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
DIY Projects

Brighten up your kitchen with this fun DIY upgrade

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If you have big dreams of a kitchen renovation, but the budget for it is nowhere to be found, we have a trendy trick for you. Paint your kitchen cabinets! And no, we're not talking a new shade of stain or a coat of classic white (though nothing's wrong with that), we're talking bright, bold and whimsical hues that are sure to put a smile on your face every time you load the dishwasher. Painting your cabinets is an affordable DIY upgrade that will give your space an entirely new look and requires minimal investment. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you could even complete the revamp in a single day. 

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Simply Saludable

10 Things all parents need in their medicine cabinets

Despite thinking I was completely prepared when my son was born two years ago, I found myself rushing out to the store just a few days after he was born. My little guy was fussy and seemed quite uncomfortable. What had I forgotten? Gas drops! Now, I make sure all of my expecting friends buy those drops prior to their baby's arrival. There are just some things you need to always have on hand when you have kids, but it can be tough figuring out what's actually necessary and what can wait. So your medicine cabinet doesn't end up looking like something out of an episode of Hoarders, we've compiled a list of the 10 things every parent needs to have at all times. Check them out below.

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8 Hispanic sports stars your kids can look up to

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Professional athletes are some of the most looked up to public figures in America, and particularly in the Hispanic community, for which sports has traditionally been an opportunity to break socioeconomic boundaries. Some of our biggest and most well-known stars--think Roberto Clemente, Nancy Lopez and the like--have been athletes that gained national and even international recognition for their incredible talent and strong work ethic. Athletes can be wonderful role models for our children--here are some phenomenal sports stars to introduce your kids to, that are worthy of their admiration both professionally and personally. 

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DIY Projects

4 Amazing home decor projects you & your kids can do with fall leaves

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Fall is arguably the most beautiful of the four seasons, particularly in places where the leaves slowly turn from green to all hues of red, orange and yellow as the season progresses. It's a time in which many people are inspired to cozy up their homes for not just the holidays, but for the long winter months ahead. A great way to do that, is by bringing some of the outdoors in to be enjoyed even on days that are too cold, rainy or even snowy to go out. Here are four totally awesome DIY home decor crafts you can make with collected autumn leaves--they're even easy enough to do with your kids.

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5 Lessons from school your kids can practice on court

Sometimes it may seem that sports are simply an escape from the classroom--that kids look forward to and enjoy playing sports because they've just spent hours sitting behind a desk and desperately need to stretch their legs, that what's done in the classroom and on the court are virtually unconnected aside from cause and effect. But the reality is, many of the skills kids acquire from just the act of having to attend school, are actually quite important when it comes to being successful in sports. Here are five important lessons from school that your kid can use to become a better athlete:

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