admit this, as a working mother of a very small child, my home is rarely "guest-ready." And by rarely, I mean never. But over the years I've learned that inviting someone into my home isn't about the superficial impression that I make on them, but more about the honest impact fellowship and community have on our lives. So I try really hard not to worry about whether my home is in magazine perfect condition when I invite someone over for a playdate, tea or even dinner. Not that I'm okay with having guests over in filth. I'm not. So, I've learned some great quick tips on getting my home ready for guests. One of the most important being the 5-minute bathroom clean up. Keep reading to find out how to do it.

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'Tis the season for familia

6 Easy DIY decorations to ring in the New Year!


There's not much time between Christmas and New Year's Eve, so if you're a busy mami hoping to make both special, EASY is the name of the game. And since you're probably a little tapped out from all the gift giving, it's a nice bonus that things that are easy are usually affordable as well. Check out these six fantastic and super-simple New Year's Eve decorations that are sure to make your party a festive one.

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All-natural DIY way to make your home smell like Christmas

Want to make your home smell amazing before your next holiday dinner party, but prefer not to use chemical laden canned air fresheners and candles? I have the perfect solution for you! To make your home smell warm and cozy all you have to do is fill up a pot with water and some amazing smelling natural ingredients that you probably already have on hand and let simmer all day. Even better, when the day is done you can just jar everything up and use it again the next day. Check out my favorite DIY air freshener recipe for fall below.

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Man finds out he had a 3 foot long tapeworm in his FOOT

After living with foot pain for a year, a Sudanese man living in Melbourne, Australia, finally visited a doctor when his foot became swollen. Turns out, he had been living with a tapeworm in his body since before he moved from Sudan to Australia four years ago. Yes, you read that right--a tapeworm in his foot!

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