Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

I'm a wife and mom to a preschooler and an infant, trying to balance it all and still enjoy life to the fullest. I interned with Latina magazine before getting my journalism degree in 2008, then freelanced as a food and theater critic for several years. Currently I'm a freelance writer, work-from-home mom, and pop culture junkie that can be found in front of the TV catching up on the latest shows, paging through my favorite magazines or engrossed in a novel. Or else, I'm daytripping, trolling local markets for fresh and interesting foods or experimenting in the kitchen.

I know I'm Latina when...

...you notice that even when my pantry is empty there's Adobo and Sazon.

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5 Mejoras para la cocina por menos de $50 que harán una GRAN diferencia

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Si no puedes permitirte una renovación total de la cocina pero estás completamente cansada de mirar topes en mal estado o estás sumamente aburrida de tu panel contra salpicaduras, sin duda que no tienes que sentarte y aceptar tu entorno menos que estelar. Por menos de $50 puedes acicalar tu cocina y hacerla un lugar en el cual realmente te guste pasar un rato. Hasta puedes divertirte un poco realizando estos cinco sencillos proyectos que puedes hacer tú misma.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: SNACKS/MERIENDAS

5 Steps you can take to 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 they start to notice that their child is rejecting some of the items they'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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5 Tips to saving money when buying back-to-school supplies

For parents with a mile-long list, back-to-school shopping is often a dreaded task, especially for those who have more than one kid. Not only will you have to deal with massive crowds, sold-out supplies, and increasingly extensive requests from your child's school, but you're likely already hearing a whole lot of "I wants..."  from your children. So how exactly are you supposed to get all the shopping done without busting your budget? By following our five tips below!

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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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BACK TO SCHOOL: GEAR/EQUIPO

Make a DIY scrapbook in honor of your kids' first day of school

One of the best and most lasting ways to commemorate special events is through scrapbooking, and the craft has a huge following across the U.S.--particularly among moms. In fact, my tía makes amazing scrapbooks that are some of the most treasured gifts anyone in my family has ever received. With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching in many areas, it's a great time to get started on one (if your first day came already, you can do a first days scrapbook or general one if it's your little one's first year in school!).

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