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
College preparedness

Start prepping your middle schoolers for college, here's how

Similarly to college, middle school is a time of transition between life stages, so those few years are a great opportunity for self-discovery, exploration, confidence building and goal setting. For the most part, middle schoolers need not think too much about college, but for students and parents who already have a degree on the list of long-term goals, there are several things that can be done between sixth and eighth grades to prepare for college. Starting early will help your child to set goals and focus on achieving them, without all of the pressure and stress that many late high-schoolers experience. Below are some tips to help college-bound middle schoolers get the most out of their pre-high-school days.

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College preparedness

9 Ways to fund your kids' college education

Whether you have a young child and want to come up with a plan as soon as possible or a teenager for whom college is right around the corner, figuring out how to pay for your kid's education can be an overwhelming task. And with tuition costs steadily rising and federal aid becoming increasingly difficult to acquire, paying for college is a concern that's not likely to go away any time soon. Read on to find out our top tips for making dollars and cents out of it all.

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DIY Projects

4 Gorgeous gender-neutral nursery ideas

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As a soon-to-be-parent, you may choose not to find out the sex of your baby, or even if you do, you could decide that when it comes to the nursery you'd rather forgo traditional pinks and blues and stick to something more neutral that can grow with your child. But the makers of all things baby tend to be a little gender obsessed, so it can be difficult to outfit a non-traditional room or a room for multiples of both sexes.

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Easter

Try this easy & fun Easter craft for your toddler

One day I absentmindedly grabbed a pack of a dozen plastic Easter eggs off the shelf at the grocery store even though I had no clue what I was going to do with them. We are actually going to be out of town during the holiday, so no Easter egg hunt happening here. I ultimately decided to pack three of those eggs each with a little treat in it to give to my son on Easter morning, but then I was still left with nine eggs. I know I can save them for next year, but honestly I'm more of a real dyed egg type of girl--I still don't know exactly why I bought them in the first place, but I'm glad I did. After going to storytime at the library and attending my son's weekly Spanish class, it dawned on me that I could make him his own little maracas, modeled after the egg shakers you always see in toddler classes. 

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College preparedness

6 easy steps to get your lazy teen interested in college!

Tackling the topic of college is undoubtedly a huge task for parents of this generation. So many teenagers have watched older siblings and relatives and even friends, spend lots of time and money earning a degree only to remain un- or under-employed for months and sometimes even years, that getting into, attending and graduating college may seem like a fruitless endeavor. The thing is, no matter where you end up career-wise, college is a hugely beneficial experience for young adults. Not only does it help ease teenagers into adulthood, but the continued education expands their knowledge and helps them to become more worldly and well-rounded individuals and it's the perfect time for discovering your true self. So how do you get all of this across to kids that just want to take the easy way out? Read on for our best advice.

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